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Anniversary trips passed…

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

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

A New Adventure…without the boys

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

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

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

We Arrive

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

Outside our door at Falls Creek Resort

Highlights

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

The Outdoor Attractions

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

32 Years…A Memory We will Cherish

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

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

God’s blessings to you all!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee and Dan

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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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Many homemade sanitizers are not good…

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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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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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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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 ginger root

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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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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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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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 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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For our horses and dogs, we love to use these blends. Of course with the horses, I often will make up a spray bottle but on trail rides, I will apply the oils directly on them which I have premixed in an old essential oil bottle.

Each recipe is my own, but you can add whatever you like especially if you like certain aromas. Really adding the most prominent for bugs is Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.

Here ya go…enjoy!

Horse Fly Spray

Love My Flowers: 32-ounce spray bottle, fill with water, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar then add 5-10 drops each of the following.

Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella. Shake before each use.

Cowgirl Freshness Spray:

Peppermint, Tea Tree, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Cedarwood

I will mix the above in an old bottle to put directly behind the ears and on hocks. This helps with those nasty ticks. For a spray bottle, I use to keep the freshness of the oils as well as easy to store and take along anywhere.

For Dogs:

This can be a sensitive subject as some dogs just don’t like essential oils. Take mine, a border collie. So I have to have him smell the oil out of the bottle or diluted and if he turns away or sneezes like he is dying, then I don’t use that oil. Horses are so into oils as they are nature which they are from, especially plant-based. Dogs, not so much. So I often mix mine not only with water but a carrier oil as well. My dog loves Almond or Hazelnut.

So in a small 5 ml essential oil bottle, mix half with a carrier oil then 2-5 drops of each oil. Shake and little droplets along the inside of the dog’s collar.

Cruz doesn’t like it!

Fleas:

Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Basil, and Eucalyptus

Ticks:

Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cedarwood. (my dog can’t do Peppermint so the others work well)

Cats

Cats can not have as many essential oil options as in other animals and humans. Their livers can not handle it as it lacks a P450 cytochrome metabolic pathway. Simply put they can’t break it down. So the only safe ones are.

Lavender, Copaiba, Helichrysum, and Frankincense. Dilute with a coconut carrier oil.

Most common use for bugs off!

Humans

With each one of these, I put in a roller bottle as it makes it so much easier to apply anywhere as well as to carry anywhere like for us, trail rides, or chores around the ranch. I tell you, these work! I have used them for years! You can also put the mosquito in a spray bottle with fresh distilled water. Sometimes refreshing on a hot evening.

You can check out other blends for other issues here

Mosquito’s: 5-8 drops each in a roller bottle or-4 oz spray bottle

Lemongrass, Citronella put in a spray bottle or in a roller with half the bottle using your favorite carrier oil.

Ticks: Roller Bottle 1/2 with Almond oil, 4-8 drops each of

Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedarwood

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Easy Starter

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

SO here is your starter recipe…SO SIMPLE!

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

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

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

Sourdough Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sourdough starter

1 1/4 cup of flour

1 cup 2% or whole milk

2 eggs beaten

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cream of tarter

1/2 tsp. sea salt

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

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

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

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

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

Sourdough Beer Bread

Ingredients:

12 oz cheap beer (room temp)

1 cup sourdough starter

1/4 cup organic sugar

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

Olive oil for greasing

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

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

Sourdough Crackers

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 cup of sourdough starter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temp.

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

oil for brushing

Coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions: Preheat oven 350 degrees

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

2. Divide dough in half

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sourdough Cheese Crackers

Oh my…you won’t be able to stop eating these!

Ingredients:

1 cup sourdough starter

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. favorite herb, I like Rosemary or Thyme

3/4 tsp sea salt

6 oz. (or more) cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven 325 degrees, line a sheet pan with parchment paper

Whisk top 4 ingredients well, fold in the cheddar cheese.

Spread the mixture evenly on a prepared pan as thin as you can. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Let rest for 5-10 minutes (good luck with that) and cut into pieces.

See, I couldn’t wait…had to try them!

Wonderful Bread Mini Loaf

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

Ingredients:

1 cup starter

1 to 1 1/2cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

Little loafs ready to go!

Directions:

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

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

Beautiful brown

Comments

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

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

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

Southwest Salad

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

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

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

Make sure to have a fresh lime!

Simple Salad

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

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

Cabbage Salad

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

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

Craisin Salad

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

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

Brussel Sprout Salad

For the Brussel sprouts:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil or Avocado oil
  • 1 pound of Brussel sprouts cut in half
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced and diced

For candied almonds or walnuts:

  • 2/3 cup of almonds
  • 1 tbsp. of our maple syrup
  • sea salt to taste

For the Salad:

  • 5 oz. of spring greens mix
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup of grapes
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (or if you have a fussy cowboy like me, cheddar grated)
  • 1/2 cup dried craisens

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the Brussel sprouts and thyme. Cook for 10 minutes stirring a few times. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Place almonds in skillet along with maple syrup and a pinch of salt. cook over medium heat until golden and fragrant. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. In large bowl mix greens everything together.
  4. Best vinaigrette to pour over the top or serve on the side.

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

I hope you enjoy these amazing side salads! Great for the good ol’ waistline too!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

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

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

Three tea blends to choose from

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

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

These syrups add a delightful sweetness to any tea blend!

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

Mix and match

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com to order your mini tea crates

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

Trusting the door

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

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

Being aware of the door

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

Dedicated for over 5 years!

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

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

Move By Faith

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

Look at the tongue weight!

Jesus IS the Door

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

What do you see?

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

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

John 10:9

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

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

Unity Stamp Company…such a great stamp!

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

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Health, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life

What muscle to target

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

Blending For A Warm Massage

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

Soothing Massage

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

Quick Tip Recipes

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

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

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

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

HERE is another recipe and step by step

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

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

TIP:

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

Pucker up pillow mist recipe here

Comment and share

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter, live naturally,

Lee

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Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Itchy Throat and Congestion

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

Linden Flower Key Ingredient

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

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

Tea Recipe For Cough/Fever

Ingredients:

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

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

Detox Bath

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

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

God’s blessings and keep well!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Living Naturally

Today brings joy

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

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

Essential Oils Used For Healing

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

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

Orange
Frankincense
Myrrh
Peppermint 

Waiting Game

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

The list below is a SHORT list!

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

Battle of worry

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

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

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

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

Worry when it is in Jesus’ hands

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

They found this I am sure many months ago…

What to do?

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

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

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

Relax and Rest in Jesus

After chores, this boy knows how to rest!

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

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

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

Simply put…

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

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

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

1 Peter 5:7

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

Lee

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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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