12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

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

Tilly enjoys her first paint time.
How we decided

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

What we served

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

chuckwagon serving table

FUN begins…

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

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

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients: Makes one

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

Directions:

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

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

Honey Syrup

1 c water and 1 c honey

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

Fresh Watermelon Cucumber Mint

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

Enjoy all your creations and keeping healthy and hydrated!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life

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

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

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

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

Homemade Angel Food Cake

Ingredients:

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

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 cup cake flour

1-1/4 tbsp cream of tarter

1 tsp pure vanilla

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

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

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

Frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks softened salted butter

1/2 squeezed lemon juice and zest

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

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

The Main Course!

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

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

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

This was a 2lb cut…would recommend 1.5!

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

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

Just melts in your mouth!

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

A second chance…

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

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

The crispy thin taste is out of this world!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

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

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

Generation picture, My mom, daughter Mackinzey, and Me

Sure Thing Recipe

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

Prepare the Dough

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life

Classy Potato Gratin Dish That Is Quick, Easy, and A Family Favorite!

Don’t you just love a nice side for any good meal. Especially when you don’t have a ton of time to make something? I sure do! Here is a great side even make ahead if you like. Simple too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. Finlandia butter softened
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz Finlandia Swiss cheese or aged Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
  • Finely chopped fresh chives, dill, or basil for garnish
Every Bite Delicious!

Ready to POP into the oven!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the potatoes about 1/8inch or less, using a mandolin slicer or sharp knife.
  2. Rub bottom and sides of 8×8 baking dish with softened butter, then place a single layer of the potatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and then with a scant layer of grated cheese. Repeat until used all the potatoes.
  3. Pour heavy cream over the potatoes, then use your fingers to gently press out any air pockets. Freshly grate nutmeg over the top then cover with panic breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake for about an hour or longer until the top is golden brown and a knife can be easily inserted in the center, indicating that no raw pieces of pat remain.
  5. Allow cooling for 5 minutes then serve with chives garnish.
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Big Pick Up Tailgate Stamp Set Adorable and Fun And So Versatile!

Anyone who loves to stamp will adore this set! WHY? Mostly for all the creative ways this truck can be used. For any greeting card to invitations, this set will bring much joy to any stamper. The Big Pick Up Tailgate is from Honey Bee stamps. They have adorable sets that fit our country life!

Another reason I love this set so much is I can use my Cricut Maker to add my greetings using pens, bling it up using vinyl, and even have my Cricut Maker draw and cut flowers in bunches. I tell ya, I had one fun day creating these along with my daughter who LOVES trucks! Having the Design Space makes your crafting so versatile! You have access to so many fonts and many ideas to inspire your art. Really a simple investment.

Daisy Truck

For this card I created a background border with an embossing flower dies on my Big Shot. Powder blue and grays for the card stock, and Pastel Gelatos with a watercolor pen to apply to the truck. I used an old Stamping’ Up set, Daisy, and stamped it on the jean background paper. Wood would be cute too. I just ran out. If you’re a country girl like me, you will love that grouping of paper! A corduroy button for the center and the leaf I got off the Cricut Design Space. I also used the pen to make the words. If you like brights for pens check these out! Their new and add any POP to any card or project!

Flower Bunches

This one was fun as I got to use my Cricut again to make the flowers than my Bright Gelatos for the watercolor. Sticking with the gray and white but adding a pop of yellow helped me tie in the spring look I was going for. The words again are in Design Space. Isn’t this little truck just a cutie?

Hello Blue!

The daughter loves her blue so of course, she tried her hand at using the Tri-Blend markers for her watercolor technique. She was able to do her fading and washout style which turned out pretty cute. The trees are from Stampin’ up too. When using these markers you have to use the Memento pad to prevent bleeding. Easy to clean too.

U R Loved

Another one of Kinzey’s cards. She used glitter vinyl this time for the words and wood grain background paper. Around here we have to have wood grain paper…it’s just our thing! The flowers again we got from Design Space plugging in solid cut-out flowers for cards. Quick and easy using up old scraps of paper. Notice how she did the bumper…she used the bottom of the background paper for a “running board” with running horses. LOVE IT! If you like country western theme scrapbooks and or any crafting for that matter, this site has great stuff!

Stay Humble

Bring on watercolor again using the Gelatos. Found this pen and cut it on Design Space so it was a perfect fit for the red truck. Again adding texture with the woodgrain paper and flower die cut. Pop with the red checkered ribbon.

SUPER fun set I am sure you will not be disappointed having this in your collection!

ENJOY crafting and giving the gift of love,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Amazing Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is great for quick dinner and perfect make ahead and freeze. We all love dinners we can freeze for nights when we don’t feel like cooking!

My daughter and I like making up meals on cold winter days that we can easily freeze and have ready for those busy days when we don’t have time or energy to cook. This is one great dish for just that!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 coked chicken breast, cubed (rotisserie chicken is great too)
  • 3 cups cubed ham
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

You will use the above for layering. In a 9 x 13 glass dish, put meat on the bottom, cheese, meat…so on.

Next mix 3 tbsp. melted butter with 2 cups bread crumbs, Panko is a good choice.

The sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. flour with 3 tbsp. butter, mix to a paste
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese

Cook over medium heat, after you have a nice smooth paste, add remaining ingredients and stir well. It doesn’t have to be thick but not too runny. Add Swiss cheese. Pour mixture over your layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until nice and golden on top.

Enjoy and a nice big piece of French bread really makes this meal!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life

When to Plant Seeds Indoors and Outdoors a map to help you get started.

It’s February here in Minnesota and even though the temperatures are not warm I am in the mood to start planning my gardens. We do have several around the ranch and our home so making a plan is important. Some gardens will be vegetables, other herbs, and other flowers with a mix of herbs. Each one is in different areas of sun and shade so yep, this takes some time.

Garden Bed

If you want to check out my beginning stages of a special herb garden around our ranch, The Thyme Out pasture was a fun and creative way we use herbs to teach kids and adults! Love, LOVE this area!

I came across a great chart to map out when to start my seeds indoors. I do like to start these in our home early because we have such a short growing season. I have a variety of ways I start my seeds using only the BEST organic seeds. True Leaf Market. Truly a wonderful company and they provide so much more to get any gardener started. New of seasoned!

One important need when starting your seeds in the soil. Again love this product and gets my mixture ready to help my seedlings do well. Compressed Coconut Coir and Omri Potting soil. Of course, manure is our base.

This chart really helped me! Look how early onions are! But when you want a good crop, starting early helps.

Below is our MN great temps and late to plant outdoor season. I especially like to pull my garden beds in July and replant for fall harvest time. This way you get leafy greens which freeze easy too.

The last one is watermelon

I went to our state University to get this info if you want to go directly to the link. They have a TON of info!

So much fun and with a little planning and work your gardens will be flourishing! Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

A Box of Love; DIY Kit anyone can make!

Recently when our son was going through his liver transplant, I wanted to be able to give goodies to folks who were prayer warriors, nursing staff, doctors, and even our hotel check-in staff. I just wanted to show them how much we appreciated all they did during our time with Mitch being sick.

We are often in the cities for Mitch with procedures and appointments and right now I am sitting in the hotel room putting the final touches on the things I have made. All weekend knowing we would be traveling down I got busy making up Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs and cute boxes to put them in. Along with some teas in a tube. There is nothing more fun than giving a gift of love wrapped up in love!

Here’s the first one I made:

2 hearts were so cute

In the next box, I added more with the Cricut Maker. I tell you this machine has added to my crafting tenfold of fun! Not only can I get the cut out in the middle, use the extra hearts for other cards and projects, but also do words, borders, and even make tags. Having the Cricut access is really an inexpensive way to get SO much for your money and the ideas….whoa… The fonts alone are worth it!

So fun and cute!

How to make a box

For the base of the box: to fit 2 heart hot chocolate bombs or 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 cards

Card-stock cut 10″ x 8 1/2″ then score 2″ on all 4 sides. I use my cutter to cut than a scoring tool all in one sweet device! Next cut on score lines on each intersecting score-line. Fold in and using double-stick tape to secure corners well. Regular glue and mono adhesives are not strong enough.

For the lid:

I used a different color for my lids and as you can see also using background paper can add a fun eye-catching box.

6 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ score at 1″ on all four sides. Cut on the score lines up to intersecting lines on each corner. Fold in, tape and seal. I used acetate for the window.

Now the fun part…decorating! If you’re using a Cricut Maker I went into the Design Space and chose my images. Measure the size area of your box top and create your image in the design space to fit the size in the middle of your box. When you go to MAKE IT, fit your image on your standard grip mat to the area where your box will be. I measured using a ruler the size of the image and measured my cardstock box. I used patterned vinyl. To make my tags I used these fun adapters using my gel pens for words. I LOVE this idea so I can use markers, ballpoint pens, and sharpies to create any saying!

Here’s another idea:

Couldn’t help it…made another:

So you can see these can be a ton of fun! Filling them with cards for the person to use or with treats…all in love!

Have fun creating your own ideas! Share them too!

COMMENTS: Love to hear share away…

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Take a trend and try new designs

Making the new hot chocolate bombs was so fun over the Christmas season that I just had to go into the next holiday….Valentine’s. So my daughter and I got busy trying our hand at this new idea.

We tried a couple of different molds and found this one is fun and this one is what we used for the post. Mostly why we liked these is because it wasn’t as deep as a typical muffin cup size and the saying YOU & ME was perfect for the holiday.

Cherry hearts didn’t work
This one turned out awesome

Basic directions:

I recommend using the Ghirardelli brand wafers for your chocolate. The Wilson brand carries many dies and I like making color using herbal powders like Beet and Turmeric. Plus the chocolate tastes much better! Pour wafers in the saucepan using a double boiler method. This will control the chocolate melting process without burning. You don’t want that!

Using a paintbrush paint chocolate into your molds. If you have this mold, the cherry ones won’t work as the leaves all go one way and of course, you need one to be the opposite. Not that we made any mistakes and found out or anything…so yeah..moving on…

Make sure to do the sides well

The important part of doing these we have found is doing the sides and top well. Once you have done one layer, put it in the freezer for 5 minutes or so. My daughter had a fun idea of getting a tye-dye effect. Add sprinkles to the bottom of the first layer. These turned out so cute and colorful!

Next, do another layer, pop in the freezer for another 5 minutes, and you’re ready to slowly pop out your mold. Making sure to peel away the mold from the chocolate.

Now you’re ready to smooth seams and fill. We did one, filled it, then melted the other seam and secured it with the other. I just love how these turned out! We put a little plate on the stove, let it warm up, and put the chocolate heart on a plate to smooth the seam. Just for a few seconds.

Enjoy making these for all your loved ones ANYTIME of the year!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Sewing

Why in the World?

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

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

Easy To Prep Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

For essential oils, here.

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Birthday Card with Cricut Maker Using Writing Tools

For the first time, I used the writing pen in my Cricut Maker. Being nervous about using this new tool I youtube a great video which helped a ton! Also…I practiced on scrap paper that I could potentially use in other cards. My hubby told me these are really expensive through Cricut so I wanted to be conservative plus they wear down quickly. But while looking for the video on “how to” use the pen, I came across these amazing pen adapters! Take any pen and boom…save money and pen away! Loved this idea!

Side note…anytime you purchase from links it helps us help others in our ministry…www.truenorthranch.org…thank you!

How to Use Pens

I love going onto Defont.com and creating some of my favorite fonts and saving them into my Design Space…ideas are endless!

How to use other pens:

Using the pen adapters it’s awesome!

Some tips:

When I make my cards I love to combine my rubber stamps and what is really cool if I don’t have the stamp especially in sayings I can pop in a pen of my choice and make it all work beautifully. Check out Stamp Market’s cardstock really awesome! The Vinyl I use is from Expressions vinyl and I love the Oracle 651 and Easyweeds the best. Their heat transfers are also amazing. Go crazy they are an inexpensive and wonderful product and customer service. Below is how I store my vinyl.

Yes I make a lot of cards for our ranch ministry, so I turned half of the card rack into vinyl storage.
LOVE LOVE the pen adapters! GAME changer!

I enjoyed making these TAGS as well for gift boxes. Just another dooo dad to add in your gift making ideas.

Well, I hope you find this post helpful not only to save you money on using the pen adapter but for using the concept of expanding all your written ideas. Card making is just one way I use pens, but I know I will find other projects and get creative with them. ENJOY!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Ministry, Ranch Life, The Boys

How to Help A Horse With An Abscess and Being Prepared Ahead of Time Will Put Your Mind at Ease

This last year one of our horse’s Bokoda had come up limping and it looked like he got kicked or pulled his shoulder. Each time he was dropping his shoulder. I never thought it was an abscess even though I checked his hooves each time. It’s always where I begin when they get injured and don’t know the cause.

Our farrier came out and told me it was an abscess already starting to heal. I could NOT see it at all. I really need to learn more on what they look like. The one he had before I could see clearly like a bubble but this time I missed it.

I would encourage you to look it up too. So you can compare. Also call your farrier. Mine doesn’t have an updated cell phone to get pictures but most do so you can take a picture and confirm with them. Once you know, now for the care and healing process. Here is the way we did it again, youtube is great for this.

Things you will need:

Bentonite Clay

5 drops Arnica essential oil (wonderful oil to have in your farm kit)

5 drops Rosemary Essential oil

5 drops Lavender Essential oil

8 drops Copaiba Essential oil (another awesome oil for healing)

baby diaper or bed pads

duc tape

vet wrap

The video is not the greatest but we had to get to work on this and believe it or not just 3 days later our son was called to receive a liver which we have been waiting for over a year! The adventure is here…incredible timing the Lord helped our horse before we would be gone for 2 months! Only our Lord knew all the details! God is good!

So thankful I will recognize his limp as this happened this year THREE times! WOW! Anyway…hope this helps you all in the horse world!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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

Select and Dilute

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

Why Essential Oils?

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

My Favorite DIY Blends

1. Fly Spray

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

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

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

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

2. Tick Spray

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

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

3. Wound Salve

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

4. Colic Rub

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

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

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

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

6. Proud Flesh Prevention

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

7. After-Bit Spray

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

8. Grooming and Detangles Spray

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

Such therapy for both human and horse

9. Hoof Conditioner (for abscess, check here)

Mix well and rub onto hoof

10. Muscle Rub

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

Why Rocky Mountain?

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

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

God’s blessings to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life

Delicious Hot Chocolate Pancakes or As My Dad Called them Flapjacks

I am excited to share this recipe because going into the winter season I always enjoy a good ol’ cup of hot cocoa…so why not start early in the morning adding a little breakfast bliss!

Our kids love pancakes or as my dad called them, Flapjacks, and especially when you can add whipped cream and chocolate, well too die for breakfast to get them rollin’ for the day is for sure.

With the church being at home this year, our Sunday mornings via video eating breakfast together has been a delight and this recipe has become a favorite!

Side note, ingredients that are highlighted for links to purchase not only help our ranch ministry, but truly we find these product to be the healthiest alternative to buying in a grocery store where product sits for long periods of time and is not fresh. Ingredients I go through a lot! So when you see a link, it is because we care for your health in every possible way!

Enjoy every bite and then some…it’s amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Cacao Powder
  • 2/3 c Organic Sugar
  • 3 c Sifted Flour
  • 1 tbsp. +1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. Cream of Tarter
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 c Buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp. Salted Butter, Melted
  • 1 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 c Heavy Cream
  • 5 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped
Sift together makes for a CAKE like pancake

Directions

  1. Whisk the cacao powder and sugar in a large bowl to break up clumps. Whisk in and sift together, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Gradually fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a large skillet over low to medium-low heat and smear on some butter covering the entire pan. Add 1/3 scoops ( I use an ice cream scooper) to the pan and cook until small bubbles form on the surface and the edges are dry. FLIP and cook the other side until golden brown on the bottom. Repeat until your batter is done.
  4. For the best part…the sauce…Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Top the pancakes with the chocolate sauce and marshmallows and sprinkles too!
Pour wet ingredients into dry
Chocolate pancakes and cream heating up for yumminess!
ooooo, so good!
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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

An Amazing Creamy Orange Mousse Served in a Chocolate Cupcake Mold will Delight Any Dinner Guests

My daughter and I love making desserts so this Christmas season we were making Hot Chocolate bombs and saw how the mold idea made for another combination we adore…chocolate and orange flavor! So we tried one of the molds into a cupcake liner putting lots of chocolate in it and filling it with an orange creamsicle mousse. OH MY…it turned out fabulous! PLUS, we put the mixture into our Krumkake AND onto our Hot Chocolate pancakes. YEP…we love holiday baking and this mousse makes for more than just dessert! Hope you find it as yummy as we did!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. I used my Kitchen aid with the whipped attachment.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, orange essential oil, juice, and salt and beat until combined.
    Gently fold in the whipped topping. If you’re using real whipping cream, place the above mixture into another bowl, beat your whipped cream with a tsp of sugar, then fold into your orange mixture.
  3. Place mixture in the refrigerator until ready to serve. In the meantime…
  4. Heat your chocolate wafers in a microwavable bowl until nice and creamy.
  5. Fill a paper or silicone muffin cup 1/4 full and brush chocolate up the sides. Make sure every area is full of chocolate. Place in freezer for 5 minutes then do again making a nice thick chocolate muffin cup. Peel off paper and place on serving plate.
  6. When ready to serve fill up each chocolate muffin cup with orange filling. Add a sprig of orange zest on top.

Since New Year’s is around the corner…this would make quite the treat to any appetizer and game night! Ring in the new year with yummy goodness!

Happy New Year! 2021 here we come!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life

Don’t you just love having something on hand you can pull from the freezer and make for guests or for a party? I sure do…plus this is something you can make ahead. Gotta love it!

I also like trying different cheeses with this appetizer. Not everyone loves Bri so try any of your favorite cheeses and make it your own.

Ingredients:

1- 8 oz sheet croissant dough

4 oz brie cheese, cut into cubes

3 tbsp cranberry rasins, finely chopped

3 tbsp. pistachios, finely chopped

1 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped, some for garnish

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

honey for garnish

rosemary

Directions: Preheat oven 375

  1. Roll out croissant dough onto a lightly floured area. Should be 8×12 size or so.
  2. Cut dough into squares making 24 squares. Using a pizza cutter cut 4 lines down 8″ side, and 6 lines down 12″side making 24 squares.
  3. Place brie cubes in each square. Mix pistachios and cranberries into a bowl and sprinkle on top of brie. Sprinkle a tinge of rosemary on top.
  4. Fold corners together on each cube lightly pinching corners together. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Whisk beaten egg with 1 tbsp of water for an egg wash. Brush egg wash on each cube. Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt on top.
  6. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes.
  7. Drizzle honey on top place on platter decorating with rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds.
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Food, Healing, Ranch Life, Treats

This Indeed Is the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe I Have Ever Made and SO Easy You Will Love It

A Long Haul

Spending 3 weeks in a hotel room and life upside down due to our son’s liver transplant, I was excited to arrive home for a week break and do some baking. I dreamed all the way home, (3 hours) of the recipes I wanted to make and seemly enough cookies were on the top of the list.

Being the season for cookie baking and what inspired me was seeing these new sugar cookie kisses. The kisses have cute little sprinkles in them and well….here ya go…my absolute favorite recipe! What makes it so special? The powdered sugar…and the joy of the time…our son’s long haul was heading in an upward climb vs. downward. Such a joy to make these and bring some back to him in a few days hopefully discharged! God is good…even with sugar cookies! You can read his miracle story here! Start from Nov. 1, 2020…amazing!

Dip jar in melted butter, sugar, then onto cookie

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 c. organic sugar
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh vanilla
  • 4 c. flour, plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
All spices I get from Starwest….truly fresh and organic. (link)

Extras: chocolate kisses, cookie cutters, old fashion sugar cookie with sugar sprinkled on top smashing using the bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Any way you choose these is amazing!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with a paddle attachment, add eggs and butter until nice and creamy.
  3. Add sugars and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Mix in a separate bowl flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  5. Slowly pour flour mixture into mixing bowl and mix until nice dough forms. Cover and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  6. The next part is how you want to make your cookie. If you want the kisses, form balls using a cookie scoop. Bake for 9-11 minutes then as soon as they come out of the oven, place your kiss in the middle.
  7. If you want to make cookie-cutter ones, roll out your dough, make your shapes, sprinkle sugar if you like, and bake for 9-11 minutes. Decorate more if you like.
  8. Lastly is the old-fashioned way, form your balls with a scoop placing an ungreased tray. Using the bottom of a mason jar, dipped in butter, then dip into organic sugar ( I put on a plate) smash ball forming a nice sugar cookie. To DIE FOR!!!

Enjoy all the ways you can bite into this cookie! I truly love it and so does the family after such a long haul! On our way to healing…Praise the Lord!

LOVE LOVE the sugar cookie kisses! They are perfect with this recipe!
Old fashioned sugar cookie

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and thank the Lord for the good and bad times,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

An Oatmeal Bundt Cake Where You Feel Like You Are Not Eating Unhealthy and Very Easy To Make For Any Occasion

Need a quick cake for a potluck or to make for guests? This cake is the ticket and you will be the hit of the party! I also love this cake to give to loved ones who are ill or need a bit of encouragement. It’s a beautiful touch of love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 c organic sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Oatmeal soak and covered while you prep other ingredients

FOR TOPPING:

  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1/2 c organic sugar with 1 tbsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp. hard and half or milk
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 c flaked sweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan. You can use a tube pan that the bottom comes out too. In a small bowl, combine rolled oats and boiling water. Cover and let it rest for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, molasses, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat again. Fold in oatmeal. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. add to the creamy mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan you are using and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake feels firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. DO NOT REMOVE CAKE FROM OVEN PAN. Mix the topping by combining the topping ingredients in a bowl. Spread the topping on top of the cake and put the cake back in the oven to broil for 2-3 minutes or until the topping becomes bubbly and the coconut is browned. Let the cake cool slightly before carefully removing it from the pan.

Put topping on top and broil for a couple of minutes
Beautiful!

Serve with a cup of your favorite tea and enjoy this wonderful, moist cake!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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