Moose hunting!

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This picture is from a girl’s weekend in the Rocky Mountains with two of my bestest friends in the whole world….one I’ve known since kindergarten, and the other, in the back seat, “mirrored” above, is the person who introduced me to Jesus when I was in the 6th grade. (We’re all going to be neighbors in heaven, just to let you know…at least that’s what we’ve asked of God).

A storm was coming in, and we took off up the mountain to see if we could find a moose. Most people had deserted the mountain, due to the weather warnings, so it left the highway clear. We were meandering around the campgrounds, when all of a sudden, Marty showed up. We stopped. My friend opened the moon roof, and I was able to shoot a photo of Marty, as we affectionately named him…

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It was a grand weekend, one spent talking, laughing, fellowshipping and cooking with my dear friends. It warms my heart to this day. 😉


Lunch Post


Beef and pork tacos…that’s what I fixed for lunch.

I was waiting on my husband to come in from outside. He was in the hog barn, cleaning it out to make room for the mothers who haven’t farrowed yet. He told me he might be out there a while, and to go ahead and eat without him. So, I did.

And, since I love recipes, I’ll share my lunch recipe with you. I make my own taco seasoning, and mix it in with the raw meat before frying in a skillet. It might sound weird, but this is exactly what sausage is….flavored ahead of cooking, and it seems to give the meat a deeper flavor.

Taco seasoning

for two pounds of meat…I used 1 pound ground beef, and one pound ground pork.

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • dash onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in small bowl….I add a little water to “melt” the beef bouillon, then mix in the meat. Fry it till no longer pink, and drain.
I use corn tortillas, and fry them in hot oil, then daub them off with paper towels.  But you can use flour tortillas, or crispy corn shells, or even use the meat in a taco salad…Add sharp cheddar cheese, salsa, lettuce, etc. YUM!

He did finally get done cleaning out the barn, and came in for tacos. I sat and visited with him even though I’d already eaten….Oh, and he took a shower before he ate, otherwise, his face was so dirty I couldn’t see it! 🙂

Show Pigs


It’s that time again. Farrowing time….when gilts have baby pigs. They are sooo cute. Maybe it’s because they’re clean, and haven’t developed that distinctive hog smell (yet).

Yesterday a momma pig had babies, and every single one of them came backwards. We had to be there to wipe off the birthing fluids and membranes, and make sure they were breathing. It doesn’t take long for them to spring to life and look to nurse their momma.

Being a first time momma, though, the gilt was quite nervous and wondering why she hurt, and what exactly were these little critters crawling all around her? Finally, though, the hormones and motherly instincts kicked in, and she lay on her side, and started grunting at them, (translation: I love you, babies!).

Later in the spring, we’ll wean them from their mommas, and grow them up a bit, then sell them to 4-H kids for summer projects. They’ll fatten them up, and train them to “show” to the county fair judge. Eventually, they will end up being pork chops, bacon and sausage.The projects teach 4-H’ers responsibility, discipline, and it gives them a way to make some cash for college someday.

Aren’t they cute?

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Mr. County



Last night my husband was crowned “Mr. County”.  He helped raise money for the county hospital, which is planning an addition soon. The person who raised the most money earned the title. Twelve area men were raising money, so we were both very surprised that he earned the most. An anonymous donor donated a large sum of money in my husband’s name to push him over the top and earn the crown of “Mr. County”. We felt so honored, and don’t know who it was, but if it was you, THANKS!

All in the name of fun, it was a worthy cause, and we had a great time at the gala, which included a very lovely meal, an auction, and a dance. Several of our friends sat at our table, and we laughed and visited the night away.

What fun! And hopefully, the new addition will be starting this Spring. It should be a great addition to our County, and will add new services to our rural hospital.


About Me


Welcome to my blog! I am a stay at home farm wife who loves the Lord, loves cooking, photography, Bible study, art and reading! I have two grown children and recently quit my job to stay home.

I love Christian music, 70’s music, and lite rock. I’m married to one of the funniest men on the planet, and I love to laugh. I also love animals. We have three dogs, numerous cats, sheep, pigs, and horses.  Someday soon we hope to buy some cattle.

We raise dryland crops, and have raised corn, wheat, millet, and sunflowers in the past. “Dryland” means we don’t have irrigation, we rely on rain or snow to water our crops. This can be a problem during drought years, and since the last couple of years have been very dry, it’s been challenging.

I called my blog “heart, soul and mind” because I like the verse that says, “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.'” Matthew 22: 37

I endeavor to love Jesus with all my heart, soul and mind….