Favorite Chapter Books

Favorite Chapter Books

I’ve always been a reader and when my oldest started to take interest, I was thrilled! One of Paisley and I’s favorite things to do is to curl up under a blanket and dive into a good book. It’s been fun re-reading some of my old favorites as well as the classics. Scout is starting to get into some younger series like Hank the Cowdog and those usually make us belly laugh to tears. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, it’s a must!

I wanted to share just a few favorite chapter books of ours. Most we’ve already read but some are also on our list. We stated reading one chapter book out loud together this year and it’s been so fun and something I look forward to doing with the girls.

I plan to share a few “themed book” posts later this year but this is a good start to adding some greats you’ll want in your home library. We also have checked several of these out and returned too.

  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • The Boxcar Children Series
  • Hank the Cowdog Series
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Shiloh
  • Hatchet
  • Holes
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Little Women
  • Thimble Summer
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Strawberry Girl
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Just Dance
  • Coyote Sunrise
  • Heartland Series
  • Nancy Drew Series
  • A Year Down Yonder
  • Buffalo Gal

Bill Wallace is a Oklahoma Author and one of my absolute favorties from when I was a kid. Here’s a compilation of several I love and have shared with the girls.

  • Upchuck and the Rotten Willy
  • Watchdog and the Coyotes
  • A Dog Called Kitty
  • Beauty
  • Danger in the Quicksand Swamp
  • The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me
  • Snot Stew
  • Red Dog

You can find all of these books mentioned above on my storefront using this link here.

I saw this idea on a friend’s post and wanted to make one to share with those who read my blog too. Enjoy this fun, free reading printable to use for your kiddos so they can write down their reading lists!

Be sure to tag me if you end up using it! I’d love to see all of the books on them. Comment below with some of you and your kid’s favorite books.

Meat + Cheese Sliders

Meat + Cheese Sliders

Probably one of the easiest meals I make for the guys that always turns out great, is quick, and I am not spending a ton on ingredients. My meat and cheese sliders are scrumptious and what I love most is you can choose whatever meat and cheese you prefer! I usually make them different each time.

Be sure to check my instagram for a fun little step-by-step reel. This downloadable card is at the bottom.

Ingredients:

  • Meat of your choice (for these I used Cajun turkey and ham from the deli in our local grocery store)
  • Pepper jack cheese and provolone cheese also from the deli (you don’t have to use two – we just like them this way)
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 12 pack King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9 x 13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and garlic salt into a small mixing bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  4. Slice the rolls in half and set tops aside. Put the bottoms in prepared dish.
  5. Layer the meat and cheese to your liking. I do turkey/cheese/ham/cheese.
  6. Place the lids (tops) of the rolls onto the sandwiches.
  7. Brush the liquid mixture evenly all over the rolls.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted.
  9. Separate into individual sandwiches to serve.

I love this meal because I can pop my lid onto my dish or cover with foil to take directly to the field to eat as a family. Or, I can pack in an airtight bento box and throw in his lunchsack/cooler so he can eat them during the day.

I can make several pans at once and also make these ahead and freeze if I need something quick in a pinch!

I hope you like this twist to the classic sliders. Let me know if you make them and how they turn out for you! Please tag me @hayfieldmeals on instagram.

Happy cooking and hayin’!

Haykid Summer

Haykid Summer

Summer is for hay. When Dad is out in the field, we try to have some fun when we visit and take a meal. I love that the girls get to experience this life and see that every part of farming and ranching is important.

On this particular day, he just finished up with a job and started stacking the bales in rows for a client to pick up. The girls got to hop on the tractor with him and help him for a bit and LOVED it. They will be out there in no time.

Afterwards we let them run across the rows for awhile and it brought back a lot of memories of my cousins and I doing the same at that age. I mean, are you even a Farm/Ranch kid if you’ve never done that?

Long live summer and unplugged, rural childhoods.

4th of July 2021

4th of July 2021

4th of July being on a Sunday through off lots of festivities in our area to Monday but we had a great time with the girls. We ended up having a slow day after a great Church service then grilling and popping fireworks with friend’s. Our town had their stuff on the 5th and we got to watch Zack again in the Fire vs. PD annual softball game.

I took the girls to this fun mural that’s in a small town not far from us. I’ve always loved it and wanted to snap a few with their dogs in these fun tees.

I love this new company I found. The tees are so nice and I have linked them for you here.

So thankful to live in a free country. Hope you all had a wonderful independence day.

On to Week 2: Mental Toughness

On to Week 2: Mental Toughness

I have over a week under my belt since starting this “mental toughness” project. When I complete it in September I will share all that I’ve learned, progress, and exactly what I’ve been doing. But for now, I wanted to share a few tidbits on what I’ve come to realize in the last week.

  1. I waste a lot of time. The certain things I’ve HAD to get done to do this have made me learn to prioritize it better.
  2. I can do hard things.
  3. I was super addicted to sugar.
  4. Said sugar/caffeine gives me a lot of brain fog.
  5. I feel and sleep so much better when I work out.
  6. I’m not as mentally tough as I thought it was. This project takes discipline. I’m excited to see what is to come in the next 8 weeks.
  7. Wear the shorts and wear the tank tops. Life is to short to care about what other people think of your body. You do YOU. If you like it, rock it sister. (coming from someone who’s terrified to wear tank tops in front of others)
  8. It’s ok to treat yourself and eat things you love. But you need to find balance. I’m teaching myself healthy moderation.
  9. Some people won’t understand why you’re doing this. That’s ok. Show up for yourself and they will see why eventually.
  10. Quit putting what you can do or start today off until tomorrow. You might not have tomorrow OR you’ll wish you would have started when tomorrow turns into a year from now.

It’s amazing what you can do in a week. Those small changes and discipline lead to bigger things.

Stay tuned.

Rural Revival

Rural Revival

I had the opportunity to sit down with Danna Larson of Rural Revival in April and talk about Farm Girl’s new location, rebranding, Hayfield Meals, Home Design, and all of the things and projects going on within my Brand. I’ve loved listening to her show for years and it was an honor to share my story. All of the show note links and some extras can be found on my episode post here.

You can catch me on Episode 117 of Rural Revival on all podcast platforms and there’s also a little extra for RR listeners at the end.

I’m so thankful for this gal, her heart, and all that she does to support rural America and its revival.

Texas Longhorn Education | Part 1

Texas Longhorn Education | Part 1

Mulberry……as you know, I love my Longhorns. It’s not my family’s first choice of cattle or what the Rafter PS Ranch has the majority of. My herd is small, but growing. I hope one day to have several and need another piece of land to raise them all.

I love what they embody, their hardiness, and let’s face it, they are pretty cool to look at. The inspiration behind my store branding came from my first girl, Rose.

I’ve wanted to share a little education on my blog for some time about the breed, why I like them, and what I hope to gain from starting a registered herd from the ground up. So here’s post one of many and I will tag the source of my info below.

“The Texas Longhorn became the foundation of the American cattle industry by claiming first rights in the untamed, newly discovered Americas more than 500 years ago. In 1690, the first herd of cattle was driven north from Mexico to land that would eventually become Texas. By the Civil War, millions of Longhorns ranged between the mesquite-dotted sandy banks of the Rio Bravo to the sand beds of the Sabine. Most of the Longhorns were unbranded, survivors of Indian raids, scattered by stampedes and weather, escaped from missions or abandoned after ranch failures.

Less than 40 years later, the Longhorn was closer to extinction than the buffalo. In 1927, the Federal government stepped in to help preserve the Texas Longhorn and a great part of our American heritage. Congress assigned forest service rangers, Will C. Barnes and John H. Hatton, to the task and these two men put the first herd together for Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Gradually, more breeders started raising private stock, recognizing the value of Texas Longhorns.” – Texas Longhorn Breeders Association

Reflections on Mental Toughness + Grit

Reflections on Mental Toughness + Grit

Today was a hard one mentally. Pushing through things I don’t want to. Fighting through things that hurt. I struggle sometimes and this mental toughness project I’m doing makes you face things you push down. I have a highlight saved on my instagram with a little more in depth of what I’m talking about.

But as I was on our road finishing up, the very last paint brush we have was right in front of me and if you know me at all, you know how special these are to me, how they are all through my branding/what I do, who they remind me of, etc.

Not that it was, but it seemed as if it was saved for me today-like God was saying, here, I see you. I’ve got you. Keep on fighting, you can do this through me ONLY.

And that’s the point my friends. Our “toughness” and strength comes from Him-no where else.

I’m going to miss seeing these. They’ve always been my favorite. Some call them weeds, but I’ve always seen them as beautiful. They aren’t able to survive on their own. Their roots work themselves into other plants to gather their nutrients for a short time and then they are gone. They remind me of myself too, I can’t survive on my own. Like me, they are imperfect. But, it’s almost the end of their season. Sort of like this weak one I’m going through.

This is your reminder that your flaws and struggles are an opportunity to draw near to Him and gain a strength that only comes from our Heavenly Father.

Horse Camp

Horse Camp

The girls wrapped up horse camp today and had so much fun! Here are a few pictures that I borrowed from someone else. I love that they get to experience these things. They were able to do wagon rides and drive the mules!

They did crafts, went on trail rides, learned about horse anatomy, tack, and the girls got more comfortable with riding bareback.

I wish every kid has this opportunity. So glad they were able to spend a few days with friends doing what they love.

Long live summer.

Scout’s 6th Birthday Party

Scout’s 6th Birthday Party

We celebrated Scout on Sunday with a unicorn themed party in my parent’s backyard. If you know Scout, you know that Unicorns are life right now. We had pizza, sweets, and water inflatables! The kids had a ball and us parents did too.

There was also a unicorn appearance! Our friends brought their mini pony with them for rides. My friend Jenilee is always so creative and made him so cute for us.

It was a good day and we are blessed with the best family and friends who love our girls so much.

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