The Krampy Shanty: Gardening 102

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I might have created a monster with the kids and the candy, but my mom and mother in law created a monster by teaching me to garden.

After the first garden only took a little over an hour, and it added so much curbside appeal, I figured why not just knock out another one the next day? I know how to do it now, so I might as well get it done. 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.

Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake with Caramel Icing

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I cheated and made this cake with a box of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake, because it’s much simpler than making a cake from scratch and this box mix is so delicious. So this is really just the icing recipe, but I’ll show you how I baked and iced the cake as well.

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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.

My Latest Yard Sale Finds – 2

I’m back for round 2 of My Latest Yard Sale Finds. If you missed the first post in this ‘who knows how long’ series, then click here!

In short, I’m just sharing photos and prices of my latest yard sale finds (pretty self explanatory). Hopefully I’ll spur on your frugal side to get out there and start saving!

This queen-sized plush blanket -$2. We have an identical red one that we bought at Target shortly after we got married, and we always ‘fight’ over who gets it when we settle down for some Netflix. Usually the bargain goes something like ‘If you get the big red blanket then I get the couch and you have the love seat’. Now we can both have a nice fuzzy blanket that goes all the way to our toes!

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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.

Camping {A Weekend in Retrospect}

This weekend, Steve & I went camping at Daniel Boone National Forest. The weather was amazing, we had a really nice campsite, and overall there was a lot of relaxing & drinking hot drinks, as is the Kieklak way.

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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.

The Krampy Shanty: Gardening 101

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Well, I’ve done it. I’ve ventured into the realm of gardening. This July when our moms came up from Arkansas to visit, the three of us ladies transformed the first Krampy Shanty flower bed, all while Matt was at work. What a surprise he came home to that Saturday! 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.

Triangle Quilt & Gardening {On Success & Failure}

Way back at the beginning of the summer, I wrote a few posts about two big summer goals: hand-quilting & gardening. Now that the summer is over, I thought I’d give you an update.

First, my big failure: the garden!

I dug. I planted. I watered. I waited.

Then things started to come up. But because I’d planted seeds instead of plants, I didn’t know if what was coming up was weeds or seeds. And I also got a fair amount of lazy, since it was too hot outside for me to want to weed anything.  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.

Bed Frame Makeover

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I’ll go ahead and say from the beginning that all I did to this bed frame was spray paint it. Nothing fancy about this post at all, I just wanted to show you how big of a difference you can make with minimal effort and money.

I’ve been browsing the home decor section on Pinterest a lot more lately (I wonder why?), and I have discovered a deep love for white metal bed frames. So, when this hand-me-down frame was given to us, I decided to paint it white for our guest bedroom. 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.

My Latest Yard Sale Finds – 1

Back in June, the clinic I work for expanded. No longer are we just a special needs dental office, but an entire interdisciplinary clinic for people in the community with intellectual disabilities. Along with the new services came a new staff. I love all my new coworkers so much, but I’ve gotten especially close to my new friend Bessy.

She is originally from Honduras, but has lived in the States for about 10 years now. She has been such a joy to get to know! We love talking about the differences in our cultures, our languages, our food, etc. But if there’s one thing we both know, it’s how to find a good deal!

I have always been a thrift store shopper, but have never really ventured much into yard sale shopping. Every time I would compliment something of Bessy’s, she would respond “yard sale – $1″. I finally told her “Girl, you’ve got to teach me your ways, take me with you one Saturday!”.

And so she did… and the next Saturday, and the next Saturday, and the nex… Well, you get the idea. 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.

Super Healthy Bone Broth

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Bone broth is very healthy, and very good for you. By cooking the bones with a little acid, you draw out nutrients & create a broth promotes bone and joint health, improves your digestion, and gives you a ton of good minerals.  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.