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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing
We have been invaded by Gnomes! I am crazy for these little fellas! Gnomes are the cutest things ever! After I saw how you could make these gnomes and so simple too, I went nuts and made a ton of them! Plus I got this stamp set which really made my day! So guess what our Christmas card will be this year? Yep…GNOMES! Oh, they are cute! Here are some of the creations! Gnome invasionGnome Invasion Gnome Invasion Now time for you to make one or more! Pictures help by Pic Monkey Step by step: Gnome Invasion After you cut your sock at the heal (I use an ankle sock) stuff the toe part with rice. About 1/2 cup enough for it to stand. Gnome Invasion Add some stuffing to make him or her chubby Gnome Invasion Tie a small rubber band around the top to hold the stuffing in Gnome Making You can hot glue beard on now or wait until you get the hat and nose on. This can be last. Gnome Invasion Place your fuzzy sock on top…I cut mine in half depends on the size you purchased. If you do get a bigger one use it for another Gnome. And here is where it starts…you keep making more! Gnome Invasion Hot glue your nose on the white sock. Gnome InvasionPic Monkey Helps with making your pictures to die for… As you can see I added legs. Also, the top of the sock on the hat can be formed into a ball by adding another small rubber band. Or add a pom pom. The legs are 2″ of fabric as long as you like sewn together and added pompoms for shoes. For white noses, I added color by sponging with red ink. I tell you…you won’t be able to stop! Now for the cards…Pic Monkey helps with effects…love this program! Gnome InvasionGnome Invasion . The set for this is by Fun Stampers Journey. I used the alcohol markers to give a bright watercolor look. I tried the watercolor pencils but it wasn’t strong enough plus it took longer. I love adding glue glitter as well as white liquid appliqué that puffs up when you heat it with a heating tool. Before you heat it, you can add glitter and when it puffs up it will sparkle! I love them all…can’t wait to make some more…happy gnome! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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. My hubby would joke and say, “you can do your sewing and at the same time get the laundry done.” HA HA!
Now that we are empty nesters 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 was so fun to do and really makes for a cute window especially a craft room! I wanted 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. 

New Craft RoomNew Craft Room




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!
Even the rod is whimsy!
New Craft Room
New Craft Room

 


Next took some time as Dan has never put hardwood floor in before. The underlayment isn’t tricky but thank God for Youtube. 

Oh the hardwood is so pretty. I couldn’t resist and laid some down to see what it looked like. Getting all his measurements and knowing direction of wood he began the first layers. 
He is so good at stuff like this and being a perfectionist he did it well!

New Craft Room
OK…he finished the floor…

I think it turned out great! The details of this little room will make creating so fun and cheerful!

Isn’t it important to feel good in a place you are creating in?
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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, Cayenne Pepper 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, Echinacea,  Goldenseal, Yarrow, Dandelion leaf or Root 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 ingredients 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 oncoming cold or flu.
  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the fridge 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! DIY Tea BlendingDIY Tea Blending 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! Entertaining guest, giving them as a gift, can dress up any holiday table. 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 cutouts 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 lemoncinnamon, peppermint, clove, and orange. Either individually or combining a couple. You can also paint them with acrylics to add a flash of color. NOTE: The organic oils are more expensive so in doing crafts, diffusing type of use I use the less expensive essential oils. When putting them in my teas, foods, or lotions I like to use the organic essential oils. 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! Adding ribbon or a pin back can be a way someone can use your napkin ring for other gift ideas. Attaching the ornament to a gift is my favorite way to use them. God’s blessings as you celebrate all the Lord has given 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 getaway! 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 on the forefront of 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 logwood made you feel warm and welcomed. Each room had memories of the past including furniture dated back to the 1940s. 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 the 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! Get AwayGet Away Get awayGet Away 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 1900s. 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. Get AwayGet Away 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 the 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 evaporate 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 a 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 tartar) 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 a 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 root 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 shootouts 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 skiers 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 getaway! 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 un-flinched faith….he prayed to ask 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 a job. Did you go to a private room, open a window, kneel down and pray to ask 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 king’s 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 relying 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 in 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 gives 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 an 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 the 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 (my recipe).  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. Every day 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 * Organic Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops * Organic Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops * Chamomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float *Rosemary herbs to float in the 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! This Frankincense is less expensive. I love it and works well for me. 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 ailment happens! Live naturally your body will thank you! Remember all essential oils will ship free in the US!!!!! 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 a 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 an added health and aroma benefit, add a drop of Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. Amazing aroma and good for you! 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 on the stovetop. 2. Once water has come to a boil, take the saucepan off the heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until the 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 every day. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…should 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 the 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 minuets 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 a half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add you’re 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, artificial 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 overseas. 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 overall health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways of 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 workday 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 fetish 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 (recipe below)  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 sparkling 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 wonderfully 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 (recipe below) (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 saucepan.  Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissolve sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughly 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 sparkling 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 saucepan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with mineral 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 saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow simmering on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to the side of saucepan 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 juice about 7-8 3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda Directions: Making the syrup, place in a 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 a wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving to add your sparkling soda and give a good stir. You can keep the syrup refrigerated 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 to top with a mint leaf. Blood Orange Fizzkick ot soda 2 tbsp honey 3 tbsp 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 the rosemary Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with a 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 ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with a wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill the 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 Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase them all ready 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. KOMBUCHA RECIPE 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 a 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 hoedownThe 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 horseshoe, 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 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 are 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 free 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 at 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, belief, 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 draw 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, you’re 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 the 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 depend 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 dog’s 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 broccoli both head and stem chopped turmeric paste (adding olive oil) cucumber blueberries 4. Deer Opener Stew Venison organ of choice dandelion herbs sunflower oil Brussels sprouts strawberries 5. Chicken and Pumpkin chicken thigh organ of choice chicken  bone broth egg and shell organic pumpkin coconut 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 10 minutes) peas oregano 1/4 banana 9. Tropical Chicken Breast chicken breast organ of choice pineapple catclaw 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 powder hemp oil Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps the 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 the time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off the 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 click 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 illnesses 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 have 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 Godsend! 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 dog’s 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, let’s 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 you’re 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 anymore. I have situations that I didn’t want to get hurt again, so the answer was to run away, instead of confronting. I felt like the situation was impossible to fix or reconcile. But I forgot one truth. Brokenness and fear fester 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 than 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 are 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 the 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 ( herbs can be on Bulk Herb or Starwest 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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