Coffee Mug Exchange Fun w/The Enchanting Rose!

Coffee Mug Exchange Fun w/The Enchanting Rose!

Most of our readers are aware of how much I enjoy coffee!  But the truth is that I enjoy tea almost as much as coffee.  And I also enjoy a variety of mugs and teacups.  That’s why I was excited to join the recent teacup/mug exchange that was hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  Abigail and I participated last year and really enjoyed being a part of the swap.  This year I had kind of forgotten about it so my decision to join was spur of the moment but I’m glad I did!

Somehow I forgot to take pictures of the things that I sent to my swap partner.  Perhaps she will share it on a blog post for Stephanie’s big reveal – a linkup on her blog that will be hosted on Wednesday.

But this is what I received in the mail.  Rebekah is the young lady who was given my name – she is from Missouri and is close in age to me 🙂 Read more

Happy October To You – Twins, Sukkot & Coconut Oil!

Can you believe that we are already in October?  I’m not sure where this year has gone!  It has been quiet around here lately and I apologize for that.  But I do have an excuse!  Or at least, a good reason.  That sounds better, doesn’t it? 🙂

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

Twins!

Several weeks ago, we received a call at 2:15am from Clinton and Sharon (who are like family to us) and they asked for my mother and Sarah to come to their place because Sharon was in labor. We were surprised since it was a couple weeks before her due date but they hurried out of the house and drove the 1.5 hours to where Clinton and Sharon are living.  We received a text several hours later that read, “Baby girl born before we got here … waiting on baby #2!”

That began a whirlwind of a week and a half!  To start with, they didn’t know that they were having twins!  But some hours later, baby #2 was born – another beautiful little girl! Unfortunately Sharon did have some complications after the birth, which resulted in 2 unexpected emergency trips to the hospital.  During this time, Sarah was staying with them to help care for the twins and their 15 month old son.  Others in our family, myself included, spent time back and forth between their place and ours, resulting in loss of sleep and crazy schedules.  But it was worth it all!  I mean … they have TWINS!!

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

To say we’re all excited would be an understatement!  But with all of that going on, not to mention me and the other girls having more puppy business work to handle since Sarah was away, we haven’t kept up with things around the blog as much as we would like to.  More on that in a little bit!

Isn’t this a beautiful family?!Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

I mentioned that Clinton and Sharon had some unexpected hospital visits, which resulted in some unexpected expenses.  Another friend of ours has started an online fundraiser for them.  If any of you feel led to help them with the medical bills, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can do so by clicking on this link:

Let’s Bless Clinton & Sharon Cauthen’s Growing Family


Sukkot!

As most of you know, our family observes the Biblical feasts and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) is beginning next week!  So it’s going to be quiet on the blog for a little bit longer but we look forward to catching up in a few weeks!  I know I still have one more house photo post to publish and we have some other things in the works too.  I’m sure we’ll also be sharing pictures and videos from our Sukkot celebration.  This is always a highlight of the year and I pray that all of you who are celebrating it will have a very blessed one!


Coconut Oil!

Do you use coconut oil?  It has some amazing health benefits! Our family enjoys using it in many different recipes and we go through a fairly large quantity.  I have searched around to find the best price on organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil … and I think I have found it! {affiliate link} Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon only costs $16.14 for 54oz!

Disclaimer: this is the price before shipping.  But I like to combine items in my order to get the total over $49, which gives me free shipping.  If you already have Amazon Prime, you can get free shipping anyway!  Or if you don’t have it, you can get a free 30 day trial at – try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 🙂

Question: do you order many items through amazon?  What are some of your favorite finds?

Hope you have a lovely week and we’ll be back around the end of October, YHWH willing!

P.S.  Do you know what else I usually order on Amazon?   Cafe Don Pablo Organic Coffee Medium-Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee Beans!  It’s $15.99 for 2lbs and it’s VERY GOOD coffee 🙂

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

Last week I shared part one of our remodel project photo record!  Today I’m sharing pictures of the remodel process in the stove room and our girls’ bedroom.  The photo above is from our girls’ room.  It was taken while we were in the process of moving in, so it is still fairly empty and wide open!  There are more pictures of our room below … Read more

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

For practically as long as I can remember, whenever we would drive past an old farmhouse, we would comment on how nice it would be to fix one up!  Last year, our dream came true and we started tackling a farmhouse remodel project.  This post has been a year in the making!  We talked about sharing pictures a long time ago but I’m finally getting to it now.

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

It was quite a chore – trying to sort through the hundreds of pictures and whittle them down to the few best ones.  Many of the pictures I chose wouldn’t be considered incredible but they tell the story, so that’s why I used them.  Even after all the paring down, I still ended up with too many pictures for one post so I plan to split this into at least two.  Enjoy!


The above picture shows the front view of the house … this is the side where you drive in.  We love having so much yard area!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Kitchen

This was the original kitchen …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

One of the first things we planned for was to replace the one small window with two large ones. We already had the windows so it was a blessing that we didn’t have to buy them.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finished!  Sort of.  We actually still have to finish the exterior trim (ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!)The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The floor under the sink was rotten.  That’s what happens when the drain pipe comes disconnected – meaning that the sink AND the washing machine were draining right here under the house.  My father always says it’s a mathematical equation: wood+water=rot!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

How do you like those tree trunk floor joists? 🙂The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Hard workers!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

When we took out one of the kitchen walls, we lost a lot of our cabinet space.  So we decided to move those cabinets over the sink here.  The plan is to thoroughly remodel the kitchen as soon as we get the chance but this works for now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

See where the wall used to be?  It divided the kitchen from the dining room so we took it out.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Whenever we do the final remodel, we plan to put an island in the kitchen too!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Main Room

This was the dining room.  Cheery looking room, ay? :p  The wall on the left divided it from the kitchen.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this was a living room – the wall on the left divided it from the dining room.  (The door on the right goes into the parents’ bedroom and the door straight ahead goes into the laundry room/pantry/garage area.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We like wide open spaces, so we decided to take out all three walls, and make this one big room.  Thankfully, these were not load-bearing walls so we didn’t have to worry about the structural support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The boys and our friend Clinton had fun busting down the walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Walls are out … time to paint!  But first …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Do you see this window here on the right?  Well it looked out into the laundry room … and it wasn’t exactly a spectacular view!  Some of us really wanted to take the window out but we were short on finances and time, and so my parents decided that the window would stay.  Mama suggested that the china cabinet go in front of it, or mentioned even painting the window!  But when I compared the dimensions of the china cabinet to the window area, I discovered that there would several inches of window/trim showing on the sides and above the cabinet.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finally, after being pretty outspoken about the need to remove the window and sheetrock the wall, I told my father “I will forever regret not getting rid of the window!”  Ruthie heard me and started to explain how it wasn’t a big deal because the china cabinet would cover it.  I grabbed the tape measure and showed her just how far the china cabinet would and would not cover.  She looked a little horrified and said “Oh!  We need to get rid of the window!”  The other children started agreeing so someone wrote up a “petition for window removal” on a scrap paper and signed the whole family’s names to it – including the ones who weren’t around!

Mama and Tommy had gone to pick up the hardwood flooring and Abba said he was fine with taking it out, as the materials really wouldn’t be too expensive, but he knew Tommy wouldn’t want more sheetrock to finish out.  So that evening, after getting the okay from Mama, Abba told Tommy that us girls had busted out the window so that it had to be removed! :p  We didn’t really, but the petition worked and wow – that wall looks so much better now than if it still had a window in it!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this is what happens when you fall asleep while someone is mudding sheetrock!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We found a couple cans of “palomino gold” paint on discount at Ace … added about 3 or 4 gallons of white to lighten it up … and we have nice, peachy walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The guys did put in a false beam here where the wall had been.  It’s not for support but because the ceiling was too uneven to finish out.
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This is a more recent picture but it gives you an idea of what the beam looks like!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

There was only one section in the farmhouse that needed support, so they manufactured this beam …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And put it here!  This is where the dining room/living room adjoin with what we call the stove room (pictures of that in the next post).  It used to just be a couple doorways but since we wanted it open, they had to put in the beam for support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This picture was taken before it was trimmed out so it isn’t completely finished here, but it’s what I have!
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Laying hardwood flooring!  Everyone helped with this project and it took several days to complete!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Sometimes you just have to take a break while you’re waiting on another piece!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

I wonder if there are any OCD floorers!  It sure can drive you crazy trying to decide which pieces to put where and keep the joints far enough apart.  And yes, there is such a thing as floorers remorse :p
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The dining room and kitchen.  This definitely isn’t a finished picture, as you can see the trim still needs to be replaced, among other things, but this is a good idea of what it looks like now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And from this angle … the dining room and living room!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

That’s all for now but I’ll post some more pictures very soon!

Modest Outfit By Ruthie – Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Ever since Ruthie was little, she has always liked big, bold patterns and bright colors!  Her style has always been unique and a bit different from the rest of us girls 🙂  With her sewing skills and talent with using fabric, she manages to put together outfits that suit her tastes and most of us usually agree that they are pretty!

Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Pardon the photo-bomber!  Cricket (who belongs to Ruthie) decided that she wanted to be in the pictures too!  The pink cardigan used to belong to Abigail and she purchased it from eBay years ago.  Apparently the listing no longer exists but you can find a similar one on Amazon.  Ruthie bought the light blue top from Abigail for $5 – it originally came from Goodwill 🙂 Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Abigail bought this skirt from a thrift store for a few dollars and planned to give it to Lydia.  She didn’t care for it so much so it ended up being a hand-me-up for Ruthie!  It originally had a crocheted blue tier on the bottom also but it would snag on things, so she took it off.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

See the pretty sleeves on the cardigan?  And the ruffle flowers on the collar of the top?  Those are the type of little touches that Ruthie really likes!Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

We purchased the headcovering in Israel many years ago.  It’s very hard to find this color nowadays, which is sad because I would like to stock it on our shop.  She is wearing the Lovely Circle bobby pins, which we use often.  I like how they are simple but elegant.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Another accessory!  Have you ever wondered how to hold together the loose ends of a cardigan?  Ruthie uses a flexi-clip on hers!  This one is an x-small Freestyle Tiara.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

And one more just because!  No actually, this photo was taken because we are updating our puppy website and needed new bio photos for the family page 🙂Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!


And don’t forget – the giveaway for Rosi’s Boutique is still happening!  Click on the image below to visit the post and enter for a chance to win a headcovering/headband of your choice!RB Giveaway

 

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi’s Boutique – A Giveaway!

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

Last year I did a review and giveaway for a headcovering from my dear friend’s Etsy shop – Rosi’s Boutique.  Recently Rosi asked us if we would like to do another review and host a giveaway as well!  If I were you ladies, I would jump at this chance!  The winner of our giveaway gets a headband/covering of her choice from Rosi’s Boutique!

Rosi’s coverings are amazing!  They are feminine, stylish and so comfortable – I just love wearing them!  Her products are very reasonably priced so even if you do not win the giveaway, I would highly recommend that you head over to her shop and making a purchase.  These are just a few of the many different styles and colors available!

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

One thing that I REALLY love about Rosi’s coverings is that they are convertible … you can wear them as a full covering or you can wear them as a headband!  I normally wear them as headbands but sometimes I wear them as a full covering too.

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

Rosi also sews and sells beautiful flags and tzitzits (tassels).  Sometimes she carries little purses/pouches too.

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win a headcovering of your choice from Rosi’s Boutique, enter through the rafflecopter below!  Also please considering following her on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you ladies!  Have a blessed week, rejoicing and the goodness and grace He has shown us!

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Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

Due to some gluten sensitivities, I have found it beneficial to use almond flour in baked goods.  There are a few recipes that have become favorites so I would like to share those with you, especially if you also enjoy baking with almond flour.  But first, a word about the flour …

It is expensive!  This past Purim, my brother Tommy drew my name for a gift (we’ve shared about this family tradition before) and blessed me with about 25 lbs of Honeyville Almond Flour!  He actually purchased it through some friends of ours that have a membership with Costco.  But if you don’t have a Costco membership, it looks like Amazon prices are the most reasonable.  They do have the Honeyville brand available (3lbs for $28.99) but they also have Wellbee’s Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour, which is a bit cheaper – 2lbs for $17.99.  Their cheapest option is Sincerely Nuts Blanched Almond Flour, which is 3lbs for $23.99.  Some of the reviews said that the Sincerely Nuts product wasn’t as finely ground as some of the others, while other people said it was perfect for baking!

Obviously, almond flour is a bit more of an investment than glutinous flours but if you cannot tolerate those, it can be a great substitute.  Here are five of my favorite recipes!

Grain-Free Spiced Molasses Cookies from Tasty YummiesBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

2 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch or two each of ground cloves, ground nutmeg and ground cardamom
2 local farm fresh eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (you could also use butter or ghee)
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes ever.  My younger brother Samuel even loves it and says we should always have a jar full of them!  I guess we need to talk about him buying some almond flour … 😉  Anyway, as you can see the ingredients are fairly simple and they don’t long to prepare at all.  The texture when they first come out of the oven vs the texture after they cool for awhile is completely different!  I prefer when they’re cool – they’re very moist and chewy.


Pumpkin Spice Bread from The Barefoot Cook
Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup roasted pumpkin or winter squash
3 eggs
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon stevia drops (optional – this makes it slightly sweeter)

I enjoy making this bread year-round but especially in the autumn and winter!  It is very tasty and makes a great snack or breakfast.  When you read the recipe you will see that Amanda recommends halving the spices if you don’t like them very strong.  I have made it with several different spice measurements and I think I prefer it with 3/4 the spice that the recipe calls for.  In other words, instead of 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, I use 1 1/2 tablespoons.


Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes from The Nourishing HomeBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 large pastured eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup pure coconut milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter (or coconut oil), melted
1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

These are one of my favorite breakfasts!  They are so simple to prepare … you just put all the ingredients in the Vitamix (or blender) and mix it up for a minute.  Then you pour it into the pan and cook for a few more minutes!  They also make wonderful afternoon snacks.  I like to eat them with butter and homemade maple syrup, or peanut butter.  Sometimes I even lather them with cold coconut milk and fresh fruit.  My siblings say they taste almost like donuts!


Very Blueberry Almond Flour Muffins from Chef Shane KellyBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

2 eggs
⅓ cup honey
4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 2-3 lemons)
2½ cups almond flour
½ cup chopped pecans
1 cup fresh blueberries plus a little extra to top muffins!

I started making these muffins in the winter and so I used frozen blueberries instead of fresh.  They turned out great but did need to bake a little longer than recommended.  I have also made them with fresh blueberries and they are very tasty either way.  One change that I do make is instead of using lemon zest (which I don’t really care for!), I add 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil.  I love the flavor that this adds!  These muffins are good hot or cold so I’ll often have them for breakfast and then a snack later in the day.


Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake from Paleo NewbieBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 1/2 cups almond flour
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Zest from 2 lemons
2 lemons, squeezed – about 1/3 cup of lemon juice
2 tsp pure vanilla
3 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil

Mmm mmm!  This was a very nice dessert!  I didn’t have enough fresh lemons for juice so I used part juice and part essential oil.  The flavor was very nice and the texture was so moist.  This recipe is definitely a keeper!


That’s all I have for today!  Have you ever baked with almond flour and if so, do you have any favorite recipes?

 

V9N3 PreviewP.S. The newest issue of the magazine was sent off to the printer yesterday so it will be in the mail in a couple weeks, YHWH willing!  The theme of this issue is Our Daily Bread and it is full of inspirational and informational articles, recipes, testimonies, stories, etc.  We are currently offering a 15% discount on sample and subscription pre-orders so if you’d like to take advantage of that, you can shop on this page.  The coupon code is vol9no3special!  Whether you’re looking to try some new bread recipes, or you’re needing inspiration in your spiritual life, this issue covers it all!