4 fancy things

2014-01-25 14.46.13We made some friends on our walk in Murphys earlier this week.

2014-01-25 14.36.01A little preview of the curtains I’m making for our dining area with the pale green fabric from Friday’s post.

crustless cheesecake recipe

{crustless cheesecake}

Something sweet for my Hubby when he gets home from quail hunting. Click here for this gluten free “but full of dairy and sugar” cheesecake recipe.

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{rosemary jelly + wheat toast}

My new favorite breakfast.


Cowboy Cake

Cowboy Cake

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I don’t think chocolate cake gets any more redneck than Cowboy Cake. This recipe is out of the original Marlboro cook book that my husband’s mom had when he was a kid. Yes, Marlboro.

I know you’re probably thinking it might not be a good idea to make anything out of a Marlboro cook book but I can assure you that this cake is tobacco, nicotine, and tar free – and it doesn’t taste like cigarette butts. Promise!

The best part about this cake is it only requires one dish. Easy Peasy. Let’s get started..

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c coco powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 c oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 c cold coffee

2014-01-08 13.48.00Mix all dry ingredients into a 9×13 dish.

2014-01-08 13.51.52Make three wells in the dry mixture and pour one of your wet ingredients into each.

2014-01-08 13.52.30Pour 2 cups of cold coffee over the entire mix and stir together until…

2014-01-08 13.57.59Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350.

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And because it’s my birthday I ate the first piece for lunch. I advise you not to leave the knife in the cake pan because it will be literally impossible to walk by it without eating more.

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the hunter’s wife

Some of you may know that fall is deer season. Though my husband is the one doing all the hunting, I’m taking full advantage of all the rustic decor possibilities that mother nature has to offer.. as well as the delicious organic venison.

deer antler jewelry display

Now don’t go all PETA on me please! Hunting wild game is far more humane than massive commercial slaughter houses, or gassing whole heards and flocks of animals to death. (That’s all I will say on the matter :) And on that note, I will say that I cannot wit ’til our bear skin rug is finished!

log pine bed

Fall is also wood cutting season, and this year we were lucky enough to get this beautifully handcrafted log bed. And for an amazing deal, I might add.

bullet belt

I saw this belt during my weekly thrift store visit, and it reminded me of bullet shells, which reminded me of my husband. What’s a good hunter’s wife without a belt made of brass?

And being that I’ve become quite the homesteading houseiwfe as of lately, I thought I’d share with you some of the best pepper jelly I’ve tasted, and it came right out of my very own kitchen!

My oh my! This stuff is tasty.. As I’ve mentioned many times, we have been so blessed this year and were able to pick from a friend’s garden whenever we wanted. One of his prize crops is peppers! All kinds of peppers. Since it’s getting close to the holidays, and canned goods make such great gifts, I decided to give homemade pepperjelly a go. I found a super simple recipe and gave it a try, and it is to die for!

Cheers! And Happy Friday Y’all!

(the Y’all was a joke..)

4 fancy things

Sometimes life seems so hectic, and every time you think things are looking up.. BAM! You’re given another bag of lemons. Lately we’ve been just trying to dodge these little curve balls the best we can, all while keeping our positive spirits in tact! After all, adversity builds character, right? So here are a few things to be thankful for this week..

beautiful blooms

Our next door neighbor moved out a few weeks ago and she was kind enough to let us take some plants from her garden. I’m not sure what this grassy little flower is, but it sits at the bottom of our walkway, and I love how these dainty flowers curl up at night as if they’re tucked in bed for a good night’s sleep and then slowly stretch themselves out again in the morning light. Simply lovely..

venti size butterfly mug

We all know how much I love coffee, and in my opinion you can never have too many coffee cups, but this one is really special. Butterflies are kind of a sacred and spiritual creature in my life, and on an exceptionally emotional day last week I happened upon this mug in a barn full of fun junk for sale. I love when God sends little messages like this..

banana drop cookies

The other day my husband brought home over 10 pounds of over ripe bananas from his store. Given that I’ve made about 4 loaves of my amazing banana bread (I modified this recipe to make it my own) in the last couple weeks, I wanted to make something new and different. I stumbled on these divine drop cookies from Pinterest that were a breeze to whip up. YUM!

september bounty

Whenever we get permission to pick ripe fruit from friends and neighbors I feel so blessed to live in a small town with good people. With over 15 pounds of freshly picked apples and pears, my mind is spinning with recipe ideas like this delectable apple butter, and a canned apple pie filling. I have some thoughts on the pears, but honestly I’ve never really cooked with pears, any ideas out there??

Last but not least, some refridgerator motivation! I need little reminders like this sometimes..

Enjoy your weekend, and stay positive :)

Black(berry) Friday

August is such a beautiful month. The heat is dying down, and in the early morning hours the chill of crisp, cool air reminds me that fall is just around the corner. August is also the month to pick all those ripening blackberries, and at twenty pounds and counting there is no shortage of smoothies, cobblers, and pies in our house. My husband called home from work with a blackberry muffin craving that couldn’t be ignored, so this morning I decided to get work in the kitchen. Here is what came fresh out of the oven today..

homemade blackberry muffins

I’ll admit I was absolutely unaware of amazingness that was about to take place in my mouth. After my daughter and I devoured 4 of these in about 4 seconds, I had to draw every ounce of self control to pack them up to deliver to my Husband. If you are looking for an easy and delicious way to use up some of those fresh (or frozen) blackberries, this recipe is it.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
    2 1/2 cups flour (I substituted 1/2 cup of wheat bran, the rest flour)
    1 tbs baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 eggs (or substitute)
    3/4 cups sugar (or substitute)
    1 cup yogurt (I used vanilla almond)
    6 tbs unsalted sweet butter melted
    1 tsp milk (I used almond milk)
    a touch of lemon zest
    shredded coconut to sprinkle on top (optional)
    Position baking rack to center of oven, and preheat to 400. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and sift together. Combine wet ingredients, except blackberries, in separate bowl and whisk together. Then add wet to dry and SLIGHTLY mix, just until moistened (this will ensure your muffins are fluffy, nobody likes an unfluffy muffin). Now add your blackberries and mix in carefully. Again, you don’t want to over mix. Divide batter into greased or lined muffin tin (sprinkle on your coconut if you’re using it) and bake for 17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
    Cool 5-10 minutes and enjoy a little piece of heaven!
    Happy Friday!

4 fancy things

petite flower pot

I love how summer always makes me want to add more color to my calm and comfortable neutral pallete. This year I’m kind of crushing on all things blue, and thanks to this little terra cotta gem, my baby maple can grow up in style.

dress pants to summer shorts

Here is a bit of refashion fun. I took some old comfy slacks that were  rather loose, and covered one side with a lace-esque stretchy material and made a cute pair of summer shorts.

I’m always looking for new ways to pretty up the bathroom. This is a plate rack with one plate from the set holding all the basic countertop essentials. I have to admit I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this little display.

orange mango banana sorbet

 On hot summer nights I love to have a cold sweet treat. This frozen refreshment is great because it has only 3 ingredients, and can be enjoyed as a smoothie before you freeze it, as a healthy popcicle, or with a spoon. It’s as simple as slicing up a few mangos and adding some pre frozen bananas and a bit of orange juice. Blend and enjoy as desired!

sweet broccoli salad

Love, love, love this salad. It’s sweet, it’s healthy, it’s filling, and it is great by itself or as a side. During the summer time I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so all it takes is a bit of chopping.


Broccoli Salad

2 small broccoli crowns chopped, 1/2 cup fresh shredded carrot, 1 cup sliced red grapes, 1 cucumber (I like lemon-cucumber hen it’s in season) peeled and chopped, 1/3 cup raisins, 1 avocado chopped


Equal parts mayo and red wine vinegar. and about 3 tbs sugar, or sweetener of your choice to taste

(ok that part isn’t super healthy, but you have to live a little)

Try it!