Monthly Archives: January 2017

Treats for 4 legged friends.

Milena who is 9 and horse-crazy…heck animal-crazy…decided she wanted to do something special for all her Horse and Pony friends in our small neighborhood.

I asked my Sister-in-law, who owns horses, what recipe we should use and what was good and not good to give to horses. I know crazy horse people can be very picky about what they give their horses. Which is totally understandable. So she said as long as we omit sugar we would be good to go.

So, I searched the internet for a horsey treat recipe…Who the heck knew there were so many……..ugh! I made up my own recipe out of all the others as they were all similar. ON the 22nd of December Milena set to work on the Horse treats.

Horse Treats
(45 treats depending on size.)
1/2c Rolled oats
1/2c Quick oats
1/2-3/4c unsweetened Applesauce
1/2c or one large carrot, finely grated
1/2c whole wheat flour
1 apple, finely chopped
some molasses to get desired texture.
1) Preheat oven @ 350*f. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or mat.
2) mix all ingredients together. I added the molasses at the end to get to a good sticky texture.
3) We used a tbsp scoop and rolled the mixture into balls with our hands.
4) Place on cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 mins or until set.


Milena mixed and divided up the mixture.


Finished treats

Milena had 3 Icleandic Ponies at D&A’s. 2 large horses(quarter horses? I’m not up on all the horses out there.)at J&T’s and 2 more horses at our Dutch Mennonite Neighbors behind us. She had enough treats to put 9 treats for each horse into separate baggies. She then put them in pretty gift bags for each house.


Off to deliver treats…

I walked her to the D&A’s, Milena’s favourites…3 Icelandic Ponies that graze in the field across from our yard all summer. 🙂 D happened to be driving his big backhoe into his yard at the time. He helps plow out a lot of the neighbors driveways around us. He was so amazed that Milena would do such a wonderful thing for their Ponies. He let her give them 3 treats each right then and there. Oh my heart swelled for her. I was literally crying with excitement for Milena. She is like me…finds it hard to make human friends. So to be able to give her Pony friends a Yule treat was so awesome!

While we were standing there waiting for her to give out her treats, the next neighbor T and her grown daughter ended up walking by. I ran over and explained that Milena had made these treats and blah blah blah. T was just as surprised that Milena had done such a nice thing. She sent her daughter over later with a Christmas Thank you card and a Candy cane for both girls.

We decided to wait until the next day to deliver our Mennonite neighbors treats. Milena was feeling overwhelmed and cold.

As we walked into our driveway, our neighbor D, showed up with his quad and snowplow attachment. He said he wanted to plow our driveway as a thank you for the gift. How awesome is that?


D plowing our driveway

What a wonderful experience for Milena.

❤ D


Yule and Christmas


Yule Advent


Looking the mountain to Decker Lake


Found our Yule and Christmas tree


All set up and decorated.




Our Yule craft. Pinecone feeders for our wild bird friends.


Pine cone feeders all ready to be hung in the trees.


Chickadee enjoying the feeders


Yule candle burning brightly for the day in our dinning room window.

Yule is a quiet celebration for us. I am the Practicing Pagan in our household. We were supposed to go to a bonfire at a local farm, but the weather did not work with us. It snowed heavy that night and the roads were not safe to be on.

In the morning I gave the girls a handmade cowl each and a pair of mitts(store bought) and a new Canadian Christmas Carol book and a couple movies.

Christmas was a bit more of a lively celebration as per usual…


Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve



Christmas dinner was done on Christmas Eve so I can enjoy Christmas Day without having to be in the kitchen. Bill’s Mom came over for a breakfast of waffles, whipped cream and fresh strawberries on Christmas Day. After breakfast we opened gifts and relaxed for awhile. I put out all the leftovers, snacks and desserts on the table and we ate until we were stuffed. Relaxed some more…around 3 the girls put on their cross country skis and slid around the yard, while Bill, his mom and I went for a walk in the sun and cold…

Our day ended with snacking and Christmas movies.

Boxing day was Bill’s family’s dinner. It was the first one with out my father-in-love. It was quiet and subdued. Way different from the norm….to be expected.

I hope you all had a great Holiday Season.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2017…I hope it is a happy and prosperous one for you all.



Helping others

Every year the girls write letters to Santa. Seren wrote a letter that made me proud but so sad at the same time. We haven’t had much luck making or keeping friends here our new town. Sadly we just haven’t connected with people. Her letter is a little hard to read but you should be able to get the jist.


A portion of her letter.

Well as sometimes happens…an opportunity came for Seren and Milena to help a family in desperate need.

A family of 3 lost everything to a house fire that took everything they owned. This lovely little community came together fast. We suggested that the girls donate all the cans and bottles that they had been collecting all summer, the bags we had cleaned up in the garage from the prior owner and what we had saved to the family. The girls agreed. So, the girls and Bill went out to the garage and bagged them all up. A neighbor also asked for us to pick up a bag and a few bottles she had to add to the girls’ bottle collection.


Ready to go to the Recycling Depot in Burns Lake


Ready to sort and donate

After just over an hour we had sorted all the bottles. The grand total was $53.13!!

They felt great helping out a family. I hope this has helped cover one of Seren’s wishes. I sent out a challenge to my Facebook Friends and Family to do something to help make Seren’s wish of helping other come true.

So I challenge all who follow me to do something that helps another in need. It can be as little as giving a homeless person an orange…the sky is the limit.

❤ D