Thursday, December 1, 2011

Zoe Ellis

Ryan and Nicole have been good friends of mine and Cowboy's. We all met at Auburn when Cowboy and Ryan had some classes together. Nicole and I became good friends and would hang out when the guys were studying. We found out in March they were expecting a little one and she's finally here!! November 21st, Zoe Ellis made her way here with a head full of hair!

As Cowboy quoted.... "Normally newborn babies aren't cute, but she really is cute."



Such a sweet face.


Such a natural.


Had to throw this in. Cowboy brought "It's A Girl" cigars!


This past Sunday Cowboy and I met the Beans at their lakehouse to get a few pics for a baby announcement. I am by NO MEANS a professional photographer but I think we got some pretty good shots! Here are some of my favorites.






Congrats to the Beans on their precious baby girl!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A few photos

Most of the time when I go with Cowboy to do stuff I don’t have time to grab my camera, so here are a few snapshots from my Blackberry of what’s been going on the past week or so… 

Calving season is in full swing and we had our first set of twins


A lot of times the mama won't take both calves so we took the babies and mama to the barn. So far she is taking both of them which is great!


Here is Cowboy and Cowboy's Dad with the twins. {Sorry for the HORRIBLE picture quality! I did good to get them to stand still for the picture!}


We finally finished cutting hay for the year and there is plenty to go through the winter! It still makes me nervous to travel with this big of a load...


While Cowboy was stacking hay and I was moving trucks around, ALL the cows in one pasture got out. Here they are heading back to the pasture. The funny thing is they KNOW where they're supposed to go! Poor girl on the far right is about to pop! 


This is one of my favorite pictures of Cowboy. We had to catch this calf to doctor him a little bit. Here Cowboy is toting him to the catch pen. 



Happy Wednesday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Catching Up

Halelujah it’s Friday ! This week has flown by! Being out of town last Saturday for a wedding and out of town Monday for work threw me off. Mama and I had a great time in North Georgia. It was a beautiful wedding and venue. We also ran across an interesting little spot called “Goats on the Roof.” And there are goats on the roof. Definitely caught our attention so we had to stop.



Moving on, it’s that time of year again. This is probably my favorite “cycle” of the farm. Calving season. Although with it comes late nights, cold nights, early morning check ins, it also brings baby calves bouncing around all over the pasture. I love seeing all the babies following around their mamas and seeing what color they turn out. This year we used a Hereford bull so most of the babies are black and white face. Precious. Here is our first calf born this year.



So far we already have one bottle calf. Hopefully she will make it. Since my blog hiatus, Bella (the bottle calf) has GROWN!


I also added this new one to my “small herd.”



This “tiger stripe” cow is called an F1 or Braford. It is a cross between a full Brahman and full Hereford. I love their hair color. Although they are kind of crazy, this is one of my favorite cows.

This weekend is the Auburn vs. Florida game and we have a load of people of coming. Brother is flying in from Kansas and we are ALL going to the game! Can’t wait to see everyone!




Thursday, October 6, 2011

Words to think about

I found this quote on another blog and really liked it. I don't know anything about this book but I really like the quote. Sometimes Christian books can be a little much for me and I don't really connect/get anything from them. These are good words to think about during stressful times. 

"Could any restlessness and dissatisfaction we feel in our souls be Christ initiating and authorizing a new day of awakened faith and out poured Spirit? Oh, God, let it be!"

    
Our crazy times of stress, 
anxiety, fear about the present or future, our 
restlessness and discontent- couldn't these all 
be growing pains as God takes us in His arms and 
says "I have big plans for you, Beloved. But you're 
going to have to be tested and go through some 
changes and move out of your comfort zone if 
you really want to become the woman I  know
you can be." 

Quote from Beth Moore's Believing God Day by Day devotional

Friday, September 30, 2011

Welcome Back

Sorry for the blog hiatus, life got in the way! The past few months have had a few, “bumps” shall we call them? Including a layoff, wisdom teeth removal, nose surgery few things that were not necessarily by choice. Things could certainly be worse and these won’t be the last of hard times!


SO, all this to say I’m making myself move on and in brother’s words, “Let that, which does not matter, truly slide.”  


I'm going to AT LEAST do ONE blog a week, hopefully more!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A face only a mother could love...

You've probably already guessed who this post is about...

She has a strong resemblance to the Grinch...


a beard...


an underbite atleast one inch deep...


a wild hairdo... it can't be tamed...


but how can you not love that face ??


Ok, maybe it is a face only a mother could love !




Monday, March 7, 2011

Bella

Last week after work Cowboy's dad told me I had a new project. Usually when he says I have a "new project" it's a good thing, but you never really know. This was a good project!

Meet Bella our new bottle calf.


She is precious. She's much sweeter and calmer than Milo because she's so young.


I love her speckled nose. More pictures to come!

Friday, March 4, 2011

We have lift-off !

I don't know if you remember this little baby from a few months ago...


Those little ears are finally standing up straight!




And she's fluffier and wilder than ever before!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Part 2

When Cowboy and I get home, I immediately took the mozarella sticks out of the freezer. As I feared, they were frozen... solid. I popped them in the oven on 150 for about 10 minutes.


As I said in Part 1, I threw these together really fast so I didn't have time to take pictures. To get to the picture above you take 16 string cheese sticks and cut them in half. Dip them in flour, then egg and milk mixture, then parsley and Panko mixture.

Before you start all the cuttin' and dippin' I suggest heating your oil so it will be nice and hot when you get ready to put them in.

Once the time comes to cook them, test the oil by sprinkling a small amount of Panko crumbs in the oil. If they bubble and fizz, it's hot enough. The tricky part is keeping the oil hot enough to brown/cook the sticks but not hot enough to make the cheese bubble out, as shown below.


I never really found the perfect temperature. I stayed between medium and medium high heat. Even though the cheese bubbled just a teeeeny bit out of most, they were still delicious !


I found it easier to use a spatula instead of tongs when getting them out. When the sticks got hot and the cheese melted, they tore more easily.

Once the sticks have browned (you may have to carefully roll them in oil to acheive a complete brown) place them on a paper towel lined plate.


I promise the oozing cheese isn't as messy as it looks. Once they sit there a minute the cheese sets .

Heat some marinara sauce in a bowl and you're set!


On to dessert. Thank goodness I made them the night before (minus the dipping you will see in a minute).

First bake a cake. Whatever flavor cake you like. I chose yellow because Cowboy's favorite cake is yellow with chocolate icing. Now for the fun part, crumble it up in a bowl.


Next, take a container of icing and mix it in with the cake. I chose cream cheese.


Mix it together with a spoon or your hands.

Once it's all about the same consistency, take a mini ice cream scooper and scoop out small balls.


To make the balls more round, I scooped some out then rolled it in my palm.


Place these on a baking sheet with wax paper.

Now you can either put them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to flash-freeze them or refrigerate them for several hours. This helps firm them up before you dip them in chocolate. I made these Sunday night and left them in the refrigerator over night.

I might or might not have taste tested one or two JUST to make sure the over night refrigeration didn't take away from their taste. It could happen.


I chose chocolate almond bark to dip the balls in. I started by melting half of the block. People it's a miracle this BLOCK OF CHOCOLATE sat in my house for almost 2 weeks and remained in uneaten. Just sayin'.


Put it in a small saucepan over low heat and watch it melt.


Don't turn the heat too high because the chocolate will burn.


It's really hard to keep from sticking your finger in and tasting it. So don't hold back, just do it. It's the right thing to do.


Once it's almost completely melted, start rolling the balls! Carefully drop a ball or two in, roll it around and drizzle some on top then spoon it out. I used a fork so the excess would fall through.







Carefully place the balls back onto the wax paper. See that rather large one on the bottom right, that's Cowboy's. He made sure to be around when I made them so he could make a BIG one.




While they cool you can add sprinkles or other toppings.


The good thing about this dessert is you can combine any cake mix and icing to your liking. The possibilities are endless. Hope everyone had a good Valentine' Day !


*On a sad note, little Valentine didn't make it. He did make our first Valentine's Day an unforgettable one though !

**Here are links to the two recipes.