Fall Updates

 

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Happy Fall Y’all! Just kidding, I don’t say y’all. But I’m definitely excited for fall to be here! Cooler temps, leaves changing color, its acceptable to burn candles that smell like cinnamon and freshly baked foods. Yeah, I love it! Winter is right around the corner and I’m definitely not looking forward to that, but you win some and you lose some. Our house currently smells like “Cozy Autumn Cuddle” during the day. At night I like my “Fire” by Henry Bendel candle. It’s thes best.

Let’s jump right into the update! Lots has happened since my spring update. And I’ve definitely neglected this blog. Unfortunately life happens. I’m currently taking a facebook break. I needed some time away from the negativity and drama of the world. I’m going to get better about updating my blog, so that my family and friends stay updated and in the know!

July! I had knee surgery for the third time, and hopefully the last time! I had a torn meniscus so my Sports Medicine Doctor went in and trimmed it up. I had a difficult healing time but it’s all for the best now! Imy’s 90th birthday was on the 10th, and IMG_8871we had a birthday party in the park! On the 22nd Mister Taitum turned four! He had a tractor cake, his cousins Kyle, Lynsy, Cayson, Trygg, and Tymber came over to play. Jayden loved having a “baby” (Tymber) to play with, Tait wants to trade Jayden for Tymber! TayTay came to spend the weekend with us! We had pork carnitas tacos, strawberry lime “margaritas” (no alcohol, so everyone could enjoy them!), and a pull apart Tractor Cake.

We all went to Bismarck to spend a weekend with Grandma Kelley! We spent time with Jordyn, Andy, Papa, and Gamma. Stayed in a hotel, we went to the zoo, the boys got to swim. We made new friends, Carter and his mom Cassie, and had a blast!

August flew by. Taitum got his 4 year old shots. Jayden has gotten very independent and likes to pick on his brother. Ty turned 26,

In the beginning of September we moved to Timber Lake! Finally! Taitum started IMG_9390

Headstart, he loves it. Nobody cried on the first IMG_9314day. However Jayden isn’t sure how he feels about being an “only child” for a few hours every day. It’s been an adjustment for him. And he definitely cried on the second day!

Ty and I enjoy the house were renting. Tait calls it the Harry Potter House because there is a cupboard underneath the stairs. Unfortunately it’s filled with clothes that Jayden hasn’t grown into yet, so the boys don’t get to play in there! It’s a cute little house, we fit inside it just perfectly.

October snuck right up on us.. Jayden turned two, which really doesn’t seem possible. I swear, time just flies quicker and quicker. We had a party in our new house. There were Indian Tacos, Lane Frost Chocolate Cake (dairy free), and we had lots of fun! Ty and I reached a big milestone. Our first anniversary! It seems crazy that it’s been a year since we were doing wedding stuff! It’s been such a wild ride, but I’m thankful that I’ve had Ty with me. 

We spend a lot of time at the barn, working with horses. Or in White Horse checking cows. The boys love to be involved in what Ty’s doing! I definitely believe that I’m raising cowboys. Tait wants to be a farmer when he grows up, an I can wholeheartedly support that. I know he might eventually change his mind but he’s all about Tractors at this point! 

We’ve gone to horse sales and cow sales. The boys have loved them and hated them. It’s always an adventure! IMG_9577 Jaydie didn’t love this horse sale! But he got new boots and loved those!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope all is well for you, whoever is reading this! Life is crazy and hectic but it’s so much fun! Have you had a fun summer? Are you ready for fall and cooler temperatures? Do you have any fun fall plans? I want to get family pictures done before it’s time to send Christmas Cards out!

 

-Xo, Shayna

 

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Spring is here!

Spring is finally here! Cows are almost done having their babies, we’re moving cows to summer pasture, the grass is getting green, and I’m getting really excited to start planting flowers and vegetables! We’ve been really busy but I’ve loved every second. This is the most I’ve ever been involved in calving. I grew up with horses so I’ve been a lot more IMG_8040involved in breeding programs and foaling. Cows have always been kind of a mystery to me but I’m slowly learning to love them.

 

 

We’ve been on the hunt for a house and it’s a little disappointing. Sometimes we get super excited thinking we’ve found something and then it falls through. But that’s okay, God has a plan. I read a quote that I thought was really fitting. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” so I’m really working on not being worried and stressed out. There is something bigger than me at work .Whether you believe in God, the universe, karma, really anything. Send happy thoughts our way please! We’d really appreciate them!

 

 

The boys are growing like weeds! Taitum is almost 4. That makes me a little sad. I swear img_7580.jpghe was just a teeny tiny baby and we were just bringing him home! He’s really into tractors right now. He asked for a tractor birthday party so I’m attempting to make him a pull apart cupcake, cake. Jayden is doing really good! He’s maintaining weight and he’s started really talking! He definitely knows he’s the baby and he tries to pick on Tait, and get away with it. Jayd is 19 months, he’s wearing 18 month clothes finally! That’s a huge deal for us!

 

One of the dogs that I like to consider mine, (she’s totally not but I absolutely love her!) had puppies! She had 8 of them but one didn’t make it. So we’ve got 7 puppies that we’re trying to find new homes for. My sister is keeping 1 and I’m keeping 1. So really there are only 5 puppies left! If you’re interested, let me know! They’re not quite ready to go but soon. They’re pretty adorable little heelers. Super sweet!

 

 

I hope everyone else has been having a wonderful spring! What’ve you been doing? Are you planting a garden or flowers? Are you looking forward to summer and school getting out?

 

 

-xo, S

Smothered Porkchops

This is something I put in the crock pot and just kind of throw it all together! I like to eat it over rice but it’s also pretty good over mashed potatoes!

Ingredients:

Porkchops (I like to use center cut. I’m not a fan of bone in pork chops)

1 package of Mushroom Gravy (Great Value brand works great!)

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (2 cans if you like it thicker)

1 cup Chicken broth or vegetable broth

Directions:

Put everything except the pork chops into the crock pot. Whisk it all together until it’s thoroughly combined. Drop in the pork chops and make sure they’re covered by the gravy. Turn your crock pot to high and let it go for 4-6 hours! I usually do about 5 hours and the chops are nice and tender! Don’t try to use tongs to pick them up because they’ll fall apart.

Spoon the gravy over the porkchops and the rice, if that’s what you like! These are great with homemade biscuits or cornbread muffins!

-xo, S

Sloppy Joes

My grandma Donna has made these for as long as I can remember. They always taste exactly the same and I look forward to having them when we go to her house! I eat them with plain Lays potato chips crushed on top and sliced pickles!

 

Ingredients:

1 lbs hamburger

1 can tomato soup

1 tsp mustard

1/4 C brown sugar

1 package dry onion soup mix

pepper

 

Brown hamburger and drain off the fat, add all your other ingredients, simmer for 10 minutes.

These taste amazing on homemade buns instead of plain white bread! I could eat them at least once a week! They are perfect for a big crowd because you can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe very easily!

 

-xo, S

 

Cheesy Biscuit-y Casserole

There is no name for this recipe in our cookbook! It’s just called “casserole” so I’m calling it Cheesy Biscuit-y Casserole. It’s really a basic name considering that’s what’s in it!

In a pan:

1 1/2 lbs of ground beef

1/4 of an onion (I always use a half of an onion)

2 tbsp. flour sprinkled on top after browning.

Add to the meat:

8 oz tomato sauce (canned, not spaghetti sauce.)

1/2 C Ketchup (cookbook says catsup)

salt and pepper as needed

Put this in a 9×9 pan, top with cheese and refrigerator biscuits. (Grands homestyle are delicious!)

Bake at 435°F for 25 minutes.

If you want to use a 9×13 pan use 2lbs of ground beef.

 

Super easy to make and its really great for potlucks! Its not my favorite for funerals because if tin foil gets left on top for too long the biscuits get kind of soggy and Ive never tried freezing this. If I did I’d make the base layer and freeze it in a quart size freezer baggie. Then when I’m ready to make it I’d thaw the base, add the biscuits and cheese, and bake!

 

Enjoy!, S

 

April Recipe Week

This year I’m posting lots of recipes that are easy to make, taste delicious, and go over well with my meat and potatoes family! Most of these are from community cookbooks or family recipes. And because I can’t ever leave anything alone I’ve added or removed different ingredients. I’ll put in notes where I change things up! I’m going to try this for a few months, where I pick a week and upload recipes!

 

These are all Ranch Wife approved. You can make them ahead of time or use throw away pans for funerals, potlucks, or for taking food to neighbors house! I’m going to try to post 1-3 a week! Each week will have a theme! Main Dishes, Breads, Side Dishes, Desserts, and a week of yummy miscellaneous recipes! I hope you enjoy this month!!

 

-xo, S

Brownie Cookies but not Brookies!

Have you ever had a cookie that looked like a cookie but had the texture and taste of a brownie? We tried them and they’re delicious! We made the same dough but separated them before we added chocolate chips that way Jaydie could eat them too. They’re dairy free until you add chocolate chips! These cookies are fudgy and chewy, but really easy to pack for lunches or snacks and take with you!

Preheat the oven to 350°F

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You start with 1 cup of butter or margarine, softened. (We used lactose free margarine so Jaydie could eat them) 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

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Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and eggs until they’re light and fluffy! It took me about a minute and a half, on a low speed. I like to use an electric mixer when I’m making cookies like these.

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In another bowl mix 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2/3 cup of cocoa powder, (We used Hershey’s)  3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir them together until they’re completely mixed. I like to watch TV or listen to music while I’m cooking or baking! You can see Cheer Squad playing on my phone! Embarrassing. I love shows that I don’t really have to pay attention to though!

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Slowly add the dry flour and cocoa powder mix to the butter, eggs, and sugar. Beat them together until they’re completely combined. I added about a half cup of the dry mix then used the mixer to combine them thoroughly. Then I’d add another half cup, and so on and so forth, until the dry mix was completely gone.

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This is how it looks combined, without any chocolate chips. This is where we took cookies out for Jaydie! Until this point they’re dairy free! We baked about 12 cookies for him to have for himself.

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Stir in a 10 ounce package of chocolate chips. We used half milk chocolate and half semi sweet chocolate. You can use white chocolate, peanut butter, a mix of chips, whatever you want!

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I forgot to get a picture of them before we put them in the oven! We got 12 on a cookie sheet, using a small scoop! Bake them for 8-10 minutes. Until they’re just set. I leave them on the cookie sheet until the next batch is done because if I try to move them to the wire rack now they just fall apart. You can get anywhere from 3-4 dozen depending on how big you make your cookies. We like smaller ones so we got about 39 cookies out of it!

 

 

Recipe:

1 Cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 cups All-Purpose flour

2/3 cup Cocoa Powder

3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1 10 ounce package of chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts (if you want them)

 

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer until they’re light and fluffy. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add them to the butter mixture, beating together until it’s well blended.

Stir in your chocolate chips and nuts. Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until your cookies are just set. They should look a little under cooked, like a brownie. They’ll finish setting up while they’re on the cookie sheet.

 

I hope you love these as much as we do! It’s really easy to make these dairy free if you need to. They keep for up to a week but I doubt they’ll last that long! Let me know if you try them! What would you change or add?

 

-xo, S

 

 

What’s in my diaper bag?

I love watching “What’s in my bag” videos on youtube. I’m kind of nosey, I like knowing if I have a normal amount of crap in my bag of if I’m hoarding! They were really helpful when I was getting ready to have both Tait and Jayd because I didn’t remember what to pack for the hospital. I watched a lot of “What’s in my hospital bag” and “What’s in my baby’s hospital bag” and got tons of really good ideas of what to bring!

Today I’m talking about what all I have in my diaper bag! I don’t carry my purse unless it’s a super quick trip and I can throw a diaper, some wipes, and a sippy cup in. When I’m going on a longer trip I bring my Skip Hop Chevron Duo Essentials. I got this bag on accident. I ordered a different one but was sent this. I didn’t bother trying to send it back and get the one I want because it worked enough for us! It’s no longer available but you can see it on Amazon.

For the boys.

In the big middle pocket: I always have a handful of diapers. Jayd uses Pampers Swaddlers size 2. A pack of wipes, Pampers Sensitive with the pop top. A sippy cup.(We’re currently using Nuby but were not sponsored or partners! I just really like the cup.) A three serving container of Jayd’s formula replacement because he’s allergic to milk!

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In the front pocket: A few different pacifiers so I have a replacement if Jayd throws one. A couple little toys to keep the boys occupied in public. A bottle of childrens Motrin and a syringe. Single packet hand sanitizer wipes. And a snack for each boy. Usually fruit snacks that are dairy free! I like Annies!

I also have a jacket for each boy and extra pairs of socks. We always end up losing socks. I swear, my car eats them. I have a blanket for each boy in the backseat because they have to have a blanket to nap. I’m not sure why, it’s just their thing. We carry those out of the house in the diaper bag but they end up in the middle seat where both boys can reach!

For me.

I always use a hook to keep my wallet and keys in the diaper bag. I’m scared they’ll fall off the top so I attach the wrist strap of my wallet to the little handle in the back pocket of the bag for easy access and piece of mind. I also hook the keys here! In the top pockets I keep a little bit of cash, usually about $5 for a special Starbucks treat, a small can of Lysol, and chapstick or lipsense. I also carry my Sip by Swell water bottle in the pocket with the diapers. I like having a water bottle that keeps my water cool and is easy to carry with us.

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In the front pockets I keep a book (Right now I’m reading Joanne Fluke “Wedding Cake Murder”) an extra pair of sunglasses, a pony tail, a few Essential Oil blends that I like to have on hand (Right now I’m carrying a bottle of Thieves, a sample of Lavender and a roller bottle of Mamas Favorite.) a little travel pack of advil, and a pen or pencil for grocery lists.

In my wallet I keep some cash, my drivers license, debit cards/atm cards, Arleigh’s senior pictures, a picture of Ty and Tait, all the gift cards I’ve been given, and my book of checks. I got a really pretty turquoise trifold wallet from Ty for Christmas. It’s got a wrist strap and it buttons on the front. I have a yellow keychain and I’ve got no idea where its from. I used it for my apartment keys before we moved! I had to take the long beaded lanyard I’ve used for years and switch it for the keychain because I stepped on it and almost broke my key. On my strap I have an adorable “Raising My Tribe” keychain from Cajun Keepsakes. It’s got both boys names and birthstones hanging on it! It couldn’t be any cuter! I have my car key, my key fob and remote start, my house key, my key to the storage unit, Ty’s car key and his key fob.

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That’s an overview of what all I’m currently carrying in the diaper bag. I try to clean it out every few weeks so I’m not carrying lots of extra weight. What do you carry in your bag or diaper bag? How often do you go through it and change stuff out? I love to know what other people carry! It’s such a guilty pleasure. Kind of embarrassing!

 

-xo, S

Vlogging?

I’ve been struggling to come up with ideas to write about. We don’t have many life updates because the weather has been so nasty that the boys and I are rarely able to get out and go anywhere.

Ty and I have been planning our honeymoon. Maybe planning is the wrong word. We’ve been talking about it and coming up with ideas of places we’d like to go and things we’d like to experience! I think we’re set on the beach though so I’m beyond thrilled. The beach is where my heart really is. I love the sand, the sounds, the smell, I just really REALLY enjoy the beach!

Jayden has to go back to the specialist for his stomach issues as soon as the weather gets better and we’re able to get across the state. It’s a 7 hour drive for repeat labs, repeat xrays, and talking about more tests. But all in all it won’t be too bad. Tait’s getting ready to start school. As soon as all the enrollment paperwork is done I’ll have a little boy in headstart! It’s both terrifying and thrilling!

I’m getting ready to start classes for EMT training and I’m super excited about that. I’m planning on going back to school in the summer for health administration. I’ll definitely be going back online though. I don’t ever want to sit in a classroom again. I didn’t like school and I didn’t like college!

I’ve been thinking about starting to vlog and post them to youtube so family can follow along with our lives! I’m going to be getting rid of facebook because I really don’t enjoy it any more. There is a lot of political drama, people bashing each other, people fighting over nothing. I think it’s important to stay within your own three foot world and deal with your own lives first. I can’t change anything in politics so I don’t enjoy watching people bash others ideas, their families, their person. It’s just not what I like.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day today! What do you think about following us while we vlog? Would you be interested? I’d love your feedback!!

 

-xo, S

Snow time like the present!

Winter, oh winter. Please, please leave! It’s been cold, windy, and miserable. I’m more than ready for spring and we’ve had some beautiful spring like temperatures in the last week! I’ve had the windows open, the birds were singing, and my kids got sick.

That’s right. It was gorgeous and my kids finally got the nasty winter bugs that’ve been floating around. They seem to have picked up every single bug that’s been out there, at exactly the same time. Nonstop fevers and runny noses. And by nonstop fevers, I mean we can’t get them to break. Not with Tylenol. Not with ibuprofen. Not with peppermint oil. Nothing breaks these fevers. Tait’s been at a steady 101.4 and the lowest we’ve gotten is 99.7. Jayden hasn’t been far behind!

My poor blog has taken a back burner with my sick kids and lack of exciting things to write about. We haven’t gone anywhere or done anything so I don’t have anything new and fun to write about! I’m working on a blog about traveling with kids because we’re always traveling. Ty’s parents live 117 miles from my parents and we travel to either his parents house or my parents house every weekend. So my boys have taken some wild roadtrips! At 5 months Tait went from White Owl, SD to Lincoln, Nebraska. And at 8 months Jayden went from Sturgis, SD to Minneapolis, MN! So they’re well seasoned travelers!!

Until next time, hopefully I have more exciting news to bring! How’ve you been? Have you seen the nasty bugs that’ve been going around? How do you handle the awful weather that winter brings, without losing your mind?

 

-xo, S