A day in the life of a country girl...

 Morning time.
My most favorite time to ride the trails.
We get up, put on the helmet, and glasses and gloves, and warm up the A.T.V's.
Hit the trails.
We live in a beautiful mountain valley, and the riding trails are mere minutes from home.
 Someone else is riding the trails today also.  A co-worker of my husband.
He has dogs and horses and he hunts mountain lions, and bear.

 Our little town is nestled in the valley of the mountains.
It's starting to green up.
A few more weeks, and all the scrub oak will green up as well.
 Back home from our ride... chores await us.
The garage needs work.
Old chippy paint needs to be scrapped off.
 Sanding done.
 Repairs made.
At one time, someone had cut a hole in the front of the garage.
My sweet hubby repaired it. 
A perfect backdrop for a new light.
 A galvanized barn light will be perfect.
Once the garage is repaired and painted, we will call our electrician to come and run new outlets and lights to the garage.
Looking forward to having a welcoming light on the garage.
 Just a few more repairs need to be made.
An old tree stump that grew up the W. side of the garage, and broke off some of the siding.
The tree is gone, the stump will be dug out, and repairs made to the siding.
 I took a few minutes to make up some burritos to stock the freezer with.
Beef, bean and cheese burritos, as well as breakfast burritos made with sausage , peppers, egg. and cheese.
Mixed up a batch of Double Chocolate Banana Bread also.
To die for.

1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1/3  C. vegetable oil
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2  Cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350*
Spray bottom of loaf pan with non-stick spray

Beat sugar, eggs and oil in large mixing bowl at medium speed until combined.
Beat in banana and vanilla at low speed.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate medium bowl; beat into banana mixture at low speed .... just until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool about 5 minutes or so. Remove from loaf pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm so grateful for ice. How nice it is to go to the refrigerator and get some crushed ice to use in an ice pack on sore muscles.
~I'm grateful for kind, generous friends that stop by for a chat and a few laughs.
~I'm grateful for having the ability to enjoy our morning rides.


  1. Absolutely gonna try that banana bread. My hubby loves banana bread...and chocolate! :)

    1. Hi Valerie!
      You are gonna LUV it!

      Naughty me.. I mixed up another batch (ok double batch) this morning, and it's in the oven right now :)

  2. What great way to start the day. Beautiful out there. I would like some of that double chocolate banana bread please. Going to have to make some of that. Have a great day.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  3. hi kerin
    you live really in a wonderful place.yummie.....banana bread .....choco and banana one of my favorite.thanks for the recipe!
    have a lovely day,
    hugs and love,regina

  4. Oh I have just stumbled across your blog, love it! You are living my dream!! I have always wanted to do what you are doing, renovate an old house in a small town on the main street. Oh I am so going to enjoy following your blog. For now I will live vicariously through you, while I live on Main St suburbia in my cookie cutter house. Love what you are doing, what a blessed life. Cheers Julia

  5. What a scenic place to ride each morning. You are making me so hungry with these burritos! And now.....chocolate banana bread....mmmmmm....I can smell it from here! You have a lovely place to call home and I hope you enjoy the afternoon.

  6. Kerin, it is so beautiful and peaceful where you love!!! My heart longs to be in the country!! Hopefully soon!! Thanks for the yummy recipe!!! xo Heather

  7. I love your "grateful" paragraph. It looks like you have been very are very industrious indeed. I think I can make the chocolate banana bread tonight. won't that be a surprise for my sweetie

  8. Beautiful photos, so Utah. Utah has a look of its own and I love it. You are one busy lady.

  9. Sounds like a beautiful day... inspiring ride... delicious food... and hope for a great old garage! Love that light choice! blessings ~ Tanna

  10. Kerin, your scenery is gorgeous. I'd love riding those trails with you too. Thanks for bringing me along via blogland cam.
    Hope you're getting those chores done, and I haven't finished mine today, but I promise to if you save me a piece of that double choc. banana bread. YUM. Maybe I'll try it out this weekend.
    Loved visiting.
    Much love,

  11. Sounds like a nice full day. The am trail ride sounds wonderful. I should try freezing some breakfast burritos. never gave it a thought. thanks for the idea!

  12. What an absolutely beautiful view! My daughter and her family will be moving to Wyoming soon and they have a view much like yours from the back door of their new home. Sure wish it wasn't so far away though :(

  13. farm work is satisfying but never done. chocolate and bananas I'm in yum.

  14. Wow! You do live in a gorgeous place! What views! I thought when you said you put your helmet on and were "ready to ride" I thought you meant horses! LOL! I used to have horses and rode every day but not now and I miss them so much. I was in another world when I rode.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and area. The horse facing the camera looks just like my first horse.


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