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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!

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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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, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Mom’s Favorite Homemade Bread Recipe A For Sure Winner Every Time You Make it!

My mom would make 6 loaves of fresh bread EVERY DAY! Can you just imagine? I don’t have too many memories of my mom as she died when I was super young but I do remember the aroma of our home always smells like fresh bread! I also remember the counter being full of those beautiful golden loaves ready to sink our mouths into.

Generation picture, My mom, daughter Mackinzey, and Me

Sure Thing Recipe

This recipe is a sure fit every time I make it. If I allow for the 5-minute kneed time and check the consistency of the bread while doing so, it turns out beautiful. I feel the key to homemade bread making is giving it time, don’t be in a rush, and little to no distractions is always a plus.

I hope you find it just as simple and enjoy the art of living life simply and full of being OLD FASHIONED!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water, 105-110 degrees
  • 1 Tbsp. Active Dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup Organic Sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-5 cups of flour

Directions:

Prepare the Dough

  1. In a stand-up mixer or large bowl, add yeast and water and a pinch of sugar. Let stand for 4-5 minutes to see if yeast is bubbling. (this is called proofing the yeast to make sure it is active. If it doesn’t bubble then you need new yeast and start over)
  2. Add remaining sugar, oil, and start mixer on low with the paddle attachment. Slowly add 1 cup at a time of flour mixing well. After 4 cups have been added, switch to kneading attachment and add flour 1/4 cup at a time to get the consistency of elasticity and smoothness. You may not need the last cup and you may need more. When the dough cleans the bowl your dough is ready to be kneaded.
  3. On the knead attachment or if you don’t have a mixer, place your dough on a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes.
  4. Put a little oil in the bowl and allow the dough to be totally covered in the oil. Cover bowl with BPA-free plastic wrap, or a warm tea towel and let rise for 1 1/2 hour to at least double the size.
  5. Spray 2 9x 5 loaf glass pans you can also flour the pans too. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. The second rise, punch down the dough and split in half placing them into your prepared loaf pans. Cover again using BPA-free plastic wrap, spraying the tops so you don’t have stickiness. Let rise for an hour in a warm place. When they are done rising, they should be about an inch above the pans.
  7. Gently remove plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  8. My mom used to tap the top and if it was hollow it was done.
  9. Allow the loaves to cool by inverting them on a cooling rack for 4-5 minutes.

I hope your bread turns out as wonderful! If not, try again!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Sewing

Why in the World?

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

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

Easy To Prep Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

For essential oils, here.

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally

Do You Need An Immune Boost? With Covid-19 and the Flu Season Upon Us, It’s Always Good to be On Top of Your Health

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

Immune Booster

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

Here is the the recipe:

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

My Rescue Kit Bags

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

Pumpkin Spice Recipe

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

The Best is Rest

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

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

Select and Dilute

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

Why Essential Oils?

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

My Favorite DIY Blends

1. Fly Spray

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

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

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

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

2. Tick Spray

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

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

3. Wound Salve

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

4. Colic Rub

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

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

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

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

6. Proud Flesh Prevention

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

7. After-Bit Spray

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

8. Grooming and Detangles Spray

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

Such therapy for both human and horse

9. Hoof Conditioner (for abscess, check here)

Mix well and rub onto hoof

10. Muscle Rub

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

Why Rocky Mountain?

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

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

God’s blessings to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

A Creative Herbal Tea Gift In A Tube Makes for A Great Gift Giving Idea With A Healthy Boost Too!

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

Getting Creative

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

I just love how they turned out!

How I put them together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and give generously!

Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

A Branson 2020 Trip Came At A Perfect Time and Really Needed As A Couple. I Would Highly Recommend This Adenveturous Place For Anyone!

Anniversary trips passed…

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

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

A New Adventure…without the boys

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

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

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

We Arrive

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

Outside our door at Falls Creek Resort

Highlights

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

The Outdoor Attractions

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

32 Years…A Memory We will Cherish

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

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

God’s blessings to you all!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee and Dan

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Treats

Gingerbread Cookies with A Dollop of Carmel That Will Make You Burst With Joy!

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

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

Hope y’all love it as much as we did!

ENJOY!

Ingredients:

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

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

Directions:

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

Making Homemade Caramel Sauce

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

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

What is Sorghum?

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

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

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

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Health, Ministry, Peace, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

New Additions To The Ranch And Exciting To See What The Lord Is Doing

Support…Truly A Gift

Dan and I have longed to have our big equipment be covered as the expense of these machines aren’t cheap so taking care of them is much needed. Over the past year, we have been praying about how this could happen and where. It dawned on me one day our hay shelter has room either side to add a lean-to. So I asked Dan about it. He looked at it and just like that…we had an idea to use this space to “hide” and protect much of this loose equipment. Next hurdle…money. We continued to pray…

And as Dan was sharing how he would build this he asked a friend who is experienced in building some suggestions. This man jumped at not only building it but paying for it ALLLLLL as well! Only JESUS provides like this! Truly…a gift!

Men at work for the Lord

I made a fun lunch for them using my homemade hummus. A little worried they wouldn’t like the healthy eating…but gave it a shot. They loved it! Plus a full mason jar full of Truvy Heart and Hydration drink which is full of electrolytes, like drinking Gatorade but MUCH better for you. You can try the variety pack here.

Here is the recipe for the wrap and hummus.

If you are an energy drinker, ask me how to improve your health by getting the boost, but not bad caffeine. Truvy has a wonderful NEW product that TRULY is wonderful especially for those early mornings or jobs which you need a boost. Here is the product if you want to check it out. Comes in 3 flavors. I highlighted the Cucumber/Mint, but feel free to add what you like. SOOOO delicious! And hydrates as well! What energy drink does that? NONE!

Another 4 legged friend

Our little Tigger has not been back from her adventures in the wild for over 2 weeks so we decided to add another little one to help keep Mousy company. Meet Moon…a female rescue…

Sorry for the poor image…she’s a skittish one.

More to come

They guys are still at work finishing this project as rain and sessions delayed them. One thing which is hard doing big projects in the summer is our heavy schedule of kids and IS our priority no matter what else is important to get done. Working around the sessions is a must. I will post the finished look soon, I hope!

God’s blessings upon you…

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Fight Germs DIY Hand Sanitizer Making Your Own You Know You Are giving The Best For Overall Health!

You’ve heard! DON’T make your own! They are not the real thing! Buy only certain brands! The list goes on. And…some of it is true. But there is a recipe that does work, is very strong in protecting germs AND is better for you as natural always is.

I love this recipe because it not only uses natural ingredients but also the essential oils are pretty complementary to what most people will enjoy putting on their hands. I think you will find it wonderful too.

Make Many Bottles

I would suggest making up at least 3 bottles of this as you make it. We have them all around our ranch for kiddos to use as well as keeping us from germs and washing those dirty hands from ranch fun. I also made up some for each of our vehicles to have handy when shopping in town and in the woodshop too. I am sure you have special areas you want to have a bottle handy, so think about that before you begin. Of course, triple or double your measuring amounts.

If you have darker mason jars, it is best for keeping light out when using oils.

Here ya go:

What you will need, easily dispensable bottles, dark is best…LOVE this product from Masonjars.com

Essential oils: Blend in a separate bottle and label as you like. I put a GERM BOMB!

Clove, Rosemary, Lavender, Spearmint, Thyme, Basil, Sage.

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbsp. grain alcohol (find local liquor store or natural food products)
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerine (best to use non-GMO from coconuts )
  • 1-2 TBSP. Colloidal Silver (depends on desired consistency)
  • 10-20 drops of above oils

Mix first 2 well then add next 2. Mix again and add oils. Blend well before pouring into dispensers.

Enjoy keeping your family and guests sanitized especially during these trying times! These make great gifts too!

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Rocky Mountain Oils Has New Little Additions That Are Perfect For Travel Or Your Go Anywhere Needs

I have always wanted to have a diffuser when I travel and NOW Rocky Mountain Oils provides such a thing! This little guy is so cute and easy to travel with you can take it anywhere.

Perfect for on the go or in the office!

Another great idea from Rocky Mountain Oils! I think you will find this to be an awesome addition as well as a great gift idea! I love how you can get a special as you group the perfect oils to use with this diffuser. Like the Peppermint, or Immune Strength. Both are wonderful for sinus and immune-boosting. The orange is one that is rated in the essential oils as the TOP 5 everyone should have…so there ya go! You get 3 of the top 5 with an amazing mist diffuser!

So small and beautiful too!

Love the bundle idea! Take a look!

Perfect combo to fit all the important needs to good heath!

Try it I think you won’t be disappointed!

Here is a little clip of how it works.

Enjoy the aroma and health benefits of essential oils!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Zoodles Are Indeed The Best Noodle Ever As They Provide A Healthy Side To Any Meal Or Even Make A Full Meal Adding Some Basic Ingredients

If you are watching your carbs, you know noodles are not the best option for a side dish. But have you heard about Zoodles? It’s taking zucchini and making little noodles with them turning a side dish into a healthy alternative. MAN…I love these things! I think you will too!

SOO pretty!

Ingredients:

Start with slicing 4 zucchini’s and spiral them, place in a bowl

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup mozzarella chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Toss oil and salt and pepper into spiraled zoodles bowl.
  2. Let sit for 15 minutes to pull in all the flavor.
  3. Add tomatoes and basil give another toss.
  4. Sprinkle on balsamic vinegar and serve.

Wanna know a FUN new item I came across? Give this a whirl! A company which is all mason jar related!!!!! It is so awesome! I love all the different options for tops, especially because when I make my own salad dressings or marinates in a mason jar the pour spouts are so easy to use! AND I can keep my ingredients in glass vs. using plastic. LOVE LOVE LOVE this new find! TRY THEM!

Love this New find! Infuse you water keeping clean!

Let me know what you think of this easy recipe and feel good side dish!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Homemade Root Beer Is The Best Thing You Can Ever Try And So Fun As A Family Project

I love root beer but I tell ya what…Sasparilla is a whole new way of enjoying the ol’ fashion west and the authentic taste! Putting together fresh herbs to make this wonderful beverage fits into any party you are planning. Adding the good ol’ homemade ice cream to make the favorite root beer float….well there ya have it…PURE YUMMINESS!

Sassafras plant, you can smell it as soon as you scrap the stem.

Yes, there are some health risks out there due to the sassafras but like anything eating or drinking too much ill causes issues, so check with your doctor. AND here is a wonderful LINK for more helpful info on this wonderful herb and drink!

Now onto the recipe that will cause your taste buds to burst and impress your whole family you made it homemade!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Bring 10 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Stir in sassafras bark, sarsaparilla root, birch bark, ginger, hop flowers, juniper, cinnamon stick, vanilla, and licorice.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a large bowl through cheesecloth or strainer. Make sure to squeeze as much of the herbs as possible getting all the juice through.
  5. Stir sugar into the pure liquid making sure it is dissolved. Your mixture should be still very hot so the sugar will dissolve easily.
  6. Allow cooling to room temperature.
  7. Pour in your ginger bug and stir.
  8. Now you’re ready to bottle. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into individual flip-top bottles and seal. Leave at least one-inch headspace. You can also use these bottles.
  9. Leave in room temperature on your counter for 3-5 days, “burping” them each daily to release the pressure.
  10. Place in your refrigerator for up to 6 days. Remember, this is fresh stuff so you want to drink it up!

TIPS:

Vanilla beans are super expensive right now, so I make my own vanilla using 2 beans opened up in a mason jar, and fill with whiskey. Shake as often as you remember and keep for 4 weeks before use. That is MY pure vanilla. If you can swing the bean, get the cheaper 3 pack.

If your ginger bug isn’t giving enough fizz, you can add club soda to your drink to give it that root beer pop!

Enjoy! It is worth the work! Simple really!!!!! You will knock the socks off your guests and or family!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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I am sure you will enjoy every sip of this amazing beverage! Remember…it isn’t a BEER so it can be a blessing for any age!

Your starter

Ingredients:

Just a note…this is done in liters and grams to be more accurate with your measurements. I suggest a nice scale especially if you do a lot of cooking with teas, herbs and so on. It really helps with knowing how much to take out or add for flavor. Also, I really encourage you to purchase fresh ingredients. The spices in your local grocery store sit for many months. This way you can not only get fresh but smaller quantities and FREE shipping!

4 liters of filtered water

400 grams of ginger root (a bit spicy go less for not such a bite)

500 grams sugar

3-star anise

30 black peppercorns, ( a little spicy so if you want…go less)

12 allspice , whole

12 cardamon pods

3 cloves

200 ML ginger bug

Instructions:

  1. Put ginger roots into a food processor and blend a few seconds. Put a little water in to blend well.
  2. Put water into a big pot and pour ginger root along with spices into the pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, add sugar, and simmer for 30 minutes. During this process taste to see if you want to add any more of the spices. I should of put fewer peppercorns in as you can always add. Ours has a bite!
  4. Turn off heat and leave overnight to steep in all the flavors.
  5. The next morning, strain spices out into a seave, strainer, or cheesecloth. Push down on spices to get every bit!
  6. Add your ginger bug, stir, and bottle with bottles with swing caps.
  7. Let sit for a day opening the swing tops once or twice to release pressure. The longer you let sit the more alcohol content will increase. Here is a breakdown.
  • 1 day: .02 %
  • 2 days 1 %
  • 3-4 days 1.5%
Great drink for any time anyone!

ENJOY!!!!

Love deeper, sip healthier, and talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ginger Bug Is Not A Dance. It’s Not A Bug. So What Is It?

What in the World!

Yep…just what I thought…what is a ginger bug? I love ginger. I love what it does for all the medicinal needs of our bodies. So when I saw you make a fermented bug to add to syrups or other recipes like making your own ginger beer, I was all in!

What is Ginger Beer?

This cool and delicious soft drink which is filled with health benefits. Many think because it has “beer” attached to the name it contains a lot of alcohol. Of course, like any fermented homemade drink the longer it sits, the more the alcohol content. But for most who make it including my recipe, it is less than .02%. It is not so much fermentation in the actual drink as it carbonated as it sits. A lot like a Kombucha is really good for you and can be a beverage for any age.

What are the health benefits?

  • relaxes you and your mood
  • smell enhances your mood as you sip away
  • relieve pain and mental fatigue
  • helps with depression
  • has anti0inflammatory properties to help with internal inflammation
  • anti-bacterial properties help with mucus and upper respiratory and coughing
  • anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties help to boost the immune system
  • MY FAVORITE…natural probiotic as in the formation it improves digestion, maintain the microbial flora of the gut and fights and fights gut bacterial.

Are you SOLD YET?

I was! I love this concept and easy to do. Yes, it takes time, but what an awesome drink to have in your refrigerator for any event or daily beverage. YES, it contains sugar. But much of it is fermented out during the process. It is AWESOME!!!

Next step…make your ginger bug than you will be ready for the ginger beer recipe!

Your base

How to make your bug!

Ingredients:

2-3 Tablespoons of grated ginger root

1/2 cup of organic sugar

2 cups filtered water

Instructions:

  1. Grated or cut up a ginger root. I like to have it grated to better get the flavor out.
  2. Fill a quart size mason jar with 2 cups of water
  3. Add sugar and ginger to water and shake it up.
  4. For the next 3-5 days keep adding 1 tbsp. of ginger and 1 tbsp. of sugar…shake up.
  5. I do keep a lid on the jar but you can just put a coffee filter on it and use mason jar canning ring to hold into place.
  6. Make sure to add each day and still with a metal spoon or shake.
  7. When you see it FIZZ at the top you know it is working!

Comment:

Please let me know if you tried this and the ginger beer…I think you will like it.

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Homemade Dandelion Jam Is A Rewarding And Perfect Healthy Condiment To Make For Gifts Or Yourself

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

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

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

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

Preparing jars and lids

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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

Yummy treat!

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

WHY DANDELIONS ARE SO WONDERFUL:

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

  • good source of calcium and Vitamin K
  • helps with bone loss hence the above
  • the fiber in the root which is helpful for bone loss as well as gut health improving digestion and constipation
  • full of potent antioxidants
  • helps fight inflammation
  • may reduce cholesterol
  • helps fight sugar cravings
  • may lower blood pressure
  • helps aid in healthy liver
  • may aid in weight loss
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Keto Graham Crackers That Actually Taste Good And Are Simple To Make

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

Ingredients:

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

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

Directions:

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

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Cauliflower Tuscan Soup Will Leave You Feeling So Warm and Fuzzy Inside Not Only Because It Taste So Good, But It’s Good For You

Oh my is this soup amazing! If you are watching your weight or at least trying to eat healthier, this is for you and your family! It is supposed to have potatoes in it but I substituted cauliflower instead as we really don’t eat potatoes that much anymore. You can see a report on its effects here.

Flavor just dances in your tastebuds! Even the next day it is delightful.

Hope you like it as much as my family did.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of Cauliflower, chopped up
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tsp. chicken boullion powder
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup diced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 lb cooked bacon

Directions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine cauliflower, water, chicken bouillon, and garlic; bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered, until cauliflower is tender, 12-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large cast iron pan, cook sausage and mushrooms over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles, 5-10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon drain onto paper towels and pat dry really well to get as much grease out as possible
  3. Add sausage and mushrooms to cauliflower mixture; return to a boil. reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes or so. add your milk, sour cream, and pepper; heat another 10 minutes. Serve with bacon.
I was so excited to eat this I forgot to add a sprinkle of basil on top!

So wonderful…let me know if you tried it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, eat well,

Lee

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