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