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Oh boy do I remember the old time ornament and napkin ring idea!

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

ornament essential oils

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

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

ornament essential oils

Recipe:

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


Be creative!


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

 


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

Love deeper, talk sweeter, 
Lee
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Bible Journaling, Hope, Ministry

As Advent is now approaching this word just fills my soul! Promises. It is a word that when you hear it you either feel a sense of hope, or you immediately remember a promise that was broken and the sound of the word makes you upset, angry, or maybe abandon. Your trust for that person or group of people has left you with a permanent mark.

As a result of either experience, lets look at the promises fulfilled and bring us to a place of trusting once again in Someone Who never forgets a promise.

Advent is a time of recalling the promises of God. Promises to remember what God had told His people long ago would happen. The whole Old Testament is filled with the promises of God. A promise to Abraham he would Father as many descendants as the stars in the sky. Genesis 15. A promise to the Israelites they will be taken out of slavery and see the promise land. Exodus 12

A promise to HIS people He will send a Counselor, Peacemaker, a King, a Savior. Isaiah 9

In the New Testament we begin with a Promise fulfilled in the birth of a Child, Whom has come to save the world. God sends the Perfect Promise. Jesus.

Yes our God keeps His promises and it truly is what gives me hope everyday! I put tabs on my bible with the words PROMISE so on those down days, I can quickly go to them.

Humans not so much. Humans simply cannot do what God can do. We are promise breakers. WHY? Because of our selfish ways, our own agenda, or simply life in general. We cannot fulfill all the promises that our family and friends would love for us to do.

In ministry, working with teens especially, making promises is a NO NO! First, they most likely already came from a place of abandonment. Consequently telling them I will do something or give them something when I am not sure, just leaves an open door for lack of trust.

 Instead I trained myself to respond, “I will try” or simply “that will not work for me I won’t be able to that.” Being honest and open breeds trust and a stronger relationship in the future.

This goes for any relationship. Young or old…don’t make a promise we simply do not have the capability like God to see the future.

With our Lord Jesus coming as a baby, God’s promise and plan was being fulfilled. Imagine all the people in the Old Testament that heard about this prophecy of a Savior coming, but it didn’t happen in their lifetime. Some lost hope in the wait. Some even left the faith all together.

But for the ones who hung on, without sight, without the story of a baby in a manger Who is called King of Kings and Light of the World, those individuals are rejoicing in heaven with HIM. They may not SEEN Jesus, or read about Him in the what we call the Bible now, but they are experiencing the same Hope we will soon have.

We too have not seen the Lord Jesus in the flesh, but we have this side of the cross where we know what happened and what will happen due to His Holy Word.

 

We have the story. We have the facts. We have the proof. We have Jesus, who came as a baby, walked the earth as a man, and died on a cross to save us from our sins.

We are on this side of the cross with the WHOLE picture.

I know there are folks who have had promise after promise broken and they have given up hope…TRUST. I get that. I have had people do the same to me. But…they are human. Jesus is not. He is God our Savior who paid a price. The price of dying a horrible death for my sins. Every time I get angry, or gossip, or hurt someone I picture Jesus being beaten. His painful death.

I know there are folks out there that don’t think they sin. They feel they are good people. I don’t think anyone who says that understands when they hurt someone by words or actions that is a sin. Or when they have told a “white lie” it is still a lie.

There is not one human being who can say they have held the 10 commandments perfectly. Not one. We are not perfect and without sin. Hence we need of a Savior. A promise kept that has everlasting, eternal rewards. I can’t wait to meet my Promise Keeper! Can you?

This advent season whether you are alone, or have a family, take this time to research all the promises in the bible. I can make one promise because it has come true for me and thousands of others. You will not be disappointed or feel abandoned.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my right hand.


**If your pondering a gift idea for your child or grandchild, think about the gift of HIS Word. 
Dayspring has many fun ways to open the child or teen into God’s love for them. Ideas to inspire daily reading and prayer! I encourage you to check it out! Links are on our blog. (which help our ministry)

Living on the Promises of God today and every day!
In Jesus name,
Love deeper, talk sweeter and walk in HOPE,
Lee

**The picture in this post is of a young teen who was building trust with the horse. She was understanding through the horses response how trust in a relationship begins with herself. She must be consistent, patient, kind, and be a partner, not a boss. This teen 3 years later experienced a trial of a loss so huge! To get through such a trial took trust and faith in Jesus Christ, promising her Hope!

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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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