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Food, Treats

Incredibly Easy

Time with our adult kids going through difficult trials called for a family time which includes a special meal! Desert being the finally! Chicken Potpie with a homemade crust, luscious fresh salad homemade dressing, and a too die for lava cake. It is so easy and fast, plus it can sit for a while so I could make it ahead of time to give me more time with the kids vs. being in the kitchen. Always a plus!

Really it is simple as you will see. Adding any spice helps make the chocolate stand out, but you don’t have to add any so I did make that part optional. If adding a fruit topping, it does indeed make the whole mouthful more amazing! This lava cake would make a wonderful Valentine dessert as well.

Chocolate Lava Cake

For the batter:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Mix above ingredients in a bowl making sure to scrap the whole bowl leaving no ingredients not mixed. Very important. Place mixture into an 8×8 glass pan. (doesn’t need greasing which is cool) Set aside while mixing lava.

Lava mixture

  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup organic natural cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup of HOT water (doesn’t have to be boiling just super hot)
All mixed and ready for Lava mixture
Cover totally with mixture up next is pouring water over the top

Mix sugar, molasses, and cocoa in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of your batter making sure to cover the whole area. Now…ready for the crazy part? Pour your HOT water over the whole thing. It looks weird and you will want to mix it, but don’t! Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is crusty. Important…place in your prepared oven but make sure to put a cookie tray under your pan as this may overflow in your oven.

Pay no attention to the hole in the upper right…too yummy to wait…

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream or our ranch favorite, raspberry filling. (heat a 2 cups of raspberries with 1/3 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until thick. Optional to add 1 tbsp. vanilla, homemade of course.)

NOTES:

Instead of baking powder which some brands carry aluminum, I use the combo of baking soda and cream of tartar. Also, did you know brown sugar is just sugar with molasses? Hence the above mixture and choose ingredients better for our bodies and our overall health. The above links are good reads.

Enjoy your days, be thankful daily, and

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life
Oh boy, do I remember the old time ornament and napkin ring idea! Entertaining guest, giving them as a gift, can dress up any holiday table. Ornament Essential oils A simple recipe, fun and safe for kids, and of course a wonderful way to teach children the art of giving. ornament essential oils Coming into a season of giving I wanted to create ideas for gift giving, table decor, and an activity to do with youth. Since we are past the little ones in the home and yet to have grandchildren, I thought of this old recipe to have the youth make for their loved ones. Plus, these little gems can be used all season and adding a heart or snowflake to the mix of cookie cutters…well… this could be an ongoing gift through the long winter months. Enjoy making these and being creative of how you can add them to packages, place them throughout your home for wonderful scents, or simple ornament to decorate your tree. ornament essential oils Recipe: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup warm water Mix flour and salt together, add water slowly while mixing with your hands. Form a ball, make sure they are not too sticky. Roll out dough onto floured surface and make your cut outs. After you place cutouts onto your cookie tray, make a hole by using a straw. You can also stamp on the cut out to give a little Scandinavian look. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or leave out on a tray for 2 or so days. After they dry, add a drop or 2 of essential oils to each one. We love using lemoncinnamon, peppermint, clove, and orange. Either individually or combining a couple. You can also paint them with acrylics to add a flash of color. NOTE: The organic oils are more expensive so in doing crafts, diffusing type of use I use the less expensive essential oils. When putting them in my teas, foods, or lotions I like to use the organic essential oils. Be creative! Ornament essential oils I am sure you will come up with great ideas! Send me pictures in the comments below…Love to see what you came up with! Adding ribbon or a pin back can be a way someone can use your napkin ring for other gift ideas. Attaching the ornament to a gift is my favorite way to use them. God’s blessings as you celebrate all the Lord has given you and your family! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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