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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend!
romantic tea
Romantic Tea Blend:

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

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

For the Romantic Syrup:

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

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


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

Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally
Oh my! Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of lilacs? For anyone who has them in their yard, I envy you. We have to go searching for ours and when I find them, I harvest a TON! Making delightful drinks like lemonade, tea, and sparkling waters is just a few that I love to serve.

First you will need to gather your lovely lilacs. Harvesting is delightful all in itself as the smell will overcome your home! By gently pulling the flower head off the little stem only leaving you the flower, place into a strainer and rinse well in fresh clean water. Once this part is done, you can make your syrup which is your base.


Lovely Lilac Syrup:

1 cup of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of lilacs
Some fresh or frozen blueberries. 5-8 will make a light color, more will make a deeper color.

Boil your sugar and water. Once boiled, bring to a simmer and add your lilacs and blueberries. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take your liquid and pour into a strainer over a steel bowl. Squish your blueberries into the lilacs getting as much of the flower and blueberries as you can. Let cool and place your syrup in a mason jar and in the refrigerator. This liquid will thicken as it cools. Awesome for your pancakes in the morning!
Lovely Lilac Drinks
Lovely Lilac Lemonade:

In a gallon mason jar
2 Fresh Lemons, juiced
4 cups of water
1/2 cup lilac syrup (taste and see if you want to add more)
Stir and add ice. We add a lemon rind for looks too if you like.

Lemon Ginger Lilac Tea:
If you want to make it a cold tea, let steep and cool than add your ice.

1/2 tsp  Organic Lemon Peel 
1/2 tsp  Organic Ginger root
2-4 tbsp Lilac syrup
2 cups of boiling water

Using your tea strainer, place your lemon peel and ginger root into your strainer. Steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add your syrup while it is steeping. 
As an ice tea let cool and add your ice. YUMMMY!

For a nice fresh water drink add lilacs to a jug of water and let sit in the sun for about an hour.
Add some ice…and WOW…so refreshing!

Lovely Lilac Spritzer:

Lovely Lilac DrinksAdd 2-3 tbsp syrup to full glass of club soda or sparking water. Add
ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink!

I hope you enjoy all summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages!

God bless!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

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

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

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


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

Blackberry Tea Recipes

For cold and flu

2 tbsp. blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. elder flowers

2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers

1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too)

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

 

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

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

2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves

2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers

1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint

Tea for Rheumatism

2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. White willow bark

1 cup Nettles leaves

2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves

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

 

Use for sore Throat Pain

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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Food, Treats
This recipe is so yummy you won’t be able to eat just one!  Perfect fall goodness filled with sweetness and the right spices. AND…of course, you will want a cup of tea with this treat! The perfect tea I recommend is the Creamy Pumpkin Delight!

I doubled this recipe because I like to use a whole can of pumpkin verses 1/2.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 can Pumpkin Puree
1 3/4 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
4 Organic Eggs



6-7 Cups of flour (Add enough flour to have your dough soft and binding but not too much)
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 Whole Nutmeg grated
pinch of cloves








Directions:
Mix first three ingredients in you mixer. Add powdered sugar slowly while mixer continues to work. Add vanilla and eggs. Put all your flour and remaining ingredients into a separate bowl. Mix well. Switch paddles on your mixture add slowly add flour mixture to your sugar mixture.  Once combined your ready to make your cookies. Doesn’t the smell just make you smile? AHHH!


For the glaze (I made this amount smaller as I didn’t add a lot onto each cookie, and some cookies I left without the glaze. This part does add a TON more sugar…)

3 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tbsp Water
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. nutmeg
1/4 Tsp. cloves
1/4 Tsp. All Spice
(The last 4 ingredients is the same as Pumpkin Pie Spice, but I make my own)

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper putting one scoop on tray. 

Squish down with bottom of scooper or spoon to hold glaze

Bake for 8-10 Minutes

After you place your done cookies on the cooling rack, put your glaze onto the each cookie. It will harden once fully cooled. NOW enjoy with your cup of tea!!!!!



Enjoy and share!
God bless you today!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Ranch Life

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day,
Lee

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Health, Herb Basket, Living Naturally

 

 

First you need to make your blend of herbs.

I began with a simple blend of my favorite herbs.

1 Cup Hibiscus

½ cup Raspberry Leaf

¼- 1/3 Cup Rose Hips

2 tsp Spearmint

1 tsp Ginger Root

This was my first blend I made last Spring. We adore this tea! We had it hot and cold all summer long.

Once you have blended each herb in a glass bowl. Mix it all well than add it to a fun jar. I only use glass now as it preserves the herbs longer and for herbs more sensitive to light. I spray paint or use fabric on the outside to keep the light out. The basic mason jar is also wonderful.

Mix your own blends. I would LOVE to hear what you come up with!



Lastly you can make a label. Crafting is my thing so I have a Big Shot with lots of Label cut outs. With some background paper in the printer your ready to print your own! I love this tool as it is so strong it can cut through medal, leather, and many layers of cardstock! So worth the investment!

Now that you have your blend of tea, your ready to brew!

 

First I use a tea strainer from Bulk Herb Store, and my favorite teacup  which the rim is larger than a simple mug. So I have to put a spoon to hold the strainer into place so the herbs don’t go into my water. I also will add my honey and tincture into the cup so when the hot water 212 degrees or more, is poured into the cup the 2 will mix well.



Once you have your boiling water it is important to pour the water OVER the herbs. This allows the herbs to absorb and get a complete and balanced extraction.

If you put your blend into a tea bag, you would just have it sit in the cup but again pour the water over the tea bag.

Next you want the tea to steep. When you purchase your herbs or if you have grown them, look on the website to see good steeping time. Each herb is unique in this area so you will want to maybe put that on your label too. The above recipe I steep for 15 minutes.

Now cover your teacup. After a few minutes, it’s not just water that is acting on the herbs. The water itself changes as the herbs infuse into it. Depending on what compounds are first released, the water can become a mild acid or base, which in turn affects the release of other compounds in the herbs.

The act of covering your tea insures warmth, a full extraction, and that the essential oils of the herbs (which are amazing) stays in your cup. This is why there are different times of steeping for different herbs to reach their full potency.

Once you have your tea all extracted, you can compost your blend. We give ours to our horses and if all the herbs are safe, we will offer to our bunnies and dog as well. We never waste a drop!

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.

Now enjoy your wonderful gift from the Lord of all HIS goodness! His herbs are truly a gift to us!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and enjoy making and brewing your special tea!
Lee

 

 

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life, Treats

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

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

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

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

 

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

So here we go…Ready?

First you will need:

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

Frozen or fresh raspberries

Plexus 96 Protein Vanilla (buy here)

Rose Petals (buy here)

Hibiscus Flower (buy here)

Almond milk

Organic honey (buy here)

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Step 4: Add ½ Cup of Almond milk

 

Step 5: Add your Raspberries and ice cubes

 

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

Blend away until nice and SMOOTH

 

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

Add your straw and ENJOY!!!!

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

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

March 19, 2017

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

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


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

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

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


Allergy and Immune Tea

Wild Cherry-1/2 c

Nettles  ¾ c

Plantain Leaf  ½ c

Yarrow-1/2 c

Elder Berry ¼ c

Licorice root– ¼ c

Ginger Root-2 tsp.

Fenugreek Seed-1/4 c

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

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

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

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




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