Category Archives: Food

Carter’s Mountain- Apple Picking.

This past Saturday, friends ventured far and wide to experience a fall “must” – apple picking!

Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, and Newport News united for some time in the orchards on the most beautiful fall day.  Love that new close friends met old close friends, and that we could all enjoy life together that day.

Anyway, I’m not going to lie… I didn’t know if there would be apples on the trees.  There was a line of 60+ cars wanting to get in the same time as us.  But alas, there were plenty of apples, cider, apple cider donuts, pumpkins, standing views to be enjoyed by all.

I will mention they had JUST opened the Pink Lady apple trees the day before so there were plenty for our pickin.  Those are my favorites, nevermind that I accidently picked $35 worth, hey they say “an apple a day”…

{like Bubba talking about shrimp} apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple juice, apple dapple cake, apple fritters, caramel apples…

Enjoy some pictures of us enjoying our awesome Creator’s harvest in Charlottesville!

{this is the time a guy asked Byrd how she did her hair so he could copy for his daughter}


Found: Libby’s Canned Pumpkin

On Friday afternoon, my husband was my hero.

Not just because he found me pumpkin (the big cans!), and cleared Target of all of it, but because he cared to love me in that way. 

He tries to live with me in an understanding way, even when he has no idea why I like or do the things that I do! 

Not exactly in context of 1 Peter, but I do appreciate him trying to live with me in an understanding way!

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Thanks babe, I promise you will benefit from this find.

The Dinner Table.

Hebrews 13:2- Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

It’s comforting, it’s familiar, it’s consistent, it’s expected.

When I was growing up, our family always ate together.  Give or take a night depending on sports, etc.  Mom would most likely make the meal, and dad would read a passage of scripture.  All four of us kids had to say one thing we learned.

Earlier this year, Micah and I had leftovers for dinner and because he knew that’s what we were having he heated them up without me while I was getting ready.  haha you should have seen our faces. 

me: you ate without me? 😦

him: with food in his mouth, just silent, not knowing what to say. 

we just laughed and talked about what dinner would look like with our family.  I love learning each other and learning together.

I love food, family & friends, the idea of people sharing their days, getting to know each other and making time for one another no matter what else is going on in the day. 

It’s no wonder that I love the idea of hospitality.  I love people and cooking and baking.  It just makes sense that I would feel gifted in that area.

Micah has to remind me from time to time though, that we arent being hospitable necessarily if we always have people over that we know… I want my kids (if we have any) to grow up asking who is coming over tonight? Baking, cooking, and cleaning right by our sides, learning to ask questions, to pray for others, to love and serve others well.  Even if they arent their favorite playmates from school. 

I read the following this morning on a blog I check in on from time to time:

Mennonite Girls Can Cook .. . is more than just recipes.

It is about HOSPITALITY versus entertaining.

It is about BLESSING versus. impressing.

It is about taking God’s Bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God’s creation into something that we can bless our family and friends with, to help sustain our health and energy. From a simple and rustic recipe, to everyday ingredients made into a thing of beauty.

No matter which way you look at it, wonderful things happen when given the opportunity to gather around the table.

A chance to nurture and build relationships,
to fellowship and encourage one another.

To create a place of refuge for those who have had a stressful day.”

I thought that was so simple and beautiful.

Whether its your floor, coffee table, Pottery Barn table, or father-in-law made with love table.  Who are we inviting around it to bring into our (hopefully) peaceful, safe, and joyful homes?  And no, that doesnt mean “perfect” Martha Stewart catalog looking homes.  Things are never as clean as we want, kids scream, messes are made, ackwardness can happen- but we learn from eachother!  Hospitality isnt just for people that feel “gifted” in that area, things are never going to be perfect, so dont worry about that and invite someone over! 

So many people I know show hospitality so well, and I am thankful to have learned what I can from them. 

Romans 12:13- Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Colossians 3:23 and 24- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

1 Timothy 5:10- And having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

1 Peter 4:9- Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.


We’ve been married seven months today.

I picked this picture for the post because it is a pretty good depiction for how we are all the time.

These cupcakes Kate made, yeah, we are still eating them every time the “27th” comes around. Micah and I have an affinity for sweets. A bad one…
Why do cake on your year anniversary when you can do cupcakes every month? hehe

Micah is at a conference this evening, so I sent one with him in a plastic baggy 🙂

I love you sweetie and am so grateful for the leader that you are.

Thank you Pioneer Woman…

for making my husband’s birthday weekend delicious.

New favorites around here- 

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.

The Best Coffee Cake. Ever.

Chicken Tortilla Soup.


Thanking our Father for a fully belly (and fridge), also thinking its time for some Crunch: Belly, Butt, and Thighs Bootcamp!