10/28/2014

Pumpkin Palooza

So here we are approaching November, and like everyone else, I'm all about the pumpkin.
I love the color, I love the smell and I even love them in their purest form. Pumpkin Spice Latte of course! (PSL for all you hardcore coffee drinkers.)
 
 
It's a cool, crisp and semi cloudy day here in Arkansas; the kind I like best.
And wouldn't you know, the baking bug has bit me hard!
Plus my hubby is working and I love having something warm and sweet for him when he gets home.
Trust me, your husband will love this too.
 
So rummaged thru my pantry and of course found a can of pumpkin.
Every time you visit the grocery store during this season, you should grab a can of pumpkin.
One never knows when they might need to whip up a pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or drum roll please.........a Oatmeal Pumpkin Bundt Cake!
 
 
 
 
 
Naturally my cookbook of choice today was Pinterest. Anyone else run to Pinterest when they need a quick recipe?
I thought so :)
 
 
The recipe was large enough for a bundt pan AND a small loaf of bread. Well really more like a thick bar if you will.
Either way, it's moist and DELICOUS!
 
At the Jeter house we are flavor loving fools, so I doubled the recommended amount of spices she used in her recipe.
 
While the cake is baking for an hour, you can read a book, tackle all the dirty dishes piled up on the counter (yep, that was me), catch up on Gilmore Girls, or just park it in front of the oven and enjoy the bakery-esque smells.
 
Well, my percolator just finished brewing and I'm crossing my fingers that when I flip that bundt over, all the cake comes out. It's my first bundt experience! :)
 
I hope you are having a beautiful day!
Go on and bake something.

10/27/2014

That Time I Went To Craft Weekend......

Hellooooooo!
 
It has been so very long since I've spent any time in this space. My blog has been neglected big time.
But in the meantime, I've been busy living. We have been doing a little of this and that, welcome a new dog named Eugene into our home, we moved, changed jobs, left old friends, made new friends and everything else in between it seems. How's that for catching up? Not enough? That's what I figured.
Let's get started ok?
 
Flip back the calendar pages to May if you will, specifically the last weekend in May.
And let's travel to Kansas via pictures.
 
A little background first so we're really on the same page ok?
 
Several years ago, I found Meg Duerksen's Blog . And somewhere along the way, she started Craft Weekend . To describe Craft Weekend in a nut shell doesn't really do it justice nor do the pictures I am about to show you, although it will have to do.
Basically imagine a crafty sleepover, ladies only. Where you get to stay up late, eat the most delicious food imaginable, shop for the best junky treasures at the coolest thrift stores- times that by a trillion and you have an idea of how amazing Craft Weekend is. Ok? Let's keep on.
 
When I got the email in early winter that I had been chosen to attend May Craft weekend, I was nearly beside myself. Ok, I was beside myself. I was so excited that when I called to tell my husband about it, he may have said things "calm down", "just breathe", "slow down". It was THAT exciting!
Keep in mind I had been on the wait list for almost 2 years! That's right, 2 years! The first time I was chosen, we already had a family vacation planned-boo.
 
So on a Friday morning, after much packing and praying and planning; I headed to Kansas. By myself. And for some reason, I wasn't even the least bit nervous that I would be spending a weekend in Kansas with 15 other strangers. Yeah, I know.
 
 
Below is a plethora of pics that will give you a sneak in to the craft house as well as the lovely ladies I was so blessed to spend the weekend with.
 
 
Miracle and I bonded right from the beginning. She is a super amazing gal from the East Coast that I am fortunate to still keep in touch with. In fact we are planning a little crafty weekend for next Spring sometime :)
 
 
There is color EVERYWHERE at the craft house. It is simply the best of everything good and creative.
 
 
 
These gals were too fun and kept me laughing all weekend:) I especially enjoyed mornings with coffee on the front porch with Cali and without Shea, I never would have finished my apron. I mean it!
 
 
 
My apron. It's a little wonky.
 
 
Part of the fun at Craft Weekend is the incredible swag you receive from sponsors.
 
 
Every meal was straight from heaven, prepared by the uber talented Kimberlee. I tried kidnapping her, but I figured her family might miss her.
 
Bedroom at the Craft House are decorated with such care and thoughtfulness, each as cute as the other. I mean who doesn't love hoop art?
 
 
That's Meg on the left of me and Kimberlee to the right. The hostesses with the mostesses. :)
 
 
 
One of the crafts we do is a wreath. I'm pretty sure I could make wreaths all.day.long. That's how much I loved it.
 
Each Craft Weekend has helpers, and these two were the best. Laura and Lauren. It was so fun getting to know them.
 
 
 
 
Another craft we did was using potato stamps that we carved ourselves. This is my new "go to" library/bible study bag. Such a creative craft.
 
These beauties were at the "Barn". Where really happy treasures are to be found.
 
We had lunch alfresco at the barn. Kimberlee provided a spread fit for royalty. She made a spinach, prosciutto salad with cantaloupe, avocados and walnuts. Homemade dressing, you bet! We also had gourmet popcorn with flavors like dill pickle and jalapeno cheddar. Topped off with a homemade cookie and we ready to keep going!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of you may already know about Craft Weekend and for some of you this is your first time hearing about it. I encourage you to visit her blog and get on the waiting list. Even if you are not crafty, sign up. I'm not crafty and I can barely sew and it was the best weekend ever!
Try something new, go ahead. How big is your brave?
 
Until next time!

 

3/07/2014

Friday's Scripture- She Reads Truth

For quite some time I have been following along with She Reads Truth .
If you are unfamiliar with this group of gals and their blog/app take a little journey here . 
They have a series of devotions that you can download from an app or you can follow along with their blog.
Wednesday was the beginning of lent for many of us and while I haven't always participated in the past, I am now. Growing up I used to think Lent was a "Catholic"  thing. Whatever that means. But as an adult, I see it more clearly as saying no to "me" in order to grow nearer to Him. One of the verses they referenced on Wednesday was Matthew 4:16.
 
" the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
 
I mean, wow. 
At some point we have all been in darkness. Some of us may be there right now, some drifting in and out, some so immersed in the dark that we aren't even sure if light exists.
If that is you my dear friend, this season is for you. This time of building up to Easter, to the one of the greatest events displayed for all Christians past, present and future- is for you. God created in you a great light to be shown. Shown so bright that anyone stumbling around the darkness would climb mountains to be near it. I urge you to join this devotion, it's not too late. I also encourage you to give something up. Something you think you can't live without. Yes that. When you say no to your earthly desires and yes to God's heavenly desires, hold on. God is going to show up in really BIG ways. Things you've been struggling with and pondering how, are going to be revealed and yes, light will be revealed to the dark.
 
The main scripture we are discussing today is Psalm 130.
 
" Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you O Lord kept a record of sins, O Lord who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and his word I put my hoe.
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins."
 
Take note my friends, wait and hope in the Lord. He has sacrificed so much for us. He has out best interest at heart. Don't be afraid to literally cry out to Him and let it all out. He longs for that kind of relationship with you. He is the ultimate BFF.
 
I pray that you leave this little blog of mine today a little more light hearted in the hope and knowing that God is love. Whatever you imagine that to be, it's a squillion times better.
 
Have a wonderful weekend! :)

3/05/2014

Wednesday

 
 
Well hey, hey there!
I just thought I'd pop in here to say hi, dust off this poor little neglected space and get back to blogging!
Nothing like a lot of time at the house with a 24 stomach bug to make you a little stir crazy.
So, feeling much better and ready to blog. Yay! :)
 
I've been summoning my creative juices lately- which means a LOT of time on Pinterest, and here are some of the things on my mind.
 
Let's talk hair for a moment shall we?
My hair is finally long enough to actually "do" something with it. I love that. The hubs love it, win, win. So instead of my everyday down or up do, I'm going to start actually having a hairdo!
I like this pic, it seems easy enough, and this girl has major how to videos on her blog. Check her out!
 
 
I have a few chairs that this little arrangement would be perfect for on my front porch or somewhere in the yard. Loving the bold colors. Come on Spring! :)
 
Have you heard all this Kombucha talk?? I'm very interested as it seems I'm always having some type of post gallbladder tummy trouble and this is supposed to help your healthy flora, loaded with probiotics and several other important something or anothers.
 Anyone else out there?
Kombucha is super pricey at the health food stores and only sold in smallish containers. But now according to Pinterest and half my IG feed, I can make it at home with the purchase of a Scoby! Say what? Yes, I'm interested too.
Healthy gut and butt. OK, moving on.....
 
 
We recently bought the Family Physician kit from DoTerra. It helps everything from headaches, nausea, muscle pain, arthritis, various skin conditions, cold and flu. Wow! We are new and still learning and Teddy isn't always thrilled with being "oiled" up, but in the long run I do believe we are for the better.
 
 
I've been making this no knead bread recipe for months now. It's pretty effortless. All you need is a dutch oven, flour, water, yeast and salt. Anyone can make this bread. As long as you follow the recipe, it turns out perfect. I mean really, is there anything more tasty than a hot slice of homemade bread with butter??? I think not! Try it and let me know what you think!
 
 
And for all you coffee lovers out there, I couldn't help but die laughing over this.
#frenchpressloversunite
I kind of want this print for my kitchen. Someone tell Teddy.
 
Well I suppose that's all for now. Charlie is softly snoring next to me, and it's way past my bedtime. When you nap all day, you stay up all night. Or something like that.
All of these pics are available on my Pinterest board. Kudos to all the people out their with these cool ideas who share them. None of them are original to me, sadly.
 
 


12/13/2013

Hey Remember Me????

Tap, Tap .......
 
Hi, I'm Rachel, I used to blog here......remember me?
 
It is totally ridiculous the amount of time that has gone by since I last blogged. Can you forgive me?
 
So let's just jump right in ok? It has been about 10 months since I last wrote on this page. I hardly know where to begin or even how to fill you in on ALL that's gone on in my life.
 
To sum up a few important things, I will tell you that we moved back in September. We have a new house, new jobs and we love our new town.
Sometimes a fresh start is exactly what you need you know?
 
I pray that there are still some followers out there. If so, give me a holler!
I know so much has gone on with all of you and I promise to start dabbling in the land of blogging again. I truly have missed it.
And what better time to come back on the scene than Christmas!? The best time of year!
 
Every year I make it a point to watch this amazingly cute video portraying our Savior's birth.
 
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful day! :)
 

2/25/2013

When Things Don't Make Sense

I was reading my sweet blog friend Stephanie's post today and immediately knew that I had to share the good things going on in our life too.
 
Sometimes I feel like I don't want to be too personal on here. I mean I know this is MY blog, so it's usually about ME, ME, ME, but really this blog isn't about me.
It's all about what God is doing in my life and that's the biggest message I want you to get from this.
To God be the glory.
 
I told you about the time God provided us with a FREE building right?
If you haven't read it yet, I'll wait.
Go check it out here.
 
Amazing right??
 
As you might also remember several months ago, Teddy took a HUGE leap of faith and left his well paying state job to go out on his own and start up a heating and cooling business. Our major source of income gone. We had some savings, but it went quickly. We have some here and there work but not much. I wish that I could say I leave it all up to God and never worry about our bills would be a big fat lie.
I do know that God is taking care of us. In fact people have come out of the woodwork and helped us here and there. We know that God is doing that.
He put dear friends and family in our lives to help us and we are forever grateful for that.
There are months when we aren't sure how the bills are going to get paid, but they do.
I complain about dirty dishes, but it means we're eating. We haven't missed a meal yet.
Even our chickens have started laying eggs again!
God has literally provided us with everything we need and then some.
He allowed us to go to the C3 conference in Dallas, stay in a nice hotel and even drink a few Starbucks!
I mean is He an awesome God or what?!
 
When life starts feeling desperate and you aren't sure which way to go. Look up!
Get out the greatest and most popular book ever written and flip thru the pages.
The Bible tells about His love on every page.
 
God is with us.
He is in this life with us.
He is working behind the scenes, gathering just the right people at just the right time to take care of you.
Don't be frustrated. Be thankful.
Be thankful for the right now, exactly where are you.
There truly is value in your struggle.
And instead of asking "why me?", just ask God to open your heart so that you can see the value in your current situation and thank Him for His works in you because He is preparing the way for us and taking us to great heights.
You can be sure of this!
 
" Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."
Jeremiah 7
 
" Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11: 28-29

 
We are still waiting for the appraiser to finish his paperwork for our building. Our goal is to be in that building before Easter, but God's timing is really what we're going for.
We could really use your prayers and support as right now we are still meeting at the fairgrounds and have to set up and tear down each Sunday. Being in our own building will be such a blessing.
In the mean time we are praising Him for what He has already worked out for us and the fact that we have a building to worship in is amazing in itself.
 
I hope you have a GREAT week!
 

2/21/2013

Back Roads Are For Driving

Every once in awhile my man will have an errand and need to go for a little drive down a dirt road somewhere.
And every once in awhile, we just drive down a dirt road because we can :)
I never knew the significance or joy that could be had while driving down a dirt road with your hubby in his old pick up truck.
We sometimes grab a Sonic drink, hold hands and daydream about our life on the farm someday.
There truly is something so wonderful about it.
And don't let me misguide you, our Subaru Outback has made many a trip  down dirt roads too.

A couple of weeks ago after some snow we took such a ride.
I like to really soak in the environment and the scenery.



I never grow tired of seeing the barns and cows in the field. Something I didn't grow up seeing and can appreciate so much more now that I'm not so "citified". :)



Even on a gloomy day our countryside is beautiful.



 
Sometimes a person just needs to get out of their regular environment and into nature.
Something that doesn't always come natural to me, but a much needed break.
 
 
I recently read in my "Jesus Calling" devotional by Sarah Young this excerpt that is so perfect:
" You are feeling weighed down by a plethora or problems, both big and small. They seem to require more and more of your attention, but you must not give in to those demands. When the difficulties in your life feel as if they are closing in on you, break free by spending quality time with Me. you need to remember who I AM in all My Power and Glory. Then, humbly bring Me your paryer and petitions. Your problems will pale when you view them in the Light of My Presence. You can learn to be joyful in Me, your Savior, even in the midst of adverse circumstances. Rely on Me, your Strenth; I make your feet like the feet of a deer, enabling you to on the heights."
 
Habakkuk 3:17-19
" Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strengthy; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights."
 
In all of our circumstances, BIG and small, we MUST celebrate Him.
If you are spending only a small part of your day with Him, you will only get a small part of Him.
If you are devoting a BIG part of your day with Him, you will get a BIG part of Him.
 
Take time today to enjoy the small things, because each thing is a blessing, sometimes in disguise.
 
We recently got back from a trip to Texas that literally changed us.
We were so blessed to attend a conference called C3 in Dallas at Fellowship Church.
I will be blogging about that soon!
 
It's cold and icy here in our little corner of Arkansas today.
I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.
 
Have a great day!