Friday, October 28, 2011


Something pretty

very pretty

Something precious

I like cowboys!!

Something sweet

I'm going to have to make this

Something VERY different

I need one of these :)

Something fun

I want to play more

Something for your house

for someone that feels tired. :)

Something beautiful

Warsaw, Poland. Going there next.

Something cute

like I said, I need one of these...

Something for you

You all have an awesome day!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!! // fruit slush

We used to make this a lot for Sunday breakfast. It is really good and kinda tart and kinda sweet. Sometimes we also add strawberries.

Fruit Slush

4 cans Chuck Pineapple
5 to 8 bananas
1 can (29oz) Peaches, cut into thirds
1 can (15oz) Mandarin Oranges
1/4 can Lemonade, add 1 1/2 cup water
1/3 can Orange juice, add 2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar

Put pineapple in a bowl with the juice. Drain oranges and peaches; add to pineapple. Mix all ingredients together. Put into containers and freeze until solid.

Eat frozen or you can set it out an hour before eating.


Makes: a lot


Monday, October 24, 2011


I've been packing today, because I going to North Carolina tomorrow at noon...hopefully.   
At this moment I am feeling kinda like this...

but right now it looks worse than this...

My stuff is all over my bed, but soon it should be in my duffel bag. Obviously it's not going to get there that soon because I'm sitting here telling you about it. hmm... 

So, I'm going to N.C. to a conference and to see my brother!!!! I can't wait to see him again and go to the conference.  After that we're headed for Pennsylvania to see my niece!!!!! and my sister...and my brother-in-law.  Somewhere in between those two we will either see the ocean and/or Washington D.C. and battlefields, and whatever else we spot.  

If it were up to you would you either see Washington D.C. or the ocean??

I would tell you more but I think you know what I should be doing. :) Hopefully I will keep this thing updated while I am gone.  You all have a awesome Monday evening.

Oh, and if you want to see more about this conference I'm going too check it out here.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

poll for you...

I got a poll for you to do. It's to your right, on the side bar.

Since I love the change of the seasons, I thought it would be fun to see what other people think of it. This week the weather finally changed in Kansas. Before that we were painting our house and it was still hot. AND IT WAS OCTOBER!! Something was strange, because it is NEVER hot in Kansas during October. Monday morning my sister, Addy, and I went outside to finish up the painting. We both came back in for another jacket with a hood. Five minutes later we were back in again looking for gloves. Times change...

Although I like fall, I don't think I'm ready for winter. Winter comes way to soon for me. Oh well. 

 Someday, I'm going to get a moose in scenery like this.

Fall is a time to drink more coffee than normal. 

So, don't forget to vote on my poll. I would love it if you would tell me why you picked a certain answer. Or maybe you have something else you like about fall.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!! // banana muffins

Hopefully everyone has had a banana muffin once in their lifetime. If not here is your chance to try them. I don't think I could eat them without chocolate chips, but you can do whatever you want.

Banana Muffins

3 large ripe bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Mash bananas, add sugar and egg. Mix well. Mix in butter. In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients execpt chocolate chips. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the bananas, sugar, egg, and butter. Mix well. If you want add the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into sprayed muffin tins. Bake for 18 minutes at 375 degrees.

Makes 10-12 muffins


Monday, October 17, 2011

dogs, dogs, dogs

I wonder why I love dogs so much and yet I hate them. Now if I change that sentence around it would sound like this:  I wonder why I love MY dogs so much and hate my NEIGHBOR'S dogs. I love our Australian Shepherd and wouldn't know what to do without her. Actually, before we got her we used to lose a couple of chickens everyday to hawks. After she came to live with us we've only lost one chicken in 2 and a half years!! 

Well, one morning last week my mom and I took a walk down the road. One of our neighbors has a dorky chihuahua that looks like the one below.

Don't they all look the same??? By the way, I don't like chihuahuas, so that didn't help. (No offence if you like them.)
Then I have no clue what the other dog is. It's about a medium height, has pointy ears, no tail, and it speckled black and gray.

On a normal day these two will come out to bark and snap at us. (That freaks my mom out because she hasn't had a good experience with dogs.) Today they decided it would be fun to follow us. Their owner must have been gone because they followed and followed, right along all the way home.  You don't know how annoying it is to have 2 ugly dogs hanging around you. At our house no one was going to want them.  
They hung around for awhile to sniff everything in their reach. Not until I tossed a bucket at them did they take off running like the world had ended.

All that to say, they finally went home.

  Someday if I could have a dog of my own, I'd got one of Black Lab like this.

or one of these German Shepherds.

What kind of dog do you have or would you like to own?


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!

Apple Dip is one of my favorite things to eat at this time of year. If you want you can use yogurt instead of cream cheese. It might make it a little more runny. Your choice.

Taffy Apple Dip

  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 6 apples, cut into wedges

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread mixture on a small serving plate; top with nuts. Serve with apple wedges.  

    Makes: 6 servings.



    Monday, October 10, 2011

    movie time

    On September 30th we did something that we don't normally do. A long time ago my younger brother, Titus gave me a birthday present to see The Grace Card or Courageous (not sure if it was just that he wanted to see them and needed a reason to go or really wanted to take me out...hmm). I opted for Courageous just because I had been paying attention to it. (I still need to see The Grace Card.)
    When the movie was about to come out, I was like "hey, when are you taking me?" I didn't worry that he'd forget because he likes movies as much as I do. But then my sisters said we weren't allowed to go without them...there went our "date".  My Dad decided he wanted to come along so he took the afternoon off. Well, you can guess what happened now. Yep, Mom wasn't gonna stay home if everyone else was going to a movie. 

    Of course we got there to early and I wasn't going to waste my time. I needed something to do. OrangeLeaf was across the parking lot and that was were we headed.  Now that's a real good used of time. :)

    This post had turned into a long essay of my thoughts on the movie...too long. I cut it apart and I'm only going to tell you a few details I think are interesting. First off, if you haven't seen Courageous I totally recommend it. Another thing if you're used to seeing only light-hearted movies, then this one might be kinda hard. They're dealing with some serious issues. 

    Favorite actor:

    Would have to have been Ken Bevel, who played Nathan Hayes. This guy is natural at being a cop. He is so serious and maybe I just like the "good" guy.

    Funniest character:

     Definitely Javier Martinez (played by Robert Amaya) was the funniest. The "snake king" scene still has us in stitches. 

    Compared to Fireproof:
    Someone asked me if I though Courageous was better than Fireproof. In a way you can't compare them because they are on two totally different topics. Fireproof follows one couple, where as Courageous follows 5 Dads. Fireproof is about marriage, Courageous is about being a father: two different things. I think Courageous has more action then Fireproof, but I like that.

    Final note:
    I don't think I've ever seen a movie where I was laughing my heart out and then about to cry on the same scene. Courageous is so full of many different things, you just have to watch it.

    Anything else you want to know? This was like a third of my original post.


    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    something to think about...

    I tend to forget this a lot.

    Have an awesome day...what's left of it. :)


    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Awesome-Tasting Food!

    Peanut butter...who doesn't like it? really, you just have too. The only problem is it makes my face break out so I don't eat it that often.

    Anyway, this is a family favorite. These cookies are very soft and just have that taste. My Dad likes his cookies burnt and the rest of us like them underdone. Well, I have to do is forget about one pan until you start to smell something odd. :)

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

    1 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 eggs
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1/3 cup baking cocoa
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup peanut butter chips
    1 cup chocolate chips

    Mix together butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs. Add everything else except chips and mix well. Fold in chips. Bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

    makes 2 - 3 dozen


    Monday, October 3, 2011


    random photo of this summer, right before a storm. (you can tell it is windy)

    Good Morning Monday!! How are you? I don't usually like Mondays, just like everyone else. To Start this week off I'm going to do this 40 question thing. Not something I normally do, but for some reason I've done 2 tag post in a row. But then again, I don't know if I'd call this a tag. Maybe just a ton of questions that are terribly random and funny to answer at the same time.
    Oh and btw, I answered the questions on Saturday.

    1. High heels or boots?   I'd say boots, but heels are cute. You'd definitely see me wearing more boots.
    2. What time did you get up this morning?  7:00 A.M. Today is Saturday, give me a break.
    3. What was the last movie you saw at the theater?   Courageous...I saw it yesterday. IT WAS AWESOME!! You need to go see it!!!
    4. What is your maiden name?  Hobbs...btw, I'm not married. :)
    5. What is your favorite T.V. Show?  I don't really watch much tv, except for sports sometimes.
    6. What do you usually have for breakfast?  coffee and sometimes eggs.
    7. What is your middle name?  Hope
    8. What food do you dislike?  Probably curry-apple-chicken soup. It was good until I was sick and someone was making it. You could smell curry throughout the whole house. awful.
    9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? I don't really listen to cds, just downloads :)
    10. What characteristic do you despise? When someone is full of themselves.
    11. Favorite clothing? Shirts...maybe. I don't know, that's a hard question.
    12. Anywhere in the world on vacation? Europe and Jamaica!!!
    13. Are you an organized person? I start out that way and after time everything gets out of place, so I have to start over. :)
    14. Where would you retire to? That is a long way off and I'm not worried about it.
    15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? my 16th...I had an awesome b-day party.
    16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Go find out what my family is up too. (I just got home and haven't seen anyone yet. hmm....)
    17. Furthest place you have ever been to? N.C.
    18. Person you wish you could meet? There are a ton of ppl. You don't want my to start...
    19. When is your birthday? April 29th in the evening

     after 4 people got done with 1 bowl at orangeleaf

    20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Sometimes a morning one...usually not. I could stay up all night!!
    21. What is your shoe size? depends on the shoe...10 1/2 to 12. If you wish your feet were that big, then you're crazy.
    22. Do you own any animals? cats, dogs, guineas, chickens, ducks, rabbit, and ...oh good, that's all we have at the moment.
    23. Any news you'd like to share? I'm going on a trip out east soon and I get to fly again by myself!!!
    24. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Astronaut. I'm serious. I still do, except it isn't something I probably should do. And anyway I'd never have enough money. 

    25. What is your favorite flower? Pink roses and Daises 
    26. What day on the calendar are you looking forward to? Oct 25th
    27. If you were a crayon, what would you be? LIME GREEN!!
    28. How is the weather right now? Awesome, just perfect
    29. Last person you spoke to on the phone? my Dad and the answering machine
    30. Favorite drink?  Water and coffee. maybe coffee should come first.
    31. Favorite Restaurant? I like to many. At the moment Chipotles.
    32. Hair color? Dark brown with some highlights from the sun.
    33. What was your favorite toy as a child? O.K. I don't know if this is considered a toy, but my grandma gave me a baby blanket before I was born that I still have and is in good condition. I love it.
    34. Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Spring and fall
    35. Chocolate or vanilla? CHOCOLATE!! I think this question should really be dark or milk .
    37. Wish you were still young? I still consider myself young.
    38. Do you want to get married? Of course...if that is in God's will.
    39. When was the last time you cried? In the movie yesterday. It had some really sad parts. Before that...I don't remember.
    40. What is under you bed? Some blankets and a couple of pillows and some old projects I never finished.
    41. What did you do last night? I was going to go horse riding, but I got home after dark.
    42. What are you afraid of? I don't want to tell you...
    43. Salty or sweet? Both
    44. Best quality you have? That's something you should really ask my Mom.
    45. How many years at your current job? My family has had a business for 12 years, but I've probably only worked at it for 10 years or less.
    46. Favorite day of the week? that market isn't in season.
    47. Favorite movie? that's a hard question, about every movie I watch becomes a favorite.
    48. Have you ever had a crush on anyone? hasn't everyone?
    49. Do you like finding all this stuff out about your friends? Sure, I think it would be interesting to see people's answers to these odd questions.

    Now, I want to see you do it. 

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