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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Take a trend and try new designs

Making the new hot chocolate bombs was so fun over the Christmas season that I just had to go into the next holiday….Valentine’s. So my daughter and I got busy trying our hand at this new idea.

We tried a couple of different molds and found this one is fun and this one is what we used for the post. Mostly why we liked these is because it wasn’t as deep as a typical muffin cup size and the saying YOU & ME was perfect for the holiday.

Cherry hearts didn’t work
This one turned out awesome

Basic directions:

I recommend using the Ghirardelli brand wafers for your chocolate. The Wilson brand carries many dies and I like making color using herbal powders like Beet and Turmeric. Plus the chocolate tastes much better! Pour wafers in the saucepan using a double boiler method. This will control the chocolate melting process without burning. You don’t want that!

Using a paintbrush paint chocolate into your molds. If you have this mold, the cherry ones won’t work as the leaves all go one way and of course, you need one to be the opposite. Not that we made any mistakes and found out or anything…so yeah..moving on…

Make sure to do the sides well

The important part of doing these we have found is doing the sides and top well. Once you have done one layer, put it in the freezer for 5 minutes or so. My daughter had a fun idea of getting a tye-dye effect. Add sprinkles to the bottom of the first layer. These turned out so cute and colorful!

Next, do another layer, pop in the freezer for another 5 minutes, and you’re ready to slowly pop out your mold. Making sure to peel away the mold from the chocolate.

Now you’re ready to smooth seams and fill. We did one, filled it, then melted the other seam and secured it with the other. I just love how these turned out! We put a little plate on the stove, let it warm up, and put the chocolate heart on a plate to smooth the seam. Just for a few seconds.

Enjoy making these for all your loved ones ANYTIME of the year!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Sewing

Why in the World?

Why would I go to so much time to make these? Well, first of all when you live on a ranch and have animals that get sick or hurt one doesn’t think so straight when it’s an emergency. By having this concept ready to go, I can grab and go and know I have all I need to help start the healing process.

The same goes for the flu bugs and basic first aid. The instructions help for anyone to be able to know how to use the items in the bag. I love this especially if a staff person has to use it or family. This way I don’t have to be around. Big Plus!

Easy To Prep Bags

If you’re a sewer this will be easy peasy. Just 2 pieces of any material cut to any size. Make with right sides together leaving a 1-2″ seam at the top for string, stitch at the top, and there ya go.

I made the words on the outside using my Cricut Maker, iron-on vinyl, Heat Press. If you don’t want to invest in a full-size heat press this little guy is a great option! Makes for easy craft iron too! You’re now ready to have a visual go-to kit. Each bag has a “recipe” for what is in the bag and instructions on what to do with items or how to use the bag. I again used my Cricut, writing tool using my own pens by implementing these amazing adapters. SO COOL, and used card stock so it’s nice and durable. You could even laminate them for longer use. (I am telling you those adapters are a game changer! It Will save you SO much money!)

Notice the top which I folded and sewed to make opening for ribbon or tie, then sewed right sides together. Simple and fast!

If you are not a sewer, here is a wonderful idea where you can still decorate the outside and label your bag.

It’s so fun to have different fabric for each kit
What a fun idea for gift giving too!
I used some leftover quilt scraps to make these bags
Cricut Design Space has templates for recipe cards. I deleted what I needed to fit the kit idea.

Enjoy getting organized for when illness or accidents happen around your homestead! It feels so good to know I can tell my family to grab a remedy bag and follow the instructions to help whatever they are dealing with. If you want herbal blends ready to prep for your horses, here is a link. And here. For essential oils, here.

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

For the first time, I used the writing pen in my Cricut Maker. Being nervous about using this new tool I youtube a great video which helped a ton! Also…I practiced on scrap paper that I could potentially use in other cards. My hubby told me these are really expensive through Cricut so I wanted to be conservative plus they wear down quickly. But while looking for the video on “how to” use the pen, I came across these amazing pen adapters! Take any pen and boom…save money and pen away! Loved this idea!

Side note…anytime you purchase from links it helps us help others in our ministry…www.truenorthranch.org…thank you!

How to Use Pens

I love going onto Defont.com and creating some of my favorite fonts and saving them into my Design Space…ideas are endless!

How to use other pens:

Using the pen adapters it’s awesome!

Some tips:

When I make my cards I love to combine my rubber stamps and what is really cool if I don’t have the stamp especially in sayings I can pop in a pen of my choice and make it all work beautifully. Check out Stamp Market’s cardstock really awesome! The Vinyl I use is from Expressions vinyl and I love the Oracle 651 and Easyweeds the best. Their heat transfers are also amazing. Go crazy they are an inexpensive and wonderful product and customer service. Below is how I store my vinyl.

Yes I make a lot of cards for our ranch ministry, so I turned half of the card rack into vinyl storage.
LOVE LOVE the pen adapters! GAME changer!

Well, I hope you find this post helpful not only to save you money on using the pen adapter but for using the concept of expanding all your written ideas. Card making is just one way I use pens, but I know I will find other projects and get creative with them. ENJOY!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally

Sitting here waiting for a zoom call to begin, drinking my herbal tea I began thinking wouldn’t it be nice to make up some kits I can quickly go to when I need something. Like first aid, cold and flu remedies, wound healers, and even for our ranch. I get in such a pickle when I come down with something or one of our kids or animals and I have to scramble to look up what to use. SO…I got to work!

Immune Booster

Recently a cold came on suddenly but I had the warning signs which I took action as soon as just one of the signs raised its ugly head. One for me is feeling chilled after being outside. Next the sneezing and of course the stuffiness. Once I came in from the cold and felt the chill I went to my “go-to” remedy of diffusing peppermint essential oil in hot water and putting my face into the steam. Instantly I get the relief of my nose and sinus going. Then I take some Elderberry syrup usually by itself but sometimes mix it into my tea. I also go to the Immune Boost remedy from Dr. Z’s book, pg 130 which is a HAVE TO HAVE in your home especially beginning in the onset of cold and flu season. It works! His whole book is AMAZING! A 3 week cold and flu can be cut in half if not just a couple of days as it was for me.

Here is the the recipe:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass, diluted with warm water to taste.
  2. Enjoy twice daily at the onset of a cold, or once per day for prevention during cold and flu season. THIS IS ONLY TO BE USED FOR 2 WEEKS. Consult health care provider if symptoms continue.

My Rescue Kit Bags

These were so simple to make and using my Cricut and Iron On by Expressions Vinyl I could whip up some kits for easy quick, grab, and apply. For some bags, I do have instructions or recipe cards inside like my abscess for the horses, and even my tick remedy as to a human, dog, and horses are all done differently. But at least all I need is in each one. I hope to blog about each one and have the list of what is in each bag done soon. I am working now on the Cold and Flu kit which has the packet of Liposomal, pumpkin spice, and salt ready to mix with other ingredients and of course the recipe card inside. (Just in case I’m not around others can grab and go too)

Pumpkin Spice Recipe

  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clove

The Best is Rest

The best remedy to fight cold and flu bugs are to know your symptoms and start taking care of yourself! Stay ahead of it! Get rest, take your boosts, and use your essential oils instead of other things that can harm you. Drink some herbal tea as well with elderberry syrup and even tinctures! Just put herbal tea in the search of this blog as I have some recipes that may help!

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life

This last year one of our horse’s Bokoda had come up limping and it looked like he got kicked or pulled his shoulder. Each time he was dropping his shoulder. I never thought it was an abscess even though I checked his hooves each time. It’s always where I begin when they get injured and don’t know the cause.

Our farrier came out and told me it was an abscess already starting to heal. I could NOT see it at all. I really need to learn more on what they look like. The one he had before I could see clearly like a bubble but this time I missed it.

I would encourage you to look it up too. So you can compare. Also call your farrier. Mine doesn’t have an updated cell phone to get pictures but most do so you can take a picture and confirm with them. Once you know, now for the care and healing process. Here is the way we did it again, youtube is great for this.

Things you will need:

Bentonite Clay

5 drops Arnica essential oil (wonderful oil to have in your farm kit)

5 drops Rosemary Essential oil

5 drops Lavender Essential oil

8 drops Copaiba Essential oil (another awesome oil for healing)

baby diaper or bed pads

duc tape

vet wrap

The video is not the greatest but we had to get to work on this and believe it or not just 3 days later our son was called to receive a liver which we have been waiting for over a year! The adventure is here…incredible timing the Lord helped our horse before we would be gone for 2 months! Only our Lord knew all the details! God is good!

So thankful I will recognize his limp as this happened this year THREE times! WOW! Anyway…hope this helps you all in the horse world!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Empower, Healing, Health, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Select and Dilute

Using essential oils around our ranch is almost an everyday thing. At least once a week the horses will need something weather fly spray, tick spray, hair grooming and of course in the ministry oils are often incorporated somehow. But one thing remains…I will always add the carrier oil. Many will say it isn’t needed for horses and or they will lose the benefits from not getting the full non-diluted blend, but not being a professional I don’t want to take any risks.

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the natural way to help with human and animal health. Just look at scripture and see essential oils were what our first ancestors used for healing. I also am intrigued by the Native American culture and how they use herbs and extract the plants into oils. It is just fascinating and more importantly in my life, it often works! Essential oils repair, oxygenate and act as defenders of pests, germs, and infections. Essential oils are wonderful for not only our physical health but our mental and emotional health. How awesome is that?

My Favorite DIY Blends

1. Fly Spray

  • 2 oz. olive oil, or neem oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Epsom salt water mixture, 1 cup of Epsom salt to one gallon of water, mix
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder (my horses love this stuff on their nummies)

Combine the above and place into a one to four oz spray bottle.

Add 6 drops each of Citronella, Lemongrass, and Black Pepper essential oils.

Infused garlic water can be used instead of the powder by simply placing one head of garlic cloves into a one-liter glass bottle filled with distilled water and let sit for several days. Take the olive oil out of the recipe.

2. Tick Spray

Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle, label, and spray on legs and underbelly, and ears. Every 4 hours if you are out all day.

TIP FOR DOGS: I put oils on my dog’s inside collar every day. Check to see if your dog likes the oil first.

3. Wound Salve

Combine and place on the wound for the healing process. You can vet wrap too if you like.

4. Colic Rub

First call you vet to make sure he/she is in the loop your horse is colic. This is for while you wait…

Rub on the horse’s belly area and inhale as well by holding your hands full of the oils, at the horse’s nostrils. I mix this in a 15ml bottle and label. PRAY! Always helps!

5. Calming Blend (place blend in its own 15 ml bottle, label 6 drops of each oil)

Mix all essential oils top off the bottle with a carrier oil. Shake before using and place on the neck and back of the horse. Instead of carrier oil, you can put essential oils into a spray bottle substituting for water.

6. Proud Flesh Prevention

In spray bottle, combine above and spray on horses legs at least 2x’s a day

7. After-Bit Spray

Place in spray bottle and shake well. Spray on bites as often as needed. I have sprayed on vet wrap for larger bites if able.

8. Grooming and Detangles Spray

Add all above to spray bottle and spritz onto mane, tail, and body before grooming.

Such therapy for both human and horse

9. Hoof Conditioner (for abscess, check here)

Mix well and rub onto hoof

10. Muscle Rub

Mix into a 15 ml bottle using essential oils first then top off with Grapeseed and almond carrier oils. Shake well and massage onto the horse.

Why Rocky Mountain?

I love this company because for one they are reasonable in price not being an MLM they can work directly to us the consumer. Their shipping is SOOO cheap, just a $25 order will get you FREE shipping! They have a key code for every oil so you can assure the quality for the one you have as each bottle is specifically coded. You can go directly to their site and read the SAAFE Promise! Their shipping is quick, their packaging is awesome, and protecting every oil that comes knocking at your door! You will love them for sure.

Enjoy using essential oils saving you a TON of money in all the junk on the market and giving your 4 legged friends the natural way of healing!

God’s blessings to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life

I am excited to share this recipe because going into the winter season I always enjoy a good ol’ cup of hot cocoa…so why not start early in the morning adding a little breakfast bliss!

Our kids love pancakes or as my dad called them, Flapjacks, and especially when you can add whipped cream and chocolate, well too die for breakfast to get them rollin’ for the day is for sure.

With the church being at home this year, our Sunday mornings via video eating breakfast together has been a delight and this recipe has become a favorite!

Side note, ingredients that are highlighted for links to purchase not only help our ranch ministry, but truly we find these product to be the healthiest alternative to buying in a grocery store where product sits for long periods of time and is not fresh. Ingredients I go through a lot! So when you see a link, it is because we care for your health in every possible way!

Enjoy every bite and then some…it’s amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Cacao Powder
  • 2/3 c Organic Sugar
  • 3 c Sifted Flour
  • 1 tbsp. +1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. Cream of Tarter
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 c Buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp. Salted Butter, Melted
  • 1 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 c Heavy Cream
  • 5 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped
Sift together makes for a CAKE like pancake

Directions

  1. Whisk the cacao powder and sugar in a large bowl to break up clumps. Whisk in and sift together, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Gradually fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a large skillet over low to medium-low heat and smear on some butter covering the entire pan. Add 1/3 scoops ( I use an ice cream scooper) to the pan and cook until small bubbles form on the surface and the edges are dry. FLIP and cook the other side until golden brown on the bottom. Repeat until your batter is done.
  4. For the best part…the sauce…Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Top the pancakes with the chocolate sauce and marshmallows and sprinkles too!
Pour wet ingredients into dry
Chocolate pancakes and cream heating up for yumminess!
ooooo, so good!
COMMENT BELOW!!! DID YOU TRY IT?
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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

My daughter and I love making desserts so this Christmas season we were making Hot Chocolate bombs and saw how the mold idea made for another combination we adore…chocolate and orange flavor! So we tried one of the molds into a cupcake liner putting lots of chocolate in it and filling it with an orange creamsicle mousse. OH MY…it turned out fabulous! PLUS, we put the mixture into our Krumkake AND onto our Hot Chocolate pancakes. YEP…we love holiday baking and this mousse makes for more than just dessert! Hope you find it as yummy as we did!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. I used my Kitchen aid with the whipped attachment.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, orange essential oil, juice, and salt and beat until combined.
    Gently fold in the whipped topping. If you’re using real whipping cream, place the above mixture into another bowl, beat your whipped cream with a tsp of sugar, then fold into your orange mixture.
  3. Place mixture in the refrigerator until ready to serve. In the meantime…
  4. Heat your chocolate wafers in a microwavable bowl until nice and creamy.
  5. Fill a paper or silicone muffin cup 1/4 full and brush chocolate up the sides. Make sure every area is full of chocolate. Place in freezer for 5 minutes then do again making a nice thick chocolate muffin cup. Peel off paper and place on serving plate.
  6. When ready to serve fill up each chocolate muffin cup with orange filling. Add a sprig of orange zest on top.

Since New Year’s is around the corner…this would make quite the treat to any appetizer and game night! Ring in the new year with yummy goodness!

Happy New Year! 2021 here we come!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life

Don’t you just love having something on hand you can pull from the freezer and make for guests or for a party? I sure do…plus this is something you can make ahead. Gotta love it!

I also like trying different cheeses with this appetizer. Not everyone loves Bri so try any of your favorite cheeses and make it your own.

Ingredients:

1- 8 oz sheet croissant dough

4 oz brie cheese, cut into cubes

3 tbsp cranberry rasins, finely chopped

3 tbsp. pistachios, finely chopped

1 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped, some for garnish

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

honey for garnish

rosemary

Directions: Preheat oven 375

  1. Roll out croissant dough onto a lightly floured area. Should be 8×12 size or so.
  2. Cut dough into squares making 24 squares. Using a pizza cutter cut 4 lines down 8″ side, and 6 lines down 12″side making 24 squares.
  3. Place brie cubes in each square. Mix pistachios and cranberries into a bowl and sprinkle on top of brie. Sprinkle a tinge of rosemary on top.
  4. Fold corners together on each cube lightly pinching corners together. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Whisk beaten egg with 1 tbsp of water for an egg wash. Brush egg wash on each cube. Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt on top.
  6. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes.
  7. Drizzle honey on top place on platter decorating with rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds.
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Crafts, Food, Treats

Well, these are for sure all the rage right now! WOW! An idea comes out and boom…it’s a hit! Especially in this day and age with so many at home and looking for new crafty ideas for gift-giving. I LOVE IT! And so excited to start my own ideas into this great delicious treat!

I came up finding this when I was in the cities with our son who just got a liver transplant. He had to stay “in town” to make sure he was ok so we had an apartment we were renting. It was awesome as it had a big kitchen so of course opened the door for me to try some new recipes. Stuck inside…make the best of it.

I went onto Youtube and searched for the best options on how to make these cuties. I saw many that simply were not good or well made and some I tried and it for sure was a flop! One was using the plastic ornament balls that split apart. NOT! Don’t use those! They simply make a mess and don’t work well.

The one problem I found was there were no molds to be sold ANYWHERE! Being in the city allowed me to search in many craft stores but none of them had the molds. They told me everyone is into it so they sold out quickly. Hence, why I tried the ornament round as I was desperate! Make sure you use a silicone brush too.

Add whipping cream for extra pop!

I also love the idea of making these for the winter months thinking of some different molds. Heart, Horses, of course, Christmas Tree, Snowflakes, and because we have a cop in the family yes, donuts are a must! Awesome for your neighborhood precinct as gifts too!

TIPS:

Use a silicone brush, go to TOP of the silicone cup. Once filled flip upside down onto a metal rack with parchment paper under to help them be nice and round.
Peel away slowly, handle gently. We also did the chocolate twice to make it extra strong.

Decorating is the funniest part! Use squeeze bottles to get the effect of strips. Immediately add the sprinkles to secure them.

Here is my favorite video on how to…I think you will find it easy to understand and is not so drawn out.

https://youtu.be/xGHGVrnuRqA

You can use dark chocolate bars like in this video but I found the chocolate wafers. You can purchase in all kinds of colors and even flavors with other products, BUT they contain dyes which are not good for you like a red dye. If you want to color your white wafer using Beet powder, or Tumeric is much healthier. It doesn’t take much to make the color. Also, these fun marshmallows are pretty awesome and fit perfectly in the bombs.

Well, we got started on our own version for the Christmas season and they indeed were a hit with the receivers! Hope you enjoy making them, being creative inside and out of each one and of course the final wrap for whomever and whatever the occasion. These are a BOMB for sure!

ENJOY and happy dunking!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, give often,

Lee

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Food, Healing, Ranch Life, Treats

A Long Haul

Spending 3 weeks in a hotel room and life upside down due to our son’s liver transplant, I was excited to arrive home for a week break and do some baking. I dreamed all the way home, (3 hours) of the recipes I wanted to make and seemly enough cookies were on the top of the list.

Being the season for cookie baking and what inspired me was seeing these new sugar cookie kisses. The kisses have cute little sprinkles in them and well….here ya go…my absolute favorite recipe! What makes it so special? The powdered sugar…and the joy of the time…our son’s long haul was heading in an upward climb vs. downward. Such a joy to make these and bring some back to him in a few days hopefully discharged! God is good…even with sugar cookies! You can read his miracle story here! Start from Nov. 1, 2020…amazing!

Dip jar in melted butter, sugar, then onto cookie

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 c. organic sugar
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh vanilla
  • 4 c. flour, plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
All spices I get from Starwest….truly fresh and organic. (link)

Extras: chocolate kisses, cookie cutters, old fashion sugar cookie with sugar sprinkled on top smashing using the bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Any way you choose these is amazing!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with a paddle attachment, add eggs and butter until nice and creamy.
  3. Add sugars and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Mix in a separate bowl flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  5. Slowly pour flour mixture into mixing bowl and mix until nice dough forms. Cover and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  6. The next part is how you want to make your cookie. If you want the kisses, form balls using a cookie scoop. Bake for 9-11 minutes then as soon as they come out of the oven, place your kiss in the middle.
  7. If you want to make cookie-cutter ones, roll out your dough, make your shapes, sprinkle sugar if you like, and bake for 9-11 minutes. Decorate more if you like.
  8. Lastly is the old-fashioned way, form your balls with a scoop placing an ungreased tray. Using the bottom of a mason jar, dipped in butter, then dip into organic sugar ( I put on a plate) smash ball forming a nice sugar cookie. To DIE FOR!!!

Enjoy all the ways you can bite into this cookie! I truly love it and so does the family after such a long haul! On our way to healing…Praise the Lord!

LOVE LOVE the sugar cookie kisses! They are perfect with this recipe!
Old fashioned sugar cookie

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and thank the Lord for the good and bad times,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Need a quick cake for a potluck or to make for guests? This cake is the ticket and you will be the hit of the party! I also love this cake to give to loved ones who are ill or need a bit of encouragement. It’s a beautiful touch of love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 c organic sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Oatmeal soak and covered while you prep other ingredients

FOR TOPPING:

  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1/2 c organic sugar with 1 tbsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp. hard and half or milk
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 c flaked sweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan. You can use a tube pan that the bottom comes out too. In a small bowl, combine rolled oats and boiling water. Cover and let it rest for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, molasses, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat again. Fold in oatmeal. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. add to the creamy mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan you are using and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake feels firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. DO NOT REMOVE CAKE FROM OVEN PAN. Mix the topping by combining the topping ingredients in a bowl. Spread the topping on top of the cake and put the cake back in the oven to broil for 2-3 minutes or until the topping becomes bubbly and the coconut is browned. Let the cake cool slightly before carefully removing it from the pan.

Put topping on top and broil for a couple of minutes
Beautiful!

Serve with a cup of your favorite tea and enjoy this wonderful, moist cake!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Food, Healthy Eating, Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Treats

It’s been a crazy fall and I wanted to make some fun thank you gifts just knowing our life could get upside down soon with our son waiting for a liver transplant. One thing I love to do is give a gift to staff or really anyone who has given us extra love.

Getting Creative

Cleaning my whimsy room, I noticed these tubes. I was emptying a to-go-craft bag and wanting to fill it with things to do while at the hospital. HUM…what could I make? I thought to fill them with candy and bow them with a tag. The old hot chocolate idea with cocoa and marshmallows and peppermint candies is always a great go-to. But I wanted to do something different and even more on the healthier side since we are talking about health care workers during such a difficult time. So…I came up with an herbal tea blend. I thought they turned out kinda cool! Plus, giving them out would be easy! The only thing is that when it actually came time for me to give them out the hospitals shut down visitors. I did go to security and asked them to deliver them, just not ideal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

I just love how they turned out!

How I put them together

I made up three different blends. Fall, Christmas, and simple citrus. The one I loved the most was the lavender one.

Just put the herbs of your choosing in front of you and arrange how you want them to look. The lavender looked great on the bottom with the rose petals on top, then spearmint, lemon peel, and a tinge of orange peel. Just layer as you would like. Christmas tea has my favorite blends of cinnamon chips, ginger, orange, Euchenicia, and very little Hibiscus Flower (great for color too or you could use elderberry or both).

Fall is the easiest, Red rooibos tea, ginger roots, elderberry, clove bits, and cinnamon bits. (Cinnamon sticks work great too but I cut them up into bits for the blends)

All the herbs are organic and wonderful quality! Sometimes they are out of stock but just have them notify you when they arrive.

A new friend moved into our area, so packaged him up some pumpkin bread and tea for a housewarming gift.

Enjoy gifting this year using your favorite things. Blended teas always make a wonderful gift for folks who enjoy the herbal teas. One must have a taste for it though, so choose carefully! You may just have to go back to the hot cocoa idea.

These hot chocolate bombs are a big hit too! I love how creative you can get with these just by switching out the color of chocolate.

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and give generously!

Lee

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Food, Treats

I don’t often make cakes but of course, there are those occasions that call for a special cake. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or welcome new little one this recipe is my go-to! Yep, it’s all homemade and will take an extra step but over 12 years ago we stopped buying cans and boxed items for our cooking and as a result, our overall health is better. I also enjoy the cooking process so there’s that too!

Here it is…ENJOY baking homemade and eating with incredible goodness!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fresh vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Nutella

For the whipped cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 round baking pans with parchment paper and spray the parchment with baking spray.
  2. In medium saucepan melt butter. Add the cacao powder and stir until smooth. Pour in the boiling water, let the mixture bubble up to 20 seconds or so, then turn it off and set aside.
  3. In a measuring picture or bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the hot chocolate mixture, stirring gently until it’s halfway combined and less hot. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and continue stirring gently until the batter is combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes os so, until they are just set. Remove them from the pans and set aside to cool completely. (I cut each cake in half to create 4 layers…not ever again!)
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream by whipping cream and powdered sugar together until nice and thick!
  6. To assemble, turn one layer upside down onto a serving platter. Spead half of the Nutella onto cake and half of the whipped topping over the chocolate. Place the second cake on top and repeat. I added fresh strawberries and blueberries to this cake. You don’t want to assemble for an hour before serving as whipped cream will look soggy…hence mine. Cut with a hot serrated knife. I cut my cake into 2 to make it bigger…I won’t do that again…got too wobbly.
  7. Enjoy every dreamy bite!
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Anniversary trips passed…

Dan and I usually get away for a day or two for our anniversary every year to a place within a few hours from our homestead. Most of the time, it’s with the horses. We have enjoyed many a trip to North Dakota at a horse camp, Cheyenne Oaks. A beautiful place to ride with miles of trails and scenery plus it has a little cabin with a hot tub which was perfect for us. We also have gone a little further to a spot in Wisconsin, Palmquist Farm. Adorable family farm with real homemade farm meals in a family-style setting. LOVED this place as well and again, the cabin set the stage for our special celebration. The horse facility for both was also exceptional and made me feel comforted knowing the boys were safe as well!

Hosts, Helen and Jim…Her cookbook is amazing!
Beautiful North Dakota trip

A New Adventure…without the boys

So this year we decided to not only travel further but also go without anyone or anything else but us…WOW! What a trip!

First, it has been years since we took a trip with just the two of us and this one was extra special because Dan is retired from his business. SO, not only did we have some special memories but we didn’t have ONE interruption from a work-related situation. THAT was amazing in as of itself!

The trip is about 12 hours with stops and we did take our time stopping at shops along the way. The colors made the trip even more enjoyable and with the ’70s and 80’s tunes jammin’ we made our way to this beautiful part of the country!

We Arrive

Both of us expected this to be more of a Las Vegas kind of scene but we were pleasantly surprised it was far from it! The attractions are fun and so are the shows you won’t be disappointed! Yet our favorite thing to do was enjoy the mountains and waterfalls. Our hotel, Falls Creek was wonderful. It was off from the hustle and bustle of the main area and if the creek was flowing that too would have been beautiful. But as you can see, we enjoyed the place to relax and wind down in between activities. Dan often commented on how it felt like we were on a cruise with so much to do! HA!

Outside our door at Falls Creek Resort

Highlights

Our favorite show of course was the Stampede. We loved the food, eating with our hands as is most of our life on the ranch, the horses, music, and we just loved the patriotism of the whole show! During this time of covid, masks were worn by the employees but as long as we were in our seats we didn’t have to wear them, which was nice. The waiter was awesome and very hospitable! He kept Dan’s sweet tea mason jar full the whole time! Truly worth the time and would do it again in a heartbeat!

The Outdoor Attractions

This is what we loved most…being in the areas that had hikes, biking, and just plain old enjoying the great outdoors! The waterfalls there are amazing and many places we didn’t get to. The Silver Dollar City created in the old west times of course once again fits our lifestyle and what we love. Creative crafts and cooking over an open fire made our day! I tell ya, you can’t go wrong finding something to fit your loves…we sure didn’t spend long enough there that is for sure!

32 Years…A Memory We will Cherish

We love riding in the fall and enjoy being with the horses, but we are thankful we made the choice to leave them behind and concentrate on US! Marriage is important to God and when He joins two together He does provide the beauty for us to enjoy spending days of rest and celebration it’s just that we don’t often take the invitation. We know the importance but do we often embrace it is something we felt we need to take more seriously. We will cherish the memory of Branson and the time we shared together without the worry of our home as our kids took on the chores and ministry needs.

I encourage all married couples to embrace rest and time away! It is indeed good for the heart and soul and renewal!

God’s blessings to you all!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee and Dan

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Treats

Man…there is NOTHING like gingerbread cookies in the fall but add caramel to the mix…WOW…too die for!

I love baking in the fall because of all the wonderful fresh spices. I also love the fact I have more time due to ministry slowing down. This recipe is so simple and will definitely make your family some happy campers! Plus, they were wonderful to have on our trip to Branson, MO. One cookie was enough to meet the snacking need and made the car smell good too!

Hope y’all love it as much as we did!

ENJOY!

Ingredients:

All spices I get through the link, Starwest…organic, fresh!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, fresh grated is best
  • 6 tbsp. salted butter softened
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses or best yet, Sorghum (video below)
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp. caramel sauce (look below)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flout, salt, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Drizzle in the molasses, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Beat in egg.
  3. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating until just combined after each addition. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap (BPA FREE) and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop a rounded teaspoonful of dough and root into smooth round balls. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets. Gently press your thumb into the center of each to make an indentation.
  5. Bake until cookies are set but still soft, about 14 minutes. Let cool, slightly then press the handle of a spoon into each cookie center. Remove each cookie and let cool, then fill with 1/2 tsp. of caramel.

Making Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Sorghum or molasses
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla, more if you like

Put all ingredients except vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk for 5-10 minutes while cooking until thick. Add vanilla and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat, cool a bit then pour into mason jar. Refrigerate until cold.

What is Sorghum?

Sorghum is made from 100% pure, natural juice extracted from sorghum cane. The leaves from the cane are stripped by hand, and the heads are removed. The cane is then put through a roller press to squeeze out the sweet juice. The juice is strained again and cleansed of impurities and cooked down in open pans resulting in an amber-colored, mild syrup. Sorghum is one of the oldest natural sweeteners known, used by our ancestors as America was being settled. Besides being the energy food of the settlers, sorghum made their foods tastier and more nutritious. Sorghum contains such nutrients as calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus, and it contains no chemical additives.

The settlers found many ways to use sorghum sweetening drinks, making confection, flavoring meats, but its most popular usage was in baking. It was used in place of sugar in making pies, bread, puddings, and countless cakes and cookies. It is still a nutritious flavoring that gives any food that delicious taste and aroma the spells…HOMEMADE!

Written by the Schrock Family at Silver Dollar in Branson, MO

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Ministry, Ranch Life, The Boys

Asking vs. Telling

Who hates being told what to do? I sure do! From the time I can remember when someone told me to do something I resisted with all my soul. But when asked with a “suggestion” or “request” I was more apt to WANT to oblige.  Being asked to do something is always much better received than telling in any relationship, horse to human, and especially human to human.

Asking brings a much sweeter response to any relationship!

Patience is a Virtue

It’s funny how much I dislike math, more specifically, algebra! The old saying, “what you do to one side you have to do to the other.” Well, fancy that…the same is true in teaching a horse! Horses have an immature corpus callosum, which is the link between the two sides of the brain. So when I work with my horse and I teach on one side I must do the same to the other.  For example, when I ASK my horse to move his hind end on his right side, I must do the same on the other. Asking, get a response, receive a reward for even a try, back off, try again, and if he moves it over reward and love him up! Then do the same thing on the other side.  The same holds true for human relationships. This reminds me of the verse in John 16:12 when Jesus says to his disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you can not bear them now.”  I think about one example of when I am sharing the gospel or truth from His word with someone they may only be able to handle a little bit at a time and to hear the same thing again until received well.

Training is a special time

Being a Partner vs a Boss

Horses are herd animals meaning they always need another herd bound animal. They are not loners. We have two horses and when we are on a trail ride if one of us travels further away from the other they will begin to neigh at each other and even get a little pushy to want to go closer to their buddy. It is what is called “buddy sour”.  As much as we work on this we still struggle with gaining the partnership relationship vs getting bossier. If my horse knows I will keep him safe and am his partner in this relationship, he will respond in a way to show he doesn’t have to have his herd mate with him all the time. I don’t have to have a bossy way about my communication with him to keep him focused on the ride and not worry as he can trust me. Partnership in a relationship vs being overpowering in a conversation or “winning” will lead to one wanting to run away for safety.  We work better together in human relationships when we work as partners seeking trust and respect for one another. 

Seek the Fruit of Kindness

Over the years I have seen many ways people handle their horses both in training and in riding on trails. There are ones who have the “breaking” mentality where kindness is not present in the human. Training is a special unique relationship between horse and human. It’s asking, being patient, and being a partner. I have a special horse with a very unique relationship because it is based on being kind to one another. Human relationships respond in the same way. Kindness is one of the Fruits of the Spirit and there is a reason for that. It’s always well received and builds lasting relationships.

My first day with my new buddy…Bokoda Joe

Communication is Key to Relationships

Boy, when I don’t let my horse know where I am and sneak up on him disaster is at hand! A horse is a prey animal and is always nervous about a predator attacking them so when one sneaks up on a horse you will get what you deserve…a kick…a rear…or a blowout run! The same holds with my relationships with others. Being open with my thoughts and feelings especially in conflict is huge to understanding one another. It helps build the relationship to be stronger and overall healthier. Trust is key in any successful relationship…how do I know…I learned from my special horse!

Since I got Bokoda I have learned so much about relationships! Bokoda has indeed taught me many things. One thing for sure I am thankful for is his patience as it surely isn’t natural for a horse to trust a human. But his love for me is evident by the sweet response of faithfulness in every day! Especially in ministry! Thanks Bokoda we sure do have a special bond!

Faithful friend!

Peace in Christ and in all your relationships!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee and Bokoda

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Ranch Life

We take pride in how the Lord leads us in taking care of our boys and all the animals around the ranch! Our specialty is making herbal blends to give them when things arise and or just in daily care. We never feed our horses treats bought in a store as they are loaded with sugar. Just like you and me, we have to watch the intake of ingredients that don’t help our bodies especially in times when the body is under stress.

In the wild horses will find herbs their bodies need. We developed a unique “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses to munch on and if they need a particular herb they will choose it. We find this area used often in our ministry as kids enjoy seeing the horses choose and graze naturally and learn about the way the Lord takes care of HIS children and animals!

Bokoda loves his foliage!

Here are a few blends we have found helpful for our horse’s needs. We also have bunnies that too get herbs. Papaya Leaf has been a Godsend when their tummies are bound up. We almost lost both of them but once we gave them their herbs and baby tummy drops they turned around.

Unless the herb is grown in our area, we purchase our herbs from Starwest Bonticals a company we have trusted for over 6 years. They have 100% quality on all their products and we love their organic values and is what they are best known for. PLUS… every time you order from them with the link on the sidebar, our ministry gets a percentage. SO how cool is that?

BLENDING:

When you blend, mix with a measuring cup but really you don’t need to worry about accuracy. The first ingredient is your most then measurements go down as you proceed. So if you start with 3 cups with the first ingredient you go to 2 1/2 for the next and so on. For powders, I am conservative with using 1/4 cup or less. Same with roots depending on where they fall in the ingredient list. If I can get or buy leaves over roots or powders I will go that route.

I put all blends in a bucket and mix, then place them in bags that I get from Starwest when I get the herbs. Their bags seal well and I mark the name of the blend on the outside. Great way to reuse them too plus they protect the herbs. Lastly, I will make up Remedy Kits with the blends ready to go like the cough, allergy, and tick blends.

BEST BLEND for ANTIBODIC: Goldenseal, Eucanacia, Oregano, Dandelion, and garlic powder. Oregano oil on the legs mixed with coconut oil is wonderful as well and absorbs quickly. (I have this ready to go in a Remedy Kit)

Blood…This combination has been effective in supporting the horse that bleeds or is lacking in energy by supporting the blood.

Blend: Barley Grass Juice Powder, Burdock Root, Carrot Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Chlorella, Nettle Leaf, Pau D Bark, Red Root Bark, White Oak Bark, Yarrow Flower, Yellow Dock Root

Blood Detox: This combination supports clean blood. Kidneys filter the blood, so this is a great starting point on most horses. Horses exposed to drugs, antibiotics, and chemical sprays just to start.

Blend: Burdock Root, Cleavers Herb, Echinacea Purpurea root, Oregon Grape Root/Barberry, Red Clover Blossom, White oak Bark, Yellow Dock Root

Daily Blend: This blend helps support overall horse including nervous system and the brain.

Blend: Alfalfa Leaf, Burlock Root, Chia Seed, Dandelion Herb, Dulse Leaf, Irish moss herb, Marshmallow Root or leaf, Oatstraw Herb, Olive Leaf, Wood Betony herb.

Easy Keeper: A blend intended to promote the metabolic activities within the glandular and digestive systems.

Blend: Burdock Root, Chamomile Flowers, Ginger Root, Kelp, Licorice Root, Rosemary Leaf, Spirulina

Environment Detox: A blend to support the elimination of heavy metals and toxins in the body.

Blend: Barley Grass, Yarrow Flowers, Cilantro, Kelp, Oatstraw, White Willow Bark, Astragalus, Coriander Seed, Licorice Root, Nettle Leaf, Olive Leaf, Pau D’ Arco, Buckhorn Bark

Hoof and Hair:

A horse’s hooves are essential to his soundness and overall well being. This blend promotes a healthy coat, feet, and skin and bones by aiding in digestion and circulation.

Blend: Burdock Root, Butchers Broom Root, Chamomile Flower, Sure Leaf, Marshmallow Root or leaf, Oatstraw Herb, Sage Leaf

Immune Boost: This blend supports the immune system. Horses that travel may especially benefit forte use of this blend to support the immune system.

Blend: Astragalus Root, Bee Pollen, Elderberry, Kelp, Licorice Root, Olive Leaf, Pau D’ Bark, Turmeric Powder (check out this link for another blend to rotate)

Infection: Blend to wipeout and address infection.

Blend: Echinacea Herb, Goldenseal Root or leaf, Pau D’ Arco Bark, Plantain Leaf, Olive Leaf, Oregano Leaf, Turmeric Powder

Joints: A blend to support and maintain proper joint flexibility in horses ago all ages and performance levels.

Blend: Devils Claw Root, Celery Seed, Hops Flower Hydrangea Root, Irish moss, Licorice Root, Nettle Leaves or Root, White Willow Bark, Yucca Root.

Kidney Support: This blend aids in the urinary system. A horse that is sore behind the saddle or exposed to chemicals may benefit from this blend.

Blend: Butchers Broom Root, Cleavers Herb, Cornsilk, Ginger Root, Milk Thistle, Gravel Root, Lobelia Leaf, Marshmallow Root, Nettles Leaf,

Colic: Built yo quickly support intestinal distress.

Blend: Cascara Sagrada Bark, Catnip Leaf, Ginger Root, Licorice Root, Lobelia Leaf, Marshmallow Root.

Kickin’ Hormones: This blend is designed to support and balance the mares hormones.

Blend: Black Cohosh with Rhizome, Chaste Berry Damiana Leaf, Dong Quai, Hops, Licorice Root, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla Root, Wild Yam Root.

Lymph Detox: This blend was designed to promote the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Blend: Calendula Flower, Chlorella, Clevers Herb, Myrrh Gum, Oregon grape Root/ Barberry, Plantain Leaf, Poke Root, Red clover blossoms, Red Root Bark, Yarrow Flower

Mare Tonic: SAFE for pregnant mares and lactating too! This blend supports the glandular system including the nervous system and brain. This is accomplished by supporting each of the organs and individual body parts for total health.

Blend: Red Raspberry Leaf, Marshmallow Root or leaf, Chia Seed, Kelp, Oatstraw herb, spiraling Herb, Chamomile Flower, Dandelion Leaf, Bee Pollen, Carrot Powder Giner Root, Sarsaparilla Root.

Mellow Plus

This blend supports the gastric and digestive systems of horses that may have emotional anxiety and stress.

Blend: Ashwagandha Root, Barberry Root, Catnip Leaf, Lemon Balm Leaf, Lobelia Leaf, Scullcap Herb, Slippery Elm Bark, Wood Betony Herb

Neo and Growth: Support optimal health during gestation, lactation, and the first serval Monte and up to 3 years of the float like. This blend supports the overall horse including the nervous system and brain.

Safe for pregnant and lactating mares!

Blend: Bee Pollen, Boneset Herb, Chia Seed, Fo-Ti Root, Horsetail Herb, Kelp, Marshmallow Root, Nettle Leaf, Red Clover Blossom, Red Raspberry Leaf

Neuro: This blend can be effective in the horse experiencing pain issues, fatigue, burn out, or nervousness.

Blend: Alfalfa Leaf, Bee Pollen, Chia Seed, Hops Flower, Gotu Kola Herb, Oatstraw Herb, Skullcap Herb, Spirulina Herb, White Willow Bark, Wood Betony Herb

Keep Your Horses Healthy Being Natural!

Painaway: Helps in equines suffering from pain and inflammation on a regular basis.

Blend: Devils Claw, White Willow Bark, Wood Betony, Turmeric, Valerian Root, Hops, Rosemary, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger Root.

Parasite YUK!: This is an amazing blend to whippet those worms!

Designed to be given initially 21 days then 10 break…on 21 days…10 day break, then 10-12 days every month all year to protect from reinfection from the ground and wha is in there hay.

Blend: Argimoney Herb, Barberry Root, Black Walnut Hull Powder, Cloves, Marshmallow Root, Milk Thistle Seed or leaf, Oregano Leaf, Wormwood Herb

Respiratory “Dry Cough”

Created to support the respiratory system, which can be compromised by asthma, dry cough, and wheezing. (I made up a Remedy Kit for coughs)

Blend: Dulse Leaf, Elecampane, Fennel Seed, Lobelia Leaf, Marshmallow Root, Mullein Leaf, Rose Hips, Schizandra Berry, Slipper Elm Bark, Thyme Leaf

Respiratory “Wet Cough”

This was designed to support eh respiratory system. It may support the relief of congestion from allergens, viruses, infection and and toxins.

Blend: Barley Gras Juice Poser, Fenugreek Seed, Horseradish Root, Licorice Root, Lobelia Leaf, Pau D’ Arco Bark, Rose Hips, Yerba Sant Leaf

Vison

This blend is designed to support healthy eyes.

Blend: Bilberry Leaf, Cayenne Pepper, Eyebright Herb, Ginkgo Leaf, Grape Seed Extract, Hibiscus Flowers, Turmeric Root

Worm

Creates an unfavorable environment for parasites. One wee prior to the full moon and given for 2 weeks. Use however many times of year is appropriate for your area.

Blend: Bentonite Clay, Black Walnut Hulls, Cascara Segrada Bark, Echinacea Purpurea Root, Ginger Root, Marshmallow Root, Pumpkin Seed

Wound Clay Topical use as a poulitics (I have this ready to go in my Remedy Kits just have to add water or egg white)

This blend can be combined with egg white instead of water. I also use my Comfrey infused oil on wound than apply clay and vet wrap.

Blend: Bentonite Clay, Comfrey Root or leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Goldenseal Root or Leaf, Red Clover Blossoms, Slipper Elm Bark, YarrowFlower

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Food, Ranch Life

I am sure everyone has at least one person in their life who loves this dish! Holy cow do I! My whole family goes hog wild for this breakfast and really…I could take it or leave it, but…when I want to make them happy I make this dish.

This past Father’s Day was pretty special as our kids are all home now and it was a pretty special day. Our daughter hasn’t celebrated Father’s Day in over 8 years so she wanted to make him his favorite dish. Later for dinner, our son made him his favorite appetizer. The one an only 7 layer dip which he got a surprise after we devoured the beautiful dish.

Done on my Cricut…a little homemade something by everyone in the family.

The biscuits are really DROP DEAD awesome! Seriously! I have tried many recipes but this one beats them all. How do I know? Because my man adored them and said, “hang onto this one hon!” So I did!

My favorite beverage to serve, Ginger Beer spritzer with limeade all freshly squeezed with the appetizer.

Ok…a little sidetrack there with the whole plate which led to the dinner menu, which too was fabulous. But for now, on with the beginning of our special day…

Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp coarse pepper
  • 2 sticks cold butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 cups buttermilk
Don’t forget to add the butter to each one! This makes these divine!

Directions: Preheat oven 450 degrees

  1. Whisk the first 2 together.
  2. Add sugar, salt, sage, baking powder, cream of tartar, and pepper. Mix with fork well.
  3. Cut in butter. I cut them into cubes to help. Add shortening again blending and cutting in well.
  4. Add buttermilk mix until dough forms.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and spread out using your hands. Cut out circles to form biscuits. Make them about 1″ thick.
  6. Melt 2 tbsp butter and brush on each biscuit.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Done and beautiful!

Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb sausage cooked
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. season salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook sausage until fully done. Add your milk and heat for 2-3 minutes. Slowly sprinkle in flour stirring as you do. Add seasonings and you are ready to pour over those warm biscuits!

Eat up! YUM YUM!

This dish really is the best we have ever come up with and believe me…we have tried a ton of varieties over the years.

Enjoy…and let me know what you think!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee and the gang!

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

This recipe is one I go back to over and over again as it is just so easy and the taste of every bite is just downright amazing! Mouthwatering in every single bite! I guarantee it!

I think you will find it a go-to too! You can use any meat really but of course, steak is my man’s fav…so here ya go.

MOUTHWATERING FLANK STEAK

Ingredients:

  • flank steak (1 lb or so) cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup Liquid Aminos (so much better for you than soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp. sherry
  • 2 tbsp. sugar with 1/2 tsp. molasses (my brown sugar)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot (better for you than cornstarch)
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 pepper, sliced
  • jalapeño (optional) diced
  • noodles cooked to package directions
  • cilantro for garnish

Directions:

In a 4 cup glass mixer, mix amino, sherry, sugar, garlic, arrowroot, and lime juice. Whisk well. Place in a bowl the steak strips and half of the mixture. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The longer the better.

In a skillet with some olive oil, add onion and peppers. Heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add your steak marinate to the skillet. Let cook until brown on one side, then flip to brown the other. Add remaining marinate and veggies. Stir well then add you noodles and mix well until all is well with the soul! YUM! Serve on plate with a slice of lime, and cilantro. Oh man this is an amazing dish!

Broiled Veggies:

Simply place on a cookie sheet a variety of your favorite veggies. I used mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, (variety color), bell pepper, (colors too), and zucchini. Cubed Feta cheese sprinkled everywhere. I used big chunks from a block of Feta. I also added cool cucumbers chopped to place on top of the dish to serve that was not broiled. The cool mixed with the hot is refreshing.

Next, I shook up in a mason jar, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp Liquid Aminos, and Worchester sauce, salt, and pepper, and if you like a little kick, a sprinkle of cayenne. You will top half of this mixture to all your cut up veggies on the tray and then place in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes until cheese is brown. When done, arrange on a plate and mix in your flank steak mixture. (you can add the rest of your mason jar if you like)

Top with cilantro allllll over the top and even on the plate to add a little decorative flare!

ENJOY…my man sure did!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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