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Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Homemade Valentines are not a thing of the past! These cute Valentines will make any receiver know without a shadow of a doubt they are loved. Being a ranch ministry it is something we love to share…LOVE with animals! PLUS…it’s below zero here in Minnesota…so what’s a girl to do but craft!

Each animal or gnome brings a smile just because of their huge tummies. I love how it makes it look like they are holding their tummies full of goodies! They may take you some time, but soooooo worth it!
Just change the colors to fit anytime of year giving.

Material Needed Gnome:

Aren’t these just the cutest?

Material Needed for Barn Animals

How to:

Once you have cut out your image, put together how you would like. There is so much variety by adding background paper and ribbons to spice up your Valentine so play away. I used the extra pieces for the legs and paws and used double stick take to secure them to the ball.

After your image is glued together, decorate your ball background. I used the Cricut’s shape image circle and made it slightly larger than the ornament ball. If you use a dark circle for your backing you don’t have to decorate.

Hot glue around edge of your ball filled with candy. Place your circle backing on to secure. You may need. to add more glue to make sure it is fully enclosed.

To secure the ball to the front of image I used a piece of velcro so the image can be reused as a tag. (see below)

Or you can just hot glue it directly to your image.

Making the tag to fit easily behind the ball. I do show the recipient how they can use it and regift using the image as a gift tag.

Velcro on back of ball

Sucker for gift ideas…so…use them as gift tags!

Enjoy making the ones you love feel LOVED!

This holiday is so awesome! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

The homemade key chain craz is hitting the craft fairs big time this year and heading into 2022 I think it will remain a great gift idea as well as craft for kids and grandkids! Easy to make with your Cricut machine and some imagination. Making them personal is always a special touch.

I got busy this Christmas making key chains as we found some plexiglass in the barn. PERFECT for making this project and use it up in a wise way. Dan cut them up on his laser machine and I got busy pumping out both for our Trading Post at the ranch and for personal family and friends. I also like using them as tags for the outside of gift.

Here are just a few:

Made with background vinyl: Expressions Vinyl

Expressions Vinyl has all your heat and permanent vinyl needs! Love this company and FREE shipping with $49 or more. When you shop with them you will get your own inspirations for sure!

Many of the designs I got in Design Space. If you have a Cricut, it really is worth $10/mo to have this great feature! So easy to add your own ideas too.

Enjoy! You won’t want to stop! HA!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

January joy is so needed in the states where the cold and gloomy days get super long. What better way to fight through the blues than bring in some joy! Anywhere from date nights to decorating your home in color with ambiance to boot! Here are some fun ways to boost your winter blues to joyful days!

TIP ONE:

Try and have a day to clean your home or work space. Really dust off the desks, launder and chairs or bedding including throw pillows, and organize as you put things back into place. Using essential oils freshens up a room and of course lifts your spirits as you clean. (Orange, Spearmint, and Lemon are wonderful together! I call it my joy blend) I choose the rooms I use the most, even if it’s only one, at least that one space brings in the joy and kicks out the blues! OH…turn up some TUNES and ROCK those blues away! Favorite blends for my “go to”.

TIP TWO:

Pick 4 dates stretched out in the month of January and February that you get out and do something with the one you love! My hubby and I love to ride, but not often will the temperatures fit that day out, so we plan a movie and dinner out, going out with friends, game nights, a short trip to an event or snowshoeing in the woods. Look at a calendar and pick out those adventures and mark them down! Having something fun to look forward to always keeps the mood up-lifting. One thing I want to add this year is dancing. (shhh, Dan’s not a fan…but hope to make a reality)

Fun Gift Ideas To Make

Making or putting together gifts for folks who are shut in’s or sick will bring you peace as well as fill your heart with joy! I like to have things on hand but of course a jar of homemade soup, bread, and a note in a basket may have to be a last minute throw together for a sick friend, but having soup ready in the freezer is a step to making sure you follow through. Here are a few of my go to’s:

Get well, mason jar full of soup, homemade herbal teas

Learn some tips on blending your own tea…HERE

Nothing like bread and infused rosemary olive oil and sparkling water with fresh lemon to brighten someones day!
In a box, ready for game night with friends. Nothing in here will go bad so it’s all set to go!
I made a cuddly easy sew blanket! Really…only took me 1/2 hour to sew! I call it my Yummy Bubblegum blanket.

Nothing like homemade items and of course my fav…cards! Always have a stash on hand for those special moments and needs! How to make Chocolate bombs, HERE.

Fighting the Blues IS to be taken seriously

Working with many folks in our ministry we find this time of year extra hard. Especially if one has faced a recent loss or battling an illness with themselves or a loved one. What makes it all the more challenging is the cold and how much easier it is for folks to isolate themselves.

If you have a relationship with Jesus you know who to go to in times of dire need and strength with extra time in prayer, meeting with other believers, and most importantly, growing in your bible time. It’s important to acknowledge when your feeling down and call up a friend to get together and share how you are feeling. A trusted person who can pray with you and do something out of the ordinary fun and refreshing as well as lead you to a safe place. Please…if you are still struggling, call a counseling center and meet weekly with a therapist. It’s never OK for you to continue going down a path of despair. Call for help and know YOU ARE LOVED by a MIGHTY KING who can bring you healing and HOPE!

OUR PERSONAL JOURNEY…HERE

Let’s enjoy a winter season with JOY! Some of us have to work harder at it than others, but get your brain refreshed fill up on dopamine and rejoice in life even in the hard times! It can be done…trust me!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and ENJOY THE RIDE HOME,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life
Christmas morning Dan and I make sure the Christmas music is playing stockings stuffed, the bible open to the Book of Luke, and hot chocolate along with Christmas Kringle are all special traditions we hold dear and never want to miss. The year 2021 was full of recovery mode and we will close this year being thankful for the breather! This special time to rest and celebrate our Savior who came so we may experience daily rest in HIM!

HINT: Read the directions as you prepare this! First you make the crust, then custard, then the frosting, but it doesn’t all get thrown into a bowl. HENCE…my daughter almost did! SO…read first and do one step at a time!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp water as needed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter (yes another 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
Directions: (3 groups)
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. First step: CRUST: Cut 1/2 butter with 1 cup flour adding a tsp of cold water pea size crumbly mixture to form a nice dough. On floured surface roll out dough forming a rectangle about 3-4 ” length. Or form a ring shape like above. I like using parchment paper to roll out dough so it transfers easily without falling apart. Place on cookie sheet.
  3. Second step: CUSTARD: In a small sauce pan over high heat bring 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour slowly stirring consistently until a nice ooie custard forms. Should be nice and smooth, no lumps. Take beaten eggs and a little at a time stir into custard mixture. Add tsp of almond extract and stir all together. Spread on top of your crust getting to edges as best you can. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top.
  4. BAKE: Place in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes until nice browning on top.
  5. Third step: FROSTING: Mix powdered sugar, cream and tsp of almond extract in a small bowl blending until it’s nice and smooth. When your pastry is done, wait a few minutes and spread on top of kringle while still warm. You can add sliced almonds on top for a nice finish.
  6. ENJOY!!!!! Taste awesome with coffee, tea, or a mug of hot chocolate with whipping cream!
Delightful Christmas table with plates of love messages
Not so little any more!

Traditions are precious! We love ours and yes they change over time but somethings we try and hang on to just because they are special for all of us! Christmas is all about Jesus and embracing HIS precious gift of salvation! What an act of LOVE! Why the Christmas setting is all about love!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, enjoy every moment with the ones you love,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Don’t buy those canned creamed soups…just don’t! They are not only full of sugar your body does not need but much added fats your body will not burn. Instead take a few extra steps and make your dish have a healthy richness and boost of flavor using a fresh cream soup. You won’t be disappointed!

My husband loves cooking homemade and really hated when I would buy the creamed soup to add to dishes! Really it was about money versus taste or health for him so he taught me to make my own. It is SOO simple and with the right ingredients will work every time!

Dan’s fav…broccoli cheese…me….not so much!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. butter, REAL, lard, or coconut oil
  • 3-4 tbsp. Xanthan gum or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (for richer use cream or half and half (no almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper and a dash more fresh pepper

Directions:

  1. In saucepan melt butter, or fat of choice.
  2. Whisk in flour choice. It will make a thick paste.
  3. Slowly add liquids.
  4. Bring to just before boiling point. Add more liquid if it’s too thick.
  5. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper.
My fav… Hungarian Mushroom with lots of cream!

Notes:

To make a cream of celery or mushroom just add 1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh celery or mushrooms.

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Healing, Health, Living Naturally, Peace

My top 10 essential oils for travel are seriously not only for me but for our animals as well. When Dan and I travel I have my little pouch ready to go. I want to sleep well, have a clean space body and living area, wound care, and preventive care. All these in a little bottle needing a couple of drops. I also make sure to have my blends which are in roller bottles for easy application.

  1. Bergamot Essential Oil: The reassuring effect of this cheerful, uplifting citrus Essential Oil is reputed to induce a sense of peace and to enhance the mood as well as confidence, an important outlook to have when travelling to a new destination. Its reputed ability to help calm the heart rate makes it a valuable sleep aid when experiencing jet lag. Its refreshing quality is reputed to help improve energy levels and circulation, such as when seated in cramped areas for extended periods, and to facilitate easy breathing when anxious or nervous. With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this oil makes an ideal addition to natural cleansing or disinfecting products, such as foot sprays or hand sanitizers, to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
  2. Pepper Black Essential Oil: This soothing Essential Oil is said to help the body relax when muscles begin to ache or feel tight and joint pain arises from hauling luggage, sitting in confined spaces, or from resting at awkward angles. With warming, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory qualities, this oil is helpful for enhancing circulation and can be incorporated into stimulating roll-on or massage blends. Its anti-viral quality helps to protect against harmful bacteria, and its spicy aroma is said to help clear congestion.
  3. Citronella Essential Oil: The clean, revitalizing scent of this Essential Oil is reputed to help decrease the feeling of stress, helping to replace it with feelings of rest, comfort, and renewal, making it helpful for reducing mental and emotional obstacles to both happiness and sleep. Its antioxidant property is reputed to leave the skin feeling rejuvenated, and its strong antibacterial property helps to purify the skin, especially the area around a wound or sudden rash, in order to prevent infection. It also helps to deodorize fabrics and stuffy enclosed air. Its reputed ability to calm inflammation makes it valuable for easing pain and irritation. When used outdoors, it helps to gently keep pests from approaching. An awesome oil for trail riding or hanging out at the campfire. Citronella Oil makes an equally effective surface cleaner, such as for sticky restaurant tables or the countertops at an Airbnb.
  4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil: The cooling quality of this Essential Oil has a calming effect on the mind as well as on physical aches caused by inflammation, including headaches and muscle or joint pain. The cooling effect is also reputed to help promote mental clarity, to boost energy levels, to ease pain, and to reduce the feeling of fatigue as well as negative sentiments that may be caused by the anxiety of new and prolonged stressful travel-related stressors. The clarifying effects of Eucalyptus Oil are reputed to facilitate easier breathing when suffering from congestion or other respiratory discomforts. Its strong antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties help to protect abrasions from infection and to promote faster healing. It is also known to work effectively as a natural solution for keeping insects from biting.
  5. Frankincense Essential Oil: The relaxing and sedative quality of this oil is reputed to calm the mind and to reduce feelings of stress, fatigue, and anxiety. In doing so, it is believed to help achieve or maintain normal and balanced breathing and to ease the distress of headaches. Furthermore, Frankincense Oil is often used to support and enhance immune function, to regulate the menstrual cycle, and to help manage its uncomfortable symptoms.
  6. Ginger Essential Oil: The sweet and spicy quality of this warm Essential Oil is reputed to help empower the user by replacing feelings of doubtfulness and helplessness with energy, determination, and confidence to face the challenges and unknowns of travel. This oil is commonly used to address nausea or upset stomach caused by motion sensitivity as well as to stimulate circulation and to ease joint pain or muscular aches.
  7. Lavender Essential Oil: The comforting scent of this oil is reputed to have a soothing effect on the body and the mind, helping to encourage rest and quality sleep, especially in hard-to-sleep places, such as airplane seats. It is ideal for addressing sleeplessness caused by jet lag and may potentially be effective in helping to reduce the energy levels of hyperactive children. Lavender Oil is said to have a mitigative effect on skin afflicted with eczema, acne, sunburns, soreness, inflammation, and other types of irritation.
  8. Lemon Essential Oil: The uplifting effect of this bright scent help to improve the mood during times of delays, loneliness, or overpacked itineraries, among various other causes for frustration, tiredness, and emotional pressure. Lemon Oil is reputed to be beneficial for soothing the symptoms of seasonal allergies and is said to not only soothe the itchiness of insect bites but to help prevent insects from wanting to approach in the first place. This oil is ideal for addressing respiratory complaints as well as the nausea and upset stomach that may be caused by new foods.
  9. Peppermint Essential Oil: This bright, invigorating oil is known to energize the body and mind with its cooling scent, thereby promoting mental clarity and alertness for enhanced ability to concentrate, especially when experiencing the mental fog of jet lag. This clarifying effect is also said to help reduce congestion, while its strengthening effect is known to support digestive health at times of nausea and motion sensitivity. Its cooling effect also extends to the skin; when applied topically, Peppermint Oil can help to ease discomfort in the muscles and joints and to comfortably reduce the body temperature, making it ideal for use after a tiring day in the heat. Its fragrance is also known to have an uplifting and boosting effect on the mood, especially during tense and demanding experiences.
  10. Sage Essential Oil: This oil is known to not only smell clean but to also have cleansing effects on the skin, due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This makes it ideal for hand washing, for addition to natural hand sanitizer recipes, and for preventing wounds from developing infections. Its refreshing and stimulating scent can help to naturally fight drowsiness and to enable a more vibrant, unhindered mindset during times when increased focus is essential, such as during meditation or other spiritual practices.
Just in Case Oil…

Immune Strength…very powerful oil blend ready to go to place behind your ears and on your chest. I even put in on the bottom of my feet before bed to fight off any sickness for a body that may be run down. When your body is fighting or challenged it needs an immune BOOST!

Suggested Ways To Use Essential Oil

Facial Mist: Fill a 3oz spray bottle (especially for air travel size) of water add 10 or so drops of Bergamot and Lavender oil

Room/Indoor Space: 3oz spray bottle fill with water and add 10 drops of Immune Strength, or clove and orange oil. Spray around room and on sheets and covers which will also disinfect your space. Not to freak you out or anything, but Peppermint is awesome for bed bugs so have another spray not diluted much with water and spray sheets well.

Immediate Therapy: If I am getting stuffy, nauseous, or anxious, I rub peppermint between my hands and cup my hands over my nose and mouth and breath in. This is my most trusted way and quickest and safest way to get the oils into my system. On horseback or in a church…it works!

Don’t know Dilutions Ratio?

I am not really sensitive to essential oils, but some folks are. You can add a drop without a carrier oil to your wrist and see if you have a reaction. If not, only use a drop behind ears, back of neck, chest, or bottom of feet. If unsure, always mix with a carrier oils. Here is a good tip.

Helpful Video On Top Oils Calming

Happy and healthy travels everywhere the Lord leads!

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life

DIY porch decorating hanging balls make any porch stand out especially when you add lights! OH… they are fun to do as well!

Every fall Dan and I get busy thinking and creating new ideas for our Trading Post at the ranch and for our annual Harvest Hoedown. We love to go to markets and find what is really selling well and of course we focus on the country/western feel. When I saw these…WELLLLL I about flipped! It was an AWE moment as I know porch decor is hot and what I love best…you can do them yourself and change them for the season. Truly worth it!

18″ Wrought Iron Antique Rust

$65.00

12″ Wrought Iron Ball Antique Rust

$45.00

What’s great is they fold flat

If at any time you don’t want to have them, you can easily store them away as they just fold right down. I love that! One thing about decor is it’s hard to have a place for big items such as these.

8″ Wrought Iron, Forest Green

$25.00 This one is great for indoors a little cutie!

18″ Galvanized Metal

$70.00

they really are fun and will LIGHTEN up your porch for sure! We hope they sell! ALL PROCEEDS go to our ministry, True North Ranch!

Enjoy the joy crafting gives!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Food, Treats

DIY peppermint candy spoons with a twist is easy and will add to any Hot Chocolate or Coffee bar a perfect stir stick with a burst of flavor! I love how these turned out and with all the candy cane flavors now days…well TWIST away!

Our daughter had a day off and it will be awhile before she has another, so I invited her over for our chocolate bomb making day. Last year was our first time trying this fun adventure so we will now make it a yearly tradition! They really do make great gifts and now we have the mug maker to add the bombs with a personal mug to make one great gift!

I had an itch to do a little something extra this time. I found this silicone spoon maker at the craft store and well…it got me thinking…how awesome it would be to make candy cane spoon stir sticks! What really got my juices rolling was when I went down the Walmart isle and saw the tons of different KIND of candy canes to pull this idea together. Whoa! I bet there were 6 different flavors!

I got the traditional flavor but I got a new one, raspberry. What got me was the color. My two favorite color combo, pink and brown and did they every turn out adorable!

They are not only pretty, but amazing flavor!

Twisted Spoon Stir Sticks

Ingredients:

  • Simple…your flavor of candy cane smashed in a zip lock baggy
  • place crushed candy in silicone spoon pan
  • make sure they are firmly in the spoon and scrap as much off the edge and sides into the spoon
  • place in 300 degree oven for 8-12 minutes
  • once well melted, place pan aside to allow to cool completely
  • pop out and place in cello bag with a twist tie

For an added bonus:

I use Wilson melted discs, melt in microwave for 30 seconds, stir until smooth and dipped each spoon into chocolate and white chocolate. As it is still warm you can dip the spoon with the chocolate into some sprinkles or gold dust to add color and more fun.

Yours will be so much better

By making your own and using all the different flavors the stores provide you will create some awesome twisted sitr sticks to add to your Hot Chocolate Bar or gift. If you have kids or grand kids they will especially love to dip the spoons and make them sparkle with sprinkles and who knows what else!

Here is another creative way without the silicone

I like both ideas…

Whichever one you make it will be great! Enjoy! They really are fun AND EASY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Make a gift be special by just adding a bow and tag to give the receiver an extra…WOW! You don’t need any fancy gift wrap. It’s all in the presentation which will make their day!

Using fancy gift wrap is not only expensive, but to me they are pretty gaudy. The images take away the awe. I prefer simple with a country feel.

Have you ever seen old westerns or if your a heartie, When Call the Heart and the general store keeper wraps up the package with brown paper and twine? Well…that’s my kind of package! SO pretty and simple!

Simple and sweet!

If You Own A Cricut…

If you own a Cricut Maker , you have the perfect fast and easy way to decorate your gifts! Adding a personal tag, a card with your own font choices will bring a special touch and of course the bows and twine to tie it all together. The ideas are endless! I absolutely love the Cherry on Top company, free shipping on orders over $49 (easy) and the selection is awesome. You can also buy some Cricut items too from them. The mason jar fronts I got off of Design Space (which to me is a must if your a Cricut owner) and their placed on a easy open box.

The ideas are endless!

For all occasions!

Tags, Tags, Tags

Oh boy! When I discovered the 3D tag idea I went nuts! For one thing they are adorable on gifts but when you can make cards with them and other decor well…this just got me getting into the creative mode! Gnomes are my fav!

Yep Gnome Crazy!

Because we are a ranch…the animal package I chose was farm. 3 D Character Farm Bundle. Great deal! The pick up truck is cute…but would not recommend. Unless your cutting tool is brand new this project didn’t turn out well. But it is cute for sure! Christmas gnomes are flooding this site. Choose away!

I made another gnome for fall packaging which I like to use my left over vinyl for the package to cover up other advertising. As you can tell, I like to package with just what I have around the house and not buy bags and wrapping paper. Keeping it simple and sweet. Scarecrow Gnome fun name tag for the holiday dinner table!

Snow Globe Delight

Using small boxes is such a fun way to give my chocolate bombs as a gift but I wanted to add something extra to the front. SO…I grabbed this idea! Again simple and fun and with vinyl or background paper I can add a little touch here and there to put it all together. This grouping was easy to weed as well.

Snow globe Nativity

Crafting A Gift Is Always Special

Think ahead to someone you know who could use a pick me up and make their day! So many ideas and little time we say around here! Right now is a great craft just bursting with ideas! Here is a bundle you can get in on for just $4. Really a great bundle to have for sure as signs are a big deal!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!

ENJOY crafting and wrapping in a very unique way this special time of year…or ANY occasion…think outside the box when you wrap!

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally

The spice Cardamom has been used for centuries to help with many health needs. A wonderful spice used for sweet baking can now be applied to a sweet immune boost. Using the essential oil will give you even more benefits!

Basically, cardamom essential oil is extracted from the steam distillation process where the seeds of Elettaria cardamom are used. Cardamom has been used for various purposes including the perfumery, aromatherapy, and dishes. My favorite…cookies! The therapeutic properties include the following: – carminative, antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, and diuretic. Here’s what I love! Top 10 benefits for your health.

Lower Blood Pressure

Cardamom essential oil is perfect for various health concerns, where it’s beneficial for lowering down high blood pressure. In research, it was found that when cardamom was given to the adults, it provided amazing results. It was found that it lowered down the blood pressure level to a greater extent. Cardamom also has antioxidant properties which is helpful in reducing blood pressure. 

Chronic Diseases

Cardamom contains anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial for long-term inflammation issues. As we know that due to long-term inflammation, there could be chances of chronic diseases. Furthermore, antioxidants in the cardamom can be helpful to protect the cells from being damaged.

Digestive Issues

Cardamom is a spice that can be beneficial for various health concerns and can relieve discomfort, nausea, and digestion related problems. Furthermore, it’s good for providing relief from stomach problems as well as has the potential for healing ulcers. Applying essential oil to the area around the stomach and chest will may be helpful and reduce issues.

Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain has amazing quality essential oils for all your needs!

Stinky Breath?

Cardamom is sometimes used for treating bad breath, and considered good for improving oral health. Add a drop to your toothpaste or warm water or coconut oil.

Cough/Sore Throat

Cardamom essential oil is perfect for cold and flu, and it’s the finest natural remedy for sore throat. It reduces the inflammation of the throat. 

Blood Thinner

Cardamom can be useful in preventing blood clots. The clots can be harmful as they can block arteries. Also, this is better for lowering blood pressure and can improve blood circulation. Cardamom essential oil has a pleasing and soothing smell, and when inhaled, it brings relief from the stress and boost the circulation.

Stress and Anxiety Reliever

Cardamom essential oil is wonderful for nervous tension and increasing concentration. Its pleasing fragrance can calm nerves, as well as can influence the brain’s limbic system. It can ease the stress to a greater extent, and keep you calm, focused, and energized.

Skin

The cardamom essential oil contains the antiseptic properties which are perfect for the cleanse and disinfect the skin. There are many cardamom essential oil benefits for skin, including its antibacterial property, which is helpful for healing breakouts and clearing out blemishes. 

Hair

Cardamom essential oil helps in strengthening hair and regulating energy metabolism. Cardamom essential oil application has antiseptic, and antioxidant properties; therefore it’s advantageous for dandruff. Add 3-4 drops in your DIY shampoo and enjoy!

Check to make sure

You always want to do a skin test with any oil if you are sensitive and if ingesting check with a homeopathic provider to make sure it is good for you. We all react differently and being a natural remedy no one can be too cautious!

I personally love diffusing this oil and applying it topically. I use the spice if I want to add to my tea blends for an extra boost of health especially with a cold and cough. Adding the cardamom essential oil to my DIY skin and hair products is SO amazing! I LOVE THE SMELL! Also, check out the deodorant! WOW!

Enjoy all the benefits of this amazing oil!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Training a teenage Haflinger who has been given the privilege of living life as she pleases has now brought on new adventures for her NEW life here at True North Ranch.

MAY 1, 2021

Our daughter Mac and I headed east to pick up a rescue named Rainie and another named Kaley who were renamed, Tilly. It was a fun get-a-way as mother and daughter shared many memories of our horse training, learning do’s and don’ts as we were so green back in the day, and recounting the rewards from many hours of groundwork.

HOME SWEET HOME?

When we got to Tilly’s place we witnessed instantly she had a spark of energy in her and was not at all comfortable with us. She was separated from her brother and dad and would not settle down. I knew then we had some serious work ahead of us! We left early in the morning which surprisingly she loaded well. Rainy is such a laid-back go-with-the-flow kind of girl we didn’t worry about her at all but it sure was a good thing we had her as Tilly needed a mate for the 10-hour journey home. We made one overnight stop at a similar ministry to our Hope Rides, which was awesome as the girls could stretch their legs and rest, and Mac and I could get a good night’s sleep! Morning came quickly and again no trouble loading the girls! Praise the LORD!

We arrived at the ranch right on time with many greetings from friends. Ministry sessions were also happening during this time of transition which became an amazing observation for them. We put our boys, Bo and Nugget in the round pen and as we unloaded the girls we let them loose into thier new home. full of trees and breathing Min

Our First Time in the Round pen

MAY 7, 2021

After an hour playing the catching game…in a sweat…Mackinzey and I got Ms. Tilly to the round pen. Of course, very nervous so we decided to bring Rainie in as well for support. It’s so important to have a “pit crew” in times of distress. Not only for humans but horse’s too.

A good first day!

True Colors

This next training session was much different. Two things different. One, she was on her own. Two, I took the halter off. Three…bad idea…with both those elements we had a fussy session that was suppose to only be an hour or two turned into…5 and 1/2 hour session! She was in a sweat and so was I! Never would I recommend this combo…but you don’t know until your in it and you can’t quit unless it’s on a happy note…it took her THAT long to get herself unwound!

Here’s a glimpse…

https://youtu.be/PaKpj1F7BHY

Ground work, ground work, ground work!

Amazing how we will see a change in her. She was ridable on the last one with one leading on the ground…and rider confident. Tilly did great! But when Abbie came again a month later, she could only ride her with her head pulled in. As Abbie said, if she gave her her head she would bolt and become unconfident. One of Tilly’s biggest hang up as she wants to see you. SO this helped…

Tilly Camp! October 16, 2021

Thinking Tilly needed an extended time with Abbie we decided to have Tilly spend some time at Abbie’s farm. This way she can take her out more frequently and understand some real issues away from our ranch. WOW! Listen to this first adventure…

And there we gooooo…

Camp Day 2

I decided to pay a visit and see first hand how Ms. Tilly was doing. She is definitely missing the ranch and familiar world at our ranch. I spent an hour there and took a short video. Again…it’s about her not having a visual on the handler which is a MUST for a horse to trust because no horse will see their rider on their back. She has to get to the trust without the sight.

Ground Driving

This technique is huge in understanding and working with getting a horse under saddle. Yes ground work, round-penning and playing on all yields is all a part of the training which Tilly has had all summer, but THIS is one that proves her lack of trust and need for this kind of ground work will need to be in her training plan. Abbie tried for several more days and it was decided she needs to be at the ranch to do this. SO…going into colder temps here in Minnesota, I begin where Abbie left off. I will have Abbie come show me as I haven’t done ground driving in years and will use Bokoda who knows this well from driving days and learn from him. Then we will go to Tilly and help her along. Tilly is back with her herd and content!

Keep Posted…

The sogga of training continues…keep posted as one day she will be used for riding God willing. The biggest thing I think about is every horse has a purpose. Riding, driving, racing, bronc riding, cattle work…What IS TILLY’S…it may not be riding…we’ll see!

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

A healthy gluten-free soup seems too good to be true…but it is!

A healthy gluten-free soup seems too good to be true, but it is! YEP, and perfect for the fall season. Serve up an amazing boost of flavor and health all in one bowl. What I love best is the pasta as I miss eating those carbs but this pasta is gluten-free and will fill you up. Try it tonight and go to sleep refreshed with all the goodness!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free pasta (Jovial Foods Gluten-Free Brown Rice Elbows)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 6 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese (fresh if you can)
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped basil or cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in large soup Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, and rosemary sprigs, and saute 5-7 minutes or until onion has softened.
  2. Add garlic, and saute 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, and season with salt. Saute 3-5 minutes Remove rosemary sprigs.
  3. Add chickpeas, and slightly mash with fork or potato masher to thicken soup. Add broth, and bring to a boil. add pasta and cook 1 minute less than package directions suggest.
  4. Season soup with salt, if desired and pepper. Garnish each serving with parmesan and basil.
  5. ENJOY EVERY BITE!

OOO yum…Keep in refrig if any is left over for only 3-5 days. Freshness must be eaten!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally

Don’t get stuck getting a cold or flu bug as the fall creeps in. Wind, cold, and rain can take a toil on your body and it is always best to stay on top of it all and get your essential oils working for you!

Essential Oils for Flu Symptoms

Posted from Rocky Mountain Oil blog…great tips…

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Flu season is upon us and it’s time to get control of those nasty flu symptoms. 

Never let congestion, sore throats, muscles aches, headaches, or coughs get you down again. Beat the flu with our best essential oils for flu symptoms! 

When those sniffles and coughs first hit, it may be your first instinct to reach for over the counter medication to quell these symptoms. And while these medications may sometimes work, they aren’t always be the ideal choice. Taking such medications, especially in consistent and large doses, can actually do more harm than good. If taken regularly, these medications can cause potential side effects or reactions in people who are sensitive or allergic. That is why it is always good to have a natural alternative on hand, such as essential oils, to combat your flu symptoms. Try our favorite essential oils for flu symptoms to opt out of flu season this year and enjoy the year symptom-free!

Best Essential Oils for Flu Symptoms

Best Essential Oil for Coughs and Sore Throats: Cardamom

As a strong, sweet yet spicy oil, Cardamom can help relieve sore throats. The oil can also aid in soothing dry coughs, clearing up congestion, and defeating germs, making it a great essential oil for coughs. Part of our Wellness and Mood Collections, Cardamom helps promote mental clarity while encouraging an overall healthier immune system. 

Best Essential Oil Blend for Coughs and Sore Throats: Deep Breathe

With a mixture of Ravintsara, Rosemary, Pine, and Lime essential oils, Deep Breathe is the perfect essential oil for sore throats and coughs. This blend will help promote deeper breathing while soothing your throat and calming your cough. Additionally, Deep Breathe helps clean the air of germs, clear your congestion, and boost your body’s natural immune system.

Best Essential Oil for Congestion: Eucalyptus 

Both Eucalyptus citriodora and Eucalyptus radiata are excellent essential oils to use if you are helping to ease your congestion. The oils contain antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-infectious properties that help promote a healthier respiratory system. Eucalyptus also helps boost deeper breathing while easing congestion. The oils can also help relieve head and sinus tensions and pain.  

Best Essential Oil Blend for Congestion: Breathe Ease

Say goodbye to congestion with our Breathe Ease blend made from Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus citriodora, Myrtle, Peppermint, Spruce, Ravintsara, Pine , and Marjoram. Use this oil to unclog your respiratory system and break down any mucus or phlegm. Breathe a sigh of relief with our Breathe Ease blend and alleviate any sinus or respiratory congestion quickly.

Best Essential Oil For Body and Muscle Aches: Cinnamon Bark 

As a strong hot oil, Cinnamon Bark oil can provide a variety of benefits and support for your health. With a strong and spicy scent, Cinnamon Bark oil contains natural purifying properties that can clean the air and support your body’s immune defenses. This oil is particularly useful for calming body and muscle aches while also helping boost circulation. The hot oil provides a warming sensation that helps soothe fatigued and sore muscles and joints, making it the perfect essential oil for muscle aches.

Best Essential Oil Blend For Body and Muscle Aches: Relieve Me

As the name suggests, our Relieve Me blend is the perfect essential oil to relieve any body aches or muscle pains you might be having. With a combination of Helichrysum gymnocephalum, Wintergreen, Clove Bud, Cypress, Peppermint, and Marjoram, this blend helps you relax your body and re-energize your senses. Part of our Relief Collection, this blend is the perfect essential oil for body aches.

Best Essential Oil for Headaches: Peppermint

As one of the most versatile oils, Peppermint oil is perfect for alleviating headaches. Mix with a carrier oil and apply topically to your forehead and sinus areas to relieve pain and aches. You can use Peppermint oil to clear any mental fog and headaches or improve your focus and alertness. In addition, Peppermint oil is also very good for opening up sinuses and relieving congestion. As a result its relieving properties, Peppermint oil is a great essential oil for headaches.

Best Essential Oil Blend for Headaches: Migraine Support

With a blend of Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint, Helichrysum gymnocephalum, Roman Chamomile, and Helichrysum italicum, Migraine Support combines a variety of relieving and soothing oils to help ease headaches. The blend’s sweet, floral, and minty aroma helps calm you, putting you in the perfect headspace of relaxation. 

Best Essential Oil for Fatigue: Lime

Perk up with the fresh citrusy scent of Lime. With a sharp, crisp, fruity, and strong aroma, use Lime essential oil to push fatigue out of the way and get you up on your feet for a full day of action. Uplift your mood, boost your energy, and clear any mental fatigue with just a few drops of Lime.

Best Essential Oil Blend for Fatigue: Revitalize 

Revitalize combines a complex oil blend of Lemon, Orange, Black Cumin, Fennel, Peppermint, Neem, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Ravintsara, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Eucalyptus citriodora, Lavender, Cinnamon Bark, Helichrysum italicum, Sandalwood, and Frankincense in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to create a strong, flowery, citrusy, uplifting scent. Part of our Energy Collection, Revitalize helps boost your energy, uplift your mood, and promote motivation.  

Best Essential Oil Blend for Flu: Flu Time

Need an all-in-one best essential oil for flu symptoms? Our Flu Time blend is exactly what you need! From achy muscles, to congested airways, to constant sniffles, to restless nights, Flu Time can help combat all your flu symptoms. Containing a mixture of Frankincense, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cinnamon Bark, Lime, Ginger Root, and Lavender essential oils in a base of 80% Fractionated Coconut Oil, Flu Time combines the best essential oils to attend to each of your symptoms all at once. Support your body’s natural immune response and kill those pesky germs around you with this blend. Use Flu Time to ease headaches, relieve congested airways, expel trapped phlegm, soothe sore throats, and calm dry coughs. Have this blend always by your side and keep yourself protected from flu season this year! 

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Deviled eggs with a twist of avocado, bacon, and lime juice will be a simple appetizer for any entertainment event! I love how simple it is, but the flavors burst in many ways!

My hubby hates eggs and especially deviled eggs! I couldn’t even get him to try this but I love them and love bacon and avocado together so I decided to make these for a couples dinner evening. I think you will find it yummy too! Try and use fresh in every way you can like the salsa and lime juice. It makes a HUGE difference!

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs, hard boiled
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked, chopped, divide for topping
  • 1 Ripe Avocado, pitted, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (I used key limes)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Slice eggs in half take out center yolk and mash with fork.
  2. Mix all ingredients above smashing and mixing as best you can.
  3. In a piping bag or zip lock bag with corner snipped, pipe the mixture into each egg half.
  4. Top by sprinkling remaining bacon on top. Serve cold.
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Lavender Lemon Fritzer Fermented Beverage, two wonderful combinations to calm your day and refreshen the toxins in your body! Lavender not only is one of my favorite essential oils but as an herb in my cooking it really is a whole new world!

I like the idea of this recipe being a fermented beverage already to drink as an herbal fermentation is such a healthy alternative to any soda! If you like bubbly you will want to ferment a little longer, but if not, refrigerate after just a couple of days.

Ingredients:

  • 7 1/2 cups of filtered, boiled water
  • 1/2 cup raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp. white vintager
  • 4 tbsp. of fresh or dried Lavender Flowers
  • 1 organic fresh lemon sliced into 1/2″ rounds

Directions:

  1. Combine above ingredients into a large gallon mason jar.
  2. Secure lid and shake until honey is well dissolved.
  3. Place on counter, cover and ferment for 2 days.
  4. Strain out lavender and lemons using a strainer or cheesecloth.
  5. Transfer into glass flip top bottles leaving 1/2″ head room at top.
  6. Set bottles in a cool, dark place for 3 days.
  7. Open one bottle and taste to see if you have the carbonation you desire. If no carbonation, secure top and taste daily until you get your carbonation.
  8. Once you have the carbonation fizz you like, transfer bottles to your refrigerator to stop the fermentation.

Note:

If you see mold forming at the top of your liquid this is normal during the fermentation process. Called surface mold. Just scrap away removing and continue your process.

Enjoy every sip of your healthy flavorful herbal beverage!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, eat and drink healthier,

Lee

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Elderflower Simple Syrup Delightful Summer Beverage is at the top of our beverage! Why? Mainly because the flavor bursts with summer freshness and the hint of lemon adds to each sip.

This recipe is super simple and once you have this bottle of goodness you can add it to any club soda, or Kombucha secondary fermenting process or any beverage you love…even lemonade or water bottle!

My homemade Kombucha

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup fresh Elder Flowers, 1/2 cup dried
  • zest of one lemon or 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. cardamon pods, crushed

Directions:

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Add elder flower, lemon, and cardamon pods and stir lightly.
  3. Infuse for 20-30 minutes on simmer.
  4. Strain in a cheese cloth or strainer.
  5. Pour into a flip top bottle, and store in a refrigerator for up to 2 months.
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Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Honoring our blue is indeed something they surely need. Dan and I prayerfully added a once-a-month day for the Blue and their families to enjoy the ranch and most important…each other!

Tilly enjoys her first paint time.
How we decided

Most of the time when we work together one of us comes up with an idea drawn from what is happening in our community and the surrounding world. It was without question when all the trauma the law enforcement officers were facing and continued to face we knew not only they personally were suffering but their families as well. Adding a once a month event just for them was an honor and our first one touched us all!

What we served

Keeping the meal simply because when there are kids involved, food really isn’t all that big a deal. We served sloppy joe’s, bacon beans, chips in a bag, BLUEberry lemonade, and for a treat, root beer floats. We fit in as much blue as we could in the deco and serving dishes as we could making it extra special by giving each child, spouse, and officer a goodie bag. The bag included special goodies they would enjoy like chocolate for the wives, candy for the kids, and the officers received a chuck full of needs for a busy day on the streets. From granola bars, gum, and bandages to a lollipop and Kleenex. One goodie bag was a poem just for them!

chuckwagon serving table

FUN begins…

The games we provided are ones we also use for our Harvest Hoedown, but we added the Ax throwing because we just know our officers…they love completion and the thrill of hitting a target! We also included horseshoe of course and our TICK tac Mosquito game along with calf roping and time with the bunnies. Painting on the horses was a highlight and even branding on leather. The fire risk was in the RED so we couldn’t do our usual branding in the fire pit so we improvised. They loved it!

RIDING is always included and the one thing all kids love to do. We show them the games to build the relationship with the horse they choose and when they are ready they saddle up and ride.

It’s always a joy to see the smiles and hear the laughter, especially for our BLUE 6 families. We love our BLUE!

Honor your blue and don’t forget to say THANK YOU. They serve us well!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee

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

Botanical Beverages using fruits and herbs will be a smash at any party! Not only is it good for you, but incredibly tasty too!

I find using fresh herbs in a beverage to not only make me feel healthy but absolutely more refreshing to the pallet! WOW! I love doing this and mixing it up a bit with using different herbs, bubble spritz either club soda or Kombucha even tea, and yes some people do add alcohol but we don’t. That to me would defeat the purpose of health as well as just not our style.

Try it anyway you like…and let me know of some other creations you came up with!

Some suggestions: Add lime, pink grapefruit, mint, blood orange, raspberries

Ingredients: Makes one

  • cup of strawberries
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz honey syrup (see below)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz club soda or kombucha or green tea
  • ice
  • garnish ideas, strawberries and or basil sprig

Directions:

Combine the first 4 ingredients into a shaker. Muddle gently together just so berries are crushed. Over muddling will make the herb bitter. Add your soda and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until nice and cold. Double strain into a glass full of ice and garnish.

Isn’t it pretty? These make great holiday beverages .

Honey Syrup

1 c water and 1 c honey

Warm water in a saucepan, remove from heat and add honey. stir to dissolve and cool. Store in refrigerator for one month.

Fresh Watermelon Cucumber Mint

Ingredients:
  • Half large watermelon, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2-3 cups fresh water
  • 1/2 cup organic pure cane sugar
  • juice of one organic lemon, and zest
Directions:
  1. Combine the water and sugar in a small pot and boil on medium-high heat, whisking until sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Remove sugar mixture from heat and add mint leaves to hot mixture and let everything steep for 20-30 minutes, covered with a pot cover.
  3. Once infused, add it to the blender along with the sliced watermelons, cucumber, and blend for about 2 minutes, at low speed. You may need to split the mixture if the blender gets too full.
  4. add in lemon and zest and blend for another 30 seconds. Strain juice into your prepared pitcher or mason jars.
  5. Chill juice in refried for 2 hours, serve over ice, and top with fresh mint leaves.

Enjoy all your creations and keeping healthy and hydrated!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life

Homemade Angel Food Cake For A Special Angel’s Second Chance At Life Indeed Will Be One Tearful Birthday!

On November 1, 2020, we faced a day of excitement and fear all within just hours of one another. Mitch received a new liver which we all have been waiting for for over a year and because it was his second transplant the surgery had become difficult, complicating, and very unsure if he would pull through. Intense bleeding of over 40 liters was lots in the first 2 hours.

To say the least, this birthday will be a celebration of second chances! Mitch is now 26. WOW! What a life this young man has had and for sure a testimony to the faithfulness and worthy of Praise to an amazing Jesus! SO VERY THANKFUL!

He loves to cook and so does dad! (first liver came from) The boys get to work making a special meal, Beef Wellington, and his favorite cake…Angel Food homemade of course. One the best fro trials he faced!

Homemade Angel Food Cake

Ingredients:

1-1/4 cup egg whites, I used the liquid, or separate 9 eggs

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 cup cake flour

1-1/4 tbsp cream of tarter

1 tsp pure vanilla

1/4 tsp lemon juice, juice 1/2 lemon (save rest for frosting)

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Place egg whites in a large stand-up mixer bowl; let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together, twice; set aside.
  2. Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. gradually fold in flour mixture with a spatula, about a 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Gently spoon into an uncreased 10″ tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake until lightly browned and the entire top appears dry, 35-40 minutes. Immediately invert pan (upside down on its legs); cool completely, about an hour.
  4. Run a knife around the side and center tube of the pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.

Frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks softened salted butter

1/2 squeezed lemon juice and zest

4-5 tbsp. half and half (or heavy cream is yummier)

Beat in stand-up mixer powdered sugar and butter until creamy. Add lemon juice and zest keep beating. Add half and half or cream. Beat until nice and smooth.

The Main Course!

The boys went to work on the Beef Wellington. Neither one has ever made this before so it was quite the sight to watch as they worked together to make this special meal.

Preparing the mushrooms, garlic, and onions cut ever so finally and saute’ in butter until a nice brown and translucent color. The kitchen smelled divine!

Next step give this precious meat a little rub down with mustard and salt and pepper!

This was a 2lb cut…would recommend 1.5!

Now for the hard part, wrapping the meat with crepes and pastry crust. A little tricky…but it looks beautiful already!

The hardest part was the wait…BUT ohhhh so worth it!

Just melts in your mouth!

Served with garlic mashed potatoes, spinach salad, fluffy biscuit, and a little sauce Mitch whipped up to pour over the meat…this meal was indeed a treat! Dan loves his meat rear the rest of us Dan popped back in for a few more minutes to medium. Truly, melted in our mouths! The pastry around the meat was so crispy and flaky. Amazing meal for sure!

A second chance…

This day could have been a whole different day. Thinking back to how close Mitch’s life here on earth could have been cut short but instead, the Lord provided this day to happen! A second chance to celebrate another birthday, to live every day in joy, and to bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ! May all of us live like we have a second chance because when we choose to submit to Christ and call Him Lord over our lives we are given the best second chance ever…eternal life forever with Jesus and enjoying a meal HE has prepared for us. Now that IS amazing! Enjoy your second chance day…A blessed Easter to you all!

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies without All the Ads and fuss! I love baking up fresh crispy cookies for my man without having to go through a bunch of blogging ads. I put together this recipe in a combination of trial and error and this… by far… is the best!

I think you will find this recipe a delightful and easy one to follow. KEY…all ingredients need to be at room temperature so planning ahead is needed. It really is what makes this cookie so yummy and flavorful for even days afterward. (if they last that long) PLUS…don’t you love when you are looking to start a recipe you don’t have to deal with a bunch of ads! Geeeez…one thing I love about our blog…the ads are your choice to click on! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla (homemade is best…mason jar full whiskey with 2 vanilla beans steeped 4 wks)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. milk (any kind)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand-up mixer, mix butter, sugar, and molasses until creamy with whipped attachment.
  3. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat again keeping it creamy. Now switch to the paddle attachment.
  4. Mix in a small bowl, flour, soda, and salt.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture into the creamy mixture until all is combined.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Place 1 tsp. of dough onto a cookie sheet at 2″ apart and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate sheet halfway in the cooking process. I only do one sheet at a time for best crispiness.
  8. Let cookies cool for 15 minutes before using a spatula to move them to the cooling rack.
  9. Repeat for each batch and enjoy many nibbles along the way!

Trying not to eat the cookie dough while you wait….SOOO hard!

The crispy thin taste is out of this world!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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