April 12, 2018

Elizabeth Blackadder's Watercolor Blossoms



Lovely spring blossoms, perfectly captured 
in watercolors by Scottish artist Elizabeth Blackadder.
Tulips, poppies, irises.
Delicate, airy...beautiful!

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
















April 8, 2018

Megan Ivy Griffith's Fanciful Embroidered Dolls



The embroidered detail is exquisite.
The dolls are straight from the pages of folklore and fairy tales.
Welcome to the fanciful world of Megan Ivy Griffiths!
Llamas, lions, and rabbits join their human friends to bring smiles and warm hearts.
Inspired by bohemian style, Megan stitches with lighthearted whimsy.
 I'm just enamored with her sweet creations!
















You can keep up with Megan here:




Images used with direct permission from Megan Ivy Griffiths.

April 4, 2018

Hearty Chicken Soup with Wild Rice




The first very time I made this recipe, 
it skyrocketed to the top of the list of our family's favorites!
And that means I can keep it in circulation and make it regularly.
With the addition of a few flavorful ingredients, (like chopped cabbage!)
it ranks a few notches above the everyday, typical chicken soup.







From Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861)~



Now, here's the ingredient that really puts this soup over-the-top: wild rice.
Not white or brown rice. Wild rice. Do not make substitutions.



Hearty Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t poultry seasoning
  • 1 C celery, sliced
  • 1 C carrots, sliced
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 C diced cabbage
  • 8 C chicken broth
  • 2 C cooked chicken breast, chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 box (4 oz.) wild rice
  • 1 1/2 C sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper

First, heat the oil in a dutch oven, add the onion & garlic, saute for 2 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, flour & poultry seasoning. Cook another 3 minutes

Add in everything else but the rice and simmer 20 minutes.

Add the rice and cook uncovered 40-45 minutes until the rice is tender.

Salt and pepper to taste.

(My gang loves to top theirs with finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano.)




Give it a try and let me know what you think!



Here are a few more great recipes: 

April 1, 2018

Easter Blessings: In Christ Alone, My Hope is Found



"In Christ Alone" is a powerful song written by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty.
We've sung it at our church for many years, and it has come to be my favorite.

It features the timeless message of the gospel-
the biblical truth of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Our hope is in the firm foundation of Christ -alone.
Meaning... just Christ.
Not Christ + going to church.
Not Christ + donating to charities.
Not Christ + obeying the Ten Commandments.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, 
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9

It's not about what we have to do,
it's about what Jesus already DID.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Each and every verse is dynamic.
"What heights of love!"
"What depths of peace!"

Listen to Lauren Daigle's beautiful rendition
from YouTube, with lyrics below.

Rejoice in what He did for us...for YOU.
We stand in the love and power of Christ.




In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.


https://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/in-christ-alone/

March 29, 2018

Cuddle + Kind Dolls Help Feed Needy Children




The Woodgate family developed Cuddle + Kind,  
a line of adorable hand-knit dolls, each with its own name and personality!
Using premium natural cotton yarn, each doll is of heirloom quality.
The sweet detailed embellishments are amazing!
They're made in 2 sizes: Regular 20" and Little 13".

Being very others-minded, the Woodgates wanted this project to reflect that. 
The dolls are ethically produced, giving sustainable employment 
and fair trade wages for 500 artisan women in Peru.

For each doll purchased, 10 school meals are provided 
to needy children in 65 countries, as well as in the US.
 Over 3 million meals have been provided so far!
A truly meaningful gift to give.

May I introduce you to some of the gang?
Meet Ivy the bear.



Here we have the foxes, Sadie & Wyatt.



Aspen the penguin.



 Chelsea the cat.



Pearl and Isla, the mermaids.







Along with dolls, cute prints are available!



The Woodgates~ Jen, Derek, Brooke, Rachel & Ethan.





Here's where you can find Cuddle & Kind~

Cuddle & Kind's giving partner is the



Images used with direct permission from Laura at Cuddle + Kind.

March 26, 2018

Just Try to Contain Yourself at The Container Store!



So here's what happened~
The hubby "needed" to go to Cabela's in Delaware.
My friend Lori told me that The Container Store 
happened to be right around the corner.
Sounds like a perfect plan, right?  
While he checked out his manly outdoors-man things,
I was in my own version of paradise.


Wow, was I wowed!
I did expect lots of these kinds of things to store pasta and oatmeal in my pantry...



...but, what I didn't expect was the infinite variety of 
boxes, baskets, bins, 
caddies, crates, and....containers!

I couldn't help myself. (insert eye-rolls from my kids)
I started snapping photos because I was so in awe of the vast
selection of textures and patterns, and especially-
color, color, color!

Get ready to sort, toss, purge, alphabetize and organize
everything in your home because THIS is the place to be inspired!

Each room of your house can and should be re-vamped:
kitchen, laundry room, kid's room, office, garage...
Every. Single. Room.

This is all about that "place for everything and everything in its place."

And isn't it SO much more enjoyable to store things in attractive containers? 


























You can always shop on The Container Store's website,
but it's so fun to visit a store,
wander up and down the aisles,
and be inspired!