Saturday, July 5, 2014

2 of God's Greatest Gifts; Horses & Mothers

I do believe that summer is here.
We had 102 degrees in the corral this morning..
Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but holy moly.
I have been chasing cows all over everywhere.
 I have basically started using my 3 year old {Giddy Up Go Reno} as my main horse.
He's THAT nice!

I have also been making my share of {perfect} circles in freshly-worked arenas.
One of my most favorite things on this Earth!

No one ever remembers the nights when you got plenty of sleep.
Dreams don't work unless you do.
I want to wish a very, very happy birthday to the greatest woman I know! I have absolutely no idea how she does all that she does! We'd be so incredibly lost without her; she literally keeps this family functioning! I am so thankful to not only have her not only as my mother, but as my very good friend! Love you much mama!
xoxo - J

Friday, June 27, 2014

All Because Two People Fell In Love

As I said in my last post, my parents are my heros.
Today marks their 22nd Wedding Anniversary!
& together for 27 years!
I am so thankful that they have not only taught, but shown,
my sister & I what true love really is.
They have given us the greatest gift you could ever give your children;
to love each other.
I love you both more than you'll ever know!
xoxo - J

Sunday, June 15, 2014

In Honor of DAD ---> Fried Egg Bologna Sandwiches

There is no question about it.
My parents are my heros.
But this weekend,
it's all about DAD.

My dad has taught me all of the important things in life.
  • How to pray.
  • How to change tires.
  • How to be a friend.
  • How to stay loose {AKA: "act like you're drunk"} the first time I step on a colt.
  • How to be honest.
  • How to shoot a gun.
  • How to give really big hugs.
  • How to slow down & use my head.
  • How to work cows.
  • How to pull calves.
  • How to speak my mind.
  • How to make coffee.
  • How to drive a manual pickup.
  • How to be generous.
  • How to face my fears.
  • & how to make Fried Egg Bologna Sandwiches.
The list could go on forever..
He's the guy who works a full 10-12 hour shift (starting at 5:30am.), gets up in the middle of the night to check bred heifers, takes care of other ranch responsibilities, & then offers to take my mom, sister, & myself out for dinner. He busts his butt for us 3 girls everyday, for absolutely anything we need. He always has a such a good attitude & you'll never hear him complain.
He has definitely set the bar high.
In honor of Father's Day I want to share my dad's famous Fried Egg Bologna Sandwiches.

Before my dad got hitched to my mama, he would have one of these sandwiches, with a Mt. Dew, every morning for breakfast.

& they DO go amazingly well with Mt. Dew, by the way.

There actually isn't any "real" recipe, so bare with me.

You'll need to know how to fry an egg & assemble a sandwich.

This is one time in life where you'll want to do everything in a hurry & all at once, so the sandwich is nice 'n' hot!
In a small {preheated & butter-covered} skillet, fry an egg. My dad always breaks the yoke, because no one around here cares for runny egg. Also it's a sandwich.. you should be about to eat it with your hands. 
In another small skillet, fry up a slice of bologna.
Helpful HINT: If you cut the piece of bologna from the center, out to the edge {kind of Pac-Man-looking}, the bologna will lay flat while frying & won't bubble up.
On a toasted English muffin {or regular sliced bread} layer the fried egg, fried bologna, & a slice of American cheese, & then top with the other slice of English muffin/bread.
Repeat steps for additional sandwiches.

Happy Father's Day to the greatest man I know! I love you to the moon & back!
xoxo - J

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A few of my favorite things.

I love; 
Cool crisp mornings
Shaved legs & clean sheets
Wild rags
American made guns
Lonesome Dove
Freshly worked arenas
Diesel pickups
Inside jokes
Wicked sunsets
Perfect pictures
Cowboy{girl} hats
Family time
Lifting weights
Genuine smiles
Happy dogs
Iced tea
Sharp pocket knives
Coffee & bacon
 Barn cats
Boot socks
John Deer
The smell of leather
Faithful mama cows
Feisty baby animals
Giant hugs
Hot showers & loud music
Brand new note books
Square-toed boots
Down comforters
Gritty horses
Spring rain & fall leaves
All things sterling silver, turquoise, & denim
Pendleton wool
Belly laughs
Fresh shavings
Big, black calves on green grass

A medium rare ribeye
Hot, fresh bread & cheese
Blue eyes
George Strait & John Wayne
Custom spurs
Road trips
Nail polish
Messy hair & ball caps


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Life Update In Phone Pictures

The finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision.
This huge cloud, actually failed to amount to anything..

My 3 year old, Giddy Up Go Reno {"Reno"}.

My mom loves Prairie Golden Peas! We all wish they weren't just in the month of May.

I am making a lot of progress with my 2 year old, Rock N Roll Roni {"Roni"}. He is such a sweety pie & I am so proud of him. I tell him everyday too.

We have already had 2 snakes in the yard. I don't think I am ready for this.. They were just bull snakes, but still. They had to die.
Also, I actually did this "little" leg workout. OUCH. I only did it once, because anyone who does 300 squats is craaaaaazy. I was sore for like 3 days.

My new saddle to run all of my pretty boys in.
It's a Martin Crown C for all who would like to know.
Went to check water & take salt out the other day
& found little heifers in the mares' pasture. AGAIN..
Needless to say, fence fixing was in order.

#13 & my sista -- Ride Rank Bro

Everyone always says, "Count your blessings, not your problems."

Which I think is very true.. but further more, I think we should not only count our blessings, we should make our blessings count!

What you do today is important, because you're exchanging a day of you life for it.

Make it count! Be a blessing! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Big 18!

Happy Days!
I can now buy toys off of the cartoon channel!


My day was fantastic! I got to work horses, workout, & most importantly, spend time with my family!

 I will be getting a saddle custom made for the occasion. ;)

The pictures above were taken on this {rainy/foggy spring} morning
on my {6 year old} #RanchstyleBeans, 
during his little long-trot-hill-climbing workout.
It was LEG DAY for everyone!

Have to give a quick update on #RockNRollRoni {who will officially be 2 years old the end of June}: I am very positive that I will be riding this gem by the end of THIS month.
He is super nice & I am super excited!

On a different subject..
My family & I hardly ever have actual cake for our "birthday cake".
I went through a spurt when I had my mom make {the best} chocolate chip cookies {on the face of the earth}, but this year {as well as last year..} my mom made Turtle Bars.
These bars are the pinnacle of "rich chocolaty-caramel goodness" & they actually include a cake mix in the ingredients, so they are super {almost TOO} simple.

Anywho, I want to share the delicious recipe with you all! Make sure you have some vanilla ice cream or a jug of milk on hand..
Or coffee, if you are sneaking them before breakfast..
 ..don't any of you sweet, innocent, people pretend to not know what I am talking about.
  • 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Cup Softened Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Package {2 Cups} Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Jar {12.25 Ounces} Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
In a medium bowl, combine the German chocolate cake mix, softened butter, & egg. Once thoroughly mixed, reserve 1 cup of the mixture in a small bowl & set aside.

Next, press the remaining mixture into a greased 13x9 pan. Bake this portion of the "cake"-bars at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly puffy.

When you pull it out of the oven {don't shut the oven off; you aren't done!} sprinkle the pecans & chocolate chips over the top of the first layer of the cake-bars.

In a small bowl combine the jarred caramel topping with the flour & pour the sauce on top of the pecans & {melting} chocolate chips.

Thennnnn sprinkle the 1 cup of reserved cake mixture all over this melty goodness.

Finally, bake the entire pan of cake-bars at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until the toppings begins to bubble. 

I know it will be very hard to resist, but let the bars cool COMPLETELY {I promise they'll be worth it} before you cut & indulge.   
Viola! Turtle Bars for everyone!
Or just yourself.

What did you do for your big 1-8? What is your favorite birthday "cake"?
xo - J

Saturday, May 3, 2014

One of the most exciting days of my life!

Ladies & gentlemen.

I have a crazaaay announcement.


Completely done! Graduated!

& 4 days before I turn 18!

Being in school since I was 4 years old, this little fact seems pretty surreal {& I don't think it has totally set in} but at the moment I'm on cloud nine!

I couldn't be more grateful for allllll of the things I have learned over the past 4 years of homeschooling, & the 6 years of public school before that, & the 4 years of homeschooling before that.

Not just educational things, but how-to-be-a-respectful-human-being-worth-being-known-&-has-some-common-sense kind of things.

I am so thankful, so blessed, & so excited for all of the many adventures God is going to take me on for the rest of my days!

This fall {speaking of college} I have decided to venture off of the ranch, to pursue a degree in Business Office Technology.

Business Office Technology is a little bit of accounting, a little bit of bookkeeping, a little bit of marketing & sales, a little bit of web design, as well as photography & photo shop.
With my electives I will also be able to take a few agriculture-related classes like, Farm & Ranch Records, & Ag Economics, which will be good. (:

SO. Enough chit chat.

I wanted to share some of my senior pictures that my lovely sister took for me last fall!

There are a few silly ones, but that's just how I roll, sitting here on the corner of awesome & bombdiggy.

The brown horse in these pictures is my {now 6 year old} Ranchstyle Beans, aka "Beans".
The dun is my {now 3 year old} Giddy Up Go Reno, aka "Reno".
What purdy boys.  
I am greatly blessed.

Oh yes, & the happy doggy is Diamond Gem. :)

^ Jesus Christ will always be first in my life. That's why "I Am Second". ^


The greatest man I know {my father} took the last 2 pictures! 

That's a wrap!
xo - J