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Full Bloom

12 Jun

Summer has always been my favorite. And this one is no exception!

Our succulents are doing so well this year. I am so thankful for the rain.  It has made for cooler temperatures and growing plants.

photo93photo5And even though we have been terrible gardeners, our snap peas are going crazy. Thanks again to the rain! They taste oh so delish! I have been trying to incorporate them into as many meals as possible.

4ed9d272cbd311e2a4b822000aaa04bd_7The baristas at our favorite coffee shop know how to brighten my morning.

photoMy birthday chair is fitting in so well! Now I need to work on some curtains to bring some pazzaz!


I have done some experimental baking the last few weeks. The first attempt was to make Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes. I saw that Ruby from Cakies made them and decided to take a chance! They won’t be my go to recipe, but they were so much better than I expected!

The second sweet treat was to make Kate’s Rhubarb Pie. (Kate is the wife of our friend and wedding photographer- Lang. They met for the first time during our wedding weekend. And the rest is history!) I had never tried rhubarb anything so I didn’t really have high expectations. But we are major fans now! Ryan said this might be his favorite pie! If you haven’t given rhubarb a chance, now is the time! photo4  Last Friday, I went exploring with a friend for a collaboration project we hope to do and found this gorgeous home in the middle of a small town:


Isn’t it magical? We also ran into a 400 mile yard sale and got these goodies:YardSaleWe have been enjoying the outdoors by attending Hot Rods games, Monday Burger night on the square, lots of porch sittin’, card nights to the tune of Justin Timberlake, softball matches and good laughs with our friends. Bowling Green is the perfect place to enjoy summer and I am grateful that we have the chance.

Succulent Jackpot

22 Mar

Last weekend, my parents came in town for a little visit. We didn’t have set plans, but the gorgeous weather made it impossible to stay inside. We originally went to Home Depot to get bushes, but there was a whole succulent display that distracted us. My mom and I are really big fans, so we went a little crazy. The bushes were a success too, but this post is dedicated to these amazing little plants:IMG_1150 IMG_1211 IMG_1212 IMG_1285 IMG_1270 IMG_1274 IMG_1291 IMG_1213 IMG_1231 IMG_1158 IMG_1230 IMG_1232IMG_1233 They also have really funny names. This one is called Baby Toes.IMG_1153 Split Rock:IMG_1235 IMG_1236 IMG_1237 Key Lime Pie:IMG_1238 IMG_1239 IMG_1240 IMG_1241 IMG_1243 IMG_1244 IMG_1218 IMG_1245 IMG_1247 IMG_1249 IMG_1250 IMG_1251 IMG_1252 IMG_1253 IMG_1254 IMG_1255 IMG_1256 IMG_1257 IMG_1262 IMG_1265 IMG_1267Thanks to my dad and his snazzy new camera for the photos!


Photo Drop

12 Aug


The last couple of weeks have been full of celebration, family, friends, and enjoying what remains of summer.

Ryan and I have been so blessed by our community this summer. I am thankful for renewal and the joy we have received through these blessings. One thing that we have been really excited about it my new job. I am going to be the interim Talisman Adviser this year. I am already loving it!

Hide & Seek

10 Jul

Our garden is a jungle. I knew the time would come where it would be hard to locate our veggies. Today was the day!

This is what I was able to reach today:

Zucchini Bread

8 Jul

This summer has been one of Zucchini Bread. Both our neighbor and the Clarks gave us some zucchini along with squash and cucumbers from their gardens a while back. We have been loving it! One of my favorite ways to eat zucchinis is in bread. This is the recipe I usually use, but with a couple changes. I use whole wheat flour instead of white and I use apple sauce instead of the oil.

The great thing about this recipe is that it makes two loafs. So you can enjoy one at home and give the other away!

I used the last of our zucchini today and it will probably be the last of the bread for a while.

Tomato Beauties

6 Jul

Warm Weekend

2 Jul

On this especially toasty weekend, Matt put the planks on the tub platform. (We don’t have any lights in there yet and this was taken at night so you can’t even get how great it looks!) It is coming together!

We spent a lot of time with Ryan’s family from Minnesota. They didn’t know what to do with themselves in this HEAT!!! It was even unbearable after the sun started to go down. Thank goodness my in-laws have a pool!

Yesterday when we were watering the garden, we saw these little babies! Our first fruits!!! (Yes another spiritual lesson to learn from gardening.) They tasted delish! We are sooo proud!

How was your weekend?

Garden Update: Baby Tomatoes

14 Jun

It looks like we have a great thumb after all!!


Succulent Wall DIY

1 Jun

This past week my mom and Grayson were in Nicaragua on a mission trip. Ryan and I got to spend a couple days with my dad in BG, then I went back home with him to Memphis. We decided to do a project that my mom has been wanting for a while: a succulent wall. She already has a ton of them (the ones above), but we wanted more varieties so we bought a few other pots at Kroger and Lowe’s.

First we built a box from treated wood and painted it.

Then we cut wire to fit within the frame to hold the soil and roots. And we stapled it to the box.

Then attached the back and added trim to the front of the frame. Since it is heavy, we added a wire to hang it like a picture when it is finished.

Then we added soil and the plants.

We are going to let it sit horizontal for at least one week so the roots will have time to grow.

What do you think?

Sunday Seamstress & Growing Garden

8 May

Saturday I bought some new fabric to make a couple skirts. The first was this seersucker that I made from these instructions into a circle wrap skirt. I had to learn some new tricks  like a buttonhole to pull this one off and I am really pleased with it.


The plants in our garden are getting strong finally! We have had some good rain in the past week so I ‘m sure they have enjoyed it.



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