Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Spring Folks!!


Happy Spring friends!!! What a breath of fresh air that wonderful storm last Saturday was. In turn I have seen little signs of spring every this week. Green grass has started popping up everywhere you look, trees are blooming,& the cattle are getting full. I pray we continue to recieve rain to nourish our land and livestock. 



This week Pecos and I also planting a few seeds on our "Honey Bee Garden". We have been collecting household items such as banana peels, orange peels, coffee grounds, tea bag, and egg shells to make our own compost. I had no idea how simple it was to make your own!! We go trough these items on a daily basis at our house so I just started a large pickle jar and mixing it all together. Also since we are one of the most severe droughts ever seen in history we are saving bath water to water our garden. I just use buckets to save the water and haul it down stairs each afternoon to water. Talk about frugal gardening!! I'm so anxious to see our first buds jump up!! We also planted a few strawberry plants close by. I'm planning on adding a few more vegetables to the garden. 



I also found a link that was super helpful about creating your own bee garden. It said to keep it as natural as you can by purchasing organic seeds, and compost. Also keep the environment as "wild" as you can. Don't pull weeds and such. It attracts more bees the more natural and "messy" you keep your garden. For more information visit this link .I hope you too will take the pledge to help save the bees. Don't forget all the foods that would be no more if the bees go extinct.

Thanks for reading!! Don't forget to have a great day and enjoy that spring like weather out there!!

xoxoxo,
     Jordan


Monday, March 17, 2014

Saving the Bees

      A couple years back my sweet mother in law, whom I love dearly, was telling me about a documentary by Food Inc about the possible extinction of bees. She went on to tell me of how that 40% of the bees in the United States have suffered from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This is due to the many pesticides, such as clothianidin,imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, the  US is using on almost 2/3 of its crops...that's almost 143 MILLION ACRES!! Clothianidin has been labeled as completely unacceptable for use and completely banned by the European Food Safety Authority.
 Bees either become so disoriented they can’t find their way back to their hives and die away from home, or fly back poison-drunk and die at the foot of their queen.

      While we don't need bees to pollinate all crops, here's a brief list of foods we would lose if our bees continue to perish. 

  • Apples
  • Mangos
  • Rambutan
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Guava
  • Rose Hips
  • Pomegranates
  • Pears
  • Black and Red Currants
  • Alfalfa
  • Okra
  • Strawberries
  • Onions
  • Cashews
  • Cactus
  • Prickly Pear
  • Apricots
  • Allspice
  • Avocados
  • Passion Fruit
  • Lima Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Adzuki Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Orchid Plants
  • Custard Apples
  • Cherries
  • Celery
  • Coffee
  • Walnut
  • Cotton
  • Lychee
  • Flax
  • Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Goa beans
  • Lemons
  • Buckwheat
  • Figs
  • Fennel
  • Limes
  • Quince
  • Carrots
  • Persimmons
  • Palm Oil
  • Loquat
  • Durian
  • Cucumber
  • Hazelnut
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tangelos
  • Coriander
  • Caraway
  • Chestnut
  • Watermelon
  • Star Apples
  • Coconut
  • Tangerines
  • Boysenberries
  • Starfruit
  • Brazil Nuts
  •  Beets
  • Mustard Seed
  • Rapeseed
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
  • Turnips
  • Congo Beans
  • Sword beans
  • Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
  • Papaya
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Eggplant
  • Raspberries
  • Elderberries
  • Blackberries
  • Clover
  • Tamarind
  • Cocoa
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Vanilla
  • Cranberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes

Kinda scary to imagine a world without coffee,huh?! My family has so many favorites on that list!! 


So I'm sure you're wondering where I'm going by spouting all these facts and what not. Well being a mom with a 16 month old and one on the way I worry about the world they're going to have to grow up in and what I can do to do anything and everything to help. Also Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd I was wanting to plan something Pecos and I could do to celebrate the gorgeous Earth Jesus has blessed us with and do something that would be beneficial for it. We have decided to plant a bee garden. We have a lot of cleared out flower beds at the new house. Yes, it'll be away from where my kiddos will play to avoid bee stings. I have thought this through and done research. I'm a fan  of Food Inc on Facebook and about a week ago they posted a picture of what to plant in your bee garden. 


My goal this week is locate seedlings and plants that are listed and fill our sweet little honey bee garden!! I will keep you updated periodically through my blog on how our Honey Bee Garden is doing!! I really hope this information has moved you to at least devote a small portion of your garden to Save the Bees!! Think of your children,grandchildren, or just our future generation and do something beneficial for them!! I'm kinda a little hippie Momma!!

Until next time!! Thanks for reading!!


          Xoxo,

                Jordan

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Queenie's Berry Cobbler

I by no means am what you call a "great cook", but over the past couple of months I have had to step my game up! Since my last blog we have moved from the bunk house into the headquarter house!! I'll have to do a blog next on the new home! I'm so excited to have a real home and room for all my babies! Along with the house comes the responsibility of cooking three square meals a day for the day working crew. 

A couple of weeks ago they were pairing getting everything situated for shipping in June. I ran across a peach cobbler recipe and twisted it up a little with my own touches. 

               Queenie's Berry Cobbler
  
                   Cobbler Crust
        
          2 cups of any Pancake mix (along             
         with what it calls for)

         6 Tablespoons sugar

         6 Tablespoons softened butter

                  Cobbler Filling

          2 cups of mixed berries (any fruit)

           2 lemons-juiced

         1cup sugar  

         2 1/2 Tablespoons all purpose flour

         1 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease baking pan. 

Add pancake batter,sugar, and butter into mixing bowl and mix until all butter has smoothly mixed in for a creamy mixture. 

Take fruit,lemon juice,sugar,flour,and cinnamon and mix in separate bowl. Be sure if you are using frozen fruit that it has been thawed to avoid a watery cobbler. I've been there done that! 

Next, pour crust mixture to cover bottom of the pan with thin layer, then spoon cobbler filling evenly distributing filling throughout dish. Then pour remaining crust over the cobbler filling. 



Bake for 30 minutes or until the the top is golden. And enjoy!!! 




It seems to always be a hit with the cowboys, so I hope you enjoy it!! Pretty simple recipe and bakes quickly!! 




Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crossed by Gypsy Soule:Life of the Party

Thinking about throwing your very own Crossed by Gypsy Soule party? Hoping this little tid bit may clear any questions you might have. 

 What's better than footwear, fashion, and being fabulous? FREE footwear,fashion, and fun! Host a Gypsy Trunk Show and watch the excitement and fun begin. Who can resist the chance to earn custom designed shoes for FREE? Gather you friends for a little custom shoe designing trunk show and watch all the creativity unfold in the comfort of your home. Your Soule Sister (ME) is a party professional and is there to help you make your party a success. From party ideas to sending out your Evites your Soule Sister is ready to help. We can't wait to share some Soule with you and all your friends! 

 IT'S EASY!! SET YOUR TRUNK SHOW DATE

 KEEP IT SIMPLE ENJOY YOUR GUESTS! 

 MAKE YOUR GUEST LIST FOR YOUR INDEPENDENT SOULE SISTER 

 COLLECT OUTSIDE ORDERS 

SHOES ARE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO THE DESIGNER!! 

 HOSTESS SWAG
 When you share all the fun Crossed by Gypsy Soule products with your friends you get serious Hostess SWAG for yourself

GUEST SALES 

 $150-$299=10% OF SALES IN FREE PRODUCT 

 $300-$499=15% OF SALES IN FREE PRODUCT

 $500-$999=20% OF SALES IN FREE PRODUCT 

 $1000+ = 25% OF SALES IN FREE PRODUCT

 ** HOSTESS SAWG IS DETERMINDED ON TOTALS BEFORE SALES TAX OR SHIPPING CHARGES ** 

 HALF PRICED PRODUCT

 $300-$499=2 HALF PRICED ITEMS 

$500-$999= 3 HALF PRICED ITEMS 

$1000+ = 4 HALF PRICED ITEMS 

 EARN MORE CHANCES FOR FREE PRODUCT 

 $25 FREE IF YOU BOOK 3 PARTIES AT YOUR PARTY 

 $25 FREE IF YOU KEEP YOU SHOE DATE 

 Please feel free to contact me at jordanhfinney@gmail.com for any other questions concerning throwing your very own party or to set up your shoe party date. I love to travel, so please don't hesitate to approach me about out of town parties. This June we are expecting Mr. Taos Ray to be arriving so all out of town parties must be booked before June 1st and I will start them back up around August 1st. I will still do local parties throughout June accordingly and hope to have a few this July. Also to learn more visite my site www.crossedbygypsysoule.com/JFinney for more infor and to order your custom pair!! 

 Thanks for catching your ticket to the Queen of the Bunkhouse!! 

        xoxo,
               Jordan

Friday, March 14, 2014

Welcoming Baby #2 Taos Ray Finney



This past weekend Cameron's amazing aunt offered to do maternity family pictures for us. I was so excited when she had mentioned them to me, because when I had my maternity pictures done with Pecos' pregnancy Cameron was not able to be a part due to work. What sweet precious moments she caught on camera for us. 




She lives in a newer housing development in Prosper so there were so many gorgeous empty lots to work with. The beautiful Cedar trees and the bleak gray sky of that day were so complimentary to the natural look we were going for. The dress I wore might be my most favorite dress I've ever owned! After having a picture pinned on Pinterest of a similar dress but in black, I finally found the perfect dress from Southern Jewlz. I ordered it on a Sunday night and they had it shipped to me by Wednesday. I highly recommend them!! They have the cutest clothes and are very punctual about getting them to you. Here's a link to their website www.southerjewlz.com 


Cameron was so sweet about tending to ever detail. We had thought about him wearing a gray shirt, but he insisted on wearing blue since we are having a BOY!! It was so cold and he was such a trooper and did anything and everything Christa asked. 


Christa had bought Pecos this sweet cream romper a few months back for Pecos and it was the most perfect big sister outfit!! Since daddy was wearing blue, we added a dash of blue in her super cute Mary Janes. Bless our baby's heart we had her wrapped in blankets only letting her out to snap a few pictures. This week we have had pneumonia  and I can't help but feel a smidgen guilty!! She is recovering quite well thank goodness!

I'll end this sweet little blog with the rest of my faves from our maternity shoot for Taos Ray!! 




Thanks for reading!! Hope you enjoyed!