February 28, 2015

Our Simple Life Lately. . .

Joseph and I lead a pretty simple life, and we try to make sure it stays that way.  We lead a simple life intentionally.  Could we have crazy schedules packed with appointments going here and there just like everyone else these days?  Of course we could, but that kind of busy life is torture in my opinion, and completely unnecessary; I know because I used to lead a crazy busy life, and I wasn't happy about it.  A few years ago I came to the realization that I actually have complete control of my life, so I took control of it!

Our life lately has been the usual running our business and planning for our future move.  We're excited to move, but there is a lot about this place I'm going to miss.  I absolutely love Plano and all that is available to us here-I've never lived in a place quite like it actually-and I will miss it here.  That said, I'm more excited to get back to a quiet place with less available to us.  Getting back to homesteading has been our goal since we left our homestead in Utah; to say I'm excited is an understatement!

Friday Joseph and I took a road trip to Oklahoma to visit a friend, and of course we were driving in a snow storm the entire trip!  The roads weren't too bad, but other drivers were either super cautious or not cautious enough, so a three hour drive took about six hours.

Lucky for us we love road trips!  We jammed to music, read articles about the Doves Bible and talked about religion, politics, and our children.

We met with our friend Marc, and his wife gave us this beautiful loaf of Challah!  Every Friday Marc's wife bakes bread; she makes two loafs, one for their family, and one to give away.  What a wonderful tradition!  It reminds me of my mom's Love Cake.  Every time my mom makes Love Cake she makes two, one for the family, and one to give away, hence the name of the cake.  Kind gestures like these are what makes life enjoyable in my opinion!  I think I need to start this tradition in our family!

Tonight Joseph and I met our friends Alexis and John at Chili's and enjoyed a great dinner and conversation! We know amazing people, and our life is blessed because of who we know!

How is your life been lately?
HERE is a link to my mom's Love Cake recipe!  Enjoy! 

February 24, 2015

Artichoke/Spinach Dip!

I had to share this recipe 'cause it is really delicious! 

It's super easy to make; I hope you like it!

February 9, 2015

A Thanksgiving House!

A Thanksgiving House:  A house that welcomes you in just by driving by it.  It is a cozy house, with a lot of windows that let a ton of natural light in, and that are also perfect for hanging holiday wreaths.  As you drive by the house you can imagine entertaining family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner, and you know the house smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

The definition of a Thanksgiving House is my criterion when house hunting, along with a few other criteria specific for the needs of my family.  But if the house doesn't say "Thanksgiving House", it's not a keeper.  Joseph and I have been looking for the perfect home that would fit our needs, lifestyle, and business, pretty much since we arrived in Texas almost two years ago.  We found a great home in Wills Point, about 40 miles east of Dallas.  We're super excited to move in and get back to homesteading, expanding our business, and hopefully win custody of our three children!

Here are some photos of our new home!  

Here's to Eidolon House!!!