Farm Girl Boutique {After}

Farm Girl Boutique {After}

I am so excited to finally show you all the finished product of the store! :) I posted here the “before” pictures and I am amazed at how different it looks. This place is such a blessing and I am so thrilled about this new journey. Most of these photos are the night before the grand opening that my talented friend, Aubrey, took!
We laid new flooring and added a warm yellow butter color to the walls and white to the ceiling.
I love cows.
Each week we have a new verse in Farm Girl for memorization. What better way to kick us off than what started us//Ruth.
My dad’s friend built the check out station and did a lot of the interior work that I had envisioned. “The Barn” is one of my FAVORITE parts of the store. :)
Again, more cows. :)
I wrote all about the start of this journey here.
I love this sweet space. It is more than I ever dreamed of. I remind myself each day that this can never be about me///it HAS to be about Him. For His glory. I know that the Lord has big plans for Farm Girl and I can’t wait to help them unfold. This walk has been challenging, eye opening, and one of the most wonderful experiences. I pray that this business will blossom and always reflect Godly qualities in Godly women who aspire to be like Ruth daily.
I would like to thank you all, my friends and family, for the support you have given me. It means the world to have such amazing community in your life who lifts you up. I am loved by the King of Kings and couldn’t think of anything else in this world that I need more than that.
 I am blessed to be a Farm Girl.

Farm Girl Grand Opening {9/18/14}

We had an amazing Grand Opening on September 18th! We were so blessed with an awesome turnout that we didn’t get to close until 7:30 and the store was full all day!

My mom, Bri, and Laurie {like my other mom} all helped me out on Grand Opening Day and I am so thankful! Laurie and Mom has been helping me the last month and a half just getting the store together and I couldn’t have done it without them! Bri is a friend of mine and just started working for me last week. We have so much fun here and I love the extra help.
We served cookies, popcorn, and sweet tea all day. Chelsea from Scribbles Bakery in our town did an AMAZING job on the cookies. I was so excited when I opened the box. :)
 We had such an awesome time and want to thank everyone for coming out to support us! :)
 We will be opening up an online store next year but you can buy off of our facebook and instagram and have it shipped. Just give us a call!
The “after” photos of the store will be posted tomorrow. :)

Farm Girl Promo Video

Our sweet photographer and my new friend Aubrey from Aubrey Lisa Photography made an awesome promo video for me to post on our Grand Opening day! I absolutely loved it and wanted to share on the blog. :) 
You can find us on facebook here, twitter here, and instagram here.

Farm Girl {Before the Remodel}

Hey everyone! I just wanted to post some of the “before pictures” of my new store to see how much it has changed since the day I bought it. Looking back on these, it seems absolutely crazy! I can’t wait to post pictures of our finished product! Be sure to check us out on Facebook!
Our “new farm” pictures will be up soon!

My BIG news: Farm Girl Boutique

I have been holding this in, about to burst with excitement but today I can finally say that I am a proud boutique owner! Before you start calling me absolutely crazy, let me tell you that God has been orchestrating this dream for over seven years now and today, it is finally coming true. Yes, I will still be a nurse, that dream is still alive and well and beautiful but over the last couple of weeks I have listened to this calling he has placed on my heart and at this point in time-I think it will be for an even bigger purpose than I can fathom.
Throughout many times in my Christian walk, shamefully I have doubted his presence. Moments where I have cried out to him asking if he is even listening. He knows my strong willed self and he has taught me patience. He has taught ME to listen with this new journey.
I posted this here and I truly believe this is when he started to stir something new inside of my heart. I finally realized that everything I do should only be for His glory, not my own selfish desires. I was reading the new She Reads Truth app studies a few weeks ago and I wrote here that he was revealing an opportunity and showing me little reminders through the gospel. Little by little he began to shine the light of his plan. When I began to read Ruth I saw these qualities in a woman that I want so badly to reflect.From my devotional:
“Ruth was loyal, loving, hardworking, and humble-she was an ordinary woman and this is her extraordinary story. Ruth’s ordinary story is much like yours and mine-it bears the fingerprints of an extraordinary God.”
I am nothing special and do not have an extraordinary story but I know that my God is and like Ruth, I want to be loyal. I want to be loving, showing everyone who walks through my doors the same love that He shows me. I want to be hardworking, pouring my heart and soul into this boutique because it is a blessing from Him and I want to pour them out to others. And humbly, I want to give thanks every single day for this place of fellowship. Days when I want to give up, I want to remember that this place has a purpose, that its for Him and not me, and to never forget why I started or who brought me to it.I want to be a woman just like Ruth and I want to reflect that to others.

He has brought this at the most unexpected time of my life. Within two weeks this all fell into place. I truly believe this store will somehow be my ministry during an exciting season of life.

I wanted to share this with you {another little memo from my She Reads Truth devo} that really spoke to me and helped me take this leap of faith. “Like Ruth, we cannot see the whole of our story, or of The Story. We aren’t meant to. But we can follow God’s lead, knowing that our yesses make a Kingdom-size difference, even when no one sees.” I am sure there will be so many questions from others, trust me I have them myself. My plan was to go straight into health care to start my nursing career. I STILL plan to do that part time once I have some help here. But, my responsibilities lie in this store right now. I know this has always been a dream of mine but before that it was to have a store for my own satisfaction. How the tables have turned. I am so excited to see how he will use me with this opportunity.

So where did Farm Girl come from?
As most of you know we are somewhat “farmers” and I love the catchy name because I felt like it reflects my personality and love for our lifestyle. However, I finalized my decision because of Ruth and because God chose to show me this journey through that book. Why? If you remember that when she meets Boaz, she is gleaning {harvesting/FARMING} in the fields. So, there you have it-loyal, loving, hard working, humble; my Farm Girl, Ruth.

I envision my store to be a place of joy, inspiration, and love for women to come in to not only shop but to leave as friends. To come visit, to receive a hug when needed, be prayed for and lifted up. I am excited to see the friendships made through this special place and what the Lord has placed on my heart. I want to thank my Beautiful Mom, Dad, husband and Grand for all of their support through this. NOTHING would be possible without their encouragement and faith in me. It means the world. Thank you to Dona, the previous owner of the boutique space (Every Nook & Cranny) I am taking over. This lady made this possible. From the transition to keeping the same lines. She is a dear friend to me. And how did we meet? Because she showed me the same love in her store that I pray to show others. I love you dearly.

Our name is now Farm Girl but the sign out front will still say ENC Boutique until we remodel and revamp the interior. :)

I am so excited about this new walk and would love to see you come in.

Here’s to Ruth; loyal, loving, hardworking, and humble.
Our original Farm Girl.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

I love that my blog will be handed down to our kids someday and one thing I want is to share some of our favorite meals. This space is not only our life journal but a home cookbook for our little family.
Taco Salad is about as simple as it gets and is a new favorite in our house. It takes no time to make. My mom actually gave me this recipe {where most come from} and we really enjoy it!
Ingredients:
1 bag of Doritos {Mom uses Spicy Nacho}
I large head of lettuce
2 large tomatoes {I used more since they were small}
Green onions
1 can of Mexican beans {hot beans} DRAIN JUICE
Shredded cheese {sprinkled}
Zesty Italian dressing
*My mom puts radishes in her salad but we choose not to. Just preference.
I start off my adding chips to the bottom of the bowl.
Cut your lettuce and then add to the bowl.
What I like to do is add the chips and lettuce in layers. Chips, lettuce, chips, lettuce. This way its evenly distributed.
 Dice tomatoes and green onions.
 Add to bowl.
 Next, add in the beans but make sure you drain the juice off first. Stir mixture and sprinkle in shredded cheese on top.
I let everyone add their own dressing when they fix a bowl of salad. My husband personally likes ranch on his.
This is a super simple recipe and makes a great meal! Prep time is around 10 minutes and this feeds about 4-6 people depending on portion size. If you would like to feed more just double.
Enjoy! :)
Easy Crock-Pot Stew

Easy Crock-Pot Stew

 This is one of my favorite recipes and a frequent meal in our home. It’s simple, quick, and is easy clean-up that usually leaves us with 1-2 days worth of left overs. :)
 Ingredients:
Stew Meat
Potatoes
1 Onion
2 Cans of Stewed Tomatoes
2 Cans of Green Beans
 2 Cans of Corn
Carrots {Optional-not in this recipe}
1 Large Can of Tomato Juice
Water
Salt + Pepper
 I first cut up the meat into smaller pieces and cut the fat off. You can slow cook your meat with an onion and a little water and then add the rest of your ingredients later but since I slow cook mine all day, I toss everything in at once.
Next I peel and cut my potatoes and add to crock-pot. There isn’t a specific number I use. Generally, it depends on the size and if we want more or less.
Cut the onion and add in. I like to cut mine into strips but it is strictly preference. I think the onion is essential for flavor.
 Next, add in two cans of corn and two cans of green beans.
 Be sure to drain the juice from both. Obviously fresh, home grown veggies is best but if that isn’t an option, these are the brands that I like to use.
 Pour in the two cans of stewed tomatoes.
 Then pour in your large can of tomato juice. Once everything is in the crock-pot, I add in water until it is filled to the rim. Be sure to season with salt and pepper and stir.
I throw this together in about fifteen minutes early in the morning and cook on low all day. We usually have dinner around 6:30-7:00 so it cooks for at least 11 to 12 hours. I will check to make sure the potatoes and meat are done. If so, your stew is ready!
Like I said, this huge pot lasts us for a few days and is a favorite go-to meal. Recipe credits go to my mom! She makes the best! :) Enjoy and please comment or email if you have questions!
Princess Punch

Princess Punch

Today I am sharing my favorite party punch recipe! I got this punch from my mom and we use this at about every shower and party we host. It is so good and easy to make.
Ingredients:
1 small {3 oz.} package of strawberry Jell-O
4 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 can of frozen lemonade {I use pink Minute Maid}
1 large can {46 oz} of pineapple juice
2 liters of ginger ale
1. At least 24 hours before the event you will need to prepare the punch. Dissolve jello and sugar into water. If you use hot water it dissolves faster. Add lemonade, pineapple juice, and mix well. Pour into a deep container and freeze overnight.
2. The day of the event, take punch out of freezer and let it defrost a little. I usually give it an hour. Scoop out of your container and put it into your punch bowl. My bowl is large so I scoop out the entire container and then add 1 liter of ginger ale over the top.
We absolutely love this punch and it always goes quickly. We make about 2 to 4 containers depending on how many guests we have. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it! :)
Paisley’s “Olivia” Birthday Party

Paisley’s “Olivia” Birthday Party

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We threw Paisley an “Olivia the Pig” birthday party on Saturday and it was a blast! I had so much fun planning this party and love the way everything turned out. I chose to have it at a boutique in our town. They have a party room in the back of the store and it was just perfect for the amount of guests we had. I am so thankful that a lot of family and friends were able to come despite this crazy winter weather in Oklahoma.
 I am so thankful for my dear friend, Becca, who designed a lot of the party decor! She makes our Christmas cards every year and is also the designer of my blog. Check out her business here. :) She was such a huge help and always comes up with the cutest graphics! The invites (above) as well as everything else were exactly what I had in mind.
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This little table was right when you walked in. Goodie boxes and a few gifts were here.
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The gable boxes were from Birthday Express. My mom and I had fun putting these together. We included a few of Paisley’s favorite things; red heart shaped sunglasses, candy, fruit roll up, bottle of apple juice, chap stick, and hand sanitizer. :)
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I love how open the room was. They provided the chair covers and sashes as well as the paper lanterns which I thought was very sweet and added character to the room.
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Drink station.
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Water bottle labels were made by JJD.
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This banner was from Birthday Express. We weaved in jute and secured with tacks.
I will be sharing the punch recipe tomorrow on the blog! My mom and I serve this punch at about every party or shower we host and it is always a hit. :)
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Paper straws were from a local store in our town.
The pig snouts were so easy to make! All you need is craft foam, dowel rods, scissors, a sharpie, and hot glue! I made all of these in about 10 minutes.
Everyone seemed to enjoy them for props. :)
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Our table centerpieces where pictures of Olivia, Paisley, and Rule of Life signs. 
The picture frames were an IKEA on Amazon steal. I got each for under $2.
All of the chalkboard Rule of Life and Olivia signs were designed by JJD. Please do not steal these images and prints.
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The signs in the frames were one of my favorite decorations. :)
Paisley’s cake table.
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 The banner was also designed by JJD. I used a hole punch and attached it all with red glitter tulle.
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The cake table set up was so fun! The cake stand is actually my soap holder in my kitchen. You may have seen it here or here on the blog. :)
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The plush Olivia pig is from Zulily. I bought the book at Target and had all of the guests sign it and include a birthday wish for Paisley. Keepsakes like that are my favorite and I am sure she will cherish it someday. :)
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I was so impressed with the cake. It was perfect and tasted amazing! We had white on top and chocolate on bottom. My mom ordered it from a local bakery (who also made our wedding cake) and they never seem to disappoint. The cake topper my mom had also found off of Amazon.
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My mom made the cupcakes and the toppers were from JJD. Napkins, plates, and balloons were bought from Birthday Express.
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My Aunt Tammy and Paisley. Pais wasn’t too hip on the party until we blew out candles and opened presents. I am hoping that next year she will enjoy it a little more. :)
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 My Mom and Dad “Moe Moe + Paw Paw” helping Miss P open presents. She was all business.
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Book Lover. I also bought her outfit from Zulily.
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Party fun.
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Sister in the middle, her bestfriend, and boyfriend. Love them! :)
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I am so happy with the way the party turned out and thankful for all of the help from my mom, husband, and aunt who came early. It was so cute and we all had a great time.
Find the party board here on Pinterest Feel free to re-pin. :)
It was such a special day and I am so overwhelmed with how loved our sweet girl is. She means so much to so many. Thank you to all who came and everyone who wished her a Happy Birthday on Friday! :)
Ice Chest Tea

Ice Chest Tea

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I used at our Fourth of July get-together.
I love making this drink for large family gatherings because it is super simple, easy to make and serves many.
Serves:
About 40 (maybe more)
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Ingredients:
3 8lb. bags of ice (we like to use Braums or Sonic ice)
2 cups of Lipton Instant Iced Tea (un-sweet)
7 cups of sugar
1 frozen pink lemonade
3 lemons sliced (not squeezed)
3 oranges sliced (not squeezed)
2 gallons of water
First, add your 3 bags of ice to your ice-chest. I like to use the smaller rounded ice you get from Braums or Sonic because it doesn’t melt as fast.
Mix two cups of Lipton Instant Tea with one gallon of water in a bowl. When both are mixed together thoroughly, dump into ice-chest.
Next, bring the other gallon of water to a boil and add it to the 7 cups of sugar. Mix well until all is dissolved and then add to the ice-chest.
Add your frozen lemonade (mine wasn’t so frozen after making it home from the grocery store) directly into the ice chest.
 Mix everything together thoroughly.
Slice oranges and lemons and add to the ice chest.
Mix well and the tea is ready to serve!
If you are not a big sweet fan then this won’t be your drink of choice but it is something easy to bring and is usually a hit! I love to change it up a bit and add something different to a family cookout.
Enjoy!