Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Super Harvest Moon, September 9, 2014

Last night I had some friends on facebook talking about the super moon and even saw a few pictures. We live in a valley so we don't see the moon until its over the mountain. But it was neat because I caught a sort of sequence on my camera.











Thursday, September 4, 2014

Easy Homemade Donuts


Try not to drool.



!!WARNING!! If you are looking for a healthy recipe, then click out of this page. But, if you want something simple and delicious, then you have come to the right place.  These donuts are the opposite of healthy. They are a rare treat for us, probably because I'm conscious of the calories and sugar and whatnot (delicious, delicious calories). I remember my Pop making these for us a few times when we were younger.





For dinner, I was making this Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings and the recipe actually calls for 2 cans of biscuits and I only use a little more than half of one, so I needed to find a way to use the rest. (PS, if you want the recipe for the chicken and dumplings, you can find it here..


So here's the recipe I use for the donuts...here, listen closely.


1 can biscuits
Shortening or canola oil.
1/2 cup of sugar (I recommend granulate, I tried powdered once and it turned out soggy and weird.)
Cinnamon. 


Preheat a pan or a small pot of shortening or oil on medium (honestly I would recommend shortening over oil, but oil was all I had so I used that but with shortening, they would absorb less (does that make sense? No? Just go with your gut). You can have a lot in there or you can about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. That's what I do.



These are the biscuits I used. One time, we use the ones with honey in them and they were delish!


You can cut your biscuits into strips (or logs or whatever you want to call them) or little nuggets (of course, then you would have to call them donuggets *snort*)


Before putting them in the oil you can test the oil by just pinching off a small piece and putting it in the oil/shortening. If it immediately sizzles and rises to the top, it should be ready. Then, go ahead and put a few more in there. Don't over crowd it though, leave an inch or two or space between each one. This will go really quick so stay on top of them, check the bottoms and when they are golden brown, flip them. I like to set them on a paper towel for a minute after they are done frying.




Mix together some sugar and cinnamon (I only like a little cinnamon, so this part is totally up to you...go crazy)


Then, they are done, and ready to be enjoyed!



I think Taylor liked them. Isn't he handsome?


You can eat this with a spoon if you want to. ;]









Monday, September 1, 2014

Watkins Family Does Target Practice



A few Saturdays ago we hosted a target practice party (hey, it sounds a lot better than shooting party). We had Taylor's Dad, step-Mom, and Grandma and Grandpa over. It was pretty fun and noone (except for a few targets and balloons) got hurt. After about a half hour, us ladies went inside to cool off  and the guys stayed out there for another hour or so (I guess that gun shooting is the equivalent of shopping? But have you seen the price of ammunition lately? Like $35 for a box of 50 rounds...I can't remember the last time I spent $35 on a pair or shoes...but maybe fabric so I guess that evens it out.) I think everyone shot a gun except for Dawn...and of course Emily.



I got a video of Dad shooting a balloon. =]





Grandpa shooting the 9mm





Dad shooting the .357


Emily joined us for a few minutes while I shot a gun. (and she had earplugs in for all y'all nosey people up in here.)






Grandma shooting the .22



And I guess we have a wasp issue? NASTY


Taylor shooting the 30-30


Isn't he handsome?



And then we went inside and had lunch/dinner. (I'm pretty sure Taylor and I were the only ones to eat the dilly beans, haha more for us!)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lake Trip 2014

The last full week of July we made it out to our yearly lake trip. It was my 4th year going and Emily's first year outside of the womb. =] It was pretty fun. The weather was really nice the whole time. It stormed on us once. Our camp was blown around for a little while but we survived.  We also made a trip up to Lambert's and to the zoo in Branson. That was really fun but it was so hot. Emily did pretty well the whole time. Well except for a few nights but she was still getting used to the place. Taylor's grandparents let us borrow their camper and that was so nice, especially with a baby. If it got too hot we could just bring her in there and stay cool.  Plus she wouldn't wake everyone in the campsite up at night.  I didn't get a whole bunch of pictures but here's the ones I did get. 




Dawn and I




Taylor and his Dad (can you tell?)


No, they're not related. 



Our little fire. We had marshmallows and s'mores. 

Strike a pose. 


Family pic! Emily was already asleep at this point. 


Canadian geese. My favorite kind of bird. 



Aren't they beautiful?



I said I was going to take a pic of Taylor in his natural habitat. HAHA just kidding about that I hope he knows. ;]


Mr. Rollie Pollie. 


Good morning!


Beer can lights. No camping trip is complete without them. There was no alcohol involved. 


Morning Bible. 


This guy was on this cool surfboard pushy thing.


Pop was on his vacation so they came and visited us for a few minutes. 


I HATEEEETTEETESADFAJKFEEKJOFEFAJ Spiders. but I thought this was pretty cool!



We found the cove at Big Clifty. 



Silly Goose.