Preparing to Pack…Trying to Avoid Overpacking

This upcoming weekend is my cousin David’s wedding. Our whole family and extended family is taking the couple hour plane ride to Michigan to have a whole lot of fun! It has become tradition that the entire family travels near and far to each family wedding to let loose and celebrate such great occasions.

Even though I look forward to having a fabulous time at each family get together I always immediately think to myself, “What am I going to wear?”

Depending on the weather and what type of events I am participating in determines what I pack in my suitcase. My first step is making a long list. The list includes the days of the week I’ll be staying and then listed under each day is the day and night outfits (including shoe choices). I am usually the girl that has the overweight suitcase at the airport so lately I’ve really been trying not to overpack my suitcase and follow my list I initially scribble out. Don’t forget miscellaneous items, such as toiletry items and jewelry!

Wish me luck on my adventure to Michigan!

Tall Boot Socks…my new favorite fall accessory!

As the fall season is now in full swing here in South Dakota, what else would I think about but fall styles? Cozy sweaters, skinny jeans, tall boots, and now my new obsession…TALL BOOT SOCKS! I am loving these tall boot socks because they easily accessorize a fall look perfectly. Effortless style is what I’m looking for and I can only assume most other women are too!

Below are some of my favorite boot socks I have purchased thus far: (Don’t mind my boot sock selfie’s πŸ˜‰ )

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Free People Lola Sheer Rib Thigh High

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Free People Speckled Slouch Tall Sock

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Free People Pioneer Thigh High

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Purchased at Herberger’s

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Purchased at Herberger’s

Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are soft and oh-so delicious!

Who doesn’t love pumpkin everything during the fall season?!

Enjoy!

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:Β 

2 cups butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 15-ounce can pumpkin

4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (add until desired consistency/firmness)

Ground cinnamon sprinkled on top (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat the 2 cups of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, the 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in as much of the four as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.

2. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on engrossed cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

3. For frosting, in a small saucepan heat the 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cookies. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

Semi-Truck Driving Lessons at the Farm…watch out!

Last night my sister-in-law and I were very excited to receive some great semi-truck driving lessons from our men at the farm! The Ryckman farm purchased an automatic semi-truck this year which in turn means driving truck is easier than ever! My sister-in-law Taryn was instructed by her husband, Allen and I was instructed by my husband, Jordan. Both husbands were very patient and great teachers to the both of us! By the end of the night I was driving all by myself with little instruction. Needless to say, Jordan was very proud of me! I love helping and feeling apart of the success at the farm!

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My first opportunity to drive the Semi-Truck

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My sister-in-law, Taryn

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South Dakota Sunset

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Climbed to the top of the grain bin with Jordan

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Our niece, Iley took a ride in the tractor with Uncle Jordan

Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins…Yes, Please!!

When deciding to start my journey on the 21 Day Fix I thought I would have to cut out many of my favorite food items. Then, after reading over the 21 Day Fix reading material that came in the package with the start up kit, I found out I didn’t have to cut out ALL of my favorite snack choices…I was pumped!

To me, Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins are like a feel good, let’s go to a movie on a Sunday type of little treat. I can have one orange container of Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins three times a week. I’d call that a WIN!

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Wife of a Farmer: Harvest

My husband is a South Dakota farmer. His family and him farm corn, soybeans, and wheat. This time of year can be very hard on a couple, especially a couple that is involved in the farming life. Harvest season is a little worse than planting season. Harvest hours are longer and the day light becomes less and less as the days go by. When the sun does set so soon it makes for a long night at home alone! Below I have listed 4 ways I keep myself busy during harvest:

1. I try to deliver supper out to the field as much as possible. If I deliver supper this means I get to see my husband. Even if I only get to see him in a bumpy tractor or semi-truck ride it is still time we get to spend together one-on-one (with a little CB radio chatter in the background).

2. I catch up on the most recent fall/winter fashion. As much as I love catching up on the most recent styles, my husband surely does not appreciate my online shopping addiction! So, I am warning you now, beware…I don’t suggest following my footsteps in this case!

3. Keeping up on all social media is super easy this time of year. Scrolling through the long feeds of Instagram and Facebook is a nightly routine! Quiz me. πŸ˜‰

4. Household duties: laundry, keeping the kitchen clean (which is very easy when cooking for ONE person this time of year), and going through the mail.

Although, some of these ways of keeping myself busy during harvest may not be glamorous or fun to the average lady, this is what I do. I am so thankful for the crops my husband and his family grow each year. They take pride in what they do and I am so proud! This time of year is so beautiful and they have a birds-eye-view of the beautiful South Dakota nature.

 

Umm…Who doesn’t love ‘Just Because’ flowers?!

Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where you or your other half could use that something to lift their spirits just a bit? Jordan and I have had those days lately. Whether it’s related to work, family, or daily life we could use a little extra something, something in our life!

Well, let me tell you, Jordan ALWAYS knows how to put a smile on my face. As I was about to leave work today, in walks a lovely lady delivering that little extra something, something I was needing in my life this week!

I know when I’m smiling ear to ear, he is too! Thanks for always making me the luckiest lady around! πŸ™‚

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Lily’s Floral – Aberdeen, SD

ENERGY BITES

These energy bites are my favorite with a cup of coffee in the morning! My beachbody coach, Megan posted this recipe and ever since she did, I have been OBSESSEDΒ with these tiny little balls of heaven!! Enjoy!

1 C Quick Oats
1 C all natural PB (I use Smart Balance)
2-3 scoops Vegan Chocolate Shakeology (Love to use Vanilla too!)
3 Tbsp melted Coconut Oil (optional for taste & healthy fat)
2 mashed Bananas (I’ve also used Avocados)
1-2 Tbsp Cinnamon

*Can also use PB2, but will want to add some Almond Milk too*

Remove jewelry πŸ’ and mix together until all dry ingredients are mixed – forming a “dough” like consistency. Should be able to form with it. If too dry (crumbly, flaky) add a splash of Almond Milk. If too sticky, add more Shakeology. Aim for ping-pong size balls – this batch makes about 2 dozen. Keep in ❄ freezer ❄ and only takes seconds before soft & chewy!

**These tiny pieces of heaven are 21 Day Fix approved! If you are wondering which colored container to put these under like I was then here you go…2 energy bites is 1 orange container and 4 energy bites is 1 red container.