Mindy Obenhaus
Big Changes
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Change is inevitable, or so they say. Yet, many times, we try to avoid change. We like the status quo, even if it’s not perfect, because change is usually accompanied by uncertainty and the unknown is always scary.

Well, recently my family made one really big change. Actually, it was the fulfillment of a dream. You see, since before my husband and I married, we’ve been coming to his family’s ranch in south-central Texas. It was our getaway. A respite from the craziness of life in the city. A place to relax and regroup.For years, decades even, we’ve dreamed of how nice it would be to live here. But there were jobs and the kids schooling to consider, so those dreams were set aside.

Until last month.My husband retired and our youngest child graduated from high school. We were free to act on our dream of leaving the suburbs to go rural. Though we definitely had our fair share of trepidation.

Still, we pressed on.Once the moving truck showed up, there was no turning back.Welcome to the camphouse. Have you ever tried to cram 2000 square feet worth of stuff into 900 square feet? Of course, the welcoming committee was here to greet us when we arrived.Not all of which were that inviting.We don’t have snakes like this one in the burbs.

Luckily, our oldest boy did not inherit his mother’s fear of snakes.But he’s not the only one having fun. The four-legged members of our family are having the time of their lives.However, all of that exploring can be very exhausting.I suppose it’s a small price to pay for another day in paradise.Oh, but this is not where the story ends. This is just the beginning of the Obi’s Big Move to the Country. You know that 900 square foot camphouse I mentioned? That’s only temporary. And we hadn’t even settled in before we were on to phase two.This house was built by my in-laws back in 1975. It was their dream house.

Now it’s time to make it ours.

Over the next few months, we’ll be turning this Mexican-style hacienda into the Texas ranch house of our dreams. And I’ll be chronically the transformation right here. So I hope you’ll grab a glass of ice tea, put your feet up and join us on this journey.

Until next time…


We Have a Winner!
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Congratulations to Marianne! She is the winner of an advance copy of Their Ranch Reunion.Thanks to everyone who entered!


Cover Reveal – Their Ranch Reunion
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Yes, it’s time for another cover reveal and though the book won’t be out until August, I’m already excited. Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, this is the first book in my Rocky Mountain Heroes series. The stories revolve around five brothers raised on a ranch just outside of Ouray, Colorado. So if you’ve read any of my other books and were wondering, yes, we are going back to Ouray.

In Their Ranch Reunion, single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love—and first heartbreak—Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade—and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move in to their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.

Andrew is the second born Stephens son, but readers will also get to meet Noah, Matt, Jude and Daniel along the way. Not to mention their widowed rancher father, Clint.

But enough about the inside of the book, you want to see the cover.

Ready?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. As a matter of fact, I’m so stoked that I think this calls for giveaway.

Here’s what you need to do. Leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook) and your name will go into a drawing for an advance copy of Their Ranch Reunion (sorry, U.S. mailing addresses only, please).

Drawing will take place Wednesday, April 19th.

Good luck!


A Gift for You – My Favorite Holiday Recipe
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Christmas is almost here. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped and cookies have been baked. I can hardly believe how this year has flown by.

This has been a busy writing year and I am happy to announce that Their Ranch Reunion, the first in my new series entitled Rocky Mountain Heroes will be out in August 2017, with the second yet-to-be-titled book releasing in December.

But as we approach this most blessed time of year, I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you the merriest of Christmases and give a you a very special gift. One of my all-time favorite holiday recipes that everyone around you can share in.

holiday-scentChristmas scent is so easy. Even if you rarely set foot in your kitchen, you can have your entire house smelling like the holidays.

Christmas scent consists of :

3 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks

3 bay leaves

1/4 cup whole cloves

half of a lemon

half of an orange

1 quart of water

Bring all ingredients to a boil; reduce heat and simmer as long as you like, adding more water as necessary. People will think you’ve been cooking up a storm. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


How Does Your Garden Grow?
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I’m not much of a gardener. My thumb is definitely not green. Yet every spring, I get the urge to plant something. I mean, who can resist all those pretty flowers at the garden center. Not to mention the promise of veggies planted with care.

Over time, though, I have learned my limits. Flowers in the front yard are relatively easy. The sprinkler waters them and a hefty layer of mulch tends to keep the weeds away. And while I’m enamored with annuals, I also plant a lot of perennials that will bloom at different times of the year.flower bed

In the backyard, we tend to stick to container gardening. My husband loves hibiscus.Hibiscus

But I like herbs. Especially basil. basil(Confession time. This is my second round of basil this year. The first round died over spring break because no one was home to water them. Silly me, expecting it to rain in March. 🙂 )

Most herbs are relatively easy to grow. That is, assuming you actually  remember to water them. I always plant basil because I like to cook with it and caprese salad is a summer favorite. I also use it to make pesto, which I can freeze and use any time of year.

Now it’s your turn. I want to hear about your garden. Are you gardener extraordinaire? Does the thought of working the earth and growing your own food thrill you to no end? Or are you convinced you have a black thumb and that any plant you touch will die?