Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Gathering...

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful! We had just a few guests out here in the wild country and we are so happy they all came!
I am so grateful for this wonderful world that I live in. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us and I am loving this plan he has for me. I am so grateful that El's brother Mike was able to come out with his wife Holli and their two beautiful babes. I am grateful for El's mom and dad for also coming out...

I was saddened by this last Thanksgiving also because it was the first Thanksgiving in my life that I wasn't able to spend it with my Grandpa and Grandma. I am just grateful that I was able to all 30 or so years of Thanksgivings with them. Hopefully my Grams is enjoying Tennessee to its fullest! And hopefully Gramps is enjoying heaven!
I was also saddened because I wasn't able to do our girls night of Black Friday shopping...  But my mom was a sport and called me and gave me updates!
I am so grateful to my beautiful Mom and my wonderful Dad. They are both such amazing people and I am grateful they brought me into this world! I am also so grateful for all of my wonderfully, amazing, crazy, spaztic, loving children! They are what make my days better!

Now onto getting this house ready for Christmas... We have decided that we are going to cut our own tree this year... I can't wait!!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yummy Goodness....

Take a wild guess as to how often I made things from scratch in my life up until now.... Go on, guess..  Maybe like 3 times. I am that girl who looks for the quickest way to get a meal done. Mostly because Little Ceasers was right around the corner. Talk about yuck. Just thinking about eating that pizza makes my stomach turn. 
So now, I am taking on the world of cooking. Not just cooking, but cooking from scratch. I have this really awesome cookbook that El got me last Christmas and I love it. It is the Better Homes and Garden New CookBook 15th edition. I have really wanted one of these cookbooks for a long time. My Grandma has one that is who knows how old. Not only does it have really good recipes, it has so much information in it. Along with step by step pictures, and guess what, I love pictures... You can purchase it here...
One of my first adventures was homemade biscuits with gravy. Now I didn't make the gravy from scratch because I didn't have any sausage but I found these really good packaged gravy's at the bread store and they are yummy... But you can order them here and it looks like they are cheaper here than at the bread store.
 Getting everything prepared....

 Getting ready to cut in the butter. Cutting butter in isn't as hard as I thought it would be.
Who knew that Ikea cups would also work as a biscuit cutter...  :)
Getting ready to go in the oven....
Fresh homemade biscuits..  O they were SO good...
The final outcome. Yummy Goodness.
El and his goofiness.. He defiantly approved!

O and guess what else, Pumpkin the kitten has been earning her keep!

Have an awesome day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

the Mice of Pleasant Valley

How many of you have seen the Secret Of Nimh? Its one of my favorite movies of all time! I love Mrs. Frisby... She is such a good little mouse momma. All of the rats are so smart and cunning. The cat Dragon is a total meany pants and Jeremy the crow is a nut job. 

I bet your wondering what on earth does this have to do with living out in the country. WELL, I am learning to deal with and coap with mice....   EEEEK MICE! These are no ordinary mice. They are like to mice and rats in the secret of nimh. They are smart! TOO SMART! 

Your probably wondering well then why don't you get cats?. Well, I did.. TWO of them. They are precious. They were ment to be outside cats. That is until I found out that our precious dog Sheba likes to eat cats. YES, eat cats! Why in the world would that happen? Dogs love Cats, right? NO. They don't... Tom and Jerry taught me that. 

So we have two cats. Ninja and Pumpkin. I bet you can't guess which one is which. :) 
Well these cats have been pretty awesome. Other than we can't let them outside to do their sworn duty. But the do work some of their mad hunter skills in the house. 3 mice have met their ferocious jaws. But there is ONE mouse (at least I think it is one) who illudes them. So, we got traps. 4 traps! Have had them up for a week. NOT one of these traps have gotten a mouse. This is what leads me to believe they are like the rats/mice in the movie. They are SMART! 

Have you had mice? How did you take care of them?

PS. Crows...  They are so interesting! I have never seen crows like I do out here. I'll write a post about that later...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

True and Faithful...

Before we moved out here we made several trip throughout the years and we became acquainted with this little gal… Her name is Sheba. Sheba was left by her previous owners out at the ranch where we live so the lovely people that live here on the same ranch have been taking care of her for the last 2 years.

Over the last year we have all really taken to this sweet dog so we asked if we could have her.

She has been nothing but true and faithful to our family. She loves to follow us up to the 240. A lot of times without us even knowing that she is behind. But she makes the trek and meets us up there. She protects this ranch with vigor. We are blessed to have her!

I noticed yesterday that she waits in the back of the house sitting or lying down in the same spot at attention until the family gets home from school and the route. She is so awesome! We are grateful she is part of our family…

We are also hoping that in about 58 days we will be the proud owners of all of the puppies we are hoping she is carrying! If you’re looking for a good puppy I know where you can get one. Sheba and her husband Blue are the best dogs and we just know that their pups will be just as amazing as they are!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Country Learning

Trying to manage this new life we are leading is so interesting! Everything is a learning experience. Hence the title "Country Learning". I am always wanting to document everything that happens out here in the country, but I don't feel that it fits in with my other blog. Not that I ever blog on there...
So here it is. A new blog. To tell you all about our adventures. From the homemade goodies to the rats of nimh. I will be sharing my trials and the blessings of my life. I hope you enjoy....