Wednesday, March 25, 2015

11 months..

Our little girl is almost one. Here are a few photos that capture life with Caroline.


 Her poor baby must have a head rush.

 She 'seemed' old enough to feed herself. No mom she isnt.

 Baker in the making.

 Kitty on a call.

 Carrying around her favorite pajamas. She finds them in the dirty laundry
or on the drying rack and carries them around.

 Early morning horse ride.

 Her personal jacuzzi, aka entertainment while mom cooks supper. 
 She's becoming quite motherly. 

I just took her 11 month photos...









The 'few' photos turned into 'many'.

Hope

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Food lately







I just don't have the time I used to- to create recipes. I just call it a season of life, one day I will have time again. I often use recipes I have posted on here before. These are photos of foods I have made lately. The ones in bold have a link for the recipe.

1. Pork BBQ on a pretzel bun. I roasted the pork in the crock pot for 8 hours instead of on the stove top like the recipe.
2. Strawberry french toast.
4. New York Cheesecake.
5. Lemon meringue pie, made from a lemon I grew. 
6. Granola, the best recipe I've found yet! I used 1 cup pecans instead of cashews and almonds and then added wheat germ and flax seeds.

Just an update on what we have been eating around here.

Happy weekend!
Hope

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10 months and walking...

Caroline is walking, and she is getting into everything. I repeat everything.

I had been waiting for her to grow into this adorable dress gifted to me by a friend. I tried it on her today and it finally fits! I now want to go buy her all new clothes from baby Gap. Ha, I'll keep dreaming. It must be the weather- but I am in the mood to buy new everything. Furniture, clothes, baby clothes, bedroom bedding... and the list goes on. Have you ever went make-believe shopping? It's great fun! Add everything you ever wanted to your online shopping cart and then don't buy anything. It's a good way to get shopping out of your system for the day.

Here are her 10 month photos...







She found out how to get off her seat and 
then it was over. 


Hope

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Visit

I just came back from visiting my sister, Charity, in Indiana for a week. I hadn't been to visit her since she moved there in 2012, so it was high time I did. It was so nice to see her home so I can visualize things when she talks to me on the phone.

Here are photos from our week. Of course, there are none of us together. Not sure how that happened. I guess we were focused on our children.

 I'll start with a mini home tour. Her home is quite charming.






I just had to do a mini shoot of Caleb Paul. 
They just don't come any cuter than this.







I was amazed how well these two played together.
They had their spats, but overall did really well.

Miss you guys already!
 Hope

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pancakes

I'm blogging in the afternoon while my baby naps. Dreams do come true. I usually have too much housework to do. I could be cleaning out closets and drawers- but who wants to do that?

I like pancakes. Good, fluffy, pancakes made from scratch. I had an old faithful pancake recipe and my sister begged me to try this one. This recipe is now my new favorite.  

Don't turn away when you see it has beaten egg whites. Mind over matter, it doesn't take long to beat two egg whites.


 Fluffy and ready for a shower of maple syrup.

Pancakes 

2 cups + 2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, separated
Milk, place 2 egg yolks in a measuring pitcher and fill up to 2 cups
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 egg whites, beaten

Mix together dry ingredients. 
Stir in milk, eggs and melted butter.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and then fold into batter.

Fry on a hot griddle until done.

Enjoy!
Hope

Sunday, February 1, 2015

a Ladies Tea

Yesterday I was in charge of a ladies tea for our church. We are hosting the BMA, Ministerial Enrichment Weekend here in Virginia.

Here are a few photos from the event. It was all a blur to me since I had been fighting the flu since Thursday. After I came home I jumped into a tub full of hot water and then crawled in bed. I texted Joshua to come and take my temperature- since I felt like I was burning up. The thermometer read 104 so we spent the next couple hours applying cold rags to my forehead. Thankfully it dropped after that and I was able to sleep. I hope and pray that I didn't pass this awful bug on to any of these dear ladies.


There were around 130 ladies.

We did buffet style due to the number of ladies.

The danties.

 
The Menu

Finger Sandwiches
 Chicken Salad with cranberries and pecans
Cucumber with a dill yogurt spread
 Radish with lemon butter

 Drop Scones
 Blueberry
Cinnamon Chip
with clotted cream

Chocolate cups filled with berries in a light syrup and fresh mint

Assorted tea cookies

Tea's
British Breakfast
Peach Black tea
Mint Medley 
 

Blessings,
Hope

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ten Tips to a cleaner fridge

I recently had a friend tell me that I should write a blog post on how I keep my refrigerator so organized and clean. She said it inspired her to see that it was even possible.

This post is just for you, my friend.

I never forsaw a blog post about this- but if I can help you on your refrigerator journey, I am happy to share the little bit I do to keep my fridge organized and clean.

This is a picture of my refrigerator today, and I did not clean it out for this photo.



Ten Tips

1. Buy less. If you have a full and messy fridge, you are buying too much food. I think this where discount grocery stores get you in trouble. You buy hickory, honey and spicy BBQ sauce because it's .99. You just need one kind, find a brand you like and stick with ONE bottle. Same way with salad dressings, and many other condiments. Keep it simple.

2. Adding new items. You can try news things- but just one at a time. See how fast it gets eaten and if it should become a weekly staple. I recently added hummus and love it for afternoon snacks- but the week it doesn't get eaten, off the list it goes.

3. Use inventory. Make a meal based on what you have in your fridge. Remember that trying new recipes often means more ingredients in your fridge you wouldn't usually use.

4. Don't fix too much food. Learn how to cook enough food for one meal plus one container of leftovers. Leftovers get you in trouble. They take up space and in most cases get thrown out to the dog after they mold. Just eliminate this step by feeding it to the dog first. I am not promoting waste- but if you know its not going to get eaten, simply feed it to your dog or chickens. This saves you washing a slimy, stinky dish.

5. Be a smart shopper. Think, what is on the agenda for the week? If you have a busy week and have plans that involve food, don't buy that whole gallon of milk, buy a half gallon.

6. Categorize your drawers and shelves. I have a cheese & meat drawer and a vegetable drawer. Before I go grocery shopping I peek in the drawers to make sure we have what we need.

7. Know your fridge. Learn to know what you use on a weekly bases. This is very important.

8. Wipe. Hmmm... we all know how to do this. If a jar pulls up slowly due to goo or pickle juice, get out your dish cloth and wipe away. If you spill something, wipe it up right away. I will often take my dish cloth and wipe off the shelves and fridge doors. This only takes a minute and is well worth your time. It's called fridge maintenance.

9. Keep a grocery list. This not only keeps your fridge from having duplicates but it also keeps you sane while shopping. Who wants to guess what they need while grocery shopping. If you don't have a list you end up buying more than you needed.

10. Organize once a week. Had a busy week? Your fridge looks a mess? Grab a soapy cloth and open your fridge door. Start by taking out items that need to be thrown away and then organize what you want to keep, wiping shelves and drawers as you go. Having a clean fridge is about equal to getting a facial- it just gives you that extra lift.

Blessings,
Hope