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Friday, April 20, 2012

Butterflies and Blooms

Spring is in full bloom here in Oklahoma...
And I adore it!!

I've said it before...
and I really mean it...
I adore SPRING!
And we are actually having one this year!
It's glorious
and all you have to do
is open your eyes
take in a deep, slow breath
feel the breeze on your face
and you see and feel
God's presence everywhere!!

The birds singing.
Breezes blowing.
Trees dancing.
Butterflies fluttering.
Flowers blooming.
Our pastor referenced Psalm 148
in which ALL creation is called to
Praise the Lord.
The sun, moon, and stars.
The waters, sea creatures, and all ocean depths.
Lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
Mountains, hills, and trees.
Wild animals, cattle, small creatures, and flying birds.
Young men and maidens.
Old men and children.
Then he said that he imagines
when the wind is blowing, it's saying "Praise the Lord".
When the birds are singing, they are saying, "Praise the Lord".
When waves are crashing, they are saying, "Praise the Lord".

I love this imagery!
I really felt like I had a great appreciation for the
"Little blessings" in every day life...
then I heard that message
and my appreciation deepened even further.

So, when we walked outside yesterday
and saw butterflies swarming and dancing
around our bushes that are in full bloom
I pictured them praising the Lord.

It was such a beautiful sight.
There must have been at least 100 butterflies
swarming around Shelby!
She was trying to catch them but
they were just too quick for her!

This is one type of butterfly...
Here are two more...

Shelby said "Oh No!" when they kept flying
away from her. :(
She wanted to hold one so badly.
It was precious!!

Just look at those sweet little hands
preparing to grab hold of
a much desired
fluttering butterfly!

And another reason that
I adore spring...
This is one of our rose bushes in our backyard.

These roses
make me SO happy!
It just looks like they are smiling
and so happy to
just BE!

Yay God!!
I cut some this morning
and made this flower arrangement
for my kitchen.

Praise the Lord!!
I hope this inspires you to
go outside
and enjoy
all of God's creation
Praising the Lord!
Blessings to you,


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Strawberry Jamboree!

I have arrived!
I feel as though I have conquered
my own little country culinary world!
I have {as long as I can remember}
wanted to make jam....
luscious, sweet, gooey
I did it!
Thanks to my hero {as far as country girl's go}...
The Pioneer Woman
Click HERE for her recipe.

I must say it was much easier than I had expected
and it's DE-LISH!

And I had to have something to go with
my Strawberry Jam
I made Strawberry Scones.

I adapted the recipe from Paula Deen {just a bit}
because she's my other hero
and who am I to mess with her recipes???
{but I wanted strawberries IN the scones}
{and I wanted the scones to be a triangle} so...
Here is the recipe...

Strawberry Scones

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour {+ more for rolling}
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter , cut into small cubes
3 oz. cream cheese
3/4 to 1 cup chopped strawberries
1/3 cup heavy cream {+ 2 Tbsp for brushing}
Turbinado sugar {Sugar in The Raw}

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and cream cheese until the mixture is crumbly. 
Gently fold in strawberries.
 Add the heavy cream, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Roll or pat the dough into a 1 inch thick square.
Cut into 4 equal squares {in 1/2 vertically and then in 1/2 horizontally}.
Then, cut each square across diagonally to make 2 triangles {you will have 8 triangles in all}.
Place each scone on prepared baking sheet.
Brush tops with cream then sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.
{Here's my little baker, Skylar demonstrating that step}...


Bake until slightly golden brown, about 18 minutes.
Enjoy with scrumptious Strawberry Jam!

**I incorporated the Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Scones
into a Teacher Gift for all 12 of my kiddo's teachers.
{12 teachers...NOT 12 kiddos}
{We only have 7 kiddos...only}
click HERE or go to my HAPPIES page to see**

Blessings to you,

Monday, April 9, 2012

Colored Mason Jars

Tinted and Painted Mason Jars

Mason Jars are another of my very FAVORITE things!
We use them as drinking glasses, vases, votives, you name it!
They scream {down-home country} to me...which I ADORE!

Well...I've seen various tutorials on tinting Mason Jars so I decided to
give it a go.
It's very EASY
It's very CHEAP {Inexpensive}
and It's very FUN
What more can a girl ask for???

Click HERE for a tutorial.

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Snickerdoodle Cuppies

There are very few cookies that I don't like.
But I usually don't have a "weakness" for cookies, per say.
Except Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Fresh from the oven, warm, chewy, Snickerdoodles!!!
Mmmm...just thinking about them makes me want
to bake a batch!

Since I love Snickerdoodles so much
{and so do my kiddos}
I decided they just HAD to be
transformed into cuppies!
And here's the lovely transformation...
Click HERE for the recipe...

WARNING: Don't make these if ...
you're on a diet
you want them to last more than a day
you don't want to share
you don't want company coming around
you don't want to ever bake another batch
you're crazy
{you're crazy if you DON'T make these}!


Blessings to you,

Monday, April 2, 2012

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Have I mentioned that Mexican food is my favorite?
Well, my family knows that...and they definitely don't mind eating
mexican food on a VERY regular basis.
These Enchiladas are simple, (mostly) healthy, budget-friendly,
and a family favorite.
AND De-Lish!

Click HERE for the recipe

My family gets very excited when they see Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas written
 on our Menu Board.
And even more excited when they see them on their plates!
I hope you like them, too!

Enjoy! :)

Blessings to you,