Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Yep - that last post was random. I was trying to add a recipe under the recipe tab and I couldn't make it work. I've been playing around with my current blog template and am trying to get my blog page more organized with tabs, etc.  I want to make my site more user friendly for readers (and me).  After doing a little research, I think I may need a web-page to accomplish my goals.  In the near future I hope to have this project complete.

Updates on the garden and our summer harvest are coming. Baby goats will be here soon and we may have baby chicks by the end of the month too. Two of my hens have been sitting on a clutch of eggs since about June 1.  James has been working hard on the blackberry patch. Alicia is planning a wedding. . . and so much more.

Stay tuned for changes....and have a nice day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


1-2 chili peppers (Serrano or jalapeno)
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 bunch of cilantro
1 purple onion
1-2 limes juiced (about a tablespoon of juice / or more if desired)
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper

**for more flavor roast peppers, garlic and onion.


Add one roasted or raw chili pepper, onion, garlic, lime juice, salt, pepper and cilantro. Pulse a few times until desired consistency is reached.  Add canned tomatoes and pulse one or two times.  Taste. If you need more heat - add the second pepper.  Serve fresh with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another Major Milestone for Alicia

On May 25,  Alicia received an offer she couldn't turn down. Jeremy, her boyfriend of just over a year, took her out to eat in the quaint East Texas town of Jefferson. The dinner was followed by a carriage ride and.....a proposal. She said, "Yes!"

We couldn't be happier for her and Jeremy! James and I are excited about this and feel that he will make a great addition to our expanding family.  We had another family get together (feast) Sunday, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend) to celebrate this special occassion.

The happy couple.
A few generations of rings...Alicia to the left. I'm in the middle
and Grandma to the far right. 

Our growing family.

April and May Family Updates

I don't know about anyone else, but April and May passed in a blink of an eye at my house. It is a busy time for our family, but this year it was especially busy.  In late April we celebrated Heather's 20th birthday. We were thrilled that she could come home just before her semester finals.  We celebrated with a family get together  -- a big lunch followed by birthday cake.

A beautiful cake from Say It With Sugar. . . 

. . .for a beautiful girl!

Alicia turned 22 on May 2 and graduated from college on May 2. James and I are so proud of this accomplishment in her life. We know God has great plans for her.

Alicia customized her hat. A red apple for teaching
and blue piece for special education.
A family shot with my dad.

Alicia and Grandma

The Duckworth Family with Alicia.