For the second time in not so many days we are stopped by a little rain shower. Peak open the eyes early knowing I need to get things going for the crowd. wonder why it isn't very light out~ know it can't be doing much as the wind is blowing...only to drag my behind out of the covers to see the droplets hitting the ground.
I am assuming that I should call the hubby and see if there is any chance that we will proceed. But I already know his answer...so I will just wait tell that last minute decision and throw things together.
I would like to say that I crawled back into the covers...just to listen to the drops on the roof... or to take a look at the book that has been laying by my bedside waiting for a free moment...where the music is cranked and the world can disappear into solace.
The clouds lift then darken again...as i chose to sit at the computer rather than fuss with the last minute getting the house clean and the other chores that should be finished. Bob will be here soon...and the cousin Krafts will be wondering what there day will bring as well.
My mind drifts off to the old days...the fondest of memories~ where it didn't matter how many people where at the door ready to spend the weekend there would be a celebration just because it rained... and the whiskey would flow, and the poker chips stacked, and the kids ran in and out, tracking mud, chasing around, soaked to the core...
And I think of the times where I really didn't understand what the rain meant...Be it a few drops or a soaker. And how it was ok for the world to stop as long as there was rain. And how if it would settle in there would truly be a chance to disappear...take a quick getaway and how everyone's moods changed or change.
And now we just wait...see what comes. As the promise of sunshine looms for tomorrow and we ponder how to rearrange, we all are revived in the notion of Spring rains that seem to be brought on by branding season.
Maybe it's the good memories from growing up? Where every neighbor had their weekend in June. Maybe it was because that's when the valley came to life, with people from Idaho, or Dillon, there were lots of kids to play with, (cute boys as we got older), wonderful food, poker games, dancing and parties tell all times into the morning.
And maybe it's what I find now. Be it a few that we have just purchased or when the glory of spring rolls around and all your winters worth of work has payed off.
Whatever it is I wish I could describe that sense when it's time. A hard days work, that comes with this weird felling of pride and accomplishment...
You may remember me mentioning that Anna was the proud recipient of the Merit Heifer program last year. An incredible program that scholarships live heifer animals for ag kids to help start their herd.
Anna was incredibly lucky to meet this family.
And received her beautiful heifer Miss Chrissy.
It was a wonderful experience for Anna and Missy Chrissy came home with us to keep last fall. But there was one thing that still needed completed.
We had started looking through the state files about a year ago. Looking for the right combination, in the right place, that was still available. And really I can honestly say I was surprised how excited Anna was when she received it. She had to show everyone....proud! I think she was proud.
So yesterday as the first of the season came, of course she had to get out of school early.
And in a blink of an eye, it was done, OFFICIAL, she was in the cattle business. And Miss Chrissy and her little calf were not ours but officially HERS!
For me it will always be the Cross O Cross +O+ (flipped upright). That when I look at it just does something to my heart....no matter how many times I see it for a second it just stops me...
For Anna I think it will be her first A bar Diamond and thoughts of Miss Chrissy becoming hers that will make here heart do the same thing.
Maybe it all is the rebirth, Spring, babies, the sunshine, the times when everyone is together laughing just enjoying the work at hand.
Or maybe it's just the fact that it simply,
Saw these beauties at the grocery store a couple of days ago
Don't raspberries just yell SUNSHINE...
I have been on a scone "LIKE" lately so when I saw Iced Raspberry Scones on pinterest of course I HAD to pin it. But let's all be honest sometimes when you try a pinterest recipe that looks to die for you just wanna say, "you thought that was good?!".
So when I saw the raspberries at the grocery store the other night I figured I might as well give it a try.
The pinterest picture is on my food board, and they look amazing. (head there for the true official, real step by step recipe)
You will need
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
mix all the dry ingredients.
cut in the butter and start a mixin (with your good ole hands) until it resembles course bread crumbs ....snitch a piece of butter (no one is lookin)
you know the recipe can't be bad with my two fav ingredients...butter and whipping cream!
mix all the wet ingredients together and give them a little stir.
mix the wet and dry ingredients
when it starts to come together turn onto a floured counter and work it together with your hands...
then press into a 10 x 14 rectangle.
now the fun part
sprinkle on the raspberries and then top with 2 TBS sugar
(anna thought they needed a bit more sugar?? raspberries aren't really in season so she may be right and this is probably where i might sprinkle in a bit more) (best to snitch one of those raspberries and see what you think)
roll up the dough tightly from the 10 inch side.
slice the dough into 8 rounds and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
brush the top with a little bit of milk
bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 min until lightly browned
I had to have a sneak peak in the oven!
while you patiently wait ...
for the glaze
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 to 5 tbsp milk...
(I assume you know to mix it up)
Let your scones cool 10 min before drizzling on the goodness
(I have to say love the smidge of cinnamon in the frosting....yum)
then you guessed it...grab a cup of joe and enjoy!
These would really be lovely for Easter brunch.
when they stare you in the face at the store...go ahead and grab them!
I will make this recipe again!! Although I would like to play with the cooking time a smidge...they are a little wetter than a normal scone (sure because of the raspberries)
Hope you get to enjoy!
Dang! I was on such a roll before Christmas... and now look it is the middle of March. DANG!
As always plenty going on, some good, some sad, some life...And while I could go into each with some long long long story....well.
On a weird note last night I walked into my laundry room. You know the one that I have wanted to fix to perfection so it could go on pinterest...(hey I did finally finish my scrapbook paper wall) (now I just have this LITTLE spot by the dryer that hasn't been painted because the newer dryer is lower than the old dryer....and you guessed it, that paint bucket is EMPTY)
Anyway, I kinda stubbed my toe on my ROCK that is my door stop....which after a few choice words made me smile cause I bet not everyone has a rock for a door stop. At least probably not a painted ladybug with one eye.
I have the other eye....somewhere. My grandma Ann had painted this for my Auntie Ber, which I gladly inherited! It makes me smile.
And I also have this
Anna's friend Jessie made it. I think they call it a puff cheetah. (cross between a puffer fish and a cheetah???) So cute it HAS to sit by my desk.
Yep it grows like this all the time. Or at least for the past 20 years. Sometimes there is just dirt....but then one little leaf pops out... my mom had given it to an old friend, and somehow I ended up with it....shows my growing skills...but CAN't for the life of me throw it.! So it just sits in my kitchen window where it has sat for the last MANY years.
My family had a rock fetish...rocks to some, Indian scrapers to my dad!
a finely carved box...sits on my bedside table
do you have vintage decorated match boxes?
donald duck piggy bank?
Pottery made by a couple of girls I taught in school (way back in the day. One holds my rings, one holds all the stuff that comes out of the washing machine.) (which is a whole other blog post)
a medicine cabinet that came out of our old house in the valley. (the house where everything was painted. (you should see Lynda's yellow and pink piano))This holds all my little oddities.
Strange things, that wouldn't make it my home if they weren't there. (and you guessed it, these are just a few...(you should see what I have in my drawer))
In the world of perfect pinterest homes, what's your oddities? The things that really no one else understands why you have them, but makes your heart happy. Take a walk around your home... can you beat me?
i can't even begin to say how long it has been in my garage... a very very very long time.
and i can't even begin to even begin to guess how very old it is...all I remember is being little, in the spring of the year on one of the first trips of the year to the valley, we would go up to the gravel pit at the top of the road where an old pile of snow was still waiting to melt and then cranking away, begging to take the lid off for the 1st bite of goodness.
It sat in the porch of the Valley and I believe got shuffled to Idaho at some point. During one of the cleaning out sessions of course me who can throw nothing had to rescue it and bring it home....hey it is in my color zone too!
so finally i thought what the heck~ time to give it a try...so I promised Anna and Keni we would try our hand during Christmas break.
We dug out Mom's old recipe
cook over medium heat till chocolate is melted and almost at a boil
go ahead and try a smitch ohhh so good!
as bad as the outside looked the inside was actually in really good shape.
dump in the ice cream mixture
we alternated snow ice salt
and turned and turned and turned
we kept packing snow and ice ~ got cold and finally had to retreat to the porch~ where we could stand it no more and had to peak! NOT DONE! so we cheated a bit and left it outside~ the ONLY good thing about it being cold lately.
and then after dinner~
(it could have set a bit longer but we couldn't wait)
ohhhh so good! and worth all the work!
(of course an electic one would have been way easier but where is the fun in that!)
June: May finished out with lots of Clogging events
headed to Salt Lake for Competition
and clogging in Buffalo
1st in traditional solo!
take a look at that HAIR! ~ bball and clogging~! I see took up the year.
thanks to a good party and a lot of work getting ready my yard looked better than it had in years! (gonna need a party this year)
(dreaming of this as it is DUMPING SNOW RIGHT NOW)
July: Brought auctioneering school for Seth
I was just happy with some cute paper stuff! That's what I mean about the simple things~
of course the Valley and cows
and special Valley places
a million dollar rain~ got soaked but what the heck...
no better place in the whole wide world!
simply means fair!
a little practicing at the auction
everyone but Seth~~~
and then of course the boys head off to college~ one last picture with the old friends~~~
and of course after MUCH MUCH VOTING~ way to go keni
and this girl goes off to school~ the house gets a bit quiet~
CORN CORN CORN~ and my trusty old truck
trips to the valley to move cows
Anna and Miss Chrissy~
stay tuned for more on Miss Chrissy come March~
a little halloween party at the neighbors~ serious stuff on the pumpkin carving!
WE GOT TO GET AWAY TO DEADWOOD!
maybe had a little too much to drink~
and guess who I ran into~
love this girl!
back to normal around here
heading to Taylor Swift!~
doesn't get much better than that
a new project at our house
and then how lucky that we got to end our year with this
Sports story of the year! WOW!!!!
I must admit it was so fun to go back and remember this night~ still not alot of words for this great team of players ~ that are still besties and have had such a great time getting back together this break~~ which says so much.
I would also be remit if I didn't say this year cattle prices have never been higher~ which is very strange and honestly a bit scary....
Truly a blessed year for us~ TRULY~~
I think that I tend to not look backwards too much. Not sure how truthful that is, but it did hit me a few days back that I really hadn't analyzed last year much. I had seen a few posts saying GOOD riddance to 2014 which made me start thinking how it truly was a pretty darn good year in our household.
As I get older, I guess, I've become more accepting of friends passing and tragedies. I'm realizing that each day that passes without bad news makes for a good day.
So simple days count. When you can just get up, go to work, come home to quiet, work a little harder, play once in a while...
But as I got to thinking about it, last year was even a little more eventful. And, while I have shared all these things previously, I feel that it just wouldn't be right to not pay thanks to a prosperous past year with a little blog post to go down memory lane.
So last year in review.... a truly great year.
January: Took me to market in Denver and Dallas ~ GO BRONCOS!
it was full of basketball
and some clogging, of course
and the year wouldn't be complete without a Laurel over Central WIN!
Dan continued to get into his bball groove... we watched A LOT of basketball last year!
and it wouldn't be a year without the cousin Krafts'!
And lets not forget Anna was chosen for a Merit Heifer! Meet Miss Chrissy!
What do you think? ~ MORE BALL!
It gets a little quieter and more humble as Dan is taken out of the game with his injury ~! Must admit still wondering how he would have done if he hadn't got hurt! So darn much fun to watch him play!
(news on Dans injury)
Our first set of triplets born to a heifer.
hey~ I painted the bathroom!! BIG!! BADLY NEEDED!
I turned "CHOKE" 46
and then Seth turned 18 ~ senior night! and of course a night we will NEVER EVER FORGET (more to come on this)
Keni turns 8
The season gets close to coming to an end.
Anna turned 13
And as the bball year ended, we will always wonder if we could have won if Dan wouldn't have got hurt! BUT WHAT GREAT MEMORIES WERE MADE!
The ditch broke from all the melting and ice jams.
Another Scrap Camp
with all the besties as candidates
and a king~
time for Dan to pick pigs
clogging at BSSG! WAY TO GO!!!
and Dan made a little more news
Graduation and more graduation...oh and lots of branding
and a true party of a lifetime~ where I must say I never wrote about but have to admit although we were missing a few friends from home ALL MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WERE THERE!!!!
and it just got better and better as the night went on! DANG I WISH I HAD TAKEN MORE PICTURES!!!! Can't even begin to say what a great night we had...As a very weird side note that day just so would have been Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary! VERY FITTING I THINK! I just can't even begin to thank all of our family and friends who came out to make this night so memorable and oh so very special!!!!
and then like that they made it!
Just like that the first half of the year was almost over!
And, the second half wasn't nearly as exciting...more to come tomorrow.