Hi Friends! Today I’m sharing with you how I made the gingerbread cake you saw in yesterdays Christmas Kitchen post! You guys this seriously is the best and easiest recipe to have for this holiday season! Because lets face it, we could all use a secret weapon in our back pockets for holiday entertaining. You know that fuss-free, guaranteed to be magical overtime recipe. YEP! Best part is, it’s a box mix. And I have no shame about that. I love making things from scratch, but sometimes mama just ain’t got time for that. And I need something I can grab quickly and know it will be delicious every time. So here is the easiest, most delicious gingerbread cake recipe you will every need. [Read more…]
You guys, it’s that time of year again. You know when the weather starts to cool off, and you begin to crave comfort food. Those warm dishes that settle in your belly just right. I love to bake all year round, but especially love baking in the fall. Today I’m teaming up with my favorite blogging friends to share some fall recipes with you to help get you in the mood! If you caught my title and thought it was a typo, well … I my dish is exactly what it says. I came up with this idea to combine my two favorite fall baking traditions. Apple Crisp + Apple Pie = Apple Prisp! It combines the best of both, a yummy buttery pie crust, and the sweet crumble that’s on top of a crisp. [Read more…]
Hello Friends! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!! We love to get together with family and friends and celebrate. Hosting is one of our favorite things to do, but if you have entertained before you know that sometimes coming up with all the food can be a bit daunting. Sometimes ideas or recipes come right to me, and other times I feel like I’m having a complete brain fart and don’t even know where to start. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite patriotic summer dessert recipes, that no matter what season you are in instantly makes it feel like summer. It’s a slight twist on a classic favorite and is a high demand in our house. I hope you enjoy! [Read more…]
I’m so excited to be back today with another installment of Farmhouse Holiday Decor Series. We have one more post in the series after this one, and I’m truly going to be sad to see this Farmhouse style holiday decor series come to an end. Well at least until next year that is. Today we are sharing our holiday recipes and I chose a family favorite dessert. I have to admit, when I was a kids I never understood what the big deal was about pecan pie. I liked pecans, but I just remember thinking as a kid that a pie that tastes like nuts should not be considered a dessert. Thankfully I’ve come to my senses as an adult, and have grown to love pecan pie, but even more so pecan pie bars. [Read more…]
I am so blown away by all the sweet comments I got about my Christmas tablescape I did with HomeGoods! Seriously, it has been so amazing going through and reading all of them. If you missed it you can see the tablescape HERE, and there is still time to enter to win the $100 HomeGoods gift card. Just in time for the holidays, so be sure to visit that post. On my tablescape I used mini bundt cakes to create a unique and individual place setting. So today I’m going to share with you how I created them, and seriously, this is the easiest thing in the world, but it’s the extra details we put into things that really make our guests feel appreciated. [Read more…]
The weather has been crisp. Waking up to temps in the low 60’s and drinking pumpkin spice coffee, definitely makes things feel like fall is in the air. With the change of seasons approaching, and holidays getting closer, I find myself wanting to hit the pause button on life. Well maybe not the pause button, but more like slow motion. I find myself just wanting to soak in every little possible detail and make the most out of every moment. Making sure nothing passes by that I haven’t soaked in, and fully appreciated before it passes me by. I find myself wanting to cling to every holiday tradition, and put an importance on them once again and not get lost in the “busy” we can so easily find ourselves trapped in. Saying no to busy and yes to having more meaningful time. I have a group of friends who I know feel the same way I do. So this fall and holiday season we are compiling all our decor and inspirational ideas, our family traditions, and love for a meaningful, simpler time called “Farmhouse Holiday Series” over the holiday season. Today we are kicking things off with, sharing some fall recipe’s with all of you, so be sure to stop by everyone on the tour. We love to entertain in the fall, so today I’m sharing my go-to fall cider cocktail recipe. It’s a favorite for sure, and the apple cider makes this fall recipe a staple. [Read more…]
We have been away on vacation and enjoying our time at the beach. We will resume with the farmhouse Friday tours next week, but for now enjoy this easy summer dessert that is a house favorite.
I think anytime I see the word “easy” in front of a recipe, I always go for that one first. I would consider myself a moderately experienced cook/baker. I’m not too afraid of tackling a new recipe or something unfamiliar. Most importantly I like trying new things. However let’s just be real here, mom to mom, when I’m cooking in the kitchen, there really isn’t a whole lot of time to get my Julia Child on, when it says easy, and I have maybe 20 minutes, you’ve got my attention.
Happy Friday friends!! Wait? WHAT? Is it really Friday already!! You know for a girl who can’t move around that much these days, this week sure did fly by! We’ve had a pretty exciting week, our new product line launching, and of course joining some of my friends on Monday to bring you our free fall printables! I’m so excited because the fun gets to continue next week! Monday we will be kicking things off with Kelly from Eclectically Vintage sharing our Fall Home Tour 2015, and on Tuesday starts the Art of Home! I’ve shared with you all about this amazing online class that I’ve joined up with 4 other amazing bloggers to share our hearts and homes with all of you, but just in case this is your first time here I will catch you up to speed. First you can check out this post, and this one, to read more of my heart for the course and what it’s all about, but when Jeanne shared her vision with me about this online course where women can come and be inspired and reconnect with their homemaking skills, my heart strings were pulled. I immediately felt like I was meant to be apart of this, there is so much more behind just having a pretty home, but really discovering why it is we nest, and desire a comfortable, relaxing environment for our friends and families. As women we love to nurture and take care of those around us, and I believe our homes can reflect that. I love discovering traditions that were handed down to me from my mother and my grandmother. I have so many wonderful memories of being in my grandmothers kitchen while she baked, and playing with this tiny antique iron that her mother gave her. [Read more…]
Today I’m popping in to share something that is so near and dear to my heart! If you caught my post yesterday re-capping my first Haven experience, than you know I am all about making connections! I think in order to thrive in our situations and giftings it is vital to surround ourselves with like minded people that will encourage and inspire us forward. You might be thinking to yourself there really isn’t anything special that I bring forward or add to the mix. But you’re wrong! We each have our own unique flavor and voice to add. Our own special creative talents to share with those around us. You may be gifted in the heart of hospitality and no detail goes unnoticed in your special way of making others feel welcome and invited. Maybe you have the gift of administration and come alive in organizing and planning, and making sure everything is in order. Maybe your gift is a little hard to see at the moment, and that’s ok too. I think when we surround ourselves with things that inspire us, our talents and gifts start to unfold right before our eyes. Sometimes though in this crazy chaotic world we live in where everyone demands everything be done “yesterday”, where overnight delivery is the norm, and we fall short of peoples expectations, you get lost in all the noise. [Read more…]
While I prepare to have Easter at my own home, I thought I would share a few of my tips with you that I’ve learned along the way of entertaining. I mean I know to some it’s not that big of a deal, and to some the task of hosting can be quite daunting. So here are a few things I do to prepare for entertaining in our home. [Read more…]
Make homemade bread from scratch. (Thanks to this fabulous/easy recipe). Make a successful pie crust from scratch.
- Give more generously.
- Make a scrappy quilt.
- Home school my children.
Make my own piece of furniture. (i.e. Jesse)
- Be purposeful in God’s calling on my life.
- To not have a “PILE” of “DRAWER” full of stuff = be more organized.
- Play the piano.
- Instill the awe and love of God to my kids.
- Bless a total stranger.
- Use our savings account for more than just “keep the change” (start this year).
- Repurpose something old.
Run a 5k.
- Be done having babies.
- Have a fully functional desk space.
- Go on another honeymoon – just me and the hubby.
- See the west coast (I was born in California).
- Be in shape.
Own a home. Own my dream car.
- Take a pilate’s reformer class.
- Have new living room furniture.
- Coordinate more women’s events/ministries.
Experience God in a new way.
- Have a green thumb. (flowers)
- Also, have a thriving produce garden. (veggies)
- Have a successful blog.
- Spend a week at the lake with my kids and my husband.
- Help people love the space they live in.
- Take bolder chances in decorating.
- Know the Word.
- Go on a girls vacation with just my mom and my sisters.
- Go to New York (again), but see central park, Serendipity, and the Plaza Hotel.
So as you can see, only three of these lovely items are crossed off