Category: Featured

It’s Tasty Tuesday! {Featured Food Posts}

We have some amazing foodies in Arkansas Women Bloggers. Each week we’ll feature a few of those special ones with you here and on our Arkansas Women Bloggers Facebook. (You are following, aren’t you?) I just know you’re going to enjoy these delicious dishes they have prepared.

AMANDA FARRIS lord of the rings lembas bread

Amanda Farris (Embracing Grace & Living the Adventure) is a busy stay-at-home mom of 4 precious kiddos. Check out this creative way she enriched the reading of Lord of the Rings. 

“I’ve been looking forward to reading all the classics with my kids since I knew I was going to be a mom. Read alouds and sharing stories  is one of my favorite things about being a  family.

I seriously have so many children’s picture books and classic books around my house that I just had to box some up while we are doing our house addition. If we didn’t live in the country at the end of a dirt road, I’d set up a little free library.

This summer we dived into J.R. Tolkien for our family read-aloud. Really, Sam did all the reading. He read The Hobbit to the kids this summer. The kids would sit in the floor and draw pictures as Sam read.”  READ MORE

 

lacie ring of easy peasy pleasy cinnamon roll pumpkin turnovers

 

Lacie Ring (Easy Peasy Pleasy) is so ready for fall. She’s already in the pumpkin and pumpkin spice mode. Her recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers just whets our appetite. I bet it does yours as well. Let us know when you give them a try.  

“Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what this recipe is made of. If you love cinnamon rolls and you love pumpkin, you are in for a treat. First of all…delicious! Second of all…super easy! These Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers are all the taste you live for in the fall and there are only 5 ingredients.” READ MORE

ricci alexis pumpkin spice creamer

Ricci Alexis (Ricci Alexis) works as a respiratory therapist in her spare time when she’s not doing some incredible blogging, including this made-for-the-season Pumpkin Spice Creamer. It’s that time of the year for all things pumpkin and we’re pleased to be able to share this one with you. 

“If you have learned anything about me lately it’s that I am obsessed with anything pumpkin! I can’t wait to get my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and I can’t believe how early each year they are coming out! I’m jealous if you have already gotten one. But as much as I love a yummy PSL they can get pricey. Especially if you want one every single day of your life. Ya feel me?” READ MORE

Want the recipe Lyndi Fultz’s (nwaFOODIE) mouth-watering meatballs in the featured photo? Head on over to the ARWB Facebook page now.

Be sure to come back next week for more featured recipes from our ARWB members.

Flying Solo: The Pilot Wife Plan for Long Weeks Alone

By Rhonda Franz

The Never-Set, Always-Changing Schedule of a Pilot…

It’s a living. A different living than the normal, home-every-day, 9-to-5. The pilot is home, the pilot is gone. And life still rolls: school, sickness, work, kids, meals.

All the Stuff of Life.

…Means the Never-Set, Always-Changing Routine of a Pilot’s Wife or Husband

My husband’s trips away used to make me anxious. Ten years down the road of parenthood, I manage much better now. I put less pressure on myself to keep up, and try to make the time as enjoyable with my kids as possible.

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Refuge in the Storms of Life

by Nancy Kay Grace

Refuge. A safe place where you can breathe a sigh of relief from the storm. A shelter or protection from danger or distress.

Often we need protection from the storms we face in daily life, a place where we can regroup in the whirlwind of unexpected trials. A place where we can once again find hope. READ MORE…

Children’s Museum of Memphis

Last year when my son was completing his homeschool lessons for 3rd grade, he often worked in a geography workbook about the United States. This workbook was a really great introduction to the 50 states and it actually got him interested in traveling. Specifically, it made him want to travel to the states bordering Arkansas. So I agreed that we could start visiting at least one of these states each year. We decided that we would start with Tennessee. Memphis, Tennessee to be exact since it is the closest major city of a bordering state to us since we live in Central Arkansas.

Once we decided on the state and city next we had to pick something to do. I love museums and since we were planning this trip so our kids could explore a bordering state. I thought the Children’s Museum of Memphis would be a great place to visit. When I visited the website I was excited by all the different exhibits. Especially since there are exhibits both indoors and outside. I’m so excited to share with you all of the things that we loved about the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

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Sonya Kendall lives in Central Arkansas with her husband and two children. During her free time, she enjoys sewing, blogging, listening to podcasts, and bingeing on Netflix (often doing two of these things at once). Sonya has dreams of sewing ridiculously fancy dresses one day. But until her skills allow for this she will continue sewing not so fancy clothing and blogging about her sewing adventures and more at sonyakendall.com. You can also find Sonya on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Seedling

I spend most of my warmer days walking the rows of my garden. I start in late spring with a handful of seeds and do everything in my power to end with a bountiful harvest months later. It doesn’t always go exactly as I planned, but neither does life. As I watch how nature and nurture interact to set the course for my plants, I often draw a parallel or two {or three} between gardening and parenting… READ MORE

Jessica Bauer is a small-town girl raising her bunch in southwest Arkansas. Her cast of characters includes a husband of 11 years, three mostly sweet kids, and a flock of chickens. She blogs about them all at Life With the Bauer Bunch. Stop by to check out the good, the bad, and the funny in motherhood. You can also find her hanging out on Facebook and Instagram.

Beach Week

For the past few years, there’s been a certain summer date circled in my planner.

This box is typically filled with sunshine doodles, exclamation points, and bold letters spelling VACATION. While my husband and I eagerly look forward to sandy toes and ocean as far as the eye can see, the week leading up to this date is typically spent in a panic. We wonder whether the kids will even like the beach this year, if we packed enough diapers, and how three kids will fare in one car for 10 hours. As it turns out, however, as the kids get older, vacations get easier. READ MORE…

Jessica Bauer is a small-town girl raising her bunch in southwest Arkansas. Her cast of characters includes a husband of 11 years, three mostly sweet kids, and a flock of chickens. She blogs about them all at Life With the Bauer Bunch. Stop by to check out the good, the bad, and the funny in motherhood. You can also find her hanging out on Facebook and Instagram.

Creating a Butterfly Garden

For years, I grew flowers for one reason. They were pretty! Years later, I went to a presentation at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on butterfly gardening. I learned that butterflies prefer certain flowers to lay their eggs on and need other flowers for food.

I decided to revamp my garden using native plants and other specific plants to bring in the swallowtail and monarch butterflies. Over the years, I have gradually added more butterfly-friendly plants and registered my garden as a certified monarch waystation. It brings me great satisfaction to see so many butterflies visit my garden. Nature is so amazing and I enjoy raising these caterpillars to butterflies. I hope you will consider adding some of these plants to your garden, too. READ MORE…

Learn to Bake at Honey Pies

I recently got the opportunity to attend a pie baking class at Honey Pies in Little Rock! Confession- before this baking class I had never been to Honey Pies before or eaten any of their pies. However, I have been stalking their Facebook and Instagram for a while now and every photo they post makes me want to eat all the sweet things. Not only do they make pies but they make cakes, cookies, brownies and quiches, they also have a full-service coffee bar, cute little tables, and serve Loblolly Ice Cream!! Honey Pies is adorable!!

Let me also confess that before this pie baking class adventure I had never made pie crust before. Now granted, they supply you with the pie dough but you have to roll it yourself and put it in the pie tin and then do all the lattice work yourself. I had never done that before so this was definitely a learning experience for me! And a fun one I might add! Check out Ricci Alexis to see how I did and then get yourself signed up for a pie making class of your own!!

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!

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.