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  • Hi Friends!

    Thank you for stopping by my little home on the internet. My name is Marlece. I am a Jesus lovin' country girl. A wife. A momma of 4 boys. A cook. A hairstylist. And well... I wear many other hats depending on the time of day.

    You can read a bit more about me and my family on my "About Me" page.

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  • At My Table

    This is where my heart my table feeding people. Not only does cooking bring out the artsy in me again for I love to try new things, it also gives me pleasure to have many at my table. The Lord blessed me with a table that has been passed down from many generations and I know that many have sat at it before my time to fellowship together. I want to continue that heritage in my home. The Lord gave me the gifting of hospitality and I have a huge desire to please Him in this area. So enjoy a recipe or two when you go to "At my table"

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    My salon is a place that I can create. I love to see transformation and usually not just in a look, but the way someone might feel. It is a place where I get the privilege of having one on one with someone. I consider it my ministry. I always feel an incredible sense of blessing when someone chooses to sit in my chair and share a little of themselves while I get to use my artistic ability. I like to share some of my work and time spent when you go to "In my chair" at Tame Your Mane Hair Salon.

I’m panicking, summer is coming to a close!

Summer is here, school is just around the corner. I’m holding on to what is now and  the happenings of the summer. So a  recap here…..and then, I’ll work on succumbing to the fall being on it’s way ok? So, let me have my moment!

Jordan and I did the 5K color run together. Well, kind of together, he smoked me and left me behind about 20 ft. into the race, but we had a blast.





We did alot of swimming in the lake near by……



Navigating the little fishing boat, Jordan and Ruby!


Hangin’ and enjoying watching my boys jump from a rope swing into the water.


Some days called for just hangin’ with a friend and doing nothing.


Brayden and my endurance ride.


An invite to play on a boat with friends……


Christian and Brayden brothers in the best of friends sense.


Brayden, giving us some more of his action. This kid, he has had a great summer. He has gone from Down Hill mountain biking in Whistler, Canada to water skiing, to hiking a mountain with Christian. They hiked in and made camp, went to the top of the mountain to see a view that was breath taking the next morning and seeing mountain goats below. One adventure after another, this is what this kid LOVES!


My dear friend, she is one of the best, I love you Tami!


We had a garage sale, my first and my last, I hated it, I made not a dime, I can’t sell anything. I pretty much gave it all away, I’m sticking to the Boys Ranch or Good Will from now on!



And this is taken before the boys went on a dirt bike ride with dad in the forest! They had a blast!



Corv, he also got to do some pretty special things this summer. He took a trip on an airplane to go see my niece with her new baby and spend a week. They did all kinds of fun stuff. He also LOVES riding his bike right now. Quite the little hot dog!


Well, that is a pretty good recap. I’m saving a couple for another post, but you are getting the jist. It has been a hot fun filled summer. Thank you Lord!


trailing it with the boys!

We have gotten a few trips of riding some trails this summer. Brayden and I did a endurance ride together his first and and my LOVE before I had my babies. It is what I did way back when. I would just throw Kisha in the trailer and off we would go. So, when I got Brayden to go with me on my first endurance ride since babies, I felt giddy all day long. I haven’t laughed like that, or as much like that in a long time. It was so refreshing for me, it made me realize it was time to get back into the saddle again in the near future on this subject. I just LOVE it!

We didn’t get any pictures of it, we were too busy having fun I suppose.

But, we have trailed the horses into some beautiful country too. This is really so much just what makes me smile.

Jordan is just all smiles, he just loves it!


Brayden, my partner, we work so well together. He has patients with me when I have NONE!


This girl, she LOVES the water. She takes her paw and just hitting the water as hard and fast as she can so that it will splash upon her. She begs to go into the water the deeper the better. She gives us all a big fat laugh. It’s also funny because When, (who Jordan is on) doesn’t splash but likes the water too, so he will inch his way right next to her so that he may get all wet too! They are characters!

Look at her going at it with her hoof!




It was a good ride!


A sore bum, and a rest with the horsies!



My baby again, on the way home. Good day!



August 23, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Brandee Shafer - I would LOVE to do this with you.

fresh veggie salmon pasta

We went to Bona’s garden and took a salmon out of the freezer and oh my goodness! You know how there are times you just want to EAT but not bad stuff, fresh, I was having one of those days yesterday.



1 lemon

1 yellow zucchini chopped fairly thin

a bundle of  asparagus snipped and bottom

2 cups of  cherry tomatoes whole

2 cups of chopped mushrooms

1 large sweet onion chopped

couple of handfuls of fresh spinach

olive oil

garlic salt

1 small block of feta cheese crumbled

balsamic vinaigrette

package of fettuccine cooked

Cook the salmon laid out on a pan after you spray it with olive oil. Squeeze lemon juice from a lemon on top of the salmon and spread a little bit of butter on the top of salmon. Cook fully, 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so. (Ok, yes, I know you can see where Marlece was picking)


Take the zucchini, asparagus , tomatoes and place out on a cookie sheet, sprinkle garlic salt over the top and then drizzle olive oil on top of vegetables. Place in an oven on broil. Keep checking on them and moving them around on pan until they look roasted.


while the vegetables are roasting in a pan I take the onion and the mushrooms and place them on top of the stove with a bit of olive oil and cook until you see the onion become translucent. At end of cooking add 2 cloves of garlic chopped finely. Then add to roasted vegetables.


So then at the end, spray a 9X13 pan with olive oil,  place cooked fettuccine in pan, add vegetable mixer, then crumble salmon on top, then add fresh spinach over the top. Take a fork and mix it all around to kind of smoosh (that’s a word right?) all ingredients together. Sprinkle crumbled feta over top and place in the oven on bake at 350 degrees with foil over the top of the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

I drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette over the top and eat each bite like it’s my last. YUM`O!




August 22, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Brandee Shafer - Yum! I’m pinning this bad boy!

August 23, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Jenay - Yes please!!!! I would love some of THAT. :)

September 1, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Dangit, Marlece, you’re making me drool on my keyboard!
This looks SO yummy, I must try it. All those veggies… be still, my heart!

summer moves, summer celebrating MeMe

I’m feeling the pressure, as in, summer is almost on it’s way out and then the hustle and the bustle of fall begins.  First, I don’t want to forget the amazingness of it all. This last weekend we went to visit Jim at Newport, OR. An almost 5 hour drive from home. He left one beach home this summer now to another. I’ve asked the Lord, “what’s up with the beach and Jim, they seem to be in sync with one another these days? Living the ‘beach life’ while working for three plus years now. Oh we don’t complain, the Lord is providing and we are grateful.

So, the beginning of the summer he left Westport, WA and this is the home we got to spend time in. Him for work, us to play. (smile)


So, now in Newport, further away but we had a fun visit with him. The folks came down for a night too. It was Mom’s birthday so we spent one of the days celebrating HER!


We love our MeMe, hope she had a good day! I just thought of this. I think it is a gift that Mom was born in August. She LOVES the sun, summer, and this is when her day is as well. Those little blessings we count one by one.


Jim took the boys on their dirt bikes and rode up in the hills an evening, they had a great time.

I feel a little better knowing where he keeps taking himself these past few weeks. You know, now I can ‘see’ where he is sleeping, eating, working, and all those things you do on a daily basis.

It’s easy to just keep doing what we do here at home and forget that he has had to make another new little life for himself again else where. It’s adventure really, now we all feel a little more apart.






August 22, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Brandee Shafer - You all look COLD!

August 23, 2014 - 9:29 am

marlece - We are Brandee, the coast here always seems like it is so cold in the summer. We plan on going back in the fall. So when it is ugly at home it will be beautiful there. It’s crazy!

August 23, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Jenay - I’m so glad you did this. Fun times. I know mom loved it!

Adventure, that’s what boys are made of…..

You know, I sound exasperated so many times telling a story of ‘what my boys are up to next’, but I am telling you,  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Boys were made for adventure. I think this world puts our thumb down on our boys/men way too much and won’t allow them be what God designed them to be.

I read a book that so confirmed my thoughts on how I feel about boys called ‘Wild at Heart’ and just one of the quotes was, “There’s a boy who needs a lot of teaching, and there’s an old man who’s got a lot of wisdom. But the initiation doesn’t take place at a school desk, it takes place in the field, where simple lessons about the land and animals and seasons turn into larger lessons about life and self and God. Through each test comes a revelation”

Let’s let our boys explore and be adventurous so that they may grow into the man God created them to be.

I take delight in being apart of their adventurous spirits. So here are a couple of hikes we have done the past couple of weeks. We can’t stay away from these places, God’s beauty is just breath taking.





Look at our Ruby girl, does she look like she is having fun? Ears all wet an all!


Does this crack you  up? She held her breath and went under for a super long time. I thinks she was snorkeling without the snorkel because there was really nothing to go after she just wanted to see what was under the water.


Oh my gosh, is this the most handsomest picture of all?


Rhee, always apart. She is getting a ‘little’ more girlie in the way that when the boys are constantly hanging from a tree or going off the path she gives me the eye roll, many times I’m with her on that. Ha!


I love him!


Always in motion!


Jim is going to be jealous of this day. It was fun, wish he was there. He’s the one who taught me the beauty of these mountains, river, and so forth. I am also grateful I have a man who spends his time providing so that we may have days like these.



And sometimes a brother is in need more times than another. Corv was in trouble and Jor was there to get him out!


A little cooling off on a 20 plus foot rock into the lake.





Good times, good adventure!

(Big Creek trail, Staircase, and Lake Cushman)





August 9, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Jenay - B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. I’m so glad the boys have an adventurous mom to enjoy these thing with them.

August 9, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Rachel Mboob - I love it! I thought I recognized your locations! These were our summer spots last year. Now I need to go hit them up while I still have the chance (although last year Oliver kicked one of his shoes in at staircase). We’re starting to feel a bit better here. Miss you my friend.

August 10, 2014 - 10:36 am

Brandee Shafer - I need to get more in touch with this side of myself. Thankful that Cade has Scouts to fill in the gaps! You’re a GREAT mom!

August 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Dena Leigh - Gorgeous photographs! Colorful and adventurous. Picture at the bridge with all of them is a classic. Thanks for sharing these Marlece. Amazing that they jumped off that big rock, wow! Nature is so fantastic. I love the captions you wrote with the pictures too. Love you, xoxoDena

August 16, 2014 - 6:14 am

Alecia - Hey Marlece! I love coming over and scrolling through your pictures, they are beautiful, girl!!

You should start a side business in photography ;)

I agree boys should be boys and we shouldn’t hinder them. I’m letting mine play football this year, EEEK! Scary for Mama, fun for son!I wish I could just wrap him in bubble wrap :)