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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Punk & the Pompadour

It was "Dress the Decades Day"
 at our homeschool co-op.
What fun!  My guys went all out.


In true radical style, Jared ditched his preppy clothes and embraced the 80s to the max.


Tubular, dude!
Several of the moms said he looked like he stepped right out of the Breakfast Club.  He was stoked.


Jonah rolled up the cuffs and flashed farther back to the 50s.


Digging it, Daddy-o!


This Cat was definitely not square.

And me? Well after doing those two "dos"
I was lucky to get there on time.
It was a CRAY day. 
 (that's crazy, in case you didn't know)

I can't think of a Bible verse that goes with these two rebels.  Come to think of it, it may be against the rules to put scripture in the same post as stoked. ;) 



Friday, October 10, 2014

Crocheted Saddle Oxfords


Preppy is back
and these Little Sport Saddle Oxfords
are just too cute. I just had to make them
for a niece about to have a sweet baby boy. 


Of course, 
I had to make the matching hat.


I just love the patterns from Lovely Crow on Etsy.
These can be special ordered too.
  More info in the sidebar.  
Same price as the cowboy boots.

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like the shifting shadows.
James 1:17


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekends Full of Running and Riding


The last month has been super busy
with lots of cross country meets 
and horse shows for our boys.
We have literally gotten up before 6 am
every Saturday for 8 weeks.
It's been so fun to watch them run and ride.
Completely worth it!
We are ready for some restful weekends on the farm though. 


Jared is an awesome runner and enjoying every minute of it.


He's covering miles of road and turf every week
and his times have gotten better through the season.


I love how he always finishes with flair.
So dramatic.  So Jared.




Jonah and Riviera are riding great together.


They have the flying lead change down
and are tackling tighter turns over the jumps.


Their partnership is always exciting & fun to watch.





Jake has switched colleges so that means he switched equestrian teams too.
This show was hosted by his old team which he now competes against.


In collegiate equestrian competitions like this, the rider's horse is picked by random draw.  They are not allowed to put their leg on or guide the horse with the reins until they enter the ring and are being judged.   It's very challenging.


He happened to draw a horse that he had ridden before. 
 The horse's name was Jake too and he is fun to ride so our Jake was excited.




Each of the boys have earned lots of ribbons
running and riding this month.
We're proud of them.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight,
I have run the race,
I have kept the faith.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ground Lamb Sliders

 It's one of our new favorites!
The fact that they are super fast and super easy is a bonus this time of year.
I don't know about your family but for us, back to school time means back to school activities in the evening too.  That means I need to be able to slide dinner on the table with lightning speed before someone has to head back out the door.


Lamb Sliders are the perfect quick meal for that!

Ground lamb mini patties~ 5 minutes on the grill ~ done.
French bread ~ 5 minutes under the broiler ~ done.
Slide in a salad and dinner is served.
See, told you they were super fast!


Here's the easy part: 1,2,3.

1.  I buy french bread at Sam's and stockpile it in the freezer.
You can ask for it frozen and bake it yourself.  It's better that way!
Slice it at an angle.  Top with butter, garlic powder & oregano and broil until brown and crispy.




2.  Form ground lamb (you can use beef instead but it won't be as good) into balls the size of golf balls.  Press into patty shapes.  Salt and pepper both sides generously.  Grill on high heat for 5 minutes or until medium rare.  Lamb should always be cooked medium rare.




3.  Stack up the sliders and drizzle with Caesar dressing
or whatever topping you choose.  We just love Newman's Caesar around here.  Seriously, I stockpile it too.


If you haven't had lamb before, this recipe is a great non-threatening way to try it.  Bet your family will love them.
Slide Lamb Sliders on the table and watch them disappear.


Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8







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