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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 relive 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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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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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

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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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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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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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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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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Oh my! Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of lilacs? For anyone who has them in their yard, I envy you. We have to go searching for hours and when I find them, I harvest a TON! Making delightful drinks like lemonade, tea, and sparkling waters is just a few that I love to serve. First, you will need to gather your lovely lilacs. Harvesting is delightful all in itself as the smell will overcome your home! By gently pulling the flower head off the little stem only leaving you the flower, place into a strainer and rinse well in fresh clean water. Once this part is done, you can make your syrup which is your base. Lovely Lilac Syrup: 1 cup of water 1 cup sugar 1 cup of lilacs Some fresh or frozen blueberries. 5-8 will make a light color, more will make a deeper color. Boil your sugar and water. Once boiling, bring to a simmer and add your lilacs and blueberries. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take your liquid and pour into a strainer over a steel bowl. Squish your blueberries into the lilacs getting as much of the flower and blueberries as you can. Let cool and place your syrup in a mason jar and in the refrigerator. This liquid will thicken as it cools. Awesome for your pancakes in the morning! Lovely Lilac Drinks Lovely Lilac Lemonade: In a gallon mason jar 2 Fresh Lemons, juiced 4 cups of water 1/2 cup lilac syrup (taste and see if you want to add more) Stir and add ice. We add a lemon rind for looks too if you like. Lemon Ginger Lilac Tea: If you want to make it a cold tea, let steep and cool than add your ice. 1/2 tsp  Organic Lemon Peel  1/2 tsp  Organic Ginger root 2-4 tbsp Lilac syrup 2 cups of boiling water Using your tea strainer, place your lemon peel and ginger root into your strainer. Steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add your syrup while it is steeping. As an ice tea let cool and add your ice. YUMMMY! For nice fresh water, drink add lilacs to a jug of water and let sit in the sun for about an hour. Add some ice…and WOW…so refreshing! Lovely Lilac Spritzer: Lovely Lilac DrinksAdd 2-3 tbsp syrup to full glass of club soda or sparkling water. Add ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink! I hope you enjoy all the summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages! God bless! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
I found a new delightful tea! Blackberry leaf which is a close relative to the Rasperry leaf another favorite of mine. Blackberry leaves are high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A,C, E, K and B 1,2,3 and 6, also calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It may help relieve diarrhea, inflammation and so many other properties. Recently I had a tummy issue and drinking this throughout the day helped the bubbles in my stomache and other issues if you know what I mean. Some tea and essential oils aided in a good night sleep and woke up new again! NOW I have some sad news. Bulk Herb Store who we love to share with you is going out of business. So as you read these new recipes, go visit and help this Christian family move into another chapter of their life. We love Bulk Herb Store and hope you find some wonderful teas and herbs to make up your own. Each recipe below makes 1/2 pint cute little mason jar! Blackberry Tea Recipes For cold and flu 2 tbsp. blackberry leaves 2 tbsp. elder flowers 2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers 1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too) Prepare hot water and pour over tea blend steep for 10 minutes serve with honey or favorite sweetener. This tea helps combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms tummy and soothes intestinal inflammation. Upset Tummy ( herbs can be on Bulk Herb or Starwest just click link on the sidebar to log in) 2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves 2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves 2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers 1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint Tea for Rheumatism 2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves 2 tbsp. White willow bark 1 cup Nettles leaves 2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves Drink 2 cups a day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake as symptoms decrease. Use for sore Throat Pain For an oncoming of Strep, you can oil pull with coconut oil and Immunity Blend essential oil first thing in the morning. Follow up with gargling with salt water. Do at least 2 times a day. Make up a cup of blackberry tea at first sign of sore throat. Let it cool a bit and gargle with it. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily and gargle as often as you can. This herb is a bit sweet so it is lovely on food! Sprinkle the herb on your salads, put into cakes, or sweet rolls or breads. Wonderful! I hope you find this tea a wonderful spring thirst quencher! God bless and HAPPY SPRING! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally
Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know  I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about. To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it. New Butter To Try I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good! Ingredients Needed: 3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at the bottom takes three days to infuse) 2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter) 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for beeswax, more shiny look, takes longer to melt) 1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking) ¼ tsp Vit E. oil 9 drops Lavender essential oil 9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil 4 drops Balsam of Peru (this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla) Jars that are fun…also any small jar work! Labels Directions: 1) In a double boiler slowly melt down the Calendula oil, butter, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in. 2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted. 3) Once ingredients are fully melted, remove from heat and place on a cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils. 4)  Let rest in room temperature before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put a lid on jar until fully cooled. This should last about a year or 2. How to make your infused oil What you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers) 3/4 cup Calendula Flowers 1/4 cup Rose Hips 1/4 cup Comfrey 1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers 1/4 cup Arnica 1/4 Yarrow Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice) Vit. E How to make: 1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot or Dutch oven.( we love cast iron) 2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove. 3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NEVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar. 4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheesecloth( while warm) or strainer. Add your Vit. E Label and keep in a dark place. ** All purchases through the affiliate links help support what we do on our ranch ministry! Thank you! God is good! May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it! Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Chlorine bleach is doum hypochlorite, a solution of chlorine and diluted sodium hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the chlorine evaporates as a gas from the bleach solutions at a high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed or prolonged. YUK YUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm How safe is Hydrogen peroxide? I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge! http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide Why add vinegar? Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf) From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% white vinegar will kill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning. Your very own DIY Bleach Mix in an amber spray bottle 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions) ½ tsp Tbsp citric acid 1 cup water ½ cup  apple cider vinegarmother” on a label 5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend) Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle. I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use. Tips on cleaning your home click here! In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why! Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below. God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
As I sit here typing I can see little cobwebs in the corners of my windows. YUK! It’s time to get to the spring cleaning! Oh if you’re a bleach user…click here for some helpful info! Make a plan While this task can seem daunting, it helps me stay focused. I make a plan to clean one room fully a day, maybe two if the room is small enough like the bathrooms.  Set the task for the day so it won’t seem overwhelming. Personally, I take one day to do it all putting everyone in charge of one room. Check List spring-cleaning-checklist I learned this from a friend who cleans homes for a living and loves this concept.  It just reminds me what I need to do, plus I love CHECKING things off. It makes me feel like I completed something! (The suggested cleaners on the second page really are no big deal plus the links don’t work. You can print off just the first page and have it with you while you clean.) DIY all your cleaning supplies Of course, I am going to recommend this concept! Really folks, all you need is a good polish or dusting spray, floor and counters or sinks use the same mixture. Windows too for that matter. The world’s market out there is selling you a TON of stuff you don’t need. Make a few of these up and you’re set! If you don’t have time, I recommend checking out the all-around cleaner here Counters/shelves really everything sprays: 12 oz Amber spray bottle 5 oz distilled water 5 oz white vinegar 1 tsp baking soda 20 drops of favorite citrus essential oil or Immune Strength for the winter season Floor Cleaner: simple a bucket of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2-5 drops of  your favorite essential oil Dusting spray wood and fans: 4 oz.Amber spray bottle 1/2 cup almond or olive oil 1/4 cup vinegar 10 drops of lemon essential oil Shake before using Toilet and sinks: Toilet Bubbles Sinks: Leftover parmesan cheese shaker or wide mouth mason jar 1 cup of baking soda 20 drops of Immune Strength Essential oil Window cleaner: 12 oz  stainless steel spray bottle 3/4 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup distilled water 10 drops of lemon essential oil Mix after every spray Dish soap: 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap 2 tsp vegetable glycerin 6 drops lemon essential oil 4 drops tea tree essential oil 4 drops of eucalyptus or myrtle essential oil Pour all ingredients into a GLASS mason jar or bottle. Fill the bottle with water, allowing enough room for the pump if that is what you are using. Shake well before use. Put on the music and your diffuser! Clean out the vacuum regularly and even put your favorite essential oil on the pads in the vacuum. I use a citrus blend just to keep me joyful! My favorite, Spearmint, Orange, and Rosemary. A couple of drops in the vacuum and you will be dancing while you clean! I also diffuse this trio a lot! Amazing aroma in the home! So fresh! As a result of using all DIY all natural cleaning supplies, your spring cleaning and using the check-off the list will be giving you and your family a wonderful place to live life! In addition to being a ROCKSTAR! Remember…when you choose to click on the links on this blog you are helping us reach at-risk kids and suffering families with our ministries. THANK YOU! You help us so we can help others! God’s blessing as you clean the HOME HE provided. Worship while you clean! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out
 Why Make your own organic potting soil mix? This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you!  If you need some ideas for what to put your seedlings in you can go HERE.  If you’re new to getting started with seedlings, HERE are a few of our ranch tips. Things to know what a good potting mix will do:
  • * Will be firm enough to support the plant
  • * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction
* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there are many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1. Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes. Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those leftover scraps! Ours is filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks. DIY Potting Soil Recipe (the affiliate links helps our ranch ministry) A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make. If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist. Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work. Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you! Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment on how your seedlings did use your own organic potting soil recipe! God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally
NEW PRODUCT! I am so excited about these 3 new products and I hope you are too! The first one is the hand foam soap. I think you will love this! It smells wonderful and of course has the essential oil, Immune Strength to fight off all that icky bacteria roaming in your home. I keep one on my kitchen countersink as well as the bathrooms. We also have one down at the ranch right by the pump! This cleaner is a concentrate so you mix it with water in spray bottle to easily use on your countertops or other cleaning surfaces. I also like to make it in a pail of water to wash floors and tubs. Super easy and wonderful smell! The citrus just makes the room so refreshing! It not only has the citrus essential oils but the Thyme, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary for the anti-bacterial element are wonderful! Try it!! I think you will love it too! Lastly is …are you ready? TOOTHPASTE! I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this one! First, I have a hard time making my own. The other two products I can make easily with castle soap and essential oils, but this one, not so much. I do have a toothpaste with activated charcoal which is a wonderful ingredient to have in toothpaste, but the texture is like mud and hard to use. I have to close my eyes and deal with it. But now, RMO has a wonderful alternative that I am happy with! Great price, FREE shipping always for US…and really I like it when I don’t have to make it! LOVE LOVE!!!! All these products will be available this Friday! So check in of course by clicking on the Rocky Mountain link in this blog helps us keep our ministry offering a free service for those in need! Not only are these available at the end of this week, but I am GIVING AWAY ONE OF THE SOAPS AND ONE OF THE HARD SURFACE CLEANERS. If you want to be part of the drawing, just sign up to be on my email list and I would be happy to put your name in the drawing. This give away ends on January 24th! Enjoy! Each of the products helps your home and family stay healthy without any harsh chemicals! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Love these quick to use toilet bubbles! I won’t call them what the world is calling them…just don’t like the term, so bubbles are my word! I love these because it only takes a minute to drop them into your toilet and scrub and clean quickly! For this time of year with bugs flying around getting sick easily, well I need a quick and easy cleaning. Plus, it is all natural keeping our home free of unwanted chemicals!

Isn’t it nice to know you can have your children help do the chores around the home because you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals in the products they are using? I AM! Breathing in toxins like bleach can be extremely harmful especially over time. So get rid of the junk and make NEW, CLEAN, AND FREE of harmful ingredients! Here ya go…easy to make, easy to use! 1/2 Cup citrus acid 1 1/2 cup baking soda 30 drops of Immune Strength essential oil 30 drops of Organic Lemon essential oil You can add another favorite oil if you like, I love the citrus ones like Orange, Lime, or Tangerine. 1/4 cup Water, may need more Silicone candy trays 1) Mix first 2 ingredients. I use a whisk for this. 2) Next, add you’re essential oils. Mix well. 3) For the water, you will want to add slowly just a little at a time and mix with your hands. You will add as much water as needed to make the mixture stick together. You will feel like your childhood days of playing with wet sand. Once it holds together, you can put into your molds. Once filled, let dry for about an hour then take a knife and scrape the top to get them smooth. Any leftover from your bowl or this process put in your toilet and have a good clean! Allow drying for 24 hours before placing them in an airtight container. I use a mason jar of course! I assure you by switching to using all natural home cleaning supplies will make you and your family healthier and free from harsh chemicals. Congrats on making that choice today! Plop in your bubbles and see how wonderful your bowl will be! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
I came across this word at just the right time! Hygge…what in the world? But it fits! It fit the day. It fit my mood. It just plain fit! And now, I am creating Hygge Day! I think I will even make a card and give to friends in need of a Hygge day. Do you need a Hygge day? Hygge is a Scandinavian word for coziness with feelings of wellness and contentment. Do you feel Hygge? Do you feel your well and content? If not, what can you do to get you there? Here is a tip for the physical Hygge…get well. Get on the bandwagon and get your gut healthy first and start making some choices that improve your day to day life. First, simplify. Next, REST more take time to enjoy the Lord and HIS goodness. Lastly, make a plan to make wellness choices like a great Probiotic. (Click the Plexus link to learn more) Get RID OF BOXED FOOD! Make homemade from scratch and of course… get some exercise.  An emotional Hygge tip… How about a spa bath with your favorite essential oils? Oh, and some tea of course! It says in Wikipedia that the Danish and Norwegian’s see this as another word for HUG and getting together with others. So there ya go. HUG and invite friends to Hygge with ya! Never the less, Hygge is a word reminder to have cozy time relaxing and enjoying life. Which really is the foundation of wellness. Less stress, focus on others, love more! I JUST LOVE this word! It’s fun to get creative and have a HYGGE DAY! Make a special meal… invite a friend over for some hot tea and warm conversation… Enjoy being creative and implementing a Hygge Lifestyle! Try it! It’s fun! God’s blessings’ and Happy Hygge Day! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats
OOO La La! I love Elderberry and it is SOOOO awesome for you! Elderberry is our GO TO herb when we are coming down with something and especially if we already are in need of a boost. You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below) Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course, we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family! We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad long ago called them fox tails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories. Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb! I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun! Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below) Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice Top with an orange slice if you like This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Rose Hibs herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink. If Bulk Herb is out of Christmas Tea blend her is my recipe: 1 Cup of Hibiscus Flower 1 Cup Rose Petals 1/2 Cup Rose Hibs 1/4 cup of Cinnamon Chips 1/8 cup Whole Cloves Orange Peel and Ginger Root about 2-3 tbsp each In a  mason jar glass: put 1/2 cup of your blended tea cooled 3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup Fill glass with crushed ice Put a lid on your jar and shake. Take the flat part of the lid and pour into your fun glass about 1/2 full. Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz. I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve. The last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!*Elderberry Syrup 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries 3 cups water 1 cup raw honey 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and a tablespoon of ginger root (If the Bulk Herb is out of product, try Starwest.  They offer free shipping) Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into a strainer over an easy pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months. *When you purchase items with the highlighted links or by clicking banners, all proceeds go to our ministry helping kids who are in need of healing and hope. Thank you! Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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