Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gimme S'more...

"S'mores Cracker Candy" is what this is called. I found it on this sweet blog here.
You cover a baking pan with tinfoil and spray with Pam spray. Then cover the foil with graham crackers, like so.

In a small saucepan, melt 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter together until just before boiling. Pour over graham crackers and bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. 

 Here comes the fun part.

Pour 3 cups of mini marshmallows, 1 cup chocolate chips, and 4 mini Hershey's snack bars, broken into pieces, onto the warm graham crackers. Return to the oven for two minutes and then remove & cool in pan.

This is what they will look like all warm & gooey. They are delicious any way you eat them, but I love them when they are cold! They're much firmer and not as messy.



Friday, April 26, 2013

//Friday Favorites\\

Today I just want to share with you some of my favorite pins. I have a major obsession with exposed wood & that rustic look mixed with some white. ie: these barn doors. and that rustic antler chandelier. Somebody please 
 make me one of those sexy things. I'm begging you! Also, I want barn doors everywhere in my house. (Insert whisper voice).  Everywhere.
 I just think this little path would be so stinkin awesome on a country farm leading to a cozy little guest cottage.
 Love this window box and I think it would add lots of charm on a barn. So sweet!
 I've actually got a spare little bed in our garage that we got from a yard sale years back for only $10. I'm thinking I'm going to put it to good use and make a cute bench out of it for the front porch. Painted white, of course.
 Saw this picture on Pinterest and the shutters and window boxes were DIY-ed! We are about to get new windows and put up new siding soon (and white-wash our red brick!) and I would love to DIY us some shutters. Would be so much cheaper than buying them.
 Okay, so this has me all in love and swooning. I mean, seriously. I love the exposed beams and that table is awesome. Could totally make that. And those lanterns back there, and the planked walls and ceiling...oh, baby...
 This last picture makes me want to go buy some wood and do some handy things with it. Like make a smaller version of this vanity for both of our bathrooms. And frame out some mirrors. Love this! I think I have a problem with throwing that word around so easily. ;)

Tomorrow, I will be back with a super yummy, simple recipe I found that I love. See, there I go again. Don't tell my husband...


Friday, April 12, 2013

Land Owners. Farmers. Country Living

Hello there, friends! I know it's been a while since I've posted and I still need to share pictures of our kitchen with you, but today I want to share with you a dream. It took us a little longer to finally realize what exacty that dream was, but my husband and I have finally discovered it. It's beautiful, it's exciting, it's scary. It's going to be hard work, it will take time, it will take learning. It will lead us to a new place. It will be an adventure. It will be rewarding and profitable. It will allow us to have more family time. It will teach us patience. It will be a blessing to others.

This may seem like a weird dream to most people. Stupid, perhaps. Why would you want to do a thing like that? Don't you want to do something different, something bigger, maybe better? We want the "simple" life. In no way is this just "simple". Like I said, it will be hard work. We want to live on acres of land. Hundreds of acres. Maybe over a thousand one day. We want to build a home on a hill, overlooking the beautiful mountains like the ones above. We want to raise cattle and chickens. We want to have horses and a guest cabin for friends/family to visit us. We want to have lots and lots of fruit trees. And grow fruits and vegetables. We want to have pigs, maybe goats. Lots of soft, green grass and beautiful skies. We want to be, in a sense, farmers. Old fashioned. We want to live somewhere in God's beautiful country where we are completely surrounded by His creation. We want to be engulfed with it. To be involved with work that would constantly remind of us our Creator. We want to serve in a small community. We want to bless friends & family. We want to teach our girls what it means to be a hard worker and to be grateful for what God blesses you with. And we understand that there are many ways to do this. You don't have to live out in the country. But that's our dream. To be a little bit excluded. And I am excited. We both are. If we could, we would pack up and go right now. But we can't. We're not ready. So our goal is within the next 10 years. To set aside everything we can to help us reach our goal. Pray for us, friends. That we could get to this point in our lives. We will need God's help every single day, but it can be done!
And aren't those pictures just beautiful? That is Idaho! I am ashamed to say I have never really seen pictures of that state. I can say I am in LOVE. ;)