6.19.2017

Victoria Magazine Summer Feature!

We're honored to represent our sweet town with a patriotic feature in Victoria Magazine this month! This was a hot but super fun shoot last season and the food was as delicious as it looks. We ate leftovers for two weeks! Our kitchen was demolished at the time but their chef, Loren Wood, somehow managed to prep all of these beautiful dishes on a tiny corner of countertop space and one pan on a camp stove. Incredibly impressive!

Summertime at the farm is our very favorite.. and as I say, she shines in red, white & blue!
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Victoria Magazine July|August 2017



{Photography: Stephanie Steele - Styling: Melissa Smith - Chef: Loren Wood} 




Behind the scenes! :)


A few snapshots from Liberty Day Festival this weekend! Our boy is growing too fast!




This beautiful flag banner made of vintage lace and fabric strips was one of my favorite finds of the weekend!





Three Years of Liberty Day!




-Lauren


3.10.2017

Easy Peasy Banana Pudding!

I just had to jot down this quick recipe for one of my very very very favorite southern desserts! It's a staple at our house and people always ask for the recipe so here it is!

This is a chilled recipe.. a little different than the southern baked banana pudding many are familiar with. But it's super simple and DELISH!

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•slice (4-6) bananas with a splash of lemon juice to keep them from turning

•combine 1 box instant vanilla budding, 2 cups cold milk & 1 can sweetened condensed milk


•fold in 1.5 tubs cool whip (do not over mix or it will liquify!)

•layer filling, bananas and nilla wafers - repeat until you've used it all or filled dish

•top with 1/2 tub cool whip and cinnamon & nutmeg

•chill until firm


**(You can use sugar free or fat free options and it tastes exactly the same!)**


Nana Puddin GET IN MY BELLYYYY!!!

1.07.2017

Easy One Dish Dinner! (Baked Chicken & Veggies)

I just prepped one of my favorite easy dinners! We've had soup, soup and more soup the last few weeks. My hubby doesn't like veggies so I love to sneak them in when he's at work!

This baked chicken and veggies dish is SO YUM...


•Place thawed chicken, veggies and potatoes in greased baking dish. (Either mixed or separated.)

•Season as desired (I like to put a little cinnamon on the carrots and Italian dressing or a dry ranch packet on the chicken and potatoes.

•Top the entire dish with a stick of butter (sliced)

•Bake (covered) for an hour at 350. Uncover for just a few minutes towards the end! 


*You can totally substitute your favorite veggies and seasonings, as well! I've used sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and lots of seasoning combinations!*

**for an extra healthy version, season as desired and skip the butter. Or substitute a little olive oil.** 
(Around here we like a little butter on our butter.) πŸ˜‚πŸ½πŸ΄


So easy! So delicious!




Enjoy!
-Lauren
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Winter in Dixie

We had snow in the forecast last night! And although we didn't get as much fluffy white snow as predicted, we did wake up to a glistening ice covered farm!
(Or "shiny glittercicles" as Baker as named them.) Ha!

We look forward to seeing the farmhouse in the snow one day! But the shimmering ice was pretty! We stayed cozy inside for most of the day with soup, cider and the thickest socks we could find. Because BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! :)

Stillwater Farm - Winter 2017

"Shiny Glittercicles"





I would light a fire but the lighter is literally frozen! Ha!

Too bad we didn't upgrade to "heated seats".. πŸ˜‚



Barn-cicles!

She stayed nice and warm (thawed!) under the barn cover! :)






Stay Warm
-Lauren

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12.31.2016

Happy New Year!



2016 brought so much beauty to Stillwater Farm! Brett is working what I'm sure will be a busy shift at the fire hall today. And Baker and I will probably countdown to 9 o'clock and then hit the hay. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜΄ 

Thank you so much for following along with our family as we slowly love our home back to life.

Wishing you all the best and abundant New Year blessings! Stay safe!

2016 Highlights!

12.17.2016

Our Festive Farmhouse | Christmas Tour 2016

Merry Christmas, everyone! And welcome back to the farm!

Every year I tweak our decor.. and I've acquired LOTS of it over the years. This season we decided to keep it simple and embrace tradition and quality time with our family. I considered selling a lot of what I don't use but something held me back from listing it all. I'm hoping that I'll run across the right family to bless with some extra holiday cheer sometime and all my hoarding will pay off when I get the opportunity to pay-it-forward. :)

I've always been drawn to simple vintage decor and this year nearly everything I used was handmade or heirloom. It's all very special to us! We made our tree topper out of wood from the original corn crib here on the property. My red wooden bead garland and vintage pie safe belonged to my husband's grandmother (Granny!) and the big, chippy white window is original to our home, as well! I discovered it hiding in our barn a few weeks ago and I'm pretty sure the whole town probably heard me whoopin' and hollerin' in celebration! Aaand I drug it all the way down the barn stairs and up to the farmhouse all by myself. Much to Brett's dismay. #LOLZ. The chicken crate that I used to display our tree was thrifted during our Nashville trip this fall and my sweet hubs gifted me my beautiful German sled for my birthday a few years ago! Just about everything has a story and a memory attached. And although we have about 20 bins of ornaments, we chose a tiny tree and hand picked only our very very favorite handmade ones to hang! I probably only used 1/20th of the stuff I have but less is definitely more and meaningful for us this year! 




I scored the most darling 1974 vintage metal fire truck at our local Goodwill! It's perfect for our fire family and one of my favorite finds this year!





Classic whimsical gift wrap for the kiddos this year.. Gift GIVING is one of my love languages! Wrapping them with love is as much a blessing to me as the gift is to them!



Extra special wrapping for our "Christmas Eve" boxes.. It's tradition to open new PJs, hot chocolate, a Christmas movie and a bedtime story on Christmas Eve each year! (This super precious paper is from Target!)

My favorite Christmas cookies aren't edible! ;)


And a few Christmas throwbacks because I loved our porch last season!..




We have a few special Christmas touches in our newly spruced up kitchen, too.. (See what I did there? Spruced.. I've got Christmas puns, y'all! πŸŒ²πŸ˜‚) How CUTE are these vintage cookie cutter garlands?! And both of the recipes on the vintage chalkboard are from each of our grandmothers in their own handwriting. It makes me feel like they're both with us every time we cook. One of my absolute favorite projects! (You can find my DIY chalk lettering tutorial HERE)


This jolly vintage Santa cookie jar was another Goodwill thrift find this year! And another sweet hand print craft. :)

I'm totally convinced that everything tastes better out of a santa mug. :)

DIY cup racks, cookie cutter garland and Longaberger baskets.. These are a few of my favorite things!
Handprint wreaths we made this year! And Brett made this beautiful cabinet for our kitchen a few months ago!

And how cute is this?! My momma made these for her ornament exchange.. It has dip mix inside! 

Me and Clark (Griswold)

And last but not least.. I can't blog this Christmas without sharing this.. 

"Baker Ashfurf" has been VERY nice this year! 
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Merry Christmas, everyone! We love you all!

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