Saturday, January 23, 2016

Simple Zuppa Toscana

I decided to try videoing myself making a recipe. Just for fun, since I have the camera to do so.

Here it is. It's by no means perfect, but it was fun.

To watch the video go here.
The recipe is typed below the video.

We are enjoying this beautiful snow.
 Donut dough is raising by the fire.

A happy day indeed.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas 2015

It's been a wonderful Christmas. My sister was able to be here from Indiana and Joshua's sister came in from Nevada. Both families were complete.

My family Christmas started early and Joshua's just ended last evening with his sister, Sheri leaving today.

It's been a fun few weeks but I'm ready to get back into everyday life. Bring on piles of dirty laundry and dishes:) Hmmm I wonder if I will be saying that next week...

Here are some photos of our Christmas with each family. 

It was close to 70 before Christmas Day. Caroline had fun with her chickens.

 Uncle Wes and Aunt Charity ate breakfast with us Christmas morning.

 Aunt Charity making up for lost time with Caroline.

 Caroline and Caleb made quick friends.

 All of Caroline's cousins on my side.

 Grandmother the great story reader

 Dear, Grandma Rhodes.

 Mom and Dad gave each of us an old oil lamp for Christmas.

 Christmas morning...

Josh loves guns. The history of guns. He loves to hold guns like this.
I just don't understand.
But this year, I FINALLY bought the man a gun.
This one dates back to civil war. His Dad found it for me.
He was a happy man.

Christmas eve breakfast with our little family.
I thought Christmas was fun before Caroline but
now the joy has doubled.

 Grandma and Grandpa came up for our little family's Christmas eve.

 Christmas with the Helmuth's

 We hosted the family for a taco bar.

 Now these girls have real baby

 then we sang Christmas carols for an old neighbor

 Grandma with her grands

Such a good two weeks. God is good.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Our Home at Christmas

I was inspired to decorate for Christmas earlier this year. I have a few Christmas things I'll pull out but mostly just add greens here and there.

You might want to get a cup of coffee for this tour... you may get bored.

The kitchen...

Yes, that's a red Volvo station wagon in the garage.
Sorry, if that's all you see now. That's what happened to me.

 Lovin' this gold star garland from Artisans' Hope

 Oh, dear now all I see is dust on that light.
I hope I'm not ruining this tour for you... I'll stop.

 Wreaths made from embroidery hoops.
A nice thing to do if you don't know how to embroidery.

Living Room...

 A dying hanging plant gives it that homey feel.
Never hang a plant- it kills them. he he

I used lots of boxwood this year. 
If you drive by my in-laws you will notice the front hedges are lop sided:)

Fireplace & Mantel...

Dining Room...


Bathroom.... never easy to photograph. 
Always roomy with lots of windows for natural light:)

Just for the record I took these photos right after cleaning Saturday while Caroline was napping. My house looks nothing like this now. In fact it's calling my name... dishes to wash and cleaning up to be done.

Wishing you a peaceful December.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Winter Entryway

I decided to clean up our entryway today and decorate for winter. It was 62 degrees and sunny. No clumsy gloves or cold feet

I decided a stack of wood would be nice. I've never worked so hard decorating in all my life. ha. I'm sure the husband will have fun with this one:)

I foraged all the greens from our property with Caroline riding along in my garden cart. 

Happy Weekend!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Beach 2015

I just got back from a long weekend at the Outer Banks with my sisters and parents. My sister, Charity, came in from IN on the train and we surprised mom and dad by bringing her to the ocean with us.

It was a grand time. I loved watching our children interact and play together.

Here are a few of the many photos I took to document the trip.

And to think I could have posted more:)