Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oklahoma Style Church Picnic

Our church fall picnic was this past weekend.  It was in true Oklahoma style.  I’ll let the pictures speak mostly for themselves…since there are many.  They’re all unedited and in their raw form…because honestly, I don’t have time to enhance them.  Ahhh, maybe one day.  For right now, I’m enjoying the challenge of getting a good photo from the get-go.  I hope you enjoy these and get a taste of what it’s like out here!
What Emma does…Shiloh HAS to do.
Shiloh’s part look crooked?

That would be because she ripped her hair out while mommy was blow drying hers out the window and daddy was driving.  Re-doing upon arrival without a comb produces such results. That child!

Emma absolutely loved watching the horses up close and personal, but would NOT ride one.
My friend Anna and her 2 sweet boys.
Stacey – our nursery coordinator – holding Shiloh.  She needed major containment on that hay ride.
Mr. Van Wyhe – farm owner and host.
Lots of inspiration.
My new hair…and what is up with that piece of hair streaming down my neck?
Could be the fact I blow dried my hair out the window again.
Hmmm…I’ll have to talk to my stylist about that.
Annie: our pastor’s daughter and new friend for the girls.

Time to go home…

Make: Moss Wreath

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know I’m not super traditional with my decor – holiday or not.  Fall does not have to scream loud oranges, reds, and greens. And don’t even get me started on Halloween decorating…sculls, witches, coffins?  In your yard, people?! Give me muted tones, nature, earthy, harvesty…that’s me.
I came up with these simple wreaths using everything I already had on hand. I hope you enjoy!!!!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Bag of moss | Viny garland {mine came from Hobby Lobby’s garland section} | Wire wreath form | Scissors | Burlap Strip {mine was 3.5 in x 46 in} | Glue gun and extra glue sticks | Nail and Hammer {not pictured}

STEP ONE: Start by hot gluing a small section of your wreath form with hot glue.

STEP TWO: Attach some moss quickly before the glue hardens.

I would peel bigger chunks of the moss back and add more glue underneath if needed.

My wreaths were being hung outdoors {on a covered porch} so I wanted them pretty durable.   Oklahoma winds can get fierce!

STEP THREE: Keep going with gluing your moss around until it looks like this.  Isn’t it pretty???
Now, I’d be totally ok with mine looking just like that, but because I like layers, I kept going.

I took my vine garland and wrapped in a circle so it fit to the size of my wreath nicely.

Twisting the ends together so it would stay secure.

I worked with the vine a little to get it looking the way I wanted.

Cut the burlap into a nice long strip.  Mine was 3.5 inches wide and about 46 inches long.  One 3.5 inch end should preferably be the finished edge so it won’t unravel when you hang it.

Nail your nail in {wherever you want to hang your wreath} at an upward angle.

Loop your burlap through both wreaths and hang.


 I made two for my front window…

I have a real live florist friend who should give me her 2 cents worth. ;-)

It’s A Cold Front

My friend passed this recipe on to me last winter when we first moved here.   It was so good, that I froze several batches ahead for easy postpartum meals.  So nice to pull this out of the freezer, warm on the stove, add the dairy products, and have a warm and hearty meal within minutes.

~ White Chili ~


1 lb. chicken cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tablespoon vegetable oil {or you can substitute olive or canola for a healthier option}

2 cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 can chicken broth

1 can chopped green chiles

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup whipping cream (or milk)


Sautee` chicken, onion,, and garlic powder in oil until not pink.  Add everything but creams.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

 {This is where you can freeze the chili.  Simply cool it a little, pour into a gallon zip lock and store in the freezer.}

 Remove from heat, stir in creams.  Serve immediately.

I normally do not buy chips…EVER…we could get addicted…but I passed these in the grocery store and they called my name.

Corn chips + white chili = amazing!!!


Happy Fall!!!

 I know I keep saying that, but seriously.  I’m so glad it’s here. :-)