Friday, December 19, 2014


A boy and his steer.
They really have a bond.

Hope you are having a great start to your day.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Farm Stand

For many years now, I have dreamed of having a little farm stand to sell excess from my garden.
A few months ago, I was reading two of my favorite blogs, Keeping It Cozy and The Red Feedsack, 
and came upon their post about a flower stand the mother/daughter team had created.
It was stunning...and so perfect!!
You can see it HERE.
I was just so inspired ...

My Mom and I are also in cahoots when it comes to the garden.
And so, after the initial inspiration from Dori and Andrea...I put a call out for an old truck bed.
And what do you know?
My nephew FOUND one laying in the weeds.
In the weeds!
Thank you Dylan :)
It had rust! It was perfect...and my sister insisted we take it.

We drug it home and my sweet husband welded the truck frame, cut wood, and tin roofing,
In a week we had a farm stand!

A lot of the materials were recycled which just adds to the charm.

I am so thrilled my Mom and I have a way to sell from our farm... and incredibly lucky to have a hubby who helps me with my ideas.
And a nephew who digs truck beds out of the weeds.

I filled the stand with fresh greens and Mom made a few swags for Christmas.

It has been a fun project in the midst of a busy holiday season.

Hope you are enjoying this blessed time of the year!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Because the air is moist and cool all at the same time.
Grey blankets the sky.
And the temperature is below freezing.
Because the frost has made the grass crunchy and the cows breathe clouds.
Snow is forecast for tonight.
 Because it is the fourth day of Advent and I wondered what I could create with a gentle heart of love.

I made pie.

Pie makes life good.

Recipe HERE.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Advent Season

It means "coming."
The most beautiful season of the year.
We wait.
We wait in hope for a savior to be born and focus our attention on the little, the least.

This Advent, we as a family are going to look for those moments that we can give to the least.
Little moments, like a slow "unfurling of grace," as Ann Voskamp says.

Have you looked at her book, The Greatest Gift?

A group of us are going through it together. 
It is lovely...and a great way to unwrap the love story of Christmas.

Wishing you a wonderful start to Advent!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas in a Jar...Great Neighbor Gift!

My house smells like spicy cinnamon, orange, and nutmeg right now.
Oh, the aroma of Christmas!
I found this idea at Dandee-Designs and I just think it is a perfect little gift for neighbors!

I dried some oranges and apples, added some cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and other spices.
The cute little labels are free and can be printed out {6 to a sheet.}
Best of all, your recipient will have a couple says of their homes smelling divinely Christmas!

Visit Dandee-Designs for instructions.

Happy Christmas!


* I used the specified mix for 5 pint jars, and thought it smelled GREAT!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Crochet Pom-Pom Garland

I's only the day after Thanksgiving, but the Christmas season starts for us!

Here is a quick and easy pom-pom garland for your tree, to hang on a mantle, or to wrap your gifts!

What You Will Need

Yarn {I like a thicker version.}
Glue Gun

Single crochet until you have desired length.

Don't know how to crochet?
Here is a great tutorial to get started...

After you have finished your chain, just hot glue the pom-poms on at desired width.

That's it!

I made up a few to sell at a bazaar this weekend...and plan on making more to include as gifts for the neighbors.

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Ideas

I am so looking forward to a lovely day and full, satisfying meal with those I love.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days. 
Gratefulness for what we have been blessed with, sharing the table with dear friends, and just soaking up the gift of family, food, a warm house, and togetherness.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for the day...

{just click on the picture}




Free Thanksgiving Gift Tags & Note Card Printables for sharing Thanksgiving Goodies

Free "Give Thanks" Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

Free Thanksgiving Day Printables. Print on kraft paper for a rustic look. Love the smaller file for Utensil holders!


Wishing you a very lovely week in preparation of a thankful day!


Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Make a Flannel Infinity Cowl {Tutorial}

Cozy and warm, I love cowls in the winter.
They are just enough warmth and pair perfectly with so many outfits.
Here is a simple tutorial for a flannel infinity cowl.
It is so easy to put together and requires minimal sewing.
These would make lovely Christmas gifts!
The directions are the same for all sizes, from children to adults.
The size doubles over nicely for a looser fit, and triples for a cozier fit.
I like it because I can put it over my nose and mouth when I walk in the cold :)


flannel fabric {at least 1 yard} 36 inches long, and 45 inches wide
*Recycled flannel sheets and pillow cases make GREAT sources of fabric!! 
sewing machine


Children: 36"wide x 76"long
Adults: 36 inches wide x 90 inches long

First cut fabric to desired size.
For the adult size, simply lay out your fabric, folded in half, so it is facing you 36 inches long and 22 1/2 inches tall.
Cut straight up the center, so you are left with 2 pieces that are 18 inches wide and 45 inches long.
Sew the two ends together to make one giant piece of fabric, 18" x 90".
For the child's size, the measurement will be 18"x76"

Sew the top ends together, right sides facing each other.

Turn inside out.

Now fold one end in, like so...

And tuck the other end in evenly.
Pin together, and sew.


You have a cozy, snuggly, new cowl to wear.

Stay warm!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Today I love the rhythm of crochet hook and yarn...creating lovely, warm cowls to bundle up in.
It's best at night, cuddled on the couch with a warm cup of tea.

If you'd like to make one, too...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cold Weather Inventions

The winter weather is here.
Frosty, pure and crisp-aired mornings that require hours of ice breaking to get fresh water to the animals.

It is just part of living here.
Tim talked to some old-timers and looked online to come up with this tank heater for the cows.
We have a really large water tank for this particular group that is waiting to be bred {we AI our cows.}

An old barrel sunk in the middle with a lid, loaded with rocks that absorb heat, and then a fire lit at night and in the morning with some good chunks of wood.
The fire goes out and the heat from the rocks keep things from freezing.

It's working.
If there is ice, it's a thin layer to break for the cows.
Much easier than shoveling out big chunks of ice.

Hope you have a lovely Monday!


Monday, November 3, 2014


I am reveling in the fact that I can STILL hang laundry out to dry and it is November!
The bright reds and glorious oranges and yellows catch my eye out my kitchen sink window.
And...I am living this day. This day at a time, from a state of rest.
Rest is where God wants us.
Everything in the Bible points to rest being an integral part of living a good life.
A life where you cast your anxiety to the Lord...and then rest.

Hope you are having a restful Fall spite of a full mine {smile}.


Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Make a Fall Centerpiece for Your Table {Tutorial}

I still have so much to harvest from the garden, but the pumpkins and squash are cleaned out. 
They are piled in lumps and groupings all over the farm.
Some are stored for the winter and some will be baked and roasted into a lovely puree to freeze.

Sometimes life just calls for something extra special.
I put together a Fall setting at our kitchen table and everyone was so excited to sit down to dinner tonight.
It would be a perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Everything was from my garden, but you could easily create this with goods from the grocery store, farmer's market, or even a kind neighbor with a garden.

I have friends who tell me that they don't have a creative bone in their body and could never make something like this for the holidays.
I say pshaaw...
Our God is a creative God and He gave each of us the ability to create in different ways.

Would you like to put together something similar?

Here is a little "how to." {smile}


1 bigger squash for the center
2 orange pumpkins about 8 inches tall
2 white pumpkins or squash in a light color, about 8 inches
4 smaller squash like acorn or butternut
2 small vases of flowers
2 candles
various other small squash or mini pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, branches
table runner...if you have one :)
cake stand

First, place your bigger squash of your choice in the center of the table on the cake stand and add two candle sticks off to both sides.

Next, add your 8 inch pumpkins/squash.
Just like this...

Remember, you can use whatever you can find. It doesn't have to be exactly like the picture.
There are so many beautiful varieties of squash out there!

It is starting to really come together.
The third step is to add some of your smaller squash.
I staggered mine, can you see?
I placed one just in front of the candle stick to fill in space, and then on the opposite side with the other candle.
Don't worry, we are playing with balance, and it will look perfect in the end.

 Now comes the fun part....filling it all in!
Basically, you are looking to fill in spaces with the smaller pumpkins.
I placed them in various spots and tried to keep the color balance right. 
Things don't have to be symmetrical, but if you are nervous, then whatever you do on one side, do it on the other.
So, if there is a little orange pumpkin next to the white one on one side, do it on the other end.
Look for big open spaces and fill in!

Last, you are going to add in all of the little stuff.
I placed my flowers just to the side of the candles.
On either side I added pine cones next to the smaller pumpkins.

 I had some small pine cones that I spread on either end, and then tucked in a few leaves.
They had berries which was such a bonus!
Tuck in all kinds of little details to fill in space.
Move things around if they don't look pleasing to the eye and if you are struggling, remember to balance things by repeating on each side.

Enjoy...and have fun!
Creating with nature is so lovely.

Wishing you a warm Fall day.

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