• Food Love

    Delicious Spanish Stuffed Peppers

    Here is a quick and simple recipe that was a HUGE hit with my family tonight!  Do you want to know the compliment I got from my husband last week?  “Your cooking is not as burnt as it used to be.”  Yup  🙂 I just smiled and agreed with him!  But the truth is, when you have little kids and you want to be reading them books or chasing them around the house playing tickle monster or helping with homework, or biking down the street on a gorgeous warm summer day…of course the dinner is going to sit neglected on the stove top and get burnt!! Geesh! But, our kids…

  • Spirit

    Thank you, dear daughter

    I witnessed something yesterday that really brightened my day.  Sometimes the youth are many years ahead of us – their simplicity, innocence, exuberance.  Anyway, my daughter had an extremely busy day.  She’s up at 6am, out at the barn to take care of the horses, then off to an AP exam at school.  She got home from school at 2pm, and chatted with some neighbors who stopped over to meet her horse.  Then out again to meet with a local internship opportunity at 2:30.  Back at 3:30.  She got a huge bowl of blueberries and went to watch a show for a little downtime.  (We are watching Madame Secretary together…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    A Plug for Winter Hiking

    Interesting that as soon as the weather warms up, you see many more people out on the trails.  It makes sense to some people, but to hiking addicts like me – Y’ALL ARE CRAZY!  Where were you when it was cold and just as, if not MORE, beautiful out here? Hiking has a way of creeping its way into your heart and becoming a source of rejuvenation.   I realized that I would feel elated when I was out hiking – soaking in the simple sights of the sun filtering in through the leaves or shining brightly on the river, listening to the chorus of birds overhead.  Really listening, and enjoying…

  • Homestead,  Spirit

    Mistakes Abundant

    I had such a good laugh today.  It was the second day in a row that I made a pretty BIG mistake.  I can laugh about it because thankfully disaster was averted.  (I am grateful that my husband was a good sport about it too!) Yesterday’s Mistake:  This is our first week taking care of our horses on our own land.  And we are trying to figure things out as we go, especially since Ellie is on stall rest and limited turn out.  I picked up some temporary electric fencing to make small paddocks for her to hang out in for part of the day.  Small enough that she can’t…

  • Homestead

    Constructing the Dry Lot

      We are pretty lucky that our barn is located on higher ground and right next to a wooded area that we can use as a dry lot paddock for the horses.  It is always dry and has firm footing, even on days when it is rainy.  It will provide shade and space for them to walk and move, without getting too much grass or mud.  One concern I’ve thought about is that horses can eat the bark off trees, damaging them.  But I hope that with enough free choice hay left out for them, they will leave the trees alone.  Immediately adjacent to the run-in shed, we are going…