Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Letters {with a recipe}

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Dear Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, I kind of like you. So much so that I've made two batches just this week. I'm sorry I'm not sorry. Dear Grace and Lace Giveaway, just two more days till I pick a winner! I hope everyone had a chance to enter, if not go here. Dear Teressa Mackey {aka Newborn Mama}, I'm so excited you are my newest Featured Sponsor. I'm even more excited to kick off your giveaway this Sunday. I know my readers will love you just as much as I do. Dear Last Minute Surprise Visit from Grandpa, I'm such a planning dork that your visit this weekend has me freaking out a little bit. I am choosing to embrace the time we have together with a good attitude. And FYI, we totally vacuumed both cars and swept the garage just for your arrival. {everything.must.be.perfect.} Dear Mr., it was the cutest thing seeing you vacuum the living room with a dusting rag tucked into your back pocket. You are such an amazing hubby. I hope you know I understand I am beyond blessed to have a man who helps around the house. Dear Weekend, you are full. With our first of many Christmas parties starting tonight, a Christmas tree farm adventure tomorrow, a birthday to celebrate, and a baby shower. It will be good. Dear God, I trust You with my life, my heart, and my family. It's a good reminder to myself mainly, that You are in control. You always will be. I can find comfort in that truth.

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Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for tops of cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Place butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once butter melts and begins to foam, continue to cook until brown specks start to form on the bottom of the pan. Butter will have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl and cool to room temperature. 

{Side note, if you have never browned butter I'm not sure if you've ever lived. Just kidding. But seriously. Please try it. You'll never go back. We especially love it over our freshly steamed green beans, thanks to a friend's recommendation. And of course we love it in our chocolate chip cookies!}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar. It will appear crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. The dough will be creamy at this point. 

Gradually add in flour mixture, mixing until almost combined. Stir in chocolate. 

Measure dough by tablespoonfuls, roll into a ball, and place on baking sheet. Slightly flatten the surface of the dough ball with the palm of your hand.  
Sprinkle with course salt. 
{this is very important and of course delicious}

Bake 10-12 minutes, or just until they start turning light golden in color. Do not over bake. 
Transfer immediately to wire racks to cool.

Note: I cut this recipe in half. I also had to adjust the temperature of the oven to 325 degrees, baking them 12-14 minutes. 

Enjoy!

{recipe adapted from Bake or Break}




Thursday, November 29, 2012

If you need me...

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I'll be over there on the couch, curled up in a blanket...





 





Hope you're enjoy this day that we were given just as much and even more than I am!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Winter Branches

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I'm always looking for new projects. When the Christmas decor boxes start making their way up from the basement the weekend after Thanksgiving, I am especially eager to tackle a festive craft. This little DIY is especially wonderful. After Christmas I will take the pretty red ornaments off, but leave the branches up all winter. 1 craft, 2 purposes. Awesome! 

Here's how the project started. While the Mr. was hunting I texted him and asked him to bring me home a few branches. Later that night he waltzed in the door and declared, "Honey, I brought you flowers". I found him standing in the kitchen with a "bouquet" of tree branches.


After I had my branches all I had to do next was convince the Mr. to spray paint them a beautiful metallic silver. {I can't handle the strong fumes.} He obliged.


$3 dollars and .97 cents + 10 minutes later the branches were ready. Yes, just like the can states, dries in 10 minutes or less. So for less than $4 you can make a beautiful centerpiece perfect for Christmas and winter.


I love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stretched.

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Maybe it's just me, but lately I've been feeling stretched. Pulled in many directions, each demanding my time and attention.

How do we balance this thing called life. Because it is a balancing act, no?

We each only have so much time in one day and every minute is allotted to a certain task. Whether it be work, school, family, hobbies, sleep, etc. 

I know for myself personally I have been struggling trying to balance it all without feeling like something or someone is being sacrificed. 

Work. Husband. Family. Blogging. Maintaining a household. Building relationships with people. Me time. Hobbies. Jesus. For crying out loud, why does it seem like He always gets placed at the bottom of the "to do" list when life gets full?
 It's not right. 

I want to be able to do it all. Be everything to everyone who needs me. Be Superwoman.

Is that realistic? I don't think so. Why do we women put so much pressure on ourselves to do it all? To be it all. We are human after all. But still, we will pile our proverbial plates too full and we'll need to ask for His grace to get us through. 

I'm not saying I'm unhappy, please don't misunderstand me. I am truly the happiest I have ever been. Each year of my life I feel more blessed, more thankful, more content, more selfless, more self assured, more loving, and more reliant on God. I think that's a pretty great place to be. 

What I am saying is I'm trying to learn what to do when I feel like there's not enough time in one day, let alone a whole lifetime to do what is required of me.

His grace is enough though, and He will always, always see me through. 

What do you do when you feel like you are being pulled in many directions and your time is limited? Do you have any secret strategies you want to share with a friend? 
 I'm all ears. 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Grace and Lace {a giveaway}

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Grace and Lace has generously offered This Beautiful Life readers a chance to win a pair of their famous Lacey Lous.

Please visit her shop and consider supporting handmade this Christmas. I am all about supporting a handmade shop, and even more so with such a sweet and humble person like Melissa behind that shop.

While we've been emailing back and forth I had mentioned to her that I loved her tagline, which states, "made with His grace and a little lace". She responded with, "it is truly by HIS grace that my company even exists!!!". 
I love her heart, not to mention her products. I wear my Grace and Lace Milly Lace Boot Socks all the time.


{The images in this post are of my Milly Lace Boot Socks. These are not available in this giveaway. This giveaway is for 1 pair of Lacey Lous. Please visit the Grace and Lace Etsy shop to view them.}

{I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful {for you}

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope each and every one of you are able to spend this day with the people in your lives that mean the most to you, giving thanks with a grateful heart

Of the many things I am grateful for today {and always}, I am especially grateful for each of you beautiful women who make up this community of encouragement. Each of you have touched my heart in ways you may never know. I am so blessed to be a small part of this blogging community. 

I want to make sure I extend many thanks to my beautiful sponsors. You each have unique talents that make you special. It's such a pleasure to know you and connect with you. 


If you are interested in being a part of my sponsor team. Use promo code THANKFUL for 40% off an ad. I'd be so thankful to have you. 

**Enter the $15 Target Gift Card Giveaway happening right now,  thanks to Danise Jurado**

 
   

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

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What first comes to mind when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Probably an annual gathering of family and friends. A big bird, perfectly golden brown and stuffed to the max with trimmings. Sleepy bodies after they've eaten their fill. Football. One by one going around the table, each saying what they're thankful for. 

That's a very typical reaction to the word Thanksgiving. Although those are all good and wonderful things about Thanksgiving I don't want to talk about that. I want to dig a little deeper. 
 
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Thanksgiving:
the act of giving thanks or a prayer expressing gratitude
 I love those definitions. 

I want to challenge you during this Thanksgiving holiday to truly give thanks. Not because you have to. Not because it's what you're supposed do on Thanksgiving. Make a choice to give thanks with a grateful heart. 

Do you see the difference? Giving thanks and giving thanks with a grateful heart. There is sincerity in a grateful heart, not obligation. 

This is difficult, even for me. Sometimes it's just easier to be thankful for the things that first come to mind. Family, a warm home, food on the table, a car, running water. What about digging deeper? What else can we be thankful for? How about eternal life? What about being thankful for the gifts and talents that are unique to each of us an individuals?  How about the ability to serve others? What about being thankful for forgiveness? That's a big one. We could go on and on, really. 

Do you see how being thankful with a grateful heart awakens our heart to worship Him? Doesn't it make you want to offer a prayer of gratitude? I challenge you to ask your families to do the same as you each go around the table stating what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving. Stop them, before the circle begins and show them the difference in thanksgiving with a heart of sincerity; a heart of gratitude and worship to our King.





Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Target Gift Card {a Featured Sponsor Giveaway}

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Happy Tuesday! 

I have a really special treat for you today....

One of my Featured Sponsors is hosting a giveaway! 
It has been such a blessing getting to know her and exchanging emails with her. She, in one word is encouraging. It oozes out of her. I love it. 

 


Hi Beautiful Life readers! I'm Danise. 

The heart behind my blog is encouragement! I think we all need God's promises everyday to encourage and strengthen us.  His wisdom directs us and His love inspires us.
  
As a mentor and women's pastor at the LA Dream Center, I love to help women reach their full potential in Christ.  I share faith devotions and my fitness journey on my blog.  I would love to have you visit me sometime.  

Blessings to you! 

Thank you Danise for hosting such an awesome giveaway!
Now go check her out and get to know her a little better. You'll be so glad you did!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Perfect Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin

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This past weekend I had an exceptional amount of time on my hands. Two words. Deer. Hunting. 

I made the best of my solidarity by baking, painting my nails, and watching not one, but two chick flicks. How much do you love the movies While You Were Sleeping and Serendipity

I ended up hitting the jackpot by finding a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins that I quote, "are the best lemon poppyseed muffins I've ever had" and "these are my favorite muffins, honest". Thank you Mom and Bree for being my taste testers.

I'm not chalking it up to my baking skills, although they are quite phenomenal. It's a secret ingredient and a special method that makes these muffins so special. 



 Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

2/3 cup sugar
 grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream {secret ingredient}
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line muffin pan. 

In a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon is strong {secret method}. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

In a large glass measuring cup, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and melted butter until blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or spatula gently, but quickly stir just until blended. Stir in the poppy seeds. 

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Enjoy!

The original recipe calls for an icing, but I was fresh out of lemon juice to make said icing. If you want to try them with the icing here's the recipe. 

Icing

1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


{recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, originally adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan}

Friday, November 16, 2012

High Five for Friday!

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1//Grace & Lace, my newest love and obsession. Their boot socks are the bomb.
2//Oreos. My love language. Need I say more?
3//I shared a DIY Business Card earlier this week and was blown away by your responses!
4//I want you and you. Oh, and you, yes you over there! Come be my next sponsor.
5//My sweet and handsome Fur Baby after a long hike this past weekend.  


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Friday's Letters

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Dear Grace & Lace {made with His grace and a little lace}, I officially heart you, your motto, and your boot socks. These little beauties arrived Wednesday and I was beyond thrilled. Dear Week, you have totally thrown me for a loop. Monday felt like Tuesday, Tuesday like Thursday, and today? Today feels like it's only the middle of the week. Dear Opening Day of Gun Hunting {tomorrow}, please be kind to my Mr. This includes a beautiful, crisp, and sunny morning and a trophy buck for my man. Dear Trophy Buck, did you hear that? Please find your way to my Mr. bright and early tomorrow morning. Dear Mr., while I'm not the biggest fan of hunting {you already know that}, I know it's a hobby you really enjoy. I can't wait to come visit you and all the guys in their blaze orange tomorrow for lunch. I also can't wait for my Grandpa and I to beat you and your Grandpa in a game of cribbage. It's on! Dear Humans, it's not even Thanksgiving. Why on earth are your Christmas trees up? Let's enjoy Thanksgiving first, shall we? Dear God, I am so grateful you have blessed the Mr. and I with "jobs" that don't feel like work. Places of employment that are fulfilling and beyond enjoyable. My words could never describe just how awesome you truly are!




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The 2013 Planner Conundrum

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I need your help. 

Here's my dilemma. It's time to think about a 2013 planner since, well, it's just about 2013. I've been pondering for months now on which one to get. 

There are three I am trying to pick from, but I just can't seem to do it.  
Will you help me sort this list of pros and cons out and just decide for me? That would be great! 

Alright here we go...

May Books

Here's what I think I'll love: So many patterns to choose from and a monogram option. Love the monogram option. It will fit in my purse easily; looks light weight. All around fun!

Here's what I'm not sure about: It appears that these don't open completely flat, might be difficult to write in? 




Second up, Emily Ley

Here's what I think I'll love: The details. Gold cornered edges, simple, sleek, and classy design. It's a grown up planner. Very serious. It also comes in my favorite color. That's a bonus. It also opens flat, making it easier to write.

Here's what I'm not sure about: The size. It looks a bit on the larger size. Maybe this is meant to be a stay-at-home-planner? The price tag. This gorgeous planner boasts a not so gorgeous price.  



Lastly, we have Erin Condren

Good 'ole Erin. My current planner. We've been BFF's all year long. This planner has it all. 

Here's what I know I love: So many extra features. Dozens of blank note pages, weekly and monthly calendar, the dates separated by "morning", "day", and "evening" blocks. It's spiral so it opens completely flat. Stickers! Awesome customer service.

Here's what I know I don't like: It's heavy. For the last few months I've not been able to carry it with me simply because it's too big, hard to fit in my purse, and seriously a brick. The tabs got completely destroyed in my purse, but this year they have solved that problem by laminating them. 




See what I mean? It's hard to choose from three great planners. They all offer something specifically unique and special. 

Your turn. 
Tell me which one to get. 

Pretty please.


{All images taken from their respective websites.}

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Business Cards

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I saw the most unique and stunning DIY Business cards made by this beauty. I instantly wanted to make something similar for myself because 1. I could DIY 2. It would cost practically nothing 3. It was a great excuse to have a business card. 

Now, I don't have a need for a business card in the traditional sense. I did however think it might be nice to have a contact card that I could include with any packages I send out that are blog related {read giveaways I host, Cara Box Exchange, etc.}. 

I'm in love with how they turned out.  
What do you think?


If you're interested in making some for yourself here's what you'll need:

1//treat size plastic bags {50 count}
2//medium circle hole punch 
3//your contact information 
{I chose to print mine on pretty, white shimmer paper}
4//colored paper that matches your "theme"
5//small circle hole punch
6//decorative tape

I love how easy, quick, fun, and inexpensive these were to make!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Crockpot Chicken + Dumpling Stew

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I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but over here in Wisconsin it has been grey for days on end, the perfect kind of weather for stew, soup, or chili. Anything to warm you right through to the soul. {Actually, as I'm writing this we are getting our first snowfall.}

Yesterday's blustery afternoon was no exception. I dumped a handful of ingredients into the crockpot while we laid around relaxing all afternoon long {it was wonderful}. A couple hours into the whole deal the house smelled divine. When it came time to eat up it tasted just as good as it smelled!



{This recipe is being added to the winter meal rotation. Can't wait to make it a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th time.}


Crockpot Chicken + Dumpling Stew

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breast {I used a lb. of chicken tenderloins}
1 bag frozen veggies for soup
1 can cream of chicken
1 can chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon tyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg white
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

In crockpot combine chicken, frozen veggies, cream of chicken, broth, water, milk, boullion cube, and seasonings. 

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Note: If the stew is too thin after it has cooked for the proper amount of time, liquify a tablespoon of flour by adding hot water. Stir into the stew and let it cook for a couple of minutes. This should help thicken it right up. 

Meanwhile, mix dumpling ingredients together and drop onto stew in 7-8 spoonfuls. Cover and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!

{This recipe was passed along to me from a friend, therefore I am unable to site the original source.}


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veterans Day PROMO code!

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{photo courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal}

My Mom and Dad {pictured above} are both Veterans, as they each served in the United States Army. Each year we recognize them and all the Veterans for serving our country and sacrificing their lives for others. 

In honor of Veteran's Day I thought it would be nice to give you a chance to sponsor This Beautiful Life at a discounted price. 

Simple enter promo code VETERANSDAY12 for 25% off a Featured Sponsor Ad. {Only 4 spots left!}
I'd love to give your blog or business exposure.

Oh, and make sure you thank a Veteran today!


A big thank you to my current Featured Sponsors: 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear Fur Baby, you are the sweetest 'baby' in the whole wide world, not to mention the most handsome. I sent this picture of you to Papa {my Dad} and he asked if you were looking for a spot to pee. Just sniffing all sorts of smells at the farm. Dear Abbey Harris, you my dear are the WINNER of my 100 Followers Giveaway! So happy for you. Dear Sponsors and Followers, there are quite a few of you who are new around these parts. I just want you to know I value our bloggy friendship. You have no idea what a blessing you are. Dear Life, you need to slow it on down. It has been a bit busy for my liking. It doesn't look like there's much end in sight, at least not until the holidays have passed. Dear God, You have blessed me to be a blessing. You have also shown me the power of serving. While I am blessing someone by serving them I in return am blessed because I am able to serve. Thanks for that revelation.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

DIY Chunky Cowl

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I finished my very first project via a crochet hook! This only took me a handful of hours split between two evenings this week AND, I'm a beginner.

I love the color of this yarn, called Cabernet. It just sounds like something cozy you should have wrapped around your neck! 

Time for me to stock up in more pretty colors and crochet my way through Christmas gifts!




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Success!

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Guys, I wish you could have seen the Mr.'s face when he discovered our Tuesday night plans included a surprise date night. 

Here's how it went down. 

I had him read this post. I wanted him to hear my heart. 

His reaction was priceless. As soon as he finished reading it {and all your beautiful comments} he said, "Alright, so where are we going?". Insert giggle. See, I wasn't about to give him the whole run down of the evenings agenda. This was a SURPRISE! after all.

After we finished getting ready we hopped in the car. Except, I made the Mr. ride in the passenger seat and I got to be the chauffeur. The fun of it all was him not having a clue where we were headed each time we got in the car.

First stop, grab a bite to eat. I drove us to a restaurant in town for one of our favorite appetizers, nachos. One order of these nachos stuff us both to the brim. Blue, red, and white tortilla chips, shredded cheese, nacho cheese, taco meat, olives, black beans, pico de gallo, green onions, sour cream, and guacamole. They should call it '3lb nachos' on the menu. So good. I can't believe I forgot to snap a picture. 

Second stop, Target. Target? Yup. We headed straight for the candy aisle for Dots {the Mr.'s favorite candy}, Reese's Pieces, and sour gummy worms. He knew right then and there where we were ultimately headed.

Third stop, movie theater. As we pulled up he was reading the titles of the each movie. After he read them all he still had no clue which movie we were seeing. I told the ticket box office we would like 2 for Here Comes the Boom. "What's that?", he asked loudly in front of the woman selling us our tickets. I of course just smiled. We got to the theater to find it empty. My first thought, Oh good, just the two of us. The Mr.'s first thought, Oh good, we can make out. {There go those two polar opposite worlds again.}

 Here we are, the lone Tuesday night movie theater goers. Turns out a few more people joined us before the movie started.

The night was perfection. He thanked me a dozen times, each one just as genuine as the last. We had such a great time just being together. 

And, if you're looking for a great movie to see, please go see Here Comes the Boom. It will not disappoint!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

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This Friday night the Mr. is having some of his guy buddies over to do man things, i.e. play a man game, eat man food, and simply bask in the over abundance of testosterone in the room. I'll be having a respective ladies night at a friend's house. We'll do girlie things, i.e. paint our finger and toe nails, eat girlie food, and enjoy chatting while sipping on a cup of warm something.

My, oh my how our two worlds are different. The man and the woman. Ever ponder on that awhile? It's mind blowing really, how polar opposite we are. That's neither here nor there.

Where was I?

Oh, yes. Taking my husband out on a date. 
I want to do just that. Plan a fun, date night for this guy that revolves around him.



Why you ask?

Well, he spends his entire existence focusing his life around me. Our family. He is the most selfless husband I have ever encountered. He delights in my happiness. It's a beautiful thing.

I've found it's very rare that a wife takes her husband out. It's always the man who is expected to take his lady out for a nice dinner, see a movie, maybe do a little shopping, and give her a good foot rub when they get home. All I see in that is Wife, Wife, Wife, Wife, Wife.

Don't get me wrong. I love it when the Mr. initiates date night and takes me out for a wonderful evening. What I am saying though, is can't we as wives be more intentional about treating our husbands the same way we so enjoy being treated? I think so.

Clearly the proverbial Friday date night won't work this week. I had to come up with a different plan. So tonight, an otherwise typical Tuesday, I am surprising the Mr. with a fun date. Everthing will be geared toward what he loves. 

Time for the wife to be selfless. Time for the husband to enjoy being the center of my attention.

You know that feeling you get when you're getting ready to bless the socks off someone? Whether it's cooking a meal for a friend, taking someone out for lunch, buying something at Target for them because it screamed their name? That. That's what I'm feeling. The excitement of his reaction and his smile when he realizes I was intentional about him.

It truly is more blessed to give than to receive. 
{Acts 20:35}


Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins + Homemade Allspice

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The recipe I'm sharing with you is my Grandma's recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Everyone say, "Thank you Grandma Barb!". 
Growing up we would receive these muffins in a harvest bag she made for each of us grandchildren every fall. It is one of my favorite recipes of hers. 

This weekend I whipped up a batch and as you can see they vanished pretty quick! 
They're that good. 

The plan is to make another batch before the days end! 

{Grandma's} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/4 teaspoon allspice*
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pumpkin 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line muffin tin. 

Combine dry ingredients. Set aside. 

In large bowl beat eggs. Stir in pumpkin, melted butter and chocolate chips. Add dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. 

Spoon batter into muffin tins. 

Bake 20-25 minutes. 

Enjoy! 


*Did you know that if you don't have allspice you can make it with a couple ingredients you have on hand?



Homemade Allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Stir spices to combine. Store in an airtight container. 

If you want a smaller or larger quantity of allspice, just remember to use equal parts of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Ta-da!

{allspice recipe source}


Friday, November 2, 2012

High Five for Friday!

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2// I had the opportunity to participate in this gift exchange.
3// Grace and Lace boot socks I won. Thanks Ashley! {photo credit}
4// Go check out my current giveaway
5// Current nail obsession, Essie's Good as Gold.



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Friday's Letters

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Dear week, thank the good Lord in Heaven you are drawing to a close. This week has been long, draining, exciting, relieving, and ever so busy, all at the same time. Dear November, I am welcoming you with open arms! Dear Mr., we have been eating out too much over the course of the last couple weeks. Let's stay in and cook a warm meal together. Remember we wanted to try a chicken enchilada soup recipe? Dear new followers + sponsors, you are a ray of sunshine in these seemingly grey days. Hear that weather? How about some sunshine?! Dear 100 Followers GiveawayYou are going so swell. It makes my heart so happy to see the entries grow one by one. Don't worry, there is still time to enter! Dear Ashley, thanks for hosting one of my favorite linkups. And a huge thank you for the Grace and Lace boot socks giveaway. I was thrilled to see I was one of the winners. I can't wait to get those beauties! Dear God, you are ever faithful. Even when the storms of life come, you are still good. I will always proclaim your goodness, mercy, and steadfastness.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Confessions {the Fur Baby edition}

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I think it's time you got to know our little bundle of joy a little better. Until we start a {human} family he is the center of our world.

If the Fur Baby could talk in a human language he would tell you this:

He loves venison. It's puppy crack to him.

He bites the vacuum. It never fails. Every single time it's out.

He has a dog puzzle and he's really great at it!

He loves buh bye rides in the car.

He chases squirrels.

He cries at birds.

He is a terrible walker.

He kills flies.

He loves his frisbee.

He plays hide and seek with us.  

He hates the camera. Loathes it. Despises it. Runs when he sees it. 
{That is why I don't have a darling picture of him in this post all about him.}



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