Tuesday, March 22, 2011

yard art they are not

My first day of Spring Break I found myself in the spring spirit and headed to Lowe's to buy a few plants.  My planters on my back porch needed some tender loving care. I did come home with some plants, but oh.my.goodness! these came home with me too.  Mom laughed because I bought yard art, but they are not yard ornaments in my front yard.  I haven't turned redneck even though I live in small town Arkansas; they are on my cute little planter cart on my backporch.  How could you pass up these cute little friends? 

While I was on my little day outing, I had to finally put gas in my new car for the first time since we purchased it.  And while I do love my new Yukon, I'm not loving the $80 I paid to fill it up today!  I had a Tahoe so I'm used to higher than normal gas bills so it hasn't been a huge shock.  I'm not confident it will last me long this week since I'm heading to Texarkana tomorrow, but hopefully on a normal week the gas will last a while.  But, I do do love it and am still so happy we decided on the Yukon!  Thankfully I drive less than 10 miles to work and live in a very small town so the grocery store, bank, post office are a very itty bitty short drive :)

Isn't she beautiful?? 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

strawberry coconut tres leches trifle. YUM!

Two posts in one day.  What's wrong with me?

On Monday night I hosted a Pampered Chef party at my house and it was so much fun!  The food was delicious too.  I loved it so much that Tuesday I will sign the contract and become a Pampered Chef consultant!  So excited :)  Let me know if you need anything or would like to host a catalog party!  You can shop at http://www.pamperedchef.com/

The dessert that we had at the party was too delicious not to share with you!  It was a HUGE hit with everyone at the party.  You can make this dessert in any trifle bowl, but Pampered Chef has one if you don't have one - and it has a removable stand which is a perk! 

Strawberry- Cocunut Tres Leches Trifle

1 lb fresh strawberries, divided
3 pkg (3 oz each) soft ladyfingers (pound cake can be used)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk, divided
1 container (8 oz) sour cream
1 container (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pkg (3.3 oz) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 tsp cinnamon

Set aside one strawberry for garnish.  Hull remaining strawberries and slice.  Cut ladyfingers into 1 inch pieces; set aside. 

Whisk together 1/2 cup of condensed milk, 2/3 cup of coconut milk, and sour cream in large bowl.  Add ladyfingers and toss gently. 

If you have the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator (so cool!) or any, fill with 1 cup of whipped topping.  Combine pudding mix and remaining coconut milk in mixing bowl; whisk until thickened. Add remaining condensed milk and cinnamon; whisk until incorporated. Fold in remaining whipped topping. 

To assemble, place half of ladyfinger mixture into trifle bowl; top with half of strawberries.  Spread half of pudding mixture over strawberries.  Repeat layers one at a time.  Pipe whipped topping over top; garnish with strawberry fan. 


**On a side note - I am in love with Secret Millionaire.  I cry every.single.show.


harvest home

What do you think of my new look?  I'm loving it!  Thanks to Allison at Sylvia Rose Design for the new look :)  I decided to change it up a bit and have the blog relate a little more to my "new" life - although it's almost four years old! 

Harvest is a literal part of my life - we live for harvest season.  During harvest the land is beautiful and a beautiful crop symbolizes all the hard work the farmers have put in all season.  A good crop means success and happiness! And of course it means I get to spend a little more time with the farmer because the harvest is complete and work is done until planting begins the following Spring.

"They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest" - Psalm 107:37

Farming has been a hard life for me to adjust to, but while it's been difficult, I thank God that I have the most dedicated farmer ever.  I have never known anyone so dedicated and motivated to something they love so much - his mind is always churning on how to better his land.  As the busy planting season is approaching, we pray, just as we do every year that we have a "fruitful harvest".

"The Lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield its harvest" - Psalm 85:12


Sunday, March 6, 2011

zoe elizabeth wenzel

Little miss Zoe was expected to arrive in the world on March 4, but on Sunday morning, February 27, I got the text that she was coming early! I had to play piano at church that morning for a special service (one time thing - I don't always play) so I knew it was going to be hard for me to be there. After church baby Zoe was still not here so I decided there was no way I could stay home and not be there. The farmer agreed. I packed my bags in 10 minutes and was on the road. This girl has never driven down I-30 so fast and thankfully no state troopers were out that day. I told my mom I was coming and texted Amy's mom, but I told them not to tell Amy - I wanted to surprise her :) My heart was beating 100 miles an hour the whole trip - my best friend was in labor! As soon as I stepped off the escalator I spotted Amy's mom, my second mother my whole life, and lost it! She told me I had to pull myself together for Amy and that I did - until I saw it her - she looked so beautiful and was about to give birth to the tiniest little angel I've ever seen!

I stayed the night in Texarkana that night and Mom and I were able to spend a few hours with Amy, Scott, and Zoe at the hospital on Monday. She is just the tiniest, most precious baby. Zoe weighed 5 lbs, 12 oz and was 19 inches long.

The farmer and I went back to Texarkana this weekend to spend some time with the Wenzels on Saturday. The farmer seemed a little more comfortable holding her than normal - maybe we are making progress?

Amy and I had fun dressing little Zoe up for a quick photo shoot. Photos coming soon!  I was sad to leave since Amy, Scott, and Zoe are in the process of moving to Shreveport - I foresee several weekend trips to Louisiana in the next few months. We have already semi-planned a weekend for an Easter photo shoot. Can't come soon enough :)


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