Read This: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 15•14

If you are a mom – take some of your spare time (ha! spare time – what is that?) and read this book.  I’ll be sending a link for the official review I did for another site, but just wanted to post this quote.

Treasuring Christ

What’s Eatin’?

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 14•14

What's Eatin?
This is a special week in the life of the Rainwood Kitchen:
1. My in-laws are coming for a visit.
2. I am packing up our kitchen with a friend in our community group at church later this week.
3. And it is Easter!

What special traditions do you have for Holy Week or Easter? Do you make anything special to celebrate this holiday?

Monday: We are doing homemade grilled cheese and soup for lunch today when the in-laws get here. Then for dinner we are doing taco salads with the amazing grilled chicken that some men from our church cooked up yesterday. All for missions! God loves the world!

Tuesday: You know the Italian Chicken I was supposed to make last week – well, I’m making it today instead.

Wednesday: The Sweet Corn Pancakes from Edible Portland and sausage. Story: We sat down today for lunch and I made Jiffy’s corn waffles. We both devoured them. Mister said I could definitely make these again! I said I wanted to make my own. Now he will have to decide what he likes better – box or homemade

Thursday: White Chicken Chili. Going to make a crockpot kind so we can be busy doing other things instead of standing over a stove.  I’m going to start with this recipe – then make it my own.  Look for a recipe coming this week!

Thursday: Comfort food night: meatloaf, green beans, and mashed sweet potatoes from my cousin’s farm in Alabama.  These are coming rom a church cookbook that my husband loves.  I’ll post it to the recipes later!

Friday: Fried Chicken Salads.  This is one of our go-to easy dinners.  Love them!!

Saturday: Simple pasta dish with a salad.  Don’t want to pack all that and its easy after a yard sale morning!

Sunday: For Easter breakfast, we are doing a blueberry cinnamon French toast.  Then after church, we are getting Fried Chicken from KFC and making my Granny’s Pea Salad, biscuits, and creamy rice.

Sweets:
Coconut Custard Pie
Banana Bread
Lemon Cream Pie Bars
Golden Oreo Cake Balls

One Year Sweetness: Annelise

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 14•14

Rocking Chair and Pearls

Red hair.  I have it, but not as vibrant as this sweet darling.  She is the spittin’ image of her momma and has rosy cheeks and eyes that twinkle that light up any room she is in.  I had a lovely time catching her playing with her pearls, rocking in a chair, staring at the lake, or being held by her mother.  Baby A – may life hold many wonders for you as you grow to be a woman who loves the Lord and lives life to the fullest.

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Creatives: BPaperie (& Giveaway)

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 14•14

Sometimes, when you get to watch someone do an every day job (say, an office assistant), you know they have a creative streak in them that is just dying to come out.  That is the way I felt as I’ve gotten to know Beth of BPaperie.  Beth and I worked at the same location in Louisville, then went to the same church.  She of course is a wife, and has her sweet dog which you can always find pictures of.  And she has a day job which she is great at.  But, a love of hers is creativity.  She is wonderful at taking the ordinary and making it bright and lovely and inspiring.

Christ Wells BPaperie Quote

For my office (which is really a corner of our dining room), I wanted something new and inspiring as a I write and do photo editing.  She happily obliged with a giveaway for my readers – just like you!  And she designed this beautiful art with a quote I got from singer/songwriter Christa Wells from Emily Freeman’s book A Million Little Ways.  Since this has been such a hard season of life with many changes coming, I picked this quote because it spoke to me of hope.  When I look at it encourages me to keep going and keep pressing on in my dreams.

I asked Beth to answer a few questions so y’all could get to know her.  Here is a sneak peak into her life as a creative:

1.Why bpaperie?

I started bpaperie as a creative outlet. My “about” section on Etsy says this, which I think might answer the question: I’ve wanted to own a design shop for as a place that smells good and is filled with fun things. A place to be inspired; a place where my puppy can run around in a cute sweater. And a place that’s affordable, too!
But since my husband’s in school, I’m stuck with a boring 9-5 job instead.  I’ve wanted to open an etsy shop for a while — a creative outlet of my  own — but I’ve been too scared to do it. It’s easy to let doubts fill  my heart and keep me from doing what I love — what if no one likes my  work? What if nothing sells? What if I’m a failure?
I can’t let  those things hold me back anymore! Bpaperie has been a long time coming. It’s the next best thing to a “real” store. And if you want to see  pictures of my cute pup in a sweater, shoot me an email. I’m happy to  oblige. :)

2. How did you come up with the name for your store?

My husband, Wes, often calls me “B,” and I love paper goods.  I was trying to decide between two names, and this one stuck.

3. What does your creative time sometimes look like?
             A lot of times I end up designing while on the couch watching TV. Glamorous, right? :) Usually while Wes is watching Law & Order or something I’ve seen before that doesn’t require a lot of attention. We sit as a family of three on the couch (Wes, me, and Lucy, our puppy) and I’m content to play around with different fonts, textures, quotes, and graphics until I figure out something that seems to work.
4. What happens when the creativity just isn’t flowing – kinda like writer’s block? 
             I’m not sure what you mean by this question. Like when I have “real job” deadlines and I don’t have time to get creative? It’s hard. My day job demands a lot (most!) of my time and mental energy during the week. I’m still in the start-up stage for bpaperie, which requires a lot of investment in terms of time, money, and creativity. I’m trying to get my name out there via facebook and instagram, I’m selling in a shop in downtown Louisville (Block Party Handmade), and I’m looking forward to the day when most of my customers aren’t friends & family members. :) But mostly, I love what I’m doing; this has been a dream of mine for a long time. So that motivates me to work hard and make things happen!
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I hope you can find encouragement to pursue your creative dreams by hearing just some of Beth’s story.  Here is the fun information on the giveaway:  Beth is giving away one print from her Etsy story to one reader of kd316.  Here is how you can enter:
1.  Go to BPaperie on Etsy and come back and tell me which one of her prints you would want to have in your home
2.  Follow thekd316 and bpaperie on Instagram.  Come back here and tell me that you followed.
3.  Share this blog with your friends on FB or Twitter and return here and leave me a comment telling me you did so
Winner will be announced on Friday!

Grace Realities 21

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 12•14

Kept by grace for Christ

Grace Realities 20

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 11•14

Grace Realities

#iometrospring: blogger night & giveaway

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 11•14

IOMetro Blogger Night

Last night I had the fun privilege to enter through the doors of i o metro in West Little Rock – and be wowed by their new spring line of interior furniture and accessories for any home.

IO Metro hosted me and some of my Arkansas Women Blogger friends to help spread the word of their new spring line.  Their line is full of charcoals, grays, navy, cobalt, oranges, tangerines, and aquas.  The food was delicious and so were the beverages!

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Thank you iometro for hosting us and spoiling us with prizes and giveaways.

For the giveaway – are you ready???  This was my favorite prize they gave away – and I didn’t win it – but I did pick it up to give it away to one blessed reader!  You either have to be local  – or be willing to pay for shipping – or have it hand delivered.  The white bird cage is about 2 feet tall – and beautiful!

This White Bird Cage Candle Holder is so easy to use in every room of your home:

1.  Put it in your living room as a statement piece of light with a soft candle flickering in it or some bold flowers to let spring in your home.

2.  In your bedroom, you can light a candle to help a night of romantic chilling with your husband.

3.  If you use it in your bathroom – make a bath much more enjoyable by putting a soothing candle in it – just adds beauty.

4.  If you are hosting ANY type of shower you can put a candle, or flowers, or a show-stopper tower cake or the star cupcake or a tower of cookies in it.

5.  Use it when celebrating the birthday of someone you love by setting it in the middle of the table with their dessert cupcake with a flickering candle.

6.  Use it on your patio for adding elegance to your next outdoor party!

Creativity flows from everywhere. You don’t have to have everything from the latest magazine – but gather inspiration and look around you – incorporate your creativity into everything!

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To enter giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment on how you would like to use the white bird cage candle holder.

2.  For an extra entry: follow iometro and thekd316 on instagram and leave a comment here telling me you are following both.

(Disclaimer: I was invited to the blogger party as a part of the Arkansas Women Bloggers, and was given the bird cage to giveaway, but was not compensated in anyway for this post.  All thoughts are my own.  Thank you IOMetro

I will announce winner on Monday morning!

Grace Realities 19

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 09•14

Grace Realities

What’s Eatin’?

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 09•14

What's Eatin?

We have another short week on our hands. We just got back from looking for housing in the Atlanta area.

I love being married – because I can ask  my husband what he wants to eat.  How this helps me: he’ll be getting food he loves and he gives me ideas when I’m in a rut!

Wednesday: Bolognese Pasta and the great thing about this is it is in the freezer.  I can just pull the sauce out and warm it up.  We have another showing on our house and everything has to be spotless at all times!

Thursday: Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and a Coconut Cream Pie from Sara Foster in NC.

Friday: Paula Deen’s Italian Chicken Casserole

Saturday: Brinner before a photo shoot of a sweet family in town.  I love French Toast and rarely make it so I’ll be making it this week and serving it with some fruit!  Our little will love it too.  May not try him with syrup yet because it is so messy – but he will love the sweetness of it as well.

Sunday: Fajitas for our church’s mission fundraiser.  I here there are 75 lbs of skirt steak marinating.

Eat This: Italian Sweet Pepper Quiche

Written By: Kimberly - Apr• 03•14

Italian Sweet Pepper Quiche

In Wake Forest, North Carolina, a place I called home for 3.5 years in my twenties, sits a well-known favorite of the Olde English Tea Room.  As you walk in the door, you are greeted with the fragrance of enough tea to make any tea-lover happy.

They had delicious cakes that friends of mine baked in the wee hours of the morning and the slower hours of the afternoon.  Delicious chicken salad and a chicken and rice soup that I ate almost exclusively.  And they had quiches.

I never tried theirs because I didn’t know what I was missing.  I didn’t start eating quiche until a few years ago.  Maybe its because I thought it wasn’t filling or was too dainty of food – I mean, I love macaroni and cheese and a good steak or burger.  But, now I know better.

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I created this quiche because of the presence of these sweet little peppers that were on sale at my grocery store.  Oh goodness.  Their sweetness, after cooking just a bit in some olive oil, tasted divine and simple in the pool of eggs and cream and cheese that they baked in.  I went the simple route and used a store bought pie dough for the crust – but do what your heart – and your counter space limitation – tell you to do.  Maybe you have a pie crust recipe from your grandmother that you use all that time – then by all means use it.

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Italian Sweet Pepper Quiche
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Eggs
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Serves: 6
 
Deliciously rich and sweet quiche perfect for any time of the day
Ingredients
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese (I use a 5 cheese blend)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 eggs (I use all natural Great Day Farm eggs)
  • 7 sweet mini peppers, chopped, seeded
  • olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bake the pie crust for about 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Chop the peppers and sauté until just soft in evoo. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl, mix the eggs, cream, spices, and half of the cheese.
  4. When your pie crust is cooled, layer the rest of the cheese in the bottom.
  5. Then top the cheese with the peppers.
  6. Then dump in the egg mixture. If you are using a deep dish you will be able to fit all the mixture. If you aren’t then you’ll have a little left (just scramble it up in a pan and have a breakfast 1 and 2).
  7. Bake on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the center of the quiche.
  8. Serve with a simple green salad or some fruit and a muffin.