Monday, April 28, 2014

State of Affairs

Oh my wow!!  I had no idea it had been so long since I posted on my blog!  No excuses....I'm just having too much fun living my life to stop and write about it ;)

Thankfully, two of my daughter's now have blogs of their own, so feel free to check out what they're up to these days.  Allie has a professional website where you can check out her current photography and link to her Facebook page and her personal blog.  And, by the way, if you happen to live in the Atlanta area, be sure to give Allie a shout when you need professional photos!  She has developed into an amazing photographer.....of course we all know that I'm not the least bit biased ;)

Also, while I have yet to post our latest vacation pictures from Destin, Florida, Allie has a great post up on her blog about our vacation that you can check out here:

And then there's Emily....our homesteader!  Not only has she taken on a fourth goat, but she's currently incubating 4 eggs (straight from our very own hens!) that we expect to see hatching within the next week!  So exciting and such an amazing learning experience for the whole gang.

Have I mentioned how much I love my life?????

Anyway, you can check out all that Emily is up to on her very own blog:

As always, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram (Zachsgang) if you want to keep up with the gang, as I post daily on both.  I'm obviously not very good about keeping up with my blog much these days!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Support Our Troops!

Hey everyone!

My daughter, Sophie, as part of the National Honor Society, is trying to help raise money for the Support Our Troops project.  If you're not familiar with this organization, they send care packages filled with specialty items that our deployed troops must often go without.  It's a very worthy cause, and is special to our family as both Sophie's father (my husband) and grandfather (my dad) have served in our military.

If you are interested in helping Sophie raise money to send to the organization, please check out this link for more information:

Thanks so much!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

 Oh My!

That title just felt like it needed an Oh My! at the end!

Around here, we do a whole lotta baking and treat making....especially since we are now committed to eating things that we can pronounce and making as much from scratch as possible (although we do still cheat from time to time).  

So, I'm forever on the lookout for new recipes to please the gang, and I think I've done it again.  Meet the bombs....

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Hey everyone!  I'm writing to you as we are literally in the middle of the worst ice storm Georgia has seen in years.  Fortunately, we had plenty of time to prepare, and we are ready for whatever comes our way.  We already lost power for a couple of hours this afternoon, but were lucky enough to have it come back on, so we're taking this time to whip up a chili & cornbread dinner, run some laundry & catch up on some blogging ;)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Farmhouse Bread

As most of you know, Emily has been baking all of our bread since we returned from California this past August!  She was lucky enough to stumble upon a wonderful recipe for our everyday bread, that's not only yummy, but it's also super easy.  I've had several requests for the recipe, so I'm finally getting around to sharing :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Our Curriculum 2013/2014

As most of you know, I finally decided this past fall that I AM capable of teaching my own kids :)  That doesn't mean I started homeschooling (we were already doing that) means I started picking my kids' curriculum and stopped feeling like others know what's best for my kids.  I finally trusted that God would guide me in the right direction if I was finally ready to be led.  So here we are! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Since it's looking likely that Georgia is in for some very extreme temperatures in the next 1-2 weeks, we've decided to be prepared for anything that might come up!  Forecasters are predicting historic lows with yet another polar vortex, and we may see it go as low as -20....hard to imagine in Georgia!  That kind of extreme may lead to issues with the power grid, but we're ready :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Easy Homemade Rolls

Ok y'all!  These are the easiest and best homemade rolls ever!  And we love them because we can make them completely GMO-free :)  The more we make from scratch around here, the more I can't stand to buy processed, pre-packaged "food" from the store....I use that term loosely!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I made these the other day, and I've probably posted this recipe before on my blog, but they're just SO good and SO easy that I'm going to post it once more!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Southern Porch

Now that the holidays are over,  all the decorations have come down, & I've started thinking about the warmer months and the days that will be spent out on the porches of our house.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

People feeders

So I saw this idea and had to try it as I'm totally into all things country these days ;)  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Just some cell phone pics

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you've probably already seen most of these pictures, but for those that only follow my blog, I wanted to share some of what we've been up to the last few days!  

As you know, we went from no animals just a short 4 months ago.....

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Decorations 2013 (Part 2)

Ok y'all.....this is it!  I finally got my interior Christmas pictures taken, uploaded and posted, and I'm not going to type another word!!!  Enjoy and hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Duck Dash Atlanta 2013

We headed down to Atlanta today for the 1st Annual Duck Dash!  We left the house bright and early....6:45am to be exact....and made our way to Turner Field (Go Braves!) where the race was being held.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I stand with Phil Robertson

I am completely in support of Phil Robertson's (Duck Dynasty) right to free speech (not the "hate" speech as it is being called by some), and I love this article from the Daily Jot!  I just so happens that we are reading about this in our daily Bible studies this week, and I am trying hard to impress upon my children that they must stand for what they believe in!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Christmas Party

So we managed to pull off our first company Christmas party without a hitch!  I think everyone had a good time, and the food was yummy.....I can say that cuz there was literally nothing left at the end of the night!!!

The biggest hit, and the first thing to go, was this sweet & salty treat....

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Decorations 2013 (Part 1)

I certainly did not expect to get so many requests for a decorating post, but I'm happy to know there are still a few of you out there that read my almost-forgotten blog!  I've been busy prepping for the first big company Christmas party we are hosting this Saturday night in our home, so that, in combination with having to decorate a different house for the second year in a row, has taken up most of my spare time :)

To add to the chaos, Zack & Sophie are both coaching basketball this winter (Sophie has Noah's team & Zack has Jacob's team), and we have our first games Saturday morning!  But I am determined to get this post up for those of you that asked, so I'll get to it and let the pictures speak for themselves!

Here we go with the outside of the house (I'll do a 2nd post with the inside pics soon!)....

We put a real tree on the front porch.

I added hanging stars between each of the columns.

Here's a better shot of the stars.  I wanted to use all red, but Target ran out, so I was forced to alternate red and silver.

Emily lined the entire fence with lights!

All 6 of the lantern posts that line our driveway are decorated with red lanterns and wreaths.

In case you missed it, here's a shot of my brand-new truck!  I just got it yesterday as a straight trade on my Chevy Traverse, and I'm so thrilled to finally have a way to haul the bales of hay we seem to constantly be in need of these days!

The steps to the back porch.

The back screened porch.

I used lots of burlap this year, and I was thrilled to find a very long burlap runner at Hobby Lobby that ran all the way down both of our picnic tables with extra to spare!

Back door to the kitchen.

The other side of the screened porch.

The rest of the pictures are just to show the house lit up!

And I finally got my white pillows covered!  I love the covers that I ended up with and will use them until it's time to put the spring/summer pillows out again :)

I used burlap ribbon in all of my trees this it!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!  Stay tuned for the inside deco.....I will try to get them up by the end of the weekend ;)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Target Practice

Today was Jacob's 6th birthday, and we spent the day with my parents and one of my good friends and her sweet family!  We enjoyed riding the 4-wheeler and playing with the animals, but my favorite part was getting to try out our new guns!

I got to shoot our 9mm glock....

our 12-guage shot gun....

and I even got to try out our friend's AR15!!  

Does my dad look slightly worried there or what?!?!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Washed in the blood!

"Buried in death.....raised to life!"

Today, Josh & Noah were baptized by immersion!  Hallelujah and AMEN!!!!

I managed to snap this quick shot from the audience while Zack stood up with the boys- you can see them for real on the right side and then they were also up on 2 big screens!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Hey everyone!  So sorry for such a delay in posts!  Do you remember when I used to post almost every day?  Yeah....neither do I ;)

Several of you have asked what breed Emily's dog, Banjo, is.  He is a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.  He's non-shedding, very intelligent, non-barking, medium-sized dog (weight will be about 30-40lbs when full grown).  If you're thinking about getting a dog, we highly recommend this breed!!!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed we have MORE new additions!  Six-week old kittens Huck & Finn joined our family last Friday.  They are Allie's 21st birthday gift, and we are thrilled to have been able to rescue them from the animal shelter.  They will eventually be outdoor cats, but for now we are enjoying them in the house.....along with Banjo and 14 now-huge chickens that will finally be moving out of the basement and out to the barn this weekend!

Allie arrived home on the 3rd of this month and brought 2 of her friends from photography school here with her, so my normally crazy schedule is a bit more hectic than usual, but it's all good :)  I will do an update soon....well, I hope!  As soon as the girls leave next week, I have to get busy prepping for my parents' visit over Thanksgiving, followed by a Christmas party that we are hosting for all of Zack's employees, followed by Christmas here with Zack's parents.....phew!

New homeschool curriculum is going great.  I promise I will post about what I'm using eventually.  In the meantime, I saw this post on Facebook and thought I would share for all you homeschooling families out there :)

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up


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