The Heart of Modesty

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Our world is wrecked. I don’t mean to sound like a pessimist or a Debbie-downer, but it’s true. This world is pretty messed up. It was created to be perfect, but because of sin, it’s not. The culture we live in is obsessed with many things. Beauty, youth, fame, money, and above most, sex. The world around us is obsessed with sex. I mean, commercials, TV, movies, billboards, the internet. It’s EVERYWHERE. Continue reading

Follower of Christ. Coffee connoisseur. Lover of life and all things fun. And the wife of the amazing Kenny Oliver.

Triangle Quilt

Cara’s post on summer goals last week got me thinking about some goals I might have for the summer. I don’t have a full list like Cara does, but I did think of a few things that I’d like to get done.

One of the things I’d like to do is make a quilt and hand-quilt it. At my job, I make quilt tops all day long, but I don’t do the actual quilting. I’ve made two tshirt quilts at home, but I used my machine to quilt them both. I love the look of hand-quilted quilts. They take time and patience and dedication. I’m generally not good at discipline or following through on projects, so I’d like to challenge myself to actually hand-quilt a (small) quilt this summer. Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies

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More cookies… I know, I know… I have a problem. But it really only benefits you, so it’s okay right?

This is currently my favorite cookie recipe of mine! I have to say currently because let’s be honest – I’m going to experiment more soon. But these cookies have been my favorite for a few years now. There’s something about the toffee, white chocolate chip, and chocolate chip combo that just hits the spot. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Summer Goals {2014}

I’m not always super type A, but I do think it’s useful to have an ongoing set of short term goals to help push yourself toward your life goals. I’m going to share some of my summer goals with you today (some serious, some silly) in hopes that it will spark some ideas to help you make your summer more fun & productive!

I’m giving myself 100 days to complete these goals, starting today! That makes my finish date August 31st, just in time for Labor Day. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

25 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money

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If you’re looking for something to do today without spending any money, consider these alternate options. Just some simple ideas for ya! Some are fun and others are productive. Nothing fancy, just some ideas that came to mind. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Regular Review: Homemade Pizza Dough

Lisa and I were sitting and chatting about the blog one day last month, and she told me I should think of my own Saturday series to do. She started The Gluten Free Review back in January and it has done super well!

I thought about doing some art series, or maybe a new cookie recipe each month. But then I remembered how I’ve been dying to try more of these recipes I’m pinning on Pinterest. So I decided to challenge myself to try at least one new Pinterest recipe a month, reviewing it here!

I’ve named this series The Regular Review as a spin off Lisa’s Gluten Free Review. This one is for all you ladies out there who eat your gluten loud and proud!

 photo theregularreviewbutton_zps2e694b2c.pngFor my first month, I’ve decided to review Andrea’s recipe for homemade thick crust pizza! Andrea blogs regularly at Andrea’s Notebook, which she founded back in 2007. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Gramman’s 90th Birthday Letter

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When my mom was widowed at the heartbreaking age of 34, my grandparents stepped in to make sure the three of us were well taken care of. We were living in Arkansas, and they were just across the Mississippi River in Tennessee. It was about an hour and a half drive, but they traveled it often. They came not just for the holidays and sporting events, but to chop down trees and clean out gutters. They loved us and served us well. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Reese’s Pieces Cookies

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So, remember on Monday when I said I accidentally made the full (four dozen) batch of cookie dough, rather than the half batch I intended to make?

Well, it turns out I have a few good ideas left here and there. I ended up halving the cookie dough before I mixed in the baking chips, that way I could make two different kinds of cookies to share with you! You’re welcome for that. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Andes Mint Cookies

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I told Matt “I’m just going to make half a batch because it’s unsafe for our household to have a full batch.

Then, I accidentally conveniently put two eggs into the Kitchen Aid Mixer that was fast at work blending the butter, sugar, and vanilla.

Oops…

After explaining what had happened to Matt, he just replied “I love your subconscious!” as he grinned from ear to ear. He knew what this mistake meant. The only way to save the recipe now was to go ahead with the full batch.

More Cookies… bummer! Said nobody ever. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.