Tween Girls: Back to School Ideas!

Hey, hey friends! Happy Wednesday.  I am not sure what the plan is in your area for school, but I wanted to go ahead and share these ideas for Tween girls just in case you are going to need back to school items.

Presley was in the market for a few new items for back to school, and she found some really cute things!

First off, I loved this backpack that she picked out. The color is super pretty, and I think it’s something that she will be able to use for a few years. Last year, Luke picked out an Adidas backpack, and it’s still in perfect shape!

 She picked out this lunch bag which coordinates so nicely and is in the super pretty floral pattern.  It was really fun to see her put together all of this. I love her style!

We found this water bottle and it keeps her water super cold each day.  She’s been using it a little early, and it is perfect!

And, finally she picked out these cute shoes.  They are neutral but with a little shine and are so comfy!  I love them, because they will go with everything, and she loves them because they are in a trendy colorway!

Happy Wednesday, my friends. See you back here on Friday! XOXO Narci

A Day in the Life

Hey, Hey! Happy Monday from my house to yours! I hope you woke up with a smile on your face and some strong coffee in your cup. ūüôā I am sharing a fun Day in the Life over on my Instagram Stories. ¬† ¬†I am so happy to be back this morning, so hop on over and follow along, if you like! ¬†It should be fun!

Go ahead and check it out!    See you over on the Gram!  XOXO Narci

Amazon Lately

Happy Wednesday, my friends!  Ah, what a week.  Before I get started, I just have to share this with you. If you need me this weekend, I will be tuning into this amazing Simulcast! Check out that lineup!

I am so thankful for virtual conferences like these.   Several of these ladies have been so influential in my spiritual walk, so I am so super pumped to be able to check this out. The great news is that if you sign up to attend virtually, you will have access to all of the speakers messages until October 8th!  So cool.

Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite Amazon purchases that have been for our Home. ¬†So, grab your coffee, and let’s get started!

I love this little wooden tray! It’s in our master bathroom near the tub and is so incredibly cute there!

 

Another add for our master bath has been this little candle..  the smell is divine and it feels very cozy too!

 

These decorative balls are in that white tray! This green adds the perfect pop without having too much going on.

Ah, welcome to my new favorite .  This detergent has been a game-changer for my laundry situation.

The smell is divine and absolute perfection.  I just add one tbsp to each wash and it smells amazing.

What have you picked up lately from Amazon?  I would love to hear all about it! I will see you back here on Friday, my friends.  XOXO Narci

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Hack: Glass Top Stoves

Hey, hey y’all! ¬†Happy Friday! ¬†This week, I am just trying to keep up. ¬†Do you ever have weeks like that? ¬†Goodness, I am not doing a fantastic job at doing so, but that’s just life sometimes!

Today, I am sharing a new cleaning hack that I was in sore need of…When we moved to this house, we traded our gas stovetop for an electric glasstop one.

I don’t notice a big difference in the actual cooking heat or times, but keeping it clean is a different story! ¬†My gas stove was super easy to clean, but I have been struggling with this one. ¬†We must be really good friends if I can share this picture with you… ūüėČ

Oh, hi there stovetop, after one of the kids made mac and cheese (and the pot boiled over. haha!) I tried all my favorite cleaning products on this, but nothing seemed to work to get that stain out.

So, I went over to Pinterest, and I found a cleaning hack to try.  I figured that a lot of you girls would like a great cleaning hack also, so here we go!

My favorite part of this is that the cleaning products are all items that you are likely to already have around your house. First, I poured some Dawn soap on the stovetop . Then, I sprinkled that with Baking Soda.

After that, I poured 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide over the mixture….

and scrubbed with a kitchen sponge.  I started with the softer side and then used the rougher side on the harder to tackle spots.

And, TA-DA! ¬†A shiny stovetop again. ¬†And, y’all know I appreciate a good shine (hello, hardwood floors), so this was right up my alley.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I will see you here on Monday with my latest Amazon haul. ¬† Also, I am excited to be able to share a really special event for you to join! Should be fun…see you then!

XOXO Narci

Marshmallow Brownies

This recipe is¬†from scratch, but it’s super simple! ¬† It’s one of my favorite go-tos when we need something chocolatey and quick! We had enough for our family of 5 PLUS some to share with our neighbors. ¬†Also, this¬†would be a great recipe¬†for a potluck as well! ¬†¬†Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 c. margarine
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Soften margarine and blend in 2 cups sugar and cocoa.  Beat together and add 4 eggs, one at a time.  Add flour, salt and vanilla.

Spread on large (13×9¬†inch) greased cookie sheet.¬† Bake 25 minutes at 350.¬† Remove from oven and cover entire top with 1 package of miniature marshmallows.¬† Return to oven for 3 minutes, until soft and puffy.¬† Cool and frost with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

1 stick margarine (1/2 c.), softened
1/4 cup milk
1-2 tsp vanilla (depending on your taste)
3 tablespoons of cocoa
2-3 cups of powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth.  Add more powdered sugar or milk until you reach desired consistency and spread on top of bars.

Original recipe can be found here. ūüôā¬†

What’s Going On

Happy Monday, friends!  I don’t know about you, but we had a very sweet weekend! Today, I am just catching you up on what’s been going on over here!  

I saw this over on social media and just loved it.  These days are so crazy, so it’s good for my heart to remember things like this!

These days are pretty country sunsets….

And dessert for dinner, because it’s summer.  And why not?

Also on the schedule?  Front porch fun. This is my favorite place to sit in the evenings.

We have two weeks until school starts for the kids, so we are making the best of these summer days.  That involves lots of pool time and lazy mornings!

Speaking of our new house, A few of you have asked to see the master bedroom!  I am looking for a few LARGE art pieces to go over our bed.  Everything is still very much a work in progress over here!

These days are visits to a creek near our house…

and walks down my favorite country road.Dixie and Daisy are getting lots of love during these quarantine times too.

On Wednesday, I am sharing one of my favorite Brownie recipes with you! Looking forward to it! Hope you have a great day, my friends. XOXO N

A Day in the Life

Hey, Hey! Happy Friday from my house to yours! I hope you woke up with a smile on your face and some strong coffee in your cup. ūüôā I am sharing a fun Day in the Life over on my Instagram Stories. ¬† This week, I have been spending some extra sweet time with my crew. ¬†Sometimes it feels so good to disconnect and just appreciate the people around you! ¬†I will have our house update hear for you next week for sure! I am so happy to be back today, so hop on over and follow along, if you like! ¬†It should be fun!

Go ahead and check it out!    See you over on the Gram!  XOXO Narci

Self Care

Hey, y’all! ¬†Happy Friday from my house to yours! Today, I am sharing about my favorite self-care. ¬†These are just things that help me fill my cup or refocus when I need a moment to breathe. ¬†I feel like we all could use a little bit of that these days, am I right? ¬†So, please by all means…grab your coffee, and here we go:

Every morning, ¬†when I wake up and do my quiet time…there’s always some kind of Bible study included…whether it’s going through a structured study like this or reading through a certain book of the Bible. ¬†Reading God’s word and applying it to my heart and world makes the biggest difference for my days.

So, since Corona started, I have been going for daily walks.  I think this is a pretty common things these days?  When I leave, I tell Rob that I am heading out for my daily therapy session.  haha!

Since we’ve moved out the country, they have been TRULY amazing.

There is literally no one around so I have been known to

1. ¬†Worship to music –no one cares if I am off key! haha!

2.  Take my frustrations/anger/sadness to the Lord.  Sometimes out loud!

3.  Talk with friends!

4.  Pray

This is something that I haven’t done enough of during these days, but I am trying to get back into. ¬†I love to read for fun, so if you have a book that I need to read please do share it with me!

Give me a sunrise or sunset any day. Want to remember how big our God is?  Stepping out into his creation and seeing His work is such a blessing!

Ah, I love this one! ¬† Calling a friend just to chat about all the random stuff that’s going on is one of my favorite things to do. ¬† There’s something about a close girlfriend that just makes my day so much better.

I always go out on my front porch to talk to my friends! ¬†They always laugh because they can hear cows moo-ing! I guess that’s country life!

Things that I didn’t include, but I still enjoy? ¬†Going to a gym, shopping at my favorite store, taking a bath, and tuning into my favorite old TV shows or movies. ¬†What are some of your best self-care practices? ¬†I would love to add some more to my list.

On Monday, I am doing a little house update. Can’t wait to see you then, friends! Have a great weekend! XOXO Narci

 

Matchless Bible Study

Hey, y’all! Happy Wednesday! ¬†Well, I have something super fun to share with you today. ūüôā

A few weeks ago, Lifeway reached out and asked if I wanted to share with you about their newest study coming out, and I said “Yes!” ¬†You don’t have to ask me twice. ¬†I absolutely love a good Bible Study, so I knew this would be right up my alley! ¬†I know that y’all are often curious about what study I am doing next, so I am excited to be able to share this with you today!

The Matchless Study is by Angie Smith and shines the light squarely on the love of Jesus. This study is 8 sessions (which means 8 weeks worth of study!)¬†and is bathed in the beautiful life and message of Jesus. ¬†Honestly, I can’t think of something that would be more comforting than¬†this during these days. ¬†XO

An emphasis on the One who never changes? Sign me up.   I would love for you to join me for this study as well!

You can pre-order your copy here! ¬†And, then once you receive yours, let’s start this study together!

If you’ve ever had questions about who Jesus really was, I think this is a great place to start. ¬†Or, if you need a reset after these hard days, I think this study will meet you right where you at.

I am looking forward to lots of front porch reading with you ladies.

My awesome friends at Lifeway are throwing in a few goodies too! Preorder the Matchless Bible Study Book or Leader Kit HERE, and get the following for free:

  • Session 1 and 2 Download from the Bible Study Book
  • Session 1 Teaching Video
  • Scripture Art Download
  • Map of Jesus‚Äô Life and Ministry

On Friday, I am talking about Self Care (my quiet time is a huge part of this) and I would love for you to join me for that too! ūüôā ¬†See you then, my friends!

XOXO Narci

 

Lemon Olive Oil Tart

Happy Monday, friends! ¬†I hope you are doing well. ¬†I shared my afternoon snack over on IG recently and wanted to share the recipe for this yummy treat with y’all. ¬†It’s so easy that even Presley can follow the recipe, and I love that it has olive oil in the crust. ¬†Delicious and the perfect flavor for summer. Try it, and you will love it! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • 1¬Ĺ cups¬†all-¬≠purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons¬†water
  • ¬Ĺ cup extra-¬≠virgin olive oil

Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-¬≠purpose flour
  • ¬ľ teaspoonsalt
  • 3 large eggs plus 3 large yolks
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest plus ¬Ĺ cup juice, zested and squeezed from 3 lemons
  • ¬ľ cup extra-¬≠virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together in bowl. Add oil and water and stir until uniform dough forms. Using your hands, crumble three-quarters of dough over bottom of 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press dough to even thickness in bottom of pan. Crumble remaining dough and scatter evenly around edge of pan, then press crumbled dough into fluted sides of pan. Press dough to even thickness. Place pan on rimmed baking sheet and bake until crust is deep golden brown and firm to touch, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.
  2. For the filling: About 5 minutes before crust is finished baking, whisk sugar, flour, and salt in medium saucepan until combined. Whisk in eggs and yolks until no streaks of egg remain. Whisk in lemon zest and juice. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly and scraping corners of saucepan, until mixture thickens slightly and registers 160 degrees, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Off heat, whisk in oil until incorporated. Strain curd through fine-mesh strainer set over bowl. Pour curd into warm tart shell.
  4. Bake until filling is set and barely jiggles when pan is shaken, 8 to 12 minutes. Let tart cool completely on wire rack, at least 2 hours. Remove outer metal ring of tart pan. Slide thin metal spatula between tart and pan bottom, then carefully slide tart onto serving platter. Cut tart into wedges, wiping knife clean between cuts if necessary, and serve. (Leftovers can be wrapped loosely in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days.)