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Food, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats

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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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Flowers and Fruit Cupcakes?

Yep, I thought we were little nuts to try our hand and adding some weird ingredients to our cupcakes, but…it’s Easter and we wanted to have some fun doing things a little different.

Lavender is our daughter’s favorite herb and essential oil. Even her dog loves it. Plus she is wacko for cupcakes. It must be the police officer in her, but really her hand at cupcake making is adorable so it all made sense for her to try this out.

Lemons is something I have been adding to most of my sweet type recipes only because I love the freshness and pop of flavor. Cookies, pancakes, and cakes in general lemons are the secret ingredient for me. So I encouraged Kinzey to put a lemon her batter. I think you will find these little gems a special treat as well! ENJOY!!! We did!

AHHH, the fresh smell of squeezed lemon!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 lemons, squeezed and zested
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. fresh vanilla (I make my own, recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup squeezed lemon juice (save the remainder for lemonade)
  • FOR THE LAVENDER FROSTING
  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. lavender herb, or 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. of milk (only if needed)
  • 1 drop of purple food coloring
  • some lavender herb for garnish
  • NOTE: We had to add an additional tsp. of lavender to get more taste. Test your frosting to see if it is your desired taste.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Whisk the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • squeeze lemons and set aside as well as zest from each lemon
  • In your electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Scrap sides and increase speed for 2-3 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and egg whites then add vanilla and half of lemon zest.
  • Slowly add half of dry ingredients mix well until combined.
  • Add milk and lemon juice.
  • Add remaining dry ingredients and beat well.
  • With an ice cream scooper scoop the batter into liners filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 16-18 minutes until the tops are set.
  • Let cool completely.
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • Add butter to your bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until creamy.
  • With the mixer at low speed slowly add the powdered sugar and lavender. Increase the speed of scraping the sides of the bowl.
  • Beat until fluffy. Add vanilla.
  • If the frosting is too thick add your milk. If too runny add more powdered sugar only a teaspoon at a time. When it is right for you to add your food coloring and mix. Frost your cupcakes and sprinkle on some lavender love for a garnish!

Make your own vanilla extract

I really steer away from extracts as you can take any of the flavors and make your own. All you need with the vanilla is 2 vanilla beans in a pint-size mason jar and fill it up with brandy. I use the cheap kind. Let is soak up and shake often for 4-6 weeks. It is to die for!

Let us know what you think and if you added any new flavors!

God bless,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating

Enjoyment of Cooking Together

With Dan being home full time and winter in high gear we both enjoy doing many things together. We love trail rides in the woods and working around the ranch, but when we can’t be outdoors we find some fun recipes to whip up together. The night before we watch an old movie from the 1950s and they were having breakfast out on a terrace in France. Beautiful scenery! But when they talked about their Quiche Lorraine of how flaky and rich the crust was, my mouth started to water! I said to Dan, “let’s make this tomorrow morning.” So we did, except with a twist.

Changing from Pie to Muffin

One thing about my man is his amazing gift of baking! Especially when it comes to pie crusts! So I let him take the lead on that end while made up what was going to be the filler. Dan loves eating in unique ways not just the same old thing so he decided to make the pie a muffin shape. I had these cute heart-shaped muffins silicone but he wanted to make sure they turned out since we hadn’t done this before so he opts out of cuteness and went with plain. It’s ok…Valentine’s isn’t upon us… yet.

Recipe Makes 6 Muffins

Ingredients:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Filler:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cooked sausage links, diced
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked diced
  • 2 slices ham, diced
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, split in half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Beat eggs and milk until blended. Add spices and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and only HALF of the cheese, save the rest to sprinkle on top of muffin cups.

For the pastry: Note, Dan suggests to use Crisco and slow and easy with water added as it is key to his pastry skills. And don’t play with the dough too much!

In mixer or blender:

1/3 cup shortening plus 1 tbsp.

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

Pulse until dough starts to form pea-size shapes. Place dough into a glass bowl. Sprinke 2 tbsp. of cold water blending with a fork. Add more water 1 tsp at a time until pastry is nice and moist and comes off the side of the bowl. Gather dough into a ball and place on a floured surface and roll out pretty thin. Using the top of a large mason jar lid, forming your round shape to place in your muffin pan. It will form a beautiful overlay looking like a flower curling. If you need to, shape more to get more of a decorative look.

Fill each cup near the top and sprinkle the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until nice and golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from muffin cups.

Ready to Enjoy

You and I may not be in France overlooking a beautiful view when we enjoy this delightful pastry, but we can sure dream with each chew!

It really does melt in your mouth!

Comment below love to hear from you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee AND Dan

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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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Food, Healthy Eating

This salad is so simple and so worth serving to your family or in your entertaining. It just takes a few ingredients and a whole lot of herbs to leave your insides dancing with goodness! Let me know what you think! Dan wasn’t liking it too much, so it will be one I just make for myself. He needs more MEAT on his plate! HA! Enjoy!

Fresh is best!
  • Baby Arugula
  • 2-3 radishes, sliced
  • 3 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 yam or sweet potato, season and bake
  • cooked chicken (optional for your meat man)
  • fresh parmesan, shredded
  • pinch rosemary
  • pinch of sage
  • pinch of oregano
  • pinch of basil
  • a sprinkle of dried dandelion
  • a sprinkle of dried goldenseal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • NOTE: you could add some scallions to this for a bit more punch and cayenne if you like a kick, just little pinches goes a long way.

Place sliced sweet potato or yam on a cookie sheet drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, orgeno, and cayanne. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Once your yam or sweet potato is done cooking and if you chose chicken, let both of them cool. In a bowl, add Arugala I used 3 handfuls than mix remaining ingredients, herbs, more salt and pepper if you like. Give it a nice toss and turn to make sure all the herbs and flavors have mixed well. Add your lime juice and toss again. Now it’s ready to serve!

Yummy!

Short and sweet and flavorful!

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Feeling Icky?

The temps are dropping really fast around this Minnesota state! We hit 1 above this morning and I was feeling a cold coming on. Drained from a weekend getaway with our son and being in wind and snow set me up for getting sick. PLUS, late nights and hotels. I needed to find something to make for not only myself but to keep in our freezer for a quick meal. When you’re not feeling well, it sure helps to have something you can heat up quickly and provides wonderful nutrients to fight the flu. The turmeric and black pepper help keep down inflammation and keep your body toasty as turmeric is a warming herb. The garlic and ginger help fight off the presence of bacterial or viral infections.

Found A Winner

I think you will find this soup tasty. Just look at the ingredients and you will see for yourself it is FULL of herbs and spices, plus veggies to help you feel better. Even if you’re not sick, it’s a good one to keep on hand. Let me know what you think or if you added something to improve it. Love it when we can help one another improve a recipe! Enjoy!

Ingredients: Spices I get from Starwest * (off to the right) so I always have FRESH herbs and spices. In a store, you never know how long they have been on the shelf. This goes for herbs too when I can’t grow them myself. If you have any herbs from your garden this will be an added benefit.

  • 3-4 scallions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • ginger to taste (I put in 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp basil (I added an additional sprinkle on top when serving)
  • 4 peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • kale
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. The first 3 ingredients put into your Dutch oven with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Let them sauté until a nice aroma.
  2. Add carrots, zucchini, turmeric, black pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme basil, and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Add potatoes, cover and let boil for 30 minutes.
  5. Add kale and simmer for additional 10 minutes
  6. You can add cooked hamburger or chicken. My man loves his meat!
  7. He also loves dumplings, which of course he added…what a guy!
YUMMY for the tummy and to help you fight the bug!

Hope you try it…I think you will find this an awesome recipe anytime of the year!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and keep it natural when you can,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Say bye bye soda

In Minnesota, we call soda pop…but, either way, this is a beverage full of sugar and fake colors that eat away your gut flora. Do you want a better way to enjoy the fizz and flavor? Well, here is a recipe for homemade ginger ale.

What you will need

For a nice Limeade:

2 cups of water
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, or ginger root (I keep on hand for my teas)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lime juice

Place water, basil, and ginger into an enamel or glass pot. Let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 hours allowing the herbs to steep and bring on flavor. Add honey and stir while the water is still hot. Serve warm in winter months, or add ice in a pitcher and serve with ice cubes and lime slice for garnish.

Ginger Ale

First, you need to infuse your ginger making a base. Here is what you need.

4 cups of water
4 tbsp. fresh ginger grated, or ginger root
1/3-1/2 cup honey (or less taste add more if you like)

Place water and ginger into an enamel pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1-2 hours. Using a metal strainer, strain herbs, and water into pour bowl. Now add your honey to your ginger infusion. I put this into a mason jar so I have my base ready to go for drinks or teas. It last only 3-4 days so use often!

To make your ginger ale, add base 1-2 tsp really up to you on taste and mix with Kombucha or carbonated water. Add ice and lime slice for garnish. 
Absolutely awesome and good for your digestion too!


If you have a juicer…

What you will need:

Fresh ginger about a fist full. Cut up and place into your juicer. You should get about 2 cups. I use a pint size mason jar and it is full when I am done juicing.

Measuring right from the jar no waste!

Take only 1 cup of the juice and equal parts of honey. So 1 cup. Remember, real honey comes in a mason jar and all mason jars have measuring right on the glass so you don’t have waste. I think that is pretty cool!

Keep my base in a pretty jar for serving guest. They can add as much as they like.

Now mix or shake your jar full of ginger juice and honey making sure it is well mixed and pour into a nice serving bottle. I like to keep on my counter and allow for guests or family to add however much they want to their own soda.  Shake the bottle before you pour into a glass and add carbonated water or Kombucha over the juice. Add ice and garnish. SO yummy!

Great dinner party drink and festive too!

Enjoy and let me know if you tried it!

Sure is refreshing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Tea is sure my thing

There is no doubt I love tea! I love making my own blends to preparing specific teas for illness and building immune systems. I love anything tea!

Tea cups, tea blends, herbs, and yes even making tea cup cards!

Comment below get free pattern

If you make a comment below and want the pattern, I can email it to you. Of course, free of charge! We are all about that around our ranch ministry. When you click and purchase from any link, you are helping us reach kids in need of hope and healing!

What you will need

Pattern background paper preferably prints on both sides. Here are my favorites for this project.
Anna Griffin Collection
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Collection (love this one for lots of stamping and gift ideas)
Tag Die Cut (use your background paper to match)
Washi Tape
Washi Tape (for planners too)
Bling of course!

Add the tag either tape or let hang while wrapping around handle.

Great Greetings

Now you have an adorable card to give to a loved one or attach to a gift. I make up a tea blend and put inside a little bag.
I also will add a verse to the tag for extra encouragement. 

A side note if you are making your own blends, put the herbs on the tag or somewhere on your card. This will help your receiver know what’s in it just in case they can not have a certain herb.

Enjoy making your little tea cup greetings! They are adorable!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Why is this so good for you?

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

What does each ingredient do?

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

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

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

How to prepare:

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

 

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

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

Mix after putting milk in until just before a boiling point

Why the links to these herbs?

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

All in all, you will be one happy camper!

I hope you like your traditional yogi tea!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

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

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

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

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

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

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

TIPS

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

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

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

Paw Pad Protection

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
YES…it’s true! Tons of folks are now on the elderberry bandwagon and to get your elderberries will be more of a challenge. The elderberry shortage is happening so start ordering TODAY! Starwest still has some but not many if you click here. (affiliate link) Also if they are out of order you can have them email you when they come in. Many recipes are on the internet for the famous elderberry syrup, which also makes for the elderberry craze! Truly I love this stuff! It really works! What a great gift to give a loved one! Just 1/4 cup alone or in my tea a couple of times a day I can fight off a cold or flu bug. It is awesome on ice cream and pancakes too. I also put it in my Kombucha for an added boost in the morning. Kick Out Soda Here is my recipe along with other ideas to use your elderberries. Don’t delay…order today! And make up a big batch of the syrup so you have it on hand! Are you looking for a way to use essential oils more often instead of the “go to” drugs? Along with herbs, essential oils can help your body fight off infections and get your body back to wellness. Here is a link of a series of videos to help in your health and wellness with essential oils. I love Dr. Z. He is very open as well as helpful! Love deeper, talk sweeter and make your own elderberry syrup today! Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down. Lavender Lemonade Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers. Ingredients: 1 cup of raw honey 5 cups of pure water 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender 6  organic lemons, squeezed Lavender sprigs for garnish Elderberry syrup for color Directions: 1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. 2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes. 3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container. 4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost! 5. Refrigerate Lavender Lemondade For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry) Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. UTI For during the day: Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your workday for a natural stress reliever. Lavender is my go-to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well. Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life, Thyme Out
I really don’t like writing grants. For the most part, they require SO much info I often am just overwhelmed with it all. But, in ministry, it is one thing we have to continue to do or at least try. Last year I was knee deep in the dirt in my home. Not from not cleaning, but from filling little eggshells and growing pots full of seedlings. At the same time, I was writing a grant from our local Essential Health organization,   St. Joseph’s Foundation:  Planting, writing, planting, watering, horse chores, and more writing. In the process, I thought of the perfect project. An herb garden! Hence not just for us, but for our horses. I have always wanted to create a place where the horses could graze freely with natural herbs. Herbs that I know they would each benefit from. Bokoda deals with allergies’ and now and then runny stools. Nugget will occasionally need something for a runny nose. Nugget is really healthy but it’s always good to have things for him to choose. Therefore I got busy planning out what herbs would be great for them. Again, knee deep in dirt, I started planting seedlings of  Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Lavender, Valerian, and Marshmallow. I added Echinacea Purpurea later and of course the herbs of parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano. We also had many herbs natural to our environment. In May, we got the grant! I was ecstatic! As a result, we now had the freedom to develop this new project which we named, “Thyme Out” Pasture and we could really see if it would help our animals health and ours. Fancy that…it did! We began using the herbs in teas, tinctures, and syrups, plus all the salves for injuries and bug bites and we were OVERWHELMED at the results! Bokoda had NO coughing. If Bokoda would show signs of a runny nose or stools, I would give him his regimen of immune boost herb blend and he was showing wellness in just a couple of days. We replaced all treats to just herbs and apples, and homegrown carrots, parsley, and thyme. Some herbs were wild around the ranch. It became such a wonderful teaching tool in our sessions. As they would help water, or weed we would talk about the herbs and how they help us in our illnesses. In the sessions at times, they would bring a horse to the pasture and see for themselves what the horse was needing that day. How they would walk by some and devour others. One day we had a group of guys from our local Teen Challenge for a session. We had the guys in the round pen with the horses holding one or two jars of herbs. Each jar was labeled with the name of the herb and its properties. If the horse came to them, they would share what the herb is and what it was good for. At the same time, everyone was learning and observing if the horse would choose or would walk away and choose another. It was fascinating for all of us! Do you know what is really awesome about doing this project? 1) We were able to let families that came for sessions who were in need, pick herbs or veggies to bring home. 2) We could make many tinctures and salves using the herbs to help all year round, especially right now in the days of below zero temps and confinement to the indoors where germs grow. 3) Our vet bills were down 4) Our health is better as well as no trips to the doctor. The herbs in teas have helped along with the essential oils. 5) We have gained a TON of knowledge and look forward to continuing our learning. 6) Our bunnies and horses enjoy the herbs all year round. How nice they can have fresh parsley, carrots, plus all those other herbs throughout the winter months. 7) We are able to enjoy veggies as well by a wonderful harvest and canning. 8) We have been able to share the teas and our love for this project to others hoping they too will start growing more herbs and begin to change their health habits to more natural living. Most of all, we are thankful to  St Joseph’s Foundation for allowing us to try something new and giving us a chance to make a difference in our ranch as well as the community. Amazing! I hope you will try it this Spring. Start now! Plant those seeds in your home and get them strong! I did create on scratch paper a garden plan. Knowing where to plant certain seeds. This helps you get an idea what will grow well where. Here is my favorite source for seeds: LOVE LOVE the flower collection. I say…begin planning NOW! Medicinal Cooking Flowers God’s blessings in living a simpler life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee ***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The herbs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats

OOO La La! I love Elderberry and it is SOOOO awesome for you! Elderberry is our GO TO herb when we are coming down with something and especially if we already are in need of a boost.

You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below)

Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course, we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family!

We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad long ago called them foxtails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories.

Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb!

I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun!

Using syrup and Blood Orange sparkling juice

Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below)
Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice
Top with an orange slice if you like

So pretty…you can stir it up or serve with a swivel stick

This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Rose Hibs herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink.
If Bulk Herb is out of Christmas Tea to blend her is my recipe:
1 Cup of Hibiscus Flower
1 Cup Rose Petals
1/2 Cup Rose Hibs
1/4 Cup of Cinnamon Chips
1/8 Cup Whole Cloves
Orange Peel and Ginger Root about 2-3 tbsp each

In a  mason jar glass:
put 1/2 cup of your blended tea cooled
3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup
Fill glass with crushed ice
Put a lid on your jar and shake.
Take the flat part of the lid and pour it into your fun glass about 1/2 full.
Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz.
I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve.

Elderberry Raspberry Mocktail
Raspberry Hibiscus Tail

The last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!


*Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup raw honey
1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and a tablespoon of ginger root
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Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into a strainer over an easy-pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here!

Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness! I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this! This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as a syrup over your favorite ice cream too. For any occasion, you will impress your family and friends with this special drink! So here ya go: 4 cups of water ¼ Sassafras bark 2 tbsp organic anise seed 2 organic Vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract ½ tsp organic Licorice Root 10 organic Juniper berries 3 large organic Hops Flowers (optional but love the flavor)

How to Make:

Place 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

To make into a soda:

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture. Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! ENJOY it we sure did!!!
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Food, Jarrin

Six Best Cocoa Recipes

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six great blends I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is always nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds.
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love too if you are serving to a guest.
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy! Starwest is amazing and offers FREE shipping which I have on the links.  The cute sweater mugs you can find here.
Every time you order from this blog link you are helping our ministry.
Thank you!

 

The Base: 3…2…1

3 Cups confection sugar (powdered…I have to say that because I get these mixed up sometimes…HA!)

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder then add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label
TIP: If you like malted milk flavoring you could add malt powder too

Now that you have the base you can play with these fun recipes! The syrups I like to have on hand for a splash of sweetness but also like to add it to my teas instead of honey. They do add to hot chocolate bars too!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This has been a popular one. You can get the KICK without the cayenne, but cayenne is good for you so why not!

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle 

1/8 tsp sea salt

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)
Rose Syrup for sweeter taste

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic Clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels
Caramel Syrup

Mix

With each of these, I placed in a small jar and topped with some of the spice. Just for fun!

Each cup of hot chocolate I put 2 heaping teaspoons into my mug. You can surely add more of anything to your liking!

The best part is to add whipping cream really a MUST!!!!

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think or what variety you came up with!
Love to hear what you created!
God’s blessings and keeping cozy warm,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Do you need something to soothe an upper respiratory passageway, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers?
Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go!

Around the ranch, I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day.

**We do not claim in these posts that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals.

For Upper Respiratory 
Basic Vapor Rub:

8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil)
3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency)
25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Glass Mason  Jars

How to:
1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until the wax melts. Stir consistently.
2. Remove from the stovetop and add essential oils.
3. Right away pour the mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling.
4. Label
Wonderful for those achy nights trying to sleep.

If you want a stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while the mixture is still hot.

Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears!

Salve is liquid until cooled.



Infuse these Herbs: Follow Infusing directions here.

Lavender
*Calendula Flower (easy to grow)
Chickweed Leaf
Comfrey Root or Leaf
GoldenSeal
*Lemon Balm
*Plantain Leaf
*Yarrow (natural fever reducer)
*St. John’s Wort
** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawn-out and soothing properties. Plus these really should be in your collection as “go too’s” for immune-boosting herbs and strength. Once you have your infused oil follow next steps:



1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil
5 Tablespoons Beeswax
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing)
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Glass mason jars



Directions:
1. In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil.
2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with a loose lid.
4. Label
** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me,
Tea Tree

Once hardened you can put more loose herbs on top

Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising are much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family!

Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you!
Let me know what you think! You may help someone else with your comments!

*Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
I just love making my own natural dog treats! And guess what? So does our dog! They are not only good for him, but I get to add my own touches with ingredients he loves! You can too! These recipes are easy to add other ingredients like cheese is a one I hear many have done. I would love to hear what you created so please comment below. I am sure other dog lovers would enjoy reading what you came up with! Have fun and teach some new tricks…they will learn QUICK with these treats! Directions for all the treats are below and the doggy paws and bones from Amazon just are TOO cute! Makes a great gift too! DOGGY TREATS Peanut Butter Paws: 2 Cup of Organic Oats ½ Cup of flour ¼ Cup Flax Seed 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter t tbsp honey 1 Egg 1 Cup of water Smokey Bones: 1 cup of Wheat flour (Use regular flour if your pup is sensitive to wheat) 1 Cup of Organic Oats ½ Cup regular flour (or more wheat) ½ tsp of sea salt (optional) ¼ tsp Liquid Smoke 1 egg ½ Cup hot water may need to add more to bind Healthy Pumpkin Treats: ½ cup canned pumpkin 4 tbsp molasses ( I use honey) 4 tbsp coconut oil 2 Cups flour (use oats if your pup is sensitive) ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon Directions for all recipes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  1. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until combined
  3. Scoop out small spoonfuls and form into balls or put into cute doggy cookie makers
If you place on cookie sheets make sure to grease well.
  1. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  2. After they cool, I place my treats in a gallon size mason jar. Make SURE they are cool, if they are too moist they will mold quickly. I keep some in the freezer and take out enough for just a few days allowing them to thaw.  The treats last months when frozen.
** Be aware of any allergies your pet has. You will want to avoid any ingredients there has been a reaction in the past. Have fun! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors.

We love taking the time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing.

When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish.

Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really overpowering if you do.

The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish.

I am a substitute queen so I know what it’s like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that!

I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it at an upcoming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking!

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me)

2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop)

Dash of Sea Salt

Ground pepper to taste

½ onion quartered

1 orange squeezed the juice

1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil

Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice

Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce for about ½ hour before it is done.

Ingredients for Sauce:

4 TBSP of butter

2 TBSP of powdered mustard

4 TBSP of Organic Honey

3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste)

4 TBSP of Grand Marnier

Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish

Directions for Sauce:

Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner.

 

 

 

 

Finish the Dish

Check your chicken with a meat thermometer for doneness. Remove the chicken from your pan and drain the fat. Place chicken back into pan and add the 1/2 of the sauce.

Let simmer for 10-15 minutes and during this time prepare your rice or veggie.

To plate the dish, put some sauce on plate, rice in a ball, now add your chicken. Finish by pouring remaining sauce over the chicken.

Your mouth should be bursting with flavors!

If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way, but truly the recipe taste so much better with the added orange flavor and boost. The liquor is burned off in the cooking process if that helps.

Oh we loved this meal! Served with brown rice is our favorite. We hope you enjoyed it too. Please comment below if you tried it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Herb Basket, Living Naturally
HI ALL Who wants to be WELL? There are SO many myths out there to make you believe you are eating or trying to eat healthy but still have symptoms in your daily life. One that popped out to me was taking the birth control pill to ease menstrual cramps. By just adding herbal foods into your daily routine diet can get you off harmful drugs and get your body well! Well, watch her video and find out WHY this one and others are lies that are not getting to the ROOT of you issues. Recently I discovered someone who I feel compelled to share with you. Her name is Magdalena Wszelaki, and she is going to be doing a free workshop sharing her journey back to health after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as well as several other conditions all rooted in out of balance hormones brought on by stress and environmental toxins. Her secret: food and specifically the right foods for her body. You see, a lot of women believe that they are “eating pretty healthy.” Maybe you are one of them.

But if you are suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalances including PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, fibroids, estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, low libido… just to name a few, then you owe it to yourself to register now for Magdalena’s free workshop: “How to Use Food to Rebalance Your Hormones.” Register here >>  https://xa202.isrefer.com/go/cfb1/a353/ 
(Can’t make that time? No worries. Register anyway and Magdalena will send you the replay link.) During this workshop you will learn:
  • How to make delicious breakfasts, snacks and quick meals that support your hormones.
  • Why you are “eating healthy” but still feel tired, sluggish and sick.
  • How the gut, liver and sugar levels control your hormones.
  • How food can reverse weight gain, depression, and fatigue.
  • 30 healing foods for your thyroid, adrenals, menopause, weight, hair loss, cellulite, PCOS, hot flashes and more.
So check it out and get registered asap. The workshop is free but space is limited. Register now! 
https://xa202.isrefer.com/go/cfb1/a353/ Be well and Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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