Friday, November 4, 2011

Meet Eppie

Meet Eppie, our new farm cat~

She's adorable, feisty, and complete cuteness. 

~Laura and Lizzy

Monday, September 26, 2011

C.A.P.T.U.R.E Workshop 2011

Capture Workshop

The country gal's: a.k.a. Laura and I have landed in Texas for our 2 week vacation/visit's with friends/photography workshop. 

The photo class went AWESOME, and the two wonderful instructors made those 4 days absolutely wonderful. 

Thanks Allie and Laura, and we all can't wait for class numero dos! 

For those who want more details, here's the C.A.P.T.U.R.E blog filled with info and class pictures. 

Signing off,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

7 years ago...

We were scrolling through Lightroom a couple days ago, and struck memory gold. We found pictures taken with our very first digital camera! We also found pictures of us playing dress up seven years ago. 
To give you a background on this first ever photo shoot, we were going for a historical theme. Laura was standing on a child-sized little red chair in order to get higher with the camera. We had decided on an old book, an apple, and Bingley as props. 
Although you can't see it in the pictures, we didn't realize till months later that we had forgotten to take the sticker off of the apple. :-)

This was also during Bingley's "Puppy years". He was a mini marshmallow back then. 

Notice the modern day sport's watch we forgot to remove... 

We cracked up quite a bit over this one...

So yes, this is where 
Laura got her very first start in photography. 

~~Laura and Lizzy

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Lovely Giveaway!

Homestead Revival is holding a giveaway for a Lilla Rose item of your choice!  Head on over to take a look.  :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Laura Elizabeth Photography -- a new name, a new blog, and a new website.....

Laura's photography has moved and changed names!  

Here are the links so you can update your bookmarks and become a follower to keep in touch and follow all my new posts!

The Name:  Laura Elizabeth Photgraphy

So come on over and leave a comment!  I can't wait to see you on my new blog and website!

Happy Thursday

~~laura elizabeth

Friday, May 6, 2011

Photo Contest is holding a  photo contest!

 This has to be one of my all-time favorite photos in my library...
Renee was so amazing during the shoot!  She was willing to do absolutely anything to get "the perfect shot" ... even model in a  It was the last time I was able to shoot in it due to safety issues (had 70 MPH winds shortly after the shoot), but we both had a blast that day!  Isn't she just gorgeous?!

I haven't posted this shoot yet, and I couldn't wait any longer to release the "sneak peak."  Hay + Cow-Girl Hat and Boots + Wind + Tired After Running and Jumping = This Photo
I'll be posting more from Lizzy's shoot on my blog

Thanks for holding this photo contest!

~~Laura Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Phil. 4:4-8


Friday, April 1, 2011


Just a quick shout out to let ya'll know that Lizzy has been posting the most recent farm news over on her blog: 

So go check it out, and find out more of what we've been up to lately!

 ~Laura and Lizzy

Thursday, March 3, 2011

~Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies~(Shhh...They're Gluten Free!)

There are certain recipes that you go back to time and time again...especially the ones that are so tasty, and so easy that they can be made and devoured in less than thirty minutes.
We find that these Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies to do just that. And really, they couldn't be healthier! They are Gluten Free, Egg free, dairy free, nut free, and sugar free. And they taste. so. good.

I frequent  quite often, and love love love her recipes. I'm amazed that such simple recipes can taste so good!

Here's the recipe~

Our Substitutions~
1. We used Oat Flour instead of Almond Flour-- We didn't have any almond flour, so I used plain old "ground up in the vita-mix and then sifted" oat flour. It works fine, but will taste a little 'cakier' and will taste more like oats than the Almond Flour. 
2. We used Honey instead of Agave
3.We used Coconut oil instead of Grapeseed oil

These subs were just because we had run out of some ingredients, but they still tasted fine! 
So go run into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these cookies!! 


P.S. They are best served fresh out of the oven with milk or hot tea

Thursday, February 24, 2011

~ Baby Booties: Handwork ~

I just love knitting baby booties!!  They are so cute and tiny....precious!

Here is a quick glimpse of some that are going to make it to our shop very soon..... personal favorite...

What is your favorite thing to knit or sew?

~~Laura Elizabeth

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

~ Planting Time: A Day on the Farm ~

It's been a busy week on the farm! 
There are always so many things to do, especially when it comes to planting. Today we have been planting seedlings....

The seedlings that haven't germinated yet are sitting on top of our homemade germinating mat. Underneath the black rubber mat is a special electrical wire that gradually warms the seedlings for maximum germination speed.  It's something new we are trying this year and we can't wait to share the results!  

All the 'green' in the back is our mint.....peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and apple mint!  Keep an eye out for a homemade iced mint tea recipe!  It is sooooo delicious!  :D

Enjoy this luscious spring weather!!

~Laura and Lizzy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~ Homemade Room Freshener: A Tutorial ~

Isn't it just lovely when you walk into a room, and it smells fresh and fragrant? We've been having SO much fun putting together all sorts of delicious scents for our home.

Today we decided to make a homemade Vanilla Fragrance~

What you'll need:

1 Pretty spray bottle
Cold Water
2 TB.Vanilla Extract
A lovely tag with your scent labeled on the front.
String or twine to attach the label to the bottle

Pour Vanilla extract into spray bottle and fill up the bottle with cold water almost to the top. Attach the label, shake well, and lightly mist around your rooms!

Store in a cool dark place. If kept in direct sunlight the fragrance will lose its scent...A nightstand drawer or closet is perfect for easy access.

Other Inspirational fragrance ideas~

Try the above recipe with different extracts such as peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, lavender, and orange.
Peppermint and lemon are refreshing, cinnamon and orange gives you that, "fresh out of the oven" smell, and lavender and vanilla are very relaxing before bedtime!

You can find these extracts at most natural health food stores, or at ~

So mix and match and make your home smell fresh and delicious!   Let us know which one you make first!


Monday, February 21, 2011

~ Scones: A Recipe ~

Tea Time Scones

Scones are quite simple to make, so we usually make our own.   You can add all kinds of extras to your scones, depending on your taste.  Try cut-up apples, currants, ginger, orange zest, almond flavoring, cinnamon, apricots, fresh blueberries, cranberries, or even chocolate chips – our favorite!
2 c.  flour           
1 T.  baking powder
2 T.  sugar
1/2 t.  salt
6 T.  butter – very cold
1 c.  buttermilk, or whole milk
Egg wash ( 1 Lightly beaten egg with 1 T water )
Sugar, or cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top

Mix dry ingredients.  Cut in 6 T.  butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. (If you want to add anything to your scones just mix it in before the buttermilk)  Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk.  ( If you do not have buttermilk or lemon juice than just use regular milk.)  Mix until dough clings together and is a bit sticky- do not over-mix or you will get bricks instead of scones :) Turn out dough onto a floured surface and shape into a 6- to 8-inch round about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Quickly cut into pie wedges or use a round biscuit cutter to cut circles.  The secret of tender scones is a minimum of handling.  Place on an un-greased cookie sheet, being sure the sides of the scones don’t touch each other.  Brush the scones with the egg wash for a shiny, beautiful brown scone.  Sprinkle sugar or cinnamon sugar on top.  Bake at 425°  for 10 – 20 minutes, or until light brown.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Precious Things Final

Glorious dwelling of the holy, where no grief or gloom of sin
Through the pure and pearly portals evermore shall enter in:
Christ its Light and God its Temple, Christ its song of endless laud!
O what precious consummation of the precious things of God!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Part 16 Of Precious Things

Pause not here,--the Holy City, glorious in God's light, behold!
Like unto a stone most precious, clear as crystal, pure as gold;
Strong foundations, fair with sapphires, sardius and chrysolite,
Blent with amethyst and jacinth, emerald and topaz bright.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Part 15 Of Precious Things

Precious, precious to Jehovah is His children's holy sleep;
He is with them in the passing through the waters cold and deep;
Everlasting love enfolds them softly, safely to His breast,
Everlasting love receives them to His glory and His rest.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Part 14 Of Precious Things

Precious, more than gold that wasteth, is the trial of your faith,
Fires of anguish or temptation cannot dim it, cannot scathe!
Your Refiner sitteth watching till His image shineth clear,
For His glory, praise, and honour, when the Saviour shall appear.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Part 13 Of Precious Things

Sons of Zion, ye are precious in your heavenly Father's sight,
Ye are His peculiar treasure, ye His jewels of delight;
Sought and chosen, cleansed and polished, purchased with transcendent cost,
Kept in His royal casket, never, never to be lost.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Glimpse...

 of some projects that I'll be working on this month...

Can't wait to share!!  :D

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Part 12 Of Precious Things

Such His gifts! but mark we dully our responsibility
Unto Him whose name is Holy, infinite in purity;
Sin and self no longer serving, take the precious from the vile,
So His power shalt rest upon thee, thou shalt dwell beneath His Smile.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Giveaway!

I just ran across this fun giveaway!  There are 26 prizes, so that means 26 winners!  One of my favorite items in the giveaway is a pair of pink star sapphire glass earrings.

Take a look!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

{ Etsy Sale! }

Our good friends at Country Hearts At Home are having an amazing sale in their Etsy Shop!

Go check it out! My favorite items are the Tea Cup and Coffee Cup Pincushions!  What a neat idea!!!

What is your favorite item in their shop?

Happy Thursday!

~~Laura Elizabeth

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

{ A Recipe }

Caramel Macchiato

I just love Caramel Macchiatos!  Here is my “base” recipe…change it up to taste – you can’t go wrong!

4 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce (Recipe Follows)
1/2 Cup Freshly Brewed Coffee
1 Cup Very Warm Whole Milk

Stir together the Caramel and Coffee in a Large Mug.  Pour the Hot Milk over Caramel Mixture.

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 tablespoon water

In a 3-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the cream, butter, sugar, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let the mixture cool for 30 seconds.

Hope yall enjoy this!

~~Laura Elizabeth