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Life is more than where I made my roots; it’s where I’ve stretched my branches.

Nature in Fredericksburg

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texas hill country donkeysWhen decorating our oldest baby’s room, I wanted him to be surrounded by photos of the nature around us right here in Fredericksburg, so I took some of my favorite photos and had them printed on wood. From these donkeys above, to the goats below, he’s now pointing to the animals above his crib, prompting me to entertain him with animal sounds and terribly off-key versions of Old MacDonald.

texas hill country longhorn calfTo go with his rustic-themed room, we had them printed on wood using PhotoBarn, and they turned out awesome!

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texas hill country hay bales

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Top 14 Christmas Cookies & Wine Pairings

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Vinepair recently produced a clever infographic that pairs America’s 14 Favorite Christmas Cookies with their perfect complementary wine! See the graphic below for their expert recommendations, along with links to some of my favorite recipe finds for each of the 14 most popular Christmas cookies.

Wine Pairings for Top 14 Christmas Cookies

Top 14 Christmas Cookie Recipes

  1. Butter Cookie Recipe
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Fudge Crinkles Recipe
  4. Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
  5. Italian Anise Cookie Recipe
  6. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe
  7. Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
  8. Shortbread Cookie Recipe
  9. Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
  10. Snowball Cookies Recipe
  11. Soft Molasses Cookie Recipe
  12. Sugar Cookie Recipe
  13. Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
  14. Whoopie Pie Cookie Recipe

Super Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

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A meal around our house is not complete without dessert, and dump cakes have always been a favorite in our family. We usually opt for pineapple or cherry, but this time of year the season calls for pumpkin!

Here’s a super easy variation on traditional dump cakes, perfect for the fall holidays ahead. From start to finish, this easy pumpkin dump cake recipe takes less than an hour… minimum time and baking skills required!

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Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe


  • 1 (29 ounce) can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, just plain)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

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Updated Instagram Signs for Weddings & Special Events

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I recently received a notice from Instagram stating that I did not have permission to use their icon in my signs, so their logo usage terms must have changed. Turns out, it’s a good thing! Now my Instagram signs have a new, refreshed look and go way beyond Instagram! These custom hashtag signs for weddings or special events can feature hashtags for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more of your social media faves.

Take a peek at just a few of the new sign options in my shop, featuring a super cute vintage camera icon on which your event date can be featured, floral detailing, and more! As always, the signs highlight your hashtag of choice, and my shop offers and set of printed and shipped options, along with DIY printable versions that you can purchase and print at home.

Hope you like these new custom Instagram/hashtag signs! What better way to involve your special event guests, and collect a variety of great shots from everyone’s unique perspective!

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This OH SHAP! hashtag sign features your hashtag of choice, along with your wedding date within the vintage camera icon if you choose! This social media sign can be printed on white cardstock, ivory cardstock, or Kraft, sized 8×10 or 5×7. Find it in my shop >

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This CAPTURE THE LOVE hashtag sign features your special event’s custom hashtag, along with floral detailing for an extra colorful touch. This social media sign can be printed on white cardstock, ivory cardstock, or Kraft, sized 8×10 or 5×7. Find more pics of this hashtag sign in my shop! >

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