Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I love the color combinations in this treasury ~~very Spring like. Click here to go directly to the Treasury page for a better view of each item and to be able to go to each artists' Etsy shop for more goodies!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Back in the day, peeps were yellow. Period. Today you can find them in pink, purple and even green! Amazing...
Look what I found browsing through Etsy today! Peeps!
This card is called "Riding with my Peep". Hilarious! There are several other cards in this series, you can find them at Plastic Ponies shop.
And how about some Chocolate Dipped Peeps with Candy Sprinkles in all the colors of the rainbow! These evil little peeps (and I mean that in a good way) come from Broken Road Farm. You'd better place your order now, I see a peep shortage coming...(Raise your hand if you always bit the head off the peep first?~~)
Or how about a peep that has ZERO calories and is just as cute and fluffy...
This adorable little needle felted peep is created by Wooly Works. Check out their shop for other adorable little critters.
Peeps and Easter go hand in hand. Did you get peeps in your easter basket as a kid?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
On Saturday, we helped my friend bury her beloved 30 year old horse, Stormy. They had been together for 25 YEARS.
Making the hard decision, the right decision, for your animals is never easy. It never seems right for us, but in the end it's not about us. We have the ultimate obligation to them.
My friend sent Stormy on to greener pastures where he is young and whole again.
Ride on Stormy...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Marjorie makes the coolest Cowgirl inspired aprons. Here is the one she is GIVING AWAY! I love the bucking bronc print. Doesn't this make you want to throw it right on and start baking? It does me.
Any self-respecting cowgirl should own one of these cuties. (I'm already entered). Gallop on over to Cowgirl Goods and get your name in the hat!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here we are waiting for our turn in the spotlight. My friend Jean's horse, Scout, makes Piper look like a mini! He is a 3 year old draft cross that she adoped from Equine Voices when he was a yearling.
Piper working in front of the crowd. Lee did a great job telling her story and ad-libbing ....even when Piper decided to turn her butt to the crowd.... and poop. (yes, she sure did). Ahh, horses, gotta love 'em.She's turning into a big horse, not a baby anymore. Not sure if I'm happy about that or not!
And this is Gulliver, the "mascot" for Equine Voices. He is a BIG boy. He was one of the original horses rescued and is now the symbol of rescue for Equine Voices. He is quite the ambassador!
I'm looking forward to many years of great adventures together. The fun has just begun!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is her in May of last year. She was so little! It's amazing how much she has grown in almost a year.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Well, what do you know...it's a bunny pic! This is Patches and Nutmeg, BFFs to the end. Patches is the lop (notice I didn't say "mini" lop) She tops the scale at 10 lbs! She's a BIG bunny. Nutmeg is a mini-rex and is a petite 4.5 lbs. Mini-rex are known for their super soft fur, the original Velveteen bunny. She's like holding a real live stuffed animal!
Both of these buns found their way to us because their owners did not stop to think about a lifelong committment when they bought them for their kids. Their loss! Wouldn't know what to do without these 2 hopping around the house...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday, but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car or tractor in "drive."
When you step back, it's not just about horses - it's about love, life, and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow.
Listen to stories of that once-in-a-lifetime horse; of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return.
Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion.
In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses--or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If you find yourself with an extra minute or two and you like free goodies, check out the Etsy Giveaways Blog....and let me know if you win anything. Good luck!
Monday, March 2, 2009
This is my favorite cookbook. It was my mom's and is copyright March 1968... (I had just barely cleared my first birthday!) It's pages are tattered, stained and sometimes ripped out of the book completely.
The recipes in this cookbook are timeless. Not so much for the fashions in the pictures! (Lovin' the June Cleaver-esque dress)
Here is the recipe for "Chocolate Chippers", otherwise known as Chocolate Chip Cookies. It is really the best recipe I have ever come across. And it calls for shortening (good old Crisco) and you MUST use it, no substitutions. I'm not sure what is in shortening and probably don't want to know, but I've tried to substitute butter in the past and the cookies just do not come out right. I am sure I have turned to this page in the cookbook hundreds of times over the years.... Mmmmm.... not only do I love the cookies, I really love the cookie dough! (But, I didn't eat any tonight, trying to have some willpower!)But, maybe I could have just ONE....
What is your favorite chocolate chip recipe?