Favorite Books


There is so much relaxation in curling up with a good book. Most times I prefer plunging into a fictional book world than doing anything else.

Here are four books that have nestled their way into my favorites.

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amourthis is most likely my very favorite. This book takes place during the Cold War.

While flying experimental aircraft in around Alaska, Major Joseph Mackatozi’s plane is forced down in Russia and he is taken to a Soviet prison camp. With the aid of another prisoner, he manages to escape from the camp and vanishes into the Siberian wilderness. Pursued by the Soviet army and skilled Yakut tracker Alekhin, Joe Mack zig-zags across Siberia with one desperate hope in mind: to reach and cross the Bering Strait to home.

White Fang by Jack London- a touching story about what the healing powers love and affection can do to a dog turned ferocious by a man’s cruelty.

Half-wolf, half-dog, White Fang grows up in an Alaskan Indian village. Through the course of time, White Fang is unknowingly traded to Beauty Smith, a dog fighter. As White Fang fights to live in the dog fighting world, and he develops deep hate towards all men. When White Fang fights a bulldog and is nearly killed, he is rescued by Weedon Scott who works to gently restore White Fang’s trust in people.

Matagorda by Louis L’Amour- another Louis L’Amour favorite.

Tap Duvarney heads to Texas to join his friend in a cattle drive north. When he gets there, he finds his friend in an raging feud in which everyone must pick a side. Tap persists in getting a drive together, meanwhile fighting against the feud, struggling to round up the cattle, and racing against the hurricane gathering to strike southern Texas.

Smoky the Cow Horse by Will James- this one competes with Last of the Breed for 1# favorite place! 🙂

Smoky is a mouse colored horse born in the wild. As a colt he was captured and broken for riding. Clint, the cowboy who broke Smoky, develops special feelings for him and keeps Smoky as his own horse. One winter, Smoky, along with other horses, is stolen by a horse thief. Because Smoky won’t let the horse thief ride him, he gets several beatings and soon becomes a man-hater. After escaping back into the wild, he gets pick up by authorities and becomes a rodeo buckin’ bronco. His spirit and strength are broken, but when he is on his last legs, the one human who ever treated him decently finds and reclaims him.


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~ Gabrielle


Chocolate Cupcakes Topped with Red Chocolate Frosting


Ahhh, these cupcakes. I was looking forward all day to making them and I knew exactly how they should be–perfect. Well, it didn’t work that way 😉

It was suppose to be a simple, fun project but it turned out to be rather frustrating. First the batter was too thick (I added too much flour) and then I couldn’t get the right color of pink frosting (I wanted a light pink frosting, but I messed up on the dye. In the end, I mixed some cocoa powder in and got this reddish color.) If it wasn’t for the white pearls which help the cupcake’s appearance, and the fact that the cupcakes taste so delicious, I wouldn’t be writing about them!

I used this chocolate cake recipe. It is our favorite chocolate cake recipe–truly the BEST. It made about two dozen cupcakes; each pan took maybe twenty minutes to bake. I made the frosting from a cream cheese base…but lets not talk about the frosting because it isn’t the color I had in mind.

The cupcakes are quite rich, but it is hard to stop at one. I definitely want to try making them again, so I hope my family eats them up fast!


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Knitted Hat


A few weeks ago, I bought this thick Lion Brand yarn with the intent of knitting a warm winter hat with it. Mom had found this really nice hat pattern on Etsy and it was fairly easy to knit too!


I had never knit on the round before so it was an exciting project. I’m planning on knitting a scarf out of the same yarn, I just have to find a pattern first! 😉


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~ Gabrielle


Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust


After supper this evening, Gabrielle and I made a lime pie to use up some limes in the fridge. No, we don’t just keep limes on hand. We just haven’t gotten around to making something with them! But right after we had eaten supper, we decided it was time to make the kitchen even more messy than it was and make something with the limes 🙂

We had to resort to Pinterest for a no bake lime pie since we couldn’t find one in Mom’s recipe collection. Although we found some yummy lime fudge and lime cheesecake bar recipes, we finally found a good pie filling recipe and then we used our own graham cracker crust recipe


It is the best lime pie I have ever eaten…it was also the second lime pie that I have ever eaten. The first time I ate a lime pie I didn’t like it, but this one tastes so good!! Yummmy 🙂

We refrigerated the pie for only two hours, and it probably should have been overnight since it didn’t dish up so well, but we couldn’t wait that long!


Graham Cracker Crust 

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Combine ingredients and press into a 9 inch pie plate. Then here is the recipe for the pie filling


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Fleece Pillow for the General


General got a pillow for his dog house this week. The straw that had been in his house was clinging to him and then it would fall off wherever he laid down– usually on the mat before the front door! There was very little straw left in the doghouse because of this, so we thought we should make him a pillow and see if he liked it.



I selected two fabrics for making the case, but General preferred the brown fleece over the blue minky. The case was a simple rectangle that was large enough for two old pillows stacked on top of each other.


I don’t know if General likes the pillow or not, (I think when he chews it up I’ll know he likes it) but the cats do 😐 Even though they have a nice house of their own, they seem to like his doghouse better.

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