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Online Accounts I’ve been LOVING lately

7 Feb

I decided to share some of my favorite accounts from across the internet with you today. They are an assortment of crochet, writing, books, faith and the cutest little farm in a city that you’ll ever see. I hope you find something to brighten your day!


Photo by Oleg Danylenko on Unsplash

Weed Em and Reap 

– a family farm in Arizona with the cutest (baby) goats, some chickens, pet pigs, yummy recipes and gardening.

A Bookish Baker

– her name says it all, she talks about books and baking. As well as creativity all around. She’s also got a youtube channel that I love.

Make and Do Crew

– CROCHET. Need I say more? They’ve got so many great patterns, you’ve got to check it out!

All About Ami 

– So many lovely crochet patterns – including amigurumi – that Stephanie creates. She also knits if that’s more your style!

Women Living Well

– Bible studies that you can join, or just do on your own; encouragement and resources. This is the home of Good Morning Girls.

Catherine Ryan Howard

– a writer and a reader, I love reading any posts Howard puts up. Her tagline for her blog is perfect, go check it out.

Ninja Writers

– There are SO many resources for writers here. She has helped me a lot these past years with learning to plot, build worlds, character development, etc.

The Wads

– this is my newest find, and it doesn’t fit with any of the others! Ha. She’s so fun to watch as she does store hauls, DIY projects and, my favorite, decluttering.



Make your Home Warm, Cozy and Inviting

28 Oct


This is the Final week of the Make your Home a Haven Challenge! i hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have. 

This week is about decorating your house for the upcoming holidays – Thanksgiving and then Chanukah (Christmas for most of you!) I love this idea. I am looking forward to doing this as these are our first hoildays as a married couple. EEK! I am thinking I might go down to one of the parks here and borrow some leaves for a craft or two! free materials? I’m all for it. Plus I’ve already been working on a project for Chanukah decos. 

Here is the link to her article : http://womenlivingwell.org/2013/10/making-your-home-a-haven-week-4-a-pottery-barn-giveaway/utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WomenLivingWell+%28Women+Living+Well+%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

Oooh I can’t forget to sign up for the giveaways!!!  

As for last week’s challenge, I made Applesauce Muffins from the Sweet and Sugar Free cookbook. (My new best friend I think!) 


Now, I only had my new cute owlet pan so I HAD to use it! Sorry it’s a little blurry. But there’s no chance of re-taking it.. We ate these the same evening I made them!  They are super good and nothing bad in them. Here’s the recipe:

1 large egg                                                                          

2 TB vegetable oil (i used olive oil)                                              

1 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce                                                   

2 c unbleached white flour (I used Namaste’ gf flour mix)             

3/4 tsp baking soda                                                                                         

2 tsp baking powder

  1/2 tsp each nutmeg and cinnamon

3/4 c raisins

Topping :  (optional)

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened


Beat together egg, oil and applesauce. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Beat well. stir in raisins. spoon batter into oiled and floured muffin wells. Bake at 375 deg for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm to the touch and browned. cool on wire racks.

to make topping, cream together cream cheese and just enough milk to make a thick, spreadable mixture. spread over cooled muffins and serve. serves 12

**** Now, as i stated I substituted the white flour with my mix and 1 egg for a duck egg. I also made my own applesauce. My OH had come home with a bag of red delicious apples a few days before. So I cut up 4 or 5 ,threw a touch of water, cinnamon and nutmeg with them in the crock pot and left it alone until it was all soft and mushy. It was just enough for the recipe. yum. I didn’t make the topping, since we can’t have dairy but they didn’t need them! they were so delicious. Definitely a recipe i’m going to make again! 

Bake something Special : Week 3 of the challenge

21 Oct

“People who love to eat are always the best people”  – Julia Child

A new week has started already! Can you believe it? The sunshine we have had here is so great – I actually got to get out and enjoy it on saturday with some of my family going to the pumpkin patch! so much fun – 5 adults to 7 kids, not too bad of ratio! ha. 

But on to the challenge, I have to say, that since I WAS sick all last week ( and am actually fighting a cough still) I am counting my challenge of having a family fun night as accomplished as it could have been. We had some friends ( who are like another set of parents to us) over for dinner, cribbage and watching the Ducks play against Washington State. (Go Ducks!). It was a lot of fun and I wasn’t sick til the next day! ha. so, how did you guys do with your challenge of a family fun night? Please share!!!!!

As for this week, well, I like this one. Make something special for your family this week – for no reason at all! If you have kids, get them involved! If not, grab your hubby or a friend and make it more fun in the kitchen! I am wondering what I’ll make since my OH and I are off all processed sugar now. . . Hmmm, this will take some thinking. But I did buy a cute owlet pan that I want to use , whatever I end up making! =) 

Here is the link to the actual challenge : http://womenlivingwell.org/2013/10/making-your-home-a-haven-week-3-plus-a-kitchen-aid-mixer-giveaway/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WomenLivingWell+%28Women+Living+Well+%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail  and don’t forget to sign up to win a kitchenaid mixer! how cool is THAT prize?? (If I could find a place on my counters for mine, I’d commandeer mine back from my mom’s house!) 

Happy cooking/baking and don’t forget to keep that candle burning! 

God bless! 


A Fun and Gentle Home – week 2 of the challenge

14 Oct

It’s week 2 for the Home Challenge. =) I hope you all remembered to light your candles – and pray each day this past week. I found that I spent more time praying for my OH and I  and extended family than I normally would. SO good! This weeks’ challenge will be harder for me, but  I’m sitting on some ideas on making it work. I love Courtney’s whole article today, so I’m going to just go ahead and send you over to her site to read it. I love the steps to pursuing gentleness in your home. So good! And don’t forget to sign up to win the pack of games! =) 




I wanted to share that OH and I had our 6 month anniversary yesterday! I know, it’s not an official anniversary, but I decided it was exciting enough to celebrate with a special meal. I marinated some lamb, made stuffed mushrooms (yum!), couscous and fresh green beans. He then made us white pumpkin cheesecake brownies. I now am looking forward to our year celebration! Who knows what we will do =) 

I hope you enjoy the last day of this three day weekend and remember to let Christ shine through you each day to your spouse, children, friends and strangers. God bless!

( I just might get to cleaning out my pantry since OH is in the other room studying…)Image

Little Blossoms for Jesus

• Enjoying the old-fashioned & beautiful • • Thankful for grace • Growing in faith • • Learning life • Loving people •

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