• From My Heart,  Garden,  Summer

    His Faithfulness – Notes From The Garden #2

    I’m trying to be patient waiting for spring. In the meantime I am reminded of the beauty of summer from this short journal entry from September 8th of last year. Enjoy! Great is Thy faithfulness – do you remember this gem of a song? Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! Nestled right in the middle of this classic hymn is a verse that speaks to the wonder of how creation itself reflects his glory.  Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,Sun, moon, and stars in their courses…

  • Food,  From My Kitchen

    5 Instapot Truths You Need To Know Before Purchasing

    My sweet in-laws gifted me an Instapot for my birthday last year. I was so excited. And terrified. All at once. You see I had just gotten over my pressure cooker fear earlier that year and the instapot presented a whole new set of challenges. But I had seen all these drool-worthy pictures of succulent beef and chicken dinners, even cakes, made in this shiny little contraption. And I was up for the challenge. Now, I am no instapot expert by any means. I have made a few of my own recipes, but they are not tweaked enough to share with the world. Maybe someday….  a girl can dream, right?…

  • Farmhouse Chic,  Tablescape

    Buffalo Check Farmhouse Valentines Tablescape

    Snow has hit the Pacific Northwest in a completely unexpected way. Our winter has been mild, and we had conceded to the idea that icy morning were soon going to be a thing of the past. Then the snow came… and it snowed some more… and oh guess what? A WHOLE LOT more! And I love it. Absolutely love it! But with the unexpected amount of snow most likely we will have a low key valentines at home. And it will be perfect in every way.  One of the obstacles with valentines decor, at least for me, is that everything is the same color and almost everything says love. Don’t…

  • Blogging,  Creativity

    5 Simple Ways To Overcome Your Creative Slump

    Some days the creativity flows like Niagara Falls. Other days I wonder if I can even whip up a bit of inspiration from the thoughts rattling around in my brain. One thing I know for sure is that if I’m in a creative slump, I can fall back on any one of these 5 ideas for breaking through the fog and will soon be producing inspired work once again. Keep reading if you too need to break out of that fog. 1. Make a date to meet up with a friend that inspires you.  This doesn’t even need to be a friend that is creative in the same way  you…

  • Farmlife

    Notes from the Garden #1

    I am longing for spring over here. So while I wait oh so patiently for warmer weather, enjoy this journal entry from the end of summer last year. Today was one of those glorious days where warm weather converges with cloudy skies, an off and on drizzle and a slight chill in the air. It provides respite from the hot summer days and hints at fall without completely taking summer off the horizon. My little Miss wanted to harvest strawberries from her own garden for dinner. She took off with her basket and returned not only with several ripe berries, but chives and a large Zuchinni. She was bold picking…

  • From My Heart

    Some Years Are For Growing

    Some years are for growing; But this one, This one is for blooming. ~ Lauren M. Garcia Growing years.Growing seasons.They can be rough.But in the end, if we allow the Almighty to use the circumstance for good, it will be beneficial.It will hurt.We might squirm in discomfort.But it can make us stronger.It can make us more resilient.It can even make us want to grow again……just so we can bloom victorious once more. This last year my health has not been the greatest. In fact some days were downright painful beyond bearing.But here I am 14 months into this thing and I have realized that God used this physical pain for…

  • Food,  From My Kitchen,  Tablescape

    Red and White Country Tablescape and Blackberries with Overnight Oats

    Saturday night my little love asked what we were going to do before heading out for church the next morning. Since our property is just starting to produce a bounty of ripe blackberries we decided to go berry pickin’ as a family in the morning.  After she headed off to bed I decided to set the table all cute in red and white gingham and surprise her. She loves fancy tables and dinner parties. This little breakfast would be enjoyed by just the 3 of us, but it’s important to do fun little things with just family as well. The tablesettings were simple but oh so farmy and cute! Red…

  • Farmlife,  Uncategorized

    Zucchini… Good Grief! What will I do with it all!

    The weather has finally shifted here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s been ideal for ripening the summer crops. We had a wet and cold start to the summer. The last few days have been unbearably hot for me, but the garden has been very happy! Our view is very clouded by the smoke from BC. Our prayers go out to those who have been affected and those who continue to aid in the efforts to end this.  Here is a picture of the yummy food harvested this evening. From left to right: Yellow “Cheddar” cauliflower, zucchini, kohlrabi, small pepper, 1 cherry tomato, green beans, yellow summer squash, Walla Walla onion, huge turnip,…