Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin bread filled with chocolate chunky goodness!!

Wow, baking this recipe made the house smell divine.

I found the recipe on YellowBlissRoads, thanks Fiona!

Hot day; Cold Caramel Butter Latte, Yummy Chocolate Snacks & #6 Clever Packing Hacks

This morning began soft and warm filled with bright sunshine flowing across the mountains.

My fiancé and I are determined to get a free espresso drink before we leave this region at our favorite coffee shop “The Coffee Bean”.

I like iced lattes in the summer. Though I think his summer drink is an iced mocha.

It will be so exciting to see how different coffee shops are in the NE U.S.!

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Packing ensues today. Therefore, I will be writing about done packing hacks I’ve picked up.

Today, I’m packing the wine glasses… eek.

1. After strategizing and thinking it over a good deal. I came up with a brilliant packing hack. To pack the wine glasses in socks and stocking hats before wrapping in bubble wrap. This is a new trick for me and I think is BRILLIANT!!

2. Another thing, I aim to do in this move is not empty my bureau drawers but just remove them and stack them still full in the back of the truck. Which will save me a lot of time.

3. A plate trick, I really like, is layering your glass plates with paper plates. Such a good idea! Unfortunately, I already packed my plates. Though, I will definitely keep this trick in my back pocket.

4. I also discovered a game changing way to vacuum seal your clothing. You can buy vacuum pack bags or try this nifty trick and make your own vacuum pack with a trash bag and a vacuum cleaner!

When I learned about this my jaw dropped.

5. Books, I have a lot and my fiancé has a lot of books. This poses a problem for the average cardboard box. A neat trick for this is stacking your books in a rolling suitcase. This one is really beneficial because let me tell ya’ I’ve had so many cardboard boxes break from the weight of books.

6. I love this one and have used this on my first long distance move to Ohio. Keeping your hanging clothes on the hangers, grouping them together, poking a hole in the top middle of the trash bag and then pulling a trash bag over tightening with a knot at the bottom. So, that all of your clothes are covered completely if there’s rain your clothes will stay completely dry.

Well, that’s all for now friends.

I hope you have a joyful morning 😊

God’s Grace during Breakdown

The day was hot as a steaming cup of Folgers coffee. The Kansas winds were drifting over the plains with a brilliant sun glistening down on the road ahead.

Going home seemed like such a peculiarly since I had been gone so long.

Yesterday, when we started off, we had a truly epic beginning to our road trip back to P.A. Packed to the brim with, in retrospect, too many of the boxes filled with books and bagpipes.

Breaking down at a Casey’s in Chillicothe, MO, just one State over from where we started.

By God’s grace we had the assistance of many passer-by’s to diagnose and get are car to the Walmart across the way.

But just only there as my fiancé had to keep his foot on the accelerator all the way. If the accelerator wasn’t on the car would stop—dead in its tracks. And the car started going hay-wire right around the curb going into the auto part of the Walmart.

But, by the grace of God, the mechanics helped us find the right part and stayed after hours to fix our car. Oh my goodness friends we were feeling so blessed!!

So, down the road we went new battery in tow and an improved air conditioner humming away.

Luckily, we arrived in one piece. Only to find that the garage had already closed and the mechanics were locking up the place for the night.

The mechanic told us where to find the part and said he’d leave the tools out for us. Low and behold though he stated and put our battery back to humming. Thankfully though not literally humming. That was done by the huge canvas bag strapped to the top of the car that made this raspy humming sound all the trip. 😂

The fact that that mechanic stayed overtime to help us was truly Gods hand in our trip.

Wow, folks God is so good!

So, with intact battery, we began again with ,“Snowball” the car, rolling our way across the prairie. With the cold A/C purring away and our favorite broadcast, Dan Bongino playing.

Pushing through MO at a good pace we began to notice the A/C not working as well as it had been.

Then the clock started blinking.

Then, the seatbelt deactivation sign came in as well as the check engine sign.

Gulp.

Thankfully, we were on a highway with a good wide shoulder and we’re able to safely pull off.

So stuck again.

God’s grace helped us then again with the blessing of my fiancé having AAA. With roadside assistance, thank the good Lord.

This is the real crazy part so far. As Kyril was talking in the phone with AAA a car pulled up behind us. I was thinking wow, AAA is fast!

It was a good Christian person stopping in the road to see if we needed help. Folks, this was truly a beautiful time when a stranger and I bent our heads on the side of the highway and prayed for the road ahead and safety on our trip.

As, he’s leaving, a cop pulls up to see what’s wrong. He asks us if we need help too. Then the county sheriff pulls up behind, apparently the first police officer who’d pulled off to help was out of his county. And they both wanted to stay and help. So we had an incredible and funny conversation with the local police sharing a few jokes and chatting it up about sports, recent happenings and life.

It was truly a surreal experience to have so many people come to our aid.

Then the tow truck pulled up and the police officers stayed until the truck was driving away. I have just been so blown away by the generosity we’ve experienced throughout this town.

The tow truck driver took us to the local hotel where we slept very well after a truly exhausting day.

The tow truck driver was so kind he even came into the hotel to make sure we had a room offering in advance that he’d drive us the 20 min down to the other hotel if this one was full. Wow, what charity!

The local repair shop had their hands full this morning but generously took a diagnostic on our car when we showed up. The alternator was shot. So, after a long day hiking up and down the town even crossing a highway to get to where we needed. We found a Casey’s to get some lunch at.

As we were sitting outside enjoying “lunch” and discussing our situation a woman walked up to us to help. She asked us if we needed anything and gave us directions to the nearest food/rest places. Then she went back to her car and we began heading over to where she’d advised us to go. She then jumped out of her car and came up to us handing my fiancé money saying “This will buy you lunch”. This was just such a true act of Christian charity.

We feel so blessed!

Travel #1: New- Orleans-travels

I gingerly sip the rest of my latte and peer out the window at the rolling hills flush with green. What a beautiful creation this world is, honestly who could think twice about not embracing such a beautiful planet and world. The world now is so confused and utterly turned on it’s head, right now, it seems.

Aside from that little bout of thought on today’s world life goes on. Some music to brighten your morning :).

Though truly if someone were to ask me every day is a miracle and quite an extra-ordinary experience. Each day presents a new way to give to others and to impact others in loving ways. Sometimes by just a simple gesture. That is what brings me joy.

I am reflecting this morning on the splendors and beauty I experienced recently on my fiance and I’s roadtrip to New Orleans. What an adventure!! And I got to meet my future in-laws and more of his family too. The second night we were there we went to a Jazz Bar to The Spotted Cat. The first I had ever been to. So Loud! So much Fun!!