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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here! Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness! 

 

I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this!

This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as syrup over your favorite ice cream too.

 

For any occasion you will impress your family and friends with this special drink!

 

So here ya go:

 

4 cups of water

¼ sassafras bark

2 tbsp organic anise seed

2 organic vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

½ tsp organic licorice root

10 organic juniper berries

3 large organic hops flowers (optional but love the flavor)

 

 

How to Make:

 

Place 4 cups of water in pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

 

To make into a soda:

 

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture.

Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! These are nice too for your everyday tea blend making or recipes. 

ENJOY it we sure did!!!

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Food, Ranch Life
Side dishes are hard for me. I don’t like the starch and added calories, but sometimes it fits the dish. So when I decide to do a side dish I love the ol’ Fettuccine Alfredo and popping in the ranch flavors of herbs we love as well!

I did take out the cream that is often put into the sauce, and it takes awesome just knowing it’s not in there and taste great!

When you can, try and use fresh ingredients. It gets hard for us not only living in Minnesota and not having fresh produce all year round, but we also live over 30 minutes from town. So when I can, I freeze my herbs when I grow them in the summer.  I will do the same with fruit like peaches, and berries.

We love to eat fresh all year round so we have to can or freeze to have those special flavors.


Here is what you need: 

1 pound of Fettuccine Noodles
2 cups of Almond Milk
1/2 cup of Almond Milk Creamer, Vanilla or Hazelnut
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick of butter, unsalted
1 1/2 cup of Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Basil
Fresh Parsley 
Salt and Pepper to taste
Ramekians Cups

Directions:
1) Fill a large pot with water and add some sea salt. 
2) Once it comes to a boil, drop in your fettuccine. Cook for 6-9 minutes. You want them a little al dente. Tender, but still firm.
3) While the noodles are cooking begin your sauce. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
4) Add your milk and creamer and continue to stir. 
5) While stirring add you parmesan cheese, basil and parsley. Continue stirring until slightly thicker. 
6) Add you salt and pepper to taste, keep warm while you plate the noodles.

Your sauce will get thicker while it sits for a few minutes. When you don’t use real cream, the thickening is different, but tastes amazing! My hubby didn’t even notice! I added fresh basil which is just a must!

Add more cheese on top with more basil if you like!
SO yummy and healthier than other recipes!


Enjoy and God’s blessing upon you today!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Ranch Life
We indeed love our coffee, tea, and cocoa especially this time of year! Being outside most of our day we fill up an airpot full of one of these beverages which sure keeps us motivated.

Indeed, having a place for my teas has been a challenge. So I asked my hubby to build me a shelf that I can put items on. I love the idea of coffee bars you see on Pinterest but none of them fit our tiny kitchen. Instead together Dan and I created what would fit for us and of course the ranch life. 


I put chalk labels on the jars for my teas so they can be anything that fits into your lifestyle. You can fill them with cocoa items, like marshmallows, cocoa in different flavors, or whatever works for you. The hooks are all different. We are in the process of making more for the Etsy Store. I am hoping to post them this week. 


Another fun project was this one. WE STILL DO! 
This is such a great gift idea for new married’s to already celebrating years together. The chalk on the end gives the couple a yearly tradition of changing the number of years. I prefer using chalk markers vs. chalk. Last longer, and of course the colors stand out more!


Our Etsy Store

As with everything we do, what we sell and when folks purchase from the blog, the proceeds goes directly back into our ranch ministry. 
When you shop with us, you are giving double!
Your purchase is one, the other is eternal!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 
Spread the word by sharing the blog with your loved ones. We love sharing our life with others!

God’s blessings upon each of you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter EVERYDAY!
Lee and Dan
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Crafts, Ranch Life

Giving a gift with purpose that is made with the love of your hands is just plain ol’ the best! No fancy words here…it is just simply the best gift you can give. No matter the celebration, when you make it the meaning is stamped; homemade in love!

When you give a gift of purpose like making up your own blend of teas, bath and body ointments, albums, bible journaling supplies, etc…your giving something that will be encouraging good health and wellness. From the inside out! 

 If your first thought of making a homemade gifts is coming across as cheap. Well, let me tell you first hand, it isn’t cheap when you take precious time to make a gift verses going to a mall or on line and purchasing a gift. Plus, using all natural ingredients in cooking, or cosmetics is anything BUT cheap!

In the past several years, I have made gifts from blankets, wood crafts, to a special Christmas where I took pictures my dad was going to throw away and made individual albums for each of my siblings. There are seven of us. It took me 6 months to make those albums and I wouldn’t trade the long nights or cost for anything. That Christmas still holds dear to my heart watching the faces and the tears as each sibling went back into their childhood to precious memories.

 

Giving a homemade gift is truly a gift of love. I believe that with all my heart! So I have created this blog to some of my favorites. 

1.) Photo Album Ideas:

Make for individuals in your life, or a special event:

Make up a KIT! Kids, grandkids…love this! Buy your album base, scallop clear album or a flip flop. I love these too by Bo Bunny. We have made Love, Friend, Family, and Believe.  Maya Road makes fun mini albums and accessories too. Add ribbon, background paper, bling, whatever the theme to complete the project. I loved making one with a memory of my dad who I knew wouldn’t be with me long. Sure enough, the Lord brought him home 7 months later. GOOD thing I made a small album memory.
Flip Flop is my daughters from 2007! She loved putting memories and favorites into a cute little look.

Using this product made an incredible finish, quick and easy too! Once you decorate your plaque like your creating a scrapbook page, you just pour this mix on top and dry for 24 hours. AWESOME gift!

 

2.) Stocking Stuffers:

Candy bar Snowman:

Tea, Cocoa, or Coffee: Make a special blend of tea and put into a mason jar. Label and put decorative fabric on lid. I also made up individual tea bags using organic muslin bags for a cup of tea. 

Ornaments

Bible journaling goodies from Dayspring

 

 

3.) A  gift of HIS Word cost $10-$60 Depending on if you need to purchase a bible for this your cost will flexuate. Dayspring has many ideas here from coloring tools, stickers, to just getting started kits. You can have stocking stuffers of smaller items like the pom poms and paper clips, and a godl gift with your bible and markers or gel pens. The BEST GIFT to give is this gift ot HIS word! If you have a young person or teeen in your life, this is wonderful!

 

4.) Quilts, blankets

No sew blankets, quilts, and simple baby comfy and chalk mat

5.) Country Tree

6.) Lip Balm, Salves, and soaps (all using essential oils and herbs of course…NO icky fillers)

Lip balm is wonderful!

7. Bath bubbles amazing aroma!


WHEW! Lots of love here! Hope some ideas sparked for you to make your everyday giving a little more special!

God’s blessings upon you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life

 

These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation, but will offer you healing as well . These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind.

There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special!

 

Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle.

The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I creating better.

 

I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here is the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath.

 

First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles.

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Arrow Root Powder

1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar)

1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful)
**Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub.

Mica for sparkle

Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at end to make one colorful bubble)

Time To Make:

Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! 

Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl

  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted

Mix with your hands.  
Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds.

Next add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that.

You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowls if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.

  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)

 

 

Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump.

Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well.

If you want a different color for the other half, than get some of your base, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb.

 

Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes.

 Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts!

 

Let dry on tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up.

A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and, gives you a wonderful spa experience.

 

 

Herbs for Color Choices: Bulk Herb Store

Turmeric (yellows)

Saffron (yellows) Expensive

Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink)

Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for pretty top)

Lavender whole (add for smell, not color)

Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks)

Carrot Powder or juice (orange)

Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green)

Blueberry Juice (purple)

Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look.


Essential Oil Blends:

I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING!

 

Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite!

 

Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil!

 

Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles:

Peppermint

Lavender

Chamomile

Myrrh

Tea Tree

Grapefruit

 

 

HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body!

God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Our  homemade Christmas ornaments always reflect our lives. Of course, if your making an ornament or card for someone, you may change it up a bit for their personality or yours.

Our western life and faith gives a taste of who we are and what we love to share. 

We hope the ideas below spark some ideas.

Ornament is made with a clear bulb and rub on letters. Easy peasy…I love attaching the ornaments onto a gift. Just brings a little sparkle.
The Stamping’ Up products I get from a friend of mine. Here is her link if you don’t have a demonstrator.

The card is using:

Real Red Card stock
Basic Black Card stock
Shimmery White Card stock
Glimmery Paper with Background
2″ circle punch
Basic Black Ink Pad
White Craft Ink Pad
Hemp
cardboard letters I cut out using my Big Shot and small die cut

Set of Wild Horses

Chalks
Directions:
Simply stamp your image onto your glittery white card stock. Mine had an image on it but you sure can use an embossing folder to create your own. 
Punch out image
Chalk as you like
Layered using dots or pop ups
Painted my letters with White craft ink
While still wet you can add some dazzling diamond glitter.
I placed letters to look like NOEL and used pop ups for them too.
Layer your card and your done!


This one is easy peasy!
You will need:
Real Red Card Stock
Shimmery White Card Stock
Sweater embossing Folder
Pine Cone framelits
Banners Framelits
Banners Stampset 
Big Shot

Creation Time:
Do all your Big Shot things first
Pine Cones, banner of choice, and your sweater
Mount and layer your card stock and create with your cut outs. Such a simple card, and so COZY too!




My sister got into this homemade card making and she loves it! Especially Christmas! I just got this in the mail today and it made my day!

Ornaments are pretty easy now a days with the clear bulbs. I especially like the flat ones as you can fill them easily and put the rub on letters on easier too.

 


Rub ons are pretty popular…here is some ideas.

Making something special is always rewarding and a great expression of LOVE!

Merry Christmas!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life
Is your mouth watering yet? This recipe uses my favorite combination of chocolate and fresh oranges which sets the stage for a great breakfast! I did a cream cheese filling instead of whipping cream to make them more filling and to give it more fluff in the middle. 

The traditional crepe with whipping cream is awesome, but today I switched it up a bit.

Let me know what you think…my family went nuts! It was a great start to our weekend of Christmas decorating!

Festive Orange Chocolate Crepes

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Milk

½ Cup of half and half or Whipping cream

5 eggs, beaten 

1 Tablespoon butter, melted Plus more for your pan

1 TeaspoonVanilla 

1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

5 Tablespoons of Cocao Powder 

Dash of salt

For Filling:

4 ounces of Cream Cheese

1 tablesppn of Maple Syrup

1 Medum Orange, zested

1 Tablespoon of Freshly squeezed orange juice

1 ½ cup of Heavy Whipping cream

 

Instructions:

CREPES:

In small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and melted butter, and essential oil. Set aside

In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Make a well in your dry ingredient bowl and slowly pour your liquid mixture together, stirring as you pour.

I use a a wire whip while doing the stirring and the bowl moves freely around on its own, kinda cool!

Cover with plastic wrap and put in refridge for 30 minutes. Make your filling.

 

For Filling:

Beat together cream cheese, maple syrup until smooth. Add orange juice and zest. Add whipping cream until small peaks form. TRY not to eat this as you blend….HA didn’t work for me!

Set in refrigerator as you make the crepes.

 

To Make Your Crepe:

1.When making your crepe, your butter your cast iron pan well.(We use this one perfect for this kind of thing) The pan must be hot to make a perfect crepe.
2.Pour 1/4 cup of your crepe mixture onto hot pan.
3. Roll the pan until the mixture is moving around forming the shape of the pan.
4. Because the mixture is dark you will cook for only about a minute. Flip do other side
5.Lay out a crepe onto your plate and spread a generous amount of filling into center of done crepe
6. Roll up.
7. Sprinkle your powder sugar ontop and add more orange zest.

We had extra pomegranates so I spread them on the plate too. More festive!


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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life
When I got into bible journaling, I began simply with just buying the NIV Bible Journaling book and some colored pencils. Which by the way are awesome! I can water color or just color with these and they are amazing. I also enjoyed getting out the sparkly gel pens too. 

But when I saw what Dayspring had in their packets and kits, I came into a whole new world of journaling!

What I love so much about them is really, they keep me organized in finding certain words. 


For example, I like how the tabs are on the top that I can label frustration,  forgiveness, worried, angry, or love. I can quickly go to those spots when one of those words are in my life. Or someone else that I can give them a verse.

I adore these pom poms….just because!


Another item I didn’t know how to use right away I now find amazing! These clear transfers can be used as you see below as an overlay.

I love this! I can have this colorful page that I attach with wasabi tape (Dayspring has) and add my own note on top or prayer. It is especially cool when the page has already been drawn on. 

The best part about bible journaling is how wonderful this is to share with young kids but really for teens. I know through the years of doing ministry with teens getting into the Word of God is hard for them.

Bible journaling is a wonderful way to let them express creatively what their thoughts are or to remember what God is trying to teach them. 

The kits make great gifts. The Advent kit is wonderful! I highly recommend this for stocking stuffers for next year…or a St. Nick gift on December 6th. (You place one shoe outside the door and fill with goodies) Traditions are so fun!

Remember if you click on the Dayspring link on this blog and the other links, proceeds from your purchase goes to support our ranch ministry.
Overlays

When you explore all Dayspring has to offer, you will be hooked on this wonderful way of doing devotions as well as how they provide some wonderful gift ideas!

Thank you in advance, for clicking on the links from this blog to help us reach kids and teens in need1

God’s blessings upon you as you live life for Jesus!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life
Every year we have the opportunity to make a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child. This organization is so well put together and I love how it opens the door for families to work together in making a box full of things a child will need.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to teach giving to your children. A long time tradition around here. Not only putting it together, but making something homemade brings a more special joy for the giver and the receiver! 

This year I got the idea of doing this chalk mat from of all the great ideas on Pinterest. When I was shopping online, I saw these chalk markers. Of course with this idea in my head I had to get them!

Traditionally we make up a box or two every year, but since our children are now grown, it is harder to get in the spirit of this activity. Also doing it as a couple is just well…different. So I had to think of something I could sew. 

 I got busy creating this mat and with some extra of this plastic stuff I had around from making purses years ago, this was perfect to add to the mat. 

Here is the lay out for doing this play mat. It is wonderful for kids to carry around too by adding a handle on the end.

Step 1.Cut one piece of your chalk fabric 10’x 13.5″

Step 2 Cut
2 Pieces of 12’x20 your fabric
1 piece of 5″ x 12″ vinyl

Step 3 Cut one piece of 12″ x 20″ fusible fleece

Step 4 After cutting your pieces next iron you fabric to fleece

Step 5 
Pin chalk onto fabric.  Next sew onto your
fabric. I used a zig zag stitch
  
Another look:

Step 6  Place a small bias tape on edge of vinyl and sew. I used left over fabric.
Put vinyl in place and cloths pins to hold
Sew in place









Step 7 Once you have the above bias on the vinyl  and the vinyl sewn down the center creating 2 pockets you are ready to put the 2 fabrics right sides together and pin. Leave a hole so you can turn it back right side out.


Step 8
 
Once you have turned it back out, sew your open hole shut by hand.
I also added a ribbon at the top and a little handle on the end in case it is hung on something in a car or a room.
You can use chalk or chalk markers. 

I just love this idea and hope I was clear enough. If not, please let me know!

God’s blessing and happy crafting!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to sooth an upper respiratory passage way, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers?
Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! 

Around the ranch I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day.

**We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals.

For Upper Respiratory 
Basic Vapor Rub:

8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil)
3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency)
25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Glass Mason  Jars

How to:
1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 
2. Remove from stove top and add essential oils.
3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 
4. Label
 Wonderful for those achey nights trying to sleep.

If you want a more stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while mixture is still hot.

Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears!


Infuse these Herbs:Follow Infusing directions here.
Herbs found on Bulk Herb Store link
Lavender
*Calendula Flower
Chickweed
Comfrey Root or Leaf
GoldenSeal
*Lemon Balm
*Plantain Leaf
*Yarrow
*St. John’s Wort
** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawing out and soothing properties. 

Once you have your infused oil follow next steps:

1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil
5 Tablespoons Beeswax
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing)
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Glass mason jars

Directions:
1.In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 
2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with loose lid.
4. Label
** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me,
Tea Tree

Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising is much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family!

Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you!
Let me know what you think! You may help someone else by your comments!

*Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU!

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

I just love making  my own natural dog treats! And guess what? So does our dog! They are not only good for him, but I get to add my own touches with ingredients he loves!

You can too! These recipes are easy to add other ingredients, like cheese is a one I hear many have done.
I would love to hear what you created so please comment below. I am sure other dog lovers would enjoy reading what you came up with!
Have fun and teach some new tricks…they will learn QUICK with these treats!

Directions for all the treats are below and the doggy paws and bones from Amazon just are TOO cute! Makes a great gift too!

 



DOGGY TREATS 

Peanut Butter Paws:

2 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup of flour

¼ Cup Flax Seed

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter

t tbsp honey

1 Egg

1 Cup of water


Smokey Bones:

1 cup of Wheat flour (Use regular flour if your pup is sensitive to wheat)

1 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup regular flour (or more wheat)

½ tsp of sea salt (optional)

¼ tsp Liquid Smoke

1 egg

½ Cup hot water may need to add more to bind


Healthy Pumpkin Treats:

½ cup canned pumpkin

4 tbsp molasses ( I use honey)

4 tbsp coconut oil

2 Cups flour (use oats if your pup is sensitive)

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions for all recipes:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until combined
  3. Scoop out small spoonfuls and form into balls or put into cute doggy cookie makers

If you place on cookie sheets make sure to grease well.

  1. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  2. After they cool, I place my treats in a gallon size mason jar. Make SURE they are cool, if they are too moist they will mold quickly. I keep some in the freezer and take out enough for just a few days allowing them to thaw. The treats last months when frozen.

** Be aware of any allergies your pet has. You will want to avoid any ingredients there has been a reaction in the past.

Have fun!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
I am so excited to offer this Thanksgiving  special until next Wednesday, November 21st. Because it’s Thanksgiving and I am SO thankful for you, I want to give you something special. 

I love the Plexus Probiotic and Bio Cleanse! The two work together for YOUR good, sound familiar…HINT bible verse…anyway…I am offering you a FREE new Organic Peppermint Essential Oil with your order of these two married supplements.  If you click on the Plexus link and order, I will send you the free oil.


These two products helped my body stay regular, eat away icky bacteria, and get my gut feeling amazing! li. The foods and cleaning products in our world along the daily stresses, is all hurting our bodies.
We wonder why our bodies are so goofed up!

With these two products one cleaning out the bad stuff and the other putting good back in, your GUT is getting back to health.

Let me say…you can’t go into any health and wellness site without learning about the importance of a healthy gut…and folks…this company  stays true to helping YOU get that gut cleaned up!
After all…their #1 business in the state of Arizona so you know they are awesome and hold an integrity you can be confident in. 

SOOOOOO What are you waiting for? Sign in and order. YES it is an MLM but you can just be a customer. You can order retail, preferred (gets you a discount but will come every month) or wholesale by actually signing on to be an ambassador. (I wouldn’t do this right away so you can see for yourself how the product works for you).

Every dime I make through this blogs advertising I put back into our True North Ranch Ministry! We run this non-profit and every little bit helps us keep offering a free service to so many hurting children and their families.


Lots of info on the Plexus site too if you want to scrounge around and learn. I always recommend that!

So if I see you have ordered, I will send your FREE oil to your home. $18.95 value! WOW! I just want you to live a normal, healthy life and what better way than with natural supplements and essential oils!

OH by the way…you will get some great tips on what to do with the oil along with your little essential oil gift…so an extra bonus as well.

Special Ends Next Wednesday! 

God bless you…and thank you for doing your best to live naturally and healthier!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
I just love this time of year! I love to try new recipes and being creative with all the fun ingredients this time of year offers.  But I  have to share…I struggle with the whole gluten-free thing.

If I know a guest is coming who is gluten-free I want to make them feel comfortable and not feel like they are inconveniencing us. So I got to work on putting some recipes together that may change our way of eating.

Below I gathered some favorites. I love this gals blog and shared her stuffing recipe. I hope you find it just as enjoyable, as well as a couple of others. The links will get you to their blog to try your hand at gluten-free cooking.  Maybe if your not on that track of eating it may inspire you too! I sure am trying!

I also added some links to make your table be adorable! I just love these dishes! Ranch style too!


Click HERE for Natalie’s  Stuffing recipe: Darling serving dish.


Serving dish too cute



This is amazing! Dr. Axe recipe for Pecan Pie. The pie crust is hard to do, but worth it!
You have to try this. Just down right wonderful!!!



Lastly is this Brussel sprouts recipe…I tell you it’s our favorite to serve for special occasions.
It is sticky yummy for sure and the colors just make your dinner plate look beautiful.


This is my man’s recipe…enjoy.

Gooie And Beautiful Brussels Sprouts

 

1 ½ lb Brussels sprouts

1/2 Purple Onion cut small

2 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Cup Balsamic vinegar

½ cup Sugar

Salt and Pepper

Cranberry raisins

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

 

  1. Trim your Brussels sprouts and coat them in a bowl with your olive oil.
  2. Place on a cookie sheet and add your salt and pepper. (Dan is quite generous with this)
  3. Place in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  4. While in the oven prepare your gooie sauce. Get a sauce pan and put Balsamic Vinegar and sugar in pan. Brining to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and keep stirring for 15-20 minutes until thick and gooie.
  6. Take your spouts out of oven that should be nicely roasted and spread your gooie sauce over them. Give them a good stir.
  7. Stir in your cranberry raisins and put into your serving dish. LOVE these!
  8. Garnish with your pomegranate seeds.
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly  moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors.

We love taking time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing.

When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish.

 

Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really over powering if you do.

The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of  the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish.

I am a substitute queen so I know what its like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that!

 

I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it in an up coming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking!

 

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me)

2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop)

Dash of Sea Salt

Ground pepper to taste

½ onion quartered

1 orange squeeze juice

1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil

Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice

 

Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

 

While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce about ½ hour before it is done.

Ingredients for Sauce:

4 TBSP of butter

2 TBSP of powdered mustard

4 TBSP of Organic Honey

3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste)

4 TBSP of Grand Marnier

Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish

Directions for Sauce:

Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner.


Finishing the dish:

Check your chicken using a meat thermometer for doneness.

Take your chicken out of the pan and pour off any fat.

Place chicken back into the pan and add ½ of your sauce.

Let simmer for 10-15 min. Prepare your rice or veggie.

Plate your chicken putting some sauce on plate.

Make a mound of your rice.

Now place your chicken on top of rice finishing pouring the remainder sauce over the chicken.

Your mouth will be filled with bursting flavors!

Let me know what you think if you tried this…always love to hear your thoughts!

 

Side Note: If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way. But truly without this part it won’t quite be the same taste, but you can do without. We tried it and found it really needs to have that burst of flavor. The alcohol is cooked off as well if that helps.

Oh my we loved this meal! Served on a bed of brown rice was just Devine! 
Hope you love it too! Comment please if you tried it.

God’s blessings to you all!
Love deeper, and talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life, Sewing
This is such a simple and fun thing to make! These doggy bandanas make awesome gifts for ANY dog lover!

If you don’t like to sew, I have an ETSY store and you can just purchase them. Free shipping too.

BUT, if you like to sew well here ya go!

First pick your favorite fabric. I love Fabric.com Measure an even square for your size pup. I do mostly 14″ to 16″ as my dog is a medium size pup. It really doesn’t matter if it comes out smaller as you make this bandana for the collar to go through. Easy off for washing or switching to another fun bandana. 


Perfect square evenly measuring all the way around. (I did 18″ here for a BIG dog)

Sew a 1/4″ seam on your corners. Right SIDE should face up. I sewed and back stitched a couple of times on both ends because of how many times a collar could be put in and out of this area. Allowing extra support.


Sew 1/4″ seam around your triangle making sure right sides together, and you start and stop at your sewn corners. Leave the openings and reverse your bandana when done.

 


Once you sew on your line you can wipe off mark with water. This will be the hole for the collar to go through.


Enjoy making these! They are super fun to sew, give as gifts, and to inter change for seasons or occasions!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? 
SO FUN TOO!

Here is what you will need:

1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below)
3 tablespoons of shea butter
4 tablespoons of Beeswax
2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional…I made to separate recipes to have this one too)
2 teaspoons of Honey
15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine)
1/4 teaspoons Vitmin E Oil
Stardust Mica 
Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire)

Directions:
1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted.
2.) After its melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root.
3.) Next add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING!
4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to liquid form to pour easily. 
I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth.
*** peppermint oil and the coca powder make great gifts for anyone on your list

Infused Oil ( all organic herbs are from Bulk Herb Store, if you can not fine them or out of stock I go to Mountain Herb)

Rose Petals
Lavender Buds
Calendula Flowers
Lemon Balm
Cloves
Beet Root ( want this for your color too)
Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending)
Comfrey
coconut oil

How to make:
1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on jar.
2. Set jar on top of towel in a crockpot filled with water, on warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode.
3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have and Herbal Infused Oil! Label and put in dark place.

So much fun making these for me and my loved ones!
Hope you find it just as enjoyable!
God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Bible Journaling, Peace, Ranch Life
I am pondering on this incredibly beautiful fall morning, do we really understand all the Lord provides? Do we really rest in contentment or do we really always want more? Do we really realize all we have on this earth? Do we really need so many THINGS, STUFF, REALLY?

Something to think about. Something to look at yourself about. And…if changes need to be made, well today is the day!


I look at this place that was built on our ranch this year and this last weekend we finished putting the log stabilizers in place. The roof was being held up by metal poles and support beams that were only temporary and in fact kinda ugly. BUT, they were doing their job and of course that is more important! Now, with the logs in place, this cute little Tack Shack has a whole new look! A place I could literally call home! 

What can I REALLY get by living with or without? My hubby and I sat on the deck of this shack looking out and truly I have come to a place in my life I don’t need half of what we have. We both agreed we could move our bed and couch and live in this shack and be totally comfortable. BUT, 10 years ago…I don’t think I could of. I was in a different place. I wasn’t grown up enough in the Lord to stop and rest and be fully content.


In the world of needing and wanting more. I struggle with ones who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ that strive for more. They share “I need more money to pay the bills.” And I think to myself, don’t live beyond your means. I know, I’ve done it. A little known truth, if you spend more than you make there are consequences. Again, I know, I had them, BIG TIME!

I have also been hearing and reading that one can be so much more “at peace” when you are financially secure. I don’t see that anywhere in the Bible where one has peace because they don’t have to worry about money. “For the love of money is the root of all evil. Some people eager for money, have wondered from the faith and have pierced themselves with many griefs.”  1 Timothy 6:10  Now that is a truth to ponder on yourself. If you own a business, do you share this truth from HIS word or do you share the worlds view? Peace is shows up 249 times in the Bible and none of the passage refer to peace in the way the world would define it as. Money is the ROOT of problems and PEACE comes from contentment in all the Lord provides us not what STUFF can provide.

I have lived in a world of wanting more. If I had…than I would….or could…
Not any more. The MORE Jesus I have in my daily life, REALLY the less of the world I desire.

My hubby and I are moving to a slower, easier, lesser lifestyle in homesteading. We are working towards moving to the ranch in just a one bedroom, one living room, one kitchen, one bathroom, above a barn. Simple living, less of the world, and resting in our Jesus in all HE provides. 
I pray you too will seek less and encourage others to strive for only more of WHOM can give the abundant lifestyle! Jesus truly, REALLY is the most peaceful place to be!
God bless you as you strive for less!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and live a peaceful day,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Tincture making day! YES, using these special herbs aiming at specific health issues will make a season of wellness. Keeping us  all healthy and doing it naturally!

I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time for your health. It begins with making up some tinctures you can use into your teas and begin fighting those nagging aches and pains.

It takes just a little time to mix your herbs and place into jars, fill them up, shake, and put away, shaking daily for 4-6 weeks. This is the hard part…waiting…so START NOW and have them ready!

The ones below are the ones we find to be the most needed in our home. If you have other issues look on Bulk Herb Store and she has wonderful info on each herb. The herbs I use below are often used for many issues. It is all about finding the right herb for your specific element.

Mix the ones for you together and go for it. You will also gain a bunch of knowledge in the process which is always awesome!

Acid Reflux Tincture:

Mix Dried Herbs:

1 Cup Calendula

1 Cup Marshmallow Root

1/2 Cup Ginger Root

¼ Cup Licorice Root

1/3 Cup Slippery Elm Bark Powder

¼ Cup Fenugreek Seeds

1/3 Cup Orange Peel

Copied from Bulk Herb Store…Tincture Instructions. Once you do a couple of times you will just need to keep on hand your different recipes. Simple to do!

Tinctures are concentrated, liquid forms of herbal medicine that are simple to make and easy to assimilate. They are so concentrated that sometimes we take our doses in tea or water. They are usually made with consumable alcohol, but can also be made with vinegar, vegetable glycerine, honey, etc.

Alcohol tinctures (also known as extracts) are the most popular because alcohol is the most effective at drawing out the important properties of the herbs. Tinctures made with it have a long shelf life (2 years or longer). Almost all store bought tinctures use alcohol as a base or include some amount of alcohol as a preservative. Vodka is what we use because it doesn’t have a strong odor and is very affordable (rum will also do).  

Make your tincture by filling a jar 1/3 – 1/2 full of herbs. Use 1/3 for hard herbs and roots (as they will absorb more liquid) and 1/2 for soft or fluffy herbs. Fill the jar to the top with alcohol (80-90 proof Vodka is best), close it, and store for 3-8 weeks in a cool, dry place. Shake the jar daily. After 3-8 weeks, strain and discard the herbs, bottle the liquid and label it.  

Expecting mothers or children can easily evaporate the alcohol by placing their dose in a hot liquid like tea or water before taking it.

Tinctures can also be made by using vinegar in place of the alcohol, following the same directions. Vinegar does not draw out an herb’s properties as well as alcohol. However, it is very inexpensive, can be used as a gargle, and can be used to fight fungal infections. You may want to rinse after each dose to avoid enamel damage from the vinegar.

Tinctures are best stored in a cool, dry place out of the sun.  A cabinet works great!

Chamomile Tincture

Great for improving sleep, ease menstrual cramps, relieve headache, and soothe nerves.

(Great gift for new parents for both baby and parents)

Directions put on your label

Dose for adults is 1 tsp 1-3 times a day for infants only a few drops as needed or rubbed on the gums to ease teething or colic pain. Toddlers ¼ tsp 1-3 times a day.

Best bottles to use here

 

½ -1 cup of dried Chamomile Flowers

1 ½ to 1 ¾ cup of boiling water

Vodka

Quart size mason jar

  1. Push dried Chamomile flowers in a clean quart size jar
  2. Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them, stir slightly
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with vodka and seal
  4. Store in cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks and shake daily
  5. After 4-6 weeks, pour through a strainer pushing out as much of the herb as you can. Store in a tincture dark bottle with dropper. ( I love these bottles easy to label and easy to use for measuring.)
  6. This will keep for up to 2 years.

Directions to put on your label:

Dose for adults is 1 tsp 1-3 times a day for infants only a few drops as needed or rubbed on the gums to ease teething or colic pain.

Toddler’s ¼ tsp 1-3 times a day.

Headache Tincture

I made a BIG batch and place the part of the mixed herbs into a mason jar and labeled it Headache Tea. The remaining batch I put into another jar following the tincture recipe to put into my tea for extra bump to knock that headache out! So hard to wait for 4-6 weeks so make your batch NOW!

 

Tea and Tincture:

1 Cup White Willow Bark (not to be used by pregnant women)

1 Cup Echinacea Purpurea

½ Cup Raspberry Leaf

½ Cup Hibiscus

½ Cup Peppermint

Cough Tea and Tincture:

(this one is easy, Bulk Herb has one already done but you can make your own too by purchasing herbs individually)

1 Cup Red Clover Tops

½ Cup Licorice Root

½ Cup of ginger Root

I add fenugreek seed too helps with upper repertory and nose drainage.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

Like with all organic herbs and essential oils you need to take precautions for your own knowledge. We recommend you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

I hope you find these helpful. Let me know what you think and especially if you come up with some of your own. I LOVE to learn and you will be helping others as well!

God’s blessings
And love deeper, talk sweeter and keep healthy,
Lee

 

 

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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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