Vanilla Love ~ Making Vanilla Extract

I have a confession to make.  I completely, absolutely, unconditionally am in love with vanilla.  Shhh…Don’t tell my husband.  I dream of vanilla, and all it’s passionate yumminess. The organic, rich, calming mellow smoothness of its aroma beckon me.  Let me bathe in vanilla, let me be surrounded all my days by vanilla. Oh, an ode to vanilla…. The exotic…

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Dreams

We each have a plan and a purpose.  We walk this earth for a reason, for such a time as this.  We were created with uniqueness, beauty, joy and gifts that belong only to us.  We are given the gift of life to fulfill creativity, to bring it into fruition, the one of a kind gift that is your soul’s journey.  It…

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Beautiful Simplicity

The bounty of the hen house, or should we say booty?! The eggs are rolling in here on our wintry homestead, at least a dozen at a time, in the last several weeks.  Those lovely hennies are busy out there!  We had a record breaker today. Fifteen eggs from sixteen hens, amazing!  It is still cold here,…

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Spring Cleaning Our Homes and Hearts

I can smell it in the air, spring.  Inhale, drink in the promise, the hope of spring.  There is more light, the sun is gaining power.  You can stand in the rays now, and feel a penetrating warmth.  Nature is bringing forth a new beginning.  Birthing through the darkness, you can feel it starting to…

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Hair Share (Donation)

                       Photo Credit:  William Snobl                    Sharing.  Is the spirit I have been in.  I want to share what I have, because I have so much.  I am blessed.  Now, before you get crazy thinking about How it must be nice, I will have you know that I am not talking about physical “things, monetary excess,…

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Valentines Dinner

I thought I would share the love from our little homestead’s valentine’s dinner. Enjoy the heartfelt feast! Sometimes the Biggest Blessings come in Blessing Others. Strawberries lovingly dipped in handmade coconut oil chocolate…. Ruby luster in morning sunlight…. Chocolate pools grace…. Red berries lined in rows…. Drips of abundant joy pour down…. Chocolate goodness scraped clean….…

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

A very warm and heartfelt thank you to my beautiful friend, kindred seeker, hunter, gatherer, and mama, Gina, for the nomination, and also for supplying me with a well-spring of inspiration and support over the years!  I feel blessed to walk barefoot, the grace-laden path with you!  Thank you Gina! May you continue to fill the well….all is well.…

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Winter’s Gifts…Special Oranges

As my eyelids flutter toward open, darkness and winter’s chill brush my shoulder.  I nuzzle deeper into the cocoon of cotton and down I have surrounded us with to shield from winter’s cold night, deeper into the warmth, and the loving arms of my loving man.  “It’s time.” he whispers, lips brushing mine.  I breathe in thanks…

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Afghans

Love on a string Love looped and turned, weaved expertly to warmth. Around and again, forward and back. prayers on the lips, whispers on the heart. Love comes together wrapping us tight holding us warm as arms and hands. Stitches remain constant and true testifying  love that warms the body, heart and Soul. Strings of love woven together,…

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Crocheting Life into Blessed Living

Crochet.  Rhythmic, dynamic, meditative movement.  Balls of cotton wound with promise of sweet release.  Feeling the string wound round my fingers, allows my mind permission, space, to begin to unwind.  Ages old, the practice of winding, moving, knotting, and back, go again, looping and twirling, colors releasing into magnificent patterns of hope.  Breathing deeper, moving slower,…

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