Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring!

Spring is finally here!
     It's time again to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  That means hikes, and games in the yard, grass cutting, flower planting, and new life.

Happy Spring!








Enjoy the new life of spring time with family and friends.  God has blessed us.
Be content.
❤,
S.E.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Winter Wonderland in The Laurel Highlands of PA

  





Frozen Acme Dam, Acme, PA

   I just love winter in The Laurel Highlands!
The beauty of the mountain and the forest open up with swirly snowflakes and hooting owls.  It's a great time for our area, and the roads are flooded with skiers and hikers, who love to enjoy our mountain winters.

   We are privileged to live in such a beautiful area.  Looks like more snow on the forecast for this weekend!
    Stay warm, cozy, and blessed, as you start the new year!

Xoxox,

Samantha









Dark Eyed Juncos and squirrels forage for food




Winter Hiking in The Laurel Highlands of PA
Inspired by the beauty of the mountain, I've created some new items for my Etsy Shore & Feather...
Rustic Jewelry
Rustic Keychains
Rustic Magnets...










Sunday, August 28, 2016

Encouraging Words From Friends

I'm starting a new page to this blog...
  Encouragement and Blessings From Friends


From time to time, I will be posting words of love from great friends.  I often read their Facebook or Instagram posts and feel inspired and encouraged.  So I asked if I could share these words with you.  :)

Here's the first post, from my sweet friend Amy Craig...

Encouraging Words From Friends
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Post #1 "Words Can Heal, Help, or Hurt"
August 28th, 2016 by Amy Craig
   ~  Amy Craig Photography  ~

I've been a photographer since 2008. I can't tell you that I've never had a bad session, because I have. But I was thinking on my ride home from my session this evening just how second nature shooting is to me now. I really don't have to think about it. I used to struggle with shooting in manual in the beginning. I was constantly thinking about settings. Until I was fully knowledgeable. But now it's like breathing. We don't think about it. We just do it. A few days ago I was texting with a fellow artist. She was asking me advice on something and I simply said "Create". Just one word. Today she sent me her creation and it was awesome!!
So photography and my "create" texting conversation has me pondering two things. One, is just how powerful knowledge is. And two, just how powerful our words are.


1) If you're struggling in understanding something, anything, educate your self.
2) Take a few minutes to think about the words that come out of your mouth or flow through your fingers as you text.
Your life can change when you have deeper understanding.


And, your words can heal, help or hurt.





Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vintage ~ Old Time Recipe Day!

I just LOVE old fashioned vintage cooking!  There is something special about finding a tried and true recipe from an antique cook book; a recipe that has been used by families for many many years.  These kind of recipes make me feel connected to a simpler time; a time where family always gathered around the dinner table.  Kids weren't on there phones, no hats at the table, and talk about school and work was the main topic of conversation. 

Years ago, I started collecting vintage cookbooks.  I love the feel of the old tattered pages, the smell of tradition, and the beautiful pictures and writings.  I also inherited many family recipes that were collected, some even from over 100 years ago. 
Recipe boxes from my great aunt. 


I'm a traditional girl with traditional values.  I try to have that kind of home.  Of course it doesn't always work out, and things get crazy, but I feel it's so important to try and keep some of those traditions that "just work." 

So we decided it would be so much fun to create one of these vintage recipes, once a week, and share them with you! Every week, I will add a new recipe post "Old Time Recipe of the Day." I will add them all to this page for your reference and hopefully together, we can find some great recipes! 
Let's get cooking
     Sweet love to ya!






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Old Time Recipe of the Day #1

Cheese Timbales
Ragu Cheese Timbales Recipe

RECIPE DIRECTIONS

Great Italian Meals ~ The Easy Way from Ragu
~a vintage collection of Italian recipes 1950's or early 1960's


Food Photos...
"They were yummy!"




Advice:
Next time I make these, I would use less oil, about 1/4 inch
of oil total.  I would
also use half cooking
oil and half olive oil.

Happy Cooking!  :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Quote of the Day

Hello! 
   It's a beautiful morning in the Laurel Highlands.  I have two new inspirational quotes for you. 

   I love creating quotes, with the hopes that it will help people.  I know how much they have helped me this past year.  It seemed like all I could do some days was search Pinterest for helpful words of encouragement. 

We have had some major life changes happening again and I really feel God moving.  I'm so grateful for all that is going.  ~Still so very much to pray for, as there is with all of us humans. 
   We all have struggles and most of our close friends and family don't have a clue what is going on inside hearts and minds.   I always turn to the quotes about being kind to everyone, "because you don't know the battle they are facing."  That is soooooo true and something that needs to be remembered daily. 

Quote of the day...

bonus quote...
   Photos and sayings by me S.E.

Have a blessed day and remember to be kind.  It really is the best way to witness, especially to a gentle soul. 

Sweetly,

Samantha