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Cornbread Recipe


1 Cup Organic Flour
1 Cup Organic Cornmeal
1/4 Cup Organic Refined Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
2 Pasture Raised Eggs
4 Teaspoons Non- Aluminum Baking Powder
1 Cup Organic Milk
3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar (If you like yours sweet like we do just add sugar to taste)

Stir together in a medium size bowl, flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, milk and oil. Beat until smooth and pour out into a casserole pan. Or you can use a small cake pan like we did, or you can pour the batter into individual muffin pans. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Use a tooth pick to make sure the center is cooked through and serve.

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Man From Uncle New & Classic Review


Recently I stumbled upon the Man From Uncle TV series, and instantly fell in love with this classic spy show! Were in the middle of season 1 and are having such fun finding the actors we recognize. Its such a great family friendly show, and you don't even have to worry about all that junk that you so often run into with newer movies.

I have to say I was kind of excited to find out about the movie that came out this month. Mr. Cottage took Cheyenne and I to go see it. All in all, I thought it was a pretty good movie. There were three words or so that I would consider bad words. And one scene involving a young lady wearing nothing but a pair of underwear that I could definitely do with out. I like how they kept it in the same time period, and how it gave a little more of an explanation on how the "team" became a team. Over all it was a pretty good movie, the acting was good and I liked the sound track. It wasn't really gory like lots of movies- which surprised me being a spy movie. But I think I still like the old one best :) I guess I am the classic kind of girl.

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The Wilson County Fair 2015


 

The place where cotton candy, funnel cakes, lights, games, shooting galleries, face painting, competitions and rides that make you question your sanity meet. Welcome to the Wilson County Fair, the biggest in our state. For two weeks every summer people flock to get the fill of fair food,  music, exhibits and rides. Heat nor mud stop this show from going on.


We decided to go on the last day of the fair, a nice smoldering day. After buying our tickets we stopped by the livestock barn to see our dear friend and a few of her goats from  Butterfly-Morn Farm.


Then it was off to get our hands stamped so we could defy gravity and "ride the wind"- or make ourselves sick, which ever comes first.

We started with the Farris Wheel, then moved onto the Gliders- then a quick stop to the mule pulling competition- umm. They didn't much like being hooked up to the thing they were supposed to pull.




Then we stopped by the sheep competitions for a bit before going on to the cattle competition. After checking it out we headed back off to find something else we could do- we chose the "Vertigo" ie. the massive swing.


Brianna and I rode together and dad rode with another little boy. One of my shoes happened to be loose and I was a little worried I was going to lose it and it was going to fall off and smack someone in the head. Right until I looked up and noticed that my sister had her eyes shut (on the swing! LOL!)

This is the target from the shooting gallery. Who knew we had an Anny Oakley in the family. Pretty good for her first time!




After we got off and stopped laughing at my sister we decided to get something to eat. Then the shooting gallery, ice cream truck, and back to the "big kid" rides. We chose this monstrosity- the funniest part Brianna LOVED this one- yes the same one who had her eyes closed on the swing.


We had a great time- but by the end of the night we were so tired and our feet were killing us.

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Breadsticks Recipe


5/8 Cup Spring Water
1 Tablespoon refined Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
2 Cups Organic Flour (Can use non-organic)
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Organic Raw Sugar (Can use non-organic)
2 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast
 Pour the water into a medium size bowl, then oil. Follow with the flour, in separate corners add salt, sugar, and yeast. Slowly begin to mix. Once combined and elastic. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour- or until doubled in size.


Divide into small even balls and roll into long sausage shapes. Think preschool making clay snakes :) Sprinkle cookie sheet with cornmeal then sprinkle with garlic and salt  and place pizza rolls on top.



Allow to rise again. Melt salted grass fed butter with some garlic powder and baste dough with butter (or oil). Preheat oven to 350 and back for 25 minutes or until golden brown.







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Wild Roses Fashion - It's Purple


I came across a picture on Pinterest of Taylor Swift wearing a really vintage looking outfit and posing with a  bike, I thought the look was cute so I re-created with some stuff I had. I really like how this one came out, and thought I would share it with you.


I got the purple sweater and cream skirt from a local vintage store, the sunglasses are from Ross, the bracelet is from Clair's Boutique and the necklace was my grandmother's. I got the purple flower that is in my hair from Walmart to go on a pair of wings- but that is a whole other story. My shoes are from Walmart too. For my hair, I just used a "bump it".


The Golden Braid Book Review

Last week I got the opportunity to read Melanie Dickerson's newest book 'The Golden Braid' . Well let's just say I finished all 300+ pages in 24 hours. It was wonderful!



The Golden Braid is based on Rapunzel- but told in an entirely new way, that will keep you enthralled to the very last page. I love how believable the characters are, and that you never quite knew what to expect.  I love the richness of the characters in this sweet tale.  Trust me friends, you will love it!

 My only regret with this book was that it was finished, I had to stop myself from going to the beginning and starting it all over again. This book has found a close tie with 'The Healer's Apprentice' as my favorite book by her.

The Golden Braid comes out November 17, 2015!

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Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Recipe



Ingredients:1 1/2 cups warm Bottled Water about 110 F
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups of Organic Flour
 2 pkgs of
 Active Dry Yeast
2 tablespoons Raw Sugar
1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1 tablespoon C
innamon
1 tablespoon Raw S
ugar (for the water bath)

Topping:
1 c
up Raw Sugar
¼ cup Cinnamon
4 to 6 tablespoons Grass-fed Butter (
melted)

Directions:
In a mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of flour and the yeast.

Combine warm water, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt. Pour over flour mixture.

Beat at low speed with an electric mixer for about 1/2 a minute, then stir as much of the remaining flour with a spoon as you can.

Turn out on to a lightly floured surface, kneed in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic.

Cover and let rest for 10 minutes, then cut into 12 even portions.

Shape each one into a smooth ball.

Punch a hole in the center of each and pull gently to widen the hole to about 1 1/2 -2 inches. Place on a greased backing sheet. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.


Broil 5 inches from heat for 3-4 minutes turning once (tops should not turn brown).

Heat a gallon of water to boiling in a large pan, and add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the water. Cook 4-5 bagels at a time in the boiling water for 7 minutes turning once. Remove bagels with a slotted spoon and drain the water.

Once the bagels are all boiled, brush each bagel with butter and then generously sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar topping.

Then place on a cookie sheet and return to the oven for 25-30 minutes at 375.



Say What You Mean To Say

This year my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday- I'll be 18. This question keeps me from sleep. It's 10:30 but I can't sleep. What do I want?


  • I want to sing "Jesus loves me" with my foster brother one more time, I can almost hear is sleepy voice singing "bible, bible" the only words of the song he could say. 
  • I want to laugh with my other foster brother as he eats his "green monster" aka blended avocado. I can almost see his smile- his cheeks coated in green. I want to wrestle my keys away from him as he tries to "blog" by crashing his tiny fingers into my keyboard. And pretend to be annoyed.


  • I want to be sitting in the sunshine on a friends horse trailer, listen to the birds sing and the horses, with soggy boots from riding through the creek, and crazy hair from my helmet. 
  • I want to splash my feet in the lake while sitting on the dock with old friends and promise again that we will always be friends, and stay up late whispering about home hopes and dreams. I want one more moment with the ones I love. The ones on different journeys, the ones gone too soon.


  • I want to wake up early and sit with grandma watching the sun come up and sipping steaming cups of tea. I want to hear her sing all the songs she knew so well. I want to "swing dance" with her one more time, and hold her hand as we walk along.


So tonight as the hours tick by to that moment 18 years ago, I sit and remember- all the people who made me who I am. I treasure their memories- our memories together, and I find that I already have my birthday wish.

As I sit here listening to my radio play ocean waves, I find myself almost afraid of tomorrow, another year that will take me further from them.

The house is silent- but for the sound of the waves, it feels as if the whole world sleeps except for me sitting here with a pen and paper.

What have I learned? In these 18 years?


  • Family isn't always by blood- sometimes it's by heart.


  • Not everyone is going to be in your life forever, but that's ok.


  • Life is unpredictable, enjoy the ride.


  • Dream big- it makes life more fun.


  • When you get knocked down, with God's help you'll come up stronger, or wiser or both. 

 I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Edison



Say what you mean to say.

Don't assume people know how you feel about them. Tell the people you care about you love them, you miss them, that they are a blessing to you. It only takes a minute- as we were going through my grandmother's things trying to figure out what to send to who, we found a letter from one of my aunts. It had been sent with school pictures of her kids, "don't have time to write, here are the pictures of the kids". Make time- please. Even if you just write "I love you". Do it. Forever is never promised.


  • And finally ice cream is always better with a friend. Ice cream loves company- oh wait that's misery.





Breakfast Pockets Recipe

Want something a little different for breakfast? Try this delicious recipe! They are wonderful to make ahead and warm and also for breakfast on the go.  Would be great for back to school breakfast!

The Crust
2 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Organic Raw Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Grassfed Butter
2/3 Cup Organic Milk

Stir together in a medium size bowl flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add milk, and stir until combined, but don't over stir. Roll out and mold into a muffin tin (this should make 4-5).

The Stuffing
4 Eggs Scrambled eggs (seasoned how you like it)
2-3 slices Nitrate Free Bacon fried and chopped

Cheese

Cook the eggs seasoned how you like them, add chopped bacon and cheese. Spoon into Muffin Tins. If you want you can add a little (or a lot) more cheese.

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