Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.


My Week

Went on an afternoon-long ramble through the woods with my siblings to forage for wild blackberries.

Made blackberry pie. {This gf pie crust is a winner--you cannot tell the difference! And, since there is no gluten, overhandling is not a concern like it is with normal pie crust. Chill every ingredient--even the flours--for maximum flakiness.}

Fantastic Gluten Free Pie Crust

In a food processor, blend together:
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup potato starch flour
1 cup sweet rice flour
1 rounded tsp. xantham gum
dash sugar
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

Add and coarsely blend:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut oil, shortening, or butter

Add and blend just until combined:
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup ice water

Divide dough into equal parts; wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll into circles using sweet rice flour to temper the stickiness. For a baked crust, prick the pastry with a fork on the sides and bottom. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 10 minutes.

Airplane Wing Mountains Snow Water

Flew across mountains and farmland to spend four days in a home not my own but just as full of love, laughter, learning, and life.

We made sponge balls, which, as you can see, were a blast to create, soak, and then throw!

Favorite quote of the week:

Mollie: "Mikaela, your hair looks like a jellyfish!"

Me: "Umm...thank you!"

Clayton, the precious two year old, in a rare moment of rest.

Proud big siblings!

New mama's toes, which I stamped to commemorate the occasion.

Precious Stewart

Back in the Northwest for a ladies tea!


Fall Bounty

An outing with my brother

It is unseasonably hot and dry, but little evidences of fall are beginning to surface for the careful observer.

Today, Susanna and I travel to my aunt and uncle's house for a few days of cousin-sitting (that is to say, fun). That's Ryan leaning over the counter, Camryn sipping the soda, and Reed in his mama's arms. I'm looking forward to spending some extra time with these guys!

Airplane Wing Picture Credit: cdsessums
Fall and vegetable pictures taken by Susanna


  1. Just wanted to say Hi since I found your blog. I invite you over as we like the same things

  2. Beautiful photos! So, the new puppy's name is Bentley? Yay, I voted for that one!! : )

  3. Can I have that calico kitten? My calico is getting old....and I'll probably need to replace her soon!!!

  4. Savouries of Life--Thanks for commenting! I look forward to perusing your spot on the web.

    Shelbi--Thanks! Susanna took the fun fall/vegetable pictures. And yes, after a week of collectively agonizing, and whittling down the names (our original list had 17!), we decided on Bentley. I thought that was awesome that Bentley happened to be the most voted-for name here on the blog--thanks for voting! ;-)

    Elizabeth--You most certainly can! We actually have six painfully adorable kitties needing good homes. They're soooooooo cute! ♥


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