Friday, March 22, 2013

Moving my horse (and everything that followed)

A few days ago I decided to move my horse. (It is about 10 miles between the places I was moving him.)
I had not seen or ridden him for 3 months, so he was not in the best of spirits. Also I have no horse trailer so I was going to ride him on the back roads. Well he decided not to be ridden so I had to walk him almost the whole 10 miles. 
We finally got him on the property! (after 5 hours of walking!)
Come the next day, the family that he was staying with before had been woken up early in the morning to find my horse BACK in their yard eating grass! ^.^
So.... all my hard work had been un-done. 
And now today I am going to move him again and make sure he does not get out this time!

Romeo and I walking

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Waterfall by Jon Schmidt

This is one of my favorite pieces of piano music! 
A family that I know had 3 boys that each learned how to play this amazing piece!
Now whenever I listen to it, it reminds me of their family. 
The boys, my brothers and myself had so many fun times together. =)

Saturday, March 2, 2013


I tried this new recipe and it turned out Amazing!
My whole family loved it!

Here is the link to the sight I found it on!
No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 15-20 balls.

Substitution ideas can abound for just about any of these ingredients! Feel free to substitute in your favorite nut butter (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, ect.) for the peanut butter. And you could also add in some wheat germ in place of some or all of the flaxseed. I would caution, though, against substituting agave nectar for the honey, as the honey’s thickness helps hold things together.
Some other fun substitutions for the chocolate chips (or an addition to them) could include:
  • chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.)
  • dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
  • chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
  • other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, etc.)
  • other grains (different kinds of oatmeal, rice cereal, etc.)
The joy of these bites being “no bakes” is that this recipe is super flexible. If you end up needing to omit one of the dry ingredients (such as coconut or flax), just add in some extra of whatever other dry ingredient is remaining (for example, the oats). If you feel like your energy bites are too dry, add in extra honey or peanut butter. It’s also not required that you refrigerate these, but I find it helps them stick together much better. Enjoy!!