Woke Up Dreaming of Cows?!?

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calvesReally! This is no exaggeration or lie. I woke up this morning, in the happiest of moods I must add, dreaming of cattle. Now if I could pick and choose what I dream about this would be near the top of my list.

You see here of late, I have been having myself a string of nightmares. Strange, that they are. They were almost like episodes to a TV show, in which I was on a sniper team of all things. Never in my life would I ever think I would be in such a position. targetYes, I have shot guns in my lifetime, but not recently. So I can’t really understand why I have been having these dreams. And no I haven’t been watching any TV shows or movies that would have that sort of thing be on my mind. And nightmares they were since in a few of the dreams I had been captured and held prisoner. Honestly, I didn’t really mind the dreams until that point. But I am glad I haven’t had one in a week or two. No fun waking up to realize it is only 1:30 in the morning and I have to get myself back to sleep.

Lucky for me, however, that my mom taught be the best little prayer to combat such a thing:

No bad dreams; no good dreams; no dreams at all.

Praying for no good dreams seems contradictory; however, I’ll take it if that means I can get some quality sleep and not wake up sweating and paranoid!

But back to my lovely dreaming of cattle. In part these dreams have a lot to do with the newest audiobook I am reading: Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford. A classic when it comes to the genre of western novels. Eight and a half hours of pure magic. And free on the kindle I might add! This one has had me on my toes since Chapter One quite frankly. I still have a good four hours more to read and I couldn’t be happier. It’s one of those books that you want to know what’s going to happen next but then again you don’t want the book to be over too quickly.

The other reason I may have cattle on my mind, even my sleeping mind, is that this is simply one of the best times of the year. Behind Christmas, Easter maybe one of my favorite holidays. No it is, and I may like it more than Christmas actually. First off, the weather is usually warmer. Secondly, everything about Easter means family..and great food! But also you can’t forget the baby calves around this time of year. They are either just being born or they have grown out of their newborn state into the cutest little darn calves.

And shoot I almost forgot to mention, we had another set of heifer twins! Crazy, they were born the week after April Fools and the other set was the week before. These are the cutest little baldy babies. Looking forward to a long weekend out there so I can check them all out for a little longer than usual.

Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this Easter weekend. Church with the family this afternoon. Tomorrow promises to be a good day including dancing! And then Easter with the whole Rihn family. How could it be any better?

So here’s to family, food and good dreams!

Photo Share // My Cowgram

Spring Sunsets

Sharing photos of my experience in agriculture is one of my most favorite things to do. That is, of course, besides the activities in ag that give me the experience. If you follow me on Instagram, usually on Saturdays, I’ll have quite the lengthy story sharing various videos, photos and commentary throughout my day working (and playing) with cows.

But I realize that not everyone has Instagram, so I thought it would be worth sharing here on the blog as well. These are all pictures from 2018. I’ll gather together some from 2019 in a couple of weeks, but there were too many last year that were just too good to share.
Do you want to see more cow pictures? Comment below!

Also, can we please discuss where February disappeared to?

My Cowgram

Kymberlyn's Commercial Heifer Project
New Hereford Additions
650 - Heifer that Likes Tail Scratches
My girl 650. She finds me when I walk in her pasture, because she knows I’ll give her a good tail scratch, or I’m carrying her favorite comb.
Tagging and Castrating
We usually tag calves the day they’re born. On their ear tags, we include their identification number (the biggest number) and their dam’s. Dam is word used to describe a calf’s mother.
Vaccinations, New Tags and Keeping Records
Calves get vaccinations twice before weaning. First one as a priming dose and the second as a booster. These vaccines are to prevent cloistral and respiratory diseases.
They are vaccinated at two months of age and then a couple of weeks before being weaned.
These Hereford additions made me so incredibly happy in 2018.
Fixing Water Gaps
2018 blessed us with an abundance of rain. We are slow to ever complain about rain. Even if that means we were fixing water gaps on more Saturday mornings than we had previously planned.
Few views make me happier.

I could go on and on with these pictures. After all, this is what keeps me going during the weeks and looking forward to the weekends.

I know it’s been a month, but did you catch my last post, 2019 RESOLUTIONS: YEA OR NAY?
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2019 Resolutions: Yea or Nay?

2019 Resolutions

Twenty-nineteen is here, ready or not! Never have I been one to set intense resolutions for myself, at least on paper. I guess this is in part because of a fear of disappointing myself. On the other hand, I’ve never needed a specific calendar date to want to make changes.

However, this time of year does make my mind spin around the various things I’d like to focus on, improve, stop doing, and so on.
Do you make it a point to make New Year’s Resolutions?

After much deliberation, I came up with a loose list of what could be considered my resolutions. First and foremost, I expect this list to be ever-changing throughout the next twelve months. I’m sure within two weeks, I will realize I left something off. While at the same time, one of these items will be escalated to the very tip top. But like they always say, “you’ve got to start somewhere.”

So here is my starting somewhere.

My 2019 Resolutions

Delete negativity, when possible.

This is what I want to focus on the most. The other week, when I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, there were things that made me literally laugh out loud, and then there were others that had a negative effect on me. Then I thought, “Why don’t I unfollow anyone or anything that takes away from the good in my life?” If someone is constantly spreading negativity, unfollowed. If a news outlet is continuously posting stories without outlandishly negative headlines just to get clicks, unfollowed. If an account spreads hate instead of love, unfollowed.

I don’t need anyone or anything to remind me of our world’s shortcomings. I need accounts that verify that there is still more good than bad, more love than evil, more care than neglect.

Now I don’t want to stick my head in the sand. But, if I want to read the news, I can grab a newspaper or look it up myself. I don’t need social media to get the news.

Highlight of my day.

On December 31st, I took a small lined notebook paper and wrote 1-31 down the side of it, giving each day a line. Then over the last eight days, I have filled in the “highlight of my day”. My goal is to have twelve pieces of paper by the end of the year with each day filled in.

As simple as this is, I envision it being a great resource to look back on when days get tough. Some of my highlights thus far, “felt accomplished when I left work,” “sweet text from mother-in-law,” and “car ride with Elliott to check on a job.”

Nothing ground-breaking, but all just reminders of how simple happiness can be.

Use my words, correctly.

Oh boy, a journalism major reminding herself of this. Palm directly to face. I am embarrassed of how many times I use the word literally incorrectly. Although, I did use it correctly above. Immediately after saying it in a story, I feel the need to edit and exclaim FIGURATIVELY to the hills.

But beyond the trivial, literally versus figuratively, obsessed, who vs. whom, and so on; the most important words I want to use correctly are love and hate.

Yes, I hate littering. I think it’s awful and can’t imagine why anyone would do it. However, do I hate the person that littered? No. Do I strongly dislike litterers? Mostly, yes. But hate is too strong of a word to associate with something like this. Maybe their toddler did it because they didn’t know better. Perhaps, it flew out when they were opening their window to get air after a long day of work. The reasons, although some highly unlikely, go on and on.

Either way, I don’t want to invite the feeling of hate into my heart if I can avoid it.

Declutter, both physically and mentally.

If you know me a little, you know Elliott and I live in a very small, very old house. Our six hundred-some odd square foot house is far from efficient, but it is great all the same. With that being said, I could definitely use a cutthroat declutter.

From my closet to our housewares we can replace with wedding gifts, it has to be done. Thankfully, there is a donation bin for the local women’s shelter up the road for me. Since most of our stuff hasn’t been used too hard, I’m glad it won’t just go to waste.

On top of that, I think the decluttering of my social media follows will be a good effort as well. Do I really need to follow brands of clothing, cosmetics, dog food, subscription boxes, and so on? HECK NO.

And something really tough to think about: Amazon. Should I delete my Prime account? Would I shop less on Amazon, if I didn’t have the convenience of Prime? Have any of y’all taken this step?

Improve my skills.

The dear Lord blessed me with a handful of skills, and others I have picked up over the years. It’s about time, I quit trying to learn new skills and focus on developing the passions I already have. Stay tuned.

Brainstorm ways to strengthen my faith.

Beyond reading more books, listening to podcasts, following different religious accounts, what can I do? I don’t know the answer to this, hence the word, brainstorm. :)

Read 47 books.

I completed my goal of 45 books in 2018. It was tough. I was finishing up my last book on NYE, but I do enjoy the feeling of a challenge. In 2015, I set my first reading challenge of 30 books. That was hard. But once I completed it, I decided 35 for the following year. Then for 2017, I set it at 40, and last year 45. Each year has been hard and a push to get them all in. However, I know I still have more to give. Rather than continue to go up by increments of five every year, I want to randomize it to a certain extent. Therefore, this year, my Goodreads Reading Challenge is 47. I have already finished one book, so take that procrastination!!

Be more active.

That is beyond running around with the cows. It’s time for me to take my fitness and overall health seriously. I have been blessed with good health and a fairly decent metabolism, but my thirties, and forties, and fifties, and so on are fast approaching…

Lastly…

Print pictures.

Last year, my baby sister graduated high school, my niece was born, I got married and my other younger sister got engaged, and our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.

Our First Christmas

Do I have printed pictures of any of that? Well I did print pictures from my wedding already and a photo album, but zero otherwise. There are so many good things about being able to take pictures with our phones an digital cameras, but this is the most glaring downside. But here’s to printing pictures in 2019!

Whew, ok so what are you working on? Is it necessarily a resolution you set on January 1st, or rather like me, something that has always been nagging your brain?

Did you catch my last post, Thoughts and Favorites: Christmas Edition?
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Tuesday’s Things // 02.27.2018

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It sure has been a lovely last couple of weeks. I do love these rainy days we’ve been having. With the weekend being soggy for the most part, I spent most of my weekend indoors, baking and reading and writing. In the last couple of months, I have become attached to my journaling habit. And that has only heightened since I have introduced myself to fountain pens. So with February winding down, I’m going to take a moment to share some of my things that have interested me.

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Tuesday’s Things

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Ever since I started journaling, I have been intrigued to begin writing letters, so much so that I actually just signed up for a pen pal program! It has been many, many years since I have had a pen pal. Have you ever had a pen pal?

With all of this in mind, I went to Target and bought some stationary. This particular card is from the brand, Green-Inspired. I found the colors and simplicity to be delightful. I have only used one out of the ten, but plan to go through them before too long. You want to know a little something about me that I’m pretty sure I have never shared before? I have always wanted to design greeting cards. Perhaps one day, you’ll see a section of greeting cards by Sheerheart at your local HEB ;). Where do you buy your stationary or blank greeting cards from? Which brands do you love?

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I believe I mentioned this fountain pen in my January Favorites post. I have several more in my collection, but this one always screams elegance. If you haven’t picked up a fountain pen ever or not in some time, I highly recommend you trying it out. I also suggest you take a look at Goulet Pens. They are super-great people, who love pens and love people who love pens! Here is a great link to pens they recommend for beginners.

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Well moving on from there, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. This is a book Mom once recommended to me. I had a paperback copy on my bookshelf for years, but then I happened across this hardback edition at a Half Priced Books awhile ago. Instantly, I remembered Mom’s suggestion, and moved this book up on my to-read list. I’ll be sure to give an update once I have completed, but you know me, I’m reading two other books as well! Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. Reading has been such an adventure for me! As much as I love being outside working cows, or being at the ranch, I do love how rainy days give me extra time to read, write and bake!

Speaking of baking, I tried some recipes out that were new to me, and they worked! Cinnamon Raisin Bread and one of the best Carrot Cakes I have ever made! Next time I bake these, I’ll have to take pictures and share with you! Although, I must warn you, my tiny kitchen I cook out of these days is not the most ideal for picture taking. So understand that your imagination will have some work to do too!

Later this week, I’ve got some pictures to share with you from our last adventure on the ranch. I’m sure you’ll laugh at some. And then also I did take some iPhone pictures of my cinnamon rolls I have mentioned before, so that recipe is coming too.

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January Favorites // 2018

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Is it ever too late to do a favorites post? I sure hope not, because even though we are already seven days into February, I’ve got a handful of January Favorites that are still worth sharing.

The first month of the year was, for the most part, a blast. Full of family time, ranch time and lots of time with the cows. To my amazement, I haven’t accidentally wrote 2017 on any of my journal entries or work documents! How long does it normally take you to adjust to writing the date correctly after New Years?

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Alrighty, I’ve got a number of favorites, so I better get on with it. FYI, this post may contain affiliate links, please see my Disclosures page for more information. Thank you for your support!

My January Favorites

Favorite Books

With 45 books as my reading goal this year, I figured I better get a quick start.  And a couple of books wowed me. First, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you are looking for a simple read packed with a ton of meaning, pick up a copy of this book. You won’t regret it. Here is my review. Secondly, Killing Floor by Lee Child was fantastic. It was the first of his Jack Reacher series. I have a feeling, I will be hooked on this set of books as well. And I promise you, the books are wayy better than the movies. Jack Reacher, the book version, is far cooler than Tom Cruise could ever be, just saying.

Favorite TV Shows

The Incredible Dr. Pol on National Geographic Wild has kept me rather entertained. Dr. Pol is hilarious and getting to watch a series about a country vet is exactly how I want to spend my TV-watching time. I would have never thought a show like his would be on national TV and so many seasons in.

Secondly, Hometown on HGTV is another Fixer Upper-esque show. Good people and beautiful house transformations, seems to be HGTV’s formula these days, and I’m not complaining.

Lastly, The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Well I remember years back watching this with Sydney on PBS. But then incredibly, there are 4 seasons of it on Netflix! If this show doesn’t inspire you to want to spend some free time baking something, I don’t know what will. P.S. season 3 finale made me tear up a little!

Also, I appreciate that the contestants compete on the weekends and go home during the week. During the week they are able to prepare for 2 out of the 3 challenges they’ll face on the upcoming weekend. This to me, makes for a far better quality competition than some of the cooking competitions you see on (cough, cough) The Food Network. Highly recommend, but be careful, this will tempt you to binge-watch.

Favorite Things

  • my bullet journal
  • my fountain pens
  • bad weather days
Bullet Journaling

Perhaps, in coming weeks I’ll share some of the pages out of my bullet journal. Since the beginning of the year, I have been dedicated to a bullet journal rather than a traditional agenda/planner. If you aren’t certain what a bullet journal is, I recommend you Google it or watch a YouTube video on it. Pretty neat and a great way to make something fit your lifestyle and needs perfectly. This month, I have turned my focuses to budgeting in my journal. I’m curious to see how this helps me. All in all, I have found it keeps me organized, has increased my creativity and helped me get excited about documenting my life on paper.

Fountain Pens

Now, fountain pens. When’s the last time, if ever, you have used a fountain pen? I think I had used one a long time ago, but really didn’t appreciate it for more than just a pen. However, in late December, I purchased a Pilot Metropolitan (Fine Nib) off of Amazon. I had heard great things about how much easier writing with a fountain pen is on your hands versus ball-point. And beings I have tried journaling more, I thought it would be worth a try. Since getting that pen, and loving it, I found out about Goulet Pen Company. Seriously, they are awesome over there. Start following their YouTube channel and maybe you’ll find a new hobby as well. :) More fountain pen favorites coming in the next month or so. And P.S. while some fountain pens can be found cheaper on Amazon than GouletPens.com, but unless it’s by a whole lot, I still enjoy buying from Goulet instead. Never thought I’d stray from Amazon!

 

Bad Weather Days

And now to bad weather days! Mid-January, Texas was blasted with winter weather again! In December, we actually saw a sizeable amount of snow, in Texas standards. And while, we didn’t get snow this time, we did get sleeting and ice. So we actually got to work from home because of the weather. I did get some work done, but I also did get some reading and baking done as well! And it was fabulous, other than trying to get a prescription filled on that day.

Favorite Recipe

Cheater Cinnamon Rolls - January Favorites // 2018 - sheerhart.orgThe bad weather day leads me to my favorite thing I made all-month-long, Cinnamon Rolls. Now, now, before you get excited or quit reading because you think this would be difficult, I ask you to hold on. These are more like cheater cinnamon rolls. No yeast involved. I used my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and adapted it to another recipe to make something quite delicious.

Would anyone like me to share the recipe on the blog?

Etc.

This time of year, for what seems like forever, has meant County Stock Show. This year was no different. Once again the Tschirhart girls (sister and cousin) had commercial heifer projects. In short, with this project, they have a group of heifers that they validate in September. Starting weights must be 550 lbs. at minimum. Then for the next 120 days, they must gain at least one pound per day. Kymber’s heifers started out weighing 692 lbs. and weighed in before the sale at 1,007 pounds. So yeah, they passed on that note.

On top of that, the exhibitors must prepare themselves for an interview with a panel of judges and complete a record book of their project. Once scores are tallied up on the heifers, interview and record book, placing is awarded. I really couldn’t be more proud of my sisters and cousins that have competed in this over the last seven years or so. They have represented our family well and shown how much we love and appreciate this life we live.

Kymber's Heifer Project - sheerheart.orgJanuary was a pretty good start to the year. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the months not speed by so fast!
What was your most favorite thing in January? Be sure to comment below or on Facebook or Instagram.

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August Favorites

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Whew August was wonderful, and this post is about to be full of my August favorites! Being my birthday month, August is always one to look forward to, even though it marks the endish of summer. Not only did I have many favorite things, but I also had a blast making memories. Whether it was spending the weekends at the lake with family and friends, working and hauling cows from sunup to sundown, or hanging out with the family and “old peeps”, August brought me so much to be thankful for.

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August Favorites

Favorite Book

‘Twas another good month for reading. My favorites from August had to be The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman. I can’t seem to recall how I came across The Perfume Collector, but I am so glad I did. Like other books I have appreciated lately it jumped back and forth between characters and time periods. As someone who rarely wears perfume, I found it fascinating and even felt to go check out a fragrance counter asap.

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro courtesy of Amazon - Hot Reads Part 3 / What I am Reading - sheerheart.org

Britt-Marie Was Here is a story about a woman who finds herself amid a separation from her husband after many years needing some form of work. After being a homemaker for most of her life paired with a declining economy, she was having difficulty finding employment. That is until she took a position that wasn’t necessarily going to be a paid one, in a less than fortunate community and with little hope of long term opportunity. Nonetheless, it was inspiring watching Britt-Marie make the best of the job, her distaste of soccer and her unease.

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman courtesy of Amazon - 8 Books to Read This Summer - sheerheart.org

If you have read any other Backman works, you’ll appreciate how his writing is upfront and a bit dry, yet at the same time so colorful. I’d highly recommend this read. It may not be the easiest to get into at first, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded.

Favorite TV Show

I know, I know. I’m showing up real late to the show with my appreciation of Duck Dynasty. But seriously. Funny and wholesome is hard to find on television these days. Thankfully, the show still runs on other channels so it’s not impossible to find it on. I’m not on Netflix these days, but do y’all know if it’s on there?

Speaking of Netflix, coming shortly, I expect to be on there more often. Any recommendations?

Favorite Instagram

If you ever wonder how I find some of the books I read, I’m going to share right now. Instagram. There are countless accounts of people who post nothing but books! How wonderful, right? I am constantly getting lost in their

Here are my two favorite accounts:

Favorite Restaurant

Stella! I have always loved this place in Southtown San Antonio. And for my birthday we visited Stella. Everything was absolutely fantastic (..except the Peach Cobbler, avoid that).

Favorite Amazon Buy

My love/fascination with cookbooks continues to grow. This month, I’m testing out Bread Illustrated by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen. Other than cornbread, I have close to zero experience making bread from scratch. I’m looking forward to sharing the results of my experimentation!

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Favorite Meals Cooked

  • Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan – easy enough to make during the week. So glad I found this during a random Google search.
  • Chicken Enchiladas Verde — I kind of made it up, but will be posting shortly.
  • Apple Pie – do you and your loved ones a favor and make this
  • Brownies – the best I have ever made. Stay tuned!

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Favorite Picture Taken

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Favorite Post(s)

August was a good month for the blog. I accomplished my goal of at least nine posts for the month and am looking forward to all that September will bring me.

What were your favorites from the month of August?

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Weekend Recap – 8.28.2017

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It’s time for a little weekend recap action on the blog today. Hurricane Harvey has made its impact across Texas. However, it didn’t impact me quite as much as we thought/hoped for. Nonetheless, I’m sending up my prayers for all affected. As terrible as it has been to see the damage and pain caused, it has also been a beautiful thing to watch people helping others no matter who they are. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see all of these good deeds and efforts publicized for weeks, months and years to come.

God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life. – Romans 8:28

Weekend Recap

Friday

Alrighty, getting back to the weekend that was. We had previously planned on being at the lake all weekend to round out the week. But with the bad weather looming we figured against a lake weekend. Meteorologists were estimating 8-12″ or more of rain in our area. But looking at the forecast, it looked like most would come Saturday/Sunday. So we headed on over to my grandparents. To our surprise they weren’t there. Old people with other places to be rather than home?!?! That’s my grandparents for you, always on the go.

Lucky for them and us, we found something to do in the meantime. We jumped on the four-wheeler and went exploring. As we got started, we saw a black cloud looming in the northeast, but we were chancing it. Twenty minutes later, that black cloud found us! Driving a four-wheeler against the rain is actually quite painful! But we made it up the hill to my parents house, parked under a tree and ran as fast as we could to the porch. Pretty sure we caught everyone by surprise coming in during the little storm. The dogs were having a blast and wanted us to stay outside and play.

For the next hour or so, we hung out there, wrapped up in towels. Not having thought supper through, we bummed some chalupas off of my mom. You can always count on my mother to have enough food to share. Chit-chatted for quite some time. Caught up with everyone. You see, not seeing my family members for over three days creates plenty of conversation. After our visit with my parents, we ventured back to Grandma and Grandpa’s. Visits with them are always the best. Sure to be full of laughter and having to repeat yourself :)

Saturday

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We had fully prepared ourselves to be stuck in the house Saturday and Sunday due to rain. Saturday morning we got up and fixed a fantastic breakfast sandwich with my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe (stay tuned for the recipe), turkey bacon, eggs and cheddar cheese. Finding the tiniest pans in the cabinets we figured on cooking the eggs in those. However, none of my biscuit cutters were large enough to accommodate. So we went through all of the cabinets pulling out jars and cups to inspect their size. Turns out using the large Yeti cup was absolutely what we needed.

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Flint by Louis L'Amour courtesy of Amazon - sheerheart.orgAfter breakfast we split up the cleaning duties and tackled the counters, floors and appliances. Of course I found some time to read. Currently reading Flint by Louis L’Amour. Such a good, classic L’Amour book.

But just after noon and a smoothie, boredom had pretty well sunk in. It felt like we had 8″ of wind in the gauge, but no measurable rain. With no movies on TV worth watching, we decided to venture out. After checking a few things out in Castroville, we made our way into San Antonio to cross a few things off of the to-do list, and we even did the grocery shopping! Gosh, it always feels nice to get that out-of-the-way before Sunday rolls around. But I rarely have the time to do that.

Tweet, tweet. My phone goes off to inform me my mother is inviting us over for supper. Not chalupas this time, rather ham, beans, macaroni salad, and Dad’s homemade rolls. And a cake! With little else on the agenda, it’s hard to turn down an invite as such. Shortly before we were to head over, Dad texted me asking if we could pick up the “old peeps”. Yes, my dad used the word “peeps”. Of course we did. Although I think we should have brought a step-ladder for Grandma to make it into the truck!

With grandparents in tow, we arrived just in time for supper. Supper and dessert were fabulous, but even more fabulous was the company. My parents, two of my sisters, future brother-in-law, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin all there just to hang out on a Saturday night. I’m no fool. I know how fortunate I am to have the people I am surrounded by. Watching a little preseason football together, laughing, telling stories, and so on. Nights like these don’t ever fall short.

Sunday

Sunday morning was similar to usual. Eight AM mass at Our Lady of Grace. Fr. Paul’s sermon this week revolved around “The Golden Rule”. The real Golden Rule that is. Growing up, Dad [jokingly] always taught us that the Golden Rule was, “He who has the gold, makes the rules.” Thankfully Fr. Paul didn’t put me on the spot regarding this, as I’m not sure if I would have been able to answer correctly. Of course the real rule is, “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”

With that being said, Fr. Paul reminded us to do good without expecting anything in return. This sermon reminded me of the Litany of Humility one of my lovely coworkers introduced me to a couple of weeks ago.

After church, we always head over to my Granny’s house where she has a fantastic breakfast prepared for us. From biscuits and gravy, to egg bread (a.k.a. French toast), to breakfast tacos, to quiche, and so forth, you are always taken well care of at Granny’s. Words cannot describe how happy it makes me to have the same Sunday morning tradition I had growing up. Having four generations in Granny’s kitchen, organized chaos as it may, has you feeling the love!

Once we’re back home from church and Granny’s, I had to get a nap in! Ha I know it was not even 10 a.m., but I already needed a nap. And in typical-Alyx fashion, it was a 3 hour nap! I usually kick myself after taking such a long nap, but since it was gloomy outside still, I didn’t feel I was missing out all that much. And since the grocery shopping was over, I still felt like I had time to spare.

Weekend Recap 8.28.2017 - sheerheart.org

So naturally, I decide to make a couple of pie crusts to have handy for the week. If you’ve been around for the last couple of months, you’ll know I have been a mighty big fan of Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. After making a couple of pie crusts to throw in the fridge, I decided to dabble in some of my other cookbooks. So pulling out Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, I flipped to a brownie recipe. Oh. My. Goodness. These brownies were heavenly. Full review coming soon.

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Weekend Recap 8.28.2017 Making Brownies from Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan - sheerheart.org

You think I was done cooking for the day? Well of course not! I had chicken thighs in the crockpot. It has been quite some time since I made chicken enchiladas. Needing to change that, I made may way over to m favorite taco house in Castroville, Taqueria San Juan’s to grab a couple dozen corn tortillas. With tortillas in hand, I was ready to start rolling some enchiladas. After roasting bell pepper, tomatillos and garlic, I processed them with several handfuls of cilantro to make my enchilada sauce.

We can never have too much cilantro in a dish! Once I had my sauce ready and chicken shredded, I made my assembly line on the stove. 18 of the original 24 tortillas made it to the point of becoming enchiladas. Not sure what happened to the other tortillas… ;)

Beings HEB has been telling me for days and weeks that Hatch pepper season is upon us, I decided to use the Hatch flavored cheese I found on sale this week! It turned out to be a perfect match!

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of my enchiladas this go ’round. But I’ll get to working on a recipe post asap.

What felt like an hour later, the kitchen was cleaned and it was time to wrap up the weekend. Showered and hair in a braid, I sat back on the bed and felt like I had a productive weekend. Most times I count a weekend as productive when I worked cows for hours on end, did something that made me sweat or checked a bunch off of the ole to-do list. While I worked zero cows, sweat very little and crossed only a handful of things off the list, I still felt as though this was one good weekend for the books.

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About Me 2.0 / 27 for Twenty-seven

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It has been way too long since I worked on my About Me page. Today I was reminded of a post I did two years ago called 25 for Twenty-five. It was such a fun way to share more about myself without just babbling on. Therefore, I found it fitting to update my About Me during my birthday week. So here goes a little Q&A session:

27 for Twenty-seven: About Me

What is my favorite movie, song and book?

What do I love to do for others?

  • I love to cook/bake for people. Whether it’s baking a quiche, making ice cream or baking cookies for the office, I just love to share goodies.

In the next year what would I like to achieve?

  • Have a down payment saved up for my next vehicle!

What is on my “list”?

  • Blog and get organized

What is the most “from scratch” thing I make regularly?

  • Homemade pie crust and quiche. I’ve been making one each week for the last month! The recipe for the pie crust is 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 14 tbsp. cold butter, and 1/2 cup ice water.

What is one thing I probably will never do?

  • Sky dive, attend fashion week, wear burnt orange

What are you committed to?

  • My family and all those I love

Next recipe to try:

What do I wish I did more of?

  • Long walks on the ranch with my sisters and the dogs

If I could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

  • People’s perception and understanding of the agriculture industry

What excites me?

  • RAIN!

What is my dream vacation?

  • Traveling across the country touring ranches and blogging about it :)

How do you like to relax?

  • Either riding around looking at cows or going on a long jets ride

Share a birthday memory.

  • The first day of Kindergarten fell on my birthday. I remember Mom had baked chocolate chip cookies and wrapped them in cellophane baggies (I believe they were Mickey Mouse related) for all of my classmates. I was  wearing a denim button up dress with a pleated plaid trim.

Me in three words.

  • Loving, social, eager

What qualities do I admire most in others?

  • Kindness

What habit would I most like to break?

  • Keeping things longer than I should. I’m still holding on to a pair of Levi jeans I wore throughout college that are literally worn to pieces. But each time I talk myself into throwing them out, when I grab them, my mind changes.

What practical skills do I wish I had?

  • I wish I knew how to change my oil, or my tire for that matter!

My favorite words.

  • Nonetheless, patience, discernment

One thing I know I need to work on:

  • Time and money management

A recent silver lining:

  • A couple of weeks ago, we were supposed to get much-needed rain; however, it just missed us. In church that weekend, Fr. Paul reminded us that when we don’t get the rain we need, someone else got the rain they needed.

A sentence that recently stopped me in my tracks:

  • “Every youngster wants to be a grown-up, but the difference between a child and an adult is not years, rather its the willingness to accept responsibility, to be responsible for one’s own actions.” – from Flint by Louis L’Amour (one of the books I am currently reading)

What is a piece of advice I’d give to a younger person?

  • Find happiness with yourself, before seeking it in others.

When people first meet me, I hope they feel ___.

  • At ease, comfortable, inspired.

What is something I’d want to do today?

  • Go visit with my grandparents.

Putting my music library on shuffle, the first three songs played:

What is the last non-fiction book I read?

That was 27, right? Ok yes I counted. Start thinking of questions to ask me for my 28 for Twenty-eight post next year!

As always looking forward to hearing from y’all!
With all of this crazy weather in our forecast thanks to Harvey, I may have some pictures to share next week.. Maybe some time cooped up in the house will help me to prepare a few blogs in advance!
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Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday folks!

I don’t know about y’all but this week totally fried my brain. I wish I was better about drafting a ton of posts to have on hand but hey that wouldn’t be me! But not to worry, luckily I have thousands of cow pictures on my computer to share with y’all. So enjoy, and also be on the lookout next week. It’s my birthday week and I’ll be post happy!

Happy Friday – moo moo moo

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Out of each calf crop there are sure to be a few calves that leave a lasting impression. Some are just extra-photogenic, and others are downright curious and become as friendly as a pet dog. 25C was one of those “betweeners”. Curious, but not curious enough to come in for a scratch behind the ears. I always felt eyes on me when I was in a pen with him. Such a handsome fella.

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35C was one to come right up to see if you had a cube handy. Isn’t he a beaut?!? Why were all of my favorites in this calf crop boys? He was big and fleshy with loads of eye appeal. Too bad you couldn’t have a whole crop like him. And too bad he wasn’t a heifer!

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In no way was 29C ever going to let you pet him. But 30 minutes in the pasture with them was enough to get him to come close enough.

Happy Friday! - sheerheart.org

Happy Friday! - sheerheart.org

Happy Friday! - sheerheart.org

I’m not sure what the legal drinking age is in cattle, but 29C really wanting the last gulp!

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Happy Friday! - sheerheart.org

Once again, happy Friday! Hope y’all have a blessed weekend.

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Photo Share: Family Vacation to the Beach 2017

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - Pina Coladas - sheerheart.org

Almost two weeks later, I’m back at work, no sand in sight, hair no longer blowing in the wind off the coast. But I’m here nonetheless. Our family vacation to Port Aransas was a relative success, if you don’t count the wind keeping us at the pool most of the time. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, I didn’t tote my camera around a whole lot. I unplugged for the most part and enjoyed the sights and happenings.

But I seriously wish I would have taken pictures of the food we ate. From the pancakes we made one morning to Mom’s ham, we kept full. And keeping in the beach spirit, we also tried our hand at homemade piña coladas. Several corn hole tournaments took place, random games in the pool and of course each evening a few games of pitch were played. Four days and three nights sure went by quick, but I guess that is usually the case on a family vacation. Looking forward to next year’s romp in the sand!

Family Vacation – Port Aransas, Texas 2017

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Port Aransas Texas

And of course, it just wouldn’t be a sheerheart.org post without some cows! Thursday before we left for the coast, I went out and volunteered to feed cows. It was too pretty of a day to not pull out my phone and snap some pictures.

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Feeding Cows

Family Vacation to the Beach 2017 - sheerheart.org Feeding Cows

As always, hope you have a super day and come back to visit!