Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful 16-20

 Day 16- I am thankful for southwest Nebraska. I love the small town Nebraska life! If you need help there is always someone there and always a smile and wave. A great place to raise children and a great place to live!

 Day 17- I am thankful for electronics. Isn't it amazing how tv, computers, internet, and cell phones have become a part of our lives. On the days I forget my cell phone, I feel helpless, but on the days I am in the middle of nowhere and need help it sure comes in handy!With the internet I can connect to all my friends I wouldn't be able too.

 Day 18- I am thankful for jobs for my husband and I. I am thankful we both have good jobs to pay the bills and work with people we like, it helps make life better! Both jobs have their moments of frustration, but every job would!

 Day 19- I am thankful that deer hunting is DONE, over with, FINISHED! Don't take me totally serious, I love a good hunt, but having to fix the fence after people drive through it and onto land they are not suppose to be on is irritating! Putting in two new corners and lots of posts, I hope whoever it was got a nice deer and it tore their pickup up in the mean time! : ) I am thankful for the extra meat for the freezer and the fun of hunting.

 Day 20- Thankful for patience. I can't say that I have the most of it some days, but I am so thankful for the people that do. I helped my dad work with colts today and the patience he had was so amazing. Can you imagine where you would be without it?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful 11-15

 Day 11- Today I am thankful for my in-laws. I am very lucky to have gotten a wonderful group of people. They welcomed me into their lives 10 years ago and I am blessed to have them. I don't know what I would do without all of them. I of course do not have pictures of all of them, but here is a few!

 Day 12- I am thankful for my health. Even though it is not the best, it keeps me going strong and knowing I can't give up. It has made Troy and I a stronger couple and it helps you to recognize what is important in your life. It helps to remind me to count my blessings!
 Day 13- I am thankful for my friends! The ones I talk to every week, my facebook friends, and the ones who I only talk to every couple of years, I am thankful for you all. You listen to me as I vent or answer my questions. You are there for me when I need it and I truly appreciate it.It is amazing how you can go a long time without talking to a friend and still be able to visit.

 Day 14- I am thankful for the teachers, aides, lunch staff, school bus drivers, and everyone else that works at Wauneta-Palisade Schools! They are amazing people! They are helping me with my children to grow into wonderful people and I appreciate all they do. I can't say thank you enough!
Day 15- I am thankful for the ladies who help with the Lord's Joyful Singers! They are helping to educate my children about God and that is one of the most important things they can learn. Thank you for volunteering your time Dawn Applegarth Doetker, Diana Ham, Donna Applegarth, Sara Todd Bardsley, and everyone else who donates time or snacks to the kiddos!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankfulness Days 6-10

My thankfulness continues...

 My dad, words cannot describe how I feel about this man! He is amazing and I am so thankful that my children get to grow up being around him and learning from him.

 My sister Lori and her amazing family. Lori is a great mom to 3 boys and is hard worker in all she does.
 My sister Jennifer is my day 8 and Sabrina is one of my thankfulness of day 9. Jennifer is a mom to 5 kiddos and is involved in their lives fully. She is so busy and I don't know how she does it all.

Day 9 I am thankful for my nieces and nephews! Each one unique and special to me! I love each one and just realized I don't have any no where current picture of my nephew Trey. Sorry buddy, must change that soon!

 Day 10 I am thankful for my great nieces and nephews! I am even more thankful that they live close and that we are involved in their lives!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful November Day 1-5

With November comes Thanksgiving, which makes us think of what are we thankful for, I know for me my list is HUGE.  I am going to share with all of you my thankful list for November, but really should have a thankful post everyday of the year.

1. Thankful for my wonderful husband of 10 years. I am so proud to be his wife and that he is my best friend! I am one lucky woman!
 2. Thankful for my son Colby Jay Michael Hoskovec. My 8 year old was my first born and loves to make people laugh. He tries hard at everything he does and I can already tell he will be a hard worker. I am proud of him everyday and I can't wait to see the man he grows up to be, but not to fast!

 Day 3- I'm thankful for my baby girl Kalli Patricia Hoskovec. My little girl has grown so much, changed, and matured into a smart little Kindergartener. She loves art and is a little bit shy in trying new things, but when she does her smile and eye can melt your heart. She is not only beautiful but incredible. 

 Day 4- I am thankful for my Mother, Joan Maddux. She is a woman who can deal with anything and if you need anything she has it or can get it for you. She is a hardworking and tough woman, who enjoys having an adventure. She loves her children and grandchildren and teaches them all so much.

Day 5 I am thankful for my brother Mike Maddux. He is an amazing man and someone I look up too. I am thankful I get to see him almost daily and proud of the things he has overcome. He is intelligent and I feel could do anything not only in the cattle and farming business, but anything he put his mind too. I am thankful my children get to grow up learning from him.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Weekend Projects

While remembering those who have passed on and have served our country it gives us an extra day off. For my family it is time to get outside and do projects. Our newest project is a flag pole!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


If you only have one smile in you, give it to the people you love.

~Maya Angelou

My Family, my life!

Isn't it amazing when you have those moments out of the blue that make you smile. It is even better when those moments are with the people you love.

The simple things like my husband last night giggling over something silly on t.v.
I smiled clear down in my heart. 

Talking to the preschooler on the bus waiting to travel 15 miles to school. As you get on the bus some of them look scared to death, very few smile, but if you talk to them and give them a smile, maybe tease them a little, it can make them smile. Which can fill your heart.

A rough and tough boy who wants his mommy! A little snuggle time can always warm a heart.

Our little small town recently had a tragedy. When you are from a small town you know everyone, maybe not well, but you know them or their family. You know the people who were there trying with all of their heart and soul to save a man from the community, a son, father, brother, husband, co-worker, friends and I am sure so much more. 
In situations like this it hits the whole town and for some it is hard to find a way to move on and to find a way to smile. There is no answers and sometimes it is even hard to find something to be thankful for, but WE HAVE TO REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR!
We all have the same reaction to say I'm sorry, but I was recently told by someone involved I'm sorry does nothing, so what should we say...
Again no right answer for situations like this, all I could say to them was I will pray for them. 
I pray that they will find something simple to smile over and the pain will slowly start to fade.

What makes you smile an the hardest of days or the best of days?
I will leave you with this quote,
“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.”
Mother Teresa

Friday, February 3, 2012

Snowy Day Pretzels

Nebraska is getting snow! Before the storm had even hit I think half the state had cancellations and closings. We usually get snow, but it is the first for this winter. I don't like snow, but I always like to see one good snow. As long as I don't have to go in it!

 My kids decided to go out and play in the horrible wind. I think we need new snow gear, both their coveralls are getting small and their gloves. But they both had fun and that is all that matters.
 While they were out in the snow I was looking through cookbooks and of course Pinterest trying to decide what to cook, because if it snows you must cook and bake. 
I LOVE soft pretzels! If I see some I must get them! So when I came across this recipe Hot Buttered Fluffy Pretzels from Fifteen Spatulas I had to try to make it!

Dough Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
21/4 tsp instant yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp baking soda
vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
coarse sea salt or kosher salt, for sprinkling
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

NOTE: This recipe only makes 8 pretzels. I would highly recommend at least doubling this recipe! 

Mix all the dough ingredients until combined. Take out and knead for 5 minutes. The dough should be soft and smooth, not sticky.

 Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled.

 I am going to admit I have to cheat. The house I live in is very cold in the kitchen, even with the oven running. It always seems to take longer than it should for things to rise. SO, I found a little trick on the Internet, put a heating blanket around the bowl. It works for me and helps speed things up.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Grease a baking sheet.
Remove the dough and put onto a oiled counter-top.  Cut the dough into 8 pieces, and let rest for 5 minutes.

 While you are waiting combine the warm water and baking soda. Then roll each piece into a long rope, and shape into a pretzel.    To make the shape of the pretzel make a loop:

 Then take the other end and pull it through the first loop!
 Making snakes with dough was a perfect job for my son!
Next dip each pretzel into the soda wash and place onto the greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt, then let rest for 10 minutes.
 Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown.  Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they are hot out of the oven.
 My eight pretzels did not last long, but wow were they delicious!

Hope you are staying warm next to your fire wherever you are at, the snowing is really starting to fall here! Look back the the more it snows the more I want to cook. There goes my diet, lol!