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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.

My oldest, love him, and exasperated all in the same breath!

Layton, I do love him. He makes me so proud and so exasperated all at the same time. I talk to people who have gone before me and they always shake their head, “Yipppppp,” and then they have a laugh behind it with a shake of the head in agreement.  And usually that is all they give me, again there is no manual to look at for the different stages we go thru with our kids from babies to big.

This summer,  describing life with Layton would be three words, “FIGHTING FOR INDEPENDENCE”, it seriously is going to kill me.

The thing is I GET IT! I do! In fact I would hate for him to be all about his Mommy and never be reaching out to learn things and be his own person. This is NORMAL, I get that! They warn, that in the boy teen years that  they will do is break away from Mom and go more towards what the father has to offer, don’t take offense to this, for it is NORMAL. At times it can really sting, but then you kind of just keep that to yourself because you are happy to see  the relationship between a father and a son grow. THEN, they graduate, and it’s awkward. That man child wants to break from everything and make his own decisions, his own life, his own money, his own way, his own, on and on we go……

It’s NORMAL and I don’t expect anything less. In fact, these past couple of years Layton has been on the front of my prayer radar because it seems like that the things that he has known in this home, the things that are  expected of him, and the things that have been instilled in him, making  Jesus  the center, his work ethic, his character, I could go on….. this is when it really shows if it went deep and STUCK!

Sure, we all mess up, and I always say to Jim that is no excuse for we always strive to have our kids do better than we ever  did.

Layton is doing so well, super proud of his accomplishments. His work ethic, his decision making, he really is doing what he should be doing. He l lives at home for the time being and I don’t think I’d have it any other way. I think it would be silly for him to be spending all his hard earned money on just making a living when he could be saving that money when living at home. BUT, that also brings up conflict around here because I still have a household to run and we all have responsibilities to keep it running smoothly. I’m not talking anything big, it’s the littlest of things, things that he learned when he was 4 years old.

Examples being, when you are done with your plate, scrape it, rinse it, put in the dishwasher, SIMPLE right? Or another one, “if you want your clothes washed place IN your hamper, not next to, IN, otherwise forget it, SIMPLE right? Or, “take your shoes off at the door, always and forever, SIMPLE right?  Wipe down the sink in the bathroom, SIMPLE right? Let me know where you are going when you leave the house and say good bye, not to control  him but it’s common courtesy. When you are out, let me know when you will be home, SIMPLE!!

Ok, but apparently it’s not and by me asking these things of him still, ever since he was just tiny all of the sudden have left his brain and he forgot all of this. I’ve become the nag from hell. I think I’m crazy, one minute I’m thanking the Lord for all that he has accomplished in him and happy with what he is doing and the next I SERIOUSLY WANT TO KILL HIM! I can blink my eyes and that is how fast I change my thought pattern of what I’m thinking about him.  He wants to be treated like a man of the house and for the most part is acting like one by providing for himself and living his life, and then there is the side that went infant on me again.

It’s weird, It’s just weird, that is all there is to it. That is the best way to explain it I suppose.

So, here he is……he has a love for the woods, he has a love for cutting down trees. He spent his whole summer learning a trade that he loves so much. He learned ALOT and worked so hard all the while on a waiting list to get into the lineman apprenticeship.

My folks, they see this in him and know that if my grandpa was still alive he’d be so proud of  his’ logging sense’, it must be in the genes for he loved it too.

layton logger



But then……he got the call, he now has put his saw down for the time being, and is an official apprentice for the lineman union. He is learning all kinds of new things again, enjoying a trade that is so suiting to who he is. I really do love watching the Lord guide him in what he is doing. I’m always checking, “did you discuss this with the Lord?” His answer, “Yes, Mom.” That is all I care about right there.


(of course,” please don’t exasperate me and PUT YOUR DISH IN THE DISHWASHER!”)

September 2, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Brandee Shafer - He is so handsome hanging so far from the ground, and you are so very brave. I’ll be praying for his safety.

September 3, 2014 - 8:46 am

Jenay - Love that boy!!!! Yep…they are a challenge. Sister, you know I can relate to it all. Love ya!!! I’m proud of all he is doing and I know you are too.

September 6, 2014 - 10:17 am

Dena Leigh Carter - Marlece! Thanks for your post, you really put your heart and feelings into this. Tis good to put it down, to write about it. I can imagine that experiencing your oldest “rustle” out of the nest is difficult. Your oldest is your first baby..that is significant. As you feel pangs, you also said, you have more baby birds in the nest that also need care. Be kind to yourself, you are doing great. You and Layton are learning to grow and change, you are learning new roles. The whole family is! Exciting really. I’ve been noticing my own flow-and-resistance to change and I tell myself to keep up, listen to Spirit, be gentle, do what needs to be done. Those are my mantras lately:) Love your writings, it is inspirational to witness your sharing. Thank you dear Sister! Love Dena

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!