Friday, July 11, 2014

A little of this, A little of that

I took a little break from my summer rebellion to enjoy the Fourth of July.




I camped in a tent, swam in the river, ate ridiculously too many hotdogs and all around enjoyed the number one summer holiday!


It was hard to hate on summer, when I woke up to this each morning.



Now I am back to my usual self, staying in the a/c as much as possible, baking zucchini bread, and drinking apple cider trying to think Autumnal thoughts.

Mostly its the long hours that are wearing on me again. I just like routine and regular bedtimes and that has NOT been happening.

Instead, work has looked like this lately.


So I remind myself that I am blessed to be living this wonderful, exhausting farm life. The work is long and hard, but the view is pretty awesome. 


When I am home, I am playing catch up on piles, upon piles of laundry and doing a little baking.

The garden I planted this spring is not going to produce much this year. Turns out the cattle manure we mixed in the soil was too fresh and essentially we over fertilized the garden.

So far, the zucchini and the pumpkins are the only things that look like they're going to make it. Maybe a rogue squash or two.

Lucky for me I've been turning this...

Into this...

Zuchinni bread currently has my heart. Delicious. 

In other news, I am working on a post that recaps the past year of Lucky

Because here is the crazy part, it has only been just over a year since we went from this to this. And that is pretty incredible. 

Hang in there with me, I will be working on that post in-between life's other little matters!

I will get it posted as soon as I can! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! 


Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Blues, Beauty, and Babes

Summer is not my thing.

I'm sorry. Don't hate me.

I can't help myself. I have always been an autumn kind of girl. The warm scents, the promise of cozy winter evenings at home, the snuggling and early dark. It is my jam.

This summer time gig, with the endless days, for me means, crazy bedtimes for cranky kiddos, the hub's working till sundown (nearly 10 pm), snakes, bugs, etc.

Most of these things are hard for me on their own, and as a whole, it can be flat out overwhelming.

The other evening, well after kiddo's should've been asleep, I sat outside their bedrooms listening to them NOT sleeping, and crying I told the Hub's, "I hate summer".

I was miserable and I was wallowing it in.

And it was getting me nowhere.

So I am pulling myself together and trying REALLY hard to embrace summer rather than fight it. It is not natural for me and it's not coming easy, but I am trying.

Sometimes it's all about slowing down and remembering to take in the everyday beauty. Here's what's been inspiring me lately.

The backyard view from Lucky


An incredible sunset at home. 


Ditto. 


An afternoon bargain hunting. 


And coming home with these finds. 


A mango smoothie on a 'day off'. 


 Getting my feet in the dirt and making things grow. 


Stopping for wildflowers. 


 Making new barnyard friends. 


Homemade quesadillas. 


Afternoons with my little one in my lap. 


And growing miracles, one day at a time. 


Summer will be just a memory by the time this little bundle arrives in December. All the more reason for me to take the time to slow down and savor every moment. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. What is your favorite thing to do during these long days? I'd love to hear what makes your summer special! 

Happy Monday! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's For Dinner- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets?

It's basically a co-op that you sign up for and pay a flat rate and receive fruits and vegetables every week to two weeks, depending on where you are. You can read more about it here. 

This is only my second time getting a basket, but I love all the different things that are in the baskets, and I love figuring out what to do with them.



When I received my basket this week, it had a couple heads of broccoli in it. I love broccoli, so do my girls, the Hubs? Not so much.

Here's what I made for lunch today. The girls and I ate every thing, and the Hub's gave us his broccoli!


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo 



Seriously delicious. Here's the run down on how I made it. Keep in mind I didn't measure anything, that's how I roll, but I'll give you the ballpark amounts on it. 

Throw some chicken in a pan with a little bit of oil and salt and pepper. I used chicken tenders, but chicken breast would work as well. (I also think shrimp would be an awesome substitute!) I like chicken tenders, because they are small, so they cook quickly. Allow the chicken to cook all the way through. While the chicken cooks, start the next step. 

Boil up some pasta according to the directions on the box. I used penne noodles, but you can use whatever you like.  I used a strainer ladle, to transfer my cooked noodles to a separate bowl when they were done. Then drop in a couple handfuls of roughly chopped broccoli into the leftover hot water from the noodles. Cook for three to four minutes, then strain out the broccoli and put it in a bowl of ice water. 

If you want to get all technical this is called blanching. 

Chop up the cooked chicken and set aside. Take the broccoli out of the ice water and toss it in with your noodles. 



Time for the parmesan sauce. Oh, this part is delicious. 


Pour about 1 cup of half and half and a 1/2 cup of heavy cream in the same pan you cooked the chicken in. (You can add more or less of each depending on how creamy, rich or healthy you want it). Turn heat to low/med, add a half teaspoon of chopped garlic, more if you like more, add a quarter teaspoon grated nutmeg, fresh is best here, and salt and pepper to taste. When half and half mixture is simmering and slightly reduced, add a half cup of grated parmesan. Stir really well, blending cheese in. 

Add the broccoli, pasta and chicken to the sauce. Stir to combine and coat the pasta, and you're done!



Eat and enjoy! 

I served mine up with a side of garlic bread. 

This meal is fairly simple, and incredibly delicious. You definitely want to eat it hot off the stove. When the sauce cools, it's not nearly as amazing as when it's warm and gooey and delectable! 

Hope this helps use up any broccoli you have in your fridge!

What are you making for supper? Let me hear it!




Monday, April 7, 2014

Folllow Along on Pinterest and Instagram

Technology is not my jam.

In fact, it generally makes me want to scream expletives at my computer.

But today I conquered technology two for two and I am excited.

If you haven't noticed it yet,  I now have a link up to my Instagram and Pinterest accounts! Check out the pics to your right, (my right is your right, right?)

Anyways, you can follow me on Pinterest if you want to see my inspirations for Lucky or follow me on Instagram and see what I've been up to!

I'm excited to branch out a bit, and show you another side of where my ideas come from!

Well that's it for today. I am technologically spent! I'm going to go do something hands on, like hang the kitchen cabinet doors or make a gallery wall! Way more fun for me than widgets and html's... bleh!

Thanks for stopping by today!

P.S. I followed this tutorial for the Pinterest link and this one for Instagram! I literally couldn't have done it without them!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Small Change, Major Happy

I finally cracked the ole paint bucket back open today. I got about half of the first coat of edging in the office done before life beckoned and I had to wash the brush and shut things down.

What can you do? That's just DIY in real life. I start one project just to stop and start another. Painting walls isn't exactly kid friendly, so when the babes are around I try to do something a little less messy or just wait till nap time.

So I decided to do a small project after lunch. By little, I mean it took less than ten minutes.

I have a storage box that I use to store the girls' shoes in. There is over twenty pairs of shoes in this thing and the girls are in and out of this box several times a day.

I bought the storage box for cheap, because the top cover was wearing off at the time. Soon after I got it, I pulled the torn cover off and it has sat in our entry way looking like this since we moved in.

It needed a little update.


I unscrewed the hinges that held the lid on.


I grabbed some fabric I already had on hand and a staple gun (a girls best friend!) and stapled the fabric in place. 


I reattached the hinges. (Look at the shoes piled in there)! 


And voila!


A happy little change for the entry! 

Happy Thursday!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Little Inspiration

We've been in Lucky for nearly a month (still can't believe that!), I think it's time to quit procrastinating and finish up some of the little projects that I was planning on finishing as soon as we moved in.

On this list are; finishing the paint touch ups in the office, living room, dining and kitchen. Once that is complete I can really start decorating.

But alas, I have been lacking the ambition to get out the paint and trays and brushes after all the painting I've already done!

Instead I've been pinning away like crazy on Pintrest.

Here's a little of what's been inspiring me lately...




Loving this gallery wall. 



Oraganized entry? Yes please!



I have two little girls that would squeal over this room!



Love. Everything. About. This. Kitchen. 



And what I really need, an inviting place to rest. 

What's been inspiring you?

Thanks for stopping by! 





Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mom's Homemade Bread

It's been forever since I have posted a recipe on the blog. 

Recently I went home to my parents house and ever since I got back, I have been craving my Mom's homemade bread. 

Making homemade bread can seem like a daunting task. This one is definitely not. It takes about five minutes to mix together, two hours to raise, and thirty minutes to bake. 

There is literally two hours thirty five minutes standing between you and warm, melt in your mouth homemade bread. 

As with most things I make, I took the recipe and winged it, given what I had on hand. The only thing I changed was that the recipe calls for bread flour, and I only had two cups of that, so the rest I used regular all purpose flour. I will say the same thing my mom told me, all purpose flour will work, but bread flour is better. 

So without further adieu, I give you my mom's recipe for homemade bread!
















Homemade White Bread

Mix together: 
2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees) (I don't measure the temperature I just use water that is pretty warm to the touch, but doesn't hurt.)
2 packages yeast (equal to 4 1/2 tsp)
3 TBLS sugar
Set aside and wait until the yeast is bubbly looking. About three to five minutes. 

ADD 
3 TBLS vegetable oil
1 TBLS salt
2 cups bread flour

Mix together well. 

Then in 1 cup increments add up to 4 1/2 cups bread flour, until dough is no longer sticky. 

It should look something like the photo above :) 

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat dough with oil. Cover and let rise for one hour. 

Divide into two balls and place into two greased loaf pans. 

Rise, covered, till doubled, approximately one hour. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Turn oven down to 350 degrees when you put the bread in. Bake for thirty minutes. Bread is done when top is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it. 

That's it! Eat till your heart is content!

Have a beautiful Saturday and enjoy your weekend!