Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I heart spring

Have I mentioned spring is my favorite season?
I'm sure I have :) 

I love the greenness. . .the newness. . .the warm sunshine. . .all of the pretty blooming bushes, trees, plants, and flowers. . .new baby animals. . .something about the renewal of spring and the anticipation of warmer days that just really gets me going!
Here are just a few spring pics!


 Cabbage!
  throwing out the Deer repellent.
Who knew they didn't like mint? 
 The deer mowed down our strawberries.  
You can still see a few blooms!
 Some of the flowers we picked up at the greenhouses last week!
Can't wait for some warmer nights, so I can get these in the ground and in their pots!

 The munchkins playing on the porch.  
I believe this girl is going to love gardening this year!

 Showing off their mushroom.
 Helping clean up around the pool in town.
 Riding the gator with her Papa.  
One of her very favorite things to do!
 Watering Gram's flowers!
 Stopping to smell the roses at the greenhouse! 
 Hard to get pics of this kid these days. 
He's playing around at Gram and Papa's here.
 Such a sweet girl in the morning. 
Can you spot the fungus in this picture?
 Taking a ride on our kubota.
 The boys planting our new trees.  This one is a Tulip tree.  
We also planted a Sugar Maple and a Gingko.
And this is the bread I was talking about yesterday.  These were our first two loaves!  You can see, we couldn't even wait to take a picture before we had to try it!  Nothing beats warm, fresh baked bread smeared with butter!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Traditional Food.




Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

This book has forever changed my life.

I know that is a bold statement. . . but it has.

A few weeks ago, a friend recommended this book to me. I jumped on Amazon to look it over and I and snagged it right on up.  I did some digging around and came upon a few other books that intrigued me as well and I snagged those up too. I will list them below. Fortunately, I am an Amazon Prime member and I didn't have to wait very long for my books to arrive. Because patience isn't one of my best traits.

I dug right on in to these books and I haven't put them down since.

They are basically recipe books.  But oh so much more.

They look at nutrition and health from an entirely different perspective. One that totally makes sense to me.  I have been having tons of problems. . .what I would call old age problems. . .but I am hoping I can "fix" some of these problems, just by changing our eating habits. Which needed to be fixed anyway.

What impressed me the most about the book is the amount of old knowledge and wisdom in them.

Knowledge that is getting lost.

I love knowledge. I love to learn new things and I especially love practical knowledge like this.

I have to admit. . .some (or a lot!) of the recipes kind of gross me out.  Who would think to boil chicken feet?  Not this girl.  But when I mentioned this to my mom, she said, "oh, yeah!  My grandpa used to have us suck on chicken feet and they weren't bad at all." 
FYI. . .there is only one mention of chicken's feet, but it stuck with me! 

Anyway, even if you do not adopt the practices mentioned in the book. . .they are a wealth of information.  And really, who can't benefit from eating less processed and more whole foods?  

Here is my favorite recipe book out of the bunch

From Scratch by Shaye Elliott

I've tried several of her recipes and they are all spot on and delicious! I've made three batches of her wheat bread already!  It is super easy! I've never been a bread maker.  I'd make rolls once or twice a year, but that's it.  The rolls are super time consuming.  This wheat bread is SUPER SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! She also has a great blog, The Elliott Homestead.


the Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther
This book is a little bit more out of my comfort zone.  Some of her recipes sound really interesting and I can't wait to try them!



Our garden is growing like crazy and I can't wait to harvest our first vegetables and use some of these recipes.

Right now, I am focusing on gaining knowledge and making little steps toward a more traditional lifestyle.  This is a big undertaking. It takes more ahead of time prep (like a day or more ahead of time) and that is tough for me. But probably really good for me too. I'm so bad about planning ahead for meals. I will do good here and there, but there are many nights that it is five o'clock or after and I have no idea what we are going to have for supper. I'm hoping (and so far it's working) this will make me plan ahead and be a little more organized!

I just wanted to share with you how much I have been enjoying reading through these books... you just can't believe the amount of knowledge in Nourishing Traditions!  The recipes are in the center of the page. . .and there is a side bar on each page that is where the history of certain foods and preparation methods are. And a few facts you probably didn't want to know about items we eat.  :(

Happy Reading!  

MB





 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Fun.







We enjoyed a good old campfire cook out. 
There's not much better than a campfire in the spring. Or fall. Or anytime as a matter of fact. 
Hot dogs and S'mores.
Such a treat!
The weather was nice.
A little cloudy, but perfect for a campfire!
Brady is becoming such a pro at building fires. 
He did such a nice job.
The hubby built us some log stools for Brady's birthday party and they sure do come in handy.  
Beats sitting on the ground for sure!
Nan and Pa came over and joined in on the fun.
Such a nice evening to share with the family!
I used to say fall was my favorite season and though I still do love fall, I think I have to say spring is now officially my favorite season.
I haven't been the best at this blog thing for quite some time. . .if I ever was really. . .I've had a renewed interest and hope to be sharing more with you all. . .but I feel as if this has happened before!  We shall see!!  Happy Spring!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creative Heart's Sweet Retreat 2015

This is absolutely ONE OF THE VERY BEST weekends of the year.

This year, it will February 27-March 1.

Same Place. . . Residence Inn by Marriott KCI.

We love this hotel!  They treat us right. . .AND it is close to so many things!  

Registration is OPEN!  

I only have a few spots left!

If you would like more information, please send me a message!  

Every year is an absolute blast!!! 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Project Life App


WOW.

This is a mind blower.

Or for me it is anyway.

I created this layout on my phone.

Yes, you read that correctly.  ON MY PHONE!!

If you haven't heard already. . . or if you are interested in this sort of thing. . 

Becky Higgins. . .creator of Project Life. . .created an APP FOR YOUR PHONE where you can create layouts on your phone with some of her fantastic Project Life products.

I follow her on Facebook and instagram. . .and she has been alluding to the fact that an app was coming out for awhile.

I was like that sounds cool. . . .not sure how I would use it.

Ummm. . . .it is cool. . .and I am going to use it!  A lot!

I was excitedly telling my husband all about it. . .that I had created two layouts while he was in the shower. . .his response. . .well why do we need all of that fancy scrapbook equipment then?

Now. . .hold up a minute. . . this isn't going to replace my fancy scrapbooking all together.

So don't get all delusional that we will get rid of all of the stuff I have collected over the past decade plus some. . . 



What this app WILL do for me. . . 

         Help me keep UP and record our daily lives!

         I can scrapbook anywhere or anytime!  

         In line at school. . . at practices. . .lots of waiting on kids. . .heck while my husband 
        watches TV! 

         
       >>>>> I take A LOT of photos with my phone<<<<<

         
       My phone is handy and pretty much always with me.  
        
       And the pictures are OK.  Sometimes pretty good. . . sometimes not so good . . . 

       how easy will it be to document daily life?

       To snap a picture a day and have your week scrapped in minutes?

      I've never scrapbooked like that before,  because it was too overwhelming.

      It will enable me to DO SOMETHING WITH ALL OF MY PHONE PHOTOS!

     Like I said, they aren't the best photos. . . but they are a record of our daily lives. . .

     The little things.

     This WILL allow me to keep up a little bit better! 

    


What it WON'T do for me. . . . 

    replace my traditional scrapbooking all together. . . 

   I love to work with the products and pictures

   
   And I love to learn photography and take pictures with my      

     fancy camera

   There is still a place in my heart to scrapbook this way.

   
    BUT, I won't feel the pressure and I won't feel so overwhelmed     

     with it all!


Go to the APP Store and check it out!!!  

Read more about it HERE

Check out Becky Higgin's website here

For all of you who want to scrapbook. . .

 you just don't have the time or know where to start. . .I am so excited for you! 

HOW COOL IS THIS!

You may be asking, but what do I do with the layouts once they are created?

There will be in app printing options sometime in the future.

She recommends Persnickety Prints (they have an app too), which I have never used, but I have heard good things about.

Close to My Heart  does 12x12 printing as well. . .and I am hoping I can upload these photos to the Studio J website and print them!  

And YES. . .I am still a Close to My Heart Consultant and I LOVE every minute of it!
I love their products and the company.  They are a very nice company to be a part of.  They treat us very well and it is an awesome community.

But, if you know me. . .well then you know that I love all sorts of scrapbooking and I have always loved Becky Higgins and her style!  I just had to share!!!

Have fun!  

And post some layouts!  




 


   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Little Late, but better than never??



Miss Hadley's First birthday happened this June.

I'm not sure where that year went.

I look at her everyday and wonder how she can possibly be so big?

It seems like I was just pregnant.



Well time does march on. . .very quickly I might add.


Thirteen years since this date in 2001?
That doesn't seem possible either.

Anyway, Hadley's party was Gold, White, Mint, and a little bit of pink thrown in.  Lots of Glitter and Glitz.  And loads of fun!

It rained. . .no it poured the entire afternoon.

My forward thinking husband thought to put up some tents outside, so our fish fry wouldn't be ruined.  We moved the party into the garage and all was well. .. if not a little wet! 

Hadley seemed to have a great time! 

She got into the cake eating. . .some of it with a fork.

She loved opening presents.

And she loved everyone singing to her.

Next month, my first born will turn 10!  YIKES!  

That is double digits!








Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lollydoodle



I am loving the Lollydoodle Paper!!!  
I created this 12x12 two-page layout using the following items!


It is perfect for Spring, Easter, or girly layouts!
I am loving the fact I can make some girly layouts now!!

To get your hands on this kit, just contact me or come by the Fundraiser crop this weekend (April 11 &!2)
I will have a limited supply of page kits, but can order more!
The cost is $15 for the page kit and includes:
Lollydoodle Paper
Cardstock
Stickease
Assortment
Instructions

OR order your own Lollydoodle items and I can send the instruction sheet right on over!  

Or if you are on my team. . . and if you are not, this month is a GREAT month to join. .. best promotion I have ever seen. . .you can get any of my instruction sheets anytime!