Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by on 14 Feb 2014 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Flashback to 2008…

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2008 eck

2008 kak

2008 NaNa and Grandma

Happy New Year!

Posted by on 23 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

If we missed you in our mailing, sorry. But here is our Happy New Year card! Hope everyone has a great one!

New Year Card

Bacon, etc.

Posted by on 23 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Good Stuff, Recipes

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.

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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?!!

A few more oldies but goodies…

Posted by on 07 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Handsome Pirate

2007 Erin dog ears

Resolutions…

Posted by on 02 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

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!

Travis

Christmas Lamb

Happy New Year!

Posted by on 01 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Happy New Year from us and all the animals! :) Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that you all continue to have a restful break.

Showing their Longhorn spirit!

Posted by on 19 Dec 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

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Thanks Caleb for the cool ties!

Eisbahn!!

Posted by on 25 Nov 2012 | Tagged as: Good Stuff

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Come iceskate in Fredericksburg! Eisbahn is open now through January 5th. Check out the website at www.skateinfred.com.

Worked our shift yesterday. Very cool. :)

Happy??? Black Friday?

Posted by on 23 Nov 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

I do my best NOT to participate in this madness…

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted by on 22 Nov 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

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The Flash

Posted by on 16 Oct 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

The Flash

New babies!!

Posted by on 23 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: The Chiggens

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

Hook ‘em!

Posted by on 23 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Other Animals

Longhorns

Travis mowing

Posted by on 23 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Travis mowing 1

Travis mowing 2

Two Dogs

Posted by on 23 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends, Other Animals

Two dogs

Big Sky Coffee Cake

Posted by on 16 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Recipes

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!

Ingredients:

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)

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk

Instructions:

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

Posted by on 15 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Recipes

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.

Ingredients:

Dough-

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

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!!

Volleyball!

Posted by on 15 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Volleyball

Scary in the kitchen!

Posted by on 15 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

Be afraid! Be very afraid!!!!

Scary in the kitchen 1

Scary in the kitchen 2

August Birthdays

Posted by on 15 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: Family and Friends

August Birthdays

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