• 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,…

  • Mom Life

    Beach Musings

    We were at the beach on the pacific coast. The winds blew hard enough to need my ears covered, but light enough to be out in a long sleeve tee and rolled up jeans. No heavy jackets were needed that day. Little girl was running in and out  of the water with no care for whether or not she was soaked or sandy. Her squeals filled the air as she hopped from tide pool to tide pool and then ran into the shallow waves that lapped the glittering sand. The sun was not close to setting and yet there was this glorious feeling of the softness that the evening rays…

  • Farmhouse Chic,  Home Decor,  Master Bedroom

    Roses for the Master Bedroom

    Last February hubby was on a business trip in Texas and I made him promise that if he was anywhere near Magnolia Market Silos that he would go… for me… because that store is on my bucketlist and I wanted to live vicariously through him. He thought that he was staying possibly 4+ hours away. But upon arrival he found out that he was actually 2 hours away. Only 2 hours?!?! That’s doable right!   Tulip fields with my little girl… and I’m wearing my Magnolia Farms hat! Well he was an absolute sweetheart and made the 2 hour trek and braved the lines to surprise me. Oh surprise me he…

  • Uncategorized

    Why Is Summer So Hard To Decorate For?

    Picture me standing up in the middle of a group and solemnly saying, “Hi, my name is Emily. And I decorate my home for every season. I am known to decorate more heavily for some seasons, and I am not ashamed of it. But I struggle with decorating for the summer months.” And this is where all of you that belong to the same support group that struggles with summer home decor say, “Hi Emily.” and we have punch and cookies while commiserating.  My home is my playground, so I am always getting some harebrained idea and moving decor and furniture around. But after the cute spring decor goes into the bin…

  • Uncategorized

    Hello there!

    Hello there! My name is Emily. Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world.  Well hello there! I was a lifestyle, hobby blogger for a couple years a while back. I had to take a break for a while and when I was wanting to get back to it life was simply too busy to dedicate the time it deserved. But the break (long as it may have been) was a great time to reevaluate why I want to blog. Want to know more about why I do (and why I don’t) blog? You can read moreabout that here. With my little girl. After a lot…

  • Blogging

    Why I Blog… And Why I Don’t

    I used to blog…. and I loved it. It was the perfect way to connect with creative people that I may otherwise never meet. People that loved being creative, sharing family stories, faith, fun and pictures. I LOVE pictures. Posts without pictures are tough for me to get through. ha! (So enjoy a few pictures from the last few years as you read through this.) My little girl at the tulip fields a few a years ago.  But here’s the problem… I got caught up into the “you must do ‘this and that’ to be considered a successful blogger” lie. I focused too much on growing and networking as a badge…

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    10 Random Facts About Me

    Just for kicks, here’s 10 Random Facts About Me:1. I’m not crazy about olives. For a long time they made me crazy sick too.2. My favorite ice cream flavor is Cookie Dough. I enjoy others, but my loyalty is to the dough. 3. Most of my wardrobe is thrifted. I {heart} the Goodwill.4. I’d rather refurbish something than buy new.5. I want to own chickens but I’m not crazy about holding them… I probably need to get over that. 6. I was born in Australia.7. I teach Spanish at a homeschool Co-op. 8. I love When Calls the Heart. When season 3 finally came out on Netflix, I danced. Yep. All alone. In…