Category Archives: Life

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!

 

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?

 

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.

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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.

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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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From Heels To Boots….To Babies

Well, just one baby to be exact.  One absolutely adorable, squishy, smiley baby who happens to keep me from getting a full uninterrupted eight three hours of sleep in a row at night.  It’s been 1 year since I last posted on this blog and let’s just say that a lot has happened in that year.  Namely:  Phil & I found out we were expecting and now we have a handsome, active 5 month old son named Thomas! 

It’s been so much fun, but it’s also been a lot of work.  Which is the only explanation I have for why I have been completely MIA in the Social Media world.  A lot of work with a baby + a little sleep = A lot of creative mind block & little time to sit down to try to figure out what to write!  But as Tommy P gets older, he’s able to be a little bit more independent which will hopefully allow me some time on here.

Before a baby I would write about things pertaining to agriculture, cooking and fashion and I will continue to write about those things, but I will be adding a lot of posts about babies and motherhood because my life is now centered around being a mom to my sweet baby!  It only seems fitting that I would write about them, as well. 

And that’s it…that’s my intro back into the blogging world after being absent for a year.  Stay tuned for more blog posts 😉

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Thomas Philip – Tommy P – T Pain – Turkey Tom – these are just a few of his nicknames so far.

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Our family hanging out at the calf ranch where we live, work & play.

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T & I enjoying a boat ride on the lake this summer. He loves the water!

 

There’s Cattle In My Yard

Not everyone has the privileged opportunity to look out the windows of the front of his/her house everyday only to see cattle peacefully grazing on the front lawn.  I never had it either, until just last week.

I grew up in the city, but I always dreamed of living in the country.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of a lot of city things, but the thought of getting to live in such openness, surrounded by farm land, crops and animals always sounded awesome. 

A month and a half ago, Phil and I moved out to the ranch and let’s just say that I love it.  Minus the bugs, of course.  The new fun news is that we added a few steers to our front yard.  There are literally, cattle grazing in my front yard.  It’s pretty cool and I am thankful for the blessed life I live.

As of right now I’m merely acquaintances with the steers, but I’m hoping to get to know them better and move on to the friend stage with them soon.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes, but for now, enjoy the pictures that I’ve capture of them so far!

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Interruptions

I’ve lived on the ranch for about a month and a half now.  The flying cockroaches have seemed to disappear thanks to the hot weather’s arrival.  I am getting settled into the house and I enjoy going on evening bike rides with Phil and our dog, Cooper.  And one of my favorite parts about ranch life is that the sunsets always seem to be ridiculously, mind-blowingly beautiful.

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A lesson that I’ve been learning on the ranch is that there will be interruptions – whether they are interruptions to my sleep or my favorite TV show, there will be interruptions.

A couple of weeks ago, Phil & I got home from a date night and did a quick drive around the ranch to make sure that all looked good with the calves before we went home to bed.  Toward the end of our drive I noticed a group of about 7 calves just standing around outside of their corral.  (That is not normal, in case you are wondering.)  We drove a little bit further and noticed a LOT of calves roaming around the ranch.  Not good.

While you might be thinking that it sounds good for calves to be able to roam around, it is.  However, it is good for them to roam around within the boundaries (corrals) that they are given.  The corrals keep them safe from harm’s way.  It’s like letting a baby crawl everywhere without watching them.  It’s ok for a baby to crawl everywhere – if it is in an area that is “child-proof.” Non child-proof areas require that the child is attended to when crawling about.  Same concept for calves – the corrals are “calf-proof.”  The rest of the ranch is not necessarily calf-proof, especially when there is no one to watch them.

So, calves roaming.  It turned out one of the corrals had been left open.  Phil & I were out until midnight rounding up the calves and putting them back in their play pen (corral.)

My second interruption happened a few nights ago as I was enjoying a lazy evening to myself.  I was in my neon pink yoga pants, doing Pinterest crafts while catching up on this season of The Bachelorette.  (Did that sentence just sound super girly or what?!)  The smell of fresh-baked banana bread wafted through the house and I was pretty pumped to eat some once my episode was over.  Then, as Des was on her last date for the episode, I heard Phil call my name.

Calves were out again.  Phil did give me an option of helping him, but if I didn’t help him, what kind of “Heels To BOOTS” person would I be?  A terrible one.  So, I threw on my boots (with my neon pink yoga pants), jumped in my car, drove to the shop building, and hopped on a mule to help in the search for loose calves.  It took about an hour, but by the end of it, the calves were all safely in their place again.

Interruptions.  Some people tell me this is good preparation for having kids some day and being…interrupted by them.  Others tell me it’s just plain old good character building.  I agree with both, but really to me, it’s just a small glimpse of what other farmers and ranchers around the world deal with.  It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, what show is on, what event is happening, if the animals need to be fed, helped or taken care of, you can bet that a farmer or rancher will drop whatever they are doing to take care of the situation.  And if you don’t believe me, check out my friend Crystal Cattle, who fed cattle with her husband in the middle of a friend’s wedding!

Neon + Boots. I think it's a new trend.

Neon + Boots.
I think it’s a new trend.

Until the next interruption… 😉

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