Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Joy...


JOY

It's the little things that bring me Joy.

Sunsets, coffee, long drives,
giggles, sappy movies, chocolate,
tight hugs, holding hands, snuggles from my boys,
starry nights, random acts of kindness, 
 freshly baked cookies, 
deep conversations, my love for Jesus,
cozy socks, music and a good book.

These things are so little, 
yet they mean a great deal to me.

Suppose, it is not the extent of things
small or BIG that make a difference.

But perhaps, this Joy is a good feeling in the soul,
produced by the Holy Spirit, as he
causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word
and in the world.

After all the fruit of the Spirit is
love, JOY, peace, patience, gentleness,
goodness, faithfulness, kindness and self control.
Galatians 5:22:23

What brings you JOY??


I hope you all are having a great December thus far!!

Thanks for stopping by...



HUGS & BLESSINGS,


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I Am In Awe...

God's Grace Overflows

Well Hello!  How are you today?

I am still amazed at how fast the days are going.
And I am still trying to process that it is now December.
DECEMBER! 
Seriously?!
How is it December all ready??

We had family here for most of November
which was nice and very busy.

Then Thanksgiving came around...
That was nice and it was even nicer to
 have family here to celebrate with.

And, well it's kinda been a blur from then.
And now we are in December!

My middle sons birthday is in a few days
and he turns 11!!

Seriously...time is flying!


Yes, there is still green in these pictures
as I took them I think in late Spring, early Summer.
Aren't they pretty?

This was one of the nature walks
 I took with my boys.
Not very far from our home.


I loved this little area as the sun was
 getting ready to set for the evening.

I just thought it was so amazing!
The detail of the sun through the trees
to the reflection of the water...
Wow...just wow!

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And then the sun sets and it's even more glorious!
We are so blessed to have a Creator that
 gives us all these amazing gifts to witness 
each and every day.

I don't know about you but I am in awe.
I am in awe at the love my Heavenly Father shows me daily.
I am in awe at the Joy He gives me.
I am in awe at the Grace He has for me.
I am in awe that I am His daughter.

And I am in awe that we can witness His great gifts
each and every day we are here!

Who wouldn't want to share that with the world?



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So, as the month of December carries on
I hope you all take the time to slow down
and thank our Heavenly Father for all the
 gifts and treasures of every day.

For these days seem to be fleeting...

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Until next time...

Be Blessed,













Saturday, November 18, 2017

It's The Little Things...

God's Grace Overflows


Well Hello!

I'm not sure, but as I type this the time
 just seems to be zooming past.

I seriously can not believe 
next week is Thanksgiving.

What?!

Thank goodness, I went to the store and picked up
 what I needed, so I don't have to go back any time soon. 
Because when I did go... it was MOBBED!!

It's been so busy here...
Family is here and looking for houses
as they are moving back to Colorado.

Having 8 extra people on the homestead
keeps it very busy!
Plus you add in 2 extra dogs and a cat!
Yeah...BUSY!

But, it's okay, cause they are moving closer!
And they found a house they loved about an hour from us!

So, happy to have them here!


So, lets see what else has been going on here,
if you follow me on Instagram you know my guys were hunting
like all of October. 
(Smiles)

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They took two extremely long trips and a short trip.
I went a few times and I am so glad I did.

Amazing Views, Amazing Sunsets, Family Time.
God's Glory everywhere on the mountain!

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On this special day, we finally managed to find a herd of Elk
and was able to get a clear shot...
Well long story short and a very long night
we have Elk for our freezer!

God was so good to us!
He provided!

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Now...on to Geese Hunting...
Yep, I'm pretty sure that's all we do around here is HUNT!
HA!
That's okay though...
my boys love it and they love being outdoors!

So, Goose hunting it is!




And last, but certainly not least...
THANKSGIVING is almost here!

So...enjoy your day full of Blessings!
Be Thankful, Be Blessed, Be Full!


Oh Look....PIE!!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by.
I appreciate each and everyone of you!


Hugs & Blessings,










Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies...



God's Grace Overflows

Why... hello there!

How are you all?
How has Fall been treating you so far?

It has been warm here. 
We had a few days where the temps 
dropped below freezing, 
but the days seem warm. 
Oh and we have had the wind!
But..I guess it wouldn't be Fall 
without that wind, now would it?!
HA!

My guys are on another hunting trip,
so far they have been having a blast
even though they have yet to find a Buck!

I honestly think those critters 
know people are hunting them,
so they take cover!

So, before they headed out,
 I cooked and baked
 what seemed like days
maybe months...LOL

I found this new cookie recipe
and I gave it a try and boy
were they ever tasty!

No butter and no eggs!

Sometimes I don't like to use all my butter
as I live far from town to replenish my fridge.

Who hear just absolutely LOVES pumpkin?

Anything with Fall flavors is a must in my opinion!


I hope you give them a try and
I promise you it will become
 a new favorite in your home!


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp coconut milk or regular milk
1/3 cup pumpkin
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1 cup of more chocolate chips

Combine solid coconut oil, sugars, vanilla, molasses and milk.
 Mix well. Add in pumpkin. Mix again.
 Add in flour, soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
 Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes

** If you bake Gluten Free, 
just swap out the flour for a Gluten Free one
and you are good to go.
I baked these with both regular flour and Gluten Free
flour and they both turned out just fine.**

Enjoy!!




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And I'll leave you with a beautiful
 prairie sunset from a few nights back!

God sure does paint some beautiful skies, doesn't He?


Thanks so much for stopping by....

Hugs & Blessings,


Monday, October 2, 2017

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins...

 
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PUMPKIN MUFFINS!

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.

Why...it'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)
Enjoy!


 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...

God's Grace Overflows

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.
(Smiles)

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!
Boys...


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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)

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL...YA'LL!!

And that's a wrap!!


Thanks for stopping by...









Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Last Days of Summer and a Hunting Trip...

God's Grace Overflows

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. 
LITERALLY!
I may or may not have screamed
 and ran a few times.

(Smiles)

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?"
A BEAR CUB!!!

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....

HUGS,







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