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Rain + Dirt = Muddy Horses

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

While we were at the cabin, we received a lot of rain which was great as it was way to dry up there, and the rain was seriously needed. At first, we thought the horses may have a hard time settling into their new location, but they took to it fairly quickly. They loved being able to hear the horses at the neighbor’s place, and the bigger place to run was immediately tried out.

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

In fact, they were so engrossed in the new place that, for the first couple of days, they didn’t immediately come when I brought their food in the morning. They were eating and drinking like normal, but they would get distracted and come and go which is certainly not normal for these two.

Phantom at the Cabin

It took us a couple of days to really get the turn out area where we liked it for them, and we still have a couple of changes we want to make. It will work for now, and it’s safe for the horses. They didn’t seem to mind that it wasn’t complete though. They were curious and enjoyed being able to do at least a little grazing while there. ;)

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

What caught me a little by surprise was how much they loved the mud after it rained. Our horses quickly turned from their white/gray to brown. They had mud everywhere. lol! Even their manes and tails had a nice coat of mud. Who knew that they really wanted to be brown horses. ;) We told Phantom that he had missed a spot, so he immediately went down and rolled around a bit more until that little spot was covered. Yes, he’s a ham – a mischievous ham.

Phantom at the Cabin 2

They loved their time there so much that it was not fun getting them to load into the trailer. They didn’t want to leave. Thankfully, once we got back home, they settled right back into their place here. I do believe that they are missing the cooler evenings/nights and their mud. Granted, it’s not normally muddy at the cabin, but they certainly enjoyed it while it lasted. It made more work for us, but it was fun seeing their excitement and pleasure with the mud.

Our neighbor told us that their horses always do the same thing when it rains. It’s just not something that we’ve experienced here as we have very sandy soil. Yes, they roll in it – wet or dry – but the results aren’t quite the same as rolling in real mud. :)

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Wordless Wednesday: Rainy Day Sunsets

Cloudy Sunset

Due to all of the rain that we received while at the cabin, we were able to enjoy a great number of rainy day sunsets.

Rainy Day Sunset

Rainy Day Sunset

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Book Review: Kombucha Revolution by Stephen Lee

Kombucha Revolution by Stephen LeeSpecial thanks to Blogging for Books for providing this review copy.

Kombucha Revolution Book Description:

Kombucha—a fizzy, fermented tea-based beverage packed with probiotics, vitamins, and enzymes—has home brewers salivating. And who better to guide you through the brewing process than a tea guru with more than forty years of experience under his belt? Stephen Lee, cofounder of Tazo Tea and Stash Tea, turned his attention to fermented tea and founded Kombucha Wonder Drink in 2001. In Kombucha Revolution, Lee reveals the secrets to brewing the perfect batch of kombucha and caring for your very own SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). He also shares his favorite recipes—plus contributions from brewers, bartenders, and chefs like “Kombucha Mamma” Hannah Crum and Wildwood’s Dustin Clark—for infusing your brew with fruits, herbs, and spices, and incorporating it into juices, smoothies, sauces, snacks, sweets, and cocktails.

With recipes for Lavender–Green Tea Kombucha, Cranberry Bitters Cocktails, Kombucha Vinegar, Green Smoothies, Kombucha Lime Ceviche, and Kombucha Pear Sorbet, mixing this healthful brew into your everyday lifestyle has never been so revolutionary.

Stephen LeeAbout the Author:

STEPHEN LEE is a humble student of tea, its culture and its restorative effects. Stephen has co-founded and sold two of the country’s best-known tea brands, Tazo Tea and Stash Tea. Stephen has now enjoyed 40 years in the premium tea business.

After discovering kombucha on one of his tea importing trips to Russia, Stephen launched Kombucha Wonder Drink in 2001. He has mastered a superbly balanced kombucha tea he offers to others so they too may enjoy this energizing beverage with benefits. Kombucha Wonder Drink can now be found in natural foods stores, grocery stores, pubs, spas, hotels, college campuses, and coffee and tea houses across North America.

He also recently launched Tea Tibet, a not-for-profit tea company benefiting Tibet. All profits go to Tibetan educational projects and orphanages.

Steve spends time with seven grandchildren, walks and journals extensively around the world, and enjoys good food and beverages.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (June 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607745984
ISBN-13: 978-1607745983
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
Retail Price: $18.99
Electronic Editions also available

My Thoughts:

If you’re involved in the real food, traditional food, or homesteading movement, then you’ve probably at least heard about Kombucha even if you’ve never had it. I’ve been hearing about it for a couple of years now, but I didn’t really know what it was or how personalized you could make it. After reading this book, I’m now hunting for my own SCOBY to start our own Kombucha experiment.

Kombucha Revolution starts with an introduction into how the author got started on his own Kombucha journey and then dives into the world of Kombucha. He explains what Kombucha is including its history and health benefits and then talks about what all is needed to start making your own at home. The one part that I found lacking here was actual resources for sourcing your own SCOBY and other equipment.

Once you’re ready to start brewing your own Kombucha, Stephen gives step-by-step instructions on how to make his master plain Kombucha recipe. A big plus here are the pictures showing the process and what to expect from the brewing process. My daughter thought that the mother SCOBY looks a little yucky during the brewing process, so it’s nice to know what it should (or should not) look like – especially when you’re first starting out.

After the basic, plain recipe, Stephen dives into a variety of different recipes for flavored Kombucha, drinks utilizing the various flavors of Kombucha, alcoholic drinks utilizing Kombucha, dressings and dips using Kombucha, recipes using Kombucha, and finally, desert recipes using Kombucha.

While I would have liked to see more pictures with the recipes, the pictures that were featured with some of the recipes were beautiful. I can’t wait to try at least some of the recipes in this book once we get our own SCOBY.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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Spiders and Packrats and Snakes! Oh My!


When we arrived at our cabin, we knew that we’d have a little clean up to do after we got the horses settled in at their new location. Little did we know that we would have way more cleaning on our hands than we expected. As Daddy opened up the garage, a rather large Mohave Green Rattlesnake greeted him by the door. Wasn’t that nice? Needless to say, he had us stay out of the garage until the snake had been removed. (That snake was later disposed of by our pack of coyotes. lol!) In case you don’t know, Mohave Green Rattlesnakes are highly venomous and dangerous. Given that it takes some time to even get to a main road from our place, the idea of the animals or ourselves being bit wasn’t a pleasant thought.

After the snake had been removed from the garage, we headed into the cabin only to find that the packrats had decided to house sit for us while we were gone. I spent the next couple of days doing laundry while Munchkin and Daddy did some deep cleaning. **sigh** Crazy packrats!


A few days later, Munchkin looked out the front door and saw a big snake right in front of the door. Thankfully, this one turned out to be a gopher snake which is rather helpful for our packrat “guests”.

A day or so later, I was driving up towards our house when this guy – the tarantula – was crossing the road. Apparently Daddy had almost run over one earlier in the week as well.


As we were getting the horses ready to head back home, we had to move some wood and another rattler made an appearance. Thankfully, he gave a loud rattle before the warning strike came. This trip is the first time that we’ve seen a rattlesnake, and we saw two on this trip. Yikes! We’ve decided that the next few trips will find us really trying to get rid of the brush and debris piles that are scattered about the property. We’ve already cleared around the cabin, so our next area will be by the horses for their safety (and ours).

It was a rather eventful trip when it came to creepy crawlies, and I didn’t even talk about all the bugs. Munchkin is now asking for a mosquito net for her bed. lol!

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Book Review: The Flood of Noah – Legends & Lore of Survival by Bodie Hodge & Laura Welch

The Food of Noah Legends and Lore of SurvivalSpecial thanks to Master Books for providing a review copy of this book.

The Food of Noah Book Description:

Hundreds of legends — possibly as many as 600 — seem to point to many of the details familiar to those who have read the Biblical account of Noah and the ark. Why are there so many similarities in these legends among so many diverse cultures? Why are there differences? What can we learn of pre-Flood history from ancient and archaeological records? From the astonishing historical flood account of a remote people group in China to the flood legend of Transylvania gypsies to many other examples from almost every continent, discover a fascinating journey of truth! These legends are what we would expect to find as remnants of a historical event on the scale we have never seen before or since!

The Flood of Noah Moms of Master Books Review

About the Authors:

Mr. Bodie Hodge attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher for Answers in Genesis–USA. He is the author of The Fall of Satan and co-author of Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs.

Laura Welch has worked in the Christian book publishing industry for almost 10 years, currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of New Leaf Publishing Group. Her education and experience in publishing, journalism, technical writing and research are the platforms from which she develops innovative book content. With a love for words, writing and history, Welch brings remarkable projects to completion. Welch’s recent work includes co-editing the award-winning Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs and the new Big Book of History.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Master Books a division of New Leaf Publishing Group; Act edition (June 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0890518017
ISBN-13: 978-0890518014
Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.7 x 0.7 inches
Retail Price: $18.99

The Flood of Noah Collage

My Thoughts:

When this book arrived, we had family visiting at our house, and it immediately was passed around from generation to generation (four generations in all). We had everyone from my Grandma to my nieces looking at this book. The general consensus was this book was pretty cool. It has a lot of interactive features that capture the attention of both young and old. While the colorful graphics grab the attention of the younger set, the information contained within makes all ages want to dig in to learn more about Noah’s Flood and the legends in various cultures.

The Flood of Noah is a sturdy, big book with many interactive features including charts, mini-books, fold-open flaps, sliders, wheel charts, and more. The interior pages a made from a durable cardstock that will hold up to lots of use.

I’ve always been fascinated by the legends of Noah’s flood in various cultures, so this book is quite interesting to me. Not only does it talk about the different accounts and their similarities to the Biblical account, but it also talks about the names of Noah and his wife in the different cultures. It digs into whether building the ark and filling it with the animals was even possible. It concludes with a discussion about why their are differences and similarities in the ancient accounts and gives the salvation message.

This book would be perfect in not only the home setting but also a Sunday School setting.

The Flood of Noah Facebook Party

There is a Book and a Treat Facebook party coming up tonight, July 22 at 7 pm Central Time, where you could win cool prizes — and discuss the series too.

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