Spring Break

This two week spring break is coming to an end. It’s a bittersweet moment, as I get done with my break but go into the last quarter of nursing school!! What a whirlwind two years this has been.

Some things that happened during break:

Cousin Sleepover! We had two cousins spend the night for the first time! We watched Frozen (Matt and I for the first time) and I LOVE it!! It is a good movie! We had cheeseburgers for dinner, and made cookies!! When I dropped them off at home the best praise give was “Their house is better then Chuckie Cheese’s” :] So fun!

I am all set up to get chicks, which was supposed to happen Friday, but now will happen when we go to Idaho for a quick trip on the 12th. A few days after Mom’s birthday, which means I really need to figure out a present :] haha. They have a wading pool, a heat lamp, feed, all set up already. So we just need some little squeakers now. I am super excited for when we will be getting fresh eggs!

We have a roof on a outbuilding that will become the chicken coop! Thanks to Uncle Doug :] He saved Matt and I a lot of work and probably some arguments too as to how to put a roof on! That was what happened yesterday. My forearms are sore from hand trimming those stupid blackberry bushes. But it was so worth it! AMAZING PROGRESS!!

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I got a horse, named Guy! He needs some work to be really ride-able again, but he is a tame loving horse when you’re on the ground around him, so at least that’s something :] Just hang on when you get on him… but he’s pretty!

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Besides all that, I spent a few days in tractors with my husband, I worked out most weekdays with my workout club, I cooked a few things, baked a few things, took a load of scrap metal in, cleaned very little, folded no laundry, and slept a bunch.  It was awesome!

Things I planned on doing but didn’t get to:

Starting seeds inside, moving our oven inside, applying for jobs, applying for the NCLEX (that is happening as soon as we get our next paycheck), pressure washing the house, and naps.

 

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French Bread

8 loaves, 6 converts, and two batches later I am sharing this recipe because it is amazing. It is the first French bread recipe that I have made that gives the crunchy exterior and the soft fluffy inside that usually eludes my home oven. Plus the recipe came with a cream cheese butter spread that is good enough to bathe in, and even better toasted.

So for the credit see this website: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2012/04/26/cook-soft-and-chewy-french-bread-with-garlic-spread.html

To make it from here:
2 1/2 c. water (tepid)
1 1/2 Tbs yeast
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 Tbs oil
2 tsp salt
6 c. flour

So you can proof the yeast for 10 minutes, or just mix it all together. I tend to just mix it all together in my kitchen aid, set a timer for 5 minutes, and walk away as it kneads it.
After that, turn it out on a floured surface and knead every 10-20 minutes for an hour. Just a little kneading, punch it down, and walk away again.
1 hour later, divide the dough into four sections and shape into loaves. I found that you do not want to knead it here, just shape it with as little touching as possible.
Place on a cooking sheet, score the bread, brush with egg white, and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled. While preheating the oven to 425.

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then lower the temp to 350 for 20 minutes.

And the Butter Spread:

1/2 C butter
8 oz package cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t basil
1/8 t each dill, marjoram, thyme, and pepper OR 1/2 t poultry seasoning

Let butter and cream cheese come to room temperature, then stir all to combine. Spread on the lovely bread hot and let melt, or on cold bread and toast it. Trust me on the fact that you will not be disappointed.

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These Days

I don’t have a new recipe ready yet, so I thought I’d share some pictures of what we have been up to the last little bit!

I’m on spring break, finally!! Yay! Which means that we’ve had a few nights of up late and good times with great people!

I’ve been baking some, and started working out with an amazing group of girls at school. Which I will need this week to work off all the beer calories I took in 😉 haha.

We are coming up into spring and the field work has officially started! Bittersweet for all us farming wives.

I have given Matt a two week notice 🙂 In two weeks I will have chicks, and if I have no coop, they will be living in the house! We will see if that will get his butt in gear.

Tuition is due in a few days, and since we have yet to receive our tax return it looks like I will be pulling from our savings account, again, to pay for school. It’s a bummer, but at least we have the money there to do it.

Yesterday we rearranged the kitchen and stuck a table out on the porch so we can eat dinner out there this summer! I’m so excited to have a porch and be able to do that!

I have seeds for my garden, just need to figure out how I’m going to start them and where 🙂

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A Promise

After a few days, and a winter, of gray, wet, icy, cold weather I get down. I feel blue. I pick fights. I get sad. I lose faith, hope, and forget the joy of living. Forget that life is not miserable.

And then there are moments that make it all better. Like when I remember that it’s not supposed to be a box of sunshine, there are people who will stick it out with me, despite me sometimes, and that He knew what He was doing when He put my friends and family into my life.

God never promised us a life of ease… Just look at Job’s life if you have doubt in that statement.

He promised to be there for us, forever. And somedays I need reminded of just how big that promise is. How important I am. He really truly cares about what happens to me, today, tomorrow, ten years from now.

And it’s in moments when I get home and see this: (they are much prettier in person, promise)

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That I realize that bad days, bad moments, will pass. Gray days don’t stick around forever. Spring will come again. These buds, the first sign of spring, are my life lifter right now. My visualization of God’s promise. How I know He cares.