Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake...

Happy October everyone! It's cool, crisp, the leaves are turning and my mind's on baking. I go into baking mode in October, you too? It's something about the cooler weather that sends me off into the kitchen and I don't return until January {often having gained an extra five pounds!}. The kitchen is the heart of our home and I love baking for friends and loved ones. 

On that note, I wanted to share with y'all my favorite fall treat. The gathering season is upon us, friends in our home, a pot of coffee and a yummy treat to share, be still my heart. The best part about this treat, it's so easy, you can whip it up in minutes. We all love easy, right? More time to spend with those friends and loved ones! 

I've tweaked this recipe and learned a few things along the way. I love to double recipes if lots of friends are coming by but I learned {may or may not have learned this the hard way} not to put this in a larger pan, you have to bake two regular sizes to double the quantity. My preference is a nine inch round pie pan, if I want to double, I use two pie pans. 

If you will be gifting this to a friend, I'm going to tell you right now, you will be challenged, after smelling it while it's baking in the oven for twenty minutes, it can be mighty hard to give this thing away, mighty hard, but stay strong, you're doing a good thing. This is where the doubling comes in handy, one to give and one to keep! 


1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup coconut oil {or cooking oil of your choice}
1/2 cup milk

Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter softened
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 375*
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
3. Combine egg, milk, and oil.
4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir just till combined.
5. Pour into a 9 inch pie pan.
6. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter. 
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

This coffee cake is comfort food at it's yummiest. Add a cup of hot coffee and some friends, oh my y'all!

XO Amy - The Little Farm Diary

Monday, October 12, 2015

You Can Steer...

Remember how last week I shared the Be You print that Miss Priss had been displaying throughout our house? Well when I made the print for her, I wanted an encouraging print for the boy as well. Words have so much power. I've really been wanting to enshroud my family in good words. Words that make us want to try new soar to different heights.

I found this quote by Dr. Seuss and knew it was perfect for Keagan. We have so much power folks. If we only realized the power we have to do such amazing things in life. We've been talking to keagan a lot about that and how we are the captains of our own ship. We decide which way we sail. We can choose to use our time on this Earth to gain knowledge and serve the Lord, or we can choose to go in a totally different direction.

I'm thankful for my boy who is very concerned with where he steers his ship. He so wants to go in the right direction. It's a process and although he may take a wrong turn or two,we know we can always redirect ourselves back to Christ. He is always there with open arms.....waiting for us to come back home. 

I'm so thankful for this Mom gig I've been blessed with. It is not for the faint of heart. It's a messy, exhausting business...but it has the greatest reward. 

You can print an 8x10 of this quote here :)


XO Danielle

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Be You....

This quote makes me so happy. It's been on our dry erase board all week. Miss Priss put it there. In fact she's been writing it everywhere lately. She's been really into leaving encouraging words throughout the house for herself. It makes me so happy because this little peach of a child is encouraging me along the way. 

I made this print for her in picmonkey and had it printed out at Costco. We plan to laminate it and put it in her school binder, as a constant reminder to be courageous and take chances

To be confident and always be a friend

To be imaginative and think outside the box

To be the only person she knows how to be

The person God created her to be. 

You can download a copy of this 8x10 print here :)


XO Danielle

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


"Including leftovers in your meal plan is a great way to not only save, but give yourself a night off in the kitchen. Leftovers are any part of a meal not eaten the day it was made. From sauces, to veggies, to meats saving it all will help stretch your groceries further. You work hard to earn money for your family, so why continue to work, just to throw that hard earned money in the trash? Throwing wasted food into the trash is doing exactly that. You are throwing away perfectly edible food, that your family could use. Eating leftovers puts your hard earned money back into your pockets, as well as, frees up more time to spend with that family of yours. I like to think of leftovers as getting a whole meal or part of a meal for free. We all love that four letter word right? It means we got something, without paying for it. Sa-weet! Leftovers are something that could have been tossed in the trash, but you are able to find a way to reuse it again." 

XO Danielle

I saw you can find my book on Ebay too for less than $10. I'm pretty giddy over it :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

I'm a Soccer Mom...

My freshmen year of college I had a study group in a US History class. I remember one study session, we all went around and said what we thought each of us looked what professions we looked like we'd end up in. There were teachers, police men, singers, etc. I was so ready to see what my friends would think of for me and my upcoming future. 

Their answers were not at all what I thought they would be, but I loved them nonetheless.

They said soccer mom.

This past week, as Libby and I sat on a blanket at one of Keagan's soccer practices, that memory came to mind and I had to give a little chuckle.

I'm now a soccer mom, loading my kids into the car and heading out for an evening under the bright lights of the soccer field. 

I love this season of life I am in right now. My kids are finding new interests and pursuing them. It is so cool to see them grow and to expand their horizons. They are fearless...willing to try out any new thing.

So to my US History friends, you were right. I did end up being a soccer mom and I am loving every single minute :)

XO Danielle 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Vegas Valley Book Festival...

Hi lovelies! I am excited to announce I will be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on October 17 @10 am. I will be in the author booth for The Henderson Libraries. I will be signing books and hopefully meeting all of you lovelies :) I will also have books there for sale. They will be $10 each. Stop by and say hi and chat for a while. I'm excited to hang out and meet all of you friends. See you there!

XO Danielle 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Homeschool Binder Scrapbooks...

I've been sitting here at my computer, racking my brain, because I can not remember where I originally saw this idea. I think it was from Jodi, but I honestly could have seen it elsewhere. This is not a new idea....just something new to me. In Nevada, we don't have to keep records of what we teach our kids each year. Although it is not required, it is something I have done, so that my kids can look back at the things they've done. Most of their work is in boxes in our shed, categorized by age (I know very uncreative). It wasn't until this year, when I saw some homeschoolers creating scrapbook binders for their kids, that the creativity bug bit. I loved the idea of a homeschool year scrapbook binder! What a fantastic way to truly capture the school year! I ordered a pack of 200 laminating sheets off of Ebay, grabbed two binders from Big Lots, and started putting stuff together.

As we finish projects and assignments, we pick their best work and laminate them. I have a holder where they can place work they would like added to their binders as well. I am planning to keep a binder for each school year. It will be amazing to look back and see how they've grown. I am also planning to print off pictures from our field trips and various experiments, so the kids can journal the things that they've done. I have my first batch of pictures waiting for me to pick up at Costco. I can't wait to see how this binder looks, as it gets filled with projects throughout the year. The kids are really excited too!

I am thinking about covering the binders with fabric as well...maybe let them each pick a favorite fabric, so their little personalities can shine through. I'll keep you updated on how our binders evolve this school year. Does anyone else keep a homeschool binder or school binder of your kids work? How do you guys keep it update and organized?

Let me know:) 

XO Danielle 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Going on an Adventure...

"Sometimes homeschooling is an uphill climb with the sun beating down on you. Other times you're coasting downhill with the wind in your hair and all is right with the world. For every difficult day there will be a whole lot of awesome days. For every defeat you face, there will be far more victories. And we all know this: anything worthwhile and valuable doesn't come easy, but it's always 100% worth the fight"

This has got to my favorite quote of this past week. I am a words person. I love finding inspiring quotes and either writing them in a notebook, on a scrap of paper, share them on instagram, or share them here on the blog. I believe words can have an amazing power to either build up or knock down. I have been striving more and more to use this little space of web and social media that I have for goodness. I am thankful for all those men and women who do the same. I am constantly inspired and it seems that when I most need it, God is leading me to a little tid bit that is the answer to a prayer I have been praying.

This year has had a lot of change in it. We've made more time for adventures, got rid of a lot of unnecessary stress, and really learned to let these little red heads lead our learning. We had different plans last Tuesday. We were suppose to go to a homeschool potluck, but those little munchkins weren't feeling it. They really wanted to go on an adventure. It was a very easy request to accept. We have been wanting to go to The Springs Preserve for quite a while now. They do a Nature Exchange program there, which my kiddos had been itching to get back to. I renewed our pass and we spent the day exploring.

It was a tad overcast, which meant the sun was giving us a break for the day. We walked through the Butterfly Gardens, Dinosaur Exhibit, Water Works, and many others. The park had very few people out and exploring in the morning and early afternoon, so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. At one point it started to lightly drizzle. It was fun to be able to walk though the gardens there, while we felt light raindrops on our cheeks.

The kids ran the show on this adventure. We walked till we were plum tuckered out. I remember once reading on Mandy's blog that if you end the day feeling exhausted, knowing you had poured everything into your children, then you had done well. After our adventure, her words came to mind and I knew what she meant. It feels good to spend the day learning with your kids. It feels good to know that at the end of the day, you have given them your all. In the grand scheme of things we only have them for such a short amount of time, before they are grown and ready to take on the world. I want to cherish every single moment.

I see many more adventures in our future and I can't wait to get outside and explore with them again. 

XO Danielle
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