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

Easy Starter

I have been wanting to try my own sourdough all winter and last weekend I finally said, NOW! Why I put it off? Well, one being I came across two ways to make it. One with yeast and one without. Obviously, the one with yeast would be easier as you don’t have to “feed” it everyday plus you can use it the next day. But, it has to be refrigerated when not using it and you have to remember to take it out of the refrigerator 24 hours before you use it. It seemed easier, but I found the simple old fashion’ Amish way recipe was more convenient and just as easy. I don’t even need to make sure my water is a certain temperature as with the yeast recipe you do. Hence, not to kill the yeast. Yes, you have to “feed” simple one daily but I can use a cup of it right away for recipes. I love the convenience and no water temp worry.

SO here is your starter recipe…SO SIMPLE!

  • 1 cup organic white flour or wheat
  • 1 cup of non-chlorinated water/filter
  • PLACE in a glass mason jar, stir, cover with towel or paper towel and a rubber band or a mason jar ring placed lightly around a towel

Every day look for bubbles. FEED it with equal parts of flour and water. Stir with a wooden spoon, then recap loosely and get on with your day. When the jar is getting about 3/4 to the top is when I use a cup of it for a recipe. Even halfway I have had the starter get so bubbly it almost overflowed. If you want, change the jars. I keep feeding it until I can smell the sour part. As soon as that happens it will make your recipes taste amazing.

The first day we used the starter it didn’t smell sour but we needed to use some starter or it would overflow. The pancakes we made below we JUST LOVED! Truly a wonderful flavor sour or not.

Sourdough Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sourdough starter

1 1/4 cup of flour

1 cup 2% or whole milk

2 eggs beaten

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cream of tarter

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp homemade vanilla extract (vanilla bean soaked in Brandy for 4-6 weeks…too die for)

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice or 1 drop lemon essential oil (really makes the flavor)

Top with fresh fruit, homemade syrups like ginger or lilac, cinnamon, nutmeg…anything goes.

Mix all the above well and make your pancakes. ENJOY!!!

Sorry about lame picture…forgot to add my lemons! HA!

Sourdough Beer Bread

Ingredients:

12 oz cheap beer (room temp)

1 cup sourdough starter

1/4 cup organic sugar

5 (or so) cups of bread flour (it’s all about the feel)

Olive oil for greasing

Fun part…kneading…it helps to have an apron on…you’ll feel old fashioned! I always picture myself in the show WHEN CALLS THE HEART

  1. In a large glass bowl, add the beer and starter.
  2. Stir in sugar until well dissolved.
  3. Mix in enough flour to form a dough, it will be sticky to help clean the bowl
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes adding 1/4 cup of flour until it is no longer sticky.
  5. The first rise, place the dough back in a glass bowl with a 1 tbsp. of olive oil making sure the whole dough has the oil on it. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm area for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  7. Divide your dough in half and form each half into a loaf and place in 2 greased loaf pans. (If you want the dough round, place the whole dough in a greased Dutch oven)
  8. Cover your loaf pans or Dutch oven with a tea towel for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  9. Ready for the amazing aroma? Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on top. (my mom’s technique)
  10. You can freeze the loaves in a BPA free bag or simply eat it all! ENJOY!
Kinda like the Dutch Oven look…it does make for LONG slices

Sourdough Crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 cup of sourdough starter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temp.

2 tbsp. dried herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil)

oil for brushing

Coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions: Preheat oven 350 degrees

1. Mix first 5 ingredients forming a nice non-sticky dough

2. Divide dough in half

3. Form dough into a rectangle shape, place on a piece of parchment paper

4. Cover with another parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so until firm

5. Flour lightly a piece of parchment paper, rolling pin, and top of your dough.

6. Roll out dough to 1/16″ thick. It’s ok if the dough is ragged and uneven

7. Transfer the dough with the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Brush the olive oil on top and sprinkle sea salt on top.

8. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1 1/4″ squares. Prick each square with a fork and bake for 20-25 minutes.

9. Turn baking sheet top to bottom, front to back to keep them even in baking. You want a nice brown look

10. Let cool on cooling rack and store in an airtight container. Freeze too!

Wonderful Bread Mini Loaf

Yep, this makes for a wonderful addition to soup! Also, mini grilled cheese sandwiches are pretty amazing too.

Ingredients:

1 cup starter

1/3 cup water

1 to 1 1/2cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

Little loafs ready to go!

Directions:

Mix well until not sticky. Add a bit more flour if it is sticky. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes. Place in a glass bowl until double the size. I put a little olive oil on the dough too and bottom of the bowl. Rising will take at least an hour. Our home is kept pretty cool so it depends on your room temperature. After it has risen place dough on the surface and cut in half. Put into a greased loaf pan, we use the mini one. This recipe makes 2 mini loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees until brown, about 35 minutes. Don’t look….maybe even 45 minutes.

Beautiful brown

Comments

Let me know how your recipes turned out! I love to hear as we learn the art cooking well together!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

Don’t you just love to have a salad that is not only quick and easy to throw together but amazing to your taste buds? Well, these are my top 5 favs. I think you will like them as well and the dressings will add an extra punch to each one!

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

  • 2 10 oz bags of washed spinach, torn into pieces
  • 4 Cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
  • A handful of feta or mozzarella cheese
  • optional: 3/4 red onion, finely chopped, and/or 1 can of black beans rinsed well

Toss together and add the Strawberry-Poppy Seed Dressing, serves 8-12

Southwest Salad

  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce, washed and torn
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup organic corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed well
  • 1 Fresh lime, squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese or cheddar
  • Optional: Cooked, chopped chicken breast

Put corn in a strainer and dip the strainer in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Cool Toss all ingredients together, and serve immediately with Avacodo Dressing, and lime juice serves 8-12

A little note: We have since cut way back on eating peppers, tomatoes, and corn due to many health issues that these veggies can cause over time and how they digest in the system. But for special occasions and limited in our diet, we do have them now and again. It is hard to believe something so good can be harmful.

Make sure to have a fresh lime!

Simple Salad

  • 1 large head of favorite lettuce mix, we love the spring greens
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 3 radishes, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp. dried dandelion leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried goldenseal
  • 1/2 cup sprouts, seeds like pumpkin, or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese or mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • Optional: 1 can chickpeas or kidney beans
  • Optional: Dried kale, (put a bunch of kale on a cookie sheet drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper and back for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes a wonderful topping)

Toss together and drizzle your favorite olive oil and vinaigrette with fresh lemon juice. Don’t forget to top with the fresh-baked Kale.

Cabbage Salad

  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup grapes, halved
  • 2 cans drained mandarin oranges
  • 1 Cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds sliced or chopped
  • Optional: 1/2 cup Chinese crunchy noodles, 1/2 cup craisins

Toss together along with any vinaigrette. I recommend the Asian Ginger Dressing.

Craisin Salad

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 2 heads butter lettuce (love this stuff)
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1 cup organic mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp organic butter
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Saute almonds over medium heat in butter and maple syrup, stirring constantly until light brown. Set aside. Toss all remaining ingredients together. Add nuts and favorite dressing. Serves 6-8

If you don’t have fresh herbs, I highly recommend going to Starwest…the links I have on the herbs. You never have to worry about quality or sitting on a store shelf. All the natural goodness in one place!

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

I love making up gift ideas which are practical and of course usable. What better than something that is healthy too!

The tea is blended with organic herbs some grown here on our ranch. I blend the herbs to common taste buds and of course adding spices where need be as well.

Three tea blends to choose from

The syrups are just a splash of sweetness to your tea and bring a burst of flavor as well!

You can purchase these mini jars of tea and syrups for $12. Mix and match teas and syrups or any way you like. Two fits into the crate.

These syrups add a delightful sweetness to any tea blend!

You can email me for your order and remember all orders and purchase’s here on the blog help our ranch ministry which helps kids in need…so thank you!

Mix and match

God bless you and enjoy the fun tea and syrup mini’s!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com to order your mini tea crates

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Bible Journaling, Empower, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Trusting the door

Last November our daughter and son both faced some big trials. “Trial Doors” as we call them. Door number one for our son Mitch as he had to go through 4 months of dealing with a bile duct blockage and have a tube inserted. After the 4th month, he got the tube removed but with news, his liver is in trouble and may need another transplant. Hard news and many sad days of facing “what next?” and what doors the Lord will provide.

Our daughter desperately needed to move home over a year ago but the Lord didn’t provide ANY doors for that to happen It was a hard year for her as well until November when the news of Mitch illness arose. She felt with her whole heart it was time to look into taking the steps to get licensed in MN, (she is a cop in Virginia). My husband and I felt the same way it was indeed time for her to take the test and get the ball rolling! The Lord provided the doors…one wasn’t a good one with hard health news but I believe it was the door for Kinzey to walk through a door she hadn’t pursued during the course of a whole year. So we all trusted…

Being aware of the door

Kinzey failed the first attempt of the test in November which was clear she needed more studying and help. I found out about a class specific to recruits to help pass the test. Remember, she is VA and the class is here in MN. But, she said, “if that is what will help me pass then I will do what it takes!” The Lord once again provided (door 1) the ONLY class in December and even just before Christmas (door 2) so we could have a family celebration at the same time. (We hadn’t celebrated Christmas together for 5 years) She found the class very informative and learned tools (door 3) to help her study better. Come January the Lord provided another… door 4, the date for the test in her state became available. The only date for several months! She passed! (door 5) As soon as she took the test she applied for her dream job back in MN where she interned. They had 2 openings which just became available! (door 6) Can you believe this so far? Seriously as I type this it amazes me!

Dedicated for over 5 years!

Door 7 she gets the email she has been accepted for the several phases including interviews, more tests, and background. One door shut along the way. She applied for another job which opened up in December but when she mailed it, certified even, the department got it late. So, she never did hear from them probably due to it arriving past the due date.

When you recognize the Lord has provided a door for you to walk through it is only by faith we do so. It may not turn out the way we planned but the Lord would not have provided if He didn’t feel you needed to. It is also important to praise the Lord for each step even if a door closes. Each door provides the character He is building in you.

Move By Faith

Yep, that is indeed what the Lord desires from His children. To step out and trust in HIM! With our daughter she will not hear from the department for several weeks due to all the phases they have to hire but we prayed together and trusted if the Lord orchestrated all these details then we shall move on them. We headed out east, packed her up and left her with an empty, echoey house as she waits for the phases to complete and see what is next. It was the first time in 7 years I didn’t cry because I wouldn’t see her for many months, but I did cry as we thanked the Lord for paving the way and the reality she will be home again soon.

Look at the tongue weight!

Jesus IS the Door

One of the many adventures Kinzey and I took was stopping at the Ark Encounter. Truly a trip y’all need to take! AMAZING! Anyway, the most powerful part of being on the exact replica of the ark was… the DOOR!

What do you see?

I wept. I simply stood in front of that door and wept! To think about how God would use this simple wood structure as a metaphor to HIS son awestruck me. The many scriptures signifying Jesus Christ as the Door and how the door had to be tall and wide enough for each animal and other needs to fit through.

“I am the Door. Whoever enters through it will be saved.”

John 10:9

This verse and the analogies we use like”walking through a door”, “when the Lord provides a door”, or “when He shuts a door” are all too significant to the truths our God provided from way back in Genesis. BUT we must as believers be very careful to line up what is in front of us as a door and go before Him in prayer. With every step, it will build our character! It may be a hard door to go through, but if He opens it, there is a reason. It may be a door we are not sure if the Lord is in it. Character building again.

No matter what…every door is a faith walk. We do not know what is on the other side. But the ones who try you can be assured our Jesus is holding your hand!

Unity Stamp Company…such a great stamp!

May the doors are wide open and clear and if not, PRAY and seek HIS wisdom! Enjoy the ride as every door is an adventure!

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Health, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life

What muscle to target

Using essential oils to customize your own special blend is not only the most healthy way to treat a sore muscle but also the key to working a particular issue. Working from head to toe focusing on the tight areas for a longer period of time. Once the area is loose move along to the next area again working downward. What I love about massage is it benefits the giver as well as the receiver! As you work the muscle area you absorb the essential oils in your own skin as well as infused. Getting those sore muscles worked and boosting the senses is what makes massage with essential oils so unique.

Blending For A Warm Massage

To create a warming and invigorating massage experience combine essential oils such as Black Pepper, Copaiba Balsam Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, Turmeric, and Nutmeg. The oils create an uplifting atmosphere and warm the muscles as well as cleans the skin. The carrier oils to blend with Fractionated Coconut oil or Jojoba. Fill half of a dark squeeze bottle with your choice of carrier oil along with your top 3-4 essential oils. The dropper amber bottles makes it easy to apply without waste.

Soothing Massage

To create a soothing massage experience use essential oils like Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Geranium, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Chamomile, Ylang-Ylang, and Blend of Sandalwood (amazing oil). These oils along with any of the carrier oils will create a relaxing, calming atmosphere as well as sooth those stiff muscles. NOTE: Some essential oils are expensive and excluding them from your blend will be just fine.

Quick Tip Recipes

A gentle, clarifying massage: 5-8 drops Patchouli, 8 drops Lavender, 4 drops Clary Sage, 3 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Bergamot along with 2 fl oz Almond carrier oil.

A grounding, calming massage: 5 drops Cedarwood, 8 drops Bergamot, 10 drops of Juniper Berry, 2 fl oz Avocado carrier oil.

Foot massage: 8 drops Tea Tree, 5 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Cypress, 2 fl oz Avocado carrier oil

Hand and foot massage: 6 drops Ginger, 8 drops of Orange, 4 drops Clove Bud, and 2 fl oz Almond carrier oil.

HERE is another recipe and step by step

Workout massage: 10 drops Juniper Berry, 10 drops Lavandin, 5 drops Peppermint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark, 3 fl oz Almond and 1 fl oz Jojoba carrier oil ( I use one of the carrier oil bottles for this massage oil)

  • With each of these massage oils use the dark amber bottles to keep the oils from going rancid and in a dark cabinet.

TIP:

Before you do any massage for yourself or a loved one add a spray midst to the linens. Just setting the stage for a wonderful experience!

Pucker up pillow mist recipe here

Comment and share

I would love to hear what massage oil blends worked best as well as what you personally came up with! It is so fun to create your own blends especially if you are dealing with a particular issue. Explore and enjoy it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, live naturally,

Lee

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Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Itchy Throat and Congestion

Most of December and part of January I have been battling a cough. It turned into a pretty nasty cold but once I made this special tea blend it eased the cough and the congestion. There are other ingredients I listed you can also add for fever/chills and of course runny nose. Taking my elderberry syrup daily helps but once the flu kicks in high gear the body needs the days and weeks to get through it all. Not once in the 4 weeks did I take any over the counter meds or pain relievers. Just teas, supplements, and essential oils. Always keep in mind building the immunity in the body is so very important. Once you implement meds you have lowered your immune system.

Linden Flower Key Ingredient

Linden Flower has so many wonderful properties to your health and wellness plus its aroma is amazing! Key properties:

  • Anxiolytic-ease anxiety
  • Relaxing nervine-helps to calm tension and irritability in the nervous system
  • Antispasmodic-eases muscle cramping
  • Hypotensive-assists in lowering blood pressure
  • Diaphoretic-helps promote perspiration
  • Anti-inflammatory-eases inflammation

Tea Recipe For Cough/Fever

Ingredients:

6 tsp. Linden Flower and Leaf
4 tsp. Spearment leaf
4 tsp. Lemon Balm
4 tsp. Hibisus Flower
2 tsp. Rose Petals
Can add for fever and congestion, Boneset and Marshmellow Leaf
Above herbs are native and easy to grow here in Minnesota…try growing your own this summer and harvesting so you have them on hand.

Instructions:
Mix the above in a glass bowl. Place in a strainer which can fit over a gallon mason jar. I use this one. Fill jar with boiling water and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Pour a cup of tea with a drop of lemon essential oil and honey and sip away the ickyness.

Detox Bath

Fill tub with hot water adding:
1 cup Mineral Sea Salt
1/2 cup Apple cider
3 drops of Chamomile Essential oil
3 drops of Eucalptus Essntial Oil
handful dried Lavender buds

Enjoy this wonderful blend of tea and of course mix it up adding your own favorite herbal loose leaf specialties. Every sip is helping your body heal…the natural way! Don’t forget animals will love your left over tea leaves. We give our horses theirs daily! And even make them up a batch of tea!

God’s blessings and keep well!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Living Naturally

Today brings joy

On Christmas eve we celebrated our Lord Jesus’ birthday thanking HIM for coming from a perfect place in the heavens to save us! It was almost 22 years ago we understood what being “saved” meant for the first time. It took a tragedy. It took almost losing our son to wake us up to the truth Jesus came to SAVE us from our sin not to celebrate the day of gifts and hoopla.

We ended the evening with Mitch being anointed with a prayer from the church family. Laying hands on our boy people prayed for a special gift for Mitch. A gift of a miracle.

Essential Oils Used For Healing

In case you think I’m crazy, look up in the bible all the times essential oils were used for healing, cleaning, perfumes, sacrifice, and even at the cross! (references below)  I think this is why I love them so much. There is something special when you pour an oil on a sick persons head or on the area of pain and can feel, smell, and simply enjoy the blessing of bringing your request to the Lord. The oil naturally formulated from an herb or plant which comes only from HIM being poured onto the area of pain.  It’s worship in the most beautiful way!

My favorite oils I use on Mitch as each one has a special job:

Orange
Frankincense
Myrrh
Peppermint 

Waiting Game

As we are in the stage of waiting to see and hear what the doctors will do next, we do simply pray. Each day he fights pain but moves on with his day. I continue to bring my concerns to the Lord as soon as my mind wanders into areas it should not. Being in God’s word helps tremendously as I need strength and assurance. In the wait, Jesus is near and hanging on to all of us!

Until we have more, keep praying! Our Jesus has our Mitch!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

The list below is a SHORT list!

CEDARWOOD Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52
CINNAMON Exodus 30:23Proverbs 7:17Song of Solomon 4:14Revelation 18:13
FRANKINCENSE Exodus 30:34Leviticus 2:1, 2, 15, 16, 5:11, 6:15, 24:7Numbers 5:151Chronicles 9:29Nehemiah 13:5Song of Solomon 3:6, 4:6, 14Matthew 2:11Revelation 18:13
MYRRH Genesis 37:25, 43:11Exodus 30:23Esther 2:12Psalm 45:8Proverbs 7:17Song of Solomon 1:13, 3:6, 4:6, 14, 5:1, 5, 13Matthew 2:11Mark 15:23John 19:39
CORINDER
Exodus 16:31Numbers 11:17
HYSSOP Exodus 12:22Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51,52Numbers 19:6, 181Kings 4:33Psalm 51:7John 19:29Hebrew 9:19
JUNIPER
Job 30:4
MYRTLE Nehemiah 8:15Isaiah 41:19, 55:13
SPIKENARD Song of Solomon 1:12, 4:13, 14Mark 14:3John 12:3
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Healing, Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Battle of worry

Worry really is a daily thing for most of us. I can try and try to not let something bother me, but it creeps up and becomes a place I shouldn’t be.

Around the ranch, it happens just by having all these critters to care for. YES, as a believer we are called to give all our worries to the Lord and if we do worry we are doubting the Lord. That troubles me to know I am doubting the Lord power over my troubles so I repent often. I desire to put my worry behind me but it is a battle.

“But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is a sin.” Romans 14:23

The kitten climbed to the tippy top of a pine tree…oh my…worry I did!

Worry when it is in Jesus’ hands

The last month in preparing for winter I threw myself into a tizzy over the kitten’s water getting frozen. I shared with my hubby Dan and he assured me, “the Lord provided these two He will take care of them, plus they are outdoor cats and know how to find what they need.” Oh sure, ok…well of course! They found the horse water which is automatic and keeps at 45 degrees all year round. (The assurance of me SEEING them drink helped revive me as well)

They found this I am sure many months ago…

What to do?

I think the first thing is to make sure one is really talking to the Lord about their concerns. I know I need to open my mind to praying for peace, thanking the Lord for all He has done and WILL do despite the concerns of daily life on this side of heaven. If we are not aware we worry more than we should or over things that truly are no big deal to Jesus, that is an area of the heart. Worry is doubt. Just like His word teaches us.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … Matthew 6: 25-34

No worries here…Nugget is as calm as a clam…He loves Mousy!

Relax and Rest in Jesus

After chores, this boy knows how to rest!

Resting in the ONE who can give you peace is the ultimate worry breaker! When I choose to rest instead of worry my days go so much smoother. If something arises, I stop, pray, listen, and do what the Lord request, TRUST in HIM…for every worry in the world…He has it!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Last 2 months our son facing health issues and will be for at least one more month.

Simply put…

Jesus doesn’t want us to worry because He created us knowing it is bad for our physical and mental health. When we choose to give our concerns over to Jesus we are releasing our minds to focus on things from Above. Trust me on this one, I have seen people with worry not able to sleep and fight other health issues to myself experiencing what it’s like to be overwhelmed with worry to laying it all at the feet of Jesus. The latter is SO peaceful and a much better place for my mind and body.

A friend of mine gave me a gnome when we visited her before our son had to go into another treatment for his liver. As we laughed at how cute he is as a little comforter for Mitch, I couldn’t help but look at this picture. The gnome hat points up. When we are overwhelmed by the everyday trials, look up child, LOOK UP!

“Give all your worries and cares to god, for He cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7

Love deeper, talk sweeter, give it all to Jesus,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Oh my do I love this stuff! Fortunately we have a lady in our church who grows a TON of rhubarb and has bags and bags of it for us to take…I seem to be the first one grab it everytime! If you are a lover of rhubarb here are some of my favorite recipes. Especially the Rhubarb lemonade…too die for!

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 pound or 2 1/2 cups of chopped rhubarb
2 pints of fresh or frozen strawberries
 1 tsp grated nutmeg 
2 tbsp butter
1 egg yolk whipped
2 tbsp  organic sugar
1 pie crust (recipe below)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour. Add rhubarb and strawberries and nutmeg, mix and let sit for 30 minutes. ( I like to use a whole nutmeg to grate as it is fresher tasting)  In meantime make your crusts.
3. Once your bottom crust is done, poke holes in the bottom of crust with a fork. Add your mixture (filling). Place your top crust over mixture filling. Cut slits. Brush over crust with egg yolk and sprinkle sugar over top.
4. Bake at for 35-45 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Pie Crust:

2 cups flour
2/3 + 2 tbsp cup Crisco
1 tsp sea salt
Mix and crumble adding 1 tbsp at a time of cold water until dough holds together. I have used up to 5 tbsp…work the dough lightly NOT over mixing or it will get too tough. 
Split the dough in 2 and roll out onto parchment paper. Place in greased pie pan poke holes and fill, roll out second dough for your top.

Love something refreshing to drink?

I do love my flowers like lilac lemonade and hibiscus drinks for summertime refreshing drinks. But this one I think is my new fav…hope you like it!! Fresh is best!

Rhubarb Lemonade Spritzer

Ingredients:

6 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cup organic sugar
4 1/2 cups of fresh chopped rhubarb
Juice of one lemon (maybe 2 if they are small)
Fresh blueberries for floaty tops
Club soda or Kombucha

Directions:
Bring water to and sugar to a boil. Add rhubarb and bring to a boil again then turn to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Strain out pulp allowing to drain for 10 minutes. Transfer into a gallon size mason jar and add your lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve,  pour into mason jars, serve with blueberries. To make it a spritzer add club soda or Kombucha (my fav)

ENJOY these yummy recipes and of course keep it natural and fresh…you won’t regret it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Scary Time

The past 2 months have been the scariest time of my life! The unknowns of walking with my hubby who faced a breakdown for major stress. What is called so much now hit by many, many folks? Yep…mental health. What we faced was much more than just depression. It was a chronic mental state I have NEVER witnessed before let alone watching someone I love so deeply be affected by simply believing in lies and allowing the spiral effect that led to his breakdown.

His face was always sad…lost…broken…amazing what the brain is capable of.

He Guided Me

“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.” Ishaiah 42:16. Holding onto this verse over and over as our adult kids and I waited patiently for the Lord to heal our loved one. Many days of darkness just scared us to the core of what we were seeing and hearing from him. His unrationalization of simple things. Not being able to do simple tasks and little things set him off into fear and flight. I felt I had a new colt in training and trying to find the spot of calmness and peace became a moment by moment test and trial.

Talk about unfamiliar territory…we were in the middle of it!

Still not 100%…but he is showing improvement by just getting out and doing what he loves.

The Unfamiliar

Mental health is scary because of the stigma I held in my own head. What I saw in movies, or read in other stories, or even the many I have ministered to in the past. I never really took the time to understand why the brain reacts to trauma, how it happens, and the symptoms that appear because of the trauma. When someone is stressed for a long period of time and not dealing with it by taking time to truly rest-stress symptoms will appear. Warning signs really. For my hubby it was more tired, short-tempered, anxiousness over small things, overthinking small things, little eye contact, not really listening, not doing the FUN things once done before, never taking time to “take a break”, and many more. Becoming familiar with symptoms or signs of depression and anxiety would have helped me be more in tune to him needing help sooner.

Smoothin’ out the road

YES, the Lord smoothed out the road! HOW? With many who came alongside us and helped. First,  we learned what he was facing was ok. One therapist stated it’s ok to not be ok. Next, support therapist, support groups in our area, books like Turning Toward Joy, this was huge for us to find joy again. Learning from the Giants wonderful book by John Maxwell. And another one good for Dan was Experiencing God’s Forgiveness. If you have a loved one who has gone through abuse, addiction, divorce, or the many other life issues and has had difficulty forgiving someone especially themselves, this book is great! 

Most of all…the Bible! Being in HIS word has saved us both and our marriage. If you are the caregiver as I was, reading your bible and daily devotional time with Jesus is a must. Studies have shown caregivers can fall into a depressive state themselves and must keep healthy with eating right, daily exercise and keeping close to their Jesus!

We also sought out natural ways to begin healing the brain. Fight the moods, anxiety, and of course the joint pain that comes from being on meds.  Being on meds helped to stabilize his brain to get back into balance. But along with that, we are doing supplements especially CBD oil.  Interesting about this oil, Dan was taking it during the winter months and we ran out. Within a month from not taking it his mood became more unstable deeper depression set in. I believe now this is ONE factor of Dan spiraling downward. He is now back on it!  In time, we hope to eliminate the meds as they have many side effects where natural supplements do not. This CBD oil is one we both will stay on. It helps with joint pain as well as mood. Be proactive if you are facing the road of depression or know you may head into a season like a winter. Taking some of these has made a world of difference. For me as well because with this trial I learned I need to take care of myself as well in the area of mental health. 

Here are some I found out from Jonathan Otto’s series on depression. Wonderful experts who have seminars on the very issues we faced. 
MSM 
Anti-inflammatory supplement so important to take daily,  Glucosamine with Chondroitin Turmeric. 
And from Global Healing, Lithium Orotate
Also daily probiotic, Omegas, and multivitamin (we take Plexus)
For immune boosting, I made capsules of Astragalus Root Powder
Spring has sprung so capsules of Spirulina Powder too
Lastly, because this is an amazing herb for health, Ashwagandha Root Powder. Read here about its health benefits…Amazing brain health! 

Connect with natural healing doctors in this area as they can best help you and your situation. Everyone is so different it is always best to consult with your own resources in the medical field and natural medicine. 

Hope in the Unfamiliar

Hope is on the way. One of my favorite songs and so true. The Lord will lead you. He will show HIS pathway to better health and out of the darkness that floods our world in the area of mental health. He has all the answers! Seek HIM…be in the Word daily, ask for prayer warriors as days can be hard for you to think, and most of all know, you are loved by a Mighty Savior who sees YOU and knows what you are facing. HOPE is on the way. He made a promise…He will do these things and not forsake you! Amen to that mental health!

I am still in AWE of our Lord’s healing…He’s back!! SMILE and all!

Do’s and Don’t

As of today as I update this blog, Dan is doing 100% better! PRAISE THE LORD! What did…many things. Combining consistency of therapy, meds, sleep, eating well, doing things he always loved (ranch and working with his hands), and forgiving the past and himself!

But I do have something I want to share as I walked this trail I should not have done and things I know to do…hope this helps with anyone facing this trial.

DO:

  • Pray daily together
  • Do a devotional together and as a family
  • Let them know their family wants them to get well
  • Listen, and give credibility to their feelings
  • Seek help for yourself and offer to attend the therapist together
  • Go for walks, get exercise, go for a bike ride, do things together
  • IMPORTANT make sure you have Power of Attorney as you may need to be soul guardian if they fall deep enough they can’t take care of themselve

Don’t:

  • Tell them to pray about it and or say healing will come if you trust God more
  • Make them feel guilty for the impact this is on the family
  • Blame or criticizing
  • Expect meds to solve everything or the other way around; not do meds because of certain stigmas or beliefs
  • Let them continue in a pattern of sleeping or wanting to be alone

He was so excited to get back to cooking over an open fire again!

Lastly let me share Dan’s months of depression started three years ago. The stress of his job increased so much in the last year it led to him falling very hard very fast into a spiral of believing many lies from the enemy. After Dan sold his business he still was facing many days of doubt and his mind at this point had spun out of control. His mind had new games. He may not have the job anymore, but he still hadn’t dealt with the “new” life either. He began this journey of deep depression in early March. It is June now and he is back to his old self, PLUS realizing how deeply out of control he was from simply never taking time to rest. I hope he will have the courage to speak to audiences about his journey and be an encourager for all who face this giant of mental health. He is one happy man now, FREE indeed! We pray others will too.

Peace to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and KEEP IN THE WORD

Lee

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Seems Impossible

Yep, I know. Just the title can seem like ok…weird…but what if it’s true?

Just by one simple thing to try and experiment weather by simply drinking this amazing tea every day for a month will get your body prepared to fight the big spring tick attacks. Can it be true?

I for one am willing to try! Lyme’s disease is more rapid now than AIDS. That one statement alone freaked me out!  I love this article which I hope you will read. There is loads of info on the benefits of this tea.

What is this amazing new tea? Cistus Incanus
Yep… a simple way to start helping your body fight off ticks as well as loads of other health benefits as you read the article.  If you suffer from chronic health issues especially Lyme’s, again this tea can help you find healing.

Cistus Incanus tea
This tea can also be given to my dog. I give him 3 tbsp. a day in his dish and to my horse in their feed. I started out with one cup for each horse. They loved the smell and drank it up. Will it work? Well, time will soon tell as we still have 12′ of snow on the ground, but why not? It helps clean out other toxins in the body so I am beginning it now. And the fact that it can help my animals…well…DAH…I am going for it!

Anything is Worth Trying

If it isn’t a risk to your health and could actually improve your health I also believe it is worth the effort. Some of us may have hidden issues we don’t know or are experiencing some chronic pain. Some of you may even have been diagnosed with Lyme’s. By just drinking 3 cups or more of tea a day could help you with your battle. I think it’s worth the try! No claims here…I am trying it myself. We’ll see and hope it works!

Comment if you tried it…

Please let me know if you tried the tea. I would love to hear your results and remember it could help someone else who is fighting a chronic illness or for us who want to prevent getting Lymes.

So pass the info along! Below is a FREE online event to get more info! ANOTHER worth your time effort!

Best of Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

God’s blessings to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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SUBJECT: Learn the symptoms and healing protocols for Lyme!
SUBJECT: Did you know: most who contract Lyme don’t get it from a tick?
SUBJECT: Learn from someone who has helped heal Lyme disease!

Did you know? Most individuals who contract Lyme don’t get it from a tick sting.

It’s true! And, there’s more…

Spiders, fleas, mosquitoes, deer flies, black flies, horse flies and other insects can transmit it. Deer, birds, cows, horses, other mammals and rodents can also be carriers.

—>> Click here to join me at The Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, free and online!

Expert Dr. Ray Stricker says that migratory birds are a big contributor to the worldwide spread of Lyme disease. This explains why it’s found on every continent except Antarctica.

One of the biggest misconceptions of Lyme disease is that it can be easily diagnosed with a bull’s-eye rash. However, many people with this condition develop a different type of rash, or none at all. 30-80% may have some kind of rash. Meaning, 20-70% may not.

Patients with Lyme have reported an average of three severe symptoms. Over 74% reported at least one severe, or very severe symptom.

So, why is diagnosing Lyme so difficult? Many of its symptoms occur in other diseases: fatigue, joint pain, cognitive impairment and more. These symptoms often overlap those of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis, for example.

There are so many diseases with similar symptoms, most Lyme patients are misdiagnosed at least once before being properly diagnosed.

If Lyme is not treated early it can become a serious issue. Untreated Lyme can gain a foothold in the body, making it more difficult to remove the spirochetes, and more likely that the disease becomes chronic.

—>>For all these reasons, please take a moment to join me at this Lyme Disease summit!

Thank you for joining me. I think we all will learn a ton and start being more aware of how we can treat and prevent this awefu​l plague!

God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Tea to Stop the Tick Biting

Do you want to try and fight off these little beasts before the season begins?
There has been proof by drinking this tea  Citrus Incanus throughout the day (tea bag can be steeped up to 3 times) the ticks will not even want to land on you.
Best part…you can feed it to your dog and horses! SO amazing! I am trying it now as I want to be ahead of the game! I will post more as I begin the new healthy way to fight off biting insects. Love experiments!

P.S. When you register for The Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you also gain access to Dr. Jay powerful, eGuide, 5 Things Your Doctor Should Know About Healing Lyme Disease.

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Why is this so good for you?

This tea has amazing benefits for your health. You have probably heard of Chai Tea which really taste the same as this tea, but it is usually full of fillers instead of good healthy ingredients. I think you will find this recipe satisfying to the taste buds and know you are enriching your immune system at the same time.

What does each ingredient do?

Black pepper is a blood purifier, cardamom is for the colon (gas), cloves are for the nervous system and cinnamon for the bones.

Ginger has a delicious taste and is helpful when suffering from a cold, recovering from the flu or for general physical weakness.

The milk aids in the easy assimilation of the spices and avoids irritation to the colon. The black tea creates a synergy for all of the ingredients.

How to prepare:

Ingredients you will need for one cup: ( you may want to make more than one)

 

1 Cup Filtered water
3 Whole Cloves
6   Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Whole Cardamon Pods
1/2 Stick Cinnamon
A sliver of ginger, or tsp. ginger root

After it comes to a boil, bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. 
Add 1/4 tsp. of black tea and stir. Let steep for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of almond milk and bring to just about a boil and remove from heat.
Pour into a strainer. Serve with honey if you like

Mix after putting milk in until just before a boiling point

Why the links to these herbs?

For our family, I want the best! I don’t like what I am finding in the shelf life of herbs and spices in our local grocery store and frankly, they don’t always care that I prefer fresh. So we decided to start looking for herbs and spices and teas in a different place which leads me to the above company. They offer information and are extremely helpful besides offering 100% guaranteed money back. PLUS free shipping if you order $75 or more. PLUS…you help us in our ranch ministry for troubled youth.

All in all, you will be one happy camper!

I hope you like your traditional yogi tea!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Making your own tea and blending herbs can be confusing as well as intimidating. Personally, it took me a few months to feel confident but over time…it all really doesn’t matter -just so it tastes good to you. Yep, that’s right…just don’t worry about it! Tea blending is all in what you love, taste, and feel. That’s it! DIY tea Blending Begin by having some kind of journal so you can write down the tea blends you tried.  You can make a note or use faces…I love using those emoji faces! Kinds of Teas, Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (just a few of the most popular and flavorful) Base Tea: Black, White, Roboos,  Green,  Oolong, Fruit,  Macha Add a dash: Ginger, Orange Peel,  Lemon Peel,  Mints, Cinnamon, Clove, Cayenne Pepper Aroma delight: One drop of essential oil like orange, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lemon Flower Herbs: Elder Flower, Hibiscus, Rose Petal, Rose Hips, Lavender Medicinal Herbs: (Top herbs to have on hand especially cold and flu season)  Ginger, Elderberry, garlic, Marshmallow, Elder Flower, Echinacea,  Goldenseal, Yarrow, Dandelion leaf or Root DIY Tea Blending Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful in your journey of tea blending. Once you find the group of herbs you like, make a label naming your new tea and put the ingredients of herbs on the label. Naming the most used herb first. Tip 1: Fighting an illness:Taste-of-Herbs-Flavor-Wheel-Packet
  1. Look at the link above even print it out to help you.
  2. Find how your feeling or what you’re trying to fight.
  3. Pick 3 herbs based on the chart. Blend only a cup of the herbs. Use 1 tsp for the herb that is needed to be the strongest. The other 2 use 1/2 tsp, and if one is a mint use only a sprinkle.
Once you have a blend you like, make up a bigger mason jar of the blend, adding your ingredients and name it, like cold/flu, cough, tummy, headache… Tip 2. Base tea leaves: Using one of these is making a caffeinated tea. Yet, it may be a wonderful blend to play with. When you go to order the tea leaves, Starwest is wonderful at giving you the info behind each one as well as the flavor.  A tip in itself! Especially with these based teas. Once you have had a cup of the base tea add an herb you like- for example green tea with rose petals, rose hips, ginger, and orange. Again only make a small batch, giving you one to three cups so if you don’t like it you won’t waste your herbs. (If I make a cup I that is too pungent I will put it in my dinner some how…like when I am simmering meat I add the tea to water…I feel better when I don’t waste!) Tip 3.
  1. Blend 2 herbs. Pick a flower or medicinal herb. Pick one dash and an aroma delight.
  2. Only make one cup of tea using a 2 tsp of your choice herb and ½ tsp of your dash, brew and you’re ready to drink your cup add your drop of essential oil.
If you like this blend, write it down in your tea blend booklet. DIY Blending Tea Tip 4: (click on the Starwest link to get the herbs and spices you need even tea bags) Top herbs to have on hand all the time would be ones I love yes but also to help fight an oncoming cold or flu.
  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the fridge all year round!)
  2. Golden Seal, Yarrow, and Echinacea, (not the best tasting but sure powerful in helping aid in fevers, coughs, and upper respiratory)
  3. Ginger and orange peel, and rose hips (gotta have flavor…these are not only medicinal but packed with flavor)
  4. The above spices can be substituted for essential oils only one drop per cup. peppermint, ginger, clove bud, lemon, or orange
Lastly, when brewing your tea make sure to brew for at least 10-15 minutes. I know it may seem like a long wait, but it is important to let the herb steam through. Also, cover your mixed herb while it is brewing. Most tea strainers (Starwest has a wonderful one) do not have a cover so I use a lid of a mason jar. Enjoy blending and experimenting with your teas and spices. The joy of blending is feeling free enough to stretch your imagination and enjoy the smell and taste of your OWN blend. If you want to give your new tea as a gift…I love putting them in a mason jar and I made cute quilted bag but you can gift wrap yours with a tea strainer attached. Another opportunity to be creative! DIY Tea BlendingDIY Tea Blending Happy blending, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one…RATS it is painful and inconvenient most of the time! I hate getting UTI’s and it has been a LONG time since I had one. Oh Boy UTI WHY? Why does it come on? Well, the answer can be as good as any guess. I personally take the Plexus probiotic and that alone has helped many issues. I also drink Kombucha every day which has also been a BIG change in helping stay healthy. What I believe happened this round for me was a lack of water intake. We have had many hot and humid days and if I don’t drink enough water, bacteria can creep into the system. Also just good habits I  wasn’t good about. I have below a great website which gives more info on the why’s. Lavender Lemondade WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE CALLING THE DOCTOR Whatever the issue of WHY you got it, now it’s time to try and get rid of it without antibiotics. Let me warn you 2 things. ONE…it isn’t a quick fix like the icky antibiotics. In fact, mine took almost 2 full weeks before it was clear. I felt results within 3 days but it took that long to totally feel better.  Going the natural way takes time and takes doing the teas and oils many times throughout your day. For many folks, they really can’t deal with that. But for ones who choose to heal their body naturally, will pay off in the years to come. Check this link to see facts from Dr. Axe. Remember, antibiotics take over 3 years to get out of your body. In turn, will slow down your immune system to heal or battle other things that come up in your life. NO thanks! Two.. is this disclaimer: Oh boy UTI Now, are you ready to try some things? I love this site for an explanation of herbs used. First onsite of pain: 1. Drink at least 3 full glasses of water. Pee as often as you can. Even if it hurts. Don’t hold it… really important. 2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in one of the glasses of water and drink it within 5 minutes. It doesn’t taste great but do it… this helps stop or ease the pain while peeing. 3. Get some non-sweetened Cranberry juice and drink throughout the day. 4. Be drinking fresh water all day as much as you can and more! 5. Take the supplement D-Mannose. Take as directed. I use the one with cranberry. Second Step: Make up a jar of tea blend, label it, and make yourself a pot of tea. Drink throughout the day. Hot or cold. Recipe for the blend: Ingredients found by clicking Starwest Botanicals (affiliate link) 1/2 cup Uva Ursi (making a tincture with this herb would be better in your tea as the taste is not great) 1/2 cup Dandelion Leaf (great for UTI’s) 1/4 cup Golden Seal 1/2 cup Marshmallow Root 1/8 cup Corn silk (yep the stuff you usually throw away…dry and save in mason jar…great herb) 1/8 cup Cinnamon Chips 6 cloves Mix and blend well in a glass bowl and put into a mason jar labeled. Make 1-2 tsp per cup. UTI I also drank at least 8 oz of Kombucha (my recipe).  This is one drink if you don’t know much about…this book is awesome! (affiliate link) Really helps keep your immune system boosted and when your fighting something like UTI your body will appreciate it! Trust me! Again…this book will answer so many questions and help you make awesome Kombucha. Cheap too! UTI Kombucha Last step: Take a detox bath. Every day if you can! UTI’s can be so uncomfortable and taking a detox bath with these ingredients will not only help you relax but help heal the bacteria. Fill tub with hot water as  hot as you can stand and add: *Dead Sea salt 1 cup * Organic Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops * Organic Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops * Chamomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float *Rosemary herbs to float in the bath (great aroma) *apple cider vinegar with the mother at least 1 cup Swirl around and soak for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy and relax! UTI After the bath, I put Frankincense with Calendula oil all over my tummy and lower back. AHHHH! This Frankincense is less expensive. I love it and works well for me. Again if you don’t have improved results within 2-3 days, go see your doctor. UTI’s are not fun. But really try not to take an antibiotic. UTI’s are common so don’t worry. On with life now…slowly back to normal until the next ailment happens! Live naturally your body will thank you! Remember all essential oils will ship free in the US!!!!! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend! romantic tea Romantic Tea Blend: 1 cup of Rose Bud Petals 1/2 cup of Damiana Leaf 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cocoa Nibs, roasted (depends on your taste buds…start with less and add more if you like) 1/4 Cinnamon Chips 1/4 Orange Peel 1 Vanilla bean scrapped (this is super expensive right now, so add a little pure extract like a 1/8 Blend in a glass bowl all ingredients and place in a mason jar. Keep in pantry away from sunlight. When your ready to make your tea, put 1-2 tsp into a tea strainer and pour your hot water over herbs. Let steep for 15 or so minutes and enjoy. For cold add ice once steeped. For an added health and aroma benefit, add a drop of Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. Amazing aroma and good for you! For the Romantic Syrup: Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup organic sugar 6 tbsp of your Romantic tea blend Directions: 1. Boil water in a medium saucepan on the stovetop. 2. Once water has come to a boil, take the saucepan off the heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until the desired flavor. The flavor should be much more concentrated than a typical cup of tea. 3. Remove tea leaves and compost. 4. Bring your tea/water infusion back to a boil on the stovetop. 5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 6. Set saucepan aside and let cool for an hour or so before pouring into a mason jar. Store in refrigerator keeps for one month. This tea makes a wonderful gift idea too. For our Hoedown, we made gift baskets with the tea. Just too cute! Adding some chocolates will make a wonderful blend. Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ok…let’s get this straight. I do not like to do laundry. BUT, I am NUTS about a new alternative soap I have been using all summer. It is AMAZING! Smells like fresh air AND best of all…it is indeed from nature! Soap Nuts. Yep…that is what they are called! So…you see why I am nuts? MANY BRANDS OF LAUNDRY SOAP OUT THERE There are many brands of soap you can purchase and as you know we are all about natural. We don’t want to put anything bad into our bodies or on our skin, let alone into the pipes of our homes. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients not only in food but in products you use every day. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…should you know more of what is in it? .Soap Nuts If you don’t have time, here is the NUT craze in a nutshell. (sorry couldn’t resist) The Soap Nuts  (I love these and the organic cloth bags Starwest Botanicals carries I use to put the nuts in and I also use these bags for my teas) affiliate links Pros: *totally natural and non-toxic *can be re-used 7 times * you can travel with them * unscented if you like that (recipe for liquid is at end of the blog) Cons: *inconvenient-soap nuts need to be put in a sachet when used in the wash. Hey, need to dry out or else they will go moldy. *if laundry is really dirty you will need to wash twice *unscented so if you like the scent I just add essential oil to the soap nuts or directly into the water..works great. If you prefer a liquid Laundry Recipe: 1 1/2 quart of water 30 Soap Nuts Essential oil of your choice my favorites (Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Orange, Ylang ylang  Pour hot water over the soap nuts and steep for 30 minuets to an hour. You can also steep overnight. After steeping, cover soap nuts and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You will have a nice quart or more of liquid. You can reuse the soap nuts for another batch. You can skip the soaking and go straight to adding one and a half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add you’re essential oils. Use 4-6 tbsp of liquid. I also add Borax powder because of our hard water. Your clothes will smell like they have been blowing in a summer breeze! REALLY! MY GREENFILLS affiliate link  They contain NO UNSAFE chemicals They send you a refill which means you can help cut down on plastic waste. Pros: *plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients *washes well *uses real essential oils (no phthalates) *has an unscented option *creates no plastic waste or bottles *gets delivered to your door *does not contain brightness, artificial dyes, phosphates or petroleum-based surfactants Cons: You need to mix the solution yourself (but really…how hard is that?)  My GreenFills  will  offer you something special and they agreed to send you 50 LOADS FREE. You just have to pay shipping of $7.99 in the U.S. and international rates overseas. Check this out for comparing to the “natural” Tide brand and Seventh Generation: NO matter which one you choose…you will notice a difference in your skin and overall health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways of building a cleaner environment for your whole family! God’s blessings and smelling clean and fresh! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down. Lavender Lemonade Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers. Ingredients: 1 cup of raw honey 5 cups of pure water 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender 6  organic lemons, squeezed Lavender sprigs for garnish Elderberry syrup for color Directions: 1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. 2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes. 3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container. 4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost! 5. Refrigerate Lavender Lemondade For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry) Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. UTI For during the day: Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your workday for a natural stress reliever. Lavender is my go-to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well. Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Oh boy…I love to garden but really garden beds are the cat’s meow! I can’t believe I didn’t do this LONG ago! We have one garden we made out of bricks using the holes for herbs and the center for tomatoes. But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating. Garden Beds Garden Bed Isn’t this just wonderful? Dan will make 3 of these forming a horseshoe. (of course) He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal. Garden Bed This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compost ready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go! Garden Bed He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt. My back loves me! Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horseshoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so, for now, this is what we have. Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year) Garden BedGarden Bed Around the ranch, we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots has at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can! Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful! God bless you! Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus, Lee
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