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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Say bye bye soda

In Minnesota, we call soda pop…but, either way, this is a beverage full of sugar and fake colors that eat away your gut flora. Do you want a better way to enjoy the fizz and flavor? Well, here is a recipe for homemade ginger ale.

What you will need

For a nice Limeade:

2 cups of water
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, or ginger root (I keep on hand for my teas)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lime juice

Place water, basil, and ginger into an enamel or glass pot. Let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 hours allowing the herbs to steep and bring on flavor. Add honey and stir while the water is still hot. Serve warm in winter months, or add ice in a pitcher and serve with ice cubes and lime slice for garnish.

Ginger Ale

First, you need to infuse your ginger making a base. Here is what you need.

4 cups of water
4 tbsp. fresh ginger grated, or ginger root
1/3-1/2 cup honey (or less taste add more if you like)

Place water and ginger into an enamel pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1-2 hours. Using a metal strainer, strain herbs, and water into pour bowl. Now add your honey to your ginger infusion. I put this into a mason jar so I have my base ready to go for drinks or teas. It last only 3-4 days so use often!

To make your ginger ale, add base 1-2 tsp really up to you on taste and mix with Kombucha or carbonated water. Add ice and lime slice for garnish. 
Absolutely awesome and good for your digestion too!


If you have a juicer…

What you will need:

Fresh ginger about a fist full. Cut up and place into your juicer. You should get about 2 cups. I use a pint size mason jar and it is full when I am done juicing.

Measuring right from the jar no waste!

Take only 1 cup of the juice and equal parts of honey. So 1 cup. Remember, real honey comes in a mason jar and all mason jars have measuring right on the glass so you don’t have waste. I think that is pretty cool!

Keep my base in a pretty jar for serving guest. They can add as much as they like.

Now mix or shake your jar full of ginger juice and honey making sure it is well mixed and pour into a nice serving bottle. I like to keep on my counter and allow for guests or family to add however much they want to their own soda.  Shake the bottle before you pour into a glass and add carbonated water or Kombucha over the juice. Add ice and garnish. SO yummy!

Great dinner party drink and festive too!

Enjoy and let me know if you tried it!

Sure is refreshing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally
Testimony from our daughter, Mackinzey I love what I do.  I love serving my community.  I love justice.  I love trying to make a difference.  But in the process, it can take a toll on my body.  I have to confess, when I came home this week because of an injury I was on daily doses of Aleve to relieve my wrist pain. But in this household at the ranch, that was the WRONG thing to say! My mom quickly told me to get rid of those harmful pain relievers and to try some oils and some tea blends. Being the good daughter I am, I did. I really don’t like filling my body with bad, harmful over the counter meds, so I didn’t hesitate. I didn’t have any pain all day. Second day…same…and so on. Just by rubbing the oils onto my wrist I had no pain and instant relief. On a beautiful day which is rare here in Minnesota in November, we went for a ride. On the ride, a headache was coming on. As we put the horses away my mom made up some of her headache tea, and by the end of the cup, it was gone. I tell you, it just amazes me how I think going to my medicine cabinet is faster and better when in reality taking the time to make up some hot tea and grabbing essential oils is not only better for me, but really just as easy. The essential oils I used for pain relief are: German  Chamomile,  Sweet Marjoram, and Juniper Berry.  Other blends that help are Relieve Me and Pain Ease, both of which also help with headaches.  I put them in a roll on bottle with my favorite carrier oil coconut. I put about 2-3 drops of each oil and topped the bottle off with the carrier oil. Shake and apply as often as you want. I can’t wait to try their new Complete Relief for tension and muscles for my long days or workouts on the job! To fight cold and congestion put in your roll-on Peppermint Eucalyptus  Favorite carrier oil  Put on your throat, neck, and behind ears. I also will make a steam tent by putting peppermint in a glass bowl of boiling water only a drop at a time, place a towel over my head and bowl and breath in. THIS IS AMAZING at releasing pressure in my sinuses! Hope you will try these oils verse the over the counter drugs. So much better for you and they WORK! Stay safe, take the back, and God Speed…(police talk) Mackinzey
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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally
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