Children are a Blessing…Yes, Even the 6th Child!

I remember distinctly the first time we found out we were pregnant.  We were so excited and I remember the people around me communicating similar excitement.  When I shared the news with friends, family, and even strangers, their immediate response was either “Congratulations!” or “How exciting!”…something like that.  Based on that first experience I assumed that was the way people always respond when someone announces a new life will be joining this world.  When I made that announcement my new baby was just an “it”…an unknown person, unknown sex and I had no idea what ‘it” would be like.  Today, that little baby is my 16-year-old daughter, Mannah. Continue reading Children are a Blessing…Yes, Even the 6th Child!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins are a perfect wholesome treat for fall weather. They have just the right mix of spicy, chocolatey goodness!  The texture of the muffins is especially yummy and the pumpkin flavor just shines through.  If you are looking for an outstanding autumn recipe to add to your archives, this could be the one!  These are equally good in the morning or for an afternoon snack with tea.  Try them once and you will love them.  I promise! Continue reading Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Choosing a Roof Color

When it comes to choosing interior colors for our new home, I have little trouble knowing exactly what I want.

Choosing a roof color, however, is trickier!  I definitely know that we want a white house.  But when it comes to the roof, I am lost.  I have been obsessing over shingle samples for several weeks now.  Up close, they all look very similar.  And pictures are not accurate representations of what the shingles look like in person.  Basically, I have narrowed it down to off-black, dark gray, and light gray.  Here are some example inspiration pictures of what I like in each color.  Continue reading Choosing a Roof Color

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

These whole wheat bread machine cinnamon rolls are simpler than you might think! The bread machine makes fresh,  gooey rolls attainable right from your very own kitchen!  Nothing compares to the yummy smell, and the kids have a blast helping to throw them together.  If you don’t want to get up early enough to make them in time for breakfast,  you can assemble them the night before (except for icing them). Simply assemble the rolls according to the directions, cover with foil and refrigerate.  The next morning all you have to do is take them out of the fridge and allow them to set at room temperature for about an hour before baking and icing as usual.  Your family and your guests will thank you! I promise! Continue reading Whole Wheat Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls