Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy first day of a brand new year, friends. If this is your first visit here, I'm so glad to meet you.

I would also like to apologize for my lack of posting, lately. I have been away from blogging way too long. The main reason is that I started a new job and I'm still adjusting to a different schedule. I have to say, it's so exciting to be a part of a different company, seeing new faces and learning new information. So far, I'm enjoying every second of it.

I am happy to say that I do plan to get back to a regular blogging schedule and I have a few fun posts that I'll be sharing in the upcoming weeks. I can't wait to catch up with you and see what you've been up to. I'm sure I missed a lot. I also want to say thanks for being patient and hanging in there with me while I was away.

I wish you all beautiful moments, treasured memories and all the blessings a heart can know.

Here's to 2016!!!

What appears as an accident in our lives is not always what it seems. Nothing happens by chance, and there are no coincidences. Everything in life occurs as part of a spiritual plan. Peace & Blessings, JTB
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Caramel Apples


Valerie McKeehan

This may come as a surprise, but I realized the other day that I have never made homemade caramel apples before. I'm not sure why I've never explored making these tasty treats, but it wasn't until my youngest daughter spent the day with me recently that we decided to give them a try. Since this was a first for us, we had no idea they were so easy to make so I wanted to post the recipe for other first timers out there.


5-6 small apples
1 pkg. Kraft Caramels
2 Tbsp. water

Remove the stem from each apple. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples.

Push a wooden or paper stick into the stem end of each apple. Line a baking sheet or a plate with parchment paper so you’ll have a place to put those delicious apples once they’re all dipped and ready. The instructions said to butter the wax paper generously. I just rubbed the entire stick of butter across the paper and it worked great. Next, unwrap the caramels and place them in a small saucepan with the water.

Cook the caramels and water on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Keep stirring the caramels as the water heats up to keep them from burning.

Stir until it's all melted and smooth like this:

Dip each apple into the caramel mixture, turning to coat.

Be sure to coat the apple completely using the spoon, but let the excess drip off before putting them stick-up on the parchment paper.

Sit them in the refrigerator for 1 hour and that's it!

Are you a fan of caramel apples? Do you have a special recipe that you use? I'd love to hear about it.

Enjoy your weekend!

Kristen Meyer

Friday, October 16, 2015

An Autumn Wedding


sweater weather

Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my daughter to her friend's wedding. It took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at a lovely little spot called Battlefield Bed and Breakfast. I had never been to a barn house wedding before so I was really excited to attend.

The newlyweds wanted a more relaxed look and feel with nothing too formal, so everyone dressed in casual attire, including the bride and groom. Their wedding had a pretty fall palette. Gold, orange and white pumpkins along with hay were spread out throughout the décor. We were all entertained by a very cool dj and we all enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Mission Barbeque.

The bride was very creative. She added her own personal touches by doing quite a few diy projects to keep everything simple and affordable. 

The string lights were already there, but she hung the orange and white paper lanterns bringing the rustic, fall theme to life.

How cute are these chandeliers?

She also created the centerpieces for each table.

The mother of the bride was so sweet and encouraged everyone to venture outside of the barn house and have a look around, so explore we did. This was the first thing I noticed. 

While walking the grounds, it was easy to see why the couple chose this venue.

If you haven't already noticed, there were a lot of cats around. They were relaxing in the sun and enjoying all of the attention from the wedding guests. There were a few that preferred to keep their distance.

My daughter fell in love with this little cutie.

And she couldn't resist taking a picture... like mother like daughter. 
And look who came over to say, hello.

My daughter and I had such a wonderful time at the wedding.

 Thank you for letting me share our pictures and I hope you all have a blessed weekend... :)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Capturing Moments

Good morning, I hope you're enjoying this lovely autumn day. This morning, I grabbed a cup of yogurt, made some coffee and probably used way more hazelnut cream than I should have. I cranked up my laptop and started visiting all of my sweet friends blogs. It usually takes me more than one day to visit everyone, so if I don't get to your blog today, I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow.    



Oh and I just finished reading, A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. This was one of the titles that Stacey from Poofing the pillows posted on her fall reading list and I really enjoyed this story.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. She is such a great story teller.:

I love using my favorite bookmark when I'm reading, too. I can't help but smile every time those cute little wings stick out of the pages marking where I left off.

Hubby and I also revisited a little diner we used to stop at for breakfast, only this time, we were there for lunch instead. He ordered a French toast sandwich with turkey and cheese and even though he was hungry he waited patiently while I took pictures.

I honestly couldn't remember what I ordered, but I think it was either a chicken club or turkey club sandwich. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it.

I'm also excited because hubby gave me one of his acoustic guitars and is teaching me how to play. Have you ever tried it? My goodness, it's sure not as easy as it looks. So far, I've only learned two chords... g and c. My wrist gets lazy so I'm still learning how to position my fingers so that I don't deaden any other chords.

Well, I'll keep working at it, but I'm a long way off from playing like him.

Are you familiar with the song, Let God Arise by Chris Tomlin? Well, hubby is on the worship team at church and he plays it some Sunday mornings. By the way, this is him practicing it in his man cave.


Well, I'd better end this post now or I'll never finish catching up with all of you.

 .: .

Friday, October 2, 2015

I am Thankful For...

friday :)
Hello again. You know, for months I've been seeing quite a few posts where people list the things they're thankful for. I've always thought that was a wonderful idea. To take a moment to remember all of the blessings in our lives is important and today, I wanted to join in. Now. the challenge for me wasn't coming up with this list, that part was easy. What was difficult was narrowing it down to 10 because originally, this list was a whole lot longer.

I am thankful for...

1. My husband and my daughters who I love dearly.
2. The beauty of nature.

Oahu, Hawaii (Anthony Tortoriello)

3. My beautiful sister and today just happens to be her birthday. Happy Birthday, Sis!
4. Quiet mornings with my cup of coffee and my bible.

5. Laughter. Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.
6. Dessert.


sweater weather

7. A good night's sleep.
8. Freshly washed laundry.

9. Easy crockpot recipes...
This lemon garlic chicken recipe was from Pinterest and it turned out great. If you're interested in making this dish, you can find the recipe here.

10. YOU. Thank you for reading and supporting this blog. You. Are. Awesome.

Wherever you are, is just fine…You can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are… It’s time to stop measuring where you are in relationship to where anybody else is. The only factor that has anything to do with you; is where you are in relationship with where you want to be.
Peace & Many Blessings,
Our Journey to Balance 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015



Happy first day of Fall! The BEST season! <3

Today marks the first day of Autumn and as much as I love the sunshine of summer, the trips to the lake, the weekend barbecues and all of the outdoor festivals, there is something special and nostalgic about autumn. The need for layers because the nights are getting cooler, the beautiful turning leaves starting to fall to the ground, apple cider and hot chocolate, the shorter days and longer nights. I love the Fall and all it has to offer. We celebrated by having an Autumn Party over the weekend.

It was my first time hosting an Autumn party and I was really looking forward to bringing the colors of Fall inside. Now the menu was not a typical autumn menu, but I wanted to be sure to include some of my family's favorites and keep it vegetarian friendly for my oldest daughter.

Grilled Cheese and Pepper Jack Tomato Soup
Vegetable Dumplings
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Angel eggs
Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Apple Cider

Now I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the party so along with keeping the menu simple, I bought most of the decorations from the dollar store... crepe paper, leaf garlands napkins and tea lights.

My plan for the crepe paper was to make a fun tablecloth. I got the idea from Pinterest and I couldn't wait to get started.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but once I added the leaf garland, I was really happy with the way it turned out.
Next, I needed to carve the mini pumpkins to use as a centerpiece.

 After cutting holes in the pumpkins, I pushed the tea lights in. I also pulled some of the leaves from one of the garlands to add to the centerpiece.

I think it worked pretty well and since there aren't any actual leaves around just yet, it was a good way to improvise.

The cupcakes were store bought, I just added the candy corn on top.

The party was a success. I may even do it again next year.

Do you have any plans to celebrate the new season?