Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Peek into my Week . . .


Today . . . July 31, 2015

Something from my Playlist . . . I have to say that I have really been enjoying some, summer breezes!  Last week we were camping and it was breezy!  It was also very beautiful, and reminded me of the song, Summer Breeze, by Seals and Crofts.  This is an oldie but a goody!

Mother Nature . . . Today, my thermometer said it was 93 degrees here in Idaho - I can live with that.  By the end of August, summer will slip quietly away, and give way to Autumn, so I am enjoying these warm temps while I have a chance.

On My Mind . . . Well, last week, my daughter finally got the pins out of her foot.  The doctor didn't think it had healed enough, so he told her . . . much to her dismay . . . that it needed another three weeks of,  no weight.  She was pretty disappointed.  He gave her a smaller boot, told her to wear it diligently, and sent her on her way.   I felt so sorry for her, I know how badly she wants her life back!  One week has already gone by, so only two weeks to go!  Her motto is . . . I can do hard things!

In a Nutshell . . . It's been a crazy summer for us - lots of camping, and spending time with family.  We have been able to see some really beautiful country and have fun with kids!  My husband and I went up before everyone else, so we went 4-wheeling!  It was just gorgeous!

Here we are on top of a mountain, and it was so pretty!  My husband took advantage of the cell service and sent a few pictures to the kids.

It was a cloudy and somewhat stormy week, but that made the photos that much more interesting to me, I love clouds!

It was a rocky trail!

Ahhhhhh . . . we felt like we were on top of the world!

Yup, we got rained on!

I've had a few people ask me if I sleep in a tent when I go camping. . . the answer is, "no".  This is my home when we are camping.  It's very comfortable, and I feel very blessed.

Very clear, cold and beautiful nights . . . most of the time . . . ;0)

 These are, Black Twinberries.  I love the little flowery tops!  Some say they are edible, others say they are not, I'm not brave enough to try.

Still a few wild flowers to enjoy.

Some Sweetness . . .  We really wanted Averi to try riding on the 4-wheeler.  She liked to listen to it, but was really scared to try riding.  Her mom and dad want her to try new things, so they convinced her to try riding.  She was so scared, but she plugged her ears and gave it a try.

Such a brave girl!

 This girl LOVES 4-wheeling!  Grandpa let her drive, at least she thought she was driving! She was on cloud nine!!

No more tears - only smiles.  These pictures don't show her with a helmet, but she did wear a helmet for the rest of her 4-wheeling adventures!
Just Sayin' . . .

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller~


Saturday, July 18, 2015

A peek into my . . . last few weeks . . .

Today . . . July 18, 2015

Something from my Playlist . . . The other day when I was with my daughter, we were listening to a country classic radio station.  She said that those songs really made her want to go camping!  It's not a secret that I am a music junkie, so we always had the radio or the, eight-track tape player on, (that just dated me!!).  So, my daughter, of course, associates camping with old country music, or music from the 70's and 80's.  So, here are some songs that I'm sure will bring some of you way back . . . these old classics are still my favorite!

Mother Nature . . . It's a cloudy, very cool day with no wind - which is kind of unusual for Idaho!  It's been very cool, almost cold in the mornings, for the last week or so.  I have to tell you, I am enjoying the coolness, but it really does remind me that winter is just around the corner . . . I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that.

On My Mind . . . It's been a really busy month!  My daughter still has pins in her foot, and cannot put weight on it, she is hoping to get the pins out in the next week or so.  It's been a very long 6 weeks for her!!  She is a trooper though, she has more patience than, Job, and is always wanting to help with whatever she can do - sometimes, I catch her doing more than what she should do!  I'll be really happy for her when the pins come out and she can get back to her normal routine.  I will really miss going down and helping her, I have become pretty attached to my cute little grands!!  I will probably continue to go down once a week to help her get back on her feet... ;0)

In a Nutshell . . . We had a fun 4th of July!  We went to a baseball game with one of my daughter's, Amber, and her family.  It was fun, we ate hotdogs, soft chewy pretzels with spicy cheese sauce, sang, God Bless America,  and cheered for the home team!  After the ball game, we just sat outside and watched the fireworks, it was a really fun night!

This is a Chucker - the teams mascot!

Last week, I had three of my granddaughters stay with me for a few days! Taylor and Emily, love horses, and can't seem to get enough of petting and grooming them when they are at our house.

Averi wanted to pet the horse . . . Emily was so cute, showing her the horse and how to pet her on the nose!

Mostly, Averi likes to just sit and listen to the birds!

Taylor really does, LOVE, the horses!  I'm pretty sure that one day, she will have her own!

It was a beautiful night, and I love sunsets!  Taylor and I had fun taking pictures of the gorgeous sunset that night!

Comfort from the Kitchen . . . 

It's been so cool here in Idaho, that I really just wanted comfort food last night, so I made this really yummy, chicken and rice casserole.  For a side-dish, I picked a few zucchini and yellow crook-neck squash from my garden, I sauteed them and right before I served the casserole, I cut up and added a couple of fresh tomatoes from the garden, before I took it out of the skillet,  yum! 

Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 Tbls. butter
1/2 medium onion, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
3 cups chicken stock 
1 cup, uncooked, long grain white rice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.  Melt butter in a medium skillet.  Add onion, celery and garlic and saute until onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add to chicken, cream of chicken soup chicken stock, rice and seasoning in a large bowl.  Mix well, and pour mixture into prepared baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake covered for 30-35 minutes or until the rice is tender.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Some sweetness . . . 

A few days ago, we had a storm come through, lots of wind and thunder! My husband told me to go outside and look in the corner of the house.  There sat this little Morning Dove, trying to find a safe place to protect him from the wind and rain . . .  so cute . . .

Hoping to catch up with everyone!!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Peek Into My Week. . . Or Should I Say Weeks!

Today. . . July 3, 2015.  Happy Independence Day everyone!  I hope you have a fun and safe day!

Something from my playlist. . .

Mother Nature . . . It's hot, hot, hot outside!  We have had record breaking heat the last week or two.   A little while ago I looked at the outside thermometer, and it said it was 98.4 degrees . . . too hot for me!  There is a slight breeze that makes it feel a tad cooler, thank goodness!  A perfect day for a baseball game and fireworks!!

On My Mind. . . I have been away from my blog for way too long, and time really does go by very fast!  It has been almost a month since my daughter broke her foot!  Since I last connected with everyone, she has had surgery, had two pins put in her foot, and direct orders to not put weight on it for 6 weeks!  So, her sweet mother-in-law and I have been taking turns, keeping watch over her and her 4 little children.  It has been fun to be with them . . . although, I had forgotten how much little children can wear  you out . . . but it's a good thing, not a bad thing!  I just pray that she will heal quickly, and not have anything go wrong during the healing process. Don't look too closely at this picture if you're squeamish!

In My Yard. . . My garden is coming along!  My husband hates weeds, and keeps it looking beautiful . . . all the time!  I told him that he needed to leave a few weeds in it for the bugs to eat, but he just shakes his  head at me...;0)

Comfort In The Kitchen . . .

A few weeks ago we went camping, and made, Mountain Dew Chicken - it was delicious!  I wish I would have taken a picture, but, you'll just have to use your imagination, and take my word for it!

Mountain Dew Chicken

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, I used 4 large chicken breasts cut in half
  • 5 lbs red potatoes sliced
  • 2 lbs carrot cut in thirds
  • 3 large onions cut in fourths
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 tbs Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 can Mountain Dew (I usually use 7-Up)
  • 14 inch dutch oven
  • 28 charcoals
  • 1 gallon bag
  1. Cut and prep meat and chicken.
  2. Heat camp-chef cook bacon in Dutch oven. Crisp Bacon and remove leaving grease behind.
  3. Combine flour and Lawry's in a gallon bag and add chicken and coat chicken in mixture. Brown chicken in the bacon grease in your dutch oven. Depending on how fatty your bacon is, you may have to add a little oil.
  4. Leave the dutch oven on the camp-chef and turn it to about med-low, you will need to adjust it so you don't burn the chicken.
  5. Put the cut up vegetables in a large bowl and mix together; Pour them over the chicken, and pour the Mountain Dew or 7-Up all over the top.
  6. Cover oven and put 17 hot coals on top. This will give you approx. 320 degrees.
  7. Cook 45 minutes. Remove lid. Pull the chicken up from the bottom of the dutch oven, and just lay it on top of the veggies.  Cover the chicken and veggies with the cheese and the bacon. Replace lid. Cook for 10 more minutes. Serve.
  8. This can also be made and cooked in the oven, just make it according to the directions, but cook it in the oven at 350 for about 1 hour, until the chicken is tender and cooked through.  Yummy!
I like to serve with a big green salad and rolls!

Camping Fun. . .

We had a really fun time camping, here are some highlights - bear with me I have lots of pictures!

This was looking out of the front door!

 Looking out the back door!
Everyone had fun fishing, even Cole!  Not sure Amber loved getting drenched!

This dog loves water . . . and sticks!

Tay was happy keeping her sweet, Bandit out of the water.

Grandpa helping Christian with his line, maybe he'll catch a bigger fish... ;0)

Averi and I just chillin', taking in the scenery . . . and the sounds!

We saw this beautiful Sandhill Crane.  She must have had babies the way she was prancing around, trying to distract us.

This was her taking off - very large wing-span, just couldn't capture the picture, but I loved the way it turned out!

Check out this funny cloud...what does it look like?  We could see a monster, blowing air through another cloud making a hole in it . . . what do you see?

The wildflowers were just gorgeous!

This little lake is so pretty! 

 And, you know how I love clouds and sunsets! 

Saving the best for last!  The following pictures are of the Northern Lights!  We were so fortunate to go outside at just the right time to capture their beauty.  This is actually the second time we have seen them at this location.

    You cannot rob me of free nature's grace,
    You cannot shut the windows of the sky
    Through which Aurora shows her brightening face.

    Can't wait to catch up with everyone!  Have a wonderful, fun, safe week-end!