Our Three Bucks

This fall on the Carrell Wildlife Preserve, we have so many deer that they're difficult to keep track of. There are several does, including those that have almost-grown fawns with them. But my favorites by far are our three bucks.

The bucks are like those high school boys that always go everywhere together. They're usually up pretty early in the morning, and they go looking for their supper at about the same time we do.

Our guys are still fairly young, so we're excited to see them mature and choose their does. Then, come the spring, they'll fill the preserve with fawns! And that's something we always look forward to.

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This amazing recipe is one of the cookies I sold at our garage sale/bake sale a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I held a couple of plates of cookies back because I knew they would sell quickly.

Whenever a recipe calls for cinnamon, I always double the amount. It's one of my favorite spices, and I want there to be no doubt that it's there. If you like less of a punch, just decrease the amount you add to your cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

4 oz bar white baking chocolate
1 tsp honey
almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Add egg yolks, honey and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar.

4. With mixer speed on …

Happy National Dessert Day!

Make today, National Dessert Day, special by serving some of your favorite treats at every meal!

So what are your go-to desserts? Do you serve something different when you have company? Does your family have certain sweet treats they request time after time?

Enjoy your National Dessert Day celebration!

Calvary Baptist Church Chili Cook Off 2018

For as long as people can remember, October has been special at our church because of our chili cook off. It's supposedly all in fun, although some people take it very seriously. All you win is a certificate and bragging rights for the upcoming year. Danny placed second in the hot category this year - I'm so proud of him!

By the time I got through the first chili line and over to the dessert table, this is what it looked like. The gym was packed with people, and I think many of them started with desserts while they were waiting. I'm keeping that in mind for next year...

There was a lot of conversation about what the best toppings are for chili. Some people swear by sour cream, while others won't eat it without cornbread. Crackers are always a staple, and the corn chips were flowing freely. The cheese bowl emptied quickly, too, so there were lots of favorites out there. What are your picks for the best chili toppings?

An Apple A Day Keeps Your Dog's Boredom Away

Normally when we give the puppies toys to play with, they rip them, tear them, shred them and just generally destroy them. We tried something different this week that is so shockingly simple that we can't believe we've never tried it before: apples filled with peanut butter!

If you don't have one of these hand-held corers, GET ONE! Yes, I'm being bossy on this one. In about six turns I had the core completely out, and the handle separates to push the core into the garbage.

Then they get packed with peanut butter. I said this was simple.

All three dogs loved them, and they even cleaned their own peanut butter smears off the floor. These apples are safe, filling and a fun distraction for a while. The perfect combination, I'd have to say.

Stuff From Trees - Having Fun With Our Recent Projects

We've been having a great time already this fall, working on new projects and custom pieces. This purple string art butterfly is probably the most colorful gift I've made lately, and I love the color one of our Etsy customers chose for it. It was a joy to ship it across the country.

On the local front, we had three orders for custom thank you, encouragement, thanksgiving and Christmas cards. These fall-themed thank you cards made my day! Get it? See what I did there...? 

While picking out tree slices for the string art, I discovered that we had enough of them to make several more wreaths. All I have to do now is make their bows and make two more slices for that one wreath. It's like Christmas going through the craft room some days.

We've also finished another line of Christian cards for all occasions. Each has a Bible quote or Scripture on the front, and many of them are blank inside for your personal message. Come to our Etsy shop today and see everything Stuff From …

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