Monthly Archives: June 2018

New Goodies

My baby and I went shopping yesterday. We bought groceries, flowers, succulents, and cupcakes found at a new place in town. Little man loves flowers like his Momma. The local co-op had their plants on sale for a quarter each! Baby boy found a couple and was excited.

At Walmart, I found two adorable succulents for my newest collection. One of them is so whimsical. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss. Lol.

The cupcakes were bought at a new place in a nearby town. Hubby says mine are better. (Everyone say: Awwwwww!) I kinda have to agree. I wasn’t impressed but, the atmosphere was fun and the cupcakes were pretty. Little man loved it.

We had a great afternoon together. I’m a blessed Boy Momma. ❤️

#cupcakes #BoyMomma #succulents #DrSeuss #Flowers #CoOp #shopping #whimsical #plants #SmallTown

Family Bonding

Ranch and farm life is not for the weak. It’s hard work! It’s nasty and hot in the summer. Animals don’t wait on cooler weather to have mishaps. We had to catch a cow who had prolapsed a few days ago. In 100 degree weather, we all pitched in to catch, pen, and Doctor the crazy creature. She tried jumping out of the corral and running over us a few times. We finally got her in the shoot, cleaned, and shoved her insides (that were on the outside) back in to her. Mission accomplished. Or…..so we thought. (Insert eye rolling emoji!) We went back to check on her the next day and she’d jumped out of the pen that we put her in for observation. **sigh** The guys caught her again and she somehow managed to break her leg loading into the trailer! Goodness. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or tell her not to be such a pain. So, off to the butcher she went. We will have tons of hamburger very soon. Here’s a few farm pics I took of the first day. We worked some calves that first catch day also. Yesterday, my youngest put on a tire and tightened the lug nuts on his own. You want to raise some strong, hard working men? Buy a farm. Lol. I’m so proud of him. Only one lug nut had to be tightened a little bit more. Farm boys are rough and tough.

(Photo prop only; not quite ready to turn baby loose on a tractor.)

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

~A

#farm #Boys #tractor #ranch #cow #cattle #calves #prolasped

New Addition

I added three new plants to my collection yesterday. An Aloe Vera (the last one was caught in a huge storm last year and I lost it eventually. Don’t judge me! Lol), a marigold, and a succulent with a name you’ll have to read off its container.

Although, I occasionally have casualties….I truly do love gardening. Planting things is so relaxing to me. Hopefully, I’ve got these new guys in enough shade to stay outside awhile. Full time house plants don’t usually have as long of a life span for me. I said, don’t judge! Lol. I just do better with outdoor plants and gardens.

Happy Planting!

~A

#plants #garden #succulents #aloevera #houseplants #marigolds #gardening

Blackberry Cobbler

I planted blackberries last year. They still aren’t producing but, thankfully we live in the boonies. Just down the road are lots of wild blackberry bushes. I finally talked my husband into taking me picking last night. Even though a huge storm blew in, we hastily grabbed enough to make a cobbler. Lightning in the not too distance, we decided we had enough just as huge rain drops started falling. By the time we jumped in the truck, a near monsoon was coming down. Just in the nick on time, we were safely in the old farm truck headed home.

When we arrived home, I mixed my bottle calves milk. The little summer storm passed and I was able to feed them without swimming. Lol. Next, I rinsed off the delicious blackberries and began making a cobbler. It’s still early in the season but, I’m so glad we went picking. It was so delicious! Here’s the recipe for a Homemade Fruit Cobbler, as my Momma taught me. I’ve made peach, strawberry, and blackberry cobblers before. It’s a flexible from scratch recipe. Adjust it to fit your family.

Ingredients:

1 cup of desired fruit

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of self rising flour

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup of milk

1/2 stick of butter (Add at the end.)

First, grease a square sized casserole dish. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, mix everything (except the butter) in a bowl together. Next, you’ll pour your ingredients into the casserole dish. Add your butter to the center of the cobbler to melt as it cooks. Bake until lightly brown, approximately 25 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe is so simple. It’s perfect for beginners or to bake with your littles helping. Even though it’s easy, it’s so delicious! You’ll definitely want to bake it again and again.

I hope you have a blessed day!

~A

#farm #bottlecalves #scratch #baking #recipe #blackberries #cobbler #homemade #boonies #storm

Calves

I have six rescue calves right now. All of them are/were bottle calves. Three are still taking a bottle and three are now weaned. Their names are Shirley Temple, Bug, Trouble, TBone, Hulk, and Brewster.

Shirley is the only heifer in the group. A neighbor gave her to me at 2 days old. Her mother passed away after having her. Bug and Trouble were saved by a friend when they got sick. After she weaned them, I bought them at a good price. Hulk was brought to me by the same friend and given to me. It went something along the lines of: “Try to save him, I think he’s going to die.” He was very bad. I thought I lost him a few times the first couple days. He pulled through. He did lose some hair on his back end from fever. He’s doing great now! Brewster is next. The same friend found him sick, nursed him. I bought him when I got Bug and Trouble. She had named Brewster, “Punky”. I hated that name for a boy and changed it to Brewster. (Y’all remember that show? Punky Brewster? Haha!) I almost forgot, TBone. TBone was a twin calf. His owner (a neighbor to our farm), decided his cow could only raise one calf. So, we bought him, and I’ve been his momma since about 2 days old.

We have more cattle at our regular farm but, you’ve now met all my current “bottle” babies. I hope you’ve enjoyed a few introductions at my petting zoo. (AKA Funny Farm)

Happy Monday!

~A

#farm #bottlecalves #rescue #calves

Worship

Hello, my blog friends. I hope you have a blessed Sunday. I pray your families are waking up to go worship God. My family is slowly getting around. We have bottle calves to feed in the rain first then, off to praise the Lord.

Happy Sunday, y’all!

~A

#bottlecalves #church #Sunday #praise #worship

More Herbs

I added three more herbs to my tiny flower/herb bed. It may sound silly to some but, this little collection makes me so happy. I’m excited every time I add a perennial or herb. Today, I chose rosemary, Italian oregano, and sweet mint. The sweet mint is already starting to grow past the little pot they had it in. This made me choose a pot to plant it in, instead of the ground. I was afraid it would take over entirely too fast.

Happy Saturday!

~A

#Garden #gardening #herbs #rosemary #oregano #mint #antiques

Gardenless

I usually have a garden every year. This year, I wasn’t working from home. I just never got motivated to do one. I’m sad but, it is what it is. The local farmers markets are loving my business.

I’ve been planting some perennials and adding herbs here and there. I just had to get my hands in the dirt one way or another! Every time I go to town, I check out the garden centers. Lol. Today, I’m going to grab a few groceries and a couple more herbs. (Shhhh! Let’s not tell hubby! He keeps asking how many more things I’m going to get. lol)

I want some mint and oregano next, I believe. I love adding antique containers into my tiny little flower bed. My sister in law suggested putting succulents in some of the containers. I’ve not had succulents before, and I’m unsure what to think about them. I might try one.

Eventually, I want the flowers/herbs down the front and side of my home. It’s a work in progress on a tiny flower budget. One (or three!) plant at a time. Here’s a beginning picture of what I’ve started with. Don’t judge me by the dirty vinyl siding or pitiful start but, it makes me happy.

It’s a start and makes me so happy to be in the dirt again. One plant at a time. I’ll get there eventually. I hope you are all having a great summer. Try to stay cool, a near impossible task if you have humidity like us! God bless.

~A

#garden #herbs #antiques #humidity #succulents

Father’s Love

Happy Father’s Day to all the good ones out there. God bless the ones who try their best to teach their babies the right way. Praise God for those who step up as step parents, grandparents raising little ones, and for those single moms who stepped up with the man wouldn’t. Thank you, Jesus, for all the Foster Dads too.

So many children fall through the cracks, end up in foster homes, prison, or repeating a vicious cycle of sin and neglect because, they didn’t have a Daddy or someone in their corner. To those dead beat dads and no shows….. shame on you. (It’s time to make some changes, Pal.)

I am so blessed to have a Christian Daddy. He loves us no matter what. He’s always there for us, no matter how busy he is pastoring a Church. He was always there when our friends needed a safe place as well. He’s a great Pa for his six grandchildren too. I’m so thankful for Him.

I thank God for my husband as well. He’s a great man and example to our boys. He’s taught them so many things about life, farming, and cowboy stuff. He’s a hard working man who’s always taken excellent care of us. He spoils us unconditionally.

For those of you who don’t have a Father figure, look up. God will love you and never let you down. Choose Him today.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddies. God bless you all.

~A

#Father #Cowboy #Church #blessed #Daddy

Funny Farm Life

I collected four more calves in the last week. One was very sick when it was given to me. I rescued him and nursed him back to health. I named him Hulk. He’s now rambunctious and growing stronger every day. Other than losing some hair from the fever, he’s doing great.

The other three newbies I bought from the same farm. They were all bottle babies but, two are now weaned. There names are Bug, Trouble, and Brewster. They are all heathy and mischievous.

I usually have a big garden going by now. This year, I never got around to planting one. I’m sad about it but, that’s life. I’ve learned to just go with the flow. I just trust God, and let Him guide me through the chaos. Can I get an amen?! Lol. I did plant a few potatoes. I also hit Walmart’s plant clearance. I scored some lavender and some other flowers at great prices. I’m excited to at least plant a few things. I also found some great outdoor pillows for $3.88! I’ve been wanting these pillows for awhile but, didn’t want to pay $10. Lol

Well, this weekend we will be busy working rodeos out of town. I rented us a nice house near the arena through airbnb. I’m trying to get laundry caught up and start packing. I hope you all have a blessed week. Be safe. Serve God. Love others.

~A

#garden #Plants #airbnb #rodeo #calves #babycalves #walmart