On Eating Dove

We’ve got a lot of dove flying around our house and Phil enjoys hunting, so you can imagine his excitement when there is an abundance of hunt-able birds just a step outside of his back door.

I’m not so sure about eating dove, so you can imagine my dismay excitement when Phil brought 6 dove into our house that he had just killed and cleaned…and was now pumped to eat.  He asked me if I had any dove recipes that I knew of.  That would be a negative.  

So, my own Phil Robertson asked me to be a Miss Kay Bri and to find a good recipe.  Thankfully, Google and a girl named Lauren had my back and I found a blog post titled, The Best Dove Marinade.  The recipe was pretty much a jalapeño popper with a dove breast wrapped in bacon.  You can’t really go wrong with cream cheese and bacon so that was the recipe that I settled on.

The actual marinade for the dove was very good, but I think that we cooked those dove breasts just a bit too long.  Next time, we’ll try cooking them for a shorter amount of time.  I am sure that there will be a next time to try dove breasts, but I am content with spacing out my dove meals!  (I think that I will stick with chicken as my bird of choice)  And as much as I absolutely love watching Duck Dynasty, I don’t think that I’d do well as a Robertson.  I’m too much of a “yuppy.” 😉

Jalapeño Poppers a la Dove

Jalapeño Poppers a la Dove

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Boondock Living

Ok, so I’m not really out in the boondocks.  But I’m definitely not living in the city.  You drive past a lot of fields and farms to get to my house.  I wake up and have goats, cattle and corn (or wheat depending on the season) to the North, and cattle to the East, West & South of me.  I literally have goats and calves in my front & backyard.  For a while I had a goat in my backyard, too.  It was always my dream to be able to live in a house one day where I could wake up, look out my window and see the sunrise just beyond the corn.  And my dream has come true!  I didn’t really account for all of the flies, spiders & rodents that came with the territory of living in the country…but I do get beautiful sunrises and sunsets every day.

Because of the previously mentioned bugs & rodents, I often take country living for granted.  The view is now my norm and I forget that not everyone has the blessing of living in wide open spaces.  It’s quiet and peaceful out where I live.  And although I have days where I wish that I were closer to civilization (mostly a mall and Starbucks), I do love living out here.

I figured that in today’s blog post I would share a few pictures of some of the things I see when I walk outside my house.  Enjoy a piece of ranch life!

A calf in our front pasture

A calf in our front pasture

A tractor in the field across from our house.  This field was full of corn the day before the picture was taken.

A tractor in the field across from our house. This field was full of corn the day before the picture was taken.

This is a calf bottle...used to feed calves milk, of course.  I discovered that it works as a great teething toy for Thomas!

This is a calf bottle…used to feed calves milk, of course. I discovered that it works as a great teething toy for Thomas!

Sunrise on the calf ranch

Sunrise on the calf ranch


These are our goats in our front pasture - they're pretty silly!

These are our goats in our front pasture – they’re pretty silly!


Losing the Baby Weight

I ran a 5K race this past weekend and got 2nd place in my age group!

I ran a 5K race this past weekend and got 2nd place in my age group!

Baby weight is always a hot topic during pregnancy…and afterward.  I can’t tell you how many times I got asked by moms and moms-to-be “How much have you gained so far?” while I was pregnant.  I was guilty of asking my fellow pregos the same question.  I think in a way it’s to comfort ourselves knowing that there’s other women out there who have gained just as much as we have.  Suddenly the fact that all I ate was Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread & Cap’n Crunch cereal during my 1st trimester seemed justified at the sound of other prego’s similarly unhealthy cravings.

Post-pregnancy, people want to know how much weight you gained…and if they can’t tell, they want to know if you’re losing any of it.  So far I have managed to lose my pregnancy weight and then some…and people have noticed.  And they often say, “Oh, breastfeeding makes the pounds just fall off of you.”  To that I say, “Yes…and no.”  Yes, it does burn calories and cause your uterus to contract to shrink back to regular size quicker.  However, I’d like to take a little bit of credit for losing the baby weight because quite frankly, I’ve worked hard.

The point of this post is to remind people that “fit” people don’t get fit by sitting on the couch and eating whatever they want.  Fit, healthy people get that way by working out and eating a balanced diet.  I used to always envy people who looked so fit and toned.  I still aspire to be as fit as I can be, but I’m not envious anymore because I understand that they work hard.  They make fitness a part of their daily life and it shows.Fitness Quote

This blog post is to tell you that whether you’ve been pregnant or not, if you want to get healthy then you can.  But you have to put forth effort.  I started working out once a day doing Jillian Michaels’ workout DVD’s.  Then I started a DVD program through Beachbody called PiYo – it’s a mix of Pilates and Yoga.  I LOVE it.  It’s a combination of strength and stretching and I noticed that my body was totally getting toned as well as more flexible.  Then I began running  3 days a week in the mornings.  It’s not always easy to get up…especially because Thomas wakes up sometimes 3-7 times a night (teething is killing me!), but I drink a vitamin-filled energy drink called Advocare Spark that wakes me up and helps me feel great right before I run.

On top of all that, I noticed what really helped me shed those pregnancy pounds was when I started snacking on more fruits and veggies.  I do not like vegetables much…I’d rather eat some sort of bread because who doesn’t like bread?!  But if you’re looking to lose weight, you can’t just go to the gym for 2 hours and then get a venti frappucino from Starbucks everyday because guess what?  There goes your 2 hours at the gym in calories.  Eating a balanced diet is super important if you’re looking to get healthy.

Now, I’m not saying to do anything extreme and go vegetarian or quit eating bread (I still am a STRONG supporter of bread!  After all, Jesus makes a lot of references to himself being the “bread of life” and I know I need Jesus in my life.  I’ll take spiritual bread & physical bread, please!)  And I’m not saying that you can’t drink Starbucks anymore…I could never give up my Pumpkin Spice Latte’s.  But I get those once a week…it’s a treat.  Eat balanced.  Not extreme.

Maybe this will be the first of more blog posts on being healthy because quite frankly, I’ve never been this healthy in my life.  I’ve been “skinny” before…but that was thanks to youth and good genetics.  I was filling my body with junk food and not working out.  Now, I’m not the skinniest that I’ve ever been, but I’m definitely the healthiest.  And it feels good!


So the next time you look enviously at someone who looks “fit,” remind yourself that they probably work hard to be that healthy.  Remind yourself that you’re totally capable of being just as fit.  And as NIKE says, “Just do it.”  If you have any questions about the PiYo workout that I do or the Spark energy drink that I take, feel free to fill out the Contact Form in this post.  I’d love to tell you more about them and get you connected with my Beachbody coach or my Spark salesperson🙂

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Jamberry Nails

I love having pretty nails.  If you know me then you know that about me.

If you knew me before I got married then you really, fully understand how much I love having pretty nails.  I got my nails done every 2 weeks…by a professional.  My nails looked gooooood.

Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m now into my second year of marriage and I have a child.  Go get my nails done for an hour every 2 weeks?  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  But to paint my nails at home and hope that they dry before my 6 month old wants to be picked up or fed?  Yeah, right.  I’m not going to risk smearing my freshly painted nails after all of that work.  That said, my nails have been long forgotten.  Until now.

My friend Amanda hosted a “Jamberry Party” recently and I learned of this awesomeness that is Jamberry.  They are sticker-like nails that are applied & sealed with heat.  They have solid colors, sparkles & fun patterns to choose from.  Since Amanda was hosting a party, I figured that I would buy a few and check them out.

They claim to last for 2 weeks and I haven’t proven that to be true yet, but I’ll let you know when I do!  I feel like I get a bit better at applying them every time I put them on (I’ve put them on my nails twice and on my mom’s nails once.)

Poppy & White Polka

Poppy & White Polka

Urban Lights

Urban Lights

Aside from that, I think they’re pretty fun.  I’m not talented enough to paint these crazy designs on my fingernails and as previously mentioned, I need something that will dry quickly so that my nails are not jeopardized by having to pick up a baby.  With no dry time for Jamberry nails, they’ve already scored major points with me!

Have you tried Jamberry nails?  Do you have any favorite designs or tips/tricks for applying them?


2 Samuel 22 Memory Verse

2 Samuel 22:31-34The other day I was doing my devotions and I was reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  The scripture verse reference was found in 2 Samuel and after reading the verse for the day I decided to flip backward a page in my Bible.  I saw this verse underlined:

“This God — his way is perfect;  the word of the LORD proves true;  he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  For who is God, but the LORD?  And who is a rock, except our God?  This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless.  He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.”  -2 Samuel 22:31-34

In that moment, those words struck me.  “This God…”  MY God.  He’s MY father in Heaven – the Creator of the universe.  His word proves true over and over again.  He is a shield, he is a rock and he is a strong refuge.  I was just overwhelmed with the sense that I get to know him and not only that, but that he knows me.  He knitted me together in my mother’s womb, he created my inmost being (Psalm 139:13)

I loved being reminded of God’s faithfulness through this verse and so I decided that it was worth engraving in my memory.  From September 1-15, I am memorizing these words because the word of the LORD proves true and I want this in my mind and on my heart.



Sally's Baking Addiction Cake

Chocolate Chip & Raspberry Cake

My mom told me about a girl named Sally a while back.  This girl had a blog called Sally’s Baking Addiction.  My mom loves to bake, so naturally when she found this blog filled with delicious, sweet treat recipes, she was quite endeared to Sally.  When my mom first discovered the blog, Sally was a regular gal who worked a regular job and happened to love to bake.  Now, Sally’s blog has been discovered by a few more bakers and she no longer works a regular job, but instead has a cook book that has been published and solely blogs about her baking addiction.  One could assume that she must be a pretty good baker… So I decided to test out one of her recipes for myself.

She’s pretty good.  I needed a cake recipe for my sister-in-law’s birthday and I found this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  It looked delicious – chocolate and fruit?  The best of both worlds!  It was really straight forward to make and Sally has photos on her blog of the recipe through the process, so I was able to double-check that everything was looking correct more-or-less while I baked.  The hardest part for me was cutting the bottom layer’s top off to make it even.  I’m convinced I have crooked eyes when it comes to doing things symmetrically!  Other than that, it turned out beautifully (I think it did, at least!) and it satisfied my sweet taste buds perfectly.  And the raspberries intermixed almost make you feel like you’re being somewhat healthy. 😉

You just need a side of dairy with this cake and you’ve got an awesome dessert!  And by “side of dairy” I mean you either need a big, cold glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream!Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake



Homegrown Food

On Wednesday afternoon I was trying to figure out an “activity” to do with my 5 month old.  I decided to take a blanket out to the backyard and relax with him out there.  The temperature wasn’t too hot and our male goat had just been moved from our backyard to the front pasture…so it seemed like a good choice to go out there!  And it was.  Thomas just chilled on the blanket taking in all of the sights and sounds that the outdoors provided while I enjoyed having free arms for a quick moment.

Shortly after plopping down on the blanket, Phil pulled up to our house and asked me if we wanted to go pick some sweet corn.  Another great activity for us!  So we headed to the back of the calf ranch where our sweet corn was growing.  While I’ll admit to just walking amongst the corn with Thomas in arms while Phil actually picked the corn, it was fun to say that we got to “pick” it.

Fun Day

Thomas & I walking around the sweet corn. The taller corn to the right of us is corn that we will use for silage to feed our calves.

Sweet Corn

Some of the corn that Phil picked. Our goats enjoyed eating it, as well!

That night for dinner we had sweet corn from our ranch with some of the juiciest, yummiest New York steaks that I’ve ever had (also from our ranch).

Homegrown Meal

This is the most homegrown meal I’ve ever eaten. I am hoping to get a garden underway sometime soon and then hopefully I’ll have a homegrown salad on the plate in the future, too!

Do you have a garden?  Do you live on a farm or ranch of some sort?  What foods do you eat that you grow/farm yourself?  Are you like me and have hopes for a garden someday?  What do you wish to plant?

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