Just when I thought I was already getting sick of autumn decor, my local produce stand had these cute little white pumpkins for only 25 cents each. I wasn't sure exactly what I would do with them, but for a buck I couldn't pass up throwing four of them in my cart.
I already had some rocks on my windowsill, that we brought home from our trip to Michigan a few summers back. I put them in ziplock bags and use them as weights when I make sauerkraut .
I collected some pine cones and added them to my newly decorated autumn windowsill. I am such a fan of natural decor. It doesn't have to be stored year to year and it isn't expensive.
I have been planning to make a wreath with boxwood clippings for several weeks now, and today, while I was sitting in the garden making herb bundles with the kids, it was finally the perfect time to try it.
I love the way it turned out and I want to make several more. I will have a tutorial coming very soon.
I love when things come together so nicely, the way this windowsill did today. I had no intentions of decorating it for fall, but with a sale on mini white pumpkins, a few pretty rocks, pine cones and some boxwood clippings, the past few days just threw this little vignette straight into my lap. And I am thankful for that!
Joyful candle by FUL CANDLES
Hearty, roasted vegetable, soups aren't typical spring fare around these parts, where days can reach 80 plus degrees.
But, normal or not, I was craving something creamy, bone broth-y and roasted-y. (Sorry I am kind of off my adjective game today.)
If I would have to sum up the last few days in a word it would be worry.
I never really planned to make a big official announcement, but I wanted to let you all know I am 11 weeks pregnant with baby number five.
Although I am most definitely super happy to be called to mother another child, there were a few things about this stage of life that I seemed to have forgotten.
I love being pregnant.
It is so amazing to feel those first tiny flutters, and to find the fast and consistent heart tones with the fetoscope. I look forward to those first few contractions that mean baby is finally coming.
It really is such a special time in life to be thankful for.
The people who lived in this old bungalow before my family certainly gave us some paint colors and design choices I wasn't super thrilled with, but they did give me a gift I am thankful for every single year around this time.
They have to be the most fragrant and beautiful flower in all of creation.
And because their delicate petals and top heavy blooms don't last long, their beauty must be fully documented, to carry us all through until the few days they can be enjoyed next year.
I love coffee in all forms, but that perfect iced latte is the stuff that makes me want to shell out five bucks at the coffee shop.
But, with all that added sugar, and a questionable milk source, I don't think it's a good habit to get into.
Plus, I love the idea of playing around with the ingredients and making some exciting combinations that you won't see at Starbucks.
Lately, as I have been marveling over all the culinary uses of essential oils, a thought popped in my head.
I want to reintroduce you to my sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog.
She shared with us a few weeks ago a tutorial for how to make All Natural Organic Cocoa Lip Balm.
Today she is back with another DIY recipe that you can use to keep your clothes clean without all the junk.
You all know how I feel about simple farmhouse style.
Even though I live in town, I imagine myself sitting on my big wraparound porch, drinking a tall glass of homemade kombucha and watching my goats and chickens frolic about in deep prairie grasses and wild flowers.
I know I'm not alone.
I crave the simple life.
We just love using essential oils in our home.
We have taken advantage of their powerful properties, for helping with restful sleep, boosting immunity, soothing an upset tummy, opening up congested airways, and so much more.
Since essential oils are 50- 70 times more powerful than herbs, they are often too potent to place directly on the skin, especially that of a child.
That is why it is so great to already have them diluted and ready to roll on.
I guess I am a maker in every sense of the word.
Even when I know I can get something relatively inexpensively at the store, I still find so much satisfaction in learning how to make it myself at home.
Being a maker allows me to add my own creative spin on everything and enjoy the process of seeing pieces and ingredients become finished things.
I have to admit, it is easier for me to adapt to a healthier diet than it is for me to address the toxins lurking in our home.
I have read that the mattresses we sleep on are toxic, our cellphones emit harmful EMF's and new furniture off-gases toxins for years after purchasing it.
It can honestly all get so overwhelming.
It's 9 P.M. The kids are all in bed and you want a treat.
You want something healthy, but you don't want to spend an hour and half making it. You also don't want to be up until midnight cleaning a sink full of dishes.
If this scenario sounds familiar, then this recipe, my friend, is for you.
As long as you keep a few bags of coconut flakes stocked in your pantry, and your cast iron skillet out on the stove, then you are a mere 10 minutes away from crispy, coconut-y, sweet goodness.