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“We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through.

Our purpose here is to observe,
to learn,
to grow,
to love …
and then we return home.”
Australian Aborigine Proverb

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home & harvest

HomeHarvest1Many of my HSB fans are aware of the fact that I am also a freelance writer, and have written for a small number of publications around North America. I steadily write for one of my more favourite online magazines, which is entitled HaveHeart. Very recently, the magazine has gone from being solely online to newly printed format! What’s more, in the first week alone, 5000 copies of HaveHeart were picked up by readers. Apparently this number was expected to last two months. Hey, the sky’s the limit when it comes to dreaming big.

HomeHarvest4While this news should warrant a post in itself, the same woman that does 99% of the behind-the-scenes work herself for HaveHeart, has bravely chosen to create another printed magazine to target a much different audience. This captivating publication is called Home & Harvest. The caption for the new magazine says that it’s “devoted to celebrating the lovely life and community of the Palouse!” 

Heather, my editor of both mags, picked two of my DIYs that were once featured in HaveHeart, and had them published in the premiere issue of Home & Harvest!

HomeHarvest2One was the Wood and Wire DIY.

HomeHarvest3The other was the Make Your Own Snow Globe. Little did I know that upon creating it nearly one year ago, that it would eventually land me a regular writing position for two magazines.

This month’s issue features my Reindeer Plate Tutorial.

HomeHarvest5The first issue of Home & Harvest turned out just beautifully, and the second was very recently put into print. Heather and her husband Tony are doing such an amazing job. I can only imagine how difficult, stressful, time-consuming, and yet, fun and rewarding it must be to have not only one circulating magazine, but now two! I most definitely feel proud every time that I see my own name in print, and I look forward to collecting these monthly issues and adding them to my own collection of freelance work.

Please take your time and read Home & Harvest. If you like my blog, then I know that you will love this magazine!

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Emory

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chocolate cake cupcakes

ChocolateCake5This year for Geoffrey’s birthday, I promised to bake him a cake. I typed in the words “best chocolate cake recipes” into Google, clicked on the first page that came up, and promptly made a shopping list of ingredients that we were in need of. The night before his big day, we returned home from visiting his family, and I set out to make the cake.

We moved into The Little Barn only a few weeks ago, but between work, dogs, contractors, and life, we have yet to unpack absolutely every box. (We only just got our kitchen sink installed on Friday.) When I went to grease two 9″ cake pans, I realized that I only had one bread pan, a casserole dish, and two muffins trays. Pardon my French, but my first thought was, “Shit. Now what?” Never one to be deterred in the kitchen, I chose to turn this two-tiered chocolate cake into 29 muffins, given that he was turning that exact age this year.

This one decision turned an everyday chocolate cake recipe into a beautiful mountain of chocolate cupcakes. It was definitely a silver lining moment.

ChocolateCake1Chocolate Cake Cupcakes:

For the cake mixture:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the frosting:
2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tbsp butter
5 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

ChocolateCake2Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the muffin trays by buttering and lightly flouring.

2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk through to combine well.

3. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until combined. Add boiling water, and beat at a high speed to add air to the batter.

4. Distribute mixture evenly to muffin trays, filling about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for approximately 17 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool.

ChocolateCake65. In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa, and set aside.

6. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

7. Once cool, remove the cupcakes from the trays. Frost the tops of each cupcake. Place in the refrigerator.

8. After the frosting has hardened, build a tower of cupcakes. Then serve, and enjoy!

ChocolateCake10ChocolateCake8Because of time constraints, I had to use store-bought icing for Geoffrey’s Chocolate Cake Cupcakes. The next time that I make this, I will be sure to make it from scratch. BTW, I most definitely will be making this recipe again. The design and the taste were that extraordinary! Be sure to try it out for yourself!

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Emory

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more tiny homes

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A few weeks ago, I presented to you a post on Gute Shepherd Huts, which is a German and Canadian company that specializes in crafting furniture and Tiny Houses. I expressed how I longed to own one so that I could place it in my backyard and stick my visiting friends and family in it when they plan to stay the night. I mean generously offer for them to stay in such a cute and humble abode. ;-)))

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February’s issue of Country Living is filled with Tiny Home goodness. In it, is an article entitled ‘The Country Living Small of Fame’. This article centres on 44 diverse Tiny Houses from all around the country, and how the owners are “living large in less.” Talk about eye candy!

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If you don’t want to buy this issue, then simply click here. My favourite is The Texas Lakehouse, for obvious reasons. It’s also currently on the market. If only I had $434,900 laying around. Would anyone like to go halfsies?

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Emory

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birthday babe

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“A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one.”
Mae West

My husband celebrates is twenty-ninth birthday today! I found this quote in my daily calendar for the date of January 16th. Although I read it a few days prior, I feel as if I were meant to see it in time for his birthday. Words often fail me when I attempt to describe my adoration for Geoffrey. This one line literally took the words right out of my mouth. It is what I felt on the first that day I met him, and he has only affirmed my belief in him over the last few years. I am one blessed girl to have found such a kind and loving man.

Happy Birthday!

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Emory

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