Spice Cake (2 ways!) + Other Homemade Gifts :)

pumkin carving fun 2Let me be the first to say that I try not to think about planning for Christmas in any way until the day after Thanksgiving. The ladies at my office put up 3 Christmas trees last week, and started listening to Christmas music….too soon! I wanted to say. However, some holiday preparations and gift-giving may take a little extra time and planning…but in the end, it is worth it.

Such is the case with my Etsy shop, Bitty Gifts. Continue reading

Deep Breath for Your Morning…

image“But whenever someone turns to The Lord, the veil is taken away. For The Lord is Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the glory of The Lord. And The Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, NLT

Sights, Sounds, and Smells (a.k.a., “Finding Fall”)

imageThis tea smells like fall. I found a stray tea bag in the tea box I keep at work, and ended up going around the office asking my co-workers to take a whiff: “Smell this…It smells like fall!” :)

This article motivated me in decorating for fall.

This recipe is my first official baking of the autumn season. I actually didn’t refrigerate the dough this time, but I think that’s because the coconut oil wasn’t all the way melted. I barely had enough molasses in the jar, and I didn’t have any eggs. But I subbed in two tablespoons of cornstarch and whipped these up for life group this week. I’m actually not that used to this much sugar, but it was a good treat :)

These fingerless gloves make me ready for cooler weather…Lots of fall accessories coming to my Etsy shop, Bitty Gifts–for women, and for little ones!

Enter Autumn

imageFall is upon us! :)

I love this season, and already I feel like it is going by too fast. This year, as my schedule is getting busier, I have felt like God has been challenging me to slow down, simplify, and savor the moment. Even in the midst of a busy schedule, to remember what really matters, take a deep breath, and be intentional. This means being intentional with my time management, with my budget, and with the relationships of good friends I have all around me.  Continue reading