Monday, February 28, 2011

55/365 Canning Brownies/cakes ~ easy peasy, cotton-sneezy!

Yes, I said canning sweets!  So, guess what that means.. brownies at your fingertips all year long!  The canned sweetness lasts for up to 3 years!  We weren't able to let them sit for longer than a week, but they were just as good a week later, as the day we baked them :) 

So, here's the steps:

For the sake of easiness, I'll use directions for a boxed brownie mix.. you can use homemade recipes for pound cake, choc. cake, brownies, carrot cake, etc.

 Preheat your oven to 350 ~ Mix your Brownies as directed on box (or recipe).  Spray WIDE MOUTH Mason Jars with non-stick spray or oil & lightly flour. (must use midemouth jars so you can remove brownie or cake once baked)  Pour mixture 3/4 way full in mason jar.  Put filled mason jars on baking dish.. wipe all rims of jar.  Bake as directed (make sure to check smaller jars often, as they will bake faster).  Once the brownies are almost done, warm your Mason jar lids on stove top.. do not boil lids.  Remove jars from oven and wipe rim of jar.  Place lid on jar, then place ring on jar (finger tight..don't over tighten).  Flip mason jar upside down so heat falls to lid.  Leave untouched until jar is completely cooled.  This will seal your lids and presto ~ you have canned your first treats!  

We use small Jelly Jars as they make great two person snacks.
With Brownies you can cut the roll into slices and pack in child's lunch ~ fresh brownies all week :)
If cake or brownies rise above mason jar, try to push it down a bit before applying lid.. or you can cut the tops off with knife. 
With Pound Cake, make your icing and drizzle on tops before sealing.. with spoon, move edges so that the icing can flow to bottom also :) 
With Brownies, under cook just a bit for a moist gooey brownie :)


54/365 Mary, our little lamb.

Please meet Mary.  She's the lasted addition to the Engle House.  We plan to bottle feed her and keep her inside for 3 weeks until she is old enough to stay outside... what fun this will be!  So, I've been told bottle feeding a newborn lamb is like raising a newborn baby!  I hope I'm cut out for the work again, I guess this time I'll have a lil helper named Lyla so it won't be too bad. :)

53/365 Tuesday *The baby lamb was born today!!

We got the great news of a lamb needing a home due to mother rejecting it.. sad that Momma didn't take care of the baby, but great news for us!  We've been praying that one would come along to welcome in to our home & it has!  We'll go see her soon :)

52/365 Monday

worked on the new design for our Nichol Engle Photography shirts.. I'm in love with them!  Can't wait to get them ordered :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

51/365 My favorite day of the week.. SUNDAY!

 Sunday, you are my favorite day of the week.  It's the one day we are able to actually slow down and enjoy our lives we've made together.  Sunday is the day we spend our mornings thanking the Lord for all we've been given and our afternoons living the life He's blessed us with.  

Lyla and I attended church without the boys this morning, as they were making the long drive home from hunting.  Directly after returning home, Lyla had to have play time with the animals.  She was set out to catch Banana Peel (the grey bunny).  The plan didn't work out so well as you can see below ;) 

Casey came home with us from church to catch up on school work, while Nolan worked in the woodshed.  Lyla and I spent the next couple of hours out in the hen yard playing with the animals and mending the wire.  Then it was time for our boys to get home.. I yelled for Casey to grab the camera and I ran for Rob's surprise!  And boy was he excited!  Rob has been playing around on Nolan's Banjo for the last few weeks and has been dreaming of owning one.  Well being the good wife that I am, I found one for sale while he was gone :) 

Tate was so excited to show me his nasty stinky rabbit foot.. he said "Hey Mom, close your eyes & hold out your hand!"  I knew what was coming but did it anyway ;) 
And in this next photo he is showing me the blood on the blade ;) it was the first time he was able to use his skinning knife!
Lyla did well, she didn't have any hard feelings towards the boys killing a bunny... they planned to cook it for dinner ~yuck!
And seeing as rabbit was for dinner, Casey and I decided we'd hit the dirt roads and find out what was living in that crazy nest we found!  We were equipped with a chair to stand on and a flash light this time ;) 
We still weren't able to tell what it was?!?!

All in all this was a great Sunday at the Engle's house.. family time, The Good Lord, dirt road riding, sweet tea.. I think today was perfect!

50/365 weekend full of fun!

Tate and Rob are really have fun on their hunting trip!   They we able to get a rabbit this morning and Tate was beyond excited to pull out his new skinning knife that he has yet to use.  :)

Rob said he has ate a full pack of little debbie brownies and every other piece of junk food you could think of!  He's loving the weekend of Manly supervision :)

While the boys are gone.. Casey, Lyla and I set to work and covered ourselves in dirt from head to toe and the spots that weren't dirty with dirt were covered in concrete dust!  But we got 4 posts set in concrete for the new bunny/injured chicken run. :) We also set the last post for the clothesline, so within days I'll have my laundry flapping in the wind again!  We were outside from morning until dark.. once I did walk into the house I was barely able to get in the bath, as I was soooo beyond sleepy!  I was in the bed and out like a light by 8:30, love days like today.. I get so much done & sleep like a rock!

49/365 PLOWED!

Oh what a sight.. I was outside working in the yard and talking to Nolan and Casey when our neighbor John rode over to tell me that Mr. L was on his way to plow our garden... I did a happy dance & ran straight upstairs to grab my camera & to tell Rob and the kids to come down!  I was like a kid at Christmas!  Thanks Mr. L for plowing her up... the sweet smell of freshly turned dirt is one of my favorites!  I don't know how I'll ever get all the grass out of this garden spot (as we tripled it's size) but I'm gonna have fun getting dirty and trying!  Bring on the SPRING!

Once the plowing was done Rob and Tate set out for their hunting trip to South Ga.  Tate was beyond excited!  Casey and I set straight to work on unfinished projects we wanted to complete while the boys were gone.  FUN FUN!

48/2011 Another year around the sun.

Happy Birthday, Momma!  2.17.11

Today we spent the day cleaning out the hen house & ramblin' around the yard working on the clothes line set up, etc. 

Once we finished the yard work, we picked Tater up from school and went to Jennifer's house to swap out some chickens :)  We took a rooster to her & ended up snagging a rooster and two hens for Momma's birthday ;) Yes, you might be a redneck if you give chickens as a gift..  but then again, you don't know my momma!  She LOVED them!  Casey and I ran the chickens to her house and planned to drop them there for her to find after she returned from work.  We tied balloons to the gate & placed flowers there too.  Well we got caught.. she drove up as we were getting everything set up, and she was thrilled :) Wish I could've gotten a picture of her beautiful chickens but we were moving fast in order to get them to her house before night fall aka roosting time ;)  So, Happy Birthday to my Mom.. next year we'll buy you a pig!  lol

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

47/365 Freshness!

Oh my, what a little angel... Abigail Henson came to meet me today & have her first set of photos taken.  Just look at this face :)

 She's so perfect I almost caught the Baby Fever.. but then I glanced over at my sweet daughter and realized that I have everything I could ever want.  I have two healthy children and have been blessed beyond measure!  Thanks Kellie, for bringing your sweet lil one over for me to hold and love and return ;) I had fun with you guys!

46/365 SPRING is coming.... dirt road riding is gearing up!

Once Rob returned from work it was time to pick up Trigger from the Vet's office.. Casey and I got the flicker in our eyes and knew we would have to take the long road around ;)  We started 7 miles from town at my house and it took us over 1 hour to reach town.. we had to take a lil peek at our dusty dirt road!  As we were driving I spotted an old house we had yet to explore.. we ditched the truck directly and went to searching for any and everything cool :) 

 And then came the shed.... Above image is me, trying to figure out what kinda creature lived in this shed & hoping it wasn't about to jump out at me!  Here is the animal's nest.... 
 When we noticed a hole in the nest.. we had to see in it!  After countless cheerleading stunts.. we both had a wee lil peek ~ just enough to tease us.  We started looking around for something to stand on, when Casey noticed the toilet.  She said "hey we could stand on that toilet!"  I laughed and ask her if she knew how heavy toilets are??!?!  She replied "Well heck, it's only half a toilet!"  Hee hee.. I love the way she thinks :)  
 We didn't end up moving the half toilet to stand on.. we resorted back to cheerleading talent (Please note, Casey was not ever, ever, ever a cheerleader!)  lol  but we figured out a way to get her up there.. 
I can't wait for another summer of dirt road riding, exploring, drinking Super Sweet Tea & living this life up!  Stay warm, weather.. I'm loving you!


45/365 Happy Valentine's Day!

I wish everyday was Valentine's Day.. maybe I need to add this to my "change" list.  I have a large list started which keeps getting longer! So consider it done, I'm gonna act as if it is Valentine's day everyday!  After all, that is what we were made to do.. love and be loved.  I plan to take an extra effort to show those who I love that I love them without end!  I'll add sweet little notes around the house for my honey to find.. I'll make heart shaped pancakes for my children & squeeze their cheeks till they are filled with every ounce of my lovin'.  

So, though I enjoyed 'Valentine's Day' this year, as I do every year.. I'm not one who is crazy about setting a date to show our love for one another, I think we should let it shine all year through.  

For Valentine's Day 2011 Lyla and I journeyed to Tate's Classroom for a sweet little party.  We enjoyed watching Tate hand out his Valentine cards and receive cards/candy from his friends.  I will tell the truth, my favorite part of the party was the chocolate fountain.. I could've covered a million and one strawberries in chocolate and eaten every one of them ~ YUMMMMY!  

Tate is such a little sweetie.. he truly loved each and every card he received today!  As we were riding home, he was asked to share a girly card with his sister.. he started to hand one over and thought about it with a reply of "but Mom, I know there are some girly ones, but someone thought they'd give it to me as a gift and I want to keep it".  Though he didn't share with his sister, he did show that he knows the meaning behind a gift... it's not about what the gift is, it's the thought behind it that counts :) 

And lets not forget my hubby.. he walked through the doors with a beautiful arrangement of flowers for his lil ole' wife.  And I greeted him with a loving hug and super sweet card :) I love you babe ~ Happy Valentine's day!

Thanks for today, my sweet little family :)

1 John 4:16 

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
   God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

44/365 Oh sweet Sunday..


We started my favorite day of the week out by heading to church.  We truly enjoyed the service today, such a touching message.  After Service we enjoyed chatting with some new friends, then home for lunch.  With such pretty skies we knew we had to be outdoors.. just what, oh what to do?!?!  With the craving for my clothesline during the weather, I voted to fix my clothesline :)  So to digging we went!  Tater bug played with his friend, Susie as we worked ;)   Simple day at The Engle house, but a great one at that!

 Lyla girl, you don't look 3 years old in this image.. you are giving me a fast forward button with this one.  Please stop, sweet girl.. I want you to stay my baby girl for a bit longer!
  Trigger is loving the sunshine too :) 

42&43/365 WHOOOP WHOOOP ~ Kid free weekend with my honey pie :)

Oh what fun Rob and I had.. pickin' and grinnin'.  We are both trying to learn a lil bluegrass so after our relaxing dinner at Annie's in Jasper we came home to sit together and do some BlueGrass 101.   Rob is doing great on the banjo & I am doing horrible on the fiddle ;)  I do have to say that I picked the banjo up for a few minutes and LOVED it & was able to actually make something sound half way decent with it's strings :)  The fiddle is my task at hand though & I am going to strive toward mastering it!  

If you've been following my blog you will know that I said "I'd rather spend a day in the woods with my hubby than sitting at a fine restaurant.. so when I was asked how I wanted to spend our Saturday together.. I grabbed my gloves & in return he grabbed his chain saw :)   We spent most of the day in the woods with the sun peeking through the trees to shine on us as we collected fire wood.  We'd stop from time to time to sit on a stump and talk.. just simple moments, but moments I love!  Around lunch I ran out to pick up some new chickens, yes we now have 4 new chickens!  

oh, and remember the boots I wanted ;) well I may have talked Rob into a quick trip to tractor supply to claim them ~ tee hee hee.

02.11.11 - 02.12.11

Sunday, February 13, 2011

41/365 The farm life doesn't stop because you are sick!

So, as I mentioned in a few posts back... we have new hens!  Well here are a few pics of them, sweet as can be huh???

Well the next image isn't so sweet.. along with these beautiful hens came 'Pepper'.  Upon picking her up, the owner said she'd be de-feathered by a group of Roosters.. not the case at all!  She actually has MITES!  So, after reading up on the mites I learned that my whole flock could get a bad case of mites!  Oh no, not my hen house.. so with stomach bug and all, I decided to powder down all my chickens!  I called up my right hand wo-man, Casey (who too had a bad stomach bug) and we set off to Tractor Supply.  We bought all the doctoring aids we needed to nurse her back to health and prevent my flock from mites.. After catching each chicken and dusting them it was dark before we were finished.. but the job is done!  Oh my, when I took on this job of raising livestock I didn't know I'd be out in the hen house all day while having a stomach virus, dusting chickens!  I have to say, it's well worth it all & I'd do it all over again.. but today was a super long day! 
Thanks 'Pepper' for getting Casey and I out of the house & working.. it may have sweated this cold right out of us!

40/365 Dentist/Stomach Bug

Needless to say.. today didn't get a picture!  I was at the dentist at 8am (with both kids) and didn't even think to bring my camera.. I mean it's not like I was overloaded with stress of the dentist and two children or anything ;)

Dentist went well.. we had both children's teeth cleaned & they both did wonderful!  Being Lyla's first time, she had a few tear drops hit her cheeks but they were soon gone with the promise of Target Toy directly after we left... so once we left, you guessed it.. we headed to Target!  The kids had a quick trip through the toys, as the stomach bug hit both myself and Lyla all at once!  The remaining portion of the day was spent laying on the couch, covered by countless blankets due to our fevers and countless trips to the bathroom.. not a cool virus at all!  Want to get detailed?!?!?  I must say I can't normally clean up my children's throw up very well, but have you ever tried to clean it up while you, yourself is sick as a dog?!?!  It really doesn't work out so great...resulting in double the mess!


39/365 Wedding FUN!

I know this is a image a day project I'm on... but I can't post pics from today's journey, as I've swore secrecy to Casey!  Today Casey, Evon (Casey's Momma) and I worked on wedding stuff!  WOOO HOO ~ Nolan and Casey are getting hitched this May!  I'm beyond excited & truly enjoyed my girly evening with them.. we made cute kissing balls and can't wait to see it all come together :)