Thursday, October 22, 2009
1 c. sugar
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plain canned pumpkin
1 stick butter, melted
6 oz. milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
In an electric mixer beat the eggs.
Add pumpkin and butter.
Mix well, but do not over mix.
Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix.
Add chocolate chips.
Bake for about 25 minutes
Isn't this the coolest view from my new laundry room? Who wouldn't love to do chores in a room like this?!?!?
Aside from the water running down the wall and into the existing house last night and a minor re-do of the upstairs floor plan due to a glitch in the stairway layout, I think things are going well!
Monday, October 19, 2009
They just started construction on October 6...
Given the weather challenges we've had already, it's going fairly quickly. Check back soon... they are putting the walls up on the 2nd story as I post so things are changing quickly!!!
Here is what I've discovered (and saved from the burn pile) so far...
And I've discovered the staple supplies of any DIY'er.... POWER TOOLS, sand paper, spray paint, and a little imagination!
I admit it... I'm a copy cat (sorry Beck) but I couldn't resist. It was too cute! I already have my words printed for Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! Can hardly wait and best of all... it's FREE!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Have you ever done anything just to see if you could? Well... that's just what I did this summer. I had a few over-achieving friends that had taken up the silly sport of running for some odd reason, so I thought I'd give it a try just to see if I could. I've never been a long distance runner (not even in my school days!) so it seemed a little out of reach. I can remember trying it out just by trying to jog (ie walk fast!) up the little hill last spring after doing chores. Needless to say, I was so out of shape I could hardly make it to the barn and believe me, it's NOT that far! So I kept plugging away a few yards at a time (literally) until I was doing a mile. I distinctly remember proudly announcing that I can jog the whole mile south of our house and only had to stop to walk up the big hills. I was soooo proud! Well, I kept at it and actually ran 3 different 5k races (3.1 miles) this summer. So if I can do this, ANYONE can!!!
Here's my tally since I starting tracking my progress:
June - 36.8 miles
July - 33.1 miles
Aug - 26.5 miles
Sept - 29.1 miles.. do the math... that's over 125 miles total! WOW!
And my 5k race times:
6/13/09 - 34:07
7/4/09 - 31:31
9/26/09 - 29:00 woohoo!!
I am making this entry for the sole purpose of trying to motivate myself to get going again. I have run a big ZERO miles since my last 5k. Not sure if it's lack of time, motivation, energy, or what but I don't like it. Maybe if I know the world has access to this (even though I only have 1 follower!!) I will get my butt in gear!!! I'll let you know!
- People, without exception, drive with a 'one wrist grip' at the "12:00" position on the steering wheel so that they can easily give a full hand wave when they meet you on the road... and not just the little 'raised finger' waive like you sometimes see either!
- EVERYONE you meet looks you straight in the eye, smiles, and says hello. I don't know if it's just that they are so happy to see someone for a change or if they are really that friendly, but it's amazing how contagious it is.
- Their simple philosophy is that "If we take care of the land, it will take care of us". This applies to every aspect of their operation from the land and facilities to the livestock and neighbors.
- The use any excuse to have a get-together. This probably stems from the social isolation that most folks experience in the sandhills, but it's inspiring to see the neighbors (ie anyone within a 100 mile radius) band together for a common cause. Be it branding, shipping, or haying, they always throw an "after" party for their friends.
- Their idea of "fast food" is pulling a roast from the freezer and putting it in the crock pot.
- You can buy all your essentials at the local lumber store including milk, beer, and tabacco!
- I would challenge any animal rights activist to find happier cows anywhere. Belly deep grass for miles and miles during the summer and an "all-you-can-eat" hay buffet during the winter months. These folks stay up all night during calving to make sure the new babes don't freeze, and will sacrifice everything for the sake of the herd. America's farmers and ranchers are feeding the world, one day at a time.
So the next time you are stuck in traffic, faced with a grouchy attendent at the gas station, or considering "running to the store" to pick up a few things, think about the hard working folks of the Nebraska Sandhills (or all of rural america for that matter) and be grateful for what you have!