Tuesday, January 25, 2011

WARNING Bragging is involved....

My nephew Gideon made the paper this week and I couldn't be prouder of him! He is a great kid, he works hard on the farm with his mom, dad, Uncle Chris and Grandpa T! I have always loved how he has taken my son (Jackson) and showed him how to do things, helps him do chores and he takes him trap shooting (Gideon's passion), and now he is teaching Jackson it is important to make a difference...this was in the Cassopolis Vigilant this week:

Article taken from: http://www.cassopolisvigilant.com/2011/01/20/student-gives-back-to-art-class/

Student gives back to art class

Published 4:57pm Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Cassopolis High school art room is ringing in 2011 with brand new tables.

Well not exactly — but it sure looks like it. Thanks to Gideon Hebron, a student at the school, the room looks rejuvenated.

Last spring Hebron told teacher Shelly Johnson that he wanted to fix the gouged and abused tables. The rough surfaces made it difficult for students to do artwork. Every divot and scratch came though onto the paper above.

Hebron wrote a proposal letter stating his desire to fix the tables. This fall he was given the go-ahead, and he spent the last three months sanding, filling and finishing. He worked many lunch hours and much of his own time (coming in even when school was closed) to bring the tabletops back to their original beauty.

Hebron comes by his talent for woodworking by watching and learning from his father, Richard Hebron, who owns a private saw mill in Cassopolis. Richard graduated from Cassopolis High School in 1983, and he too kept the art room tables in top form.

When Hebron was asked why he wanted to refinish the art room tabletops, he responded by saying that he wanted to make a difference before he left high school. Hebron is a senior this year and plans to pursue farming and Olympic Dreams Trap Shooting after he graduates.

Great job Gideon....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Jorja May

Four years ago today Jorja May (pronounced Georgia) -- nickname JJ, was born (January 12th, 2007)...she was born at 7:16 p.m. weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 3/4 inches long.  She was born early and in the NICU for 11 days... but don't let her fool you... she was just laying around getting ready to make a difference in this world!

She is very free spirited...crazy and keeps you on your toes!

This beautiful girl is turning 4 today... she loves to draw, paint, drink milk, and anything that her brothers and sister can do!  She has a huge heart, but is very shy most of the time.  If she talks to you... IT IS A BIG DEAL!  She spends a lot of time with her mother (I call her my shadow), going to the farm and going to the kids school...and I am currently trying to sneak her in at the boys school because she feels most comfortable among the teachers and staff!

Jorja's sister Kyra made this and framed it for her for Christmas...

She loves working on the farm collecting the eggs!
She is my "GIFT" that keeps on giving and I thank God everyday for having her in my life!
Happy Birthday Jorja May!

Much love...

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's cold out... so we are having....Crunchy Chicken

It is cold out... and snowing, which is good since I don't like it just being cold!  I am hoping for sledding this weekend...fun times for the kids - and me of course!

Tonight we are planning on having Crunchy Chicken... the last time I made it Cyrus wouldn't stop eating it... which is rare, so I will try to make it often.  If I could alternate Flank steak (in a special marinade I will post soon) and Crunchy  Chicken he would eat every day!

Crunchy Chicken 


• 1 egg, beaten 
• 3 tablespoons milk 
• 1-1/4 cups crushed cornflakes or finely crushed rich round crackers (about 35) 
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed 
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika 
• 1/4 teaspoon salt 
• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
• 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 
• 2-1/2 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)


1. In a small bowl combine egg and milk. For coating, in a shallow dish combine crushed cornflakes, thyme, paprika, salt, pepper; stir in melted butter. Set aside. Skin chicken (I did not). Dip chicken pieces, 1 at a time, into egg mixture; coat with crumb mixture. 

2. In a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan, arrange chicken, bone side down, so the pieces aren't touching. Sprinkle chicken pieces with any remaining crumb mixture so they are generously coated. 

3. Bake, uncovered, in a 375 degree F oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F for breasts; 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks). Do not turn chicken pieces while baking. Makes 6 servings. 

I served the chicken with Potatoes and cut up potatoes with a side salad and of course a big glass of  milk in a cold cup(frozen), can't get any better then that.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well we surrived 2010. We had many ups and downs with our biggest being the barn fire that happened one year ago on January 6th, but I always believed after that...the year could only get better, and it did. We made many new friends and got to spend quality time with our old friends. I ended my long run on PTO board at the kids school and now can just enjoy volunteering when I want to or I can just go in and hang out with my kids.

My four kids still amaze me and I still can't believe I was blessed to be their mom.
                                                  Cyrus, Jackson, Jorja May and Kyra

We lost our dog Mcgee to old age...(14 years old)

Mcgee (14 years old)
 and gained Jones who has wiggled his way deep in my heart.

Jones (puppy)

Jones (9 months old)

My husband the farmer still surprises me with his crazy ideas...which his mom warned me about .... about 20 years ago. I know she is in heaven saying I told you so, but I know she wouldn't have it anyother way.

I always try to look at the positive side of things...so this year we all have grown as a family and as farmers! I never try to imagine what I will be doing in 10 years, because as long as I have Chris by my side, my kids and my friends...I know things are going to be just right! Besides living with Chris one never knows what we will be doing in TEN years...but I am pretty sure it involves muddy boots and more animals!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and I am hoping to make a difference this year!

ps. I forogt to mention another huge event in 2010 -- Farmer Chris started a blog...so now there is proof I don't make this crazy farmer up!