The Lake in Wintertime

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My family has been going to the lake ever since I was a baby, and in the summer we practically live there. My parents have property there and in the winters we like to go and let the kids play in the lake bed and then we four wheel and eat and play all day. The kids love playing in the lake bed; I think their favorite part is searching for "treasure" (i.e.- all the things that fell off peoples boats and docks that year). I love how children find the beauty in everything they see.

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Sawyer’s favorite part is riding the four wheelers. Here he is just playing on it for fun; when we go out, I put him in the Baby Bjorn facing me and he loves it.

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At the end of the day we went tromping through the woods looking for a Christmas Tree. Usually we get one from a Christmas Tree farm, but this year decided it would be fun to go find one in the woods since we see them in the woods so often. It was a little harder than I thought it be, and the tree does look pretty funny now that it’s in our living room, but we love it. I’ll post pictures of it soon!

Birthdays

Turtle Cake

December is a happening month for birthdays in our families. We celebrated Brandon’s birthday two weeks ago, and on the 10th, there were five family members birthdays, plus my best friend! Normally, I’m not a big recipe sharer, mostly because I’m not all that exciting of a cook, but this cake is my favorite cake of all time. It’s delicious. Ugly, but delicious. I’m sure someone out there can give me some tips on how to pretty it up. Try it, you’ll be glad you did.

Turtle Cake:

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix

2/3 Cup Margarine

1/2 Cup evaporated Milk

1 bag of caramels

1 bag of chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Make the cake mix just like you normally would, then pour half into a cake pan and bake it for 15 minutes. While that is cooking, melt the butter in a pan, add in the evaporated milk and the caramels and cook it on low, stirring a lot, until it is all melted and gooey. Poor this mixture over the cake you had baked, then put the whole bag of chocolate chips on top of that, just spread them pretty evenly, top with the other half of the cake mix, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top springs back when you touch it. Then, enjoy! This has been my favorite cake since I was a kid and on Brandon’s birthday it was gone in about 10 minutes. Next year, I’ll make two so we have some leftover 🙂

Good Morning Loretta

Good Morning Loretta, Good Morning All,

It is December 4th and I am writing this post with the windows open and the breeze coming through the house. It’s 73 degrees outside and I’m wearing capris, a short sleeve shirt, and no shoes. Sawyer is napping and I’m eating the last of my Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joes. I love the Christmas season in Georgia. I know a lot of people complain that it is hard to feel Christmas-y without chilly weather or snow, but I absolutely love it. I love being able to go outside and enjoy the day. I love not wearing a million layers of clothing or closed toe shoes. Last Thanksgiving, Brandon and his brothers went wakeboarding on Thanksgiving Day. That’s the holidays in Georgia, for ya.

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these are amazing! Thank you Barb!

I loved Christmas as a child, and still do. My mom and dad would make all six of us wait at the top of the stairs until they said we could come down. Then we’d race down and find our stockings full. They always had candy, small toys, and something practical like rubber bands or nail clippers. Usually whatever item we had all been arguing over lately. One year my brothers each got 50 combs in their stockings because my mom was so tired of hearing them argue over who lost the last comb haha. Then we’d all open presents and the floor would be covered in wrapping paper. The cat would come in and tear it up for us and we’d all eat and play until we couldn’t any more.

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I hope ya’ll are all having fun getting in the Christmas mood and I hope your weather is just the way you like it, whether that be warm or cold, enjoy the season!

Winsome Jones

Recently I had the honors of taking pictures of some of the first photos for an awesome new clothing website that opens today, Winsome Jones. Winsome Jones

I love their slogan- "less skin, more style." Lately I’ve noticed just how hard it is to find clothes that are cute, but don’t show every single inch of skin. Winsome Jones sells super cute clothes that do just that and are stylish. Celebrate their launch with me by checking out their new line at WinsomeJones.com!

Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek at some of the awesome clothes they sell!

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I love their look and the fabulous ladies behind the clothes! Plus, look who joined us on the shoot, my favorite little model 🙂

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