12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937

May 25, 2020

Today Mitch is doing great! Isn’t it wonderful we can be in the midst of a trial but have total peace in what is to come or even happening right now but totally ok with it? I love that about our faith! Just trust and obey and see what He gives us!

Mitch has a team of many people who call him weekly to check-in, make sure he is up to date on paperwork, labs, and so on as well as check on his mental health. He really feels special we can tell! He smiles a lot and has more energy since his symptoms and reactions from meds is under control.

He stays with us a few days at the beginning of the week so we can do home church together and have a family meal or two or three or…the kids hang out for more often. He then will head back to his home to take care of things there. We know there will be a day he will have to totally live here for a period of time so we encouraged him to take what he can get now and live his life as best as he can. He loves that!

He does miss his work at camp but he is hoping when they open he can lend a hand in volunteering on his good days. What a gift he can give during his time of waiting.

Mitch surprised me on Mother’s Day! He made a great meal too!

May 28, 2020

Mitch and I are headed to the cities for some tests he needs. This will give an accurate reading for the team and transplant coordinators to have him listed. He is at 18 INR now and when it reaches 30+ is when things will get more serious. OR if he has more trouble like he did last fall with his bile duct or anything else that will cause him to be listed higher. Until the tests come back I will update this again and of course, we trust in our Jesus for it all. PLEASE pray for Mitch and his strength, his faith, and most of all his morale. With Jesus there is NOTHING to fear!

God’s blessings upon you ALL!

Lee and Dan

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Ranch Life

Oh boy, this was a stretch for me! Yep, not a fan of jarring jam but I really love homemade things where I can choose the amount of sugar and of course the natural ingredients that surround us. Like dandelions! Why I love these cuties so much…look below.

Aren’t dandelions just so pretty to see? All those shiny, yellow balls of sunshine around in the spring makes me smile every time I see a field of them. Especially when I am in the midst of them picking away for dandelion syrup, dried leaves for my salad, fresh too, and of course jam. But I wasn’t familiar with how to do it so of course, some experimenting going on.

So cute these little jam jars I kept from a stay at a fancy hotel

One important step is to prepare your jars and lids. I do this ahead of time. Put them in a water bath to sterilize and of course, be nice and hot when you are ready to pour in your delightful jam.

Preparing jars and lids

Next is prepping your dandelions. Make sure you get all the green out at least as much as possible. I use my thumb and pointer finger and rub the end of the flower to release the yellow head and not get any green. It works pretty well. My little helper daughter had a hard time, but after the first cup or two she got the hang of it. AND then… didn’t want to help anymore! Save the leftover dandelion stems for your ranch or farm animals. They will LOVE you for it!

Rebel!
My other competition…he gets the leftovers too!

After you get the dandelions into a bowl you need to steep them for at least 12 hours to really help with the flavor. Just boil 4 1/2 cups of water and when it is at a boil, pour over your prepared dandelions. Now…you will be ready to start your jam. Look below for each step so you know in advance what you can prep.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dandelions
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp. pectin powder Pomona’s Brand comes with calcium water to help use less sugar)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. citric acid
  • 4 1/4 tsp. calcium water

Instructions:

  • Bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil and pour over your dandelions. Allow to steep for 12-24 hours.
  • Drain your tea through a strainer making sure as much tea is out as possible. Place tea in Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  • Mix sugar and pectin powder well
  • While the tea is heating, add lemon juice, calcium water, and citric acid. Make sure it dissolves well.
  • Once the tea is at a boil, slowly add your sugar and pectin mixture. Stir and make sure once again everything is dissolved. Skim off any foam. You don’t have to get every little bit, but what you can.
  • Allow to once again turn to a boil. Remove from heat
  • Ladle the mixture into prepared jars. Wipe rims, place lids and bands on.
  • Once again put jars int a water bath which is at a boil and let sit for 10 minutes. Longer if you are at high altitude.
  • Let sit for 12-24 hours to set.

Did you have fun yet? I tell you, it is a process and the first time they were still liquid. I waited for 48 hours and had to add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp. of pectin dumping all the jars back into the pot. Brought them to a boil for 10 minutes and once again canned them up repeating that process. It was worth it! They turned out! And they taste delicious!

Yummy treat!

I made some homemade graham crackers and served them with this jelly for a snack. It was a treat!

Enjoy and God’s blessings as you live like a pioneer!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

WHY DANDELIONS ARE SO WONDERFUL:

This sweet flower is an important medicinal herb. Did you know that? The whole flower and especially leaves are wonderful! Just look at this list!

  • good source of calcium and Vitamin K
  • helps with bone loss hence the above
  • the fiber in the root which is helpful for bone loss as well as gut health improving digestion and constipation
  • full of potent antioxidants
  • helps fight inflammation
  • may reduce cholesterol
  • helps fight sugar cravings
  • may lower blood pressure
  • helps aid in healthy liver
  • may aid in weight loss
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

I am not totally doing Keto as I do have my occasional grain and fruit but I try and follow the EXTRA goodies in special recipes. This recipe took some tweaking because for one it was SUPER sticky to work with and I also added gluten-free flour to help make the dough roll out well. I think you will find it awesome as well and feel good about making a smores or two!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 6 tbsp. pure maple syrup or Lakanto sugar-free sugar
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan salt

Have 1 cup of Gluten Free flour to add if it’s sticky when combining

Directions:

  • Preheat oven 325 degrees
  • Combine all dry ingredients into a large glass bowl
  • Add beaten eggs and stir
  • Add remaining wet ingredients
  • As you mix together if it is not forming well into a dough add 1/4 cup at a time of the gluten-free flour to help it combine. Once it forms a ball place on parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes
  • Remove dough and place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. Roll out to 1/8″ thick. You should be able to peel off the top parchment without any stickiness. Place on a baking sheet
  • Using a pizza cutter cut into squares. Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on top if you like. Make sure to take a fork and poke holes in each square.
  • Place in oven and cook 15-20 minutes. Enjoy the amazing aroma and eating them without too much guilt!
  • I waited 10-15 minutes to let them cool before I broke them apart. It’s hard though they taste great warm!!!! AND serve with a homemade Dandelion Jam! OHHHH SOOO GOOD!!!
They are so yummy and in-between some 80% Cocoa bar and a marshmallow…well…what a treat!

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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