Feature Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week. We are gearing up for a weekend of around 100 degrees here in the valley which is a first for the summer. Eek! What am I going to do? I guess I’ll being closing up the home and turning the AC on full blast. D will be working at the tasting room all weekend which means I’ll have a lot of time to get some things done with weekend. I’m repainting our guest bedroom a mint green. Crossing my fingers it turns out how I am hoping!

Here are my Feature Friday pikcs this week! Enjoy!

Feature Friday: My Current Blog Obsession

No Blog Obsession this week…no time to obsess :(

Feature Friday: Instagram

On Monday I lost a very important part of me…my finger tip. I was slicing some zucchini with a very sharp Mandolin slicer and on the first slice, whamo! Gone!

Immediately it was gushing and after four hours it hadn’t stopped and I went into Urgent Care. Fortunately, I didn’t have to get stitches because honestly, there was nothing left to stitch, but they did have to cauterize it and wrap it up. It hurts, it throbs, and it itches. Not to mention, it’s pretty hard to type. BUT, it could have been worse and I consider myself lucky. I’m not joking when I say I cut myself EVERY single time I cook. It’s no wonder D wont teach me how to use the various saws in the shop. One day I hope.

Feature Friday: A Little Blog Soul Searching

Lately I’ve been giving my blog a lot of thought.Well actually, I’m always giving my blog some thought. To be honest, I’m not 100% happy with the direction I have taken it. I never intended to make it all about DIY or recipes but somehow I felt the need to always post about those things because it’s what people seemed most interested in seeing or because I could link up to more blogs and get a little more exposure. The original intent was not that though.  I always wanted it to be a lifestyle blog featuring bits and pieces of all aspects of what our life is like, the good and bad, and especially focusing on the parts that reflected my transition from city life to country life.

I’m not saying I’m not going to post about the projects I do because really, that is a part of me I discovered when I moved into my own home as is our new journey of cooking vegan and gluten free goodies, but I am going to post a lot more on things going on in our life, on the vineyard and farm. I hope to share a broader picture and incorporate the bad as well as the good. Life is wonderful but there are moments that aren’t. That is life.

So here I am telling you all that I’m going to be a little more vulnerable starting now. The good, the great, and the ugly.


I want to share more on my struggles and more on my accomplishments, more on personal growth  and when I feel lost along the way. I’m human and I’m not perfect and I never want to mislead my friends and readers that I think I am.

So here is to a little vulnerability and gettin’ a lil’ more real on here.


Feature Friday

Hi Friends! Hope you all have had a wonderful week! It’s Friday, the sun is out and we are in full summertime mode at our house! Hope you all have a great weekend. Monday I’ll be announcing a yummy giveaway so you’ll want to make sure and check back then! Plus, later in the week I’ll give you a sneak peek of the changes I recently made to our entryway. It was literally on a whim is coming together nicely!

And now for my Feature Fridays!

Feature Friday – Current Blog Obsession

Tongue Ticklers

I was searching for things to do with pie cherries the other day (see picture below and you’ll know why) and I came across a vegan {and often gluten free} food blog. My first thought was, ‘wow, she takes incredible pictures.’ I love inspiring photos of food and for me, this is one area I’d like to get better at in my photo taking skills.

Harini, the woman behind the blog, lives in a suburb just outside of Mumbai and documents her play with food through incredible recipes and lovely photos of her culinary creations. All though not all recipes on her blog are India, you can definitely find a vast array of them features here so if you are like me and LOVE Indian food, you are luck!

Harini’s explanation as to why she is vegan is thought provoking and honest and something I’ve been wanting to write about on here for awhile. You can find it here.

All in all, Tongue Ticklers is a food blog anyone can gain inspiring recipes from so you should definitely stop by and browse for awhile!

Feature Friday – Instagram Photo

We have several different fruit trees on the property. Although we’ve let most go and the fruit isn’t really edible, these pie cherries sure are. What should I make with them?

Feature Friday – What I’m Loving Right Now {On Pinterest}

I was just telling D how bad I wish we could grow fruit like lemons and avocados {yes, it’s a fruit} and I love how they are in containers.

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers


D and I climb in an indoor gym and will be learning to take it outside hopefully later this summer. Not sure I’ll be laying in a hammock like this anytime soon but maybe between two trees in our backyard.


I think I need to look at this quote more often. It’s so easy, especially in cruising bloggiland, to get caught up in all that you don’t have and want. I’m so grateful for what I do have and vow to remind myself of this every single day.


What are you guys loving right now? Come on by and share! I’d love to hear all about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

Feature Friday – Homemaker in Heels

D and I are off for a little weekend camping trip where we will be roughing it on the MeKenzie River here in Oregon. Stay tuned for my tips on how to organize efficiently for a camping trip!

Today’s Feature Friday is Crystal from Homemaker in Heels. You can find her blog here and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Homemakers in Heels is a DIY blog I recently discovered and Crystal offers tips on thrifty decorating that anyone can do! I’m loving her new Chevron Lamp & “Mercury Glass” Lamp Makeover.

Aside from all her DIY and crafting, Crystal is a southern bell who also shares all things pertaining to her favorite recipes, random rambles about her life and her faith and a weekly weekend craft link party.

So get to know someone knew today and stop by Homemaker in Heels and say hi!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!

Feature Friday – Framed Frosting & New Sponsorships Open!

Good Morning Friends! I have some exciting news! I now have several spots open for sponsorship which you’ll find under the advertise/disclosure tab. There are several options and I even have a few spots open to do a blog sponsor swap! If you have questions or comments please feel free to email me!

And now for this Fridays post…

Over the weekend I was giving my blog a lot of thought. Aspects I love about it and things I’d like to change around. One of the post I used to do every Friday was called ‘Feature Friday’ where I highlighted a new blog I recently discovered. I think it is so important to give recognition where it is due and I love sharing with you, my readers, what I love to read in my spare time.

This weeks return to Feature Friday is highlighting a blog I discovered a couple weeks ago. The author is a college student named Danielle and has even been called an up and coming blogger powerhouse.

Framed Frosting

Her blog Framed Frosting is a compilation of like many others, DIY projects, recipes, fashion and life in general but there is something about her blog that really showcases her maturity and positive attitude that draws you to it. She’s got a line of sponsors a mile long and puts amazing effort into her social media outlet. It’s hard to believe she is also juggling the life of a college student too!

You can also find Danielle on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest! So stop by, check out what she has to offer and say hi while your at it!

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