Monday, October 2, 2017

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins...

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It's time to bake and eat and bake and eat
anything with FALL flavors!!

We eat a lot of muffins around here.
Grab one and go.
OR sit down and enjoy one with a cuppa coffee.'s a must!!

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Straight outta the oven...

DELICIOUSNESS is brewing!!

Would you like to try the recipe for yourself?

Okie Dokie...I'll quit teasing you now! (HaHa)

 Pumpkin Streusel Muffin

1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. molasses
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt

Streusel Topping:
1/3 c. flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cold butter

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars
 until light and fluffy.
Beat in the pumpkin, buttermilk,
 eggs and molasses.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder,
 pumpkin pie spice and salt.
Gradually add to pumpkin mixture
 just until blended.
Fill greased or paper lined
 muffin cups about 2/3 full.

For topping, combine flour and brown sugar.
Cut in the cold butter until mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes 
or until toothpick inserted in the
 muffin comes out clean.
Cool  for 5 minutes in pan before
 removing to a cooling rack.

**Tip: You can convert this recipe
 to Gluten Free if you wish. 
Just replace the flour for a gluten free flour.

And they will still turn out amazing!!

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I hope you all have a delightful week!!

Thanks for stopping by...
I appreciate each one of you!

Friday, September 22, 2017

September Days...

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Hello!  How are you all?
I'm here and there and everywhere!

Friday is here!! Yay!
Even though that really means nothing
 to a stay at home mom/homemaker.

Some of the fields are still green
from irrigation...
Green for miles!

It's been another busy month around here.

Let's see...where to begin...

My guys are up hunting for the second time this month,
hoping they'll bring home some meat!

This is the motto in my house!

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The corn fields are starting to display Fall colors.

We are taking our time and
 enjoying the drives home.

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We are enjoying so many great sunsets!
God sure did paint the sky AMAZING here!!

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We dehydrated a ton of peaches!

These are just like fruit leathers
 but without all the work!

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Canned some salsa! 
31 pints of deliciousness!!

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Little touches of Fall...
(On these HOT days)


And that's a wrap!!

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Last Days of Summer and a Hunting Trip...

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Even though Summer has come to an end,
well not officially yet since Summer stretches to the 22nd...
But you get my point, right?!

We did another trip to the beautiful mountains.

My guys went hunting!
I came along for the first few days
and I must say I had fun.

I didn't actually hike through the woods with them,
I stayed at camp during the morning hunts
and then a few hours before the sunset we all went
to glass the hillsides in the SUV.

Such beautiful country up in them mountains.

I apologize for the ones that follow me on Instagram
as you have all ready seen most of these photos.

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These beautiful flowers were right 
outside my camper door.

In the woods, not an RV park or camp ground.

Pure bliss and in awe of God's Creation!

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See this bird here, I'm not sure what kind it is
but let me tell you,
he dive bombed me every 
time I had food in my hand. 
I may or may not have screamed
 and ran a few times.


So, finally my boys thought they'd just feed the birds
so they wouldn't go after me.

How very thoughtful!

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This road was right near our camp,
I just love the thought
of how many have traveled down this road.
Beautiful pine trees and speckles of color
all the way down the bumpy road.

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These little red berries are considered BEAR food
up here. Yes BEAR!!  You heard me right!
Once I found out that there were BEARS,
I stayed very close to camp with my gun on my hip!!

My guys went and got wood for the camp fires
and my middle son comes back and says
"Guess what I saw?"

Not even 5 miles from my camp!

I tried to tell myself maybe he's like Yogi Bear.
He won't bother me, if I don't bother him.

Yep, it worked for awhile until I heard
 their were hunters hunting bear
(including my oldest son)

All I can say is,
I walked around each tree around camp
and prayed for safety and proctection
for all of us!!

God never let's me down!!

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I just love old trees!!
This pine tree was seeping sap.
Ooey and Gooey...
If only this tree could talk,
imagine the stories it could share.

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My boys enjoying several rides 
on the four wheelers!
Up and down and back again they went....

So much fun!

I'm heading back to the mountains this weekend
to help haul stuff home...

So far only a few shots, for those elk are quick!
I personally think Archery 
season is a hard hunt...

Thank goodness we only have 3 more trips
 planned for this hunting season!!

So in the meantime...

I hope you all have a wonderful September!!

Thanks so much for stopping by....


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hello There!

Hello Dearies...
It's been awhile since I've been on the ol' computer!

I'm not sure where the Summer went
but it went flying by...

We were very busy this Summer.
 Lot's of camping, family came and went, 
more camping, celebrating 4th of July,
celebrating my youngest sons birthday, 
enjoying a weekend getaway with just my hubby
and now I am trying to get back into 
the swing of school with the boys.

My oldest son is taking a new journey to finish out
the few classes he needs to graduate.
He'll still be doing school at home,
but will be doing everything on the computer
versus everything on paper.
And he'll be starting college classes in the Spring
to get a welding degree!!

So exciting!!

I can't wait to see what God has in 
store for this school year! 

Lot's of exciting new things.
Lot's of new things to learn.

How has your Summer been treating you?

Anything new you'd like to share?

I really don't have much to say,
for some reason I just can't seem to 
get back into the groove of blogging.

So, if I'm away for a bit longer,
just know it's because I have writers block. Ha!

Thanks for stopping in and staying with me.

Until I write again...

Happy August!!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Peaceful Mountains...

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How are you all doing?

How's your Summer?

I don't know if you've noticed or not,
but Summer is just flying by...

On one of our camping trips,
 I played with all the different settings on my camera
and I wanted to share some of them with you.
These have not been changed in any way.
Just Our Heavenly Father's Beauty for us to simply enjoy!

I love all flowers, especially ones near rushing water.

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Simple Beauty...

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I love this one!
Do any of you know what kind of flower this is?

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Red Berries...

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Be Still...

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Mountain Streams...

All is well here, been going here and doing lots of fun things.
Enjoying what's left of our Summer!

Thanks so much for stopping by
I appreciate each one of you....

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mushroom Hunting Adventures...

Have you ever been mushroom hunting?

If you haven't, you should!!
It is a fun adventure to go on.

We just happened upon a group of people in the mountains
while camping a few years ago that were
 digging up mushrooms.
My hubby stopped and chatted with a couple about 
all the ends and outs of hunting mushrooms.

I guess it's quite the sport!!

They told us which ones were safe to 
eat and what to look for. we went...

These mushrooms above with the reddish brown tops
are a safe and yummy one to eat.
Kinda like a button mushroom.

These ones are pretty, but not edible!

Here's my youngest, using a knife
 to pop one out of the ground.
Mushrooms live in a cool, damp and dark climate.
After all they are a fungus!

We ended up finding a huge
 pillowcase full of mushrooms!

Once we got home, we sliced and dehydrated some of them
and the others we sauteed and enjoyed!!

My little monkey was so proud
of the mushroom he found!

And some of the mushrooms were quite large!

What a fun day in the woods!

Do you live close to any mountains?

If you've never mushroom hunted 
before I recommend you go and purchase
 a mushroom identifying book.

The one we purchased showed 
which ones are safe to eat
and what they look like.

 I know we compared each
 mushroom before we plucked it out of the ground.

I mean...sheesh....
wouldn't want to make anyone sick!

Happy Hunting Friends...

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wheat Free Rye Soda Bread...

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Hello All!

I've been craving some bread and the 
hardest part of eating wheat free/yeast free
is finding bread you can eat that
 doesn't cost a fortune to buy.

So, I found a basic recipe and tweaked it a bit.

Most recipes still call for all purpose flour and/or yeast.

So, with this recipe it also called for all purpose flour
and what I did was buckwheat, almond meal, 
green banana and Gluten Free all purpose flour
along with the rye flour.

It's dense just like a traditional soda bread
but with adding in the green banana flour
it made it a bit more moist.

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I love the looks of this bread as it looks so rustic!
Rustic and very tasty!

Did you know that buckwheat flour 
isn't actually from the wheat family?

It's apart of the rhubarb plant.

I thought that was very interesting!

Would you like the recipe now?

If you try this recipe, would you let me
 know what you thought of it?


Wheat Free Rye Soda Bread

2 1/2 cups Rye Flour
1 1/2 cups total combined 
buckwheat flour, almond meal,
 GF flour mix and green banana flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk or sour milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk is your flours, baking soda and salt.
Make a well in center of the flour
 and pour in your buttermilk.
Stir well.
Divide dough in half and turn each 
dough ball onto a floured surface.
Make into 2 round loaves.
Transfer to a baking sheet.
Cut a 1 inch X  into the top of loaf.
 Poke holes around the X.

Bake for 30 minutes.  
Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

I cut mine up and place half in a tin
 and stuck in freezer.  
Then this way when I want bread
I can take out one slice at a time.

If you aren't eating wheat free
you can add in your flour of choice.

Green Banana flour can be found at your local
health food store or online.
This flour will make your baked goods moist.
A little will go a long ways.

Also, when I was searching for wheat free flours
I came across this handy website on alternative flours.

Go check it out HERE

This site will also show you if it's gluten free.
Now rye isn't considered gluten free
but if you are going for a wheat free diet, rye is acceptable.

I hope you all are having 
a great Summer so far!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

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