Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hello


Well........ this week hasn't gone as planned! Life has had me by the horns instead of the other way around. Ever been there? So anywho, seems I'm a bit off my regular blogging schedule, but I did want to pop in and say hi, and hopefully, fingers and toes crossed, I'll be back posting as usual next week. Until then, y'all have a fabulous fall-y weekend!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thoughts On A Thursday


I'm not sure why, but lately I've caught myself doing an awful lot of reflecting. I'm very aware of the new sounds brought on by the fall season. The rustling of the leaves as a gentle breeze blows through the trees, a screech owl's evening call in our front maple tree, the sound of the acorns plummeting to the ground like little missiles. My awareness has increased. I'm more in the now.

I like to think that this is evidence of continuing to grow in a lifestyle of living simply. This entire year, actually beginning last Christmas season, my life has slowed and I've focused intently on a simpler lifestyle, learning to find beauty in every moment.


We can miss so much in our hurried lifestyles. Are you overly busied each day, always looking forward to what tomorrow holds? Maybe it's time to intentionally slow it all down. Take a moment to smell those proverbial roses. You'll be glad you did, just sayin'. 

Y'all be sure and pop back in tomorrow for a some Fall Inspiration, yep, it's that time of year again, it's a little Fall Home Tour!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Be Still And Know.......




I love that little verse from the bible. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God....". I need that, this time of year especially. I NEED to be commanded by God to "be still". Already, EVERYWHERE is filled with Christmas. Don't get me wrong y'all, I love me some Christmas, but living simply and intentionally every day and in every season, requires that we s-l-o-w  life down. 



This is November, and if we're not careful, it can be just a blur in the race of running toward Christmas. November is the most awesome month of the year if you just allow it the time to be so. It's an entire month devoted to THANKFULNESS. I don't think it's a coincidence that society tries to rush us through this thankful season and shove us right dab smack in the middle of a highly commercialized Christmas. 



So, what does all this mean for this little blog? Well, you won't see tons of Christmas being pushed at you, you won't be bombarded with pictures of this little house all decorated for Christmas until the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving. You're welcome! You will see some crafts I'm working on in preparation for the Christmas season, and a big post soon on understanding and celebrating Christmas using a Jesse Tree, and lots of my regular ramblings! This November, I invite you to s-l-o-w it all down with me. "Be still and know" with me. Live simply and with intention each day of November! Bathe in thankfulness this WHOLE month and walk into December with a full heart. 

Be still. 


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Woodland Themed Boy's Room

And moving right along, we've been changing things up a little in Matt's room. A couple of weeks ago, our 'Land of Nod' catalog came in the mail and Matthew and I both LOVED their woodland themed boy's room and I quickly went to work finding free and super thrifty things I could do in his room to give it a woodsy feel on the cheap! Does our room look just like the one in the 'Land of Nod' catalog, heck no, but their picture gave us lots of inspiration ideas that we could turn into our very own woodland room. Here's what we came up with:




1. Make your own faux sheepskin rug! Tutorial for that coming this Friday on the blog! {$20 for a 4x6 size rug}
2. Buy some plaid flannel to make a throw pillow for the bed {$3}




3. Make pine cone garlands out of pine cones found on our nature walks {free}



4. Bring in a quilt from another room to layer on his bed {free}
5. Cut some evergreen branches and put in a pot for a woodsy feel {free}



6. Bring in a large log to use as a bedside table {free}

7. Have kids make some art for the walls {free}





Grand Total:
$23

And the best part, besides the dirt cheap cost, momma and boy, both happy! This DIY rug is so cool because it can be thrown right in the wash when needed. Love that! Remember to come back Friday for the easy tutorial on making your own throw rug out of any kind of fur! 


Decorating should be FUN! Even if you're working with a humble budget, you can still fancy up your home! Don't ever let limited funds stop you from making your house your own!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thankful Rock...... Say What?

So this happened.....




We found this book at Michael's and since we have like ALL Mercer Mayer's "Little Critter" books and have LOVED reading them ever since our oldest was teeny-tiny, we just had to grab this new one. Fast forward to about a week later, I finally got around to reading it to our kids, and it made me sooooo happy! What a fabulous book and perfect for this season. Yes, I am getting a little too excited over a kiddie book, but it's just that great. You have to find this simple little book that speaks volumes on thankfulness!

And then this happened...........

We headed down to the creek and each collected our favorite stone and then....... we did this...........



When you read the book, you'll understand the rock thing. These are our thankful rocks, and that's all I'm going to say about that because you just have to read the book for yourself.... really, you just have to  read the book! Promise me you'll read this book to your kids, big and little, and remind yourselves of how important it is to be grateful each and every day!






It'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! And we all need some warm and fuzzy right?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sumptuous Cheese Tortellini Soup


This soup is truly sumptuous! Fall signals soup and stew weather at our house. This has been a chilly, rainy week and soup is the perfect dreary day meal. I look forward to soup weather because I love one pot meals, don't you? Easy to make, easy to clean! We ALL love easy, right?? This soup takes almost no time at all to prepare, which I REALLY love! I first saw this recipe a while back on one of my favorite blogs "Life In Grace". Follow this link over to Edie's blog for her original recipe post. I've followed her blog for years and if you don't regularly read her posts, get on over there and start reading y'all! She seriously knows her way around a kitchen which is why I regularly steal borrow her recipes.




Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Lg. Onion Chopped
2 Carrots Chopped
3 Celery Stalks Chopped
3 Cloves Of Garlic Diced
2 1/2 Boxes Chicken Stock {10 Cups}
1 Bag Fresh Spinach
1 Lg. Bag Or 2 Small Bags Of Fresh Cheese Tortellini {sold in dairy section} 
1 28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Tbsp. Honey














  • Saute the onions, celery and carrots in olive oil for 5-7 min or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the diced garlic and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, tortellini, tomatoes, spinach, vinegar and honey.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is tender.

  • Serve with warm Italian bread and top with fresh grated Parmesan  if desired! Enjoy!




    Try this fabulous recipe this weekend or 'pin it' for another day! You can thank me later! 


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    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Another Fall Porch..... I Promise I'm Done Now!



    Our garage porch gets LOTS of traffic. It's the most used porch on our house. We're just not front door kind of people and neither are our friends. Back door friends are the absolute best friends anyway, right? A few months back I did a post about the potting bench that calls this porch home {if you missed that post, you can find it here}. 
    I still just love this little potting bench, but it needed some simple FALL-ifying. So, I moved some things around, and rummaged through some boxes in the basement, and now I'm in love all over again.




    This little spot makes me smile every time I pull into the garage. And for some reason, I really haven't done much of anything inside the house to welcome fall, but I've really enjoyed re-doing our porches. Decorating for the seasons doesn't have to put you in the poor house. Shop around your house and your yard first and then decide if you really need to purchase an item. Often, you have something already, that when moved to a different spot, suddenly seems bright and new again. This is one of my best tricks for decorating on a budget and I use this little trick all the time. This has allowed me to enjoy decorating while spending very little for many years {it also keeps my hubby very happy}. 

    I'm so glad you could join me today. Thanks for visiting! And remember, I love to hear from y'all, so chat it up in the comments below!


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    Friday, October 10, 2014

    I'm At "Blissful And Domestic'" Today

    Good morning and happy Friday y'all! This is a really special day for me because I'm doing a guest post over at "Blissful And Domestic". I've had so much fun re-doing our front porch for fall and I'll be sharing all the details over on Danielle's blog, so follow this link to read more....{Blissful And Domestic}



    And in other news..... some more cutie items in the shop! I've added these cheerful little oilcloth flags to my Etsy shop. They're great for adding a little bit of fun to your party or even just spicing up your everyday. They really dressed up my little old colander filled with pine-cones in my dining area. I love bringing the outside in for fall and winter decorating and these little flags added just the perfect little whimsical touch. I just adore whimsy! Also, working on some seasonal banners for the shop right now, so stay tuned!




    Have a beautiful weekend in your little neck of the woods y'all! See you right back here Monday morning!


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    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    An Afternoon Walk




    Today, we took some time to "stop and smell the roses". Did we have the time? Was the whole day empty of obligations? No, it wasn't, and sometimes I forget to make the time for what's most important, but today, we  took the time to freeze everything and get out and bathe in God's fall landscape. So many plants and animals are preparing for a big sleep. Some blossoms are just beginning their big show while others have gone to seed. The temperatures are pleasing and things are just quieter somehow.





    I start to feel it too...... the desire to stock up and make sure that my family is ready for the winter season. Have you felt that yet? The washing of the blankets and quilts has begun in earnest, wood is being chopped and stacked, and the pantry is filled with all the necessaries to prepare hearty soups and stews. 

    We love our adventures in the outdoors. The children, without fail, always find something new or interesting, even on our old beaten paths. Today, they marveled at the bark of the River Birch tree and how it looks and feels so much like an old fashioned paper. 



    And I found so much beauty in the flower buds that wait all the season for fall to arrive and then rush to bloom before the first frost. 



    Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of this season. It's such a fast and fleeting season, so be sure not to procrastinate too long- you may miss it!

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    Monday, October 6, 2014

    A Wee Little Fall



    Sometimes it's o.k. to do just a little. Sometimes simple is perfect. Sometimes a little is a lot. This weekend, I brought some of the outside in, and called it a day. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my adventurous mantel, so I added some fall to what was already there.





    Nothing too showy, but with a "less is more" flare. It just feels right to me at this moment in my life. Simplicity is freeing. I don't always want "over the top". Do you ever feel like a little is exactly the right amount? Like just a pinch is plenty? 




    That's how I'm feeling right now, and when it was all said and done, I was smiling. That's how I knew that a little was just what I needed. Are you fussing over fall? Remember to ENJOY the season and let a little be enough. Thanks for stopping by today and have a beauty-filled week!


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    Friday, October 3, 2014

    A Little Yummy Inspiration



    First, I just want you to know how really happy I am that you are here today! I know that there are bazillions of blogs out there, and you chose to stop by here! Wow, y'all just make my heart swell! If I could serve you one of these muffins with some coffee right now, I so would! That's how happy y'all make me! AND, Happy October! It's really fall now, right? I'm thinking that it's time to bring out ALL the pumpkin recipes and just dive right on in!! Fall means pumpkins and caramel and all foods warm and comfy. In the pumpkin spirit, I wanted to share a really easy muffin recipe that I dressed up with a little dollop of cream cheese icing and pecans. Oh my, they were delicious! They are fancy enough to serve for company, yes indeed!



    Ingredients


    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin
    • large eggs
    • 1/2 cup butter {melted}
    • 1/2 cup water or orange juice
    • For cream cheese topping:
    • 1 pkg. cream cheese
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    Directions for muffins:
    PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line or grease 24 muffin cups.

    COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.

    BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

    Directions for cream cheese topping:
    Add softened cream cheese to mixer along with powdered sugar and mix on medium till well incorporated. Add vanilla and combine. Place on top of completely cooled muffins and sprinkle with pecans.



    This recipe makes 24 large muffins. Garnish with a dollop of cream cheese icing and sprinkle with pecans. Enjoy! I just can't believe that it's the weekend already! Promise me that you'll enjoy this beautiful October weekend and I'll see y'all right back here Monday morning!


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    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    We're Off To The Fair



    Fall means lots of things to lots of people. When I was a little girl growing up in Macon, Georgia, fall meant fair time. We had a pretty decent sized fair and I so vividly remember the sights and sounds and smells of it all. There's just something so real about them. Fair people are a group all their own. You know what I mean? The folks you see at the fair are not the same one's you stand behind in the check-out line at the grocery. There's as much fun to be had in people watching as there is in actually riding all those crazy rides. 





    Where else can you see a woman wearing nothing but leggings and a leather jacket {mostly unbuttoned} and think nothing of it. Yes, I did cover my seven year olds eyes, more than once... but hey, it's the FAIR. It's a place where you eat food that on any other day of the year is off limits because it's.... well......... just nasty. But on fair day, it becomes not just acceptable, but required. On that one day, you throw caution to the wind and hold a corndog dripping with a mustard/ketchup mix in one hand and a fried funnel cake sprinkled with oodles of powdered sugar in the other hand. It's also the day you try not to drink too  much for fear of having to use the porta-potty! Ahhhhh, the fair! 





    Three of our four children have fall birthdays, heavens, they were all born within two weeks of one another! This year since they are all older, my husband and I decided that a gift of taking them all to the state fair complete with an unlimited ride pass and all the cotton candy you could stomach, would be a great group gift! What a wonderful gift it turned out to be! 



    Our oldest son, has a very special young lady in his life, and of course she was invited to share in this giant birthday celebration! Bless her heart, she must think we're a bit on the loony side {more like totally loony}, but, so far we haven't scared her away, whew




    Y'all are so sweet for joining me here and I wish I could just hug you all. Just please know how much it means to me for you to visit and how lovely it is to share with you in the comments. Have a beautiful Wednesday y'all!


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