Friendly Weekend

It is the weekend again. It was a mostly productive week and we got many things completed we needed to. The new roosts for the chickens are in, the front porch is done, the yard is mowed/trimmed…Yellow flower We are having some friends over for a cookout tomorrow and are looking forward to it 🙂 They are friends we have had for about 8 or so years. We are planning a nice spread, including our lovely ladies eggs for deviled eggs 🙂 I am sure the dogs will love it as they love visitors they know 🙂 I will keep it short and sweet and just say… Have a blessed and happy weekend 🙂

New Flower Garden

While hubby and I were fixing up our front porch we used some of the extra concrete to fill in some holes by the side walkway to our house. It left quite a mess in the grass area so I tried to figure out how to get rid of or cover up the mess… then it came to me… add a slightly raised flower garden over top and along the edge of the walkway…Gerber DaisyThis way it helps cover up the mess and provides some better definition for the walkway to our side door. I liked the way it turned out…New gardenI then had to figure out what flowers to add. Normally I like perennials, but they didn’t have any pretty ones when we went to the garden center so I picked these annuals…. The pretty Gerber daisy above. Then two of these multi colored duster like flowers to go on either side…Hot flowersHot flowers 2Finally these pretty delicate pink and white flowers on either end…sml flowerI am quite happy with how it came out and it makes me smile each time I go out the side door…New Garden 2It is amazing what a little flower garden can do for your mood 🙂

Baxter’s Favorite Treat

Most dogs love peanut butter… they love peanut butter by it self, peanut butter treats, peanut butter stuffed bones, and many other things. My Baxter loves to lick the peanut butter jar clean…Baxter PB 3He will sit there for as long as it takes to lick all the peanut butter out… mummmm….nummy…Baxter pBBut you better not try to take the jar away before he is done or you get this look…Baxter PB 2Sorry Baxter, I was only trying to take your picture, you can keep your jar 😉

Happy B-Day to….

My mom…Mom bday

This past weekend my mom was up to celebrate her birthday. We had a grand time going to the farmers markets, antique stores, and other shopping. We made her  a big dinner on the BBQ with her own birthday dessert 🙂 It was a lot of fun and we all had a good time 🙂 In honor of her here are some things I love about her:  She is a helpful, knowledgeable, and fun loving person. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and stays young at heart. So today I wish her a very Happy Birthday! Here is to many more 🙂

Chip Chocolate Spice Cookies

So I made up a gluten-free and dairy- free cookie (at least from the recipes I have ever seen I have made up a recipe) and I am pretty proud of it as it has won over every person who has tried it. No one could tell it was dairy and gluten-free. Now don’t get scared of the spice in the cookies, it is just noticeable enough for you to say… “what is in that cookie?” So here it is my debut of my…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Chocolate Chip Spice Cookie

You will need:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

1/2 cup Shortening

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup Truvia/Stevia sweetener (or any of your choice)

2 tbsp. almond milk

2 tbsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tbsp. baking soda

3/4 tbsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

3/4  bag dairy free chocolate chips

I used my food processor to mix all the ingredients with the bread blade and used a small bowel to mix the dry ingredients before adding them (see below). But mix with what you have 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

To make:

Preheat oven to 375* and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In your food processor (or you can combine in a bowel and use a hand or other mixer) combine shortening, brown sugar, truvia, almond milk, and vanilla. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blend until well mixed scraping sides if needed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add egg and cream into mixture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add in the pumpkin pie spice and combine scraping sides.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In a small bowel combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add this dry mixture slowly into the food processor ( I add it in three sections) until combined. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Scrap sides before adding the dry mixture each time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Once dry mixture is combined add in the chocolate chipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And combine. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Using a small ice cream scoop drop round scoops onto the baking sheets with a little space to spread out in between. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bake for 8-10 minutes until they are slightly brown. Don’t overbake. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

I keep my cookies in one of two cookie jars. This rooster one (below) or my chicken one…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It reminds hubby of his grandmother always having cookies in her cookie jar when he was growing up 🙂 Look inside…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnjoy with someone you love 🙂

Father’s Day…

For the last couple of years while we have been trying to conceive mother’s and father’s days are a bitter sweet thing. We enjoy spending time with our parents, but also have a secret part of our heart that wants this day for us. Not for cards, or gifts, or selfish reasons…. but to know we have been blessed by God with a child. A precious child to raise and love. Now I guess that could be selfish, but I am hoping it is just a desire to be able to be a good parent. So today like the last two years our pups give “daddy” a card, I make hubby breakfast, let him choose what to do (when he is not working or gets off), and we end the day with a dinner of his choice. Tonight it was steak, potatoes, and broccoli… with strawberry cobbler for dessert 🙂 Cobbler is one of hubby’s favorites and since I had strawberries in the fridge, it worked out well. I didn’t have to go to the store for anything as I had everything he wanted already in the freezer, fridge, or cupboard. It was easy prep and the meal hubby said was great 🙂Orange sunset  After dinner we watched the move “Courageous” on TV. Since it is father’s day, it  is important to recognize, as the movie “Courageous” says, that good God based father’s are essential in a family structure. Without them so many kids go astray and are not disciplined or lead to be good people, good leaders, and good citizens. I see this every day in the work I do. There are also father’s out there that are doing a great job leading their families (and mother’s too) where the spouse has died, is ill, etc. So I applaud those fathers today and wish you a special blessing for all your hard work and dedication to the Lord. I only hope when hubby and I are blessed with our own child we can join those of you who put the Lord first in your families and lead by a Godly example. I wish you all (my Dad too) a very Happy Father’s Day!

A little work never hurt…

What a weekend… the only time I got to sit still was when I was driving to and from my little brother’s graduation party yesterday and when I was asleep. The party was a success and I am so proud of him. Other then that I have been on the go… celebrating, yard work, gardening, calking the front porch, laundry, mowing, cleaning the chicken coop, and I can’t even remember all the rest…Farm SunsetAt the end of the day I was rewarded, after some rain, with a beautiful sunset. I am looking forward to a good nights sleep. Over all it was a good weekend and all the hard work was well worth it, when all is said and done. Someone once said, a little (or lot) of hard work never hurt anyone ;). I hope you had a blessed weekend and got everything done you wanted to 🙂

Roses and Rain

We had a few nice days in a row here, now there is rain predicted for the next three. I am not too excited about that, but it will do the garden good. The rain last week helped my flowers and vegetables to grow as you can see from this rose-bush…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow I have a few more things to put in the garden if the rain would stop long enough and I can keep some energy after work. Maybe Sunday? We shall see. I have a day trip planed to see my church brother graduate from high school. I call him my church brother as when I was in college a family at the church I attended “adopted” me into their family.  I spent more time with them those 4 years  of college then with my own family. The kids grew up calling me “sis” and I have loved having siblings as I grew up as an only child. I will try to post on this event once I return. They are having a nice part for him Saturday and I am looking forward to seeing the family 🙂 In case this is my last post for the week… have a blessed and happy weekend 🙂

Dog and Chicken Musings

Welcome to the start of another week. Do you know the best part of a new week? For me it is a fresh start… last weeks mess ups are behind me and I get to decide what I am going to do for this week to make it better if I can. It is a great day to take a look at things and decide what to do moving forward. Even when God has us in a time of waiting, there are always things we can still do to improve for the next venture God has for us. Chase wanted me to post another shot from his photo shoot the other day (sorry no photos of Baxter he was having a bad hair day so he wouldn’t pose 😉 )chase face tooThe chicks learned a new hiding spot to take treats they get a hold of from the big red ladies. It is funny to watch them check out where the big reds are going to eat. Then they scamper in, grab a treat, then run to their spot. They then carefully eat their treat while helping each other guard their treat from the big red ladies. It is a funny new thing that didn’t happen when we only had our reds. baby chicksThe buffs are almost half the size of the red now. No longer babies… but I still holler at them at feed and snack time… ♪”here babies…”♪  then to get the reds to come too ♪”here ladies…”♪ and to get both the reds and buffs  ♪”here girls…”♪  And they come running. Such fun 🙂 Happy a happy and blessed week ♪ ♫ ♪