12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing

I love this New Toy!

Last summer Dan (my man), got into his head how fun it would be to make things to sell in our Tack Shack and Hoedown at the ranch. He is wonderful with his hands in crafting with wood and adding images, and color just popped more ideas into his head. SO, we invested in this and have been having a blast ever since!

Latest creation for the porch sign decor.

Ideas Are Endless

We are in the process of building a Trading Post and Workshop at the ranch and creating more projects to give the ambiance of an old country store. I love taking old things and seeing what we can create. Like this bucket. It was so fun to make. Using the Cricut and outdoor vinyl made it come together wonderfully.

Our main source for vinyl is Expressions Vinyl.
WHY? Mostly because their product is amazing and they have wonderful videos that really help you through a project or give you more ideas. I love their Easyweed Siser  Heat Transfer Vinyl.
When it comes to weeding those fine details the Easyweed vinyl peels away really well plus you can remove the iron on vinyl hot or cold after the press. You also don’t have to have an expensive heat press to do the project. An iron will work well too which isn’t the case in most other products out there. Most of them require a press that can reach over 300 degrees. NOTE: Easyweed Stretch needs one of those BIG presses to adhere to the material. They do not recommend an iron let alone a Cricut EasyPress. It needs a firm heavy and consistant pressure so stick with the Easyweed HTV. 
 It looks wonderful. See below…

Expression socks!

They also are a one stop shop! I can get the ink jet printables so we can do images on our computer especially our logo for the ministry and the transfer tape is much less expensive here then other stores. If you do a lot of crafting with a Cricut, you go through a lot of this stuff! Lastly is their line of patterned vinyl for iron on as well as sticky vinyl. The quality is amazing, really! I love supporting them and their dreams too.
Of course the goodies of accessorizing is another added joy. They have that too!

Look at this…they also give you charts for helping you not waste and for projects to come out just right! Can you tell I had baby gifts to get done?

Eco-Friendly Idea For Scrap Material

I have been making lots of pillows for the Trading Post and with that comes of course scraps of material. Long ones. I kept looking at them trying to figure what and how I can do something as they are white and so fresh looking. So I came up with ribbon! And like everything I do, I go crazy once an idea pops into my head!  Using Expressions Heat Set Vinyl. 

I truly find their product slick! No mess in the weeding and finishes so nice on the fabric. (following hint above) You know what else is cool about the ribbon idea? Practice! Yep, when I wasn’t sure how the pattern would look, I used the material ribbon. I tried the regular vinyl as most likely people wouldn’t wash the ribbon and it’s less expensive, but of course the heat ones worked better on fabric but really they looked no different. Just the vinyl will peel off eventually.  Doesn’t hurt to try both ways and see what works for you.

Gabby Ribbon using regular vinyl

I did like the iron-on better…but…it is more expensive especially the glitter or patterns. What do you think?

Iron on Easyweed Heat Vinyl

Definitely fun no matter what you choose! Gabby Ribbon my new crazy!

Love to craft no matter what the outcome! More to show soon as we journey on this winter creating items for the Trading Post!

God’s blessings keep warm!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Grillin' One, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats

Burr… it’s cold -31 this morning

I do love a nice crisp winter air, but not this crisp. Doing chores this morning I thought my nose would fall off!
What did I do to change my attitude and feel warm? Asked Alexa to play Caribbean music and…

Make a dinner full of Caribbean flavor! Appetizer, soup, salad, and the main dish. Oh and dessert of course! I even made a fun NA drink.

Appetizer…Orange Shrimp Mojo

A bright avocado salsa and the citrusy rum-kissed glaze make this appetizer spark the mouth watering for more! Use only fresh herbs and spices. Links below. It really makes a difference!

  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange or tangerine peel
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1/2 lb. peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp, uncooked
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2cups orange juice
  • 2 tbsp rum or chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large orange, peeled, sectioned and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup cubed avocado
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 tsp chopped seeded jalapeno pepper, optional but good
  • 1 fresh Lime

Prep

  1. In a small dry skillet over medium heat toast cumin seeds and peppercorns until aromatic. 1-2 minutes. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds using a spice grinder (great gift idea by the way) or mortar and pestle
  2. In a small bowl, combine the orange peel, oregano, salt, and crushed cumin and peppercorns. Sprinkle 1 tbsp spice mixture over shrimp.
  3. In a large skillet, cook shrimp in oil over medium-high heat. 1 minute, turn shrimp. Add the orange juice, rum, garlic, and 1 tbsp. spice mixture. Cook and stir until shrimp turn pink, 1-2 minutes longer, remove shrimp squeeze 1/2 of the lime juice over top and keep warm. ( when in a pinch I will use my Lime essential oil but fresh is best for this dish) If you do purchase the essential oil, you can only order one and get FREE shipping in the USA! Cool huh?
  4. Bring liquid in skillet to a boil. Cook until reduced to 2/3 cup, about 35 minutes. Meanwhile, for salsa combine the orange, onion, avocado 1/4 cup cilantro, jalapeno, and remaining spice mixture in a small bowl. Stir shrimp and remaining cilantro into the sauce, heat through. Serve with salsa.

Serve with Fresh Ginger Mojo

This is an incredible drink and so fresh but most importantly good for you! YES, a fun drink that is refreshing and good for you…don’t forget the lime!

Muddle fresh squeezed lime juice and sugar along with dried or fresh mint. On ice pour ginger beer into a glass and stir in your muddled mixture. Garnish with mint. SOO refreshing! Put on the Beach Boys and start prepping for dinner!

Main Dish

This grilled chicken gets a lovely pop of color and spice from the lime butter… OOO you will love this dish! One of the reasons I love Caribbean night during cold stretches it gives us a warm time together cooking. The challenge to this dish is grilling out on our deck in the minus 30 below but SO worth it! You can do this on a grill pan (link below) too, which in this weather may be the better idea!

Ingredients: ( I like fresh herbs and spices. Store-bought you never know how long they sit on those shelves PLUS this company has such fun flavors so get creative with your dishes!)

1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp brown sugar ( I use molasses and regular organic sugar instead)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cacao
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 bone-in chicken breast halves
Cilantro Lime Butter

1/4 cup butter, melted
minced  fresh cilantro (I like a lot so 1/2 cup )
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tbsp lime juice
1 pepper, jalapeno, or serrano, Fresh
pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Brush over chicken. 2.Place chicken skin side down on grill rack. grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 15 minutes. Grill until a thermometer reads 165 degrees, 20-25 minutes longer. Grill pan we use for indoor cooking. 3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter ingredients. drizzle over the chicken before serving.

TIP: if you have leftover, shred the chicken and save for tacos or other dishes. I freeze mine and save for later nights when I need a quick meal.

Now for the finale’

Yep, I love my desserts! What can I say! SO refreshing perfect in tying all the flavors of your pallet together!

Key Lime Mason Jar Delight

Give your own twist to make your winter meal a delightful time together! There is nothing like cooking together and enjoying a wonderful meal you have made! Stay WARM!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee


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