Friday, December 30, 2011

LIVING FOR GOD

So,  my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
                                                                                                              1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

THE GINGER CREAM COOKIE TRADITION and growing up!


Since I can remember, my Mom, my sister and I have always made Ginger cream Cookies.  It is a tradition.
Whether together or separated by hundreds of miles.  It is a tradition.
This recipe is none like I have ever came across before, much like my Grandmother whom the recipe came from. 

To start gather all of the ingredients and combine them. We learned to have my Dad close because neither of us were quite Strong enough to fully incorporate all of the flour. 
Same as in life when a child never wants to get too far away from her parents for fear that she might get hurt, or worse, fail.

Sugar, shortening, molasses, eggs, and flour.  The main ingredients. Like getting through that awkward stage in life that most young people go through before finding comfort in their own skin. Tradition.

Cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg.  Let the fun begin.  This is when the recipe starts to really become something.  Growing from generic to specific.  Glowing with taste and creativity.  Setting itself apart from all the other recipes.  Tradition.

After rolling the dough balls and marrying them with white sugar. 
Place them gently onto a cookie sheet and carefully into the oven to bake.  Growing up.  Starting a new life with that one soul mate that everyone has.

Celebrate the victory of a beautiful, delicious Ginger Cream Cookie.  And starting a tradition with your children.

I am quite sure that my mother used to make these cookies with her mother and 2 sisters as well.
Starting The Ginger cream Cookie tradition in our family.
A tradition where laughing, baking, storytelling, and enjoying life and each other began.




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

This is what my Christmas season starts out looking like and I love it!

I make gift baskets and here are 50 gift baskets that I started off my Christmas season with!

I enjoy the creating, gathering, arranging, wrapping, decorating and endless other tasks that go into filling an order of this nature.

PEACE TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

SHELBY'S A DEER HEART!!

Our daughter Shelby got her first deer on Saturday!  It was a Whitetail Buck, with a unique 4x4 rack! 

Hunting, to our family, is not about killing.  It is about living.  We have learned so much over the years about who we are individually, as well as, who we are as a family. 

We are a close family.
We love spending time together.  We love the fresh air and the smell of sagebrush. The sound of a creek flowing over rocks.  Watching deer prance up a side hill effortlessly. 
We are a close family. We love spending time together.

Laughing together.  Sharing together.  Learning together.

My daughter learned alot during her first hunt, and so did we as her family.

We learned the power of a gift.  The power of a sacrifice.  Sometimes giving a gift is a sacrifice.  But it can be worth it.  Any bit of pain that might come with a sacrifice will lessen and will be overshadowed with the glow of giving.

Shelby and my husband generously donated their "trophies" passing up any future chances to brag and bask in the glow of victory. 
They chose to help feed hungry families at the local food bank instead.
NOW THAT'S A DEER HEART!!




Monday, November 14, 2011

Playing in a Place That Indians Played


We are a hunting family.  The best sandwich I have ever eaten in my life is the one while relaxing on the tailgate of our pick up truck with my husband sitting next to me.  Surrounded with side hills of trees, rocks and dancing deer in The Crazy Mountains of Montana.  This is where and whom my heart and soul belong.

The binding and bonding that happens while on our hunting adventures will not ever be discounted as time wasted, in our book.  Our family (Grandpa, nephews, our children and Tim and I) have shared so many wonderful times together and we are thankful to have created these memories.

It is a wonderful gift from God to be able to explore a place that quite possibly no one other than Indians have ever explored.  This is the gift I relished in yesterday, as we were hunting on the private property of a friend in the prairies of Montana.

Let your imagination go as you look at these pictures I took while exploring with my son as we climbed, laughed and imagined, playing in a place that Indians once played.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NEVER NEVER LAND

IMAGINATION!! This is the wonder of kids!~!  Every time I look at little kids playing in the school yard or my own children playing I am in constant awe and fascination at their wonderment and bold limitlessness to be or do literally whatever their hearts desire!!

Only children have this ability.  In the path from childhood to adulthood most everyone somehow has this talent disappear.  We as adults get caught up in everyday responsibilities and tasks.  Most of us loose the Peter Pan affect of Never Never Land where we never want to grow up and most of us become whittled down to just running through our day loosing our imaginations to life.  And this is somewhat normal and okay to an extent.  But I challenge your inner child to just let yourself daydream and imagine only if it is once and a while. 

This will rejuvenate and add charm to your day.  DO IT FOR YOUR CHILDREN!! 
They will appreciate it!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Fun!! Is it Tricks or Treats!!

Halloween can be so fun!!  I think I have carved a pumpkin every year since I could hold a knife!!  I always believed that they would protect me on Halloween night from all that was dark and scary!

I love having family and friends over to massacre their own pumpkins!!

This is for all you kids at heart!! Grab a pumpkin, carve it out, and light it up!!  They will ward off all those scary creatures and protect you from the things that go bump in the night!!


                                     Oh, and don't forget the candy!!
Tyler, Shelby and Garrett!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Floppy Gifts

Okay everybody!!  Please spread the word and invite friends over to my blog to play and don't be afraid to join in!!  This is just for fun!!

Here's the question of the day!!

What is the lamest present you have ever bought for someone that totally flopped?

I will go first!!  A few years ago for our anniversary I actually (for what reason I don't know)  bought my husband Pop-up yard bags to clean up leaves from the front yard!!!


Needless to say it was not a hit!  What was I thinking?

Sharmon

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Whatcha ya need??

Anyone have any questions??

Feel free to ask me!
Gift basket blessings,
Sharmon