So long, 2016

2016 was an amazing year. So many ups and downs, but I had so many great pictures full of memories to choose from. 

This year was full of firsts for our little farm and family. We moved our deer to our place, got goats, and cows! We got chickens (again) but this time Harper and I tried our hand at raising them instead of them being Hub's responsibility.

I practiced my sewing, embroidery, knitting and crocheting more this year than any other. 

We had a very successful garden, and hubby taught me how to can! 

We planted flowers that produced so much happiness and beauty. 

We took a family trip to Colorado. This was Harper's first trip on a plane, and Hubby's first elk kill! 

We had lots of births on the farm: kittens, goat kids, and deer fawns! 

My sweet girl got a real hair cut for the first time ever (by me of course!) 

I have so many more pictures I could (and probably should) add, but that'll have to be another post. Happy New Year's Eve, friends. 

So long, 2016! 

Can't wait to see what 2017 has in store. 

(yes I know some of the pics are duplicated in the second collage, but it's 10:00 pm as I'm writing and posting this. yawning as I type..you get the picture :-D)



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Christmas time, part 2

My favorite part of the holidays is enjoying the experiences that come just once a year. Decorating gingerbread houses, going to the Christmas parade, looking at the houses and businesses all decked out in lights.

The things I remember most from when I was a kid are the things we did together as a family-riding and looking at lights, baking spritz cookies with my Mom, watching movies. I barely remember the gifts.

I spend much more time during the holidays building memories with my little family rather than focusing on the gift giving.
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Christmas Time, Part 1

December has flown by and while I've been busy taking pictures, I haven't been as busy sharing these moments on the blog. I hope to remedy that in the new year. I have lots planned for upcoming posts. I won't say I'm making it a New Year's resolution, but it's definitely on my goal list. 

So many lovely photos to choose, but I picked a handful for this post. I'll share the others in another! 

My favorite Santa mugs made their appearance again this year.


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We have kittens

Our Cookie cat gave birth to a litter of kittens a few weeks ago…my sweet Miley is the “daddy cat” and this little furball is so obviously his. He’s white and fluffy and so calm!
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Chewy Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

Hi friends! I've got a fun recipe to share with you today. This is my go-to recipe for sugar cookies. They're thick, chewy, and buttery. I think I've gained 5 pounds just looking at the pictures :-D.

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Mason Jar Taco Salad

Y'all, doesn't this look like summertime perfection? 


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Chicken Salad (The BEST)

Okay, normally chicken salad is nothing to write home about, amiright?


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Gardening is good for the soul

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. 
~May Sarton





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It's Kidding Season!

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in quickly and share some cuteness with you all. This evening as I was out finishing up chores for the day-watering the garden-I heard some really loud noises coming from our pasture goats. Not just bleating, but more like a yell. Definitely out of the ordinary, especially because these two gals are pretty quiet. 

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First Sweater...Progress

So I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was wanting to cast on for my first sweater, using this pattern on Ravelry.

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In the Garden

Hi friends! I'm excited to give you a tour of our garden this year. I shared back in March that we had started seeds, and we transplanted most of them into our raised bed garden in April. 

I bought flowers a few weeks ago to add some color around the garden and porch. 

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She's a wildflower

My little love is so wild and free. Oh, to be that young and without a care! Windswept hair, mismatched clothes, pajama pants tucked into her rain boots. Bringing mama bouquets of anything blooming.  I hope she keeps this wildness, her boldness, her sweetness. 



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Simpy Tuesday, and thoughts on being happy

It’s hard for me to find words in this stage of life right now. 


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Going to the River

Although our winters are mild and somewhat warm (no snow here sadly), we still look forward to the arrival of much warmer weather in spring. 

One warm evening a few weeks ago, HarperLinn asked if we could go to the beach. Though I'm always up for a spontaneous drive somewhere, the beach is a 4-5 hour drive. But, the local wildlife refuge isn't far at all, and the best part (for her, anyway), is water and the sand! We were all getting a little stir crazy from being in the house so a mini-trip was just what we needed. 

As we drove down the trail beside the river, I hopped in the backseat, rolled the windows down and let Harper sit in my lap. I heard a sigh of contentment, and I could feel her relaxing as the water came into view and we could hear the sounds of the waves. For us, there's just about nothing more relaxing. 

We found a secluded little spot of beach to play. I was so glad I brought my camera with me to capture this. 

Her Daddy taught her how to skip rocks, or at least attempted to teach her. 

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Wordless Wednesday



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Everyday Happy

A ritual I've enjoyed for as long as I can remember is making my happy lists. I've never thought to share mine publicly, or even with close friends, but I thought it might be fun to start posting them here. 

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Weekend Pics

Starting something new....sharing little moments from our days. The big stuff, the small stuff, the everything in between stuff. 

Documenting our days is second nature to me. When you love photography as much as I do, everything you see becomes art. 

So here's what we're up to right now.

eating: waffles for breakfast 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you've never liked brussels sprouts, you NEED to try these! Roasting them in the oven makes all the difference, I promise!!! 



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Valentine Donuts

Happy February 1 friends! I have the perfect Valentine for you today! Quick and easy homemade donuts, heart shaped of course. 


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A Winter Story

Winter carries its own beauty; a sparse, cold, and peaceful kind of beauty. 

As much as I love snuggling indoors, I also love to bundle up and head out to capture the quietness of winter on our farm. 

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Cozy winter crafting

Happy January friends! It seems that winter temperatures have finally arrived in our neck of the woods, and I've been busy snuggling in with lots of crafty projects. When it's cold out, I turn to my knitting needles, crochet hooks, & embroidery projects. Paired with a movie & warm cup of coffee or tea, I'm in introvert heaven!! ;-)

I've been puttering around in my craft room, and winding yarns to put on my peg board. Having the pretty colors up on the wall and out of bins and bags really encouraged me to dig in on my stash and do some knitting. (Side note-this isn't even close to all of the yarn-I ran out of pegs! Have to order more!)



For hubby's birthday, I started a pair of thick slipper socks. I've finished one and the other is still on the needles. The pattern is from Ann Budd's "Getting Started Knitting Socks". 



My new baby nephew arrived and for him, I knitted 3 soft baby washcloths and crocheted a baby blanket using this pattern. 



I've knitted lots of these miniature washcloths. Some are for dishes, others for baths. I love hand-knit cloths! For dishes, I usually use Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Cream cotton yarn from Wal-Mart or Michael's. For washcloths, I prefer a soft organic cotton, like this one from Joann.



I use the traditional diagonal washcloth pattern, but adjusted it for my liking. I like smaller cloths, about palm sized. I've added the pattern at the bottom of the post if you'd like to try it out. It's perfect for beginners!

With Valentine's Day a little over a month away, I decided to make Harper a blanket of her own, in the same stitch as the one I made for my nephew, but I adjusted the pattern to a much larger size so that we can both snuggle under it. 

For her blanket I'm using Homespun yarn from Lion Brand Yarns, in the Cherry Blossom colorway. 


I've got more projects in the works, but a few of them are surprises so I won't put those up until they're finished! 

Here is my miniature washcloth pattern. 
I use size 8 or 9 needle and the yarn is listed above.

Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: K2, YO, knit to end.

*Repeat Row 2 until you have 25 stitches, then the next row begins the decreases.

Row 3: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit to end of row.

*Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches remaining, bind off.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you all are having a cozy month! :-) 

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Our December

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."  
Norman Vincent Peale
"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
 Edna Ferber

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