Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Some Random Joy - A Post From the Past

My super awesome friend Michelle told me about the pumpkin pie spice, flavored coffee creamer that's at the grocery store right now.  She said it was so  good and slightly addictive.  I tried it.  She was right. I got addicted....  But it goes against my "food morals" and it felt like a sin.  Ya see, I have this thing about fake food.  You know, the stuff that claims  to be food, but really isn't?  Such as, "processed cheese food product".  Or even coffee creamers that don't have any actual cream in them at all!  They have hydrogenated this and mono that, artificial flavors, coloring and on and on....


Here at the farm we are producing as much food for ourselves as possible.  We like our own, organic eggs, pork and lamb.  There's  nothing like knowing where your food comes from!  Granny just brought home a pickup load of pumpkins and has been making pumpkin everything.  Bread, cakes, cookies, pies and they are all so good!  Pumpkin pie is pretty much my favorite.  I could eat it all year long.  Which brings me back to my coffee....

This morning I had what just might be a genius  idea!  I added the half and half and sugar to my coffee like always.  Then I looked at the pies on my counter and realized I had pumpkin pie spice in my cupboard.  Wouldn't ya know!!  It's awesome in my coffee!!   Just a little bit goes a long way.  The best part is, it isn't fake! Just the real deal and so yummy.  So I just thought I share this with you, hoping to inspire you try something new today!  Now go make something beautiful....

Bye for now,

Friday, October 21, 2016


How many photos can one take of the sunrise?  Does it ever get old?  So far....no.
It doesn't matter that my files are already filled with the sunrises and sunsets of my Montana life. 

Every time the sunrise shows her colors, I'm drawn to run outside with my camera and capture it.

Of course the backdrop of this old homestead makes for an idyllic setting.

Can't you just hear the rooster crowing?  Trust me he is....

and the old stud horse wants his grain, so I better get to it.

Enjoy your day out there, wherever you are.

Now go make something beautiful,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Somebody Needed to Write It

Since our Jury girl had her first litter of pups two weeks ago, I had been asked about a million questions about livestock guardian dogs.  I sometimes found myself "copy and pasting" answers to those questions to multiple people each day. I thought, these answers need to be available to folks who are interested in LGD's!

So I wrote a little book.  Somebody had to, might as well be me! It isn't an overly technical book, just information I had to share from personal experiences and the photos I have taken over the past four years. If you're looking for more of an encyclopedia, this isn't that book.  But for some fun facts and information, I'm your girl!

My book, "Life With Livestock Guardian Dogs" can be purchased as an e-book or a soft cover book.  The e-book is an instant download so you don't have to wait for the mail carrier!

Let me know what you think!


Sunday, October 2, 2016

October Homestead

 It's definitely autumn around here.  The mares and colts are enjoying the last bits of green(ish) grass before the snow flies.  Soon it will be weaning time for the two little fillies.  So we spent some time with them yesterday afternoon and introduced them to halters and brushes.

Little Eileen has grown into quite the young lady. She is pretty willing to go with the program, whatever we ask her to do.  That's the way we like our colts to be.

You can tell by looking at Reba that she is bred to run.  We call her the "little red rocket".

We also happen to have a litter of livestock guardian puppies that are busy growing like weeds so they can soon head out onto farms and ranches and guard them from predators. We are so fortunate to have a pair of "LGD's"  to keep the grizzlies and other predators from strolling onto our place. In this area we are all having to learn to live "with" the bears a lot more than a few years ago.  The dogs are part of what makes our lifestyle possible in such a high predator area.  But for now, they sure are cute!!

The baby chicks we brought home last spring are grown now and have started laying an abundance of eggs. I had to snap a picture of Zorro yesterday, as he strutted around to show everyone  that he's the boss.

 The last of the garden will be harvested today and the soil will be turned over to rest.  Does it feel like Autumn where you are? I really hope it does! This is one of the best times of the year....

Now go make something beautiful,