Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Welcome {And a Lilla Rose Giveaway!!}

Hello, and welcome to my new blog! I just recently started blogging, but feel free to look around! Check out my about page and also feel free to follow and subscribe, so you don't miss a single post. I hope to share lots of recipes, outfit and hairstyle posts, and encouragement. I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment to let me know you were here!

To celebrate my new blog, my mom and I are having a Lilla Rose giveaway! We're giving away an extra small Flexi Clip of your choice. Go here to visit my mom's Lilla Rose website, and while you're there, be sure to check out the sizing video if you're new to Lilla Rose Flexi Clips. We decided to give away an extra small clip, since just about everyone can find a way to use that size. Or, if you have shorter (or thinner) hair and you'd rather have a mini, you could pick that size instead of the extra small, if you win.

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below! (Giveaway open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)

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The Unclouded Day

Here's a video of some friends and I singing Unclouded Day at the music fest a couple of years ago. Again, the video is pretty bad quality (sorry!), and I'm the one with the guitar and wearing the black top (and singing lead vocals).

Here are the words to the song (we just sang verses 1, 3, and 4):

The Unclouded Day

O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies, O they tell me of a home far away; O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise, O they tell me of an unclouded day.

Chorus: O the land of cloudless day, O the land of an unclouded sky; O they tell me of a home where no storm-clouds rise, O they tell me of an unclouded day.

O they tell me of a home where my friends have gone, O they tell me of that land far away Where the tree of life in eternal bloom Sheds its fragrance thro' the unclouded day.


O they tell me of the King in His beauty there, And they tell me that mine eyes shall behold, Where He sits on the throne that is whiter than snow, In the city that is made of gold.


O they tell me that He smiles on His children there, And His smile drives their sorrows away; And they tell me that no tears ever come again, In that lovely land of unclouded day.


Angeline the Baker

Here's a video from a music festival I participated in a couple of years ago. I'm on the far right with the guitar. Sorry about the poor quality of the video--my mom took it, and she wasn't in the best position to get a clear shot!

What I Wore {Pink + Gray}

This is what I wore to church.  It was a beautiful sunny day! 

Necklace:  A birthday gift from my parents (I don't even remember how many years ago; at least eight!:))
White lace camisole: A local department store
Gray top: A consignment store
Skirt: From Amazon (a Christmas gift from my grandparents)
Shoes: Montego Bay Brand, from a local department store 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is one of our favorite muffin recipes. In fact, with the addition of the chocolate chips, it may be our absolute favorite! We just made 3 batches of them this week (with pumpkin puree that we made from pie pumpkins and froze this fall), and they're almost gone. They're kind of addictive.  :)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Rapadura or Sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin (or one 16-ounce can)
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Get out a large mixing bowl and combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and melted coconut oil or butter to to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix it all together very well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon the batter into muffin cups (makes 24)
  7. Bake for 16-22 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown. 
  8. Let cool on wire racks (or enjoy them straight out of the oven!).
  9. Enjoy!
Linking With: Raising Homemakers

What I Wore {Plaid}

My parents gave me this "loved beyond measure" necklace (a Lisa Leonard design) for Christmas.♥
I wore this last Saturday on a trip to visit my grandparents.  We had a wonderful time!  We went out for dessert and then went shopping afterwards. Here's a picture of me and my sister Abigail:

Black layering tee:  Downeast Basics
Plaid top:  Ocean Pacific brand.  My grandma found it for me at a thrift store.
Necklace: Lisa Leonard
Belt: Target
Skirt: Found at a thrift store
Polka dot flip-flops: A local department store
Hair Accessory: Lilla Rose

In my hair I'm wearing a Lilla Rose flexi clip. This one was a Christmas gift from my grandma, and it's one of my favorites. It's the Open Heart danglie design, and this is a mini. I use it just to pull back a small amount of hair.

Check out my Lilla Rose Giveaway here!

Linking With: A Wise Woman

Joyfully at Home {A Book Review}

Joyfully at Home, written by Jasmine Baucham, is a book written by a young woman to other young women, encouraging them to find fulfillment and purpose joyfully at home, rather than seeking fulfillment outside the home via college and careers.  

The book also deals with tough questions girls face about marriage, husbands, and singleness.  Jasmine writes with humor and passion about how young ladies can be a good daughter to their parents, a good sister to their siblings, and how they can find contentment and fulfillment in ministry in the home.  

Joyfully at Home also contains helpful advice about how to respond to those who question the decision to remain at home after high school graduation.

This book is very easy and enjoyable to read, and is written in a humorous style and contains hilarious stories and embarrassing situations that young women can readily relate to!  

As far as my personal response to the book, I found it extremely encouraging and helpful in thinking about my future.  Even though I'm not college-aged yet, I still think about my future quite often, and before reading this book, I had difficulty in facing decisions that will confront me in a couple of years.

It also encourages me to take action right now by being a loving and obedient daughter, a kind and encouraging big sister to my four younger siblings, and to look for ways that I can reach out to others through the home. 

As Jasmine says, '"Don't just read about it-do it!  What are you waiting for?"'

A Hymn

Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus! Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son! Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul's Glory, Joy, and Crown!

Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight And all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter Jesus shines purer, Than all the angels heav'n can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor Praise adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine!

Lilacs + Hair Sticks

 Most days, I wear a flexi clip in my hair. But I also like these Lilla Rose hair sticks. These are the Soft Pink and Rose hair sticks, and they go so well with the lilacs that are blooming right now (I love spring!).
This hairstyle is super simple to create. Just twist the hair into a bun and thread the hair sticks into the bun, being sure to catch the hair on the underside to secure it. I'm not sure if this makes sense, but trust me, it's really easy, and the bun is very secure!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Random Cute Pics

This is our cat, Mittens. Isn't she adorable?!
Little brothers and sisters hunting Easter eggs:
I decided I wasn't too old to join them!

What I Wore {Easter}

We had a great time celebrating Easter with friends and family.  Every year we try to coordinate outfits, and this year my mom made skirts and dresses for us ladies.  They turned out beautiful!

  • Tops: Aeropostale (the aqua top is from a thrift store and the white one was a Christmas gift.)
  • Skirt: Handmade by my mom using the Favorite Things Flip Skirts pattern
  • Shoes: Montego Bay brand, from a local department store
  • Jewelry: Forever 21
  • Hair jewelry: Lilla Rose
  • Hair flower: Walmart


P.S. You can get a FREE Lilla Rose item if you're a new customer and you purchase three! (This deal only applies if you've never ordered with a Lilla Rose consultant before.)

Linking With: A Wise Woman, The Modest Mom, Raising Homemakers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Cookies {Recipe}!

Recently we made cut-out cookies to celebrate spring!  It was a great way to spend time with my four younger siblings!  Little children LOVE making and decorating cookies!

This is the sugar cookie recipe we always use. It came from a favorite Williams-Sonoma cookbook.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (and a bit extra for rolling out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, by hand, in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on beat on medium speed until blended.  
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.  Mix on low speed just until blended.
  5. Divide the dough into half.  Press each mound of dough into a flat disk.  Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease baking sheets with butter.
  7. Sprinkle your work surface with some flour.  Unwrap 1 chilled disk of dough and place it on the floured surface.  Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little more flour.
  8. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4" thick.  Sprinkle more flour under and over the dough as needed so it doesn't stick.
  9. After rolling out dough, cut out shapes, and place the shapes on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until light brown around the edges.
  11. Let cool on the cookie sheet set on a baking rack for 15 minutes, and then transfer the cookies off of the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack and let them cool completely.
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (we use honey, since we don't keep corn syrup on hand)
  • food coloring and sprinkles, if desired
  1. In a medium bowl, use a wire whisk or an electric mixer on medium-low speed to beat the confectioner's sugar, warm water, and corn syrup until smooth.  
  2. Add the food coloring if you're using it.  
  3. Decorate the cookies. (The decorating icing hardens eventually.)