Arkansas Women Bloggers Gather. Grow. Connect. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 41595300 It’s Tasty Tuesday! {Featured Food Posts} Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 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.

We’re showing off some of the best of our #ARWB foodies. See what we’re bringing to the table.
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Be sure to come back next week for more featured recipes from our ARWB members.

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Turquoise Door and Spring Porch Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 turquoise door

A turquoise door, people. This girl finally got her turquoise door!

It’s amazing how fast two years flies. A few weeks ago, The Hubs noted that the following day would mark two years to the date since we moved in our house.

The next day, I drove into the driveway after work and gazed at the amazing, bright and happy turquoise door that greeted me from the front porch. My sweet Hubs had spent his day off painting the turquoise door I had been dreaming of since that day our realtor had taken us to see this house. READ MORE…

Brighten your home with a Turquiose Door! @thegiftedgabber
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Flying Solo: The Pilot Wife Plan for Long Weeks Alone Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 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 Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 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…

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Shana Chaplin: Honey Glazed Hot Pepper Jelly Carrots {Foodie Friday} Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000  l loved cooking with my grandmother.  Being in the kitchen with her made me feel safe, loved, and valued.  As she aged and had to be moved into subsidized housing for seniors, we began a new tradition.  Each holiday she would come to my home 2-3 days in advance.  We would plan out the menu, talking about each family member’s favorite dish, and in the midst she would share stories of days gone by.  One of my favorite dishes each holiday was candied carrots.
honey glazed hot pepper jelly carrots via shana chaplin for arwb foodie friday
The aroma of melting butter and brown sugar is always quick to remind me of the holidays.  Always one to want to experiment a little, add a new twist, which grandma welcomed and encouraged, I began adding a few new ingredients.  I love a little salt with a little sweet.  Add some “heat” and it is all the better!  Thus was born the Honey Glazed Hot Pepper Jelly Carrot recipe.
And I am proud to say, it was grandma approved.  Not only approved, but she agreed it was our new go to recipe.  I still think of her each holiday as I begin to prepare for my family.  And not a holiday goes by without a batch of these carrots.  Love is shared around the family table.  Memories come alive with the scents and tastes of family recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and consider adding it to your family favorites this next holiday season.  READ MORE
Shana Chaplin


I am a wife, mother to twin daughters, sister, daughter and aunt to nine. I love faith, home and family. I grew up missionary kid living in Japan and Morocco. I now live in the South. My home is my haven and I seek for it to be the same for all who enter. I have returned to full time work after 17 years as a stay at home mom. I now serve as the Deputy Chief of Community Engagement & Faith-based Partnerships. As I wait for God to unfold His plans in His time I seek to be faithful and to live life fully, keeping home my priority and sharing it with those I hold near and dear.
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Children’s Museum of Memphis Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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.


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 You can also find Sonya on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Dream Home vs. Dream House Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000  Dream Home vs Dream House

I live in my DREAM HOME, but not my DREAM HOUSE. You might be wondering what the difference is. I love my home and the people I share it with, but I don’t love my house. READ MORE…

Do you live in your Dream Home or Dream House?@amanda_farris1 explains.
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Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup

by Blogger of the Month, Amy Gramlich

As my husband says, you can’t go wrong with cheese tortellini. Earlier this week, I couldn’t decide which of the sausage and cheese tortellini soup recipes on Pinterest I wanted to try. None seemed healthy in any form or fashion so I couldn’t use that as a determinant. But delicious? All sounded highly delicious. The two recipes I was volleying between are this sausage and tortellini soup from Party in My Kitchen and this Crockpot sausage and tortellini soup from Little Fellows. READ MORE…

Warm up this fall with @thegiftedgabbers Sausage & Tortellini Soup.
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Sunday Link-Up {Sept. 10, 2017} Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000


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KD Reep: Honeyscotch Cake with Sweet Whiskey Glaze Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 Are you as thrilled fall is in the air as much as K.D. Reep is? See how she was inspired to create this amazing autumnal deliciousness. Debbie

Ok, maybe not quite fall yet, but September is close enough for me, and this cake makes me think of all the good things i look forward to in Autumn.

I ran across the inspiration for this cake at the ultimate fall celebration: the Arkansas State Fair. Last year, one of the entrants made this piece of art that was a three-layer white cake with a cream cheese icing that was mixed with Arkansas-raised honey and smokey scotch whisky. On the top of this sculpture was a hunk of beeswax, and oozing from it was that golden, gorgeous honey spilling down the sides.

There is no way I could make that cake. If it’s not a sheet or bundt cake, I can’t ice it, and nothing about that cake said “easy”.

honeyscotch cake with sweet whiskey glaze via k.d. reep for ARWB Foodie Friday

So I took it upon myself to GTS (google that stuff) and I found this, which is as good, WAY easier and will remind you of fall as well.  The recipe I used is adapted from Life’s a Feast, and the only thing I amended is I dusted the bundt pan with sugar instead of flour. I like to do this to bundt cakes because it gives them a crunch, and for this cake, it adds a hint of caramel to the compliment the honey. Oh, and I used honey whiskey instead of scotch because, well, honey.



KD Reep is a KD Reep headshotwriter, public relations practitioner and aspiring author in Little Rock. She owns Flywrite Communications Inc., a marketing communications agency in Mabelvale. She is a six-time recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s Prism award and has been published statewide as well as in the Arkansas Times, Inviting Arkansas, Savvy Magazine, Bourbon & Boots, Arkansas Money & Politics, Delta Farm Press and Rice Farmer magazine, among others. 

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