Monday, July 14, 2014

Smoothies, Anyone...



Good Morning All!
It's time for our morning Smoothie!

Who wants one?!

I try to make at least 3 smoothies a week for my guys.
They are light and refreshing
and rather filling too...

Especially if you add in some protein powder.

Now, you can throw just about anything you 
want into your smoothies,
but our favorite around here is:

Fresh or Frozen Strawberries,
Bananas, Orange Juice, Protein Powder
and of course Ice!
*and every once in awhile I will add in a carrot or two
 or a handful of fresh spinach leaves,
 for an extra vitamin boost!*
But, that's a secret, don't tell anyone!

Now put it into a blender or a Nutri-Bullet and
 blend until you reach your desired thickness!


TA-DA!!
Now you can enjoy your liquid energy, 
vitamin packed smoothie!

Have a wonderful, cool day Friends!

Hugs,



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cherries, Cherries and More Cherries...


Do you all love cherries?
We do!
And, boy howdy have we been picking Cherries!
And Cherries!
And more Cherries!


We picked about a total of 50 some cups of Cherries!
Wow, right?!
It was a fun and sticky mess...


So, I got out my ol' water bath canner, my supplies for canning
and I canned some Cherry Syrup and Cherry Jelly!

Have any of you canned syrups or jellies before?
It is so much fun!!!
I LOVE CANNING!!!!!!!


Cherry Syrup
(This is my hubby and oldest sons favorite!)

First, you will have to boil down the cherries with about 3 c. water,
continue to boil until there isn't much of a cherry left
(it will look like mush with seeds)
strain your fruit in a mesh strainer or a cheese cloth to get all the juices out
I used about 8-10 cups of washed cherries.

3 c. prepared juice
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. corn syrup
3 Tbsp. lemon juice

Bring your water bath canner to a boil. 
*Do this step first, because it takes forever to come to a boil.*

Wash your jars and place them on a cookie sheet
 in a warm oven to keep till you are ready to start your canning.

Combine in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and skim off the foam.  
Pour your syrup into sterilized hot jars. 
Wipe around the rim of your jars with a damp cloth.
Place on your lid and ring and lightly turn it.
Place in your boiling water bath canner.
Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Makes 5-6 pint jars.

Never put a cool jar into a boiling hot water canner, 
the jars will break!

Now for the Cherry Jelly Recipe
click on the link below:

Thanks for stopping by
and please stop by again soon...

Happy Canning!

Blessings & Hugs,




Monday, July 7, 2014

Rejoice...



Be glad in the Lord and Rejoice, ye Righteous
and shout for Joy all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalms 32:11

Did you know that if you looked up the word Joy in the bible
you would find it 165 times.

I just find that truly amazing.

I choose JOY, how bout you?

I have been doing an online bible study on the Proverbs 31 woman
and in this study they direct us to use  blue letter bible
If you have never been to this sight before, I highly recommend it.

Look up the word Joy and see what you find.


When the morning stars sang together
 and all the sons of God shouted for JOY!
Job 38:7

Look up dear ones and see what 
the Lord is showing you today!

In God's Grace,




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July...


These are my son's boots...
Aren't they so Patriotic? 

We are so proud to be Americans
In this place of Freedom!

We need to continue to pray for our Country
before everything we have known is lost and forgotten.

One nation under God!
Always and Forever!

Remember who fought for our freedom
Say thank you to our soldiers, 
continue to pray for their safety!


Please be safe on this Holiday weekend!

And have a Happy Fourth of July!



In God We Trust!


Blessings,
Amy

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fun in the Mountains...


So, I promised I would get these pictures posted of our camping trip.
So, here you go!  Enjoy!

We all had a blast and we have lots of stories to tell.
I didn't take any pictures of our "Follow the Leader" hike, 
because I don't think the camera would have made it out alive!
Ha! Ha!


There were several deer right next to our camp
 and we were lucky enough to set and watch them graze each night.
Such amazing animals they are!


I took lots of pictures of the wildflowers!
I was trying out new settings on my camera.


I love this one, it's such a vibrant yellow!
It shouts Joy!
Isn't God's landscape just beautiful?!


Clayton is trying his hand at gold panning.
He didn't strike it rich,
 but he found some really pretty rocks!


Noah showing off the rock he climbed.
On one of the rock hikes, he slipped off and his 
big brother caught him with one hand before 
falling several feet down the mountain. 
Whew... that was intense for the moment!

 Thank God for big strong brothers!
And quick answered prayers!


My hubby, trying to catch some stream fish.
No luck... all the fish just disappeared!
Imagine that... Hee Hee!


And here's Marshall showing off his rock climbing abilities.
He got smart and asked if he could tie a rope to the top
and use that as a safety guide to help him down!
He gets that from his mama! :)

And, that is our little mini vacation to the mountains.
And, still praising God for no BEARS!

I hope you enjoyed your visit
Come again....soon!

Blessings and Hugs,
Amy

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hiking,Sliding and Bear Tracks OH MY!...



Hello All!

We have made it back from our little 
mini vacation to the mountains!

It was such a nice trip and I will post pictures
 when I have a chance to download them.

I did want to share a little fun (exhausting) 
family hike we went on while we were up there.

First off, my oldest son, Clayton says" I'm the leader!"
(I should have known to stay at camp at that moment)
So, we carried on to a trail up the road.
Mind you it's me, my hubby (in shorts) and my three boys.

My hubby says as we are walking, this should be an easy trail, 
they won't go far, we should be fine in shorts.  
Ya right! NOT!

The first half an hour walk was beautiful and scenic...
then... well let's just say we came to large boulders next to a dry creek bed,
my son, "The Leader" says come on, follow me.  
Ugh, okay?! How do you expect me to get up that?
Oh come on mom, it's easy!
Ya right! NOT! 
Easy, my eye...
After my hubby pushed me up the boulder, 
we were off hiking a bit harder by then...
Did I mention I was in shorts?
Scrape #1...

Then the supposed trail got a little thicker 
with poky bushes and more large rocks to climb. 
Scrapes and Scratch #10

Beautiful view, lots of deer...

We get to the very tippy, tippy top of this large beautiful mountain
and my hubby has to point out that there is a tree 
that has been freshly clawed by a bear trying to dig out termites!
I say Whaaaat?!!!!!!!!

I moved a little quicker through that part of the woods.
And, then my son says "oh and look at all the turned over rocks,
those bears must be hungry!" 
Seriously, Whaaaat?!!!!!

I was practically running up the steep mountain at this point.
While slipping and sliding...
I thought I was gonna pass out from fear and heat exhaustion!
(there was a bear running around up there, 
thankfully we never saw him)

Boys...

So, we get to the very top of the mountain where 
there is literally cactus and 
yucca plants growing because we are so high up. 
 (Like in the nose bleed section) 
Ya, that high!

And we start to climb down very carefully, we are slipping and sliding
 trying to hold on to whatever non thorny thing you 
can grab on to and my youngest son, 
Marshall drops his survival bag, doesn't know where it fell off at, 
so we had to search for his bag back up the mountain.
I was getting very tired and irritated at this point.
Thinking of ways become the Leader of this Hike!

Thankfully we found it and headed back down the mountain.
Whew....

Finally after a 2 1/2 mile hike in the wilderness for over 2 hours
we made it to camp in one piece....
well...sorta....
my legs were scratched and banged up pretty good.
Scrapes and Scratches #... I lost count!

I laughed so hard at one point, 
when I almost slid down the last part 
of the steep mountain to the road, 
it was either laugh or cry and I chose to Laugh!

Just for the Record (if anyone cares)
Clayton is no longer aloud to be the leader 
without telling us his official game plan
and the level of hiking we will be enduring!

Sheesh... I was one tired, worn out mama!

I should note that I have a let's just say
 a Gracefulness about me
 when walking on solid ground...

So when you get me on a
 rough trail like this one was well...
it was interesting to say the least.

Made the day full of laughter and stories!!

I'm so glad to be home...

Till next time,
Take a walk and enjoy the scenery if you can,
And watch out for BEARS!!!

Hugs,


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