Gluten Free Ginger Snaps

October 21st, 2014 by farmgirls | 1
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So lately I’ve been trying to stay away from gluten. (and sugar, but that hasn’t gone quite as good as the gluten) ;) ha! But anyways, one of my family members came home with ginger snaps…ah! my weakness! Are they gluten free?…’reads the ingredient list’ no :( They are very much, gluten.

Then I remembered we had a really good gf ginger snap recipe! *heart sings*!

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And so I made them…but beware, they are extremely addicting! :)

Ginger Snaps

3/4 c. butter (softened)                       1 tsp. ginger

1 c. sugar                                                 1 tsp. cloves

1/4 c. molasses                                      1 tsp. vinnamon

1 egg                                                        *2 c. featherlight mix

1/4 tsp. salt                                             1 tsp. xanthan gum

2 tsp. baking soda                                 1/2 c. sugar (for rolling)

 

*featherlight mix: 1/2 c. of millet flour, arrowroot flour, brown rice flour and sorghum flour.

Preheat oven to 370 degrees.

 

Sift together salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, featherlight, and xanthan gum.

 

Cream butter and 1 cup sugar. Beat in molasses. Add egg, mixing only until combined. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. (the cookie dough should be easy to handle and roll. If it sticks to your hands, add an extra 1/4 cup featherlight mix.)

Place 1/2 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll them in sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

 

Bake for 8-10 minutes. But if you would like them to be more snappy, make for about 2 min. more.

 

And of course, serve them warm with cold milk!  :)

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Family Photo Shoot

September 24th, 2014 by farmgirls | 0
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Last Sunday I got to do a photo shoot with this lovely family! Head over to my blog to see more pictures! :)

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Summer Update #2: Bathroom Makeover Surprise

September 16th, 2014 by farmgirls | 8
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  As we mentioned in our ‘Summer Summary‘, we decided to give the bathroom a makeover while Mommy was down in Florida, to surprise her :)

 A few years ago we had painted it blue, to match the blue in the linoleum, but the blues did NOT match and just did not look right.  Mommy had originally wanted it to be lavender, but we were sure that would clash too much with the floor.  Well, this blue clashed with the floor, too!

{Before}

The 'Before' picture

Anna and Cassia had the idea to do it during the week that Mommy was gone, and they wanted to paint it purple.  All I could think of was all the work it was to cut in all the corners and I still wasn’t sure purple (or rather lavender) was going to look right.

[another 'before' angle]

'Before'

But since they said they’d do all the painting, I decided there wasn’t any reason to oppose it :D

Another 'Before' view

Leah remembered all of the taping she had to do when she painted last time, so she showed Anna what to do.  Cassia almost backed out when she saw how much taping needed done, but Anna talked her back into it by promising to do all of the taping  :D

Anna taping off the trim

First they painted up near all of the trim and the corners…

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…and someone had a little fun!

Hi!

Cassia cutting in the corners

Standing on the sink

Anna rolling on the paint

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Partners in crime :D

goofy girls :)

Soooo many places to cover!

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I just love this picture!  Cassia in the background, oblivious and intent on painting while perched on the bathtub, Bekah taking the picture, and Anna…doing I-don’t-know-what :D  It’s so cute!

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The Mess!!!  Daddy even pulled the toilet up while they repainted, because it needed a new seal anyway.  That bathroom was literally out of commission for a couple of days, unless all you needed to do was wash your hands :)

More of the mess

The Mess from another angle :)

'the mess'

After they painted it all lavender, they took a drywall brush and dipped it in white paint for a textured look. Remember how I wasn’t sure lavender was going to look right? Well I was happily surprised at how well this lavender complimented the blue in the linoleum, and we all started getting excited at how good it was looking :D

Adding technique to the walls

More mess…

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The rest of us started getting pretty excited about this ‘makeover’ and we all decided to pitch in money to get a few new things…like the shower curtain, the doily, and the towel shelf :D  Leah was the ‘head decorator’ and kind of took charge of that part with the rest of us helping out.

We wanted something new to hold our towels (which we thought really needed replacing, but decided to do that another time!) because we were tired of the old green wire rack and it wouldn’t match our purple theme very well anyway.  We thought about trying to cram them all back into the cupboards, but that didn’t seem like it was going to work well.  Susannah and Anna went to a few antique stores to try to find something.  She found a big black shelf that could have worked and was a decent price, but we would have had to repaint it.  Then she found some crates that we could stack on each other, but they were $15 each and we wanted 4-6.  Then she tried one more antique place and found THIS!  And it was only about $20.  And we didn’t have to do anything to it, plus it had the ‘crate look’ we wanted :D

We found a blue jar in the basement and unwrapped a bunch of hotel soaps to put in it for show, then someone found the little glass jar to put the Q-tips in.  Some of the girls would make a great show out of getting a Q-tip and say, “I feel so fancy!”  Lol!

The 'new' towel shelf

 We all had to give our opinion on whether to turn the mirror sideways or keep it vertical.  Leah is holding it up for us to see how it looks.

Deciding where the mirror goes

 

 

 

 

 

This was Leah’s masterpiece!  She found this old wood crate out in our barn (we used to use it for our playhouses :)  ), then she painted it and distressed the edges to make it look old.  We wanted a clock in there, but we didn’t want the old one.  Cassia had the clock pieces, and so we decided to add it to the crate…it was PERFECT!  Leah also painted the blue block on top and made it reversible…so you never know if it’s going to say ‘believe’ or ‘hope’ the next time you walk in there :D

Upcycled Wooden Crate Shelf & Clock

 

UPDATE!  We realized that we didn’t really put very many ‘after’ pictures…so we took a few more ;)

 

Bathroom complete! [minus the new shower curtain that we were waiting for to arrive]

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The new shower curtain (we love it!)

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Also while Mommy was gone, the washer’s water sensor decided to quit working, so it didn’t know when to stop filling with water and would spill all over the floor.

'my washing machine runneth over'

The carpet was already very old, and we were noticing just how dirty it really was, so with Daddy’s permission, Anna and I decided that we wanted to rip up the carpet :D

ripping up the carpet

It was oh-so-dirty and wet from the frequent washer-floods, we were quite happy to get it out of there :)

ripping up carpet

It used to be a bathroom, so there were still holes in the floor where the sink pipes used to go into the basement.  Whenever the washer overflowed after that, we took a big squeegee and just scooted the water over to the hole and down to the already wet basement :D :D

soaked subfloor

The sub floor was rotting and water would ooze out of it when you stepped on it, so Daddy showed me how to take out the nails :) :)  I was in there hammering away and one of my sisters said, “You sound like a guy!” Ummmmm…I’m not sure if that is a compliment or not???!!! :D

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Somewhere we have pictures of the boys helping Daddy put down the new vinyl floor, but I can’t find them anywhere :P  But you can see the beautiful result of their hard work below!  We love it!  One of the girls said it reminded them of Andes mints :)

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Leah, Bekah and I went to the airport on August 14th to pick Mommy up.  We all love airplanes, and we always get excited when we get to go to the airport :D

We had to try out the moving walkway, just because :D  The lights above lit up and played a ‘note’ when you walked under them, so it was pretty entertaining to see them all light up and make different tones with all of the people walking below them :D

We found Mommy in the luggage claim area…and we were sooooo happy to see her (and were bursting with our secret that we couldn’t tell yet!)

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Mommy came home late that night, but everyone stayed up to show her the surprise :D  We don’t have any pictures from that, but she DID like it very much!  We all stood in the bathroom telling her how we did this or that, or the stories of what happened along the way, and everyone was trying to talk at once.  I think she was able to figure out what we were all saying, hehe!  It was fun :D

After that project we started thinking of another room we could repaint/redo because it was so much fun :D  Though I think another room will have to wait another day!

 

 

jessica

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

August 31st, 2014 by farmgirls | 4
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There’s this family we know…the Clarks.  They have such exuberance in life, and such joy in Jesus and His love!

Several years ago, Miss Dawn kept hearing Mommy’s name…they used the same girls to babysit their kids, they had the same midwife, they used the same bulk-foods co-op, etc.  Different people would would talk about ‘Trisch’ and Mrs. Clark said, “I HAVE to meet this Trisch!!!  I keep hearing about her!”

About three years ago, they reconnected again, through T-Tapp :D

Mommy found out that they lived in a town that we drive through to get to our music lessons, so she asked if we could drop off one of the T-Tapp dvds for Miss Dawn to borrow.  I met their oldest daughter, Danica, and liked her immediately.  When I drove home, I thought, ‘She seems like a really nice girl!  I wish there was some way for me to get to know her better.’

 

Mommy and Miss Dawn met for the first time in person shortly after (or was it before?) that, and hit it off well :D

Over time, Danica and I DID in fact become very good friends, and Danica has been more than an encouragement to me in my walk discovering how MUCH Jesus loves me :)

 

Miss Dawn, herself, encouraged me SO much!  She was Mommy’s business coach, and she’d give us girls ideas and pointers for our Etsy shop.  She was so fun, so full of joy, so encouraging.  Last Fall, she and Mr. Clark were sending out devotional emails every weekday, and several of them helped me immensely during a discouraging and difficult time.  I would write her and tell her so :)  And she’d always write me back, and often sign off, ‘Love you, Chica!’ :)  She was an amazing prayer warrior, too.

 

Just a few days ago, she suddenly had a massive hemorrhagic stroke.  The doctors said she was ‘brain dead’, but her family kept speaking Life over her, praying for her healing.

Yesterday afternoon, she decided to go be with Jesus…

from Danica’s Facebook:

We spoke and stood on life and life abundant.

When Jesus died on the cross, He died not to make us choose, but to GIVE us a choice.
God gives us a CHOICE. A choice to live life on earth, or a choice to live in heaven.

This afternoon He gave mom that choice.
She CHOSE Him.
We spoke life, and she has it. Abundantly. In Him.
We release her spirit into His love, where she CHOSE to go.

Thank you for your prayers and love, we love you all, our sweet extended family.
Father’s sweet sweet peace is upon our spirits.
But our hearts ache for ourselves, not for her.
She is awake and has LIFE in Jesus.

There is such a mix of emotions here at our house…we’re so happy for her, but we didn’t want to say good bye just yet.  We love you Miss Dawn…and miss you terribly!

If you’d like to help financially, another friend of Miss Dawn’s has set up a fundraising page to help with the medical bills here.

Please pray for Mr. Clark and the whole Clark family, that they would be able to feel the comfort, love and peace of Jesus that surrounds them ♥

jessica

 

 

 

 

A Totally Epic 17th Birthday!

August 21st, 2014 by farmgirls | 6
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On the 15th, I turned 17! Crazy how time flies :) But I must say, it was a totally epic birthday! (thank you all so much for your birthday wishes! It made the day ‘extra’ special :) )

Cassia took me to Mudlove and Zoyo’s Frozen Yogurt because if you go in on your birthday, you get free frozen yogurt and a free Mudlove band.  I got this one (one of my favorite Bible verses).

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And Jessica was so kind to make my dessert…it was soooo yummy! (note: notice the whip cream….)

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Yeah, were kinda protective over our whip cream! :D

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Recipe for this deliciousness  HERE

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Noah drew me a picture of my favorite truck, a Ford F150

 

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Yeah, that’s my dream truck :D (yeah, I’m crazy, but I love big lifted wheels ;) )

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Chevron cards, made by my very artistic sister Leah! She’s amazing!

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and a guitar book, kinda goes with a gift later on…

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oh, and Cassia’s master wrapping! Usually involves Walmart bags!

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Mommy got me a beautiful teacup,

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along with perfume, that to everyone else smelled like cologne (which I like the smell of) so we were obviously making some sort of funny joke out of it, which usually happens on birthday nights! Everyone is tired, slap happy, and we laugh, talk and joke a lot :)

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So then I thought I was done…until I went to bring my things upstairs, there on the stairway sat another (rather large) box!

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Then I saw the Fender Guitar logo on the front!!! I was totally surprised, and was NOT expecting it :) Which makes it better right?

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My new awesome guitar!!

 

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