Sourdough Starter

Y’all! I’m tickled pink that my attempt at making my own sourdough starter is working! It’s hard to tell, but there are bubbles already forming in day two’s mixture!

I already had a few bubbles forming by the end of day one! See??? I’m ridiculously excited!

I used a scale to measure 4oz equal parts of all purpose flour and filtered water. I have it in a half gallon mason jar. The mixture will be super sticky, so don’t do what I did on day one and use a wisk. ūüėā

Each day I feed it with equal parts 4oz flour and water. I leave it on the kitchen counter covered with a coffee filter.

I cannot wait until after all 5 days are completed and I try it in some bread!!

Have you had a sourdough starter?

Blessings and JOY ~

Sadie

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Kombucha Brewing

Well, as life would have it, a few days passed before I got the tea I wanted to make my first batch of kombucha. I’m a newbie here, so I’m learning as I go.

But I was excited to see the scoby already growing in the jar that held the starter! Hoping for a second scoby before too long!

Last night I made a batch of tea and let it sit covered to cool all night long. I left the tea bags in the water to full steep as well. This time used hibiscus tea, ginger tea, and green tea.

I combined the starter (approximately 1 cup), scoby, tea, and 1 cup of sugar into a half gallon mason jar. I added some freshly grated ginger as well.

One cup of sugar may seem like alot, but remember that the scoby feeds on sugar. So when it’s done brewing, it won’t have as high of a sugar content when you enjoy your kombucha!

I covered the mason jar with a coffee filter and the lid ring. I used a coffee filter because I happen to have a stack left over from years ago. Once they are gone I’ll probably use an old tea towel I’ll cut up or a piece of cotton fabric.

Now the jar full of pretty pink liquid will sit on my counter for a week or so. Fingers crossed it’ll taste amazing!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

Kombucha!

I’ve read blog posts, watched YouTube videos, and scanned Pinterest for kombucha but always was a little (more than a little?) scared to try my hand at making my own. Plus, since I didn’t personally know anyone with a scoby to start my own kombucha. I wasn’t sure how I felt buying a scoby online. Today a friend gave me a cup of her yummy kombucha with a scoby to start my own! I’m excited to try new flavors with each batch!

I’m excited to see how it helps my family’s gut health. Do you drink kombucha?

Have you tried making your own kombucha? Any tips to share with this newbie?

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

Tennessee Twister

Two weeks ago we had 4 tornados spin through our area and one was right in out back yard! It was pretty intense! Thankfully the only damage we had was about a dozen large trees.

Not all of our neighbors were that lucky. I’ve never heard our windows whistle like that before. Nor have I seen windows pulse… and we discovered the whole “it sounds like a train” to be true! We discovered dust being blown into our house under our baseboards.

Ironically, we just moved from our house that had a basement. Do you need to be told that we’re now shopping for a storm shelter? ūüėČ

For size reference, my hubby is 4 inches shy of 7 ft.

We will have enough wood for bonfires for the next decade! These piles aren’t even half of what we cut and there’s a ton more!

Its alot of work lugging huge trunks up the hill for seats, so hubby improvised and used our mower!

That storm was the closest I ever want to come to a tornado, ever again!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

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Sadie

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My friend has the cutest lil grand babies and she asked me to take some photos of them.  Any mother knows that children grow up way too quickly and photographs must be taken often!  These kiddos are just oozing with personality!

Thank you for letting me capture your moments in time!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

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Becoming Mom Strong

I was blessed to be a part of Heidi St John’s book launch team! ¬†Her new book just released on September 19th!

This book arrived in my life at just the right time.  Being a mother is never easy, raising teens is harder than I thought it would be (some days I long for the toddler stage again), and raising children in this ever-crazy world can often seem daunting!

That’s where this book comes in. ¬†Right now, ‘Becoming Mom Strong’ sits on my night stand. ¬†I think it should be on every mother’s! ¬†Heidi is so relatable and encouraging. ¬†Her words of wisdom come at such a poignant time in history as we often times struggle to stay BOLD in raising our children for Christ in a fallen world.

I know every era had their own struggles and that there is “nothing new under the sun”, but living in a highly digital era has brought along many more struggles that are often hard to stay on top of.

We need to stay BOLD in our mothering. ¬†Strong. ¬†Its not for the faint of heart! ¬†Prayers, coffee, and chocolate are required! ūüėČ

You can snag your own copy of Becoming Mom Strong here, accompanying journal here, and the Becoming Mom Strong Bible Study book here.  You will be glad you did!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

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GraceLaced

 

This beautiful book is just that. ¬†Beautiful. ¬†Inside and out. ¬†It is filled with Ruth’s gorgeous artwork, along with wonderfully encouraging words about our life in Christ.

There are four sections, named after the seasons: Winter (Resting in God’s Character), Spring (Rehearsing the Truth), Summer (Responding in Faith) & Fall (Remembering God’s Provisions). ¬†Within those seasons are chapters where our daily lives live in many quotes where you will be nodding your head saying, “yes!”. ¬†It’s always nice when you realize you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Ruth:

Turn to the unshakable, steady, and strong shelter of our Savior.

Just because God does not remove the thorn doesn’t mean He’s not using it for our good and His glory.

He who knows every star by name knows how to heal our wounds, great and small.

If you feel worn out, friend, its a pretty good indication that our infinite God made you finite for a purpose.

You don’t have to be blooming to be growing, so don’t give up.

We are no longer the sum of our past. ¬†We are the formed and forming work of¬†Christ’s faithfulness.

Im not just a generic face among the masses, but a chosen one whom God knows by name.

The Holy Spirit lifts us up before the Father with prayers we don’t even know how to pray.

We can experience no true peace when we’re at war with God.

You were created on purpose for purpose.

I love how God works!  This book came into my life just when I needed it!  I highly recommend this book to everyone, women especially.  Even though I have finished the book, it still sits prettily on my nightstand as a daily reminder of His Truth.

You can find this lovely book here, along with the accompanying journal here.  I received both as part of her pre-launch team in exchange for my honest reviews. ♥

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

 

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Chickens!

I grew up in the city.  And while my hubby grew up in the same city, he grew up with backyard chickens!  He and his grandma had a lil urban farm going on in their yard.

Fast forward 15 years and many homes and we have backyard chickens!  Its been about 2 years now, and we have two different batches of chickens.  Both are Rhode Island Reds; the second batch we got are heritage!

I love our girls! ¬†They are so sweet and fun! ¬†Plus, they give me breakfast! ¬†I don’t know why I was surprised that they had their own unique personalities, but I was – and they do! ¬†We have one girl who LOVES getting pets and love from us. ¬†Another is super dramatic and its quite funny. ¬†Another girl is super vocal and lets everyone know when she’s annoyed.

We have our little “farm” on the side of the house behind the garage. ¬†It it separated from the yard by a cute picket fence that hubby made. ¬†When I go through the gate, I will say “hi girls” and they all come running because they know I have treats for them!

Have you ever watched any of the Jurassic Park movies?  They totally got the traits of the velociraptors from chickens!  From the way they run, look at you, and the noises they make (like when they are talking to each other, or warning others of possible dangers Рnot the clucking or crowing).  I always laugh!

My girls are my favorite pets!

 

Chickens are fun, and quite easy to care for. ¬†Every 2 days we have a dozen eggs. ¬†Fresh, non-GMO, free range eggs. ¬†I love being able to grow our own food and raise our own chickens. ¬†If I could, I’d have a goat!

I love being able to keep chickens and let our girls live how God intended them to, instead of shoved into an overcrowded and dirty “barn”. ¬†I recently read an article about “organic” eggs and it made me so sad! ¬†In case you missed my quotes – they don’t follow the rules for organic!!

I think everyone should have backyard chickens at least once in their life. ¬†I never really thought I’d like having them as pets… the few I had come in contact with I was terrified of because they had chased me as a child. ¬†So, I was a bit nervous to own them myself. ¬†We raised them from chicks and I love our sweet, silly girls! ¬†‚ô•

I would love to chat with you on¬†Facebook¬†~ or follow me on¬†Pinterest! ¬†See what a ‚Äúfew of my favorite things‚ÄĚ are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Happy Homecoming

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet Army wife at her hubby’s homecoming! ¬†Blessed to have the honor of capturing this day for her!

This week has been the hottest yet this summer, and today was no exception! ¬†It was actually cooler outside because of the breeze vs inside the hangar, so we didn’t mind waiting outside!

Because the Army Post is redoing the airfield, our soldiers now arrive at the hangar via buses!  In the past, I had a great dislike for these white buses as they always were taking my man away, not bringing him home!  Today was much happier!

We saw him get off the bus and this smile says it all!!  They are HOME!

Sweet friends that help us get through the long deployments are why we call them Army Sisters!

In each others arms again!  Her eyes are such a gorgeous blue!

Thank you for letting me capture this moment for you!

There is nothing like being at a military homecoming ceremony!  I always get teary eyed when I attend one!

I would love to chat with you on¬†Facebook¬†~ or follow me on¬†Pinterest! ¬†See what a ‚Äúfew of my favorite things‚ÄĚ are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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