Dan and I celebrated 30 years on October 8th in a very special place in Northern Wisconsin. It is indeed a little piece of heaven with the Finnish touch and a perfect get away!
Palmquist Farm is located in a small town in Brantwood, WI. The farm is full of history from the old barns to all the décor covering the walls of each building and a cute couple who are your hosts. Jim greets you with his Finnish accent and welcoming smile escorting you to your cabin or in our case the barn to get our horses settled. He knew we came from a distance and the importance of animals first was for front on his mind. He showed us all the spots we could place our boys and once we got them comfy cozy Jim walked us to our cabin.
What a place! From the moment you walk in the yellow lighting upon the log wood made you feel warm and welcomed. Each room had memories of the past including furniture dated back to the 1940’s. Of course Jim shared a story or two about the old radio and listening to President Roosevelt with the break of the war and the linens hand stitched by grandma.
My man and I arrived in early afternoon so we had time to look around after unpacking. OH am I glad I got a new camera! I was in heaven snapping all kinds of shots!
Each building is full of wonderful décor and in the sauna they even have newspaper articles from the Titanic to the San Francisco earthquake. The old furniture set the stage in time and one feels your really living in the early 1900’s.
Palmquist is a perfect place for couples, hunters, horse riders, newlyweds, or an excuse for a perfect get-away. The trails are full of beauty with ponds around every corner, trees full of life, and paths easy to walk or trail ride. In the winter, the folks with skinny skis will enjoy the trails as well as the ones with the motors.
The accommodations with a cozy fireplace made coming back from a cold trail ride inviting. Sippin’ my tea and a book made for relaxing afternoons. For my man it came down to the food. It was over the top! Served both breakfast and dinner in a beautiful room full of more stories and history, we enjoyed every meal full of flavor of an ol’ fashion farm taste. From fresh veggies and fruit from their gardens to meat fully packed with flavor. The pastries were my downfall! I ate WAY too much! Once I found out Helen had a cookbook I was delighted to bring a piece of Palmquist cooking home. Helen truly did an amazing job at EVERY meal. OOOO I can still taste the wonderful cranberry/raspberry sauce! Delightful!
Here is a sample of one of Helen’s sweet desserts. I couldn’t resist making this right away for our church bible study time. I changed one thing in her recipe by making my own yellow cake mix. I prefer to do things homemade vs. out of a box when I can. I also don’t have to feed tons of folks like Helen so I can make the time for the extra step.
Here ya go:
Pumpkin Pecan Crumble by Palmquist Farm
1 15 oz organic can of pumpkin
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (my recipe below)
1 box of yellow cake mix (my recipe below)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 cup of melted butter
cool whip or real whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, and pie spice until well blended.
- Pour mixture into a 9×13 greased pan.
- Sprinkle about ¾ of your cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. (save extra for next time)
- Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the cake mix.
- Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the nuts.
- Bake cake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Refrigerate until cool about an hour. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a bit more pumpkin spice on top!
Lee’s Homemade cake mix: (you can refrigerate this mixture for up to a week or freeze for a month)
2 ½ cups of unbleached purposed four
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 tbsp baking powder +1 tsp (I make my own 1 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of cream of tarter)
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp of softened butter
Mix together in a glass bowl crumbling butter with a knife or your clean hands. Store in safe container.
To make a cake, add 1 1/4 cups of water and 2 eggs.
Lee’s Pumpkin Spice recipe:
3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp. fresh nutmeg, grated
2 tsp. cloves
Mix and best part…put in a cute jar!
What makes a B&B? The accommodations…yes. The food….yes. The people you get to know at every meal?….YES. A young couple with their new bundle 4 month old singing to you for your anniversary? YES! What makes a great B&B is the people! Their loving conversations, stories and smiles make your stay a warm family stay.
We did get a kick out of Jim sharing real stories of the farm from gangsters visiting, buffalo stories, to shoot outs the ol’ fashion way. He made our meals full of adventure and laughter. Of course a good tease about Finnish and Norwegians provided more fun!
Palmquist isn’t just a place to stay it is an experience! A Finish touch was everywhere you look. I am sure my dad would have loved this spot. Palmquist Farm is known to many cross-country skiiers in the area and the signs around the trails proved horses aren’t the only ones who use them.
We hope to back to this little place in Northern Wisconsin. A Finnish touch indeed…hope you too will find your way there for any kind of weekend get away!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
In the book of Daniel chapter 6 we read a famous story told of how Daniel escaped from a lions’ den. At the first sign of trouble, Daniel did the very thing he would be killed for….an unflinched faith….he prayed asking God for help.
Think just for a moment of a time when you received bad news. REALLY bad news! A death. An illness diagnoses. Loss of job. Did you go to a private room, open a window, kneel down and pray asking for help? HUM…I know I haven’t. My faith was shaken to the core. I cried. I called others to tell the news. I simply fell apart turning to others instead of turning to my God.
Daniel’s faith was unflinching! He knew without a shadow of a doubt God would come through….SOMEHOW. He didn’t know to what extent, even if it all did take his life, God would be with him.
In verse 19 we read King Darius woke up early and hurried to the lions’ den. He called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” Doubt in the kings voice and heart. Yep…I think I would have been too. BUT, Daniel answered, “Long live the king. My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in HIS sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
Not when we have unflinching faith!
In my early years of receiving my Lord Jesus as my Savior, I was full of flinching faith. I just had not had enough of HIS promises in my heart. I didn’t know HIS word well enough to see stories like this one come true in my own life. In time, reading HIS word daily, meditating on what I have read and applying it in my own life, I became stronger. YEP, I slip up. I do get shaken, but time with the Lord will bring peacefulness in my heart to pull me through the trial.
Seeing it happen in others in the same situations also proved of HIS faithfulness and HIS promises
During the months preparing for the harvest hoedown I needed to take much time in prayer believing the Lord would pull things all together. Two weeks before the event our son just bought a home and his closing landed the day before. Our daughter would be traveling from Richmond, VA a 1200 mile trip with her dog, our bunnies were experiencing illness’, Bokoda had pulled his shoulder which meant he couldn’t be used for demonstrations, and to top it all off, rain was predicted all week and especially on the day of the big event.
Shaken faith? Unflinching? I called in the troops to pray. I called out to God. I prayed “Lord this is YOUR day, not ours. Have it as YOUR will be done. Help me to enjoy serving YOU and continue to be obedient with a smile and faith YOU will take care of the details.”
HE DID! AND SOOOO MUCH MORE! Mitch’s house closing got moved up a day and we took the day as rest away from the event and enjoyed moving him into his new journey. Our daughter arrived safely and without troubles. All animals healed, except the one but she got better a few days later, and the Lord made a beautiful day even the SONshine came through!
Another story in my life goes into the books of rely on God, and our faith can be UNFLINCHED!
“For HE is the living God and HE will endure forever. HIS kingdom will never be destroyed and HIS rule will never end. He rescues and saves HIS people; HE performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth.”
He does! These verses should inspire us all believers to walk this life of trials with an unflinching faith!
He’s got us…in the palm of HIS Holy Hands! Take that you lions!
Love deeper & talk sweeter,
Throughout the summer here on the ranch we usually and prayerfully pick a THEME to carry out our session time. This year is Pathway or Trail. Focus key words help us draw out what the person’s trail is that day or is happening in their life. In one teen we had, her trail was faking the God life. As we continued through her session, she found you just couldn’t fake the God trail. He knows it all!
I asked this teen, we will call her Marie, to lead the horse out of the pasture walking a trail as her life is going. Marie haltered Bokoda and swiftly walked straight on to the gait. No turns. No going around trees. Just straight on. I responded with a “well…tell me what that trail is?” Marie said, “it’s straight. I can see what is ahead of me and I feel great!”
I nodded with a smile, “awesome let’s go play with Bokoda and have a great time!” Throughout the session there was some stumbling of not remembering certain things. For example, when Bokoda would walk faster and bump into her she allowed him to almost push her, she forgot the game on how to back him up or get him out of her space. So we had a quick review.
Her confidence was strong thinking she knew how to handle Bokoda, but when he challenged her, she couldn’t remember how to ask him to remember her boundaries.
Another time when she was bumped, I asked if she is reading her bible. She shook her head no and said, “ I don’t have time. But I helped at VBS. “How is your prayer life?”, I asked. “I pray at meal time…only when I remember.” She laughed. I quickly grabbed onto that response. “Well, tell me what happens when you remember to ask Bokoda to respect your space?” She said he listens. I asked, “and what happens when you don’t remember?” Looking down and getting where I was headed, “Bokoda almost pushes me down.”
We went on talking about when our trail seems straight and all is going well we can allow some poison ivy to grow along the trail. Not even see it. We can even walk through mud and not realize our shoes are wet and muddy. We can fake our faith. God knows our hearts. He knows our every move before we take it and He never forgets our sins. He forgets our sins once we repent, but if we are not walking with Him on the trail in and sinning along the way, HE remembers.
You see as adults we do this all the time. We tell people we will pray for them and we forget. Just pray right then and there when someone asks. We can even go to church weekly and fake our Christian walk. Even having in our conversations, “God will provide” or If it’s God’s will”. Another words, we can have the Christian lingo down, but not be living it.
Being on God’s trail means time with Him. Being in HIS word. When things happen in our life, we need to quickly and I mean quickly, go to HIS word and seek out direction. I had something pretty difficult situations happen this summer and I had to Google some words from my bible to seek out what Jesus would do. How He would handled such people or situations. You know…it works every time!
Daily we need to spend time with Jesus, share our hearts. Praise Him for what He is doing good and bad on our trail of life. We can’t fake our trail rides with God. Just like you can’t fake any relationship. You can’t fake your marriage is good when it really isn’t. God knows. You can’t fake your life is perfect. God knows it’s not and never will be. You can’t fake God…period!
A person who chooses to walk the trail with God is peaceful in ALL circumstances. YES, even the bad times. You might be down, but your hopeful. You know the Lord is working in the situation. A person, who is faking it, is falling. They are being stomped on. Deceived. Their trail is full of poison ivy and mud puddles they just don’t want to let anyone ride the trail with them. Fakeness will catch up to all of us who pretend we have a relationship when we truly do not.
The Lord wants all of us not to fake our trail rides. He desires for us to be honest with Him and with others as we face our daily trials. If your not walking the trail with Jesus, stop right now. Repent. Ask Him to remove your fakeness and pull out the poison ivy of dishonesty. Come to Him with true transparency simply saying daily, “I need you Jesus. I surrender my life to you.”
And you know what? You trail of life will be real! Being fakey leads a trail of emptiness. Being real is being on a trail full hope!
God’s peace and blessings as you ride the trail of adventure with Him!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
We can’t wait to share all the Lord has done this year and since we have been in operation for 10 years it will be especially rewarding to have folks come and see the ranch first hand!
In the weeks ahead we will be preparing for little stations throughout the ranch. Here are some of the things we are prepping and creating.
Kids can make a craft called a Prayer Jar! I just love this idea!
Here are the supplies needed: (affiliate links that when you click on also help our ministry at the ranch)
Fun Foam Faith Shapes
Fun Foam Faith Sayings
Plastic Mason Jars
For some adhesives I recommend:
And Sharpies for markers:
And of course the BLING!
Really no need for directions as it is simply sticking on items and using markers to decorate. Let the creative juices flow for the love of the Lord!
On we go to decorating the ranch grounds. Scarecrows! I hope they don’t freak out the horses but they will look so darn cute!
My kids and I will be hunting down some cornstalks and colorful flowers to place on fence posts and of course we will have to scrounge up some pumpkins to place in a variety of places. Color is my big thing since September isn’t a real colorful time yet. I will have to get creative in this area.
A wonderful volunteer helped paint up some signs and prepped our photo op area. SO cute! Hay bales, and ropes to make a memory for all who come!
We also used bandana’s to mark for parking by ripping them into strips and tying them to a hay string. This showed folks where they could park as well as added some fun decor outside the ranch area. The full bandanas we used to decorate the tree lines. This will help add the color too!
The silent auction area will have tables decorated with the faux wood as well as the bandana skirt. This will be darling!
Our chuck wagon will be loaded with grub with a fall menu serving of course our favorite pumpkin tea and spiced apple cider. To decorate this area I found this really awesome faux wood roll. Fits perfect as my hubby couldn’t finish the table part in time.
Our prizes for the sack races, cake walk, and pony barrel races will be goodies wrapped in a bandana.
We chose Golden Nuggets of course to fit our Nugget! Horses, and candy.
The ranch will have some fun games like horse shoe, corn hole, and ropin’ the calf. All fun for all ages!
We also hired a wonderful husband and wife team to sing us along and have good ol’ line dancing’! I can’t wait for this part! HEE HAW!
To end our day we have a couple of kids who will demo what they have gained from having sessions at TNR. This part I hope will be a special part for our folks to see and hear the message of hope along with our speaker and worship time.
Everyone will get a little tea bag as a memory and thank you full of our favorite TNR harvest pumpkin tea blend. I used these organic muslin bags with a tag THANK YOU stamped on each one.
OH how I love to throw a Hoedown, especially giving God all the glory!
I will post pictures along the way.
So until then,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
What pathway are you on right now? What is your trail like? Is it full of poison ivy? Are you tripping on broken sticks? Is there a fork on your trail and you don’t know which one to take? Are there puddles too big to jump over or mud so deep your just plain ol’ stuck?
Maybe your pathway is beautiful, full of joy and no worries. You feel all is well and perfect.
About 10 years ago, a ministry came into our community helping financially troubled families who were living on the streets or in their cars. This ministry was wonderful as it allowed the days for children to play or attend a local school and parents to find jobs and homes. In the evenings, the families would go to a church to be fed and loved and have a place to sleep along with a big dinner and breakfast. The ministry is called New Pathways. What a perfect name! Individuals whose pathways somehow got goofed up, led wrong, or made wrong choices which allowed for a new beginning, new start, new pathway.
In our sessions this year, pathways is our focus word we use as a foundation to their time with the horses on the ranch. So far it has opened many conversations and openness I haven’t really experienced before.
I love how the Lord leads me to certain things such as words like this, verses, passages of scripture, and reminders of my own stories or experiences.
Have you ever stopped to look down a road? A trail? A sidewalk? An aisle? In every step we take throughout a day, we are always on a pathway. If the pathway we are on is causing pain in some way in our life or we know is not a path the Lord would want us on, we must somehow make a new one. We must at that point make a choice to choose a pathway that may not be easier but give us freedom. It may be freedom from sin. It may be freedom from conflict. It may be freedom from addiction. Whatever pathway you’re on, your Savior is longing for you to find a new one!
At times I find the pathway I am on is safe and easy as I know it so well. But the Lord is asking me to try a new pathway to stretch my journey. He desires for me to explore and learn and in that time I will have to depend on Him more and more because I don’t know the path well. That’s the pathway I am on right now. This ministry is constantly challenging in the way the Lord is bringing in new ideas and opportunities. They are like weeds to pull, or brush to move to clear the trail. Sometimes I want to turn around and go back on the pathway that I knew before. A pathway where I knew every area that is dangerous or could “trip” me up. A path or trail that didn’t cost me so much hard work!
In this new pathway, I have no idea what’s ahead. I haven’t either been on it before or have and it caused pain somewhere along the way. I surely don’t want to go through it again. YET, my heavenly Father wants me to try because He has a new plan within the new pathway. I must trust Him, believe, and ultimately obey.
By obedience I am choosing to say no to self. Choosing His ideas not mine. Simply, surrendering my will.
One of my favorite verses I have memorized, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in ALL ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your path straight. “ Proverbs 3:5- HE does…every time I am obedient.
My salvation verse, “Your word is the lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105 By READING the bible every day not just short devotions or commentary from others but truly reading, absorbing, and talking to the Lord, HE will direct my path for the day and days to come. Again, obedience and choosing the path of being still, alone with my Jesus.
Pathways offer hope. They offer second chances. They open new opportunities. New pathways draws you closer to your Redeemer who is molding your character to be more and more like Him.
Possibly, you may not be on the path with Jesus. You may be walking alone. Afraid, lonely, or simply unhappy. Will you trust in a Savior who promises to walk with you? He promises “He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always.” That is the best part of choosing the path with Christ!
So what pathway are you on? What trail will you take? Will you choose today to follow HIS lead and walk the trail together no matter what it may bring you?
Enjoy your ride or walk…on your NEW pathway!
Love deeper, talk sweeter along your journey,
But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating.
Isn’t this just wonderful?
Dan will make 3 of these forming a horse shoe. (of course)
He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal.
This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compost ready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go!
He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt.
My back loves me!
Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horse shoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so for now this is what we have.
Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year)
Around the ranch we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots have at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can!
Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful!
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus,
I do like using BPA free bags or glass with BPA silicon lids. Either will keep your fresh ingredients safe and away from chemicals. Isn’t that why you decided to go raw in the first place? So store wisely too!
LOVE the bags as they are simple, easy to clean, and save our landfill. Reusable is always a key for our household.
I feed twice a day so I make up enough for the day and pack in my bag and freeze. Ready to pull out of freezer when I am ready to use. I label the bag too so I know what he gets for the day. If there is egg or liquid broth I add it fresh when I feed. Sometimes the herbs too just depends on my time.
All my dry herbs are from Starwest Botanicals, free shipping too as my purchase is always over $75. Their herb capsules are wonderful for pets too.
Oil Chart:Flaxseed, sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and canola are all wonderful. Rule of thumb on how much, the smaller the dog start with 1/4 tsp go up to tbsp for large dogs. (if dry skin add a little more)
Toy dogs under 10 lbs: Pinch
Small dogs 20 lbs: Bigger pinch
Dogs under 50 lbs: 1 tsp
Large dog under 100 lbs: 2 tsp.
Giant dogs: 1 tbsp.
Double or triple the amount
If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food.
1. OH LAY DAY!
Ground turkey organic is best
organ of choice
1/4 diced carrots (slightly cooked to soften)
pinch (see chart) cumin
2 tsp. fresh cilantro chopped
1 egg including shell
1 slice mango
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
Mix and measure to your dogs size for the day. These measurements for veggies and fruit are for my 35 lb dog. Use your proper measurement for each meal below.
2. MOOOO Day
ground organic burger and or 95% lean
diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes)
3. Let’s Go Fishing
salmon in oil
egg and shell
brocoli both head and stem chopped
turmeric paste (adding olive oil)
4. Deer Opener Stew
organ of choice
5. Chicken and Pumpkin
organ of choice
chicken bone broth
egg and shell
6. Swimming Sardines
sardines in oil
organ of choice
7. Pork and Beans
organ of choice
8. Yummy Orange Chicken Leg
organ of choice
orange squeezed and grate peel
chia seeds (first soak in water for a 10 minutes)
9. Tropical Chicken Breast
organ of choice
cat claw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below)
mushrooms mix (see recipe)
10. Sassy Sausage
organic pork sausage
organ of choice
Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps immune system and organ function.
I make this up and put in a mason jar and leave in refrigerator or cool place.
1 1/2 cup coconut oil
2 oz organic Red Redshi powder (great for dogs suffering from allergies and skin issues. Also immune booster)
1 oz Shiitake Mushroom powder
1/2 oz turmeric
3 drops vitamin E oil
Heat oil add mushrooms powders one at time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off burner and let cool. Put in mason jar and label.
Awesome treats that are HEALTHY for your little friend!
I Love this company and their concern for healthy pet care!
I hope you find these recipes helpful and give you some ideas to begin your journey in feeding your dog raw, homemade food!
Just know if you click any of the links on the blog you are helping us do what we love to do and that is help kids in need at the ranch.
Make a list of ingredients and clink on the links to order. We will be eternally thankful!
God bless you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illness made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.
I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL!
That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you?
Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would of had?
Well this month I decided for our family we are changing.
It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a God send!
I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH!
Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:
*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dogs age, weight and activity level.
- 10 lb. dog – 1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
- 20 lb. dog – 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
- 40 lb. dog – 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
- 60 lb. dog – 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
- 80 lb. dog – 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well!
Now…you want to know how to do this?
Well, lets get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend.
Cats…well….I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise!
Here is a link to menu ideas!
Leave a comment of your results!
Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Love this chart I got off of Pinterest.
If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about!
Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG
If you’re ready to get started…begin here!
God bless you and know your doing a great thing for your pet!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Here is a wonderful link to Dr. Z book and well as another link to an article that can help you get started and feel more confident in using essential oils with your pets.
Of course, I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils, free shipping in US PLUS they offer so many discounts, rewards and more.
I found most fascinating was the info on household items, even TV and internet connections. Our animals are sensitive to this stuff.
Essential Oil Vet – Janet Roark, DVM is on Facebook and has a website as well that is awesome! She is wonderful in handling our pets in the most natural way as possible. I would suggest contacting her if you have any questions.
Until next time…make sure you take care of your pets the way you take care of yourself and family!
Their worth it! Everyday is a SPA day for our beloved pets, right?
That spa juice not alcohol! HA!
Keepin our home and ones we love healthy and happy!
God bless your week!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Nugget and Bokoda
I am in the Book of John 1:29-34.
John the disciple and John the Baptist are both so open. Their hearts are genuine and real. They LOVE the Lord!
Sitting in my warm home looking out at the sunshine and fresh fallin’ snow, I imagine what it would of been like to be John the Baptist. To be watching his cousin approaching him as he was baptizing others and to have the LAMB OF GOD walk into the waters. Oh my!
My Big Things
What are your big things in life right now? Health issues, children, marriage, job, financial problems?
Have you asked yourself “how can I really rest in__________? Your blank is whatever the unrest is.
My big things (notice the S) is our season coming up in ministry. Meeting financial obligations. Being strong in my walk with the Lord to be able to help others. Events coming up and the planning it takes. Keeping the animals and ranch in good care. My list could go on!
Doubt creeps in!
Resting in Jesus within this HUGE responsibility of life is hard!
What I need to remember?
Let’s take a look at what happens once Jesus is placed under water. “John the baptist testified, ‘I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him’. Do you see that? John witnessed the Holy Spirit resting on Jesus.
Our friend John goes on, verse 33 “I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, “the One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
Can you just imagine this scene? Well folks, we do need to picture this especially when we are facing life issues! If we have confessed our sins, and claim Jesus as Lord, we too have the Holy Spirit RESTING on our shoulders. NOT the problems of the world…the Holy Spirit Who gives us courage, strength, and hope to carry on! What a gift we have!
Resting in the ONE…Jesus! Resting in knowing without doubt the Holy Spirit will give you the power to overcome!
HOW IN THE WORLD do I do this?
Simple…get in the Word of God. Memorize His promises. Post them on your mirror in the morning. Say out loud “Lord I confess I have doubted you in____________ (name it) and I know you will repair, fix, or have it in the palm of your hand!”
Resting in the Big Things is resting in Jesus!
Trust me, The Lamb of God has the BIG and little things in your life!
Now go rest, pray, and rejoice in His power!
God’s blessings upon you!
Love deeper, Talk sweeter,
Some great new bible journaling items from Day Spring I think you will love! A whole collection on the Fruit of the spirit! NEW TOO!
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Fruit of the Spirit sheets
Fruit of the Spirit card stock and stickers
Fruit of the Spirit Wasabi Tape
Why Make your own organic potting soil mix?
This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you!
Things to know what a good potting mix will do:
- * Will be firm enough to support the plant
- * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction
* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens
Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there is many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1.
Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes.
Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those left over scrapes! Ours are filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks.
DIY Potting Soil Recipe
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A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make.
If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist.
Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work.
Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you!
Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment how your seedlings did using your own orgainc potting soil recipe!
God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Getting the itch with the smell of spring! What do I do? YEP, start my seedlings! I make it easy applying some simple steps and making a plan.
With each day bringing warmer temps and melting snow, I start imagining what kind of herbs and veggies we want to have on the ranch.
Taking a walk around and seeing the seeds that worked last year and the ones that didn’t and making notes along the way. Now I can start my plan.
First DIY Step: VISUALIZE
Today I took a walk around the ranch and visualized where I want some new growing herbs and flowers.
Now that we have our cute tack shack, I want to put some bigger pots on the outside deck where they would get full sun. We don’t have much sun so I need to take what I can get! Next is the area we had the tires with the herbs for the horses to graze through. “Thyme Out Pasture”. We were given a grant by our local St. Joseph’s Foundation last year in May of 2017 and it worked out beautifully. This area I would like to build out of tin some beds. We used tires to start out and since it was so successful we want to make them bigger. HUM…may need to make a special dinner tonight and chat with Dan about this one!
Lastly, both Dan and I agreed we need to enlarge our veggie garden so I marked that out as well. NOTE…we still have over a foot of snow!
Second DIY Step: Prepare Your seeds
This part is fun! After my visualization and what flowers, herbs, and veggies we need I purchased the seeds. I use Mountain Herb but you sure can get your seeds anywhere. I also have a master gardener in our church who I will also use as a resource. I am excited to learn a lot from him this year! He is 93!
After the seeds arrive I get my trays ready. I went to the local nursery where we bring manure and he gives me free dirt as well as these plastic trays. They hold a TON of seedlings! Another idea is to ask your local nursery for any extra trays they don’t need. You can get these seed pods which are also awesome! They would be an expense vs free, but they work great and easy to use! Wanna try another idea that won’t cost you anything?
Make your own! Use eggs shells or toilet paper rolls! Here is 8 ideas; DIY on that!
Lastly, fill the trays with soil and get your seeds planted and water in the bottom of the trays! I use popsicle sticks to mark my seeds. Just make sure you mark every tray what they are.
How to make your own soil. If you compost, this is a wonderful way to use your homestead soil!
Third DIY Step: Window Light, or Florescent Light?
We have huge windows in our home and with every window is where I put my seedlings. But this isn’t ideal. I would like to work towards having a warm greenhouse and that is a dream of mine one day, but I also could go the extra mile and get some florescent lights and place the seedlings on a shelf. This is a wonderful way to grow your seeds. However, this would cost me some money. By the time I purchase at least 4 lights and have my hubby link this all up it would be April. So I have chosen to use my windows and the greenhouse shelves. I found a picture for you of the florescent one incase you want to try this. It is a better way! Let me know too I always love to hear what others have done!
Fourth DIY Step: Babying your Seedlings
Make sure you check your baby’s everyday and the trays are full of water. They will drink what they need. The biggest struggle is sunlight for me especially this time of year, hence the florescent system but what ever you choose you pray for lots of sunshine!
Once your season begins depending on where your zone is transplant away! Some I will be putting into planters in April keeping them in our home until May. Most of our gardening won’t take place unfortunately until Memorial weekend. Such a bummer, but it’s Minnesota!
God bless you all as you start your own herbs and veggies and living a healthy homesteading lifestyle!
Last year I was knee deep in dirt in my home. Not from not cleaning, but from filling little egg shells and growing pots full of seedlings. At the same time, I was writing a grant from our local Essential Health organization, St. Joseph’s Foundation. Planting, writing, planting, watering, horse chores, and more writing. In the process, I thought of the perfect project. An herb garden!
Hence not just for us, but for our horses. I have always wanted to create a place where the horses could graze freely with natural herbs. Herbs that I know they would each benefit from. Bokoda deals with allergies’ and now and than runny stools. Nugget will occasionally need something for a runny nose. Nugget is really healthy but it’s always good to have things for him to choose.
Therefore I got busy planning out what herbs would be great for them. Again, knee deep in dirt, I started planting seedlings of Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Lavender, Valerian, and Marshmallow. I added Echinacea later and of course the herbs of parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano.
We also had many herbs natural to our environment.
In May, we got the grant! I was ecstatic! As a result, we now had the freedom to develop this new project which we named, “Thyme Out” Pasture and we could really see if it would help our animals health and ours.
Fancy that…it did! We began using the herbs in teas, tinctures, and syrups, plus all the salves for injuries and bug bites and we were OVERWHELMED at the results! Bokoda had NO coughing.
If Bokoda would show signs of runny nose or stools, I would give him his regimen of immune boost herb blend and he was showing wellness in just a couple of days. We replaced all treats to just herbs and apples, and home grown carrots, parsley, and thyme.
Some herbs were wild around the ranch.
It became such a wonderful teaching tool in our sessions. As they would help water, or weed we would talk about the herbs and how they help us in our illnesses. In the sessions at times they would bring a horse to the pasture and see for themselves what the horse was needing that day. How they would walk by some and devour others.
One day we had a group of guys from our local
Teen Challenge for a session. We had the guys in the round pen with the horses holding one or two jars of herbs. Each jar was labeled with the name of the herb and its properties.
If the horse came to them, they would share what the herb is and what it was good for. At the same time, everyone was learning and observing if the horse would choose or would walk away and choose another.
It was fascinating for all of us!
Do you know what is really awesome about doing this project?
1) We were able to let families that came for sessions who were in need, pick herbs or veggies to bring home.
2) We could make many tinctures and salves using the herbs to help all year round, especially right now in the days of below zero temps and confinement to the indoors where germs grow.
3) Our vet bills were down
4) Our health is better as well no trips to the doctor. The herbs in teas has helped along with the essential oils.
5) We have gain a TON of knowledge and look forward to continuing our learning.
6) Our bunnies and horses enjoy the herbs all year round. How nice they can have fresh parsley, carrots, plus all those other herbs throughout the winter months.
7) We are able to enjoy veggies as well by a wonderful harvest and canning.
8) We have been able to share the teas and our love for this project to others hoping they too will start growing more herbs and begin to change their health habits to more natural living.
Most of all, we are thankful to St Joseph’s Foundation for allowing us to try something new and giving us a chance to make a difference in our ranch as well as the community.
Amazing! I hope you will try it this Spring. Start now! Plant those seeds in your home and get them strong!
I did create on scratch paper a garden plan. Knowing where to plant certain seeds. This helps you get an idea what will grow well where.
Here is my favorite source for seeds: LOVE LOVE the flower collection. I say…begin planning NOW!
God’s blessings in living a simpler life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The herbs is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Do you have days; maybe whole seasons where you just need a boost of faith? Are you experiencing times of loneliness, defeat, or just plain emptiness? Is life throwing you some curve balls that are overwhelming you right now? Maybe it is just a season of nothing exciting happening. Your just feeling BLAH!!
These are warning signs to quickly turn to God’s word to GIVE YOU A BOOST!
I read this passage today and took out my illustrated faith creative kit, and began mediating on this passage. Hebrews 11:3. “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”
We have no idea what God has planned. But resting in faith helps us hang on!
Oh MY, you can’t help but get a boost! Look at each verse in the chapter.
Each of them has a story behind them that will bring your heart and mind to awe.
WHY? Because each story has a character like you and me, we can begin to relate in some way. You will have no doubt that there is a God who is watching over you when you experience the Lord working during your down seasons. He indeed has power to help you overcome your dark times here on earth.
Some of the stories, which I believe are all true and indeed happened, bring me immediately to a place of comfort because they show me God is in control They show me that in all things, God brings together for our good.
Let me share on a personal note.
Four years ago we had our horses boarded at a near by farm. For three years we did our ministry from this barn. It was wonderful as it had a heated indoor facility, huge outdoor arena, and beautiful trails. We just loved it there, and the folks who ran it were awesome. It really was perfect. We also had this property, which we are now on, but the Lord was not opening the doors for us to be on this property. At times I would walk this land and pray and hope ministry would indeed happen here. That it would become a full on ministry in our own area that we called True North Ranch. I would walk the land and the Lord would give me pictures of what it would soon look like. Imagining a road here, a fence there, the horses eating, and ministry happening.
But it just wasn’t happening.
One spring day in early April, we had the yearly vet day. As the boarders, me, and the owners were busy getting horses into the stalls preparing for the vet visit, it seemed a little weird. The owners weren’t their happy selves. The owner came in head down, no smile or greeting and proceeded to close the barn doors. She remained somber and quiet and went on to share that she had some bad news.
My heart dropped.
Someone had reported their barn as not being compliant with the area laws and turned them in. (ALL NOT TRUE to the extent they were demanding). The authorities told them they could no longer have boarding horses. We were devastated. All of us! We were saddened that our friends all standing before us were hurting and going through this and at the same time thinking what WE would do. (As if our God didn’t have a plan)
The worst thing the owner shared was we needed to be out by June 1. THAT WAS ONLY 2 MONTHS away!
But the Lord our GOD had a plan!
We had this property. This property just sitting there waiting for the right time. The property in its beauty full of trees, yet… no road, no electricity, no running water, no shelter, no no no…..just trees.
I was excited at the thought of having the horses now on the property, but in the process of excitement I worried about all that had to be done. In two months no less!
Here in Hebrews Chapter 11….my story…In 2 months God rocked! Every day. Every moment, He provided. He provided funds for fencing, automatic water, horse shelter, pump house, round pen, roads, and hay. HE PROVIDED IN HIS TIME and in the right moment.
It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen over night. But the Lord took what was an awful stressful time…and turned it into awesome.
Only a GOD who cares and loves you can do such a thing!
You have a Chapter 11 faith stories too. You need to look back on what the Lord has done so you can remember how GOOD HE is. By remembering a past trauma and how God brought you through, will get you through the rough patches you are going through right now.
It’s a faith booster! One we all need!
Journaling is wonderful because of this. You can go back and look at faith stories of your own. Recalling HIS workmanship in your life gives you strength!
It works for me every time!!!
The stories are my BOOSTS both in the word in and my own.
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
In the year 2017, I stepped into ANOTHER form of creativity. I added a planner that I could add fun color, wasabi tape, or stickers to help remind me of different events.
Who would of ever thought putting your daily calendar into full color and splash would make me WANT to look at it? It helps me remember too as well as fun creating it!
So in 2018, I got myself a combination of devotional and a planner all in one! In just a few days of starting the new year, I have enjoyed the doodling, journaling and I think the best part is the focused verse. I take it with me throughout the day. Memorizing, pondering, and loving God’s word in my daily tasks. This one is on a non affiliate but wanted to share. Dayspring also has a TON to choose from.
I also love how I can write prayer requests, or look to see who I need to pray for.
While I am in my devotional time and the Lord inspires something on my heart, I can still be creative in my bible. I can do my devotional than plan my day and still be focusing on God’s word and prayer. One day I reverse it and you know what? It helped me focus more on my quiet time because I got the “to do” out of my mind. By having the business part done, I could flow right into prayer and praise and time in His word. I JUST love this!
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I think that is what I love so much about journaling as it can be drawn, written, or just doodling my thoughts. In my bible, I will often date it when I have created something, or when something is really on my heart and have gotten a praise or prayer within that time of creating.
If you want to get started, Dayspring has some wonderful Coloring Day Planners! You can click on the link ad of Dayspring and take a look. ***(remember every time you order from this blog you help our ministry)
This year I got a smaller version size planner, and I wished I didn’t. (above) I like a little bigger space not only to write down my appointments for sessions, but also room to create. So if your pondering the same issue…go bigger!
I love it and hope you will too. The bible I have for journaling is also on Dayspring or Amazon and all the fun goodies you can get to start. The joy of being in God’s word just got more delightful! OH…and colorful!
Here is a picture of the NEW GOAL kit if your into planning goals or making a vision board.
Enjoy being creative!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Do you have a focus word for every new year? Have you ever chosen a word you need to reflect on and make a part of your daily life?I didn’t until two years ago and I love having this special word to remind, refresh, and renew my soul! One year I had JOY, last year I had Overcome, this year…REST!
Throughout many days in December I asked the Lord what word do I need to focus on, draw my days around, work on for my own health, help me be a better wife, mom, and missionary? The Lord brought REST into my mind. Over and over…it just kept creeping into my mind as I was working around the ranch and our home.
So REST it is!
What does it mean for me? For one thing it is something the Lord desires for our best. The Lord repeats it many times throughout scripture and HIS first mention of it is in the very first book,
Genesis 1:5. “God called the light “day” and the darkness “night”. And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.” See it there? He stopped working for a time. Resting.
God goes on making land and sea, vegetation, lights in the sky our sun and moon, animals, and us. Each day He rested at the end. Our Lord didn’t run off and do something else that quickly needed to be done. He didn’t indulge in food or watching TV. He rested.
Moving onto chapter 2:2 God begins with a final detail. “On the seventh day God finished His work of creation, SO HE RESTED”(emphases mine) from all His work.”
Resting is tricky. We can easily think cleaning up the kitchen, organizing a closet or office, or folding laundry is resting. Even watching TV or playing a game as a family can be thought of as resting. I think sometimes working around the ranch is restful like picking up manure or grooming the horse. But really, that’s work not rest.
So we have to go back to what God’s definition of rest is. It’s all about fixing our thoughts on HIM. Resting in HIM.
Taking a walk is my favorite time of resting. We live in a beautiful area of deep woods. No people, no traffic, nothing but the sound of all those things the Lord has made. Fixing my thoughts on HIM is easier when there are no distractions plus I am truly refreshed and rested when I am finished.
Resting is important to God so much so He planted it in the very beginning. He desires for HIS children to be refreshed, rejuvenated, and rested!
We can THINK that doing other things are resting but really…it’s running. In the end, you will be running into more physical and mental exhaustion. True rest. What does it look like?
Getting alone with God. whether it’s a walk, cuddling up with a good helpful book and a cup of tea, watching a sunrise or sunset, or journaling are great ways to rest your mind and body. Trail riding is always a restful time but not often workable as well as it can be stressful if the boys are feisty. Plus, I love spending time with my husband but chatting away isn’t always restful. So finding and doing restful things that are accessible and best for my mind and spirit are key.
My goal for 2018 will be a year I will focus on rest. I will start my day finding verses on rest, journaling, and living my day thinking of the importance of resting in my Father’s arms. He desires the best…so I will listen and obey, peacefully and gladly!
After all, isn’t just the sound of rest give you peace? Running just feels exhausting even typing it, so why do I choose running vs. resting? Human nature I guess.
Prayerfully, I hope you too will find rest in 2018. The Lord hopes so too!
Here are some scriptures I found on REST to begin your journey…
Matthew 11: 28-30 (Favorite)
Hebrews 4:9-11 (another favorite)
There are many more…search…rest…and enjoy Jesus time!
This gal’s blog has some great FREE downloads and wonderful tips! Check it out!
God bless you year…may it be a restful one!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Our dog Cruz loves to have a job! Being a Border Collie he is in constant need of doing some work. If not down at the ranch working the horses, or playing with his agility course, than he has to be doing something to burn off what the Lord has given him. ENERGY and a BRAIN!
Get your fleece, scissors, and mat ready…
Cut your strips and begin…
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Click the LINK on the sidebar…you will be giving TWO gifts…
One for your pup, and one to kids in need of healing and hope!
Put you tail through loop ..
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This snuffle gives him just that! By using our homemade dog treat recipe, and breaking it up, sprinkling it around the snuffle, and letting him use his nose for the reward we are making him use his brain too.
Such a fun project and gift…We hope you will find it fun too!
If you make one, post a picture below! I would love to see the fun colors and creations you make!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee AND Cruz
We can’t wait for Spring every year as we get so excited to meet new kids and families as well as adults! We also look forward to see old faces and joy fill the ranch again. Below we have a link to see our ministry video which will give you a glimpse of what we do, why, and of course give information if you want to sign up for a ranch session.
Below is a link for you to see what we are about! For you to know how to contact us if you know a child, family, or adult in need of healing and hope.
Our Website, www.truenorthranch.org
Why we do a blog?
We do this blog to inspire folks to live a simple, natural, well balanced life and to share what we do here at our ranch. All our sessions are at NO COST to anyone!
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