Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Faith's Living Room Tour

Here is a little tour of my oldest sister, Faiths, living room. She sometimes comments how I need to help her decorate but when I go to her house I think she needs to come help me:)

I love seeing inside other peoples homes and thought while I had my camera at her home yesterday I'd take a few photos of her lovely living room.














Happy Wednesday!
Hope

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mango Chicken

I once had some fresh mangos I needed to use up and googled "mango chicken recipe". I found a recipe with some unusual spices -but decided to give it a try. I've tweaked the recipe a bit and it's now a family favorite.

I serve it over rice and beans with a side of creamy cole slaw.



Mango Chicken

5-10 chicken thighs, cut into pieces
olive oil + salt

Mix together
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. red pepper 

1/2 onion sliced
2 cups chopped mangos or peaches
(can use fresh or frozen)
a splash of lemon juice

Heat a kettle and coat well with olive oil. Add chicken pieces and 
sprinkle one side liberally with your spice mixture. I used about 
3/4 of the spice mixture this evening on 8 chicken thighs.
Once chicken is browned flip over and salt the other side.
When your chicken seems close to done add your sliced onions, cover
and simmer until they are a little soft. Then add mangos or peaches, 
cover and simmer until they are soft and juicy. Add a splash of lemon juice 
for a fresh taste. If the mixture seems really juicy just uncover and 
simmer until juices reduce. 

Serve over rice and beans.
 For rice and beans I cook 1 1/2 cups of rice with 1 can of black beans
and 1 tsp. of salt. Add water according to rice package directions.
Some rice requires more water than others.

Garnish with fresh basil.

Enjoy!
Hope




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sourdough Shortcake

Sourdough gets into everything I bake these days. And I'm not one bit sad about it. I picked strawberries yesterday and decided to make a shortcake. I looked up several sourdough shortcake recipes -but they all looked too complicated so I dug out my mama's shortcake recipe and revised it for sourdough.

I honestly had no idea if it would raise or be edible but I thought it was worth a try. And well. It turned out!




  Sourdough Shortcake

1 cup sourdough starter
2 cups flour
1 cup water

Mix together, cover and ferment on the counter for 4 hours.
The mixture with be thick.

Then add:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
 1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and pour into a greased 9" pan.
Sprinkle with sanding sugar. 
Let rest 30 minutes before baking.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy!
Hope



Monday, May 9, 2016

These days...

Sometimes I feel guilty that I don't write here like I used to. I remember the excitement of creating a recipe for supper after work... now I get excited when supper is on the table in pots and pans and I can sit down to rest:) I tell myself this is a season of life I want to savor- and I don't want to miss out on Caroline's younger years. I can create recipes when I'm old and retired:)

My days are filled to the brim with the normal household/mom tasks and I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

Here is a bit of our lives lately...

 I've been having fun with my sourdough starter. My first sourdough bread!


 Sourdough waffles.


 "The second best heritage you can equip your child with is gardening. 
The first is food for the soul, but the second is food to keep that soul healthy." 
- Hope Helmuth


 Caroline's 2 year old photos.


 We had fun making a new play area after Caroline
broke a flower pot she pulled off the bench:)


Our little family of three. I'm one lucky wife and mom.

That's all for now...

Have a wonderful week!

Hope

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hopefulthings Boutique

My sister invited me to sell decor and gift items at her fabric store (Dressed Up Threads) that just relocated to Dayton. I was delighted at the idea! I love to decorate and I love to give gifts! It has been so much fun searching for items to place in my small, booth space. 

Here are a few photos of my booth.








 Stop by if your local! :)

Hope

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Caroline Turns Two

Caroline has been anticipating her 2nd birthday for weeks. She would exclaim, "My birsday is coming up!" 

She even learned how to hold up two fingers for her age. 

It was fun to watch her anticipation for her special day.

 I went with a woodland theme this year. Here are some photos to document her birthday.


 I never knew a child could bring your heart so much joy.

 Daddy's girl indeed.

 Mom's baking buddy and all day shadow.

 The guest table.

 I gathered all the decor from our woods.



 Her cake.




  Meringue hedgehogs on the left.
 
 We practiced blowing out candles for weeks but she still can't:)
She blows her bangs up and that's about it.

Gift time.




 With love,
Hope

Friday, February 26, 2016

How to set a formal table...

I was having a group of ladies from church so I decided to film setting my table so I could share with you how easy it can be.

Just grab some flowers, small glass vases, mixed candle stands + candles, and a table runner.





 For the video go here!

Happy Friday!
Hope