My Love for County Fairs & Marietta County Fair Book Series Giveaway

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Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” Week #35

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Wake Up Wednesday Linky Week 33

               Welcome to the 33rd week of  Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
 
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Peach Melba Ice Cream from Pink Recipe Box

Peach Melba Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com

 I’m currently suffering through the hottest month of the year when my desk fan becomes next to useless no matter how high I turn it up. Homemade ice cream recipes to the rescue!

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tre
e
This Disney’s Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!

Joanna’s Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla

from What’s On The List

Spanish-tortilla

Are you curious like me where the zucchini is?

August 2014 Favorites!

August was pretty good product wise for me. I have a decent amount of favorites to share 
with you all, so here we go!
 
 

from Upstate Ramblings

Snickers Pretzel Mix #Chocolate4theWin #shop

Football season is just about underway!  Whether it is a club, college, high school or professional teams are practicing and getting ready for another exciting season.  My family loves to watch football. Of course football also means snacks, so to go along with our first game of the season I created this portable SNICKERS Pretzel Snack with cute little football bags.

Mommy Club

from Married Filing Jointly

Speaking of being a mommy…it is simply not a job you can understand until you are a mommy.
 
 

How to Make Elderberry Extract

from Little Owl Crunchy Momma

It’s incredibly easy, and super delicious. I use it to help make my elderberry syrup last longer (recipe coming soon). It’s also delicious to add to cider in the fall and winter. Mmmmm. Delicious.

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings by Crafty Journal
Create a fun pair of glittery fall leaf earrings to dress up for autumn.
 

 

Bourbon Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

from  eat pray {read} love

These Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next dinner! Creamy potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping and just the right amount of sweetness!

I had these delicious Bourbon-Map
le sweet potatoes as one of my sides. Ben doesn’t normally like sweet potatoes (which is one reason I ordered them!- kidding!) but he inhaled these babies. I decided to try to recreate the sweet potato recipe for our Thanksgiving meal and they were pretty spot-on.

Blairsden Mansion Tour: Part 2

from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

In case you missed Part 1,  I’m taking you on the mother of all house tours…

at Blairsden Mansion, in Peapack-Gladstone NJ.which was the site of a

Designer Showhouse fundraiser, back in May.

 

 

Watermelon Slush

from  4 Sons ‘R’ Us

Watermelon Slush

This frosty treat makes a refreshing ending to any summer meal. Simply scoop the slushy mixture into bowls or tall glasses and enjoy a refreshing dessert, all while still getting that melon flavor fix, albeit without all the dripping. Add a splash of vodka for an even sweeter summer adult beverage.

 

Painted Furniture

How to Paint Furniture

Finally, we found a dresser that fit out needs. It wasn’t too over-scale, had 9 drawers, and was only $100.

 

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter // Budget Girl --- 13 Days of Pumpkin is back! This year, we're getting started with this decadent pumpkin butter recipe. Perfect on some toasted pumpkin yeast bread. :) #pumpkin #fall #autumn #butter #food #recipes #cooking

I was going to come up with a simple crock pot recipe, and then I found this decadent pumpkin butter recipe from I Bake, He Shoots. I tried it, loved it, and now…it’s the one I’m going to recommend. (Well, that’s an easy first day, isn’t it?)

Classic Cherry Pie

from Born to Bake Forever

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Ever since I was five, my mother and I have always made this Classic Cherry Pie for special occasions or just dessert. I’ve never lost my taste for cherries…or dessert. This recipe has been a family favorite for years. A simple recipe easy to make for busy days. 

 

 

 

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    What The World Don’t Know

    It has taken me a while to write this post, and as I sit here and type my fingers feel so heavy.

    Most bloggers, social media junkies or movie lovers were posting, tweeting and commenting minutes if not moments after hearing the news of the suicude of Robin Williams.

    But I couldn’t.

    I remember standing in my bathroom that afternoon as my husband walks up and tells me what had happened.  For most of our society, they automatically wanted to share their favorite movie or how Robin made them laugh through the years.  But for me, my mind went in a different direction.  My thoughts were, “What battles was he fighting inside?”, “How much pain was he feeling but not sharing with the ones he loved?”, “Did he reach out or try to keep up the facade of everything is okay?”.

    Robin Williams was a man who made others smile, while he was dying inside.  When did his laughter turn to tears for him?  Was making others laugh and smile a coping mechanism for his own survival?”  These questions will probably never be answered because for the hurting people its not easy to share or explain.

    You might wander why my thoughts went to his pain that day?

    See, I also struggle with mental illness.  I am diagnosed with Bi-Polar (aka manic depression), Anxiety and Panic Disorders, OCD and even though I haven’t officially been diagnosed yet, we are leaning toward Highly Sensitive Disorder (HSD).  I knew even as a young child I was different.  I was creative, and enjoyed being by myself.  I would sit in my room all weekend and read or make up stories.  As a teenager, relationships became difficult.  I would get upset over the slightest thing and withdraw from friends.

    Relationships failed.

    After I was married and had children my symptoms were severe.  I would sit in my closet and rock back and forth.  When the world said something was okay, I had a meltdown.  See in my world little things become big things and they are not okay.  Finally after the death of my momma, I had the trigger that would define me for the rest of my life.  I was under so much stress and grief, that was all it took to flip my switch inside my head.

    Mental Illness is cruel.  It is exhausting.  The world does not understand and even though we live in a day of modern medicine where so many illnesses are normal, mental illness is still judged and you can never be normal.  It’s hard to know that no matter how much treatment you have, and meds you take the illness is never going away.

    I’m not sure why we all experience struggles and hardships. I’m not sure why when we try our hardest to be a light in the world of darkness, to serve God’s people, to show love when no one else is, why we still become broken.

    In the past month I had made a decision for myself and my health to take a step back from so many obligations. To start saying “No” for a change and focus on me, something that I’m not very good at.

    See, I’ve never focused on me. It’s always been about everybody else. Isn’t that what we are taught? To not be selfish, that our life is not our own? But what I realized in the midst of giving my whole self away to everyone and everything that needed me, I lost me.

    I lost the person I was, the person who had dreams and visions for who I wanted to be, the person who stood out in the crowds for not being scared to take a risk. But everytime I gave a little more of me away, I became someone I didn’t recognize. I started realizing that people are cruel, heartless and so judgemental. People are selfish. It’s all about how much more can they get.
    And how we live in a society of laziness. Forget doing anything for yourself. Just have someone else do it for you.

    I was raised in a older generation family. A family where hard work was not an option. Where you took care of your family and you didn’t play a victim so you could get help without doing any work for it. You kept your problems quiet. You worked them out within the walls of your own home. You didn’t need to shout it from the rooftops or on Social Media. A time of slower pace and so much more simplicity. I realized, that is still who I am. I am still that person who was raised in simplicity. Who made sure her family was taken care of and who wasn’t in a constant rat race.

    I started enjoying being alone, being at home. In the quietness of my own walls I found peace and solace. I started finding interests I enjoyed. Ways to share my creativity without being overwhelmed and overran. I started realizing I enjoyed the companionship of my fur-babies. I loved the joy they experienced when I was around. The unconditional love I experienced from them. I started finding myself living for them. For a living soul who was genuinely happy I was alive. Who, no matter what mood I was experiencing, knew no judgements against me.

    So I had made the decision to put focus back on me a month ago. To start worrying about my dreams, and my visions again. To slow down, stop back and get healthy.

    Since that time two of my fur-babies have died.

    Am I being punished for loving them?

    Am I being punished for being selfish for the first time in my life?

    I’m not really sure.

    All I know is I am broken. I am hurting, I’m mad, and I’m angry. But most of all I have so much guilt that I’m hating myself.

    I’m I being taught a lesson or is it just life I’m experiencing?

    I don’t know the answer. All I know is that the more pain and hurt I experience the more I want to surround myself within the walls on my own home and try to protect the ones who matter most in my heart.

    See I’m human.

    And I’m grieving.

    Maybe it’s not over a human life but it’s over a life that showed me more love than most would dare to do.

    When you have the illness I have, and it already takes an army to fight each day, any loss becomes too much to bear.  The world becomes a dark, ugly place that I no longer want to be involved in.

    I hate the battles that are inside me.  I’m not sure why I’m being tormented.

    Why did God decide I needed to have this illness.

    I can’t seem to find peace anymore.  I keep praying for God to shed some light on the situation but I can’t find the answers.  I feel I’m losing myself.

    I’m in an emotional war.  A war I pray that others never have to experience.

    So today, I am doing something for myself.  I am taking a huge step to get emotional healthy.  It will not be easy, it will not be quick.  But it will be worth it in the end.  I am tired of saying I’m Okay, when I’m not.  I’m tired of putting on a smile when I’m dying inside.

    Today is the day I find peace.  I will be on a health, healing and prayer sabbatical for the next few weeks.  Until I return I ask you to pray for my health and my healing.  I ask you to pray for the others who are hurt and broken but hasn’t found the courage to step forward.  I pray you take care of yourself.

     

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    Wake Up Wednesday Linky Week #32

                  
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    Using Yard Sale and Auction Dishes to set the Table

    from Penny’s Vintage Home

    I have a special table set for our lunch today using some of the new pieces I found at the auction and yard sales over the week end.    

    BIRCHBOX AUGUST 2014

    from Busy Being Jen

    August’s box had some really great products.  The first was Whish Shave Crave that is a shaving cream with the scent of grapefruit.  Really nice!  There was also a citrus-y smelling cologne by Harvey Prince called Ageless

     

    Fall Potpourri

    I planted sunflowers in our garden for the first time this summer and they have made a wonderful addition to our garden.     I have dried some of the larger flowers to use in a fall wreath.

    Trash to Treasure: Bar Car Edition

    from Oh, the Fun…

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    We all know that bar carts are all the rage right now and who’s surprised? Not I- even if you don’t want to use them to house alcoholic beverages, how can you not be a fan of a bit of extra storage that you can move around?!

     

    Mini Blueberry Cups

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    This is a migraine safe recipe, a sugar free recipe and a dairy free recipe. 
    But it is not taste free, its really yummy! If I do say so myself, giggle.
     

     

    No Drip Ice Cream Cones

    from Lou Lou Girls

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    This is so simple but messy! It’s definitely worth the mess.

    Here’s why PicMonkey is a blogger’s best friend!

    from Just A Touch of Crazy

    So it’s pretty understandable why PicMonkey is a blogger’s best friend.  And one of the most fabulous things of all:  lots of the features are FREE.
     
     

    How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece

    from About A Mom

    How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece - About A Mom
    There are two things that I love — having fresh flowers on the table and decorating for Fall. My home probably gets more decked out for Fall and Thanksgiving season than it does for the Christmas holiday.
     

     

    10 Back to School Tips for Moms

    from The Organized Dream

     

    Loving our kids too much – home vs. daycare

    from Mommy Lives Clean

    Can loving our kids so much be harmful to their future?
    I hold the belief that a parent can never love their child too much.
     

    Zucchini Parmesan Bites

    from Allspice and Nutmeg

    www.allspiceandnutmeg.com/zucchiniparmesanbites

    Zucchini parmesan bites – thin sliced zucchini, parmesan, onions, and eggs.  

    This is a great recipe for using up zucchini from the garden bounty. 

     

    Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1 from Titi Crafty

    Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1.

    I’m not posting this as an expert {I’m not even close} but I do want to share with you all the things I’ve done intuitively or learned that have worked for me on my way making connections, friends or any kind of relationships.

    Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

    from Natural Chow

    Spicy Roasted Chickpeas | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

    If you had told me two years ago I would be sharing a recipe where the star is beans, I would probably laugh. I was never really one to enjoy eating beans.

     

    {cuffed pillowcase tutorial}

    Front: 20″ x 23″ (solid pink) 

    Wide Cuff: 20″ x 13″ (Green polka dot) 

    Narrow Cuff: 20″ x 2-1/2″ (Orange Flower/Paisley) 

    Back: 20″ x 35-1/2″ (Orange Flower/Paisley) 

     

    Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract

     essential oil dropper, liquid extract, homemade, natural, green, no-side-effect, glycosides, sweetener, cooking, sweet tea, dried herb, Bulk Herb Store, DIY,

    Quite honestly, I’ve never felt good about the perfectly white, flowable, processed stevia products out there.


     

     

     

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      This Momma’s Meandering Mondays Week #62

      Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays #62 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! It has been a great honor and blessing to a a Guest Host this past month with Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. Thank you Stacey from the bottom of my heart, I have met so many new blogging friends, and I have learned so much that it is beyond amazing how I feel.

       

      Week #62 This Momma’s Meandering Mondays

      Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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      Today, I would like to now give a warm Meandering Mondays welcome to our new co-host for the month of September…Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom!

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      Victoria is the owner of Giveaways 4 Mom. She is a full time work at home mom of three young boys. She started Giveaways 4 Mom to show moms that they could indeed win online giveaways and over the years, it has evolved into so much more. In her free time, she loves taking her boys to events and amusement parks.

      This will be the last week for our co-host for the month of August, so be sure to stop by to read the wonderful guest post that she did, just click on the link below…Welcome Miranda from Grace and Gravy!

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      Miranda is the author behind the blog GraceandGravy with a side of life! She is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday! Miranda resides in Arkansas with her sweet husby William that she has been married to for 15 years and a homeschool mama to kiddos Keegan and Lindy. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about blogging, reading, crafting, cooking, planning/decorating, and learning to be a more self-suf​ficient Homesteader.

      Here is a wonderful guest post that she contributed to my site a couple of weeks ago, called, “Ten Things I Want My Children to Know About Me“! Such an amazing post from the heart!

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      Saying, “I am a stickler on manners with my son. It is very important to me that he is a mannerable young man – making sure he says Thank You, Yes please, You’re welcome, Bless you, etc. I definitely see that there is a lack of children being polite and mannerable, and growing up that was such an important factor with my grandparents and parents. Therefore, I want to encourage my son to do the same. Thanks for sharing this great post!”
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      My favorite post came from Jayhawk Mommy with the post “Teaching My Toddlers Manners!”
      What a wonderful post! I see so many children that have long since passed the toddler stage, with absolutely no manners and no respect, and it saddens me greatly for the state of future generations. It makes me feel so wonderful, when my own children at 12, 14, & 21, still use the manners and respect that they have been taught since birth. Thank you so much for sharing!
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      This Momma’s Meandering Monday’s #60

      Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 60 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us!

      Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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      Please join me in welcoming our new co-host for the month of August…Miranda from Grace and Gravy!

      Miranda is the author behind the blog GraceandGravy with a side of life! She is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday! Miranda resides in Arkansas with her sweet husby William that she has been married to for 15 years and a homeschool mama to kiddos Keegan and Lindy. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about blogging, reading, crafting, cooking, planning/decorating, and learning to be a more self-suf​ficient Homesteader.

      Here is a wonderful guest post that she contributed to my site last week called, “Ten Things I Want My Children to Know About Me“! Such an amazing post from the heart!

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      Such a beautiful post! Because of a great deal of negativity towards me, during my growing up years, it took me a long while to realize that I was beautiful on the inside, where it counts the most! I also realized that it is my husband and my kids who make me feel the most beautiful. When my kids tell me that I am the best mommy ever or when they come and tell me those things that have likely added to my gray hairs, I truly feel beautiful, because I know that they have complete trust in me.
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      Fresh, Fried Okra & Fresh, Fun Photos

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      You might remember a TBT I posted a while back titled “Children of the Okra”.  It was an old post that I re-shared about an awful experience in the Okra Jungle, helping my dad.  I get chills just thinking about that day.  I swore, Yes I swore, I would never eat okra again, but somewhere between then and now the thoughts from that day became less frightening and Fried Okra starting sounding appealing again!

      A few weeks ago my dad brought over a few bags of okra that had finally decided to produce.  Well, I certainly couldn’t pass it up so I decided to conquer my fear of okra and fry up some for dinner.  My family was extremely pleased that my fear of okra was gone, because they had been missing my Southern Fried Okra for sometime now!

      I got to work right away cutting it up, bagging most for the freezer and saving a bowl for dinner.

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      My okra batter is pretty basic.  But it sure is good ole southern amazing!

      What you need:

      1 cup corn meal

      1/2 flour

      1 tsp pepper

      1 tsp salt

      1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

      1 cup buttermilk

      (0r 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp on vinegar, let set for appx 3 mins)

      2 eggs

      2 cups of cut okra

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      What you do:

      Get your pan of oil hot and ready.  (I use a cast iron Dutch Oven Skillet)

      Slightly whisk your cornmeal, flour, salt, and peppers together in bowl.

      In a separate bowl mix your milk and eggs together.

      Add appx 10 pieces of okra into egg/milk.

      Using a metal spoon with holes, scoop up okra and let mixture drain for a second before adding to the dry mixture.

      Completely cover in the dry mixture and add to hot oil.

      Fry until golden brown and crispy!

      Continue until all okra is fried.

      You will LOVE this okra!  And to make it extra amazing, dip it in some good ole ranch!  Yummo!

      Don’t get much better than this here is the South!

       

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      This week it’s all been about Freshness, including Fresh Photos!

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      My daughter Lindy Photo taken by Carosello Fete Photography

       

      So to go along with my Fresh, Fried Okra, I wanted to share with you some Fresh, Fun Photos taken by my friend and amazing photographer Erin Wilson.

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      Erin, from Carosello Blog is a handmade business owner, wife, mom and word mispronouncer.  She  blogs about her favorite things, cooking, business life, decor, DIY and personal style. She just moved from Oklahoma to Boston-ish and then back down to Arkansas. She has been a big city gal most of her life and now living in a quaint little small town. She just bought a new house and are deep into renovating madness. Erin always love a good cardigan, pink pedicures, liquid eyeliner, hot tea and exploring all things local.

      This past week, Erin captured some amazing shoots of my daughter Lindy.

      I think I will cry now.

      She looks way to grown up in this pictures!

       

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      I can’t believe this shots!

      My baby isn’t a baby anymore ):

      You can also find Erin on Facebook.  Head over and show her some Bloggy Love!

      Hope everyone enjoys the Freshness this week!