Thursday, July 19, 2018

Carrying On...


Hello!  It's been awhile and I thought to myself
I have a minute to share
 something quick with you all.
(Smiles)

It's been one crazy busy summer.

Going here and there and filling our
 days with lots of activities.

Camping
Fishing
Swimming
BBQ's
Hanging out with friends & family

The one and only thing I can truly say about this summer is
 that I am so OVER this heat!
And this humidity has been awful.
You have to remember we live in this desert place 
where high humidity is very uncommon.

But, we carry on. 
 Cause in Reality, there is nothing we 
can do about the heat or humidity.

I woke up this morning with hardly a voice
and I thought what the heck!

Oh well...guess I'm meant to stay quiet today.
And that's okay, I'm carrying on..

Some things are completely out of our control
and we need to accept the things we can not change.

We need to Carry On...

We need to Carry On and ask God to handle the things 
that we simply can not do ourselves.

So many people are struggling with all sorts of things,
health, bills, worries, fears, anxiety,uncertainties of the future
and the list goes on...

I'm telling you, we still have to Carry On with our days.

God has got all these things covered.
Trust Him,
 Lay them down and Carry On!

Don't let the struggles of yesterday, your past, 
today, the week, the month
heck even the years to come 
Define You!

God is defining you, let Him do His job and
CARRY ON!

Okay I feel better now....

I hope this post encourages you and inspires you.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder
that God is in control of all things!


I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Until next time.....

HUGS & BLESSINGS,

AMY






Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Busy, Busy...

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I'm Here! I'm Here!

Just thought I would pop in real quick and say HELLO!

May is a very busy month for us.

School is coming to a close and the little boys have 2 weeks left,
big boy is done with college classes until this Fall.

We are getting things ready for our
 annual friends and family camping trip.
Memorial weekend fun!!

Every day I try to get things put in the camper, 
so it's not so overwhelming before we go.

My hubby planted grass seed, 
so I've been watering morning and night.
Plus, there's all the other things that need tending to.

We have had family home and that was
 busy, busy for about 10 days.
We miss them all ready!

Mother's Day Barbecue and a relaxing day!

Vet appointment for our Daisy Girl.

Lots of errands have been ran and 
many more to follow I'm sure. HA!

We have been praying daily as we are in a drought
 and we are now inundated with grasshoppers!

Grasshoppers will eat and destroy anything in their paths.
So, as my mom in law was praying she asked for flocks of birds
to come in and eat the grasshoppers!
Guess what?  The birds have come!!
We've never seen so many birds on our property!
Thank you Jesus!

We are continuing to pray for these birds and for rain!!

The month of June is gonna be just as Busy, busy!

We are taking a family camping trip for over 10 days!!
We are gonna go exploring....
And we are so excited!!

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Thank you for stopping by!!!

Until next time....

Hugs and Blessings,

AMY



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Homemade Is Better...



Well Hello There!

Is it April all ready?  How can that be? It was just March.

Spring is here, or so they say.  How's that saying go
April showers bring May flowers?
I sure hope so!
We've gotten a few rain showers, 
enough to keep the dust at bay for another day.
(Wink! Wink!)

The weather has been so unpredictable! 
One days it's very warm,
the next day it's very cold.  
I think it's confused!

We want Spring!! 
And with Spring brings color and 
warmth in the days and showers!

How has the weather been in your neck of the woods?

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Any who... 
I thought I would share a 
yummy scone recipe.

As all of you know, I love scones. 
They are so easy to make and
you can add just about any flavors
 together to create a yummy treat.

They can be made gluten free or not.
As sweet as you want them or 
with very little sweetness too.

Really....the possibilities are endless.

I've posted many scone recipes on my blog over the years
and today this one is just as good as the others.
Probably one of MY favorites!!

I mean who doesn't love 
Fresh Cranberries and Oranges??

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Orange Cranberry Scones

2 Cups Flour (Gluten Free Flours work good too)
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Stick Butter, cubed
1/3 Cup Sour Cream
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
1 Egg
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 Cup frozen Cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven 400 degrees.
With a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour,
 baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
With a pastry cutter or your fingers cut in the butter
with the flour mixture until it resembles crumbs. 
Add in the zest of the orange and then make a well at the
center of the mixture and add the orange juice.
Then add the egg and the sour cream, mixing together with a fork.
 Stir in the chopped cranberries until combined.

Place the dough out onto a floured surface and form a round ball.
 Cut in half. Take one of the half pieces of dough,
 form a ball and roll it into a 3/4-inch thickness.
 Cut each ball of dough into eight triangular slices.
Place triangles on the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
Drizzle with a simple frosting if desired.

Makes 16 scones

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Personally homemade treats are better,
wouldn't you agree?

Plus when you make them, 
you know what goes into them.
And you can pronounce all the ingredients!!
Now who doesn't love that?!

Wholesome yummy treats for your
 friends and family to enjoy.

Well, I've rambled on long enough...
I should go find something to do
 outside while it's warm out.

Until next time,
I hope you all have a great week!



THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY...

HUGS,







Thursday, March 22, 2018

Teach them to Cook...


 
 

Good Day!! How is your week treating you?

We are doing good here. Enjoying the warmth of the days
and trying to get outside when the wind isn't blowing.
Which...some days that is a challenge!

The weather is suppose to be in the high 70's 
and then low 80's with wind...oh goody!  I can hardly wait!
(enter sarcasm here)

So, on days that the wind blows you to Kansas,
I try to find things to catch up on in the house
or I like to bake.

I love it when I find my helpers wanting
 to bake or cook along side me.
I find great joy in it!

I'll let them create a special treat for the family to try
and sometimes we judge the meal or treat
 for some good ol' fashion fun!
(like being on Chopped)
We  I watch a lot of cooking shows and of course
 the kids baking shows.
I love that there are kids that love to create through baking.

We've got to get inspired somehow....

Awhile back, I showed the boys how to make crepes.
We did a lot of laughing as we were trying
 to master the flipping of the crepes.


Each one of them tried their hardest to 
flip it without it landing on the floor.


Some, well....never made it back to the pan...


And others were airborne!


After many flips and flops,
we managed to get several made.

I must admit to you, that my oldest son 
is now a pro at making crepes.
When he wants crepes, he makes them. 
I gladly gave up that job,
They are a lot of work!
(Wink inserted here)


And after it's all said and done,
we spent time together creating something yummy
and making special memories!!

I think it's very important to teach our children how to
cook and to clean. We are giving them such a gift
that they can and will use daily!




I couldn't have said it better myself!

I love the time spent with my boys.
I love to see the spark of creativity in them.

And oh boy, have I eaten some interesting food concoctions...
But, I wouldn't change any of it for anything!


Do your children like to cook in the kitchen with you?





I hope you all have a great week!

Thanks so much for stopping by...

HUGS,







Monday, March 12, 2018

Mondays...A Fresh Start....

God's Grace Overflows

Mondays
Every time a new week comes around I am reminded of
the Scripture in Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed
for His compassion's never fail,
They are new every morning
great is your faithfulness.

I love this scripture as it just goes to
 show that God is truly for us.
He helps us get through anything
 that we might face.

Mondays seem so hard for me. 
As I try to catch up on things
I might have pushed aside through the weekends.
When my hubby is home, my routine changes 
to accommodate him and the chores that need done.

We work great as a team to get things done around our home.
The boys help when they can (which is often)
 and when it's nice outside,
we are outside!!

We have been doing a little remodeling 
and upgrading our new camper.
So, that has been taking up a lot of my weekend time.

Once it's all finished,
 I'll post some before and after pictures!

So, as Monday is here and that time change
 really seemed to mess with my sleep
I feel a bit slower than usual.
Maybe turtle speed is more like it... Ha!


Any who, Monday is here and a new week has begun...
and I am so glad His Mercies are New Every Morning!

I saw this quote the other day and I just loved what it said!


I hope you find great comfort in the new week!

Thanks so much for stopping by....



Hugs,


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Did You Know?...


Well Hello there!!
It's a new month and I'm inviting it with open arms!!
A clean slate perhaps...

I'm ready for something new and something fun!

How bout you?

I thought I'd try something a little new and fun on this post.
I thought I would tell you all a little about me.
Would you like that?

I don't think I've done anything like that ever on here
and you are all probably wondering who I really am.
Yes? No? Don't care?
Oh well...you get to take a glimpse anyways...
Ready? 

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I absolutely LOVE Sunflowers!!
They are such a happy flower!


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I LOVE to can! 
Over the years I've canned jelly, jams, dill relish, green chilies,
potatoes, green beans, applesauce, fruit syrups, fruit butters,
chicken, beef, salsa, spaghetti sauce and a whole lot more!
Everything is made with LOVE!!
(Which is the key ingredient if you didn't know)

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I LOVE Cowboys and their Boots!
I'm a Boy Mom and I LOVE it!!


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I LOVE the color RED!!
Red is such a cheery color!
I love Red so much I painted my kitchen
 and all my outdoor decor red!


Panda Bears are my favorite animal!
They are just so cute and cuddly.

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I LOVE Butterflies...
Need I say more?

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I enjoy being in the great outdoors 
especially with my favorite peeps!

I'm not much of a hiker, but since I'm a Boy mom
I do try really hard to keep up with them.
I'm a bit of a klutz, so some hikes I come back 
with many bruises and scratches.
My hubby always calls me graceful...

I love to four wheel....
I've been on many four wheeling adventures!!
Too many to count!
And I'm NOT a thrill seeker
I just enjoy climbing a simple dirt or mud hill once in awhile.
But...let's just say some of these adventures
 I had to pray my way through.
I'm still here, so God must have answered those prayers!!

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I LOVE to fish!
Stream fishing is fast paced
and lake fishing is learning patience
(which I have a lot of)
I don't however like to take the fish off the hook!
No thank you!
Thank goodness for a hubby that doesn't mind helping me out!


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Sometimes you just need to stand on top
 of the world to get a better view!
I LOVE exploring!
(No this isn't me, I don't really like heights much)
Just ask my hubby...
I can get to the third step of the ladder and that's it, folks!
Heights and me= Nausea, panic...


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I LOVE to take scenic photos!
I'm getting quite good at my camera now too!!

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I LOVE taking new roads! Breaking new trails!
These roads ALWAYS lead to adventures!!
Trust me on this one! Wink!

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Aspens are my favorite trees!
They are so skinny and tall and so peaceful!
Just like me!!
I'm 6 feet tall and at times I can be peaceful.
HA!
I used to be painfully shy.... 
it would almost hurt to talk to anyone 
when I was in my younger years.
God changed that!!

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I just LOVE to take pictures of almost every kind of flower
especially if they are next to old wooden fences!!


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Sunsets are my absolute favorite!
Life's too short not to witness the
 Master Painter's views each evening!

God is so AMAZING isn't he??


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Rainbows!!!
I just LOVE rainbows!!
Another sign of God's Beauty!!

Mountain rainbows are truly a sight to see!
I wonder if where that pot of gold is?

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Since I LOVE to be in the Great Outdoors
I also LOVE to camp! In my fifth wheel of course.
I no longer tent camp.... lets just say bears! 
No further explanation needed, right?

My mom got this for me as a gift one year and
 I wear it proudly while up camping!!

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And last but certainly not least...
My LOVE for Jesus!!

He is my whole world and I am so glad
 He found me over 20 years ago!  
He saved me and redeemed me and made me His daughter.
Boy have I been changed into something pretty special.

Thank you Jesus!!


Well...there you have it.
Did you learn something new about me today?

I sure hope so, cause this was a long post!!


Until next time....Thanks for stopping by!
I love that you stop in to say Hello!


Have a great March!!!


Hugs to you,
Amy




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gimme Some Sugar...



Happy Weekend to you!

I thought I'd best get on here and do a 
little Valentine inspired post!

After all, it is the LOVE month!
And my birthday!
💗
(Smiles inserted here)

Do you gals go all out for Valentine's Day or do
you just keep it simple and real?

We keep it simple,
with having boys they aren't into anything foo-foo or pink.
Now, if we did a camo theme, they'd be ALL in.
But, that ain't happening!!

The most requested thing my boys ask for
are my frosted sugar cookies.
So, I'll more than likely bake some 
heart shaped cookies for the occasion!

When I was a kid, I hated that my 
Birthday was on Valentine's Day.

No one ever celebrated my birthday, just Valentine's Day.
I felt ripped off... forgotten...
How Rude!!

Now, that I'm older, I get extra blessed.

I just celebrate all month long....

(And my oldest son's birthday is two days after mine)

So see...Party Month!! 

Okay enough about me....

HA!


I thought I'd share a few of my posts on some easy DIY gifts 
to share on this special day or really any special day 
for that matter.


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These walnut cranberry clusters are so yummy!
I make these often as they aren't overly sweet.


These little pillow hearts 
were so much fun to make and easy too...


I absolutely LOVE this Lavender salve.
Probably one of my favorite DIY gifts.



I hope whatever you do,
you do it with LOVE!!

Have a delightful week &
Thank You so much for stopping by....


HUGS,





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