The Love of a Grandmother

One of the ways I like to show affection is for cooking or baking for others. Growing up I always remember my grandparents giving or receiving food items for many occasions. I was very fortunate to have the influence and be taught by some amazing cooks and bakers throughout my childhood and into my adult years. From my grandmothers and even grandfather, friends and co-workers, they have all helped me along my way and due to their influence I believe that is why I associate cooking/baking for others with affection. Last night I attempted yet again my grandmothers chocolate sheet cake. Although I still have work to do, I am getting closer. I began thinking back at watching her in the kitchen, she was always so calm and made it seem so easy. Now while being in the kitchen has been very natural for me, I assure you I am no where as calm and collected as she was. I’ve also begun to appreciate those Sunday dinners so much more, because I understand the work that actually went into them. I don’t know how she managed to bake that cake, cut up and fry the chicken, slice all the potatoes to mash them, and still remain so graceful.
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Over the last few months I’ve also been attempting to re-create some of my husbands favorite foods that his grandmother made. Now this is no easy task, she was a homemaker and farmer’s wife for many years. Now while I’m getting pretty close on her chocolate chip cookies, Baked mac and cheese was something I was not familiar with. My family just made mac and cheese with Velveeta and macaroni. I’ve made a few batches, and well let’s just say I feel like they have a long way to go. My husband however says they are great. I only hope that I am able to pass along my love of the kitchen along to my children, it doesn’t seem like many actually know their way around the kitchen anymore. No matter what I will continue to fill my cookie jars and making goodies for others, holding dear to me the memories of the past that brought me to where I am today.  Feel free to share your favorite memories in the kitchen too!

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I failed my child

I’ve debated on whether or not I was going to share this, but at the same time I want to be honest and open with everyone. Then I came to the realization that there are others in my shoes as well, maybe I can learn from you. My daughter, age 8, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety yesterday. After exhausting every option I could think of over the last year, I decided to turn to our doctor for help and guidance. I myself have battled this over half of my life, likely longer but it wasn’t until I was in middle school I actually got help for this. I feel like I failed her, is there more I could have done? Did I not do something, am I not doing enough? Should I have gotten her help sooner?

She is a beautiful, intelligent, kind little girl with big dreams of Harvard someday. She isn’t one to ever be unkind to others, yet finds it hard to find friends. We try to reassure her that having one best friend is better than ten fake friends, but it still deeply hurts her when someone doesn’t want to be her friend or she feels like they don’t want to be. I’m just not sure how to help her or be there for her. If anyone has any suggestions or is in a similar situation please feel free to reach out to me, if you prefer to do it privately you an email me at familynfaithblog@gmail.com

Thanks for being my ear to listen today, God Bless!

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I cover myself in Glitter

It’s everywhere. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a part of my house that is free of glitter anymore. I’m often covered head to toe, and had glitter in my hair before it became the odd trend that it has. I don’t actually mean for it to, but it has a way of just sticking to everything. A year ago I began my journey with FamilyNFaith, as both a blog and a business. For the most part I’ve kept them separate, but I’m starting to think that I should offer a few of my items online as well. img_0489

Outside of the the obvious reason of extra income, I began my business because I want to be able to help others too. Thanks to the custom tumblers our family has been able to help several others over the months, and hope to double that in 2018.  God has blessed our family with this wonderful opportunity and I know he will continue to guide us. Later this week I plan to launch our shop on this site, make sure you follow FamilyNFaith to stay up to date on new products. You can also see new products on instagram following ashley.k.herr or hashtag #familynfaith or join our facebook shop.  We do custom orders but there is usually a month or more wait list due to high volume of orders. faith over fear

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Food for the soul

When your hair can form icicles it is just too darn cold to do anything. I would rather crawl up with a book, blanket and coffee forgetting that the hair on my legs (hey its cold, cut me a break) could cut someone thanks to the goosebumps. When it’s cold there is always those foods that you instantly think of. For me its two things, Biscuits and gravy, or chili and cinnamon rolls.
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Of course you can use canned biscuits but nothing is better than homemade. I’ll make sure you include a copy of the recipe I use at the bottom. Growing up I honestly thought everyone knew you eat cinnamon rolls with your chili. It wasn’t until  I was married and my in-laws from outside of Kansas pointed out that this actually wasn’t a well known thing.  Nothing is better than some chili with homemade cinnamon rolls, it warms you down to your soul.  Make your chili, if you need a recipe just say so I’ll send you mine,  add a little sour cream and shredded cheese on top. Take a bite of your chili, then a bite of your cinnamon roll. I promise you won’t regret it. You can even crock pot your chili so you can come home to a warm meal, if you don’t have a crock pot you really need to get one! Crock pot, cast iron skillet, and a coffee maker are three things I just couldn’t go without. My kitchen aid mixer isn’t far behind on that list though, homemade noodles are amazing.

Despite that I’m more of a baker than a cook, I do love being in the kitchen and making meals that will bring my family together. I’ve been tossing around sharing some of these recipes and even trying out recipes suggested to me. I would love to try out something new! I will warn you I am not a fish eater though, I have texture aversions and fish just don’t mix with that.  Now that I’m nice and hungry though I think I will be making another cup of coffee and making some cinnamon rolls and chili!

Stay warm and God Bless!

1, 2, 3….let’s hibernate

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Woke up this morning to school being delayed and visibility being really low.  I laid in bed for another hour waking up to everything being calm, barely any snow at all on the ground. I don’t do cold, I’m more of the hibernate during winter kind of person. Which also makes being motivated pretty much non existent. It takes me forever to actually begin working, I mean it’s not like I’m going to fire myself!

So I realized maybe I need to begin making an actual plan. I’m a planner or a list maker. I feel like it keeps me organized and on track, so why am I not implementing this in my business? So I grabbed my life line aka my planner and decided it’s time to start scheduling my days. I use my planner all day everyday, its what I use to keep my orders in. On the monthly calendar I write my appointments, the verse I’m supposed to scripture write for the day, my kids school things, and other important things I need to get done that month. Then I have weekly pages that have individual days schedules. This is where I write my orders, because I know how many orders I can complete in a weeks time.  It also helps me know how far out my wait list currently is. I began writing in exercise (boy have a slacked here in the last few months), my daily studies, blog work, and my water intake. I seem to stick to things better when I can do them and cross them off a list, it somehow motivates me oddly enough. Maybe its the organization of it, makes you feel like you kind of have your stuff together.

I have without a doubt been more successful when I actually operate on a routine and stick to a schedule. I’m actually productive instead of just being busy. I also find that when I’m exercising in the morning some of my best ideas hit me. Maybe it’s because I’m at peace and not so stressed, or because that is often my alone time I spend really talking to God. It helps me to remember who is responsible for my success, without God I know I wouldn’t be where I am. I wouldn’t be doing what I love, and have the opportunity to share his glory with others. So as much as I really want to hibernate, instead I will stick to my schedule and continue to thank the good lord for providing this opportunity for me.

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God Bless and stay warm!

Just saying Hi….again

Over the last few months several realizations occurred to me. There was many things I wanted to change about myself or my life. So I began that process. For those that haven’t followed me from the beginning or know me from social media I wanted to introduce myself/ update where I am in life.

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So this is me! My name is Ashley, I’m a 28 (almost 29) year old wife and mom. I met my husband 11 years ago in May, and March is our 9 year wedding anniversary. We have three beautiful children, our daughter is 8, and our twin sons are 5.  I was a cook for 6 years in a hospital and later high school before I became a mom. After having our daughter I stayed home with her making spare cash by crocheting and baking for others. I’ve always been very crafty and creative so I decided to take those passions and turn it into a business. The business has been a way to provide an income while still being available for my children and husband when needed. We’ve also used the business to help others as well, which is something that is so important to me. Goals are much bigger for this year and pray that it continues to grow. I feel like there is so much more I could probably say but I better be getting out the door to go get the kids from school.  So be watching for a follow up post, and feel free to introduce yourself!

God Bless!

 

Set your Goals high

There is just something about the words New Years Resolutions that rub me the wrong way. Maybe because they often seem to be half hearted promises, and by February most people completely forget them.  I’m a list maker, setting goals I can check off my list. I also like to dig a little deeper than the obvious things I need to change. Do I need to eat better, of course I do. Do I need to exercise more? Of course, it has been replaced with work over the last few months.

This year I want to continue to grow closer as a family. We have movie and game nights, go for walks on nice nights already but I want to sit down with the kids and see if they think we can improve anywhere. Maybe they have a list of things they would like to do this year as a family.  I also want to finish reading the Bible, I began but found it hard to get through the first few books of the bible, so I did some looking and found a guideline  helping you figure out in what order you should read all of the books. It has helped a lot and I’ve already begun reading more. I also need to become more faithful in my scripture writing.

Helping others through my business, FamilyNFaith is definitely a bigger goal for the year. I’ve continually felt the need to go on a mission trip in the last few weeks. Research has begun and I’m trying to see when my husband and I can do this in 2018, I hope to make this a yearly thing.  I’m hoping this is something the kids will be interested in doing as well. I want to sponsor another child this year as well and donate to different charities.

What are your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear them!
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Stay safe tonight, Happy New Year and God Bless!