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Today on The HK Bar

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Water dogs, cats, chickens, cows, horses...

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Feed dogs, cats, chickens, cows, horses....

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Get in the truck to go on an adventure.

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Of course Bo and Tucker must go. Its not an adventure without them!

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Go to a Christmas Parade....

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Eat too much candy and smile for selfies..

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Salute the flag!

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Wave to the carriage.

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Eat chicken nuggets outside on the patio....let the dogs do the dishes..

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Clean up duty.

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Then collapse in a tired, satisfied heap...

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And take a well deserved nap.

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Holiday Smells Inspired by Great Grandma; DIY

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When my Great Grandma passed away a few years ago I inherited all the spices in her cabinets. Many of them are several years old, and probably no good. But they serve a greater purpose. When I open my spice cabinet smells from my childhood pour out. They reach the depths of my memories. They make me smile….they make me remember a Great Grandma that I loved so very much and just for a moment I can close my eyes and I’m standing  in the warm kitchen of my Great Grandma as she baked the best bread ever, as just having her close made the whole world simple and right.

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Today I took out her whole cloves and cinnamon and put them in my Scentsy warmer.

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No real science to it, i just dumped them in the top and turned on the light. As they heated up,  the whole house filled with smells of Christmas…..and my Great Grandma.

From the HK Bar to the world may your home smell like Christmas! Mine sure does and I’m sending up a thanks to my beloved Great Grandma. ❤

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A Christmas Freak Review

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As you all know I’m one of those Christmas freaks, the ones that go absolutely mental over my favorite holiday and celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

I recently busted out the official box of Christmas socks to kick off the holiday season. Now on to more tradition! For the past two years I have been drinking this brand of peppermint tea.

This brand seems to have the best taste to me. It has the pepper mint flavor without the hugely overpowering mint taste that some of the others do. I am able to enjoy some dark chocolate with this tea without a warring of tastebuds.

I have also found that pepper mint tea settles my stomach! Who knew? I love natural solutions for ailments.

This product was purchased at our area Walmart for less than four dollars. It is nicely packaged and has individual tea bags. I use mine twice to get a little more life out of them.

So that’s my latest review! I’m going to spend the time after the girls are in bed to read my favorite Christmas stories and drink my peppermint tea! Oh I’m feeling festive!

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The Christmas Bob died for us (like Jesus)

When my oldest daughter Boo was three years old she cried after we took our Christmas tree down. She had named our tree Bob. We explained to her that Bob would be replanted by Daddy and we could use him again next year. So we fibbed to temporarily salvage her heart.

Last Christmas when Boo was four she excitedly welcomed Bob back into our home for the Christmas season. When Christmas was over, we took down the tree, and a cascade of tears followed with Bobs parting. But again we explained that Bob would be taken back out, replanted by daddy, and we could use him again next year.

This Christmas our Boo is five. Today we went out to cut our tree and Boo looked at me, laughed, and said

” Mom, I know this tree isn’t Bob. I know Bob died after Christmas last year, he died because we cut him down. He was a good tree for us, but he died so we could enjoy him for Gods birthday. Kind of like when Jesus died on that cross for us. They both gave us a gift, their lives.”

Wow! My little Boo has grown so wise. This is the year I will always remember Bob died for us, just like Jesus died for us on the cross.

From the HK Bar to the world, be merry, be blessed.

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Boo and Bob this year

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How I made Christmas gifts for all my friends and family with $30

This Christmas we are on a tight budget like millions of others. So when it came to gift ideas, I wanted to do something very cost effective, but also do something useful/wanted. There is nothing worse than giving a gift to someone knowing you spent hard earned money on it and not knowing if they will even like it.

So I decided to make coaster sets! I got this idea from my Mom. She is so crafty! Apparently that gene skipped me because I am not crafty AT ALL.

So you take a plain tile. They usually sell for about .10-.50 cents apiece. Thanks to my husband that is a jack of all and master of none, he had some in the barn. Score, I like already payed for!

Decide what you want to decorate with. We did our coaster sets with scrap book paper. You can also use pictures, regular paper with kids drawings etc. We purchased our paper on sale at Michaels for $10.00.

You will also need Modge podge. We decided to go with dishwasher safe, etc since they will be coasters and in contact with moisture. A medium sized bottle was $8.00, also purchased at Michaels. 
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Last but not least you will need cork for the bottom of the coaster. I bought mine in a roll for $7.00, also, you guessed it, from Michaels.

So you decorate the top of each tile, then you brush the modge podge over the top of it and seal decorations and top of coaster. I gave mine three coats. Then I cut the cork to fit the bottom of each coaster and applied with a hot glue gun.
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Bam! You have coasters! And a cheap present that someone will most likely use and like. And the best part of all….all for under $30.
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Capn Boo Trains the minis for the great Christmas tree hunt

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Boo and Grace

It is tradition on the HK Bar to cut a Christmas tree from our land. This year we hope to have our rookie two year olds haul it in under harness!

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Owl and I supervising


I can’t think of a better Christmas tradition than harvesting our own tree and having it pulled home by one of our minis. I am so excited I can barely stand myself!

Today is a beautiful 40°F so we worked with Grace and Rose on tolerating loud Christmas bells on their legs, and harnessing. We had a great time, and we are all learning a lot!

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Boo and Rose

Hopefully in a few short weeks Grace or Rose will be far enough in their training to haul the Christmas tree home! Until next time may you be blessed, and may you be merry this holiday season!