Irish Dinner

Irish Soda Bread
2 cups flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1 t salt
4 T sugar
1 1/2 t caraway seed (I never put this in)
3 T shortening cut into dry ingredients
1 cup buttermilk (about 1 T white vinegar or lemon juice in milk let sit a few mins. I added green food coloring to make mine green!)
2/3 cup raisins (sometimes I put these in, but most of the time I don’t)
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, cut in the shortening, mix well, add the buttermilk mix well, add the raisins and turn out on floured surface. knead a little and shape into a round loaf, place on an greased (or parchment covered) baking sheet, cut tops 2/3 of the way thru in quarters, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 mins

Good-n-True Irish Stew
-Daren Flynn-
2 # chopped lamb
4 celery stalks
2 # potatoes halved (or cubed)
carrots (about 4 large ones or a handful of baby carrots)
1 # onions roughly chopped (big chunks)
salt, pepper to taste (I also added garlic)
2 T parsley flakes or fresh chopped
1/2 t caraway seed (i never put this in, I don’t like it)
about 4 quarts cold water
If your lamb has a lot of fat, you’re going to want to boil and skim it before adding the veggies. Place ingredients in a stock pot and cook on the stove 1 1/2- 2 hours or put in a crock pot and cook for 6 hours. taste and reseason as needed.


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Giant Fruit Muffins

Giant Fruit Muffins

Giant Fruit Muffins with Crumb Topping
yield: 12 Bake @375 for 20-26 mins

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk (2 TBS white vinegar + milk to the 2 cup line)
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups flour
1 cup oats (I used quick oats)
1 1/2 to 3 cups fruit (I used about 1 1/2 cups chopped frozen strawberries and 1 cup frozen blue berries)
mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add in the wet ingredients (I find a fork to work best). Gently fold in fruit with a spatula (I folded in all the strawberries and then filled 6 large lined muffin cups, then folded in the blue berries into the remainder of batter.) I lined my muffin tin with parchment paper that I formed by placing clean cups in. Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (cut up)
mix until crumbly and top muffins.
Bake as directed (375 for 20-26 mins or until toothpick comes out clean).

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posting again…. :)

I’ve been terrible about getting weekly posts in so I’m going to try again, this year! 

First off the new year’s themes for 52 weeks of photos were:  week 1:  new year, week 2: snow and the combined 2 weeks: circle.



Rez enjoying his time out in the snow.  He loves to dig and play in the snow, as you can see by this shot!

New Year and Circle:IMG_3478mkd


There’s nothing techie cool about this shot, but the sun and cloud and cold created this neat circle in the sky for the new year.  Have to find a bright spot for the day as we headed out to do chores with friends in the balmy -15 add the windchill a tropical -51 is achieved!  

I’ve found this cool business that makes awesome boots that would look cool with my cloak or anything really! 



Here’s my cloak I made in October, modeled by my beautiful daughter, Savanna.  The place is called Gipsy Dharma.  They do giveaways, they are on FaceBook and they just joined Google Plus

Check out their cool boots and fun fairy type clothes!

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Socks and Shoes

Socks and Shoes

To all the manufactures of SOCKS everywhere:
Will you please show me the person who’s shoe size is: 6 to 12 or 4-10! Oh yeah, you can’t, because there is NO ONE who can comfortably wear a pair of socks that cover such huge size differences! I’ve been trying to purchase socks for my 9 yr old who wears a size 5 1/2- 6 shoe. (ya know a “big boy” or “young man” size) The shoe pictured is a 5 1/2 the nasty sock that is the one that needs replacing and that nice new sock is a 6-12 size When he tried it on and got his toes in just the right place, that heal was half way up his calf! What kid or grown person really wants to walk around with the heal of their sock half way up their calf? That’s attractive….. said no one EVER! I understand we are a “one size fits all” kid of society (well the sock business seems to be at least) but really, would you like to go buy a pair of pants sized this way? Let’s say you happen to be a waist size 30 and inseam 32, you don’t have to wear a pair of jeans sized 30-36 waist and inseam 30-34, do you? It’s ok cause you can just wear a belt and hem the end right?! Wrong! You just go buy the 30x 32 pants throw them on and be on your way. Not so with socks, you can’t get a pair of socks that fit unless you happen to actually be a size 12 or size 10, anywhere in between is just stuck wearing the heals of their socks half way up their calves!
Sincerely the Sock wearers of the world!
and this very frustrated mother of 6!

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Foto Story Friday #276– Sunset and Flash, #277–Dogs, #278– Shapes and Remembering, #279–Red and Sunrise/Sunset, #280–Cats and Nature’s Bounty

Yikes! I’m 5 weeks behind!  Love to have a really valid excuse, but I really don’t been busy with kids and lazy about getting on the computer and getting stuff done! Without further adieu, here are 5 weeks of my photo challenges:

#276– Sunset and Flash

IMG_2414mkd The other evening, while out doing chores with my friend, the sunset was just so amazing that I had to take a few moments and capture it.  Gotta love an Eastern Montana sky!


Here’s Rez, kicking it in the living room ya gotta use the flash with this guy or be outside with his dark coat, he’s hard to capture. He really wasn’t liking my taking his photo, he kept getting up and coming to sit by me! I let the kids pick their favorite photo for this post.

#277– Dogs and Sci-fi (only I’ve still got to figure out what to do for sci-fi)


Meet Rez, my daughter’s rescue pup.  We have had dogs off and on in the last 20 years, we had been off for several years, and the family had been asking for a dog and I was trying to not give in.  When we went to Canada for the draft horse show and a friend showed us a pic of her latest rescue pup.  Here’s his story:  Ronnie, the rescuer, was out on another rescue of a box of abandoned puppies found on the side of the freeway, on her way home she was passing through a reservation.  She found a dirty black puppy in a dumpster, called out to him and he came and jumped in her vehicle.  She took him home too.  After getting a bath and a visit to the vet, she was ready to advertise for a new home for Rez. (his name is because he was found on the rez!)  My daughter fell in love with his picture.  We stayed a couple of nights with them and Shantel reimbursed for the vet bills and we took the pup with us when we left.  He’s about 6 months old now and we kinda think he has some black lab and maybe German Shepard in him.  He’s a good dog, very friendly to people and other dogs.  He is more than loved in this home!  He is hating school tho, all his kids get up and leave him in the morning!

#278– Shapes and Remembering


This one was tough for me, I really didn’t know what I would do, then while at my in-laws I notices all her little nick-knacks and well all the shapes.  I tried a few others, but liked this one best.


My favorite comic books, ElfQuest.  I started reading these in grade school and I saved my hard earned money to buy them from Play It Again Sam in Missoula.  My collection has recently grown due to the high school library discarding a bunch that I had not read yet.  I also loved to draw the elves.  The last time I sat down to attempt to draw was in 2003 when I drew the big ones.

#279–Red and Sunrise/Sunset


School is back in session and that means sports are black too.  Fortunately, our school colors are red, black and white! Perfect for this weeks theme. My daughter’s volleyball jersey, Go Red Devils!


Last night’s sunset through the trees.

#280–Cats and Nature’s Bounty


I admit, I didn’t take this photo this week.  We don’t have a cat and I didn’t want to call someone and say:  “Hey, can I borrow your cat for a photo shoot?”  So, I took the easy way out and went to last year’s safari photos.  This cheetah was a recent new resident of a preserve we were on.  She was happily munching away on a zebra leg under the trees, when we pulled up and I got out of the truck to capture a few shots of her.  All the guys stayed in the safety of the truck and watched to see how I would react.  I felt relatively safe, there was a very tall chain link fence separating us after all.  She came out from under the trees just a hissing and growling at me.  I stood my ground and went to shooting, they guys were impressed that I didn’t even flinch when she raced towards me.  It wasn’t until after I returned to the truck that they told me all around where I stood was a cheetah preserve!


We didn’t get tons of apples this year, thanks to the squirrels and the wasps, so I was having a hard time figuring out what to do for this theme.  I then remembered that I had some canned fruit that would work. Here we have the fresh canned peaches and huckleberry jam from my mom and a jar of apple pie filling from our apple trees.

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Foto Story Friday #275– smokin’ hot and wind

I’m finally caught up and only a day behind posting on time!  I’m getting there! 🙂

This week’s themes are Smokin’ Hot:


She is becoming quite the beauty!

and wind:


We were crossing the river when I noticed the para-sailer I just had to go back and capture it for my wind photo.  I was a little worried with my super legal chauffeur (pictured above), but we got to the boat dock and I was able to take 5 shots before the sail hit the water!

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Foto Story Friday #271-low light and creepy crawlies #272- close up and family #273- doorways and water #274- landscape and lazy days of summer

Man, I’m having a hard time catching up my weekly posts!  Summer is a tough time for me I guess!

#271- creepy crawlies and low light


We were up at Makoshika State park and my son caught this little lizard.  After a quick photo shoot, we let him go.  I figured he was creepy and crawly.


The full moon over the stock yards in the evening light qualifies as low light in my book.

#272- close up and family


I took a bunch of different close up images, but I settled on this shot of the fire.  The heat was intense and I really liked how it came out.


Since my family is growing up and starting to branch out on their own I don’t have them all home any more.  My oldest is in the process of getting his paperwork filled out to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!  We are so excited for him and his next adventure!  My second child is about to begin her senior year!  I decided that the little people they all played with could represent my changing family.

#273- doorways and water

IMG_2266mkdA doorway to summer fun!  The new splash pad in our city recently opened and we had to try it out.  It was thumbs up from everyone except the baby, she didn’t like it much when I put her gently into the water, crying and dirty looks ensued!


A random child at the splash pad enjoys the water!

#274-  landscape and lazy days of summer


The beauties of eastern Montana, Makoshika State Park.  Just up the road from us is this treasure of amazing rugged beauty.


Lazy Summer days reading in the hammock with Rez watching out for you!

and way back to#267, I missed getting a photo taken for nature reclaims…. I did finally get it taken by #271, so here it is:



Old abandoned house and garage just outside of town.

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