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Organic Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredient Batter: 3 1/2 Cups Organic Unbleached Flour 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt 3 Cups Organic Raw Sugar 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg  1/2 Teaspoon Allspice 
2 Cups Organic Mashed Pumpkin  2/3 Cups Spring Water 4 Organic Free Range Eggs 1 Cup Coconut Oil  1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
Filling for cupcakes: 12 ounces Organic Cream Cheese or Chev Goat Cheese 3/4 Cup Organic Powdered Sugar 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
In large mixing bowl combine your dry ingredients. Mix well. In another bowl mix wet ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet until completely combined. If you want to add nuts in your pumpkin muffins do so now. In a separate bowl mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Insert into muffins or bread by dropping small spoonfuls on top. Scoop into muffin tin or pour into three bread pans. For bread bake at 350 F. for an hour or until a tooth pick when inserted comes out clean. For the muffins bake at 350 …

Belle Meade Plantation

My cousin came for the weekend and since she has never been to Tennessee before we decided to show her around. We choice a local historical site, Belle Meade Plantation. We've been there several times but every time I learn something new. The house and grounds are stunning. 

Founded in 1807 by John Harding. The thoroughbred horse business on the plantation began with the boarding of thoroughbreds as early as 1816, John registered his own racing silks with the Nashville Jockey Club in 1823 and began training horses on the track at his McSpadden's Bend Farm.  When his son William Giles Harding took over the estate, he focused on breeding and racing the thoroughbreds however the Civil War interrupted both. After the war, the family picked up where they left off and between 1867-1868 General Harding won more races than any man living in the U.S. at the time.

As you step past the bullet-riddled columns (from the American Civil War) on the front porch and through the front door you…

When You Feel Like Saying "When" - Dancing In The Rain

Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance with Him in the rain.

A few years ago my sister woke up on the couch to the sound of water dripping. Further investigation revealed that one of the second story toilets had overflown and was now dripping through the living room ceiling all over our new living room furniture. That night the house sounded like a large plane was parked in the living room and yet another one was in the upstairs bathrooms. On top of this our air conditioner was out and the days were in the low hundreds, so everyone was camping out in the master bedroom. It was loud, it was hot and it was crowded. For a couple of months it felt like just everything that could possible go wrong had gone wrong.

My parents and grandmother we're in a car accident.

One thing after the next after the next went wrong.

I remember laying on the twin size mattress on the floor, exhausted- spiritually and mentally. All I wanted to do was curl in…

Organic Wet Beef and Bean Burrito

Ingredients: 1 Can Organic Refried Beans (16 OZ each)  1 Small Package Organic Grass Fed Beef Dash Of: Himalayan Salt Garlic Powder Onion Powder Chili Powder Brianna's Fiesta Rice  Flour Tortillas  Enchilada Sauce 28 ounce can Cheddar,Colby Jack Cheese or Jack Cheese
Directions: Brown ground beef in a skillet and season to your taste. Add your can of re-fried beans to your beef and cook until warm. Grate cheese and set aside. Warm enchilada sauce in a sauce pan Warm flour tortillas (we just place them on the burner on the stove and turn it in circles and flip it from one side to the other but you can get fancy and use a pan or griddle.) Heat until just warm, but not stiff and brown. Take flour tortilla and place on a plate. Scoop beef and bean mixture and place in the middle. Top with Brianna's Fiesta Rice (see below for recipe). Cheese and what ever else you like in your burrito. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla over your meat and rice mix.  Then fold the left side and the…

Cottage Charm Part 7 Taking A Compliment

This old thing? I only wear it when I don't care how I look. - Its A Wonderful Life

Look around you and listen, children and adults alike stumble and falter when complemented on anything from a new haircut to that dinner you know they took all afternoon preparing. Why is that? Why is it so hard to just say what we aught to?

When someone tells is that our outfit is pretty we don't need to tell them it is a hand-me-down from our cousin Claire, or that we found it at a yard sale for 50 cents. (Only tell them where you got it if they ask. But there is no need to go into great detail as to where. You could simply say "It was a gift" or "it caught my eye at a yard sale".) They don't want us to explain all the reasons its not pretty or that we think it makes our hips look big. We need to just say "Thank you"

When I go to church everyone says I look like one of the latest Disney princesses because of my long braided hair. I found myself uncomfortable…

Walking With Mom

It has been a long road, so many memories. You were my Matron of honor at my wedding, you helped me scrimp to make the evening special and beautiful. You were mom and dad for me after daddy died and we were best friends when I grew up.

When you would go visit other family members I would try not to call so they could have you all to themselves but I would find myself standing in an all too empty kitchen wishing I could just talk to you. Just share my day or cry on your shoulder.

Time has marched on and still we walk side by side year by year. The doctors can't say why- but these strokes don't stop. They continue to plague you and frighten us all as the slowly steal one memory at a time. With them has come change... my friend has gone away and left only the small frail shell of a woman I loved. Someday's you remember me, other you don't. Someday's you know you are at home others you are somewhere else. Somewhere I can not follow no matter how much I wish I could. S…

Grandma's Organic Apple Pie

Pie Ingredients: 5 Organic Apples 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (Optional)  2 Crusts 2-3 Tablespoons Raw Organic Sugar 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon  1 Free Range Egg 1 1/2 Teaspoon Tapioca Flour or Corn StarchCrust Ingredients:  (makes 1) 1 1/4 Cups Organic Flour 1/2 Teaspoon Salt  1/3 Cups Organic Butter 3-4 Tablespoons Cold Water 
In a medium size bowl place your flour and salt. Stir and add half of your butter and cut in. Add water and stir. Slice the other half of the butter into thin slices and knead into dough. Place in the fridge so butter can harden.


Roll crust out until it fits the bottom of your pan. Cut off extra. Stretch across pan and use a fork to prick the dough across the bottom. Slice apples and fill the pan. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top and add the lemon juice.


 Roll the second crust out and cut into long strips. Weave the pieces back and forth across the top (over one strip under another) so it looks like a basket. If you have extra strips you can use them to make a bow …

Cottage Charm Part 6 - Play Time Manners

~Play Time~Manners please.  She would tell us that as a gentle reminder that we were not acting our best and it was just enough to nudge our conscience and do what we knew that we needed to do.  Manners are very important in play as they are at a museum, in church our favorite restaurant or grandma's house. We must then instruct our little ones on how to behave so that they never feel lost in a circumstance and don't know how to act. It is not a stuffy and antiquated notion, but something we do because we love our children and want them to feel comfortable  in many situations.

For instance, we should not be selfish but share what we bring to playtime with others if we bring snacks bring enough to share with our friends. 
Do not insist on going first. We need to wait and take turns. We should never cut in line. Do not hit, push, scratch or throw things at others. This may seem obvious but I see it happen time and time again when I volunteer at church with the children.  
If you se…