Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wranglers and Ribbons

Don't you simply love that title? I do! Wranglers and Ribbons, I love both and only wish I would have been the one to think of that catchy title.

Wranglers and Ribbons is actually the name of one of my all time favorite blogs, written by a friend who lives on a ranch in Arizona with her husband and three children. She has a great way with words and quite a talent for writing that keeps me coming back again and again.
Picture borrowed from Wranglers and Ribbons with Lynell's permission.

Her post about A Tragic Fish Story had me in stitches. When I read it I knew we must be kindred spirits. Her post about Paybacks confirmed it even more.

She also owns a cat. But shh, don't tell anyone. Find out why here.

Her post about their beloved dog had me misty eyed.

I hope you visit her blog and especially the links I shared. I think you will be hooked and want to become a follower and if you have time leave her a comment or two while you are there.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summertime Fun

 We have been enjoying our summer to the fullest even though the weather has been on the cool side. We have been enjoying time outside taking walks and playing. On the rainy days there have been projects to work on inside.
Sailor followed instructions we found tucked away for years already and sucessfully made a ball that bounces very well. He was quite pleased with his accomplishment.

Rosebud likes nothing better than spending time in the kitchen and wanted to learn to bake bread. Her efforts paid off as well and we got to enjoy beautiful soft, fresh homemade bread.

And Sunbeam, she loves reading to anyone who has time to listen. She already has plans to read to the baby as soon as possible.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hawaiian Chicken Fajitas

I always like when I find another recipe to add to my keeper file. Recently there have been quite a few being tucked into it. Here is one of the latest that I'm sure will be a favorite in our family for a long time!

Hawaiian Chicken Fajitas

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 each small yellow, red, and orange sweet pepper, julienned*
1 med Vidalia onion cut into thin wedges
2 Tbsp enchilada seasoning mix
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
½ tsp salt
½ cup pineapple tidbits, drained
8 flour tortillas (10 inch) warmed

In a large skillet, cook chicken in olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Add peppers and onion; cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes. In a bowl combine seasoning mix and water, add honey, parsley and salt. Pour over chicken in skillet. Stir until everything is well coated. Add pineapples and cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Place chicken mixture on one side of each warmed tortilla, fold tortilla over chicken.

Serve and enjoy!

*I prefer using the small sweet peppers but regular ones would work fine as well. Two small peppers equal 3/4 of a regular size.

Friday, June 24, 2011

In The Eyes of the Beholder

I was going through a pile of photos recently to get them sorted and put them into albums. I found this one of Sunbeam and put it on the reject pile.

Sunbeam was watching me and was absolutely thrilled when she saw this picture. Instead of seeing that red streak as a flaw she was sure it was light from Heaven shining down on her.

After seeing it through her eyes I had to put it into the album after all. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Most of you know that I have an aunt with Downs Syndrome who is very dear to me. If you have not already, you can read more about her here.

Last night we received a call from one of my uncles to let us know that she is in the hospital with a very bad case of pneumonia. She has always been scared of doctors, hospitals, even band aids used to make her shiver and she tried to avoid them at all costs. So I'm sure that this whole experience is being very traumatic for her.

Though there's not much we can do for her physically right now but, I would appreciate if you would consider joining us in prayer for her.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Favorite Sounds

The blog post I wanted to do this morning will have to wait until later since I can't seem to be able to load any pictures. After trying different things multiple times I was getting frustrated and sat back to glare at my computer screen for a while when I heard Rosebud and Sunbeam singing to their dolls. It got me thinking of the many sounds I enjoy hearing.
  • Laughter from happy children.
  • The door of my husbands vehicle closing, letting me know that he is at home after a long day of work.
  • The hundreds of singing birds that fill the air with their cheerful melodies all day long. They are the first thing I hear every morning when I wake up and the last thing I hear before I go to sleep at night.
  • The children singing. They love singing almost as much as I do.
  • The sweet little good-nights as the children head for bed every evening. Even our unborn child is being told good-night by his/her siblings who are all really looking forward to welcoming it.
  • The wind blowing softly through the pine trees by our house.
  • The waterfall gushing happily.
  • Sunbeam reading to me. Ever since she discovered the joy of reading last fall she will have several daily story times where she draws up her little chair next to me and reads.
  • Sweet "I love yous" from the people most dear in my life.
These are only a handful of sounds that I enjoy. What about you? I would love to hear some of your favorite things to hear.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Ever since I have been pregnant I have been having some rather odd cravings. I would love to sit down right now with a raw cucumber, sour cream, and blueberry yogurt. And yes, enjoy all three at the same time. 

Yogurt is not something that I would normally even want anywhere near my mouth. But since there is a baby on the way I could consume gallons of it!

For all you mothers and mothers to be out there. I would love to hear some of the things you craved while pregnant.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicken Delight

Last evening I tried another new recipe and it is definitely making it's way into my keeper file. Delicious as a word to describe it doesn't quite do it justice. I've had many delicious things already and this has got to be close to the top.
Chicken Delight

In a small bowl combine:
½ cup prepared mustard
½ cup honey
1½ tsp vegetable oil
½ tsp lemon juice

Pour ½ cup of honey mustard mixture into a large resealable bag. Add:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Set remaining marinade aside until later.

Seal bag and refrigerate for two hours.
Drain and discard marinade from chicken.
In a large skillet over medium heat brown chicken on both sides in:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Sprinkle with:
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
½ tsp paprika

Place chicken into greased 9x13 cake pan.

In your skillet which still has a little vegetable oil in it add:
2 Tbsp butter
1½ cup sliced mushrooms
Saute mushrooms until tender.

Spoon remaining marinade over chicken. Top with:
1½ cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Sauted mushrooms
8 partially cooked bacon strips

Place the bacon strips in a crisscross pattern on chicken.

Bake, uncovered, at 375º for 20-25 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Giveaway Winner

I had so much fun reading all your comments about some of your favorite toys and games from your childhood!
And now to choose a winner for the calendar.

Random Generator chose......
Comment # 25

Jo-Ann said........
My favorite playthings were dolls -- I still have one that opens and shuts her eyes and used to cry when she was layed down! She's probably around 60 years old now!

Congratulations Jo-Ann! Please email me with your address and I will get your calendar mailed to you.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen.
Today, simply because I feel like it I am giving away this delightful Amish Country perpetual calendar. Filled with gorgeous photography of the Amish and an Amish Proverb on each page. It's almost too pretty to give away! But I would love to give you the chance to own this little gem.

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment telling one of your favorite childhood toys or games.

To increase your chance of winning leave a link to this giveaway on your blog and then come back and leave another comment telling me that you did.

I will be using Random Generator on Monday June 13th to choose a winner.
Disclaimer: The only compensation I receive from doing this giveaway is the warm fuzzy feeling it gives me to be able to make that someone else gets to enjoy this calendar!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Oatmeal Cake

Yesterday Rosebud was wanting to try baking something all by herself. We haven't had dessert for quite a while already so I sat down with her and helped her choose a recipe that I thought she would be able to handle by herself. And other than having me take care of measuring the boiling water she did everything else on her own.

The cake is delicious and she is very pleased!
Oatmeal Cake

1¼ cup boiling water
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1½ cup flour
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Measure oatmeal into a small bowl and pour boiling water over it. Set aside. In large mixing bowl combine softened butter and sugars. Mix well and add eggs one at a time mixing very well after each one. Blend in oatmeal mixture and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and spices. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes.

While cake is baking mix the following topping:
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
6 Tbsp melted butter
¼ cup cream
1 tsp vanilla

Combine and set aside until cake is done baking. Pour on top of cake and spread until nicely even. Pop cake back into oven for an additional two minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Gardens

The following two pictures taken several years ago of my small vegetable garden are what I consider to be a garden.

The following picture is my "garden" this year. It's still waiting to have the grass removed after years of neglect and then it needs some better soil as well. It does not at all resemble anything I want to call my garden but if I can successfully raise at least a few tomatoes in it this summer I won't complain.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Find

From the age of eight or nine until I got married I kept a journal. I love going back and reading everything I wrote. Some of it makes me shake my head and wonder just exactly what was I thinking. I burned quite a few of them right before our wedding and really regret that now. What I thought would be embarrassing to ever have LV read really wasn't embarrassing at all.

Yesterday Sailor came downstairs with an old worn red notebook and asked if I know what it is. "It's my journal from when I was about your age." I told him.

He opened the cover and showed me what I had written inside.
And then asked for permission to read it.  I think that was the first time in that little journal's lifetime that anyone took my threat to heart. Maybe it was the Amen that really sealed it?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Geraniums

My last few remaining seeds.
Every year I used to plant a row of Summer Geraniums in our garden. Every fall I would carefully gather the little seed pods and then spend an evening or two opening each one and removing the circle of snail shaped seeds inside. I would place them some where to dry a little bit to make sure they wouldn't become moldy before the next spring when I would plant them.

These seeds have been passed down for generations, I really don't know if Summer Geranium is even the proper name since they really don't look like geraniums, but that is what my Grandma always called them and her mother before that.

If planted in the garden they make a lovely hedge type row and bloom profusely all through summer and fall with lovely two inch pink and cream colored flowers.

When we moved after Sunbeam was born I didn't get to plant them that year but kept my seeds in hopes that by the next year I would have a nice garden. The next year I planted most of my seeds but the entire garden failed that year and I didn't get to harvest any seeds that fall.

Yesterday I dug out my pitiful supply of seeds and tried to decide whether or not to plant them. They are over eight years old by now and I'm kind of doubtful that they would grow but I would love to keep those seeds going after having been passed down for so many generations.