“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
― Steve Jobs

Mississippi Pot Roast~

Another awesome recipe from Pinterest!

Made/Tried/Reviewed by The Late Night Momma’s family.

This is by far my favorite recipe I have ever tried.  It is the easiest pot roast and it always comes out so juicy with lots of flavor.

My family loves it! I love it and I know you will love it!

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The pictures are my roast I made and a snippet of the recipe.  For the full description of the recipe follow the link below.  Enjoy!

Mississippi Pot Roast

My Only Child, My Only Son~

This weekend I had a moment where you get a glimpse of a time that once was.  The moment you see your child growing up and becoming more independent.   The moment when things in your life pass you by so quickly and aging becomes more surreal.  I am truly blessed to be my son’s parent.  I feel like the luckiest mom in the world!  I have spent more than 13 years of my life trying to have a big family of my own.  Years of infertility treatments, years of waiting for a child to adopt,  and years of praying to become a mother.  My husband and I have experienced failed treatments, failed adoptions, and failed dreams.  After seven years of waiting God answered our prayers with our beautiful son.  He is the light of my world, I give my all for him, and he is my only child and my only son that I have the most indescribable love for.

When he was a baby I cherished every feeding, rocking, changing, playing, any little moment with him.  I never took these moments for granted.  I was given potentially only one opportunity to have a child.  So far that has remained true.  Yes, I have loved and cared on other babies and children in foster care, but we only were blessed with one child.  I am approaching 39 fast and as they say the clock keeps ticking.  We have been waiting over two years trying to adopt a second child.  More failed dreams of our son having a sibling and for us to expand our family.    The time is not up, yet.  However, it is getting very close and I am glad that I took in all those moments of rocking my son to sleep.  The first time he talked, the first time he walked, the adventures of having a toddler, and the many bedtime readings, cuddling, and laughing.  He is now seven going on 13.  We still have the bedtime readings, laughing, cuddling, and fun adventures together, but my baby boy is growing up.  This weekend we went fishing and he scratched up his leg running into some thorn bushes he didn’t see.  I told him I wanted to wash his boo boos….he was like “Awe, mom your embarrassing me!”  I am, how I thought?  There was some other kids around fishing that were in ear shot of us.  He whispered “Don’t call them boo boos, mom…they are scratches.”  That is when I realized he wanted me to stop babying him, especially in front of potential new friends.  That was the moment that I realized I was in a new realm of raising my son.  The baby and toddler years are gone and the little young man was growing up.  Which I knew those had been slipping awaying as each of his birthdays passed. No matter how old he gets or how many times he says “Oh mom, your embarrassing me” I will continue to cuddle, love, worry, nurture, and think of him as my baby.  He will always be my baby no matter how old he gets. So there will be times that I just sit in awe watching him and I disconnect from social media because I am busy enjoying my son, my husband, simply enjoying my life.  Motherhood is the best thing that has ever-blessed my life.  I don’t take it for granted…I cherish it everyday.  Thank you God for my only son~

Moses Summertime

This has been my song to my son.

Leonard Skynard’s

“Simple Man”

Mama told me when I was young
“Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day”

“Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman and you’ll find love
And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can”

“Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can”

Oh yes, I will

“Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can”

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

 

These Boots Were Made For Walking~

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Over the holiday weekend my Dad’s wife Lou Ann treated us to a special day in the country at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile, Deli, Bakery, Restaurant, and the Drummond Lodge.  My sister in law was in town from Tennessee with her kids and my niece was on summer break from college NDSU out of North Dakota.  It made sense for all of us to have a fun road trip to see where the magic happens of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

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According to Wikipedia, “Ree Drummond is an award-winning American Blogger, No. 1 New York Bestselling Author, food writer, photographer, TV personality who lives on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.”

Here is a link to her amazing blog~!

The Pioneer Woman

May 29th, 2017

It was such a beautiful day in Oklahoma to drive through the winding and curvy roads to Pawhuska, Oklahoma from Tulsa.  The whole family caravan up there and it was such a fun day with lots of yummy foods, treats, views, and shopping.

We first started at The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile for a little shopping fun before the crowds got super busy.

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Ree loves Buttah!!

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The “Merc” had some great unique and fun items! I decided on a shirt, some of the Pioneer Woman’s Coffee, and a souvenir of a fridge magnet.  Now in my family and just like The Drummond family, we love basset hounds!  There was lots of cute basset hound stuff everywhere.  There was a basset hound statute that my Dad wants so much!  It is just lovely~

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We shopped and shopped some more. Than we headed upstairs to grab a sweet treat at the Bakery.  I just loved the atmosphere and decor of the bakery!

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There was a lovely lounging area where you can enjoy the incredible coffee and pastry treats.  We hung upstairs for awhile and enjoyed the views and treats. There are some buildings across from The Mercantile that are being renovated.  The Pioneer Woman has really put Pawhuska, Oklahoma on the map.

Once our table was ready in the restaurant we headed down to enjoy a delicious lunch.

The lunch was wonderful! We ordered some delicious nachos that were to die for.  The tea was sweet and neat how it was served.  The mason jar was huge! My sister-in-law and I ordered “The Marlboro Man sandwich.”  If you like meat then that is the sandwich to try.  We all needed to go boxes because there was a lot of food.  The portion sizes were huge.  The staff was wonderful! All in all it was a great restaurant experience!

We then received our ticket and our instructions on how to get to “The Lodge” at the Drummond Ranch, where Ree Drummond films her food show.

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Some of these photos are just wonderful taken by my sister-in-law Amber, at the Drummond Ranch.

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My sister-in-law entering “The Lodge.”

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This is where the magic happens~

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Here I am “The Late Night Momma” baking up a storm at Ree Drummond’s ranch~!

My nephews and son enjoyed playing  checkers in the living area of the ranch.

Towards the back of the lodge is another full size kitchen with an awesome view.  The pantry had tons of Ree Drummond signature dishes.  In this kitchen is where they cook several dishes and perfect them for the show.

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Ree Drummond’s dressing room had all her makeup and wardrobes hanging around.  On her desk/dressing area there sat a rock of her beloved dog Charlie whom passed away this year.

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I would have to say that I just loved getting to see “The Lodge” it had breathtaking views, an amazing kitchen, beautiful decor, and it resonated serenity.

The road trip ended at The Lodge and we headed back home talking about all the wonderful things we saw and experienced.

I would highly recommend taking a road trip out to The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile, Deli, and Bakery.  If you have the opportunity to see the Drummond Lodge it is by far worth getting your car all dirty from the rock dirt roads.  My favorite was “The Lodge” and running into Ree’s husband Ladd.  That’s right we got to meet “The Marlboro Man” himself.  He was a very nice and my sister-in-law and I took this great photo with him.

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I love to blog like the Pioneer Woman and I taught myself photography, I love to cook, and bake as well.  At one time I was a city girl who moved to the country.  It was such a humble experience for me to live on an acre of land where as far as the eye could see was open land and skies. When I moved to the middle of no where I started a small business called “Mo Pies.”   I baked my signature pies in a jar and delivered them to homes and businesses.  It was very popular in the middle of no where.  I still make pies and keep trying to build more customers.  Baking is so relaxing to me.  So in a lot of ways I can relate to Ree Drummond…however, I don’t have my own books or TV show…,but a girl can dream, right?!

Here is a link to my Facebook page of “Mo Pies”

Mo Pies

 

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Mom Needs Some Coffee~

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I got this awesome mug last night from my mother for Mother’s Day!  I love coffee and this mug is perfect.  Speaking of Late Nights…., I won free tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill last night.  I was trying to win these tickets because I wanted to take my mother to the show.  Lucky us we got to see such a great show.  I am not a huge country fan nor have I heard too many songs of either artists, but I will say they put on a really good show.  I surprised myself as well because I actually knew more songs than I thought.  Now when you get free tickets they don’t tell you where you are going to sit.  I was excited thinking we would have box seats or something cool like that….no, we were in the nosebleed and it was a huge accomplishment for me to walk up and down all those stairs with my healing ankle.  On the plus side we moved after the show started and could see better and my mom just sang and sang her little heart out.  She had such a great time…we had such a great time.

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On another note…..

Here is a little update to the Rooster Egg Hunt.

Someone else found the egg ….I worked really hard looking for that darn thing.  If you ever broken your leg, ankle, or had any kind of serious medical thing happen.  Then you know that me finding that egg which was worth $1,000 really would have helped paying off some of those medical bills.  It wasn’t meant to be, but my family and I had a lot of fun looking.

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Here is a link on more about the Egg and the clues.

Rooster Days

 

The Year of the Rooster~

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My town is having their annual Rooster Days Festival and most importantly their Rooster Day Egg Hunt.  This hunt is such a fun family event.  The Broken Arrow Chamber assigns one person they call the “Egg Master” to hide an egg somewhere in the City of Broken Arrow.  Each day they provide clues as to where to find the egg.  They give 10 clues.  In years past the egg was found on the 3rd or 4th clue.  Can you believe this year today is day seven of the clue?!  This Egg Master is running us all over town on a wild “Rooster” chase!  Did I mention the prize is $1,000 CASH?!  Yes, so you have people driving around and eye balling each other like I am going to find the egg first.  People scouring fields, walking the streets of Broken Arrow, driving in circles, and using a lot of gas on this years clues.  I am pretty familiar with Broken Arrow and I feel like I have been hot on this egg’s trail…,but no egg.  As some of you know I broke my ankle about 90 days ago and I started walking again about 4 weeks ago.  I still have a lot of recovering to do.  However, I have been pushing through walking a bunch of steps looking for this silly egg.  Today my ankle is hurting bad so my egg hunt has been put on hold.

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So the clues are leading you to the egg using landmarks and street names…however, each time you look in the area the clue leads you, no egg.  I am telling you we have searched high and low and all over the city for this egg.  It is like a needle in a haystack.

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These are eggs in the past.  They have an artist paint the eggs for the theme that the Rooster Day Festival is doing.  The theme this year is “Year of the Rooster.”

*The clue tells you where to start saying : 

Egg Hunt Clue #1

The “Year of the Rooster,” the Chinese Say.

In Broken Arrow, it’s Rooster Days.

Follow the trail and you can win.

Let’s make this Egg Hunt Great Again!

Egg Hunt Clue #2

Which way to go, which way to turn?

All of this, you must learn.

The first to know is where to start.

Go to the place and then depart.

*I figured out the place to start….that is where you depart. Then it leads you on this long drawn out egg hunt.

Egg Hunt Clue #3:

Now make a turn in one direction.

Which way is right is your election.

Two more turns and you’re on your way.

Fill your tank so the course you’ll stay.

Egg Hunt Clue #4

The Rhoades to travel are not straight.

But they will make this Egg Hunt Great.

If you’re lost go back to start.

Egg Hunt Clue #5

At the Lane you should have turned.

Which way to go you should have learned.

At Mike or Andy turn again.

There’s no Alternative but to win.

*Now Clue 5& 6 you really have to know your way around Broken Arrow to get it.

Egg Hunt Clue #6 

In the right direction you’ll see the Bell. 

If you know the way you shouldn’t tell.

Pass No.4 it’s on your right.

It’s really hard to see at night.

Egg Hunt Clue #7 

Go through the light, make sure it’s green.

It’s easy now what these clues mean.

Another mile you must go.

Which way to turn, you must know.

*I understand all the clues, but it just points you in the general direction to go. Then a million people search the area and nothing…however I think this last clue is really close to the egg.

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Is this the egg?! No, it is literally a goose egg.

How about here?

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No that is not the way.

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Is this the egg?! No a leftover Easter Egg.

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Maybe it is over here….

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Well we came across a deer one day hunting the egg…No Egg

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We searched this whole field…We are so tired of searching…where is this egg?!

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Here is a Rooster!

No egg in sight…

We have worked so hard looking for this egg…hopefully it is found soon so I can move on with my life, LOL!

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Until we meet again…hopefully I found that egg!~LATE NIGHT MOMMA

Here is a link to the site about information on the Rooster Day Egg Hunt~

Rooster Days

Happy Trees~

I never thought my ankle could grow to the size of a tree trunk…, but it did. I did a tremendous amount of walking over the weekend. My son had an Easter Egg hunt and that required me to walk a football field to the egg hunt and back to the car. I guess now I am regretting returning the knee scooter. The same day my sister was running her first 5K. So I hobbled down to the finish line and held up my sign supporting her because I was very proud. I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon elevating and icing my ankle. I believe I pushed myself a little too much and that created pretty big amount of swelling.

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He looks so happy!

The rest of my weekend seemed pretty spent because of all the swelling and I called my doctor’s office Monday to make sure everything was normal. The doctor’s nurse said yes there will be lots and lots of swelling, but it will get better.

Tuesday I had physical therapy and afterwards I felt great. The swelling was down and I was able to do a lot of activities that day.

In our backyard we have a row of crepe myrtle trees. Since my broken ankle I have been staring at these trees. I have been bothered by them because they needed pruning and I haven’t been able to do much yard work. Which really has been killing me because I have been wanting to garden.

I did it yesterday! I pruned the heck out of that Crepe Myrtle and I have never been so satisfied. I was able to balance and stand long enough without too much pain. I felt a bit of normalcy to my life come back. Now every time I look out the windows I see Happy Trees and progress on this healing journey.

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