Category: Featured

Another World at Heifer International

I never imagined spending my eighth wedding anniversary walking around a ranch. Yet, this was the grand adventure my husband had planned for us; THIS was what he surprised me with. This is what I took off work for, a day at Heifer International Ranch.

To be honest, I felt a twinge of disappointment when we pulled up. Grassy fields stretched on for what seemed like miles all around us, and the sun blazed overhead. It was hot, stifling hot, with little to no wind to stir the humid Arkansas air, and there appeared to be a lot of walking to do.

Yet, my husband was determined to have an adventure. He wouldn’t let the elements deter him. So, we set off and discovered another world hidden on the Heifer International Ranch. READ MORE…

Kayla Dean is a believer, wife, mother, author, educator, nature-lover, and creative adventurer who lives in central Arkansas. She makes her blogging home at www.kideanaround.wordpress.com.

Our Nicaragua Adventure

Earlier this month, my 8-year-old and 13-year-old daughters and I traveled to Nicaragua for vacation. Most of our friends and family thought us crazy to go there, but we were up for the adventure — and boy, Nicaragua did not disappoint. We braved the heat, ate local food, got stopped by the police, rode in the back of a truck with a couple of surfers, and heard the tsunami warning sirens. Join me over the next week or two as I chronicle our trip…READ MORE

Stacey Valley is a wife, mom to four girls, and woman of many talents and interests from marketing and public health to good food and travel. Baking is her love language and travel is her therapy. Stacey’s goal is to live life to it’s fullest. Her life’s motto is “Live big. Love deep.”

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

Hot Springs Arkansas is home to historic Bathhouse Row which is in Hot Springs National Park, one of the nation’s very first national parks. Bathhouse Row is exactly what you would think it was by the name, a row of eight bathhouses that have been around since the early 1900’s. The bathhouses were frequented by presidents, mobsters, athletes, and anyone wanting to bathe in the healing waters.

Fast forward to the present day and only two of the bath houses are actually still open for baths and the others have been turned into museums, shops, art galleries, etc. The Superior Bathhouse is the smallest bathhouse on Bathhouse Row and was recently renovated into a microbrewery and full service restaurant…yum! To check out my full dining experience head on over to Ricci Alexis now and READ MORE!

Ricci Ellis is an Arkansas native who has some serious love for the natural state. She loves big hair, monograms, blogging, caramel frappes from McDonald’s and being the “cool” Aunt among other things. She has one spoiled rotten puppy girl, Sophie. You can catch up with her on her Arkansas lifestyle and beauty blog, Ricci Alexis, or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Seed Swap: Make your own seed packets

We all pass down history through special items and stories.  But think of all the history passed down when you share a seed.  It’s a living history.  One that grows and lives and feeds and sleeps only to start all over again in a new gardener’s hands.  Seed swaps provide the opportunity to share these stories. READ MORE

 

Hello there, my name is Jeanetta. I’m an  Arkansas artist and blogger in love with nature and nostalgia. I showcase the beauty of my garden, the world around me, and the stories in our memories in my artwork and writings.

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June Recipe Roundup

Arkansas Women Bloggers is home to bloggers from a variety of genres but food blogging is a favorite. Even our bloggers who wouldn’t consider themselves to be food bloggers enjoy writing about food every now and then. Today we’re sharing a roundup of some of our blogger’s favorite recipes. ARWB Recipe Roundups will run the last Thursday of every month. To have your recipe included in our next roundup, please visit our content submission section for more information and submit your post before the 23rd of each month. 

Blackberry Lemonade

Nothing screams sweet sweet summertime more than drinking a cold glass of lemonade on the back porch while watching the sun go down. Am I right? Well…there may be one thing better and that is my recipe for homemade Blackberry Lemonade!! YUM!! This recipe isn’t for the faint of heart…it combines my Grandma’s “homemade” lemonade with Rock Town Distillery’s Blackberry Cobbler Arkansas Lightning and it may or may not taste like a little slice of heaven on Earth. It really is that good y’all. I promise!

For those unfamiliar with Rock Town Distillery, it is the first legal distillery in the state of Arkansas since the prohibition. It is a grain-to-glass distillery and uses all local ingredients in it’s products. Rock Town produces every alcohol you can think of including moonshine, bourbon whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and more!

To learn more about the distillery and see my recipe for Blackberry Lemonade check out the full post on Ricci Alexis!!

Farmers Market Pasta Bake

My husband and I love working in the kitchen together and discovering new recipes or new ways to create old favorites. We first created this recipe several years ago when we made another meal and had lots of leftover vegetables. It grew and changed to include more and different vegetables and we love it! I named it “Farmer’s Market Pasta Bake” because it has ingredients that can be found at most farmer’s markets. No matter the name, it’s a nutrient-rich, delicious meal for the whole family.

I know it might be hot during the summer months and you won’t want to turn on your oven. My suggestion is to bake it in the morning and reheat the servings later. It tastes even better after it’s had a chance to sit!

I will tell you that with so many vegetables, it takes a while to chop everything. I “cheat” by purchasing my carrots pre-cut (julienne) and often use dried minced onion rather than fresh onion. With my arthritis, I find it necessary to indulge in these little shortcuts to preserve energy and strength. Even if you don’t have arthritis, you might want to cut up all the vegetables the night before to save time during assembly. Head over to Sunflowers and Thorns for the full recipe. 

4th of July Dessert

4th of July Dessert- FLAG PIZZA. This is the PERFECT recipe to WOW your guests and family for the 4th of July. It is light, airy, and perfectly delicious! A great dessert topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries. You have to make this now! Head over to Amanda Farris for the full recipe. 

 

I am a Garden Evangelist

Praise the Lord and pass the watering can! It’s gardening season and I get so hopped up on all those positive microbes in the ground! In case you haven’t already noticed I really like my garden. Some people might say I’m a garden evangelist and I love bringing others into the fold. You know, over to the green side…READ MORE

Hello there, my name is Jeanetta. I’m an  Arkansas artist and blogger in love with nature and nostalgia. I showcase the beauty of my garden, the world around me, and the stories in our memories in my artwork and writings.

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The Sacred Practice of Owning Your Style – Jerusalem Greer

I have never doubted that I was loved. By God, by my parents, by my husband, my children, my friends.

But I have always doubted that I am wonderfully made.

That it is some sort of weird fluke that I love theology and glitter, decorating and liturgy, a yard of chickens and a house of worship, a dinner table jammed pack and a solitary retreat.

I have believed the lies that say that my love of pink diminishes my validity as a serious thinking person. That the intensity of my love for family and gatherings is a sign of an unrealistic Pollyanna-esque outlook. That posting pretty Instagram pictures means I am being fake.

But lately God has been arresting me in these man-made lies, reminding them that none of these things have come from him… READ MORE

Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, blogger, speaker, and an Episcopal Family Minister. She is the author of At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. Jerusalem, her husband Nathan, and their two boys Wylie and Miles live in rural Arkansas where they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. She writes about all of this and more at jerusalemgreer.com.

The Kids of Musha Wevana by Jenny Marrs

 
I’m typing these words from the front patio of our “family cottage” here at Mongena Game Lodge near Pretoria, South Africa. The thatch roof effectively shielding me from the blazing African sun, the gentle breeze keeping me cool. Charlotte is inside napping while the big kids watch a movie, all four snuggled together on our fluffy king-sized bed. Dave is beside me, quietly reading. Every so often, I glance up from the screen to watch a momma and baby zebra slowly trot past or a herd of Nyala leap through the brush. If I close my eyes, I can hear only the rhythm of my own breath, coupled with the whistles and peaceful melodies of dozens of bird species nestled in the trees surrounding our cottage.
The contrast of this moment with the ones I have experienced over the past week is not lost on me. This serene, surreal setting feels other-worldly, not unlike a Hollywood movie set. All the while, the hardships, suffering, and extreme poverty I’ve witnessed still loom closely at the forefront of my consciousness.