12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Training a dog is easy…when you make it FUN and by using choices!

I love training! I love training most when Cruz is doing what he loves. Agility or herding.

Being a border collie his mind and body is working all the time. We have to use an “off switch” word to settle him down or to let him know we are finished. We chose the work “all done”. It works. He immediately takes a deep sigh and lays down. Literally he could run all day so it is important for his health and our sanity to have this off switch.

When I train on the obstacle course with him, we use a toy for his motivation. I am not keen on treat rewards in dog training and especially with this black and white cutie. Cruz is motivated by play so play he gets!

I begin by training him to stand in the box. If he moves out of the box before I say “ready”, I direct him back to the box, make him sit, and again we try. No punishment or “NO”, just simply show him what I want and his reward is the toy for sitting in the box. He is smart and learns very quickly, but some days this alone may take a few more times. He must look at me, wait in the box and I will give him a toy when he sits well. Once he has that down, we move to first obstacle.

We first work on the weave course. If he does it right I throw his toy. He fetches it and we start again in the box. We do this about 2-3 times all with no bumps or misses. Then I add another obstacle. Usually the jump. Again we do 2-3 times. Box, weave, jump. If he does it with no mistakes, I throw his toy and we play.

The last obstacle is the tunnel. Which he LOVES! Cruz will often just run it just to do it. So it was easy to train him by just saying, “tunnel” and no prob…through the tube he went like a flash!

Training is really about understanding the personality of your dog and what he or she loves. If they are motivated by treats, break them up small so you have plenty. If they love play use a toy.
Also training is about giving choices. When they choose the right thing, that is what you want, there is a reward like treat of toy. If they choose their own way, which is not what you want you redirect to the place where the right choice is. Waiting for them to make that choice is hard. They may take awhile doing lots of wrong choices, but hang in there until they make the right one and reward quickly.

NOW, obedience training is a whole new thing. I don’t use treats or toys. This is a time for walking at my side, coming when called, laying down for period of time, and moving out and laying down. The only reward is my voice. You know why?

Because in a crisis your voice is all you will have! You may not have a toy or treat when your dog is chasing a squirrel and heading toward a car. Or you may not have a toy or treat when the UPS man comes and he/she needs to stay. Dogs love your voice of praise just as much as the other rewards and it is important to use it.

I have trained many dogs in my lifetime and find the voice and a warm friendly hand is the sign of true love between friends. Our training time has different pictures for the needs they are to meet. A well trained dog, walks at your side without pulling ahead (leads to many problems) or lagging behind. A dog that is secure stops a bad behavior when told, ONCE. You will have a happier dog and family when your 4 legged friend has boundaries. 

Enjoy your training and if you need advice, I am happy to help. 

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Bible Journaling, Ministry, Peace, Ranch Life
As I sit here with my Frankincense oil and my cup of yummy Pumpkin Cream tea reading my bible, the Lord brought something to my mind as my heart is stirring over a decision my husband I need to make.

“ The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Psalm 32:8-9

Everyday I have to make decisions. Some are simple really. Just organizing my day to get as many tasks and “fires” off my list. But some, well, are more difficult.

 I am bad at directions and often am bad at being given direction. So, I have to depend on my GPS in my car. If it’s a new place for SURE I need it! It’s easy to just plug in the address and off we go as the little female voice tells me how to get there. And I trust it most of the time.

It is so funny to read this verse today as I ride through the trails. Bokoda is going where I want him to go by a hug on one leg and when he chooses the wrong way, like heading toward a tree, I engage a grip on the rein so he feels pressure on his bit. He moves right away because it hurts. Like the verse, Jesus is my guide and when I take a wrong turn, the Lord puts that pressure so I will hopefully turn to HIS direction, HIS path not mine. When I do choose my way it does hurt.

We have to decide on some things in ministry that will affect many people. We sit and pray and ask the Lord to reveal HIS best interest not ours. By going to HIM we are submitting our own will to HIS. You see the Lord is omnipresent. He knows all things past present and future. He knows what will be best in the long scheme of things and HE even knows and will protect the ones affected by that change. I often want to know that detail the Lord has. But, it doesn’t work that way. Look at this verse which I did for my bible journaling. “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Proverbs 20:24


This is when talking to the Lord just gets humorous sometimes. He just speaks through HIS word and gives me peace. SO awesome! 

 (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another great verse! I follow my own path when I don’t want to change. When I don’t want to work harder or the change is asking more of me somehow. I follow the path of SELF and every time that path leads to consequences. So why don’t I learn?  Well, like the horse, we are on a journey. Because of our sin nature we are selfish and need a Savior! We need to confess our own ways and allow the Lord to be our Master and tour Guide through life. It’s hard, but always worth it!

 

 

Unlike the GPS in the car, or the bit in the horse’s mouth our Lord has a promise.

“I will protect you wherever you go.” Genesis 28:15 The GPS lady can’t make that promise as she directs me to the destination. I can’t fulfill protection on the horse when I direct him through a trail.

However, my Jesus can promise HE will guide and tell me the BEST path. He will WATCH over me and he will protect. These are big words for big decisions and today is another day to make decisions.

So asking Jesus every step along the way for HIS idea and best path is truly the best decision ANYONE can make.

Enjoy making many decisions and may you get your direction from the Lord to give you peace as well!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and pray always!
Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

As you all can tell, we like to do things naturally around our ranch. So feeding our horses sugar treats is just not gonna happened!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs as well as they make a wonderful treat for them as well. Purchase HERE

It’s exciting that these 10 we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch.

 

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

Calendula, This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It is also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing

Helichrysum, This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopped it quick. Love this herb. It is known for its restorative properties and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis stretch marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

Marshmallow-Althea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

Meadowsweet– Filipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months.. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

Valerian.-Valerian officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations.

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.

Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioca One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that know of and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and coat healthy. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

Plantain, You may have this growing in your back yard. We do, by the wagon full! This herb has been known to heal headaches, and rubbed in you hands and put on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes, or rashes will help ease the pain and pull out the toxins. It is one amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic. I keep a gallon Mason jar FULL of dried Plantain as it is most of my horse’s blends and is a great herb to give them often. 

Red and White clover.-Trifolium- This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a ffew every day can make a workd of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest as much of it as I can.

 

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they don’t last long.

 

Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing and harvesting, having them all year round!

 

We also will purchase these herbs as we they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs some additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!

 

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey –Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough, bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation; arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used.

Chamomile Flowers-matricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

Coltsfoot

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to is strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek Seeds-Triganella foenum-graecum- My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them it up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!

 

Rose Hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

Echinacea- This herb is one you need to keep on hand! It is full of medicinal purposes. Here is a link for you to read ALL the wonderful benefits!

Corn silk –Zie mays- the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections.

 

There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.

 

Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.

 

 

Tea Time: Purchase Here

Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix.

 

Relaxing Mint Blend:

3 Cups Nettle

1 Cup Marshmallow

1 Cup Plantain

1 Cup Parsley

½ Cup Calendula

½ Cup Peppermint

½ Cup Goldenseal

Mix and place in a sealed bag and keep in a cool dark place. I don’t use glass jars around the ranch but found these bags work great!

 

Boosting Immune System:

This is a ranch favorite and MUST for our conditions in Minnesota!

 

2 Cups Nettle

2 Cups Meadowsweet

2 Cups Echinacea

1 Cup Goldenseal

1 Cup Marshmallow

½ Cup Comfrey (don’t use more than 10-14 days in a row)

½ Cup Coltsfoot

½ Cup Rose Hips

½ Cup Hibiscus Flower

Mix and place in a sealed bag and leave in cool, dark area.

 

BOO BOO Blend:

2 Cups Plantain

2 Cups of Comfrey

2 Cups Marshmallow

½ Cup Chamomile Flowers

½ Cup Marjoram (essential oil is a wonderful oil to have on hand)

½ Cup Peppermint (essential oil, must have around the ranch)

Mix the blend and place in bag. I also will make this into a tea and place wet herbs on wound wrapping it in a cloth. You can make a salve with this as well.

 

Colic Blend:

2 Cups Lemon Balm

2 Cups Plantain

1 cup Parsley

1 cup Peppermint

½ cup Devils Claw (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory)

Mix blend and keep in sealed bag.

 

Cough Blend: ( We give this blend once a month for one week in their feed during allergy season to prevent coughs. Worked so far)

4 Oz Dog Grass root

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Elderberries

8 Oz Red Clover Flower

8 Oz red Clover Leaf

2 Oz Licorice root

2 Oz Ginger Root

Mix blend. Give 1-2 Oz day in feed. You can add warm water to it as well.

Elecampane ½-1 tsp 4 times a day for a wet or dry cough


Remember when you purchase from the links you help us do what we do here on our ranch. We put ALL proceeds towards our ministry. Thank you and enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

First of all, there are many essential oils out there that are good. There are many that are not. I am not an expert on this area, but found resources that were VERY helpful.
Here is one of my favorite resources on essential oils and herbs:


A closer look as explained in this blog and video testing is remarkable!
http://www.essentialoiltesting.com/blog/protective-blends

 

I also had gone on a blog with a stay at home mom who had also done a ton of research on the subject.

I don’t have any issues with MLM’s as I was in 2 of them one for over 15 years and another for 5 years. It really came down to two very important things to me:

ONE: They provide listen to this…90DAYS of guarantee Listen to this…EVEN OPEN USED! I don’t know of one company that does that! They say guarantee but only 30 or 60 days AND it has to be unopened. Well…kinda dah there. If you try it, and use it, it will be open!

So this was a big deal! LOVE that!

 

SECOND: They are less expensive than most companies and they are always running specials. PLUS listen again…FREE SHIPPING IN U.S.!!!! WOW! That is just another whipping cream on the cake!

 

I really believe in the company and it’s quality as well!

 

Lastly, how they give to people like us, bloggers. They provide a % that is higher than most affiliate programs. They offer help in all areas of getting us the right information to better help you and again I so appreciate that. We love to advertise for them because they are an amazing company!

**When you purchase from us on this site, all proceeds go to our ranch to help others in need. 

I think you will find this product well worth your experience in the essential oil way of life! We have and of course have had a much healthier way of life!

 

Here is our HORSE KIT:
(all oils and diffusers find at Rocky Mountain Oils link ad on the side or HERE)

We keep on the ranch ready for use!

Frankincense (MUST HAVE)

Peppermint

First Aid

Myrrh

Immune Strength (HOT OIL need to use with carrier oil) Horses love it!

Lemon

Aligning (MUST HAVE)

Eucalyptus

Lemongrass

Lavender (MUST HAVE)

Bergamot

We also add the carrier oils for Sheath cleaning and message

Having a diffuser is also wonderful if you have a barn you in a lot. Our tack shack has one and we love it! It also is a place for crafts for kids so it adds a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation.

 

There are many more we have but his is a good start if you are considering trying essential oils for wellness and care. It has been an amazing journey to use oils instead of traditional medicine. We are thankful for what the Lord has provided!

 

I suggest getting some of the empty amber bottles from them as well so you can blend your own. We make up a bug/tick one we put on the horses before a ride. We also have the roll on so we can put it on ourselves quickly and keep it in our trail pack. I love these. We do have a wooden box we got from HERE

But RMO provides soft ones that are great for the ranch too! We use the wooden ones so we can decorate them as a craft as you can see in the picture above. All are wonderful!

 

Essential Oils for around the home:

 

Eucalyptus

Peppermint

Citrus Passion

Lavender

Aligning

Frankincense

Lemongrass

Lemon

Immune Strength (MUST HAVE) use in most of my DIY cleaners with baking soda

Purify (use in many DIY)

Nutmeg (love for diffusing)

Black Pepper

Pain Ease (amazing after a long day)

Relieve Me (so helps in many illness, breathing, and joints too)

White Grapefruit

 

Again these are just ones we use all the time, some everyday! If you suffer from congestion or sinus the peppermint and eucalyptus are really a must have! I put them in steam water and breath in with a towel over my head and it takes the pressure away RIGHT AWAY!

So amazing!

Great if you feel a cold coming on as well!

 

I love this company and I love their product quality. A very simple and easy choice for our family and hope you find the same results!

God bless you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Ranch Life

This dreamy recipe is so easy and you can even make it easier by already buying the blend already to go!
I personally choose to purchase each ingredient from my favorite place, Bulk Herb Store but you can purchase the ready to go 1/2 pound mixture. I tell you, you won’t go buy any other Chai type recipe. SO wonderful! So…here ya go and ENJOY! Really any time of year not just fall! 

 1 Cup.     Organic Red Rooibos Tea (buy here)
 1/2 Cup  Organic Cinnamon Chips (buy here)
1/2 Cup.  Organic Whole Cloves (buy here)
 1/3 Cup. Organic Orange Peel (buy here)
 1/4 Cup. Organic Ginger Root (buy here)

Mix each ingredient in a steel bowl. I put the mixture in a mason jar and keep in a cool dark place like your pantry. Label as well.  

 

Once you have your blend made and you are ready to brew, place 1-3 tsp of the blend in your strainer, pour boiling water over your blend and steep for at least 10 minutes.  
Cover your tea while it steeps. This holds the flavors. Add your honey (buy here) or sweetener and the topper…add your almond milk.

I tell you this is what makes this SO yummy! I also add a little nutmeg to add a little touch. In the picture is a Calendula flower to make a special touch! All eatable too!

Special note: If you like one ingredient more feel free to experiment with this and add or take out what is too strong for your taste. I LOVE the orange peel and add more. Fresh whole nutmeg is wonderful to grate on the top. 

I hope you enjoy your dreamy fall delight! 
God bless you and keep warm!

Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day,
Lee

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Health, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Our boys just love treats! We do many tricks with these guys so we always like to reward them for going the extra mile. We do not treat our boys by hand with the kids we serve as this can lead to bad behavior from the horse. They can get a little nippy or aggressive so we will treat them by placing the treat in a bucket. When I am asking the horse to bow, one of the tricks, I will give it to the horse versus the child. I would suggest implementing some good behavior training for yourself as well. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy horse! 

Hope you find the recipe enjoyable to know you are giving your horse the best. Not only from your kitchen but from the heart as well.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Herb of your choice (or two)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • Favorite herb
  • 1 cup rolled oats NOT QUICK
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, coconut oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, seed, herbs, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet.
  6. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Let cool.


Because there are natural ingredients in these treats, you must keep in a dry cool place and use within a couple of weeks. I am SURE your horses won’t mind! It is a treat that is healthy and safe! You gotta love that feeling!

Store these treats in a glass mason jar or a sealed bag. I don’t like to use glass around the ranch, but it does help to keep the treats much fresher. 

Enjoy and 
Love deeper, talk sweeter
Lee



 

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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life

Mak
ing Ranch ribs:

First I prepare the ribs with a rub. I like to use fresh herbs if available so I will begin with those. 

2 Tablespoons of fresh course sea salt
2 Tablespoons of fresh ground peppercorns
Rub into meat on both sides. 

Let sit for about an hour

Just before wrapping in foil and placing in your smoker I sprinkle on both sides:
Red bell pepper flakes and paprika 

Foil them up sealing well.





Set up your smoker to manufactures directions. We use wood and sometimes wood chips in our smoker. If your smoker has a watering pan add 2″ of water. If not use a foil pan and place below where you will be cooking the ribs.
Place fat side up. Smoke until light brown. 

Put on smoker for about 4 hours @ 200F

Pull and put on smoker directly for 1 hour

Remove  Sauce them with your favorite BBQ and put on direct grill 3 minutes per side.

These ribs are wonderful with some good ol’ corn on the cob and some sweet potatoes cooked in foil and oil! We just love this meal and great to serve with family and friends!
Don’t forget the napkins! Or hose!
God bless and enjoy!
Lee AND DAN!


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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, The Boys, Thyme Out
We like to do things naturally as much as we are able around our ranch. Feeding our horses sugar treats is just not an option so researching and understanding what herbs our horses need is very important!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs which also makes a wonderful treat for them. It’s exciting that 10 herbs we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch. We didn’t realize it until late into Spring so we will be ready for next year.

When you start to pay attention to what is growing naturally around your home, you will delight in harvesting the herbs without the work of seeding and watering.   

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

 

CalendulaCalendula arvensis This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing. If your into cooking and know the expensive ingredient Saffron, this herb can be a replacement and you can impress all who enjoy special delights in their food.

Helichrysum– This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopoed it quick. Love this herb. It is known to regenerate cells and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, streach marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

MarshmallowAlthea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is favored for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

ValerianValeriana officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations. You must use with caution due to its sedative qualities. 

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow Achillea millefolium- is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in a stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.Stinging Nettles- Urtica dioca- One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that I know and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and  give a healthy coat. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

PlantainPlantago Major-This plant is seen as a weed by most people as it grows wildly in most yards and fields. Since it is so easily available it is easy to harvest, dry, and can so you can make it into tinctures and salves. This plant is wonderful as tea or in your salad. Put some olive oil and favorite vinaigrette and you have just helped your body with a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. If you have a wound, bite, and itching you can make it into a tea and spray it on the area. The horses love this herb! The anti-inflammatory properties is always a wonderful go to herb.

Red and White Clover.-Trifolium– This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a few every day can make a world of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest, dry, and jar as much of it as I can.

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they last until beginning of June than are gone.   Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in mason jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing is harvesting and having them all year round!   We also will purchase these herbs as they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs  additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!  

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough,or  bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation, arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used.

Chamomile Flowersmatricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm– making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

ColtsfootTussilago farfara- This herb is used primarily for coughing and to release mucus. For my one horse that suffers from this in the spring I will add this to his cough blend. I will only use it for 5 days in his feed unless I don’t see any change. It also can have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-catarrhal (eases inflammation of mucous membranes) properties and can be useful for respiratory tract disorders, particularly to relieve coughing.

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to its strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek SeedsTriganella foenum-graecum– My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them eat up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!  

Rose hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

EchinaceaEchinacea pallida this herb has so many beneficial properties I don’t know where to begin. There has been cases of horse with strangles that symptoms reduced and began eating again. It has reduce the length of the common cold and boost the immune system. It is a natural pain reliever and simply put an herb you must have for you and your animals! So full of good stuff!

CornsilkZie mays– the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections.   There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.   Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.    

 

Tea Time: Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix. Save the herbs and give as a special treat. I will be blogging soon my favorite blends we use around the ranch.

Until next time enjoy blending and living healthy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Ranch Life, Treats
My man just loves cobbler! He loves any kind, cherry, strawberry, doesn’t matter…but he ADORES peach cobbler! I have made many variations of this famous dessert. Some with biscuit like toppings, to total covering the top with a crust, but this one so far is the winner. I have made it several times now and the only thing you have to make sure is to add the NUTMEG! It really makes this dish a hit! This cobbler isn’t exactly the healthiest dessert with all the sugar and butter,  just make sure its organic sugar and at least it will make you feel better. Ingredients:
  • *1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • *1 cup all-purpose flour
  • *2 cups organic sugar, divided
  • *1 tablespoon baking powder
  • *Pinch of salt
  • *1 cup almond milk
  • *4 cups fresh peach slices
  • *1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon (I used a whole lemon and it really was amazing)
* A dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg fresh, I use both You will want these 2 spices on your shelf for other recipes for fall and winter months! Just a whole different experience when you use fresh and whole ingredients! Directions:
    1. Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
    2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add almond milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
    3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and fresh lemon to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. I also add fresh whole nutmeg!
    4. Love the stuff, fresh of course
    5. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
    6. Serve cobbler warm or cool.
     
  • A fav at the ranch, top with homemade ice cream with fresh vanilla beans!
  • We also like to serve our desserts in cute dishes. Personally, all of the Pioneer Woman stuff makes your kitchen and cooking so much more enjoyable AND colorful! 
  •  I found these at Walmart.
I hope you will love this recipe as much as we do!  God bless and always remember to, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life, The Boys

Enjoying the heat today out in the lake! The BOYS love the water and of course it helps cool us all off!


We bring the boys in the evening when the boats are not as active on the lake to make it peaceful for us and the horses. Boats buzzing by or making a ton of waves just sets up for the horses, our boys, to not be as relaxed in the water. So, we try and make the swim time later in the day.

When we head out, usually Dan will be in his bareback pad and I often will be in a saddle. We have a little journey to get to the lake by taking either the ditch which is on a heavy traffic area or our road. The road can pose some problems as the cabins are really close to the road and spooks are more often than not are going to happen. So by taking the ditch I like to be in a saddle. I am thankful many of those journeys!

Once we get to the lake the boys immediately relax! They do their little “raspberry” noise and know what’s coming.  We unsaddle, get into our suits, and let the boys play and paw in the water. We take it slow going in allowing us all to get use to the coldness. I sometimes will splash Bokoda just to begin the play mode with him. This is when he usually will lay down and roll around in the water. He then gets me wet as he splashes back! Can you believe you can play so much with a horse? It really is a joyful experience! Being in the water brings so much delight for us all. Cooling down to just playing and laughing together is such a need and a great end to our day.

It’s always nice when we hit sunset time. The sky just makes the evening perfect. Being with my man and my boys. So fun! 


We enjoyed a wonderful time together and we provided a bit of entertainment for the late pontoons who all took delight in taking some pictures as well.  
So fun and they really do love it!







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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life, Treats

OOO if you LOVE smoothies you will find this recipe amazing! AND if you have never tired BUBBLE TEA well let me tell ya…YUM!!!

 A smoothie with a little fun through your straw ! The blends of these herbs and fruit and Plexus protein 96 will just make your taste buds wonder what happened!

Of course with any recipe add what you feel you like most. Variations are to your imagination as well. I love chocolate and peanut butter so I may try that next.

I also love adding my Pumpkin Tea Blend using Roobios tea that you can find on my blog too for a nice fall smoothie.

 

Note: the black BOBA bubbles are best if you don’t want dyes. The color ones are really fun but I saw they had a bunch of things I didn’t want in my body.

So here we go…Ready?

First you will need:

Bogo Bubbles or Tapioca Pearls (buy here comes with straws)

Frozen or fresh raspberries

Plexus 96 Protein Vanilla (buy here)

Rose Petals (buy here)

Hibiscus Flower (buy here)

Almond milk

Organic honey (buy here)

 

Step 1: Get your bubbles ready by following package directions. Leave in cold water until your ready to strain and put in bottom of your fun bubble smoothie glass.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Make up your Hibiscus/Rose tea (I had mine made the night before and chilled in the refridge ready to go. But if you are making yours fresh make sure to cool it down once it has steeped for its 10-15 minutes.

 

 

Step 3: Pour 1 Cup of tea in blender and add your honey or Stevia.

 

Step 4: Add ½ Cup of Almond milk

 

Step 5: Add your Raspberries and ice cubes

 

Step 6: Add you Plexus 96 ( I use only half of a package)

Blend away until nice and SMOOTH

 

Put your bubbles in your mug making sure to be well drained. Pour your smoothie mixture over the bubbles and add a touch of sprinkled rose herbs on top.

Add your straw and ENJOY!!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
God bless as you share this wonderful drink with your loved ones!
Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
I just love making cards on rainy days! Playing with this set with the cherries and other fruit just makes it seem a little brighter! I started to make a file of cards for those birthday’s and anniversary that seem to pop up on my calendar unexpected that I can grab quickly. Whenever there is time in a day, I will make multiple cards to fill up that file. There is nothing like having a homemade card ready to go when life is busy! I love this set from Stampin’ Up! my ol’ stompin’ grounds from long ago. It is a little time consuming due to all the layers but LAYERS is what makes a card!  The more layers to each item is what makes it all POP! The ribbon is also one of those things I must put on a card. YES, it costs more to send…but so worth it in the end. I hope as more rainy days come, I can get more to show you all! Enjoy! Supplies you will need: Tart and Tangy Set (any fun set will work that you have)
Real Red ink  Real Red Marker Wasabi Ink Only Orange Ink Wasabi Marker Ribbon Scallop Punch 1 1/4 circle punch 1 3/4 circle punch Real Red and Bliss Blue Card stock Glossy White Using markers for the berries so you can get the 2 tone colors, make sure to huff on your stamp before stamping. This makes the marker remoisten before you stamp. I used glossy white to help make it all be more brighter, but you do need to wait to allow to dry before using your punch. I also added aw white gel pen to the scallop flower to also add a little more color.  It really is all about the layer without it becoming gaudy.  Use part of the circle punch to the corners of the layer to get the curve look. Again, bringing out the layer color. You will need to add a little more postage to this card if your sending it in the mail, but isn’t it just worth it? Remember any colors and stamps you have will make the card your own! The style is what helps in the creative process! Enjoy crafting! Love deeper, talk sweeter today, Lee
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Ranch Life
April 20, 2017

 

OH MY! RAIN RAIN, RAIN! Ok time to work inside and get some projects done. First one on the agenda…cook up some snacks for the weekend work!

 

Around here we spend many hours on the ranch and since our home front is ¼ mile down the road, we need to have some quick snacks and healthy ones at that!

 

So today I made up some homemade granola bars that are TOO DIE FOR! I love this snack as it is not only easy to eat, but all the ingredients just make you feel good inside and out!

 

I also made a batch of some ELECTROLITE TEA which again we keep in the refrigerator knowing the weekend will be used up with working spring projects and the need for our bodies to be well hydrated!

The SON is going to shine…so take the day that isn’t so bright to prepare.

 

TOO DIE FOR Granola Bars:

  • 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cupHoney
  • 1/4 cup Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • ½ cup Roughly Chopped Almonds
  • ½ cup of Sunflower seeds

Chocolate chips and white chocolate melted for dipping bars.

SIDE NOTE>Feel free to add other goodies, like raisins, peanut butter, dried fruit

Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside. 

Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Toss together in mixer the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!

Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. You will be tempted to cut these earlier than they are ready which DON’T DO…I let mine set overnight to make sure they will be harden and crispy. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan. 

NOW the fun part and of course finger licking time too…

Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment.

ENJOY and remember…
LOVE deeper and TALK sweeter!
Lee

 

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Health, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

March 19, 2017

If you suffer from allergies, or feel a little something coming on, turn to tea and essential oils! It works for me EVERY TIME!

The key behind staying healthy and keeping your immune
system strong comes down to what you put in your body when your well AND when your sick. I use daily supplements to keep my body ready for the attacks of this world called germs. I also use those supplements to boost my body to fight off infections by building a strong immune system. I personally have tried many products, nothing worked 100% until I tried PlexusIf you like, you can click on the link and read more about the product that has helped me and thousands of others GET WELL ahead of the big sickness called colds and flu.


Next I keep close clues to what comes before a cold or flu bug. If a bug is going around, which is all the time in the winter, a spring, I start diffusing my home with essential oils and of course I use only essential oils for cleaning my home as well. You can check out some recipes here. For me, when a cold is coming I feel it in my nose and teeth. Kinda like when you get a sinus infection. I begin by inhaling my go to remedy, Eucalyptus OilI may inhale several times a day. Along with that, I inhale Peppermint If after a few hours symptoms don’t subside, I hit the BIG guns and will boil in a glass bowl purified water and place a few drops of either oil in water and with a towel over my head and bowl begin to inhale. WHEW…watch out..it is powerful but VERY effective. Usually this will do it and whatever was gonna hit, subsides.

Lastly, throughout the day I mix myself some of my favorite Immune Strength tea blend. I love this tea! You can use the ingredients below and have your own batch adding more of a favorite spice, or you can by it already done at my favorite store, Bulk Herb Store. I love to make my own so I created a recipe sharing with you. Drinking tea throughout the day, smelling the freshness of a home cleaned with no chemicals, and using oils on my body, is just what the nature Doctor gave us to get well and KEEP well. 

Enjoy trying the goodness that only the Lord provides! Keep healthy God’s way!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day!
Lee


Allergy and Immune Tea

Wild Cherry-1/2 c

Nettles  ¾ c

Plantain Leaf  ½ c

Yarrow-1/2 c

Elder Berry ¼ c

Licorice root– ¼ c

Ginger Root-2 tsp.

Fenugreek Seed-1/4 c

Orange peel– 2-3 tsp. ( I like a lot of orange flavoring)

Mix, keep in airtight container. ( I use handy dandy mason jars decorated on the outside)
When ready to brew, place desired amount in tea strainer, and steep for at least 10 minutes.

Mix together and you have an AWESOME tea blend as you feel a cold coming on!
So great for those allergies as well!

Enjoy getting well the natural way, drinking tea,  eating well and taking your supplements!




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