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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.

    While you're here, I hope you find something that inspires you to whip up a yummy recipe, try a new hairstyle, call up your sisters, or just hug your kids. I hope you will reach out and say "hello" too. I would love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter.

  • 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"

  • In My Chair

    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.

Blueberry Muffins

We just happen to have ‘you pick blueberries’ right across from the road this year. The boys have made a few trips over to pick blueberries. I have frozen most of them for winter eating but then I have made several batches of these yummy beautiful blueberry muffins.


Blueberry Muffins

7 Tbls butter

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

2 cups fresh blueberries (can use frozen if thawed and drained first.)

For the streusel topping:

3 Tbls cold butter

1/2 cup flour

3 Tbls granulated sugar

375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12 baking cups; set aside

For the muffins:

Melt the 7 Tbls butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Do not stir right away, but keep an eye on it. After it’s done crackling, it will turn a medium brown color and smell a little nutty. This means it’s done. Remove from the heat right away and transfer to a bowl to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, yolk, and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the brown butter.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk mixture all at once and stir gently. Carefully fold in the blueberries then  divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin pan.

Streusel topping:

Combine all three ingredients in a bowl and rub together with our fingers. Mix like this until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter in the cups. I then placed a little dash of crystallized sugar on the top (just for a little crunch)

Bake the muffins for the 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden and crisp and passes the toothpick test. Cool in the muffin pan for 15 minutes before removing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(These muffins freeze beautifully in a freezer bag)


hay season

This year hay season has come and gone. Normally the rule of thumb is to wait after the 4th of July because it rains right up until then. This year we were in the middle of June doing it! Crazy year, no rain.

Is this the sweetest?



Uncle Dave and Brayden hoisting to the top for Corvan to take over.


Finished, heading back to the barn.



Corv the stacker.


I pray that each bale lasts longer than usual beings we are having to feed much too early.

July 21, 2015 - 9:58 pm

Rachel - Beautiful photos, Marlece! We helped a family with haying this year and really enjoyed it! I’ll join you in that prayer, trusting Gods provision! Love you!

4th of July!

Fun day with the boys on the 4th. The boys and Jim went and got their usual, throwing money away, fireworks but decided against them beings it is so dry here. If you know me even a little it is rare, or maybe a never thing said out of my mouth, ‘we need rain’, at first I would catch myself thinking it and now it is just out loud. I have never seen it quite so dry here. It took Jordan a few days to get over it. He was always trying to get Jim to slip and say, “well, just a few,” but nope not happening, no can do!

So, we took the day and went to our favorite spot to just relax and hang out a little. It was a super hot day and it felt good to hang by the river.

My crawly bugs!




Just the girls!


It’s cold,yes,cold!





I got up and kissed this face.


Chillin’ in the shade!


Oops! Down he goes…..


Off we go….


All found walking sticks



I love this picture.


I love this face even more………




Can’t by pass the rock!


Happy 4th of July, free to be me!




From a daughters point of view

I spent the better part of the day on Father’s Day cooking a great meal for my man, the father of my children. He isn’t home much this summer, working out of town, asked if I wanted to go out, we don’t get to be home with him much this summer and he doesn’t get a home cooked meal at his own table so that is what we did. I also spent the rest of the day reading ‘A better Man’ by Rick Steber. It features a story of my dad. I read the rough draft a few months ago and now sat to read the real thing yesterday.

The book is raw truth. I have watched my dad go thru the process of having this book wrote for a few years now of being interviewed and I do believe the Lord used it as a healing tool in my dad’s life. Not only was dad coming to grips with the life that he has led but also forgiving himself because he knows that Jesus already has.

I remember when he told me that this process was beginning I asked dad what the goal was, what was his plan to accomplish by putting himself out there for all to read? His answer was to give God glory for all that He has done for him and to hopefully give hope to someone else who has been thru some of the garbage he has been thru. I asked him if Rick was the man God appointed to write the book and dad said,”I do believe so.  Rick may not know it yet but the Lord is in control on this one.” I would say that Rick allowed the Lord to take control and he listened to Him.

a better man

To write this book it took a man who was willing to humble himself and I look at dad today and would say he is a humble man. This is what the bible says about this subject and it is just so fitting.

1 Peter 5:6-11New Living Translation (NLT)

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[a] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.


Every single word of this is dad today. It just sums it right up.

The book portrays dad in a certain light that may not even look fitting to even be a father. As I have reflected back I really have never not respected or not felt love for  my dad. Dad is a natural communicator and even though he was gone much of the time I don’t think I ever felt like I was deprived of a fatherly influence upon my life. He has always been there. He managed, thru all of it, to stay in relationship, to give advice and talk me thru some things I have needed him for. A closeness with dad has been there.

Dad prays, I remember going to church with him when I was young, 12 years old, going to Sunday night service and he always had his hands raised and fully worshiping his Savior. Dad has always been able to drop a tear quite easily and now, his softened heart he’s a bag of mush much of the time.

No, I did not like his drinking, as a matter of fact, I loathed it, I think all of us girls did. Reading the book, it was a much bigger problem for him than it ever was for me. And my mom, I have grown a new respect and understanding of her life too. Where she may have looked weak to the outside world, she was a woman of strength and courage.

a better man and mom

I think the biggest thing about reading this book for me is that, I as a wife and mother now, realize our children see things in the light of ‘how am I doing’ and never take into consideration that the parents as in DAVE FRANKE and PEGGY FRANKE have their own stories to tell. They have led a life, had feeling, that I really was oblivious to, my needs were met and that is all I really was interested in when growing up in the Franke home. This, I will keep in mind while raising my own. The biggest thing is to raise them up knowing Jesus so that when they grow up and have their own lives to lead that they know that Jesus is the answer for all and everything.

The Lord, he protects, gives grace because after being raised in a home such as the one us girls were raised in we all love Jesus more than anything else. We live to serve Him. He is our all and all, our beginning and our end. I would say that not only is dad a sober man today he also is a man who raised four girls who love the Lord and that is an accomplishment to praise the Lord for as well.


Now, mom and dad are moving to new territory. Willing to let the Lord lead the way, on an adventure that He is making the calls on and it is quite exhilarating to be apart of and see how and where the Lord uses them for His glory.

The story continues……………..

to order the book and soon to be on Amazon.


June 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

Brandee Shafer - I want to read this! How do I order a copy?

June 22, 2015 - 7:59 am

marlece - Brandee, it will be on Amazon this week but if you go to this link you may order from there as well.

June 22, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Sherrie - Marlece, I haven’t started it yet but even before I get there I knew your mom is a woman of strength. Your dad has the gift of story telling and although someone else wrote the book he has the ability of painting pictures with words. I can’t wait to read it and know it will be tough in parts but victorious in others.

June 25, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Alecia Simersky - How awesome that your dad has written a book. I think we all forget our parents have a story of their own. We only see things from our limited perspective. I think it says a lot of your dad that though he struggled he still raised 4 godly women. That is a true testament of faith and the goodness of God.
I love redemption stories!!

July 10, 2015 - 10:53 pm

mountainmama - wow, what a great testimony!!! :)

Summer Stuff

This girl, is running a MARATHON right here. Austin is a power woman. Jim, the navigator of where to chase her next was followed by Jordan, me, Austin’s baby girl, her mom and sisters.  We took great delight in going to THE NEXT STOP! Capitol marathon, it was fun to be on the side lines cheering her on.


Austin’s cheer squad!


We also have baby chicks! Nothing like a baby is there?


Hydrangeas have gone nuts this year! We have had sun in June this year, whoot, whoot!


In love with my taco salad!


Look at my baby just taking a break from hard play. What do you think is going thru his mind? (I love my mom probably)


I love when they get to eat from an open field instead of a hay bale. They are happy about it this morning too.


Good, good times, the Lord is a good, good God, blessed, yes, blessed!