Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pinterest & More

I have recently been trying to cut out refined sugar.  Mostly because: I don’t like how it makes me feel while I’m pregnant; I know it’s terrible for me and I have a fear of getting gestational diabetes.   Tonight was a big fail.  I have been able to make gluten free brownies for Dave & Henry and not eat them.  Not so much today.

Betty Crocker does make some really good gluten free mixes.  Really good.

I started reading Wheat Belly.

wheat belly

I find it very fascinating.  He has been able to cure his own diabetes and many others by eliminating wheat.  99% if the world’s wheat supply is from a genetically altered form that was created to solve the world hunger problem.  That is really awesome but the havoc it reeks on the human body not so.  It actually increases blood sugar more than table sugar. 

I finished Winter Garden in like 48 hours.

great book/ very intense.

I really, really enjoyed it. 


I try to listen to our ministry’s live radio program as much as I can.  It’s called the Grace Hour and I listen online at  Yesterday and today were a message split in two from the founding pastor on discipline.  It really struck a chord with me.  I have been meditating on it ever since.  It’s so easy to settle for the bad disciplines we have already formed and give up on allowing God to form new disciplines.  And these are from the smallest to the greatest tasks in our lives.  So good to focus on.





Via.  I think this is so true.  Or maybe better said let God form it into something good over time.  I have recently heard so many heart breaking stories of childhood abuse and the sudden death of a husband of over 20 years.  Wow.  A lot.  It’s amazing how God can take the heart break in our lives and turn it into something good for the kingdom. 


Via.  What a fabulous entryway.

windows, artwork ♥

Via.  Artwork and windows.

the Barefoot Contessa barn kitchen - I love Barefoot Contessa's entire property!

Via.  Barefoot Contessa’s barn kitchen.  ♥

gray island, pendents, white cabinets ♥

Via.  This kitchen is COOL!


Via.  Barefoot Contessa’s barn office!


Via.  My gifted cousin’s business.


Via.  I love the walls in this bedroom.

Love the window!

Via.  Window love!


I stole this photo off someone’s facebook.  Our pastor turned 15 today.  Well, he’s only had 15 birthdays since it falls on Leap Year!  Happy birthday, Pastor Schaller.  So grateful for your life!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Love That Henry…


I love that Henry is such a loving boy. 

I love that Henry loves music and loves to sing and dance.

I love that Henry loves to raise his hands to heaven and sing halleluiah to the Lord during our night time routine.

I love that Henry prays for his family and all the animals on Stacey’s farm.


I love that Henry says he’s going jogging like his mommy Winking smile.

I love that Henry loves to play “On your mark, get set, go” when his Memaw watches him.


I love that Henry loves the farm so much.

I love that Henry loves animals so much.

I love that Henry will sit in the same spot and watch the horses for a long time.


I love that Henry loves adventure.

I love that Henry has a love hate relationship with fear.  Many things scare him but he loves to be afraid so he continues on.


I love that Henry loves people so much especially kids.

I love that Henry has a tremendous imagination.

I love that Henry asks to go to the farm every day.

I love that Henry asks to go to MyriahTim’s every day.

I love that Henry asks to get on a plane to go to Maine to see Zac & Christopher and names many other people in our family.


I love that Henry likes to pretend to be animals and ropes others into playing his games.

I love that Henry loves his family so much especially mommy, daddy and Maggie.

I love that Henry says he loves us.

I love that Henry gives great hugs.

I love that Henry loves to cuddle.

I love that Henry’s little footsteps into my room and his arms wrapped around my neck are the beginnings of a new day together.

I love that Henry practically dances with joy when Daddy gets home.

I love that Henry loves to help.

I love that Henry quotes lines from books during the day.

(All but top photo stolen from Stacey).

Friday, February 24, 2012

Best Daddy/Husband Ever


Zucchini-Devil's Food Snack Cake (Gluten Free)


I had a girls’ night with my cousin Rye thanks to my wonderful husband.  Friday nights are his only week night home but he came home and took over our almost three year old Henry’s demands without skipping a beat.  When I got home I noticed David had baked the gluten free Betty Crocker Cake mix with Henry while I was gone.  He told me he asked Henry if he wanted to make the cake for me and Henry started crying that it was Henry’s cake.  Don’t mess with the boy’s chocolate!

20 St. Patrick Day Recipes

I never gave much thought to St. Patrick’s Day because: If I’m Irish it is such a small amount no one counts it, I don’t drink, and I am not so organized to be a cutesy, cutesy decorator for all cutesy holidays.  BUT I do LOVE green, I LOVE the story of St. Patrick, a missionary to Ireland, and my little boy, his aunt and his cousin were all born on or around the holiday.  So those are some reason to celebrate!  On that note, I have stolen a post from 36th Avenue on some great recipes I would make the ones I use gluten & dairy free!



Eat Your GREENS!

…This is what this post is all about.

I have to admit that St. Patrick’s Day is kind of new to me.

However I will adopt any Holiday that invites me to eat.

Enjoy the feast with me!


Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix

by The Yummy Life.


piece on napkin

on platter


Avocado Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce.

I am loving the sound of the cilantro lemon sauce.

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Recipe by Adventures in Cooking.


Nothing like an old classic!

Rice Krispie Treat Shamrocks

by Little Birdie Secrets


Shamrock Chip and Dip.


Tutorial over at Zakka Life.


Cake… St. Patric Style!

recipe by I Am a Baker.


Ooh! I love this one.

Perfect if you are throwing a party!

Cucumber Cups Stuffed with Spicy Crab 

by Domestic Fits.


Shamrock Marshmallow Pops

by Poca Cosa.


Irish Blue Cheese Fondue 

recipe over at

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This one is super cute!

Lucky Breakfast!

Get the FREE Printable over at Thoughtfully Simple.

green food ideas

saint patrick's day food


Green-Pea Soup with Cheddar-Scallion Panini

Perfect St. Patrick’s Day LUNCH!

Get the recipe HERE.

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Believe it or not these cupcakes are made with a red velvet recipe.



Recipe over at Bakerella.


St. Patty’s Day White Pizza with Basil Leaf Shamrocks.

Recipe over at Make the Best of Everything

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Grasshopper Mint Macaron.


Recipe by Not So Humble Pie.


Irish Beef and Stout Stew    

Here is some comfort food for you and me!

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Recipe via


St. Patrick’s Day Ice Cream Jello

St. Patrick's Day Ice Cream Jello

Recipe by The Food Librarian


Shamrock Spinach Quiche

This looks so good!

Recipe by Diamonds for Dessert.

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Key Lime Shamrock Cake

This cake was linked up to the party this week.

Get the recipe over at by Bird On A Cake.


Colcannon Puffs!

Recipe by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Colcannon Puffs


Brigadeiro de Pistache.

This has pistachios,  sweetened condensed milk and butter…

I want one right now!

Get the recipe over at


These Cucumber Feta Rolls  look so fresh and delicious!                 

Get the recipe over at

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So there you have 20 green-licious recipes.

Oh… how I love to eat!

Wishing you all a Happy Friday!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

23 Weeks Pregnant–17 to Go

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing his for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.

text from Baby Center

Office Redo

We are just putting the final touches on our office redo. 



Really poor quality photo taken from the day of closing.


Our office before.  Dave ripped out the carpet.


Desk before.  It was a work table in our basement.  I traded out the table we were using for a desk.


Desk After.  See blog here.

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My mother in-law did a much needed reupholster job on this antique settee I picked up at a Maine yard sale maybe 4 or 5 years ago.  I . owe. her. a. gold. medal.


New paint on walls & trim.  New curtains.  Curtains placed closer to ceiling to give an illusion of more vertical height.