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5 Amazing Salads that Are Easy To Make and Easy for Leftovers

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

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

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

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

Southwest Salad

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

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

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

Make sure to have a fresh lime!

Simple Salad

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

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

Cabbage Salad

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

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

Craisin Salad

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

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

Brussel Sprout Salad

For the Brussel sprouts:

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

For candied almonds or walnuts:

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

For the Salad:

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

Directions:

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

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

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Thanksgiving this year took on a WHOOOOLLLLEEE new meaning!
Yep! For us when you almost lose a loved one to mental illness, struggles with ministry needs, son facing health issues with his liver again, and a daughter so far from home my heartaches.  I am just overwhelmed with thanksgiving!
It has indeed been a difficult 2019…but we face 2020 with a new vision.
(GET IT? New Vision? 2020?)

A Special way to engage in THANKS

I saw these special ribbons from Ever Thine Home. I wanted to make them myself but for $20 I couldn’t do it. There are 12 ribbons each having a different way of sharing thanks. Anywhere from describing a time in your past to sharing specific people whom you are grateful for. I loved it! And I think all of this year at the table did too!

Family and friends! Thanksgiving 2019 a year we will never forget and are grateful!

With this special way to begin our meal, our friend Lori made a delicious hot drink for us to enjoy as we cozy upped and had some wonderful conversations. This amazing drink is really easy and of course a wonderful presentation to show off to loved ones. She sure loved on us!

Yummy Apple Carmel Drizzle
goofballs…

Ms. Lori’s (she’s a teacher/mentor/volunteer/board member…) RECIPE!

Carmel Apple Drizzle Delight

  • Ingredients: Fresh is best…When you purchase from this herb market you are getting quality that hasn’t been sitting on a shelf. PLUS you help our ministry! 2 in1 deal!
  • One large Honey Crisp Apple

Whole Cloves

5 Cinnamon Sticks

1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder

  • 1-gallon Organic Apple Cider
  • 2 cups of heavy cream, whipped
  • Carmel sauce (melt your own, or buy the squeezed bottle kind)

Directions:

  • 1. Polk cloves an inch apart around the apple.
  • 2. Put Apple cider into Dutch oven on low heat.
  • 3. Place cinnamon sticks, cinnamon powder, and apple into Dutch oven.
  • 4. Simmer for 4-6 hours, covered.
  • 5. When ready to serve, put a tablespoon of caramel into each mug.
  • 6. Fill a mug with cider, top with fresh whipped cream, and drizzle caramel on top.

Enjoy…it really hits the spot on a cold winters night!!!!

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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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money. Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illnesses made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.Feeding Raw diet I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL! That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you? Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would have had? Well, this month I decided for our family we are changing. Feeding raw diet It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a Godsend! I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH!

Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:

*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dog’s age, weight, and activity level.
  • 10 lb. dog1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 20 lb. dog 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 40 lb. dog 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 60 lb. dog 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 80 lb. dog 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well! DE=Diatomaceous Earth Now…you want to know how to do this? Well, let’s get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend. Raw diet Cats…well…I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise! Here is a link to menu ideas! Leave a comment of your results! Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee Love this chart I got off of Pinterest. If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre-packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about! Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG Raw Meals for dogs If you’re ready to get started…begin here! God bless you and know you’re doing a great thing for your pet! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Our favorite homemade ranch style pancakes with a touch of lemon flavor are just enough to start your day with a boost!

One thing, if you use the lemon essential oil which I HIGHLY recommend, use only 1-2 drops. You can also add some real lemon zest too, but this is a wonderful way to add essential oils to your culinary cooking! Also, make sure you PUT THE ESSENTIAL OIL WITH YOUR MELTED BUTTER. This allows the oil to mix well as oil with oil gives the best overall flavor and won’t ruin the good properties of the essential oil.

 

 

 

 

Lastly is the Elderberry syrup which I have here on my blog.  Pour over your pancakes and enjoy the goodness.

Now let me know what you think! I want to hear especially if this is your first time using essential oils in your culinary cooking! So proud of you!

Enjoy!

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Ingredients:

2 whole lemons or 2 drops of Lemon Essential oils

2 1/4 cup of Almond milk

1 cup of Almond milk creamer

2 tbsp Vanilla

3 cups flour

¼ cup of sugar

1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tarter

¼ tsp salt

2 whole eggs, beaten

¼ cup butter, melted

Directions:

Zest both lemons. Set aside. If you’re using the essential oil, mix your 2 drops with the melted butter. Measure the milk and add the juice of one lemon or your essential oil and butter. Stir and let sit for 5 or so minutes and then stir in the vanilla.

Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt… Pour in the lemons mixture, stirring gently. When its half mixed, stir in the eggs.  If your batter is too thick add a little more milk.

Heat your iron skillet over medium heat. Next, add butter to grease your skillet, drop in a ¼ cup of batter and pour onto skillet. Cook the first side until you see bubbles and flip and cook until golden brown.

TIPS:

Adding blueberries or mashed bananas make this a whole new level of busting flavor! Just sayin’!

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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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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life
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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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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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
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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