Monday, November 30, 2015

Review | Heart Blossom Jewelry

Hey y'all!  Christmas is just around the corner! Yay!  Which means it is also time to do some shopping.  I'm thrilled to share with you my amazingly, awesome, best friend, and sister-in-law, Gina Wright's new, handmade, jewelry business!  She calls her business, Heart Blossom Jewelry.  I really, really, really, LOVE her jewelry!  They would also make excellent Christmas gifts for sisters, mothers, and friends.  All of her jewelry is high quality, affordable, and beautiful.  Here are just a few to get y'all excited:
Long Dangle Arrow Earrings

Earth Toned Green Boho Dangle Earings

Long Wooden Carved Leaf Dangle Earring

Elvish Leaf Dangle Earrings

Woodland Dangle Key Earring

Long Nautical Anchor Dangle Earrings

Golden Rose Dangle Earrings

I personally don't have pierced ears, but she
also makes them as screw-ons or clip-ons.

"She is clothed in strength and dignity"
Proverbs 31:25a

Which are you favorites?

Autumn/Winter Raised Bed Gardens

 Hey y'all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  It has been very busy around our little homestead here.  Something that I have been very thankful for are these two, raised bed, gardens that Jesse built for me back in late September.  It has been so awesome to enjoy fresh greens now that the weather is chilly. :-)
 We call these "Gavin's gardens".  He helped us make them and it is one of his responsibilities to water the plants, help mommy pull the weeds out, and the harvest the greens.  He LOVES to help with his gardens; it's one of his very, favorite activities and he has learned so much in the process.

 We had an extra, waste log at our sawyard that had a flat side on
it and was ideal to turn into a raised bed.  Jesse cut it out
with a chainsaw to become a raised bed that is functional,
moveable with the skidsteer, and looks great in the yard!

 Gavin helping us plant.

 We planted basil and rosemary in the log garden
along with the greens.  Once the greens are done
this bed will become an herb garden.

Cute, dirty, little gardener!

We planted:
String Beans

The string beans are through for the season, but
we are still enjoying all the delicious greens!

 Helping us water the gardens.

Beautiful sunset at our pond

We have so much to be thankful for each and everyday.
Let us not forget that!

"In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you."
-1 Thessalonians 5:18

What are y'all thankful for?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rustic Fall Decor // Wooden Pumpkins

Happy Fall Yall Rustic Fall Decor Orange Wooden Pumpkins Handmade Reclaimed Barn Wood Block Set Country Thanksgiving Autumn Primitive

I'm so excited!!! Fall is finally here! Yay!  I've been having so much fun lately decorating for my favorite season ever.  Jesse made this wooden pumpkin set for me and it is by far one of my most favorite decorations this year! :-)

We are now offering them for sale in our Esty Shop "WrightsTradingPost" and they really do add the perfect rustic, southern charm and country flair to any fall decor!
Rustic Fall Decor Orange Wooden Pumpkins Handmade Reclaimed Barn Wood Block Set Country Thanksgiving Autumn Primitive

We also offer them without the words. 
Blocks are 4x4's with the tallest being 16" in height (not including height of stem)

The reclaimed, wooden, block pumpkins have been cut, sanded on all sides, and painted.

Each pumpkin is decorated on top with a branch for a stem and
complete with a natural raffia bow.

This adorable set is great for dressing up your porch, doorway, mantle, etc. from September through November and Thanksgiving.

(These are all handmade and unique.  No two set will be completely identical)

We also offer many other products along these same lines so be sure and check out the rest of our store as well:

Here are just a couple more of our featured items:

Aromatic Eastern Red Cedar Log Tea Light Candle Holder set of 2 Rustic Wedding, Home, or Fall Decor Centerpiece

Happy Fall Y'all!! :-)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Fall is almost here!!!  The air is getting cooler and I am so excited that my favorite season of the year has nearly arrived! :-)  And with it comes so many wonderful things like beautiful colors of falling leaves, pumpkin spice everything, hayrides, warm apple cider, comfy sweaters, corn mazes, bonfires, cozy blankets, Thanksgiving, crisp air, and hot chocolate!  

So with all of that and delicious caramel apples in mind, I made
these amazingly yummy, Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies!
It's not a very healthy recipe, but are very tasty, special treat, and I'm hoping
to make some at Thanksgiving.


The Dough:
2 cups self-rising flour
2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup sour cream

The Filling:
2 cups diced, peeled apples (I used sweet red ones, but would be neat to try maybe with Granny Smith apples) NOTE: dice apple very small to make make sure they cook thoroughly.
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
About 10 store-bought soft caramel candies
Sea salt
Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon of water)

How to Make 'Em:

The Dough:
In a large bowl, add cubes of cold butter to the flour.  Working with your fingers until the mixture is wet and kind of grainy.

Stir  in the sour cream.  At this point the dough will be very wet.  Knead dough into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator (the longer it's in there, the easier it will be to work).

The Filling:
In another bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and flour.  Stir until mixed thoroughly.

The Assembly:
Preheat oven to 425ยบ F.

Get the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out on a floured surface. If you have trouble because the dough is so wet, just keep powdering wet places with flour and be sure to keep your rolling pin well floured.

Using a cookie cutter, or cup like I did, cut out 16 circles (will make 8 pies or roll it thinner and get 20 circles/10 pies).  Keep re-rolling scraps until you get enough circles.

Put half the circles on wax paper or a very well floured and greased pan.  Spoon some filling into the center of each pie.  Chop caramels, place on top of apple mixture in each pie and add just a pinch of sea salt to each making it slated caramel.  Now place a circle on top of each and crimp around the edges with a fork.

Brush all the pies with the egg wash and cut three vents in the tops of the pies.

Bake for 15 minutes or until they're are golden brown. 

Let them cool a little before eating.  Also, they are soooooo good
still warm with some homemade, vanilla ice cream on top!

Enjoy! :-)

What kind of yummy fall treats do y'all like making?

Monday, August 31, 2015

South Carolina Beach // Alice's 21 Birthday Vacation - Part 2

Hey y'all!  Here is the continuation of our vacation pictures from last post.
My husband gave me a real dream come true birthday!  To go to the beach!!! are the pictures:
Gavin LOVED his first visit to the ocean! :-)

Our sweet bundle of joy!!!

My silly boys!
Gavin had just discovered his tongue.

All worn out from his fun at the beach.

The next morning, we woke up early
and went to the beach to watch the sunrise!
It was so pretty with nobody around and the only
sounds were of the waves crashing on the shore and the
distant sounds of some seagulls nearby.

The rest of the day was spent seeing some of the local sites
around Sullivan Island, including a visit to Fort Moultrie.

This is where a cannon ball hit.

We also got to drive through and see historic Charleston.

Our vacation finally ended with the most gorgeous sunset ever!
I couldn't have asked for a better birthday than getting
to have a wonderful vacation with my amazing husband and precious son.

"Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for
he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm 106:1
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