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Wife of Mountain Runner Mike,mother of Cotton, Tristan, and Justus. Lover of family and friends. SuperStar Director of an awesome Scentsy team. I can bake a beautiful loaf of bread, and love making my house a home. Come and sit a while.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peaches & Peach jam

My dear sweet mom gave me peaches this week. When your mom gives you peaches, make lemonade - I mean peacheade. Mike and I canned 14 quarts together and it was a great date.

I made peach jam from a recipe of my Great Grandma Jones'. This recipe uses no pectin so you cook the jam until the natural pectin is in the jam. This took 3 1/2 hours, but I will tell you the jam is delicious! The recipe calls for cinnamon sticks and whole cloves that you add to the peaches and sugar to cook and you do not remove them, also marshcino cherries and lemon juice. My Great Grandma Jones babysat me from 3 years old until I went to kindergarten and when I tasted this jam I had a bunch of great memories flood my head. MMMMMMMMMM good.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chili and breadsticks

I have great pics to go with this post however, my computer won't compute the images for me. Both of these recipes are yummy and I hope you will try them.


1 pound ground beef
1 small sweet oniln chopped
1/2 t. chili powder.

Brown the above ingredients, drain, and put in dutch oven or pot.
Then add:

1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. curry
1 clove garlic pressed
1 16 oz. can kidney beans, undrained
1 16 oz. can pinto beans, undrained
1 16 oz. can black beans, undrained
1 16 oz jar tomatoes
Salt, garlic salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for at least 20 minutes. Serve with sour cream and grated cheese.


1/2 cups warm water
2 T. sugar
1 T. yeast

Combine in small bowl and let stand until bubbly.
Pour into large bows and add:

1 t. salt
3-3 1/2 cups flour

Mix together, and then knead for 5 minutes. Place back into large bowl, cover with a damp towel and let stand about q- minutes. Grease 9 x 15 jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. Press dough into pan and cut into sticks. ( a pizza cutter works well.) Melt 1/2 cup butter and pour over dough. Sprinkle with garlic powder or salt and parmesan cheese. Let raise 10-20 minutes. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Bread sticks will tear apart for serving.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oh my stars

Oh my stars this buggy barn quilt top is finally pieced together. Phew, finished it tonight and I have the backing and binding, just need the batting. This will go on my bed for Fall. This quilt started out as a bunch of fat quarters from Moda, the line is called Sonnet and I purchased it last fall on clearance for about $85. Can't wait to get it quilted.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


So, aren't these dahlias beautiful? My papa had the length of his yard planted with these and cannas and this time of year people would admire his flowers. My mom gave me 3 bulbs this spring from my papa's dahlias and these are the results. I like to bring a bloom into my home to remind us of papa.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Faith and Carrots

Last May Mike and I planted a row of carrot seeds and waited patiently for them to sprout. After about 2 1/2 weeks we started to think that maybe hadn't watered them enough or that they blew away in the wind because there was no sign of sprouting seeds. Soon after that we were so excited when they DID sprout.

4 months later, this morning Mike harvested these beauties. They smell so sweet and they are incredibly tender. Justus has loved going out to the garden and pulling out a huge carrot and nibbling away. MaryJane and Wally also have enjoyed carrots, tiny tomatoes and crook neck squash out of the garden.

Wow, look at these bright, beautiful happy carrots ready to be put on the shelf and enjoyed throughout the winter months. What if we had given up on those tiny seeds that we thought might have blown away? What if we had not continued to water the ground where we knew we had planted the seeds? We would not have had the joy of picking, cleaning and bottling these yummy carrots, and we would have missed out on the awesome testimony builder of how faith is like a seed, plant it, care for it, and watch it grow. Love that.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What's up Buttercup?

There is a new Scentsy Director in town and her name is Tanya Roylance. Tanya is a great gal, she wears quite a few hats - Wife, mom, Relief Society President, homemaker, comedian, Scentsy consultant and now she has earned the opportunity to lead her team of amazing Scentsy consultants as a Director. I am proud of Tanya, she is a natural when it comes to making others feel important and loved. She loves her husband and family so much it hurts, and she loves sharing Scentsy. I am blessed to know her and want to give her a great big congratulations on leading her Scentsy team. You go girl.