Monthly Archives: June 2012

Morning Prayer

“Almighty God, we bless and praise Thee that we have wakened to the light of another earthly day; and now we think of what a day should be.

SunriseOur days are thine, let them be spent for Thee. Our days are few, let them be spent with care.

There are dark days behind us, forgive their sinfulness; there may be dark days before us, strengthen us for their trials.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

We pray thee to shine on this day – the day which we may call our own.

Lord, we go to our daily work; help us to take pleasure therein.
Show us clearly what our duty is; help us to be faithful in doing it. Let all we do be well done, fit for Thine eye to see.

Give us strength to do, patience to bear; let our courage never fail.

When we cannot love our work, let us think of it as Thy task, and by our true love to Thee, make unlovely things shine in the light of Thy great love.


~George Dawson 1821-1876

To Market, to Market to Buy a Fat Hog….

Meet the new kids in the neighborhood.

Well – they’re really not kids.
Piggy'sThis is Diesel and Ethel.

Two Red Wattle pigs who have come to live at Windy Ridge.

Why pigs?

Hmmm….very good question. One we asked ourselves as we chased them back in the pen in the excessive heat Sunday afternoon. 🙂

Let’s just say that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Red Wattles are a heritage breed of hog that is becoming rare. Which is sad – because they grow fast, have great tasting meat, and do really well on pasture.

Which is good – because that’s where they are going to live. We’re hoping they fertilize it well.

We’re also hoping for baby piggies in about 6 weeks – if the previous owner is correct.

Which means we have a lot to learn in a little bit of time.

Ham and bacon here we come.

Brownie Batter Dip

Do you remember the Brownie Batter Dip I told you about last week?Dip

The one that was so good we couldn’t stop eating?

The one we dipped our strawberries and pretzels in?

And spoons.

And our fingers.

And even twizzlers?

Yep – that one.

Here’s the recipe.

Your welcome. 🙂

Brownie Batter Dip

8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2-3 cup powdered sugar
5 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Mix well.

Add flour, cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla and another tablespoon of milk. Mix together.

Add powdered sugar and/or milk until the dip is the desired consistency.

Serve with pretzels, sugar cookies, strawberries, fingers or spoons.

Girl’s Night

What do you do when your husband takes the boys for an overnight adventure, leaving you at home with the girls?

You invite Bethany over for a party!

Then you go thrifting and shopping and hit Sonic Happy Hour!


And you have pizza for supper – and ice cream – and Twizzlers.

And popcorn and movies – chick flicks of course.

And stay up really late.

You play hours of Pay Day while it rains.


And sing really loud when your favorite song plays on the radio.

And eat more Twizzlers.

And strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar.

And when the rain stops – you have a mud fight. An epic mud fight. A “I’ll be washing mud out of my hair for the next week” kind of mud fight.


You make big messes in the kitchen trying recipes from Pinterest.

And eat brownie batter dip till your eyes cross and you lay on the floor and wish you hadn’t eaten the brownie batter dip!

And then you eat more popcorn and watch more movies and fall asleep exhausted.

Yep. That’s what.

Lunching the Tractor Ride

We spent Saturday at the local park with the 4H Club lunching the Waubonsie Tractor Club’s annual Tractor Ride.

There’s nothing quite like spending the better part of a day listening to the putt putt of old tractors, the banter of a bunch of retired farmers  and serving food.
tractor rideSo what exactly is a Tractor Ride?

Well, first you take a bunch of guys who love restoring old tractors, then you invite them to bring their “babies” to the local park on a Saturday morning.

friendly 4H kidWhile the tractors are all getting lined up – just so – you wander over to the shelter house and buy a cinnamon roll (baked that morning by yours truly!) and some juice or coffee from the friendly 4H kid. (Yes – that’s Pedro with yet another hair style!)

admiring the tractorsThen you sit around in lawn chairs with your buddies and talk.

And laugh.

And talk.

And get up and buy some more coffee or another roll.

And admire the tractors.

And talk some more.

And tease the 4H kids a little.

Then someone will say, “I guess it’s time boys.”

 And everybody gets up, brushes the cinnamon rolls crumbs of their overalls and heads for their tractors.

tractor rideSoon the air is filled with the smell of gas and oil and the putt putt sound of old tractors.

You line those tractors up like a parade and head down the street, around the block and out of town.

Smiles on your faces. Wind in your hair.

You come back hungry and after parking your tractor – just so – you head back over to the shelter house and buy a beef burger or hot dog.

And tease the 4H kids some more.

And sit in lawn chair in the shade eating and talking.

And laughing.

Then you get up and buy another cookie and a can of pop.

And you talk.

And you laugh.

After a while you load up your tractor and head home.


And the 4H kids pack up the remaining food and clean up.

DSC_0205And count the money they made.

And head home.