“Greater” – Great movie!

We (Travis, Erin and I as well as the athletes and families at Heritage School) had the opportunity to watch the movie, “Greater”, yesterday evening. Wow! What an inspiring story! Highly recommend this movie to teen youth and their families. It is based on the true story of Brandon Burlsworth. Amazing young man.

Thank-you to our Athletic Director, Dr. Tami Givens, for arranging this opportunity. And a HUGE thank-you to Tate Richburg and Cecil Atkission Motors for underwriting the tickets and snacks for us all! Also thank-you to Fritztown Cinema for the showing. Lovely evening.

The real Brandon Burlsworth (photo from Wikipedia):


Construction Update #1

As most of you know, we demolished the old cinder block house on the property. Unfortunately, remodeling it was not a great option as the foundation was compromised and we found tons of mold, rot and termites during demolition. Very yucky! We were able to salvage some (cool rock, flooring, tin, etc.) that we and some friends will be reusing.

Here are some photos of the demolition and beginnings of the new work Matt has started for our new little house! Can’t wait!!







Here’s one more set of photos I snitched from Matt of the before and after demolition:

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Bacon, etc.

I just received a book I ordered: “Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing” by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. I ordered this book to assist in my quest of learning how to make EXCELLENT, YUMMY, AMAZING bacon myself.


I just read the first part of the first line of the introduction and am liking it already! “A book devoted to animal fat and salt…”

How much more could one ask for?!!


I am not a great keeper of New Year’s resolutions. However, I am going to TRY to keep up my poor site more regularly this year…

I do not have any new photos to post today; but check out these two cute ones from December 2007. My how we have changed!


Christmas Lamb

New babies!!

See the new baby chick hatched today! That is not its “real” mother but just one of the hens that sat on the batch of eggs. Four total hatched today (so far)!!

Baby chicks 1

Baby chicks 2

baby chicks 3

Big Sky Coffee Cake

This recipe was given to me about 25 years ago by a co-worker at KPMG from Montana. As excellent now as it was then!


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 large can pie filling (whatever flavor floats your boat)


1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and shortening. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix well. Add flour and baking powder and mix until blended.

Spread 2/3 of the dough in the bottom of a rectangular jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Spread pie filling on top. Dot with remaining dough. Bake 35-45 minutes.

Combine powdered sugar and milk mixing well. Drizzle over the top of the coffee cake and enjoy!!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

These cookies are amazing! They stay soft (at least for 36 hours – haven’t had one last longer than that yet), and are super easy to make.



1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (1/2 can)
1 large egg
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

To roll in-

1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together the butter, shortening, sugars, pumpkin, and egg, beat well. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well-blended.
Chill dough for about 30 minutes (or cheat like me and throw it in the freezer for about 10 minutes). Roll into balls the size of small walnuts. ** I use a small scoop instead of rolling by hand. MUCH faster and easier. **
In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger (do not leave out the ginger – adds an amazing flavor). Roll dough balls in sugar mixture until completely covered.
Place dough balls about 2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet. ** I line mine with parchment. **
Bake 7-9 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft. (Exactly 8 minutes in my oven.)
Makes about 5-6 dozen cookies.