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    Canned Apple Pie Filling


    It’s fall, and this year we are ditching the usual pumpkin craze and swimming in apples. This shift may be due to this year’s weak pumpkin harvest (and a freezer still full of previously pureed pumpkin). Or it may have more to do with our first family outing. Just three weeks after making her big debut, we took Lula apple picking in Ellijay, Georgia. To avoid large crowds we chose to use a Friday that Ryan had off to visit B.J.…

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    Our October Garden Chores

    I have always been in awe of the colors of the fall. While most people can’t wait for those spring flowers, I am always longing for that first crisp late summer…

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    An Easy and Inexpensive DIY Flower Crown

    This week Ryan and I packed up our newborn and headed to Knoxville for another shoot with Sun Kissed Smiles Photography. Our little bean took the 3 and a half hour…

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    Best Anniversary Present Ever

    We just celebrated our 4th year of marriage on Thursday, and brace yourself, we also became parents for the first time! Best anniversary present ever! I was in the early phases…

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    This Week On The Homestead: Baby, Baby, Baby

    1. Nursery preparation is wrapping up Our baby’s nursery didn’t start to really take form until Early August. I was becoming concerned that we wouldn’t settle on a mattress that met…

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    Our September Garden Chores

    After such a tough summer, we are excited about our September garden chores as a big part of them is planting our fall gardens. The break in the summer heat that…

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    Our 10 Favorite Baking Soda Uses

    While it was once the solution to an assortment of household dilemmas, baking soda is that go-to pantry staple that has since fallen by the wayside. It has been replaced by an…