Wednesday, October 29, 2014

bible giveaway.




Do you remember receiving your first bible? I remember mine. On my fourteenth birthday, the summer before my freshman year of high school, my mom presented me with a True Love Waits Bible along with the purity ring I had been admiring at the Christian book store at the mall. I literally poured myself into God's word that summer. I stayed up late reading and studing and taking notes...it was a huge season of learning and growing for me...and it all started with one bible. 

Tommy Nelson has sent me a copy of God's Little Princess Holy Bible by Shelia Walsh to review. All I can say is oh.my.cutness. I mean...the front is jeweled and the side pages have princess crowns...it doesn't get more girly than that. This bible has adorable side stories, and notes, and play to list people to pray for.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of God's Little Princess Holy Bible?
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Monday, October 27, 2014

weekend recap.



weekend recap.

girls with tangled hair and chucks // princess pjs and turtle power // no school and sick days // sugar cookie making and sprinkles // difference maker and good tunes on the porch // trick or treating and getting "good" candy this time //  cousins // pumpkin carving and casey's pizza // good company // long walks and bike rides // 4 am feedings // leaf collecting and candy trading // great worship and coffee // getting excited about operation christmas child // listening to christmas music (don't judge) // watching parts of jingle all the way (don't judge) // sunday naps // more coffee //  birthday parties and more cousins // cotton candy sunsets and flying //

Thursday, October 23, 2014

homemade hamburger buns.

 




I truly enjoy making bread. For the most part, the recipes are really simple. My intentions with food are if I can make it, why buy it?  Plus bread on average should have about about 5 ingredients, store bought bread...not so much...I can't even pronounce half of those ingredients...and I try not to eat food like that. 

However if I am being honest, most days it is soooooooooo much simpler to grab the $1.29 off brand buns and throw them in the grocery cart. But more often than not, I forget to buy items from the store that I needed for a meal. I like to forget the buns, a lot. When I forget the buns it forces my hand to make them. When I make them I always remember how easy it is, how healthy they are, and how good they taste. 

You'll need:
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil and sugar and allow it to sit for 5 mins. Add the egg, salt, and flour. Knead (or use a kitchen aid ) for about 5 mins...until dough is elastic. You can allow dough to rise for about 30mins or so...but if your short of time you can skip this part...it doesn't make a huge difference. Shape dough into balls, this recipe is enough for 10-12 buns. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown and BAM! homemade buns in less than an hour.
 
If you would like to add seasoning to the top of the buns just brush a little egg white on top of the buns before baking, and top with seasonings of your choice. My favorite are: poppy seed, sesame seed, garlic salt, and sea salt and rosemary. 
 
 
Have you ever made homemade hamburger buns?
Would you ever try this?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

brown packaging paper.





I love brown packaging paper. I use it for wrapping Christmas presents, decorating for parties, crafts, and more. Over the summer the children were getting a little crazy, loud, out of control, bored. I pulled out the brown paper packaging roll, taped it to the floor, grab some crayons, gathered a few cars and characters, and told them to make a village. Hello playtime. We colored, and laughed, and played, and the best part the clean up was minimal...unless you count the toddler who 100% of the time prefer to color on herself instead of the paper. 

note: I get my brown paper from the local Dollar Tree. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

weekend recap.





A very melancholy thought entered my mind last week. The thought of winter, the thought that in a few short weeks it could be very cold here. With that said we are spending every moment we can outside. Outside in the beautiful, crisp, fall landscape.

Here is a little weekend recap. 

park days and costume arrivals // pancakes and lazy mornings // a ninja and princesses //// dressing up and trick or treating // pumpkin bread //  being thankful for the  candy we received but agreeing that only handing out tootsie rolls was a little lame // nature trails and blissful we didn't see a snake this time around // pizza bread // homemade caramel // late night pinning and bottle  feedings // an awesome sermon for parents //  a birthday party and car ride talks // pumpkin bread and sunday night cereal (every sunday night)  // "i'mmmmmm tierrrrrrrd" and "awwwwwwww brookie" // baths and clean baby smells //  snuggling and simple moments //

What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

letters.






Dear M&M's + honey roasted peanuts + candy corn,
You are one of my favorite fall treats, 


Dear pumpkin spice candy corn,
You taste like candle wax.

Dear common core,
I had a feeling I wasn't going to like you. I tried to give you chance. I am a smart person...I have the grades and transcripts to prove it...but atlas I still find myself having to google my second grader's math homework. While I am on the subject of homework...I am fairly certain my children just spent 7 hours of their day at school...I don't really think they need homework almost every night... again you, common core,  are to blame for that. 

Dear Harvey
In the words of Daniel Tiger...Grow ups come back...so please stop freaking out every time we leave the house. I promise we won't leave and forget about you.

Dear Huffington Post,
You good company during those 2 am feedings. Also, the more tired I am the more funny I find things to be. I laughed so hard I actually cried when I read How to Put a Toddler to Bed in 100 Easy Steps.  I found parent tweets to be equally funny. But, my favorite read so far this week was On Motherhood and Sleepless Night...grab some tissues. 


Dear Pull-Ups,
We have had a small minor break through in potty training. Hallelujah praise the Lord.

Dear Walmart,
Normally I loathe you. In fact I almost never shop at you, I am more of a Target kind of gal. But, this year you came through for more...in the forms of an Elsa costume. Every other place...in store and online have been sold out. I have one happy 7 year old, so thank you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

book review and giveaway!



The fine folks over at Tommy Nelson have really outdone themselves this time. They are introducing a series called Brave Girls. As a mama to now 3 daughters, I couldn't be more happy to have this book in my home. The outline of the book is women of the bible. In this book you will follow Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie, and Faith...young girls that became friends at a youth group. These young ladies will take your through the amazing stories of strong  and faithful women like Esther, Miriam, Mary, and more. 

This idea is so unique and I am smitten and my seven year old is as well. She loves the 5 brave girls and already and even has a favorite. Each girl comes from different walks of life, which makes them easy to identify with. The illustrations are colorful and vibrate and the words are perfect for early readers and beyond. 

 

Do you have a daughter or a young girl in your life that would love this book?

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