Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little Bits of Life

Over the summer and fall months, I wasn't exactly a faithful blogger . . . though I am working on changing that now. :) (Which you may have noticed!)

There are many post ideas that I have in mind to share . . . cooking/baking recipes as well as household cleaner recipes, projects we are working on, a homestead update (which is long overdue!), and more. I am looking forward to sharing about these things over the coming weeks and months!

And here is a little glimpse into some of the things that have been taking place here recently . . .

~ Baking ~

'Tis the season for the kitchen to be busy! Well, it's usually rather busy year round with each season having its own kitchen activities  and with having three women in our household who love to cook and bake :), but it is especially busy now with baking wintertime treats . . .

Leah making her own version of fudge with homemade Marshmallow Creme . . . and it was delicious! And the recipe will be coming soon.

 Mom making cookies . . . and the photo was taken with Leah's 
new smartphone which is why it is a little blurry.

~ Letter Writing ~

 This is another thing that happens year-round, but this time of year it is especially pleasant. Leah and I rearranged our room yet again trying to make things more conducive for each of our businesses (which was a success!), and a by-product of that was having a better place for my writing desk . . .

If you get a hand-written letter from me, this is where it would have been written. :)
The chair is a recent addition as I found a set of four of these sturdy oak chairs at an antique store for very little. They were originally library chairs and still have the manufacturer's label on the back of them!

A letter in progress to a sweet little friend who sent me the card on the left. Which had included the thoughtful gift of a dime. :) 

~ Mom's Project ~

This fall one of my mom's projects has been transferring all of our family home videos that are on VHS onto DVD. It has been fun to see parts of them as she has been doing that! One day when she was working on it, I happened to have my camera nearby so snapped a few photos from the one she was transferring . . .

Leah and I 'cleaning' out the kitchen drawers

All three of us kids out playing in the snow

Dad surprising Leah

All three of us together unwrapping the gifts on my birthday

Watching these and/or listening to them sure brings back special and fun memories! And reminds me how very quickly time goes by and how things change, and how important it is to cherish every moment.

~ Crocheting ~

Filling orders has been keeping Leah busy!

Here she is crocheting a little boot

It has been a busy crochet year for her,  and she has added many new and adorable items since I last posted about her shop. She is so talented!

~ Trip to the Bulk Food Store ~ 

We always enjoy doing this together! The drive is about an hour, and it is a beautiful one . . . .

An old barn alongside the road

Cattle grazing

  And the old farmhouse that Leah and I always admire . . . up until this year, it was steadily getting in worse and worse shape and no one lived in it. We were glad to see when driving by this time that someone has really been fixing it up!

So there is a glimpse into a few of the 'little' things that have been happening around here lately!


  1. How lovely to have a catch up post from you, Sarah.
    The farmhouse that you showed is such an elegant building, and it is so nice that it isn't being allowed to deteriorate.

  2. I am glad that you enjoyed it, Elizabeth!

    It is indeed nice that the house won't be deteriorating more. It was really looking in sad shape, but it's already had quite the transformation!

  3. Julianne and Miss Lila . . . thank you both for your comments! (And Miss Lila, it was wonderful to hear from you again!)

    If you could please e-mail me at aslilies @ gmail . com (minus the spaces :), I would be happy to reply to your comments privately through there. :) Thanks so much!

  4. So nice to hear of others that enjoy writing personal letters; that is something that I enjoy, too!

    What a great idea to transfer old home videos onto DVD. I think that we should do that, too. Those snapshots are so cute!

  5. That is wonderful that you enjoy writing letters too, Anna! There's just something more special about them.

    We're really glad that the videos were transferred now as when my Mom started on them, we realized that the quality of them was really starting to deteriorate. Now with them being on DVD, they will last a lot longer!


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