Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chicken Scratch~ Dreaming Of Spring In The Dead Of Winter

Winter can get really dark! It's been cold, icy, wet & snowy off and on and the skies are gray. It can get a little depressing after a while when you don't see the sunshine much. Though I do enjoy a little bit of what each Season has to offer...I do like Winter as well...I love to get all bundled up with a nice hot cuppa something....I love the rain and snow to a certain degree...But I love Spring the most! I am filling up my mind with ideas for this coming Spring...Gathering inspiration, planning and dreaming.

We will be putting our garden in, a compost bin, Spring clean & purge, and making. Since it has been gloomy around here, I got out some of my fabrics...I love all the happy sunshiny colors...I can't wait to sit down and dig in and just make. But I am not going to wait for Spring to do that, I will start making goodies in a week and a half. Why a week and a half? Well...That is when I will have more time to create. It has been a hectic few months with the holidays, illness and my daughters schooling & upcoming play. The play has been a huge commitment of driving her back and forth to rehearsals which have taken up a majority of time. We are gone several times a week for hours. The remainder of the days we are burnt out or catching up on house chores. I am looking forward to having a little more down time however. Though I am so very happy and excited for my daughter... I will do anything for that girl...She is worth it!

I am so in love with these happy fabrics & colors...I hope to show you what I make soon...And will also start sharing some of the inspiration I have gathered for our garden! EEEP! 
So excited to get my hands dirty outside when the weather warms up and getting our homestead growing some of our own fresh food. It will be a fun adventure!

“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” -Claude Monet

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Farm Fresh Eggs

Yay! I found a couple local farms to get my eggs! There is nothing like farm fresh, pasture raised eggs....They are proven to be wayyyyy better for you than conventional eggs you find in grocery stores. I also love getting eggs & supporting local farmers! If I am not buying local...I always look for pasture raised eggs...I don't even trust egg cartons that say cage free...That could mean they live in confined buildings w/o sunlight and land to forage in.

In comparison to a conventional egg, pasture-raised eggs contain:

1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more Vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more Vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
The sunlight exposure a hen gets gives their eggs 4-6 more times Vitamin D
The grass they eat promotes higher levels of folic acid, and even measurable levels of Vitamin C

Happy Hens Lay Healthy Eggs!

And wouldn't you want the best for your family? 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Take Root

I'm looking forward to this coming year being a year I take root. The past several years have been quite the storm, throwing my little family to and fro, just like little trees getting blown over in the wind. 2014-2015 was surely the year of Perseverance & 2016 was the year of Providence. The good Lord Providentially brought us out of  a lot turmoil and pain....We had the opportunity to heal and revive and get back on our feet with the help of  Our Lord & our wonderful Church family. Now that we have been here 6 months getting our rhythm down and it being a New Year...I am looking to 2017 being the year we Take Root and Grow. 
We weathered the storm and storms make trees take deeper roots.

I have thought and prayed long and hard with how I will spend my time healing, rooting and growing this year. I have started by getting my overall self checked thoroughly by the doctor. I have struggled with heart palpitations, migraines, chronic headaches, vertigo, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, lack of desire to do anything, tingling and electric shocks in my head and more. I wanted to make sure there was nothing going on or at least something I should know about. But with tests, scans and more tests, so far they don't see anything underlying. But, to me there is something going on that a test just can't tell you nor a band aid can fix....So the next step for me is to get more in tune with my own body, since I am the only one who really knows how I feel. I have several ideas to try to ease my symptoms as naturally as possible and heal my body with natural remedies. Like using essential oils, natural products, natural homemade things that can ease symptoms. I am also going to up my doses of vitamin D and Vitamin B12 in liquid forms..Which will help a lot , especially during these dark Wintry days. I will also begin daily routine and regimes using these natural remedies. This is the first and foremost thing I need to work on and that is getting myself well...We even joined the Y.... where we will get some exercise and where I plan to take classes doing yoga and relaxation. I also plan on drinking more WATER to flush out toxins from my body.

Another big thing this year will be eliminating even more processed foods and sugar from our diet. That doesn't mean we can't splurge here and there, but making things from whole foods and from scratch as much as possible. Will I fail????....Maybe sometimes...But If I keep in mind that I wish to grow this year...I am going to have to buck up and get rooted. Taking root also means to work on our spiritual growth as well. As a family we are going to begin our regular devotions, as we are also going through the whole Bible In A Year plan. I will also continue my Bible Journaling and Writing Scripture Verses to reflect on. We will also attend our Friday night Bible study, I hope to Pray more regularly for others too!!! A great book to go through, which prompts the order of prayers is called Face To Face....One more important thing we will continually work on is the people we engage with. I have learned so much over the years that weeding out unhealthy, toxic people from my life made my life drama free, less stressful and has made our lives so much more healthy and happy. This included weeding out toxic family members & friends...Nothing I am proud of but had to be done for our well being. So dear readers...This year I will take root, do more of what I love to do, sow seeds, grow...and work hard on keeping myself and my family happy, healthy and whole! How about you??

Monday, January 9, 2017

Beat The Winter Blues With Liquid Gold

I received this lovely quart jar of liquid gold from one of my sweet sisters at church. I have many plans for this honey this Winter and thought I would share some of the things I will be using it for. These projects are to inspire y'all to get your hands sticky and beat the Winter blues. They will benefit you, mind, body and soul. The benefits of honey are amazing! You can use honey for medicinal purposes, stress relief, sleep aid, weight loss, boost your metabolism, skin care, hair care, and so much more! It's amazing! You can eat it straight from the jar, use it in food recipes, make health aid concoctions, and beauty concoctions. Here is a list and their links of the few things I will use my honey for. Hope this inspires you too!

With Winter upon us, the dry cold wind and weather can really take a toll on your lips, face and skin...Try these fab recipes to nourish your body and give it moisture with healing properties.

 1. Honey Whipped Hand Cream ( I'd use it on my whole body)

Winter also brings on the sore throats and sniffles...
Let's use honey to relieve some of your symptoms!

When it's cold and dark outside, why not make a delightful hot cup of goodness and enjoy while reading your bible, a good book, watching your favorite show or movie...Snuggle down in a snugly afghan or quilt, curl up on the couch or your fave chair and sip on this!!!!

Stay Warm, Bee Happy!!!
We can get through this Winter together!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cows Mooove In

Okay, so I have a thing for cows!!!! 
Welcome, my newest editions to the farmhouse!
 I found this pretty vintage cow creamer for just 2 bucks!
 She just had to mooove in!

The second vintage sweetie was found online through an Instagram pal. This gal holds more than just a little bit of cream...She's more like a milk cow pitcher. I love her quirky style!

The next cow to mooove in will be perfect in our little home. 
Though I still have to find the perfect spot for her. 
They will all fit in just swell here!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Chapter 2016 Comes To An End

Our family had a rough start to 2016. Yet we are very blessed and ever so grateful to a handful of friends back in California who supported us, lifted us up and took us in for months as we waited on God to answer prayers. God answered those prayers this last Summer. 

We took a trip to Indiana where a church had interest in Mr. Darling possibly becoming their Pastor. We loved Indiana and the people in it immediately. The Church voted and decided that Mr. Darling as well as our little family would be a good fit for them. We went back to California, got a visit from our son who lives in Washington, said goodbye to our closest friends, made sure my Bumble Bee had a chance to spend some last special moments with her girlfriends, packed up our Uhaul from our friends back house...We spent four days on the road to get to our new home!

We felt as if we fit in right away with our church family, Though it took several months for the anxiety and some of the sadness from leaving friends behind...We got Bumble Bee into some home-school co op classes and a theater group. She has made new friends from our church, school and theater group...Now she gets invited to hang out with new friends and she keeps in touch with all her friends back in Cali. She is blossoming here. And that makes this Momma happy!

Mr. Darling has been preaching through Ephesians and the church has been so uplifting and loving to our family. We are happy to call this place our home and family.. Mr. Darling and I have made some special friends here. Friends who invite us over for fellowship, who pray for us and contact us every week whether by phone or text.. I have enjoyed the company of several women who have opened their arms to me. It has been a breath of fresh air and a huge answer to prayer.

Though 2015 was horrible for my family, 2016 was promising and filled with wonderful blessings. We look forward to the New Year ahead as we take root to our new home. 
Happy New Year to you and yours. May the Lord fill 2017 with blessings and grace upon grace.