Festive Holiday Favorites

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1. Victoria’s Secret Flannel Pajama  2. Victoria’s Secret Fireside Pajama


3. J Crew Pajama set    4. Loft Set (found in stores)

We’re only a few days away from Christmas. I’m a planner, so if I’m being honest…most things are done. But the perks of procrastinating?! Sales, sales, and more sales! Sales on everything festive that we thought the shelves would be cleared of! The good news is that they’re still available! I spend a lot of my holiday break in my pajamas. It just happens. Stocking up on pajamas for the rest of the winter and even next Christmas doesn’t sound so bad when they are seriously discounted! Happy shopping and snuggling!

Whole Wheat Biscuits

Whole Wheat Biscuits stephanie-spring.comWhole Wheat Biscuits stephanie-spring.comThere’s something about the house being decorated for Christmas, a chill in the morning air, Christmas music softly playing and knowing people are going to wake up one by one to the smell of whole wheat biscuits baking.

There’s something about slowly waking up, wrapping yourself in a blanket, grabbing coffee and awaiting these to be fresh out of the oven.


There’s something about knowing that whatever you top these circular masterpieces with…it will be amazing.

There’s something about trying one with butter and honey and then trying one with butter and jam.

There’s something about creating memories based upon smells, tastes, and family.

There’s something about these biscuits and I love it!

Christmas is so soon! xoxo

Whole Wheat Biscuits Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cold

What to do: 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course meal. Add buttermilk to dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 4 to 5 times. Roll or pat dough out to about 1-inch thickness.  Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until brown.

 

*Recipe courtesy of Food Network’s Daniel Boome.


 

Penn State, Faith Hill, and Owning a Horse

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November was a long month. A very long month. I got into a car accident the first week of November, my Grandfather passed away the second week of November, and Eric was in a car accident the third week of November. Again, November was a long month and although it was filled with so many emotions, there was also so much thanksgiving. God’s faithfulness was so evident over every situation. Eric and I came out of both accidents without being hurt and I was surrounded by so much peace after hearing about my Grandfather passing away. Eternal life is so beautiful and I found so much peace in knowing my Grandfather’s relationship with the Lord. The older I get, the more peace I have with death. Death used to be something I refused to talk about, hear about, or address. But after November, I have found so much peace.


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I spoke at my grandfather’s funeral because people deserved to know what a special relationship my Grandma and Grandpa had and just how much that meant to me.

“Three years ago I had the privilege of living with my Grandparents for three months. I was student teaching close to their house and they graciously let me stay with them. During that time I got to see the daily interactions of my Grandma and Grandpa. Something I never witnessed before, to that degree. I witnessed the way they cared for each other and consistently put each other first. I listened as they reminisced about the memories they shared together. But most of all, I watched a growth in my Grandpa throughout the years of what really mattered and how faith and family became such a large part of his life. How he openly talked about the importance of having faith in a marriage in all seasons of life.
Before getting married this summer I was praying and thinking about the vows I was about to say to my husband and the importance they play in a marriage. I started thinking of living with my Grandparents and how faithfully they lived out their vows in everyday life through the good times and bad, and were constantly by each other’s side. In Grandpa’s final days, I witnessed my Grandma being by his side, while my Grandpa did everything in his power to make sure my Grandma was okay. He showed me the value of commitment, care, and loving someone unconditionally. I am so thankful I got to witness and feel his love and strength day in and day out and feel so blessed to have seen his faith through his words and actions.”

There are things I will always remember about my Grandfather. I will remember his tall frame, endless sarcasm, and how he used to scare me when I was little because of his sarcasm. He was an avid Penn State fan. My Grandmother and him would travel to games near and far. Other than my Grandma, who he loved so dearly, Faith Hill was a close second. 😉 He would make this very clear during football season or anytime she showed up on the t.v. And last but not least, my Grandfather wanted to own a horse…dreamed of owning a horse…was determined to own a horse. I’m still not sure exactly where it stemmed from, but there you have it.

I’m so thankful I got to know such a sarcastic, loving, and wise man that I got to call my Grandfather. He will be missed so much.

Couples that read together, stay together.

5-love-languages411Ircmg2tL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_81XdhkunqrL._SL1500_When Eric and I started dating, we really wanted to make Christ the center of our relationship. We thought one of the best ways to do that would be to read a faith based book. We read the five love languages first and learned SO much about each other in a very short time.This was by far one of the best things we’ve done. Shortly after, we decided to read a book together called, “The Will of God as a Way of Life.”  Not only could we see into each other’s hearts but it also brought out a side of us where we were forced to dig deeper. Since we only saw each other on the weekends, we would read a chapter or two during the week and then talk about it when we were face to face. We’ve done this a few times, even since being married and I highly recommend it. You’ll be surprised by the conversations that come out of reading together as it allows you to grow closer. Couples that read together, stay together.

Happy reading!

Peppermint Bark

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEasy Peppermint Bark stephanie-spring.com

Peppermint is my love language. Peppermint bark is an entirely different ball game. A ball game I actually like. There is something about it. I don’t know if it’s the peppermint smell, how nice it looks on a plate, or how it can be perfectly used as an appetizer ;), dessert, or snack. I love how easy it is to make and how it can be wrapped up and used as the sweetest gift. I love all things chocolate and peppermint and this time of year it makes things even more merry and bright!

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 2 60% Cacao Ghirardelli chocolate premium baking bars
  • 2 Ghirardelli White chocolate premium baking bars
  • 1 bag mini candy canes or 1 bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips

What do to:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small sauce pan melt the dark chocolate on a low heat, making sure not to burn the chocolate. Stir chocolate to make sure there aren’t any unmelted pieces. Pour onto the parchment paper and spread evenly. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard. Meanwhile, crush up candy canes into bits and pieces. I love the fresh peppermint flavor but for a time saver you can use, Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips as a substitute.

Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and prepare the white chocolate the same way you prepared the dark chocolate in a small sauce pan. Once all of the white chocolate is melted, you can mix in the crushed up candy canes or wait to sprinkle them on top. Spread the white chocolate and candy cane mixture over the frozen chocolate. Spread evenly. Avoid overspreading the white chocolate. It may cause the dark chocolate to melt and show through the white chocolate. Place in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard.

Remove the bark from the freezer and break apart into desired size pieces.

Eat. Nap. Repeat. 😉