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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Ranch Life

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

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

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

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

Preparing jars and lids

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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

Yummy treat!

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

WHY DANDELIONS ARE SO WONDERFUL:

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

  • good source of calcium and Vitamin K
  • helps with bone loss hence the above
  • the fiber in the root which is helpful for bone loss as well as gut health improving digestion and constipation
  • full of potent antioxidants
  • helps fight inflammation
  • may reduce cholesterol
  • helps fight sugar cravings
  • may lower blood pressure
  • helps aid in healthy liver
  • may aid in weight loss
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Don’t you just love to have a salad that is not only quick and easy to throw together but amazing to your taste buds? Well, these are my top 5 favs. I think you will like them as well and the dressings will add an extra punch to each one!

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

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

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

Southwest Salad

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

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

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

Make sure to have a fresh lime!

Simple Salad

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

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

Cabbage Salad

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

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

Craisin Salad

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

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

Brussel Sprout Salad

For the Brussel sprouts:

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

For candied almonds or walnuts:

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

For the Salad:

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

Directions:

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

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Ranch Life
Ok…let’s get this straight. I do not like to do laundry. BUT, I am NUTS about a new alternative soap I have been using all summer. It is AMAZING! Smells like fresh air AND best of all…it is indeed from nature! Soap Nuts. Yep…that is what they are called! So…you see why I am nuts? MANY BRANDS OF LAUNDRY SOAP OUT THERE There are many brands of soap you can purchase and as you know we are all about natural. We don’t want to put anything bad into our bodies or on our skin, let alone into the pipes of our homes. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients not only in food but in products you use every day. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…should you know more of what is in it? .Soap Nuts If you don’t have time, here is the NUT craze in a nutshell. (sorry couldn’t resist) The Soap Nuts  (I love these and the organic cloth bags Starwest Botanicals carries I use to put the nuts in and I also use these bags for my teas) affiliate links Pros: *totally natural and non-toxic *can be re-used 7 times * you can travel with them * unscented if you like that (recipe for liquid is at end of the blog) Cons: *inconvenient-soap nuts need to be put in a sachet when used in the wash. Hey, need to dry out or else they will go moldy. *if laundry is really dirty you will need to wash twice *unscented so if you like the scent I just add essential oil to the soap nuts or directly into the water..works great. If you prefer a liquid Laundry Recipe: 1 1/2 quart of water 30 Soap Nuts Essential oil of your choice my favorites (Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Orange, Ylang ylang  Pour hot water over the soap nuts and steep for 30 minuets to an hour. You can also steep overnight. After steeping, cover soap nuts and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You will have a nice quart or more of liquid. You can reuse the soap nuts for another batch. You can skip the soaking and go straight to adding one and a half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add you’re essential oils. Use 4-6 tbsp of liquid. I also add Borax powder because of our hard water. Your clothes will smell like they have been blowing in a summer breeze! REALLY! MY GREENFILLS affiliate link  They contain NO UNSAFE chemicals They send you a refill which means you can help cut down on plastic waste. Pros: *plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients *washes well *uses real essential oils (no phthalates) *has an unscented option *creates no plastic waste or bottles *gets delivered to your door *does not contain brightness, artificial dyes, phosphates or petroleum-based surfactants Cons: You need to mix the solution yourself (but really…how hard is that?)  My GreenFills  will  offer you something special and they agreed to send you 50 LOADS FREE. You just have to pay shipping of $7.99 in the U.S. and international rates overseas. Check this out for comparing to the “natural” Tide brand and Seventh Generation: NO matter which one you choose…you will notice a difference in your skin and overall health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways of building a cleaner environment for your whole family! God’s blessings and smelling clean and fresh! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Some days you just need a little pick me up. A little smile. Something to give you a boost! The winter has indeed been VERY long. It is April 16 here in Minnesota and we just got another 6 inches of snow on top of 10″ last week. I’ve had it! So I decided to make up some smiles of goodness. These little treats are fast and easy to make plus they are made with wonderful ingredients that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Silicone molds come in a pack of fun shapes will bring on, even more, smiles plus they’re inexpensive! Adding the smile treat to the tops of desserts, ice cream, or a little touch of delight to a tea dish for sure will add that smile! I know the snow will melt…ONE DAY…but until then…onto making some goodies! Chocolate smile Ingredients: 1 cup Coconut oil 1/2 cup of Organic Honey 1/4 cup Organic Cocoa Powder Directions: 1. Place oil and honey in a saucepan on simmer. 2. Add cacao stirring constantly. 3. Add your favorite essential oil 1-2 drops. I like orange or lavender. I split the mixture so I had 2 favors. 4. Pour into molds and freeze for 45 minutes. Chocolate smiles Pictures edited with Pic Monkey. Great program, easy to use! Chocolate Smile These little treats are fun to make for any occasion. I put mine in a mason jar and keep in the refrigerator and pull them out whenever I need a pick me up or to share with guests. We will be having 20 guests coming to the ranch for a visit in the snowy conditions tomorrow so these treats will be fun to share. Hopefully, they will put a smile on their faces! I am making hot cocoa too. I can’t believe it…APRIL and I feel like it’s December. Oh well… Enjoy and have a happy smiley day! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Chlorine bleach is doum hypochlorite, a solution of chlorine and diluted sodium hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the chlorine evaporates as a gas from the bleach solutions at a high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed or prolonged. YUK YUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm How safe is Hydrogen peroxide? I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge! http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide Why add vinegar? Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf) From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% white vinegar will kill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning. Your very own DIY Bleach Mix in an amber spray bottle 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions) ½ tsp Tbsp citric acid 1 cup water ½ cup  apple cider vinegarmother” on a label 5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend) Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle. I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use. Tips on cleaning your home click here! In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why! Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below. God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Love these quick to use toilet bubbles! I won’t call them what the world is calling them…just don’t like the term, so bubbles are my word! I love these because it only takes a minute to drop them into your toilet and scrub and clean quickly! For this time of year with bugs flying around getting sick easily, well I need a quick and easy cleaning. Plus, it is all natural keeping our home free of unwanted chemicals!

Isn’t it nice to know you can have your children help do the chores around the home because you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals in the products they are using? I AM! Breathing in toxins like bleach can be extremely harmful especially over time. So get rid of the junk and make NEW, CLEAN, AND FREE of harmful ingredients! Here ya go…easy to make, easy to use! 1/2 Cup citrus acid 1 1/2 cup baking soda 30 drops of Immune Strength essential oil 30 drops of Organic Lemon essential oil You can add another favorite oil if you like, I love the citrus ones like Orange, Lime, or Tangerine. 1/4 cup Water, may need more Silicone candy trays 1) Mix first 2 ingredients. I use a whisk for this. 2) Next, add you’re essential oils. Mix well. 3) For the water, you will want to add slowly just a little at a time and mix with your hands. You will add as much water as needed to make the mixture stick together. You will feel like your childhood days of playing with wet sand. Once it holds together, you can put into your molds. Once filled, let dry for about an hour then take a knife and scrape the top to get them smooth. Any leftover from your bowl or this process put in your toilet and have a good clean! Allow drying for 24 hours before placing them in an airtight container. I use a mason jar of course! I assure you by switching to using all natural home cleaning supplies will make you and your family healthier and free from harsh chemicals. Congrats on making that choice today! Plop in your bubbles and see how wonderful your bowl will be! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation but will offer you healing as well. These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind. There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special! (If you want a visual click link on the bottom of page) Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle. The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I create better. I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here are the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath. First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for the color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles. Dry Ingredients: 1 Cup Baking Soda 1 Cup Arrow Root Powder 1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar) 1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful) **Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub. Mica for sparkle Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at the end to make one colorful bubble) Time To Make: Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl
  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted
Mix with your hands. Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds. Next, add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that. You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowl if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.
  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)
Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump. Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well. If you want a different color for the other half, then get some of your bases, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb. Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on a tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes. Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts! Let dry on a tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into a ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up. A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and gives you a wonderful spa experience. Herbs for Color Choices: Turmeric (yellows) Saffron (yellows) Expensive Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink) Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for a pretty top) Lavender whole (add for the smell, not color) Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks) Carrot Powder or juice (orange) Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green) Blueberry Juice (purple) Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look. Essential Oil Blends: I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING! Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite! Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil! Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles: Peppermint Lavender Chamomile Myrrh Tea Tree Grapefruit HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body! God bless you! Love deeper, talk sweeter Are you a visual person like me? Click HERE
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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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Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? SO FUN TOO! Here is what you will need: 1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below) 3 tablespoons of shea butter 4 tablespoons of Beeswax 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional) 2 teaspoons of Honey 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine) 1/4 teaspoons Vitamin E Oil Stardust Mica  Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire) Directions: 1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted. 2.) After it’s melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root. 3.) Next, add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING! 4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to the liquid form to pour easily. I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth. *** peppermint oil and the cocoa powder make great gifts for anyone on your list One of my Infused Oil DIY The herbs below are wonderful for your infused oils the one * is the DIY link. Rose Petals Lavender Buds *Calendula Flowers Lemon Balm Cloves Beet Root ( want this for your color too) Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending) Comfrey coconut oil Another way to infuse herbs into an oil: 1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on the jar. 2. Set jar on top of the towel in a crockpot filled with water, on a warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode. 3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have an Herbal Infused Oil!  Label and put in dark place. So much fun making these for me and my loved ones! Hope you find it just as enjoyable! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Our boys just love treats! We do many tricks with these guys so we always like to reward them for going the extra mile. We do not treat our boys by hand with the kids we serve as this can lead to bad behavior from the horse. They can get a little nippy or aggressive so we will treat them by placing the treat in a bucket. When I am asking the horse to bow, one of the tricks, I will give it to the horse versus the child. I would suggest implementing some good behavior training for yourself as well. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy horse! Hope you find the recipe enjoyable to know you are giving your horse the best. Not only from your kitchen but from the heart as well. Ingredients
  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Herb of your choice (or two)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • Favorite herb
  • 1 cup rolled oats NOT QUICK
  • 1 cup flour
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, coconut oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, seed, herbs, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet.
  6. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Let cool.
Because there are natural ingredients in these treats, you must keep in a dry cool place and use within a couple of weeks. I am SURE your horses won’t mind! It is a treat that is healthy and safe! You gotta love that feeling! Store these treats in a glass mason jar or a sealed bag. I don’t like to use glass around the ranch, but it does help to keep the treats much fresher. Enjoy and Love deeper, talk sweeter Lee
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Health, Living Naturally
Dirty dishes! YUK! Glass that I love getting all foggy like even though the package says it won’t streak! Well, so done with that I am making my own! I looked for a way to make my own little dish capsules that will clean my dishes using only natural soaps and not perfumes. I put together this recipe and it works AWESOME SAUCE!!! I think you will like it too! Remember it hardens quickly so put your mixture into ice cube trays or molds. I love the silicone ones like flowers. If for some reason yours are not drying or hardening fast, leave them overnight before taking them out of the silicone trays. They look adorable in the jar too! Enjoy making your home become naturally clean inside and out! God bless! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee

Natural Dishwasher Soap Capsules

Ingredients (using no Borax) : Directions:
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Gradually add vinegar little bit at a time and mix well (some fizzing will occur and the mixture will start to clump) You may not need the entire amount of vinegar,  add it a little at a time.
  3. Mix in castile soap and lemon essential oil
  4. Pack well into two ice cube trays (take your time doing this and make sure they are well compacted)
  5. Set ice cube trays or your silicone one out to dry for at least 24 hours in a sunny spot
  6. Take tabs out of trays and store in a tight-lidded container
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