Friday, November 11, 2011

My Favorite Turkey Brine | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

AHHHH, its that time of year, time to make plans for our Thanksgiving dinner. I love to make things special for my family and love to try new recipes. My family is very traditional though so some old family favorites will always be included ( green bean casserole) I have wanted to try brining a turkey for several years now so this year I am going to give Pioneer Woman's recipe a try.

In years past we have smoked our own turkey, roasted it the traditional way and even deep fried it in a turkey fryer (very tasty and moist), but I have never tried marinating my turkey in a brine. I have heard from friends that have tried it and they all tell me that it is wonderful.

This year I am feeling a bit festive so I'm going to give this a try.
I love Pioneer Woman and her recipes, I have her cookbook and use it often. ( I collect cookbooks) I also go to her website often for inspiration.

My Favorite Turkey Brine The Pioneer Woman Cooks Ree Drummond

Monday, November 7, 2011

The mighty hunter and his kill

THis is my youngest son, Wayne and the huge bull elk that he shot a few weeks ago.
The SFW put this picture on the cover of their magazine and did a short write up about Wayne and where he got his elk and what is scored….I can’t remember right now what it did score but it was something like 340 or 360? It is HUGE!!!  and Wayne is thrilled, that is all I know. Way to go son! I love you and I am so happy for you.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How to Choose Fertilized Chicken Eggs - Sustainable Farming - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

I came across this article that was posted by McMurray Hatchery on facebook.

Here's the secret: If you want your brood to be mostly female, select and incubate only the most nearly oval eggs. Those with a noticeably pointed end produce cockerels. Many of the chicks-to-be you examine, of course (especially the first time you try this idea), will fall into an indeterminate range, so pick only the most clearly oval shapes if you want to hatch future layers.

We ordered 25 chicks from them last spring and were very pleased with the quality and health of the chicks we received.

However, if some of your selections are not available on the day your order is to ship then they will make a comparable selection for you. This was fine even though I was a little disappointed that I did not get a couple of really pretty hens I ordered for the most part we got exactly what we ordered, and then some.... :o) For some reason they decided to throw in a few extra chicks (3)for good measure and of course they turned out to be roosters.

We also received one chicken that we can not figure out what it is (breed) or (hen/rooster). We call it the dinosaur chicken. We are pretty sure it is a hen but it has a lot of rooster characteristics, it's stance, its size and it's cone look roosterish but we have never seen it crow or be aggressive with the other roosters nor  have we seen any roosters "bother" it???? You know, like they do the other hens :o) ( ok, I will take some pictures of her/him)

Next spring I think I will try letting some of my old hens that want to go broody sit on some eggs then I won't need to order more hens that turn out to be roosters. I think 4 rooster are enough even though we are building a new (very large) chicken house. (pictures soon)

I think I will give this method a try and see if i can hatch only hens.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 As Silver Refined: Answers to Life's Disappointments (9781400073481): Kay Arthur: Books

This is what I am reading right now. Im not far into it but I can tell this is going to be a great book!
What a thought to think that all of the trials we go through in this life God uses to refine us like silver.
Even when some things are painful we can know that the Lord is burning off all the garbage that is in us to purify us and make us more like him. As Silver Refined: Answers to Life's Disappointments (9781400073481): Kay Arthur: Books

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autumn Blessings

Happy Harvest ~ Autumn Blessings ~ Give Thanks ~

These are all little sayings that you will find all over my house this time of year.
I love fall, I love the color of the trees in the canyons all around me, I love the coolness in the air, I love the feeling that even though I am still busy now harvesting the garden and canning and working on my winter food storage I know that things are about to slow down. I love the smells in my house and the warm feeling that you get when you walk in the door. Everyone else loves it too.

I put cinnamon scented pine cones in the basket on the floor, this is the foyer table.

 My loyal companion, Quinny......where ever I go, there he is :o)
see him in the mirror

do you see Paris's sweet little face? she was running around me and kept hiding under what ever I was taking pictures of, she wanted to get her face in one...:o)

Then....Paris says  "Grammy, there is smoke out back in the bottom of the canyon, Grammy there is fire!"
  I went out on my back deck and this is what I saw.....My neighbors beautiful 110 year old barn was a blazing inferno.....I took her some warm banana nut bread and we shared a warm hug and a some one knows what happened and no one was hurt and there were no animals in the barn, just stuff. I will miss this barn from my view! I so loved it.

 Whinnnnny!!! I then hear my beautiful Boogie calling me and I go to my front door and this is what I saw....these beautiful faces looking at me and wondering why I was late feeding them. you going to come out and give me some hay?  This is my beautiful Boogie
 Old Kidderman
 Sassy, she likes to pretend she doesn't care but she is the biggest pig of them all
Give Thanks to God for all your blessings, he meant for us to enjoy our lives.....Give Thanks for your trials too....they change us and help us to grow.
Happy Harvest

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Staying Under Authority

My Morning Devotions

Trusting God:

The early church was told to trust God and honor the Emperor (Matt. 17:25-27, Mark 12:14-17 Rom. 13 : 1-7).   God's grace empowers us to honor the unhonorable because of their positions, not their personality or worthiness.  If we take authority lightly, our prayers will be hindered.  Prayer will unlock a heart that is walled up.  We reach for God on the other side of a closed heart and draw from Him until He changes the heart. We get out of His way and rest in His ability to deal redemptively with our authorities.

Only weakness will break strongholds.

He asks us to lead from weakness not strength. The best we can do will never be enough. God loves us too much to let us succeed in our own strength. His name is I AM my name is I am not. Without Him, I can do nothing.


God is doing a new thing, He has a new direction for us and a deeper level for us with Him, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see Him in His word and respond to Him.

Seducing voices will suggest we take the easy road or take matters into or own hands by our own power, or to follow the dramatic or sensational.

We must give no ground to comfort, deception or denial of reality.  We must listen for God's voice alone.


God, as we place ourselves under your authority and the authority of our leaders, bosses, husbands, pastors...etc. give us ears to hear your voice and not the voice of the enemy that only brings confusion and discontentment to our hearts and minds.  Give us eyes to see your hand working in our lives and in the lives of those who are in authority over us.


When we operate in our own flesh and despise the authority of God, we are presumptuous and willful.  When we go out in presumption we are easy prey for our enemies who are lying in wait for us.  Truth is one of the pieces of the Christians armor.  The only strength that God can validate with His presence is knowing our great need of Him.  As we know the truth, we see that what we considered strengths are dangerous weaknesses, because we are deceived about their true nature and our true condition.  Truth is a person who says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".   (Matt 11:28-30)

Christ my Leader, Christ my Peace, Christ has brought my souls release; Christ my Righteousness Divine, Christ for me for He is mine.


what I did over the weekend

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Essential Oils: Improving the atmosphere in your home with essenti...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Few Things I Enjoy

I have been so busy that I really have not had time to post or write anything. ...

We are on our second week of homeschool and this year I'm homeschooling both girls. Iv been canning and busy with a garden expansion, taking care of the barn the house and trying to run every morning and take care of me :o)

I also do the book work for my husbands business. My life is very full, but it is a good full, I am so blessed!

 Here are some pictures of what I have been up to and a few things I enjoy.

I love vintage pictures

Canned Cherries

Homemade Salsa

 Chokecherry syrup.....(the chokecherries grow on the creek that runs out in the garden area)
 Harvested and dried oregano and thyme (I am still waiting on the sage and rosemary)

The new hens we got this past spring are now starting to lay. I think its funny to see the difference in the size of their eggs

I love fresh salsa made with tomatoes from the garden

A jug of sun tea (I live on the stuff)

Tomatoes and cabbage ripening in the garden

A husband who is feeling better and hard at work on the garden expansion :o)
What have you been up to?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beth Moore Live @ Salt Lake City

This is how I get to spend my weekend.....I will be spending it with two of my favorite women in the world, my mother "Fran" and my daughter in-law "Jana"............... I am so looking forward to this, I have been to one of Beth's live events before and it was a lot of fun....I love the corporate worship, Travis Cottrell is great! and Beth is a great teacher, she has a great way of relating to all ages of woman and is always good for a laugh.  I have done several of her bible studies, she has a way of making you dig deep into God's word and helping you to be able to apply it to your life.   THAT'S WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT!!!

LifeWay: Beth Moore's life-transforming Bible study challenges and inspires women of every age, everywhere. Joining Beth at this weekend event is acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and the Praise Team.
Beth's focus will be on the Scripture that God lays on her heart for each individual Living Proof Live event - no two are the same. As she explores the Bible and how it applies to real life, you'll be amazed by her own experiences as a believer, and you'll be inspired to magnify and strengthen your own relationship with God.
Each Living Proof Live event is scheduled for Friday, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (except for the Living Proof Live simulcast event). All seats are general admission.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Children's Heaven Addis Ababa

after viewing this video clip please click on the link below to  ...a sigh and sanity.
I am sharing this link form Marci who is the daughter of a very close friend of mine.

Please, after reading the story click on the link and go to the line where it says ...most innovative use of social on that then vote for ...Ethiopian Orphan Relief

This story touched my heart and I think it will touch yours too. I know that more of us would help if we knew where to go and how we could be of help....  I pray that they will be blessed beyond their needs.


a sigh and sanity: Ethiopian Orphan Relief

a sigh and sanity: Ethiopian Orphan Relief: I wanted to share with you something that is very close to my heart. I've said before how one of my biggest passions in life, even from the...

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Will Lift Up My Eyes Toward The Mountains

A Song of Ascents.

Psalm 121:1

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Oh my friend, how many times the Lord has shown me His faithfulness!

It is He who spoke the heavens into existence
It is He who gave the earth its form and gathered the waters into seas
It is He who gave me life and has numbered my days, even the hairs on my head
It is He who has given me salvation and He who will keep me unto that day!

There is peace and rest in knowing He did not save us just to throw us to the wolves or leave us to our own demise but has placed a higher calling on our lives......We who belong to Him are called to love and to live our lives in righteousness through Him........We are called to a higher standard of living than the world lives, to live a life without compromise that is pleasing to Him.......We cannot live a life without compromise apart from Him.

In fact it is when we get our eyes off of Him that we can get into trouble and can even find ourselves on a slippy slope of compromise but He has promised that if we will look to Him and place our trust in Him that He will not allow us to fall.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

121:1-8 The safety of the godly. - We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. The right hand is the working hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither by the open assaults, nor by the secret attempts of thine enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He will keep thee in life and death; going out to thy labour in the morning of thy days, and coming home to thy rest when the evening of old age calls thee in. It is a protection for life. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Give Blood

Give Blood

I gave blood today for the very first time....
Because I have 0 negative blood type they were happy to see me..It seems that it is a universal blood type and they can spin it down and use it for most people. Everyone else gave 1 unit of blood but not me, Oh no, they have a special way to collect my blood type and get 2 units of blood.  :o) I'm glad I did it!

To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733 2767).

Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.

When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood today.

To find out where you can donate, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733 2767).

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe - - How to Make Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

I found this chocolate cake recipe on the Internet when I was looking for a way to use up some of my excess buttermilk.

I make my own buttermilk and use it mostly to make homemade  Ranch Dressing.  ( I'll put the recipe for the dressing mix at the bottom of this post)

The buttermilk is easy to make, you just need to buy a bottle of buttermilk to start with then use 1 cup of buttermilk and three cups of milk, stir and place it in a jar. Put the jar in the cupboard for 24 hours.  Shake well and refrigerate. When you get down to only one cup of buttermilk left then it is time to make a new batch.

However, I use raw milk instead of homogenized pasteurized milk, the raw milk has natural enzymes and bacteria that are good for you but after so many batches the buttermilk changes in consistency and goes kinda slimy, thick and gloppy.........So, once in awhile I start a new batch with a new bottle of buttermilk from the store. The gloppy buttermilk is still good, I just didn't want to use it to make the ranch dressing.

Today I had 3/4 a quart of thick gloppy buttermilk that I didn't want to go to waste so I looked for a cake recipe to use it up. I try to stay away from white sugar and white flour for most foods I prepare but my family enjoys an occasional sweet treat and we certainly are not puritains and there are just certain recipes that I have not found a suitable "healthier" replacement for.

I can't seem to make anything without tweaking it or putting my own little twist to it. :o) though and a lot of the time I can take our favorite recipes and tweak them into a healthier version of the original.

 So, I did make a few changes to this recipe, I used coconut oil instead of canola oil and I just made a thick ganache and put it in the center of the cake just thin enough to spread then when it set it was like a fudge layer. I also have to make adjustments for our high altitude so I cut out 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda...both of these ingredients make the cakes rise too fast at a high altitude and then they fall....this makes me not happy!  I have tried to learn to make adjustments so this won't happen.

 this is the finished product
 this is what it looked like after my family attacked it (sorry about the blurry photo)
For the frosting I made a chocolate buttercream frosting because that is what my family likes.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe - - How to Make Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2½ cups granulated sugar
4½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups vegetable or canola oil
1½ cups buttermilk
3 large eggs
1½ cups freshly brewed, extra-strong hot coffee
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1½ cups whipping (heavy) cream


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 9-inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. Tip: to make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan, line with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust with flour.


2.In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder; whisk together to mix. Using an electric mixer on low speed, add oil, buttermilk and eggs; mix well. Add hot coffee in a thin stream, pouring down the side of the bowl. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly. Add vanilla and mix until batter is smooth.

Bake: 3.Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pans and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.


4.Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with 2 inches of water and heat to simmering. Place chocolate chips and cream in a stainless steel or glass bowl and sit on top of simmering water (the upper pan should not touch the water.) allow chocolate to melt and stir with a wire whisk until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature and ganache becomes thick enough to easily spread. Tip: Place bowl in a larger bowl of ice water to speed cooling and thickening, stirring Ganache as it cools.

5.Using an offset spatula, spread ganache between layers and over top and sides of cake.

 Serve cake using a pretty cake plate and cake server for a delightful presentation.

Ranch Dressing Mix:      (I will usually at least double this recipe so I don't have to make it as often,
to keep it fresh store it in a pint canning jar with a lid.)

3 TBSP onion powder
2 TBSP dried minced onions
5 TBSP dried parsley flakes
4 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

To make Ranch Dressing mix 2 cups mayonnaise and 2 cups buttermilk with 2 well rounded TBSP of dry ranch mix, whisk well and pour into a quart jar with a lid and refrigerate.

You can also use this dry mix with sour cream for a great dip and as a seasoning on potato wedges just toss the potato wedges with olive oil and sprinkle with ranch mix then bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until golden brown.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to Make Kombucha Tea

I finally did took me a couple of trys using defferent methods that I found on the internet. The one that finally worked for me was to buy a bottle of kombucha from Whole Foods and start with that and about two quarts of sweet tea. It took several weeks to grow the scoby because our house is airconditioned and kept around 71 or 72 degree.  

We love it...It is very fizzy :o)

How to Make Kombucha Tea

2 quarts water, filtered

4 organic black tea bags

¾ cup white granulated sugar

½ cup kombucha from the last batch


What is a SCOBY and where do you get one?

SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. It’s what transforms the sweet black tea into kombucha and provides the healthy probiotics. You can receive one from a friend who makes kombucha, you can order one through the mail, or you can grow one from a bottle of store-bought kombucha tea (that’s how I did mine, see directions below).

Directions to Make Kombucha Tea

Be careful to keep everything really clean. I make each batch in a half-gallon canning jar, which produces enough for three 16-oz bottles.

Day 1:

1.Boil a quart of filtered water.

2.Add 4 tea bags and let steep for 20 minutes.

3.Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar and let cool.

4.Pour tea into a half-gallon glass canning jar and then fill the jar with cool filtered water.

5.Add the SCOBY and 1/2 cup of kombucha from the last batch as a starter.

6.Cover jar with a muslin cloth or paper towel or coffee filter and secure it with a rubber band or the canning jar ring.

7.Let it sit undisturbed in a dark place for about 5-10 days. The longer it sits, the less sweet it will be. You can sample it with a straw to see how long you want to wait.
Day 10 (or sooner, if you prefer):

1.Remove the SCOBY from the jar, and place it on a plate.

2.Reserve a half cup of kombucha to start the next batch.

3.Pour the kombucha into bottles or jars with lids. I use glass swing-top bottles with rubber gaskets. (I bought them from a homebrew store that sells equipment for making wine and beer.) A batch this size fills three 16-oz bottles.

4.Add flavoring if you like. We add juice for flavor  add a little less than 1/4 cup  juice to each 16-oz bottle or you can use canning jars.

5.Let the bottles sit at room temperature for 5 days. This improves the flavor and adds carbonation. (Make sure your bottles have tight-fitting lids to hold the carbonation.) After 5 days, transfer the bottles to the refrigerator. They’re ready to drink!

With this routine, every nine days I start a new batch of kombucha, and each batch takes two weeks to be ready to drink. I use my calendar to help me remember when to start a new batch and when to move the bottles to the fridge.

 From what I’ve read, the SCOBY does best with sugar in the most simple form possible. Most of the sugar will be consumed before you drink the kombucha anyway.

 Store your SCOBY covered with some kombucha in a jar until you’re ready to start the next batch.

How to Grow a SCOBY

1.Start with a new 16-ounce bottle of plain store-bought kombucha.
2.Pour the kombucha into a wide-mouth glass canning jar, and cover the jar with muslin cloth or a paper towel.

3.After about four days, a SCOBY will start to form. Add some sweet black tea to help the SCOBY grow. (Sweet black tea made with a cup of water, one tea bag, and 1/4 cup granulated white sugar.)

4.After about ten more days, the SCOBY should be ready. You probably won’t want to drink any of this starter batch of kombucha (because of the taste), but do save a half cup of it for a new batch.

Try searching Google for photos to compare. If your SCOBY has brown tendrils on it, that’s probably extra yeast, and you can just remove those. If you think your SCOBY has mold on it, be safe and start over.

That’s the basic kombucha recipe. Try adding different varieties of fruits or juices to vary the flavors!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Gathering of Friends my favorite cookbooks

I was so excited last weekend when DeWayne and I were invited over to some friends house for dinner, Mike and Debbie Jones are great friends of ours and we try to get together once in awhile. Some times we meet at a restaurant or at each others home. This time we went to their home.   Their home is beautiful, it looks like something out of a magazine. They don't have grandkids yet and their kids are all grown so their house is immaculate! Debbie and I have been friends for nearly 30 years and our tastes and interests are very much alike so we have fun inspiring each other.

Well was I surprised to find out when we got there that she was making dinner with her new volume #3 of
The Gathering of Friends cookbook.......I didn't even know it was out yet.

I'm the one who showed her my cookbooks (volume #1 and #2) and she fell in love with them.....she ordered hers and since then we have both given them for birthday gifts and wedding gifts......everyone loves these cookbooks!!!

Michelle Huckstable, the woman that wrote them is also and interior decorator and the photos in her books of beautiful rooms and beautiful tablescapes are very inspiring. She also has the same taste in decorating as me and Debbie do so we get tons of ideas for our homes from these cookbooks. (who would have ever thought you could get decorating ideas from a cookbook?)
Thanks Michelle!!!

I just ordered volume #3  of my favorite cookbooks of all time....:o)

I have quiet a collection of cookbooks and I love to cook, set a pretty table and have family gatherings.
I started doing dinner parties a few years ago for adult birthdays....I set the table with all the pretty stuff I have collected, tall stemmed cut glass water goblets, colorful place mats, cloth napkins, candles and my red toile dishes that I bought at TJ Maxx (love that store). My mother has even gotten in on the fun and picked up some nice pieces she has come across at yard sales.  SO FUN!!  I also do a nice table for Holidays. Its a great creative outlet for me. The birthday person gets to go through my "The Gathering of Friends" cookbooks and select their menu. With all the grandkids there are 10 of us so I set two tables, one for the adults and one for the kids. I think I have tried most of the recipes in volumes 1&2 and I can't wait to get #3.

So if you like to cook like cookbooks and pretty tablescapes go check out these cookbooks and buy one...... I bet you will love them too!  warning though you'll want to collect them all :o)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

R. Kelly - The Storm Is Over Now

I stumbled accross this song and it went streight to my spirit.....this sense of joy came over me as I listened to it the first time and I knew that the storm that has been raging inside of me for a year now , was over.
Some things are bittersweet...some just not for this time in our lives....
Whatever the case may be."God is faithful!"
I am smiling

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kennecott Copper Mine:

Today we went on a field trip to the  Kennecott Copper Mine
Jana, her sister Lara and I took all the kids to the world famous Bingham Canyon Mine.  The mine has produced more copper than any other mine in history. It is one of two man made objects seen from space. To give you some idea about the size of this mine, it’s three-quarters of a mile deep and more than 2 3/4 miles across at the top. It is the largest open pit mine in the world.

DeWayne acually worked for Kennocott for 5 years when our boys were babies and he drove one of these huge trucks.

This is what the face of the mountain looks like where the mine is.
This view is looking west from the Salt Lake Valley.


Kennecott Utah Copper: Take a virtual tour

Portia has been studying American History and this morning we watch a movie about the Statue of Liberty.
She ask me if they painted it.....I said I did not know. Then while we where at the copper mine in the visitors center we saw a model of the Statue of Liberty and we learned that she is covered sheets of copper and her green color is the nice patina from age that copper goes when it is out in the cool....I might have known this at one time but if I did I have forgotten.

Hope your having a wonder summer

Sunday, July 10, 2011


This week we said a very tearful goodbye to one of our precious mares, Dotty.
She suffered a twisted intestine and we had to have her euthanized.
This is a hard loss for me. Dotty is one of he last colts that I bred and raised when I was showing and breeding horses. I owned her beautiful sire his name was Unequalled and I owned her dam, her name was Dunny.

After my daughter in-law (Christine) died 6 years ago and I went back to being a full time mom and I sold most of my breeding horses. Running a breeding operation is a full time job, so is being a mom.

I kept Dotty because she was such a nice mare. She became my daughter in-law's (Jana) horse and has been such a sweet heart of a mare to own. Jana had Dotty bred and she gave birth to Bella three years ago. Bella is still Jana's and she too is very sweet. (I'm glad Jana still has Bella) Dotty was the best mother horse I had ever seen, she really loved her filly.  She protected her and would run any other horse off in the pasture if they got too close to Bella.  Dotty loved the barn and loved to be in her stall at night. She was born in my barn and she died in my barn. She will be sorely missed!

Thank you to my Lord for entrusting these wonderful creatures to my care.
Thank you to Jen the vet that came out at midnight and helped us,
Thank you to the Bishops, neighbors that I called on for help until the vet got here...wonderful people!, better neighbors could not be found.
Thank you to my son Wayne for taking off work to come and dig the whole out in the pasture where we buried Dotty. It was not the most pleasant job but he cowboyed up and got the job done.
Thank you Wayne! 
Last but not least thank you also to my husband who has been so good to me over the years by lavishly blessing me with these horses. Keeping horses is not cheap.

I could have missed the pain but I would have had to miss the dance.
Goodbye my beautiful Dotty, I really did love you!   RUN FREE

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I love my yard in the summer
Dewayne gave me money to fill my flower pots for Mother's Day :o)

 can you see the daisies?  They grow wild all over our property even out in the horse pastures. I love them they are one of my favorite flowers. Iv thought of planting them up and down our lane and calling this place Daisey Lane........What do you think?

 This is the family hang out in the summer This is a great spot because it is shady after 4pm and great for BBQs

We love to ride horses in the mountains in the summer
This is DeWayne with my Boogie Man.....I was nice and let him ride my horse :o)

 Our guide and farrier James with his pack mules

 This was my view on Dotty
 Bella gets loves from Jaren my grandson, she just had a bath

 HoneyPie gets a bath too
 Get the face good
Paris gets a ridding lesson on Boe from Aunt Jana

 Boe gets a bath too
 and all Sammy does is sleep
Grab life by the tail and run with it.....enjoy every day and everyone that is in your life.
Things can change so quickly none of us know what tomorrow will bring so grab today!
Blessings and I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!

I want to add here that when you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior even though we may not know what tomorrow KNOW who holds tomorrow!!! and He IS GOD!