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Crafts, Ranch Life
Oh I can’t believe it! For 25 years I have had my little craft room in the laundry room with no windows. Now we are empty nesters and my man and I got to work creating a new craft room with lots of natural light!  A new craft room with color and light will make creating so much more exciting! 

I am calling it my Whimsy room! Because of the whimsy decor…so cute!


Here is what the room looked like before we began. Our son  Mitchell.

Craft Room
Now for the fun part…gutting and getting walls ready for new brightness!

We were given old base boards as a donation so I decided to use these as a  crown molding around the room. I painted them white…and added a splash of distressing…

New Craft Room

Dan mounted them…they look so cool against the painted wall!
New Craft Room

We also decided to empty the closet taking out the old racks and will turn this area into the main area for stamping.
New Craft Room

 

This next part I love! I want a WHIMSY type of room so looking at ideas for window decor I came up with this. What do you think? Whimsy or what? It was also a project I could do NOW since I had to wait for the flooring to come in. 
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New Craft Room
I just took material and cut them into strips tying them onto a white cord made of cotton. I measured the cord out by hanging it on the window so I knew how long I wanted the swag. Lookin’ whimsy for sure!

OK…he finished the floor…
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Making your own tea and blending herbs can be confusing as well as intimidating. Personally, it took me a few months to feel confident but over time…it all really doesn’t matter -just so it tastes good to you.

Yep that’s right…just don’t worry about it! Tea blending is all  in what you love, taste, and feel. That’s it!

DIY tea Blending

Begin by having some kind of journal so you can write down the tea blends you tried.  You can make a note or use faces…I love  using those emoji faces!

 

Kinds of Teas, Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (just a few of the most popular and flavorful)

Base Tea: Black, White, Roboos,  Green,  Oolong, Fruit,  Macha

 

Add a dash: Ginger, Orange Peel,  Lemon Peel,  Mints, Cinnamon, Clove, Cyanine

 

Aroma delight: One drop of essential oil like orange, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lemon

 

Flower Herbs: elder flower, hibiscus, rose petal, rose hips, lavender

 

Medicinal Herbs: (Top herbs to have on hand especially cold and flu season)  Ginger, Elderberry, garlic, marshmallow, elder flower, echinachia,  goldenseal, yarrow, dandelion leaf

DIY Tea Blending

 

Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful in your journey of tea blending. Once you find the group of herbs you like, make a label naming your new tea and put the ingredients of herbs on the label. Naming the most used herb first.

 

Tip 1:

Fighting an illness:Taste-of-Herbs-Flavor-Wheel-Packet

  1. Look at the link above even print it out to help you.
  2. Find how your feeling or what you’re trying to fight.
  3. Pick 3 herbs based on the chart. Blend only a cup of the herbs. Use 1 tsp for the herb that is needed to be the strongest. The other 2 use 1/2 tsp, and if one is a mint use only a sprinkle.

Once you have a blend you like, make up a bigger mason jar of the blend, adding your ingreients and name it, like cold/flu, cough, tummy, headache….

Tip 2.

 Base tea leaves:
  Using one of these is making a caffeinated  tea. Yet, it may be a wonderful blend to play with.

When you go to order the tea leaves, Starwest is wonderful at giving you the info behind each one as well as the flavor.  A tip in itself! Especially with these based teas.

Once you have had a cup of the base tea add an herb you like- for example:  green tea with rose petals, rose hips, ginger and orange. Again only make a small batch, giving you one to three cups so if you don’t like it you won’t waste your herbs.
(If I make a cup I that is too pungent I will put it in my dinner some how…like when I am simmering meat I add the tea to water…I feel better when I don’t waste!)

Tip 3.

  1. Blend 2 herbs. Pick a flower or medicinal herb. Pick one dash and an aroma delight.
  2. Only make one cup of tea using a 2 tsp of your choice herb and ½ tsp of your dash, brew and you’re ready to drink your cup add your drop of essential oil.

If you like this blend, write it down in your tea blend booklet.
DIY Blending Tea

 Tip 4: (click on the Starwest link to get the herbs and spices you need even tea bags)
Top herbs to have on hand all the time would be ones I love yes but also to help fight an
on coming cold or flu.

  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the refridge all year round!)
  2. Golden Seal, Yarrow, and Echinacea, (not the best tasting but sure powerful in helping aid in fevers, coughs, and upper respiratory)
  3. Ginger and orange peel, and rose hips (gotta have flavor…these are not only medicinal but packed with flavor)
  4. The above spices can be substituted for essential oils only one drop per cup. peppermint, ginger, clove bud, lemon, or orange

Lastly, when brewing your tea make sure to brew for at least 10-15 minutes. I know it may seem like a long wait, but it is important to let the herb steam through. Also cover your mixed herb while it is brewing. Most tea strainers (Starwest has a wonderful one) do not have a cover so I use a lid of a mason jar.


Enjoy blending and experimenting with your teas and spices. The joy of blending is feeling free enough to stretch your imagination and enjoy the smell and taste of your OWN blend.


If you want to give your new tea as a gift…I love putting them in a mason jar and I made cute quilted bag but you can gift wrap yours with a tea strainer attached. Another opportunity to be creative!
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Happy blending,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life
Oh boy do I remember the old time ornament and napkin ring idea!

Ornament Essential oils
A simple recipe, fun and safe for kids, and of course a wonderful way to teach children the art of giving.

ornament essential oils

Coming into a season of giving I wanted to create ideas for gift giving, table decor, and an activity to do with youth. Since we are past the little ones in the home and yet to have grandchildren, I thought of this old recipe to have the youth make for their loved ones. Plus, these little gems can be used all season and adding a heart or snowflake to the mix of cookie cutters…well… this could be an ongoing gift through the long winter months. 

Enjoy making these and being creative of how you can add them to packages, place them throughout your home for wonderful scents, or simple ornament to decorate your tree. 

ornament essential oils

Recipe:

1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup warm water
Mix flour and salt together, add water slowly while mixing with your hands. Form a ball, make sure they are not too sticky.
Roll out dough onto floured surface and make your cut outs.
After you place cut outs onto your cookie tray, make a hole by using a straw. You can also stamp on the cut out to give a little Scandinavian look. 
Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or leave out on a tray for 2 or so days. 
After they dry, add a drop or 2 of essential oils to each one. We love using cinnamon, peppermint, clove, and orange. Either individually or combining a couple.
You can also paint them with acrylics to add a flash of color.


Be creative!


Ornament essential oils
I am sure you will come up with great ideas! Send me pictures in the comments below…Love to see what you came up with! 

 


God’s blessings as you celebrate all the Lord has giving you and your family!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, 
Lee
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Ranch Life, The Boys

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

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.

Get Away

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!

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Get Away

 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.

Get away

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.
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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

Ingredients:

1 15 oz organic can of pumpkin

1 12 oz can evaporated milk

1 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, and pie spice until well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×13 greased pan.
  4. Sprinkle about ¾ of your cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. (save extra for next time)
  5. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the cake mix.
  6. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the nuts.
  7. Bake cake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  8. 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)

Ingredients:

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.



Get Away

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,
Lee

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Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

 

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.

Unflinching Faith

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.”

 

Amazing?

Not when we have unflinching faith! 

Unflinched 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!

 

Verse 26

“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,

Lee

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Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
YES…it’s true! Tons of folks are now on the elderberry bandwagon and to get your elderberries will be more of a challenge. The elderberry shortage is happening so start ordering TODAY! Starwest still has some but not many if you click here. (affiliate link) Also if they are out of order you can have them email you when they come in. 


Many recipes are on the internet for the famous elderberry syrup, which also makes for the elderberry craze! Truly I love this stuff! It really works! What a great gift to give a loved one!


Just 1/4 cup alone or in my tea a couple of times a day I can fight off a cold or flu bug. It is awesome on ice cream and pancakes too. I also put it in my Kombucha for an added boost in the morning. 

Kick Out Soda
Here is my recipe along with other ideas to use your elderberries. 

Don’t delay…order today! And make up a big batch of the syrup so you have it on hand!

Are you looking for a way to use essential oils more often instead of the “go to” drugs? Along with herbs, essential oils can help your body fight off infections and get your body back to wellness.
Here is a link of a series of videos to help in your health and wellness with essential oils. I love Dr. Z. He is very open as well as helpful! 

Love deeper, talk sweeter and make your own elderberry syrup today!
Lee
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Health, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one..RATS it is painful and inconvenient most of the time! I hate getting UTI’s and it has been a LONG time since I had one. 
Oh Boy UTI
WHY?

Why does it come on? Well the answer can be as good as any guess. I personally take the Plexus probiotic and that alone has helped many issues. I also drink Kombucha every day which has also been a BIG change for helping stay healthy. 

What I believe happened this round for me was a lack of water intake. We have had many hot and humid days and if I don’t drink enough water, bacteria can creep into the system. Also just good habits I  wasn’t good about. I have below a great website which give more info on the why’s.
Lavender Lemondade

WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE CALLING THE DOCTOR

Whatever the issue of WHY you got it, now it’s time to try and get rid of it without antibiotics. Let me warn you 2 things. ONE…it isn’t a quick fix like the icky antibiotics. In fact, mine took almost 2 full weeks before it was clear. I felt results within 3 days but it took that long to totally feel better.  Going the natural way takes time and takes doing the teas and oils many times throughout your day. For many folks, they really can’t deal with that. But for ones who choose to heal their body naturally, will pay off in the years to come. Check this link to see facts from Dr. Axe.

Remember, antibiotics take over 3 years to get out of your body. In turn, will slow down your immune system to heal or battle other things that come up in your life. NO thanks!

Two.. is this disclaimer:
Oh boy UTI

Now are you ready to try some things? I love this site for explanation of herbs used.

First onsite of pain:
1. Drink at least 3 full glasses of water. Pee as often as you can. Even if it hurts. Don’t hold it… really important.
2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in one of the glasses of water and drink it within 5 minutes. It doesn’t taste great but do it… this helps stop or ease the pain while peeing.
3. Get some non sweetened Cranberry juice and drink throughout the day.
4. Be drinking fresh water all day as much as you can and more!
5. Take the supplement D-Mannose. Take as directed. I use the one with cranberry. 


Second Step:
Make up a jar of tea blend, label it, and make yourself a pot of tea. Drink throughout the day. Hot or cold.
Recipe for blend: Ingredients found by clicking Starwest Botanicals (affiliate link)
 1/2 cup Uva Ursi (making a tincture with this herb would be better in your tea as the taste is not great)
1/2 cup Dandelion Leaf (great for UTI’s)
 1/4 cup Golden Seal
 1/2 cup Marshmallow Root
 1/8 cup Corn silk (yep the stuff you usually throw away…dry and save in mason jar…great herb)
 1/8 cup Cinnamon Chips
6 cloves
Mix and blend well in a glass bowl and put into a mason jar labeled. Make 1-2 tsp per cup. 
UTI
I also drank at least 8 oz of Kombucha. This is one drink if you don’t know much about…this book is awesome! (affiliate link) Really helps keep your immune system boosted and when your fighting something like UTI your body will appreciate it! Trust me! Again…this book will answer so many questions and help you make awesome Kombucha. Cheap too!
UTI Kombucha
Last step:
Take a detox bath. Everyday if you can! UTI’s can be so uncomfortable and taking a detox bath with these ingredients will not only help you relax, but help heal the bacteria. 
Fill tub with hot water as  hot as you can stand and add:
*Dead Sea salt 1 cup
*Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops
*Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops
* Camomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float 
*Rosemary herbs to float in bath (great aroma)
*apple cider vinegar with the mother at least 1 cup
Swirl around and soak for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy and relax!UTI

After the bath I put Frankincense with Calendula oil all over my tummy and lower back. AHHHH! 

Again if you don’t have improved results within 2-3 days, go see your doctor. UTI’s are not fun. But really try not to take an antibiotic. UTI’s are common so don’t worry.

On with life now…slowly back to normal until the next aliment happens!
Live naturally your body will thank you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend!
romantic tea
Romantic Tea Blend:

1 cup of Rose Bud Petals
1/2 cup of Damiana Leaf
 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cocoa Nibs, roasted (depends on your taste buds…start with less and add more if you like)
1/4 Cinnamon Chips
1/4 Orange Peel
1 Vanilla bean scrapped (this is super expensive right now, so add a little pure extract like an 1/8 

Blend in a glass bowl all ingredients and place in a mason jar. Keep in pantry away from sunlight. 
When your ready to make your tea, put 1-2 tsp into a tea strainer and pour your hot water over herbs. Let steep for 15 or so minutes and enjoy. For cold add ice once steeped.

For the Romantic Syrup:

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup organic sugar 
6 tbsp of your Romantic tea blend

Directions:
1. Boil water in a medium saucepan an the stovetop.
2. Once water has come to a boil, take saucepan off heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until desired flavor. The flavor should be much more concentrated than a typical cup of tea.
3. Remove tea leaves and compost.
4. Bring your tea/water infusion back to a boil on the stovetop.
5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 
6. Set saucepan aside and let cool for an hour or so before pouring into a mason jar.
Store in refrigerator keeps for one month.


This tea makes a wonderful gift idea too. For our Hoedown we made gift baskets with the tea. Just too cute! Adding some chocolates will make a wonderful blend.

Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life
Ok…let’s get this straight. I do not like to do laundry. BUT, I am NUTS about a new alternative soap I have been using all summer. It is AMAZING! Smells like fresh air AND best of all…it is indeed from nature! Soap Nuts. Yep…that is what they are called! So…you see why I am nuts? 

MANY BRANDS OF LAUNDRY SOAP OUT THERE

There are many brands of soap you can purchase and as you know we are all about natural. We don’t want to put anything bad into our bodies or on our skin, let alone into the pipes of our homes. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients not only in food but in products you use everyday. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…shouldn’t you know more of what is in it?

.Soap Nuts

If you don’t have time, here is the NUT craze in a nutshell. (sorry couldn’t resist)

The Soap Nuts  (I love these and the organic cloth bags Starwest Botanicals carries I use to put the nuts in and I also use these bags for my teas) affiliate links

Pros:
*totally natural and non-toxic
*can be re-used 7 times
* you can travel with them
* unscented if you like that (recipe for liquid is at end of the blog)
Cons:
*inconvenient-soap nuts need to be put in a sachet when used in the wash. Hey need to dry out or else they will go moldy.
*if laundry is really dirty you will need to wash twice
*unscented so if you like scent I just add essential oil to the soap nuts or directly into the water..works great.

If you prefer a liquid Laundry Recipe:

1 1/2 quart of water
30 Soap Nuts
Essential oil of your choice my favorites (geranium, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, sage, orange, ylang ylang 

Pour hot water over the soap nuts and steep for 30 minuet to an hour. You can also steep overnight. After steeping , cover soap nuts and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You will have a nice quart or more of liquid. You can reuse the soap nuts for another batch. You can skip the soaking and go straight to adding one and half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add your essential oils. 
Use 4-6 tbsp of liquid. I also add Borax powder because of our hard water. 
Your clothes will smell like they have been blowing in a summer breeze! REALLY!



MY GREENFILLS
affiliate link 

They contain NO UNSAFE chemicals 
They send you a refill which means you can help cut down on plastic waste.
Pros:
*plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients
*washes well
*uses real essential oils (no phthalates)
*has an unscented option
*creates no plastic waste or bottles
*gets delivered to your door
*does not contain brightness, articical dyes, phosphates or petroleum based surfactants
Cons:
You need to mix the solution yourself (but really…how hard is that?)

 My GreenFills  will  offer you something special and they agreed to send you 50 LOADS FREE.
You just have to pay shipping of $7.99 in the U.S. and international rates over seas.

Check this out for comparing to the “natural” Tide brand and Seventh Generation:


NO matter which one you choose…you will notice a difference in your skin and over all health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways to building a cleaner environment for your whole family!

God’s blessings and smelling clean and fresh!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. 

This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down.

Lavender Lemonade
Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers.


Ingredients:

1 cup of raw honey
5 cups of pure water
1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
6  organic lemons, squeezed
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Elderberry syrup for color

Directions:

1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes.
3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container.
4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost!
 5. Refrigerate 

Lavender Lemondade
For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry)

 Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil  into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. 
UTI
For during the day:
Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your work day for a natural stress reliever.

Lavender is my go to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well.



Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

I use to love drinking pop or soda and some may call it, but haven’t had a soda for over 8 years. Why? Well, because I heard and read how awful it was, how much sugar was in them, and simply how they made me feel. So, I kicked out all the soda in our home and kicked in some goodness!
Kick out soda
Almost 3 years ago I started taking the Plexus pink drink which really if you have a fedish for soda this is a great start as it literally helps you not crave the bad stuff. It also is a beginning of cleaning out your gut along with the probiotic or Vitalbiome. Great products and very trustworthy! 

Along with the supplements, I added Kombucha to my daily menu. I love this stuff and with the recipes below if you use the Kombucha (especially using a Jasmine Tea) instead of the club soda or sparking water, you get the extra boost your body needs! Simply wonderful is all I can say! PLUS, you feel better and are getting the good bacteria in your body to help you build a strong immune system. Read this article for more info on probiotics and foods to add in your daily diet by Dr. Axe.

Ok…so here ya go…some ideas on fruit and herbs to boost your bodies immune system and provide a wonderful refreshing beverage. These are awesome to serve at your social gatherings as well! 
Have fun and experiment yourself…
Try a few and let me know what you think!


 Gorgeous Grapefruit Soda (serves 6)Kick out soda

5 cups of sparkling soda

3 cups of grapefruit juice

1 lemon squeezed

Serve in a glass picture with a circle lemon wedge and lots of ice!

 Sparkling Strawberry Lime Soda serves 6

1/12 cup two quartered fresh strawberries

1 cup fresh lime juice, about 10kick out soda

1/3 cup fresh basil

5 cups cold sparkling water

½ cup sugar (add more if you like sweeter)
(I also added a sprig of mint as I have a TON of it growing around the ranch!)

Directions:

Blend strawberries, lime juice and basil in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the strawberry, basil and lime mixture into a large pitcher. Add sugar and stir. When ready to serve, carefully add the sparkling water to your serving pitcher. Check flavor and make adjustments. For fun, keep some of the strawberry tops, cut up limes, mint, basil, and make ice cubes to add a wonderful look to your pitcher!

Kick out soda kick in goodness

White Peach and Lavender Soda (serves 4-6)

1 cup water 

¾ cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 1 tablespoon if dried

1 pound of very ripe peaches

1  lemon, juiced

Brewed Jasmine Tea Kombucha

(Omit the lavender if you don’t like the taste. It can be strong for some folks)

Directions:

Bring water to a boil in a small sauce pan.  Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissove sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughy chop the peaches. No need to peel. Strain the flowers and pour the infused sugar water over the fruit. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes

Work in batches, puree the peaches with the sugar water in a blender. Strain the pulp into a bowl squeezing as much out as possible. You should end up with about 1 -2 cups of juice. 

You can keep this syrup but refrigerate.

Now add your syrup to a glass of your Jasmine Kombucha or sparking water. Serve with lemon wedge.

 

Orange and Mint Spritzer

1 cup of fresh orange juice

1/3 cup of sugar

½ cup of fresh chopped mint

Directions: Bring above ingredients in a sauce pan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with minieral water or club soda and serve with a fresh full mint leaf and orange wedge.

 

Pomegranate Spritzer

1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2-3 pomegranates

juice from 1 lime or lemon

1/3 cup sugar

fresh ginger

lime or lemon wedge

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a sucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to side of sauce pan to allow more flavor. Take off heat and cool and strain the liquid into a small mason jar and top with sparkling water or club soda. Serve with fresh lime or lemon wedge.


Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

½ cup water

½ cup of organic sugar

6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon jice about 7-8

3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda

Directins: Making the syrup, place in saucepan, add water and sugar. Heat and stir until a boil. Once sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat and cool.

Add raspberries into a blender and puree. Place into a strainer and push through with wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving add your sparkling soda and give a good stir.
You can keep the syrup refridgetaed for up to 2 weeks.

 

Mint Mojo with Celery

2 tbsp. organic sugar

leaves from mint, about 6 sprigs plus more for garnish

¼ cup lemon juice, (from 2 lemons)

1 lb of celery food processed well

2-3 cups of sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

Muddle your sugar, mint and lemon juice. Chop your celery and place in food processor with a bit of your muddle juice to keep from browning, or oxidizing. In a glass bowl, strain celery through a sieve pushing down with a wooden spoon. Pour into a pitcher adding your muddled mixture and sparkling water. Stir well before serving topping with a mint leaf.


Blood Orange Fizzkick ot soda

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsl water

4 sprigs of rosemary, divided

3 large blood oranges (about a 1 cup)

sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

Heat honey and water and rosemary over low heat until fully blended about a minute. Let cool and take out rosemary

Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with sprig of rosemary.

Sweet Cherry Fizz

½ cup water

½ cup organic sugar

6 oz fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime

Sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

In a saucepan mix your first 2 ingredents and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill pitcher. Stir


 How to Make Your Own Kombucha (if you want an awesome book that has so many recipes as well as a TON of info on and about Kombucha click here)


If you have a favorite tea use that, but I love the Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase the already to go tea bags or the pearls. I have used both. Using the pearls you will need to get the organic tea bags to put them in. I LOVE these bags for gift giving and to put my soap nuts for laundry. 

Fill a large dutch oven with water about 8 cups.

You will need:
5 tea bags (white tea or your favorite like Jasmine)
1 cup of organic sugar
1 cup of starter (tea from another batch)
1 scoby (from another batch or get starter from your local natural food store)

For a how to I would suggest going to this link to watch her. She also has starters and other goodies.
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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life
We are gearing up for our Harvest Hoedown at True North Ranch!

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)

Harvest Hoedown
Fun Foam Faith Shapes
Fun Foam Faith Sayings
Plastic Mason Jars

For some adhesives I recommend:
Glue Dots
Tacky Glue

And Sharpies for markers:
Big pack

And of course the BLING!
LOVE these!!
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!
Hoedown
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. 

Harvest Hoedown
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!
harvest hoedown

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.
Harvest Hoedown

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. 
Hoedown
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,
Happy Harvest!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Bible Journaling, Healing, Ministry, Ranch Life

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,
Lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, your ready to get creative as well as make your pups happy.  Here are 10  homemade healthy recipes that will help you plan, bag up (BPA please), and freeze ready to go! I love making life simple and your pups will love the variety!

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.

Feeding raw diet 

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)

Herb Chart:
For dry
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.
For Fresh
Double or triple the amount
If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food.

Healthy Recipes Dogs Love
1. OH LAY DAY!

Ground turkey organic is best
organ of choice
white rice
chopped spinach
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
liver
diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes)
basil herb
green beans
olive oil
organic yogurt

Healthy Dog Recipes3. Let’s Go Fishing
salmon in oil
parsley
egg and shell
brocoli both head and stem chopped
turmeric paste (adding olive oil)
cucumber
blueberries

4. Deer Opener Stew
Venison
organ of choice
dandelion herbs
sunflower oil
brussel sprouts
strawberries

5. Chicken and Pumpkin
chicken thigh
organ of choice
chicken  bone broth
egg and shell
organic pumpkin
cocoanut oil
 
6. Swimming Sardines
sardines in oil
organ of choice
flaxseed dry
cauliflower
strawberries
Recipes Dogs Love
7. Pork and Beans
ground pork
organ of choice
rosemary herb
bean sprouts
kale leaf
bone broth
chopped apple

8.  Yummy Orange Chicken Leg
 chicken leg
organ of choice
orange squeezed and grate peel
chia seeds (first soak in water for a 10 minutes)
peas
oregano 
1/4 banana

9. Tropical Chicken Breast
chicken breast
organ of choice
pineapple 
cat claw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below)
mushrooms mix (see recipe)

10. Sassy Sausage
organic pork sausage
organ of choice
zucchini 
bone broth
flax seed
spirulina
hemp oil




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!
Healthy treats
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,
Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money.
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.Feeding Raw 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. Feeding raw diet


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. dog1/2 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!

DE=Diatomaceous Earth

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. 
Raw diet
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,
Lee

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
Raw Meals for dogs
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,
Lee

 

 

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Ranch Life
Being in God’s word is really the only thing I can do to overcome my fear of something. Learning from Bokoda, our Haflinger horse, has taught me many things I do that simply don’t work. One…RUN! Fear will not go away. Fear will just keep coming back and learning to confront will help overcome.

Bokoda is a prey animal. He hears or sees something he thinks could kill him, he will run. It’s instinct. To save his life he is wired to run. God created horses to save themselves they must run away as fast as they can!

For us, NO. What does running do? For me I have had broken relationships because I didn’t want to deal with it any more. I have situations that I didn’t want to get hurt again, so the answer was to run away, instead of confront. I felt like the situation was impossible to fix or reconcile. 

But I forgot one truth.

Brokenness and fear festers deep within when things are unresolved. The fear actually gets worse!

Remembering a truth…
“For the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your way and My thoughts tan your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

When I embraced the truth and thought was impossible, became God’s possible.

Since fear has no power over me as I have Jesus to help me overcome this major little word, I can indeed run to Jesus in the midst of fear vs. running away.

When we have Christ, He takes over. Indeed there is not only power in that alone, but what a promise we can hold on to! With Christ we can overcome ANY fear! 

A bad diagnosis, a new change in life, loss of someone dear to us and being alone. You name it. Jesus’ has them all!

What a wonderful gift we have of art and being creative in our bibles. Below is a video on my new love..Gelatos! WOW! They are SO fun! There are many ways to use them and here I am showing one of many.

Devo creations verses:
Matthew 6:25-34
Psalm 60:2-4

Overlays are from Dayspring…click the link on the sidebar
Gesso
Gelatos Toolset
Gelatos Set



In the video there is some blurred images. Sorry about that! Also the page I created is in Psalms not Isaiah. I was all over the Bible that day and got caught up in the moment. I hope you find it helpful and maybe even giving you power to overcome fears you have in your life today.

What fear are you dealing with right now and how can I pray for you?

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Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life, The Boys
We love our animals! We hate it when their hurting! Using essential oils and making changes in our home environment can be the first step to keep our pets healthy!

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.

Using essential oils with Pets

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?
essential oils for pets
That spa juice not alcohol! HA!


Keepin our home and ones we love healthy and happy!

God bless your week!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
Our pets:

Nugget and Bokoda

Nubella

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

I found a new delightful tea! Blackberry leaf which is a close relative to the Rasperry leaf another favorite of mine.

Blackberry leaves are high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A,C, E, K and B 1,2,3 and 6, also calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It may help relieve diarrhea, inflammation and so many other properties. Recently I had a tummy issue and drinking this throughout the day helped the bubbles in my stomache and other issues if you know what I mean. Some tea and essential oils aided in a good night sleep and woke up new again! 

NOW I have some sad news. Bulk Herb Store who we love to share with you is going out of business. So as you read these new recipes, go visit and help this Christian family move into another chapter of their life.
We love Bulk Herb Store and hope you find some wonderful teas and herbs to make up your own.


Each recipe below makes 1/2 pint cute little mason jar!

Blackberry Tea Recipes

For cold and flu

2 tbsp. blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. elder flowers

2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers

1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too)

Prepare hot water and pour over tea blend steep for 10 minutes serve with honey or favorite sweetener.

 

This tea helps combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms tummy and soothes intestinal inflammation.

Upset Tummy (all herbs I found on Bulk Herb just click link on the sidebar to log in)

2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves

2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers

1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint

Tea for Rheumatism

2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. White willow bark

1 cup Nettles leaves

2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves

Drink 2 cups a day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake as symptoms decrease.

 

Use for sore Throat Pain

For an oncoming of Strep, you can oil pull with coconut oil and Immunity Blend essential oil first thing in the morning. Follow up with gargling with salt water. Do at least 2 times a day.

Make up a cup of blackberry tea at first sign of sore throat. Let it cool a bit and gargle with it. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily and gargle as often as you can.

This herb is a bit sweet so it is lovely on food!

Sprinkle the herb on your salads, put into cakes, or sweet rolls or breads. Wonderful!

I hope you find this tea a wonderful spring thirst quencher!

God bless and HAPPY SPRING!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Ranch Life
Oh boy! I found a new recipe triggered by a relative on my husbands side. His great Aunt Cherie.
SO simple using chocolate wafers (or make your own) and whipping cream! Yummmmmmy! For this is a Nanna’s treat with chocolate goodness!

Aunt Cherie use to make this treat with her kids many moons ago and I can see why it was a hit. First, it’s cheap. Second it’s simple, easy to do with kids, and third everyone will love them!

Try a batch you won’t be sorry!


Ingredients:

2 cups of whipping cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 package of chocolate wafers (or make your own recipe below)
1 drop of Orange Essential oil

Directions:

1) Whip cream in mixer until peaks form. At least 5 minutes or so.
2) Add vanilla, mix in.
3) On cookie sheet line with parchment paper.
4) Scoop cream mixture on one cookie and lay another on top. You can add another layer if you like or just top with cream.
5) Place  in freezer for 4 hours. TRY not to sneak and take one…FAT CHANCE…I did!

Adding essential oils to your everyday cooking is not only adding amazing flavor, but is SO good for you instead of extracts full of yucky stuff. SO try it! 

 Homemade Chocolate Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp pure vanilla (or get creative and add orange, peppermint, or lavender, essential oil ONE drop)

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup cacao powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla or oils, about 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cacoa powder, soda and salt.
  3. Next add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Add milk just to combine.
  4. Form a log about 1 ½ inches think. I covered my hands with coconut oil, you can use any oil even some butter.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Set oven 350 degrees. Place log on parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
  7. Cut each log piece about 1/8 inch thick coin size
  8. Make sure they are 2 inches apart or so. Bake for 8 minutes. Bake extra if they are not dry looking.
Your ready to put your whipping cream on and freeze! Or eat them all!

Hope this is a wonderful time cooking with your children or grandchildren!

God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Bible Journaling, Peace, Ranch Life
Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?

Why is it some days seem like bad things keep piling up? A phone call, a text, news, prayer chain, things breaking down, on and on. The feeling of powerlessness and simply… overwhelmed by it all! Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her warfare is ended, her iniquity is pardoned,  she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
Isaiah 40:11

After reading this passage with a weight as heavy as the spring snow, comes another overwhelming feeling…peace. You see, by taking time in my bible reading and listening to what the Lord is saying takes the overwhelming negative stuff and turns it all into overwhelming peace. Why? 

God’s got this! He has the bad news, illness of others, death of a loved one, house or car falling apart, bills to paid. The Lord has all these worldly struggles but we so often carry the weight of the snow ourselves. So dumb! However, each time the bad comes we have a choice.


Look at the first two words. Comfort He even repeats it, COMFORT. The Lord God is comforting His children by speaking tenderly. Our God is so personal demonstrating with a word that instantly brings peace. COMFORT!

I love this! 

How does our God bring comfort? First through His word by reading it, accepting, and receiving every word as true.

By a phone call from an encourager and someone who will pray your problem through.

Simply waiting, crying out to God, and asking for peace in the struggle brings upon a little more peace.

What have you heard or dealt with in just the last few days? What struggle? What did you do when you heard it or came upon it? Did you call a friend? How about going to your phone or computer and facebooking your problem? Maybe just wept and kept  it to yourself. All of these things are not bad but did they help? Did you carry this struggle throughout your day, week, or longer? 

I would say NOT, as I have done all the above!

 Rather than going to self gratifying answers, may I suggest once again turning to your Lord and Savior. Trust me, He has the answers. He says “the warfare is ended” it’s done! He has it taken care of. Our sins our even pardoned as the verse continues and even received double! Amazing good news! Do you see that? We need to look up when a struggle happens so the bad news can be turned to good by trusting in HIS ways and HIS timing. 

The Lord does not want us in an overwhelmed state feeling like we are stuck or up to our necks with problems we can’t escape. He wants us to experience freedom even in the tough times. The longer we stay in the struggle the less we can do for Him. 

If I am holding onto a problem, I can’t do the tasks of this ministry. My focus is on the problem vs. getting to His call on my life. When I am in a session with a child who is facing a major struggle, I am not able to be a good example of living in freedom with Christ. Therefore, when I am sharing Christ it isn’t as powerful as when I have prayed and given the problem to the Lord.

overwhelmed cowboy
Looking at his picture do you see a cowboy up to his neck with snow? Or do you see a cowboy enjoying looking over the top and seeing the LIGHT and being thankful it’s not over his head. It’s like the glass half full thing.  How do we deal with  life issues and what is given to us?

Here’s a thought. Next time you experience an overwhelmed situation, look up. Get in the Word. 

Pray, talk to God letting Him know your pain and struggle. God doesn’t want you to carry the load He already has. He can melt that snow! Maybe not same day, or season even. But He will melt it!

So call on Him, get rid of it so you can get back to HIS purpose for your day and life.

Trust your God can bring an overwhelmed circumstances to overcoming!

May you find the peace that passes all understanding, listen to his tender words, and embrace the word COMFORT in the world of overwhelming problems.

Give it to Him and Get to work! Ultimately, He is given all the glory because you gave your struggle to Him and trusted Jesus to take care of your worries.

We are getting into the Easter season…FREEDOM is celebrated! If you give  baskets to love ones, think about a basket of Hope, Freedom, and His Love! Giving HIS word, a bible, or a simple message of Hope in a card!

 

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
enjoy some quiet time
with Jesus,
Lee 
(new diffusers for your essential oils and other 
good things)
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