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Our Colorado Home

Hi friends! Today I am sharing our upcoming adventure with you. We are relocating to Black Forest/Colorado Springs Colorado. I thought I would begin documenting this adventure by sharing a few photos of our Colorado home with you. We have big plans of transforming this home and making it ours, from the outside to the inside and in-between. The hubby and I plan on doing as much as of the transformation on our own as we can.

Front View of Wissler Ranch

Entry of Colorado Springs Home

The Colorado housing market has been very challenging for us and home prices are higher in Colorado than in Texas. On our recent housing hunting trip the hubby and I each had our wish list and then reality set in. Reality is a great way of keeping us all in check. On this house hunting trip reality made us stretch our imaginations and dollars.

Side View Of New Colorado Home

The bones of this house are virtually without flaw. This is a one owner home and these folks have taken excellent care of their home and property so we feel blessed to have found it. Their decorating style is much different than ours and this is where our creativity, carpentry skills and decorating skills will be put to good use.

Living Room Wissler Ranch

Welcome to the living room of our Colorado home. We see so much potential; hardwood floors, fireplace makeover, modern white trim, drapes, rugs, paint, furniture. I am envisioning a mix of traditional, and modern cozy cottage style. We hope to also incorporate some elements of our Texas home style too.

Dining Room Wissler Ranch

Lots of sunshine pours into the dining room, so we are looking forward to adding trim, board and batten to these dining room walls, re-painting, changing out the chandelier and drapes and replacing the carpet with hardwoods. My hubby is a former Master Carpenter so he has the know how. It is going to be work, but it's going to be such a worthwhile project and one that I hope we will sit back and enjoy as the years roll on. Do you see a backache coming on...

Wissler Ranch Kitchen

Can't wait to transform this kitchen. So many ideas spinning in our heads right now, money will definitely be a factor as to how much we can do. Maybe it will be just be a little bit at a time.

Any ideas on how much a kitchen remodel costs?

Side lot of Wissler Ranch home complete with playhouse and swing set

The home sits on nearly 4 acres of glorious pine trees and just look at what our grands will get to play on! They have their own play house with swing set attached.

Back of Wissler Ranch Home

Our backyard with a lovely East facing deck, hoping the neighbors or Church friends will join us for a Summer barbecue.

View of the sky and tops of the pines on Wissler Ranch

Pines reaching towards the heavens.

For an insight into my decorating style you might enjoy these previous posts.

How To Design Your Own Gallery Wall

Decorating Your Own Way

Welcome home Fall Tour Master Bedroom

Christmas in our dining room

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Simple Fall Decor In Our Dining Room

Fall is my favorite season. I love vibrant red and gold colored leaves, crisp morning air and even a light frost. The change of season is like a breath of fresh air; renewing, enlightening and invigorating. In celebration of my favorite season I have gathered together a few festive Fall supplies along with a couple of velvet pumpkins, a few jars, and some flowers to create this simple Fall decor in our Dining Room.

Trio of handpainted and decoupage pint jars

This pumpkin inspired centerpiece is simple and mess free.

Pumpkin inspired decoupage jars

No carving or seeds, just a few pint size jars jazzed up.

Happy Harvest and pumpkins on the antique hutch

On my antique hutch I added some pumpkins to an ironstone platter.

Fall in Texas 2018 in our dining room

You know, I never truly realized how much I enjoy color until I began my blog. I thought I was a neutral sort of person and I guess I am for the backdrop. But I sure do enjoy adding warm hues and vibrant tones.

Red velvet pumpkin and bright yellow sunflowers

And flowers, always flowers, faux, real or paper, purchased, handmade or homegrown.

Always add flowers to a vignette

I certainly hope that I will always decorate for the seasons no matter how old I am, even if it becomes just one lone pumpkin on my kitchen counter!

Velvet pumpkins, boxwood and sunflowers

How is your Fall decorating going??

Happy Harvest from me to you! xo

My Idaho

Welcome to At Home With Jemma and thank you for subscribing! Today I am sharing my Idaho. This will begin my series on the West, and I hope that my tale will be one that you and my own family will enjoy. My husband and I just returned from a little trip to my Idaho. I grew up in Southeastern Idaho on an agricultural farm in the upper snake river valley. Mountains surround the fertile soil of the patchwork fields and from a Birdseye view the fields really do look like quilts. To the north of the farm gushing, clear waters of the snake river wind their way around nearby Buttes. Eagles soar, Moose roam, Deer have plenty of food and God is present in every inch of this good, solid earth.

I have always thought that growing up in this region of the country was like heaven on earth. The mountain air is always clean, crisp, and dry. Seems that each and every time I visit I am reminded of how this pristine and natural environment influences my way of thinking and living even now.

My parents first home was on this spot in this field, they were young farmers with a young daughter (my sister Sandra) and worked this land together, side by side. Their tiny wooden home was built by my Father. Mother would tell me stories of the potato and grain harvests and of the cold Idaho Winters. So cold were these blustery, frozen Winter days that Mother and Father would take their produce to bed with them to keep the potatoes and apples from freezing.

Winters are quite long in Southeastern Idaho, but this seems a small price to pay for the majestic beauty which encases the fields once the glorious sun-drenched months of Summer and Fall arrive.

These serene refreshing Mountain streams provide precious water for irrigation in the valley.

Golden Aspen dot the Mountain landscape nestled among the Pines.

Farmers have a keen eye for detail, sophisticated watering systems, hydraulics, diesel engines, nature, life, love and ethics. Sadly enough the small farmer is becoming a lost breed of stellar, intelligent, capable individuals who wake to the sunrise with hope of a flourishing crop. Their work ethic is amazing and they look best with dusty boots, weathered faces and and a can-do attitude. They are and always will be my people. They are Makers of a different kind!

Skin Care Tips and A Jemma Tale

Hi Friends, just popping in for a real quick visit and sharing a couple of neat skin products too. These thoughts come to you today on the tailcoat of my previous post; The Voice Of A Woman. I seem to be on a pro-woman kick right now, and who knows I might be for a very long time. Now, not to say I haven't always had a GO Girl outlook, because I have. It is now just framed with the viewpoint of a 60 year old woman.

I am a seeker of information, innovation, improvement, and being the best you can be at any age. So when I saw myself in the mirror the other day, I saw my skin texture and Melasma. You know how we all go through our daily routines with out really "seeing" ourselves. I mean who has time to scan ourselves and really who wants to, right? Boring...

I wouldn't have thought much about my reflection in the mirror, except I really can't see that well. So when I saw larger pores, saggier skin and brown spots dancing in the mirror I knew I was in need of some repair. I can't change my age and I don't want to. It took quite a bit of work to get where I am today. You know that is true, right? The journey is marvelous and also bumpy. I am perfectly content where I am in life, I just want to be able to wear minimum make-up and feel my best. Because feeling our best is very important to how we frame each day of our lives and framing it positively is just as important at 90 as it as 16.

It's back to this woman thing where it is all for one and one for all. So I found myself a female dermatologist. I put on my white jeans (even after Labor Day) red Keds and a pink and white checkered blouse. Naturally it is as humid as it can be so my make-up dripped off before I even got inside her office and my checkered face matched my checkered blouse.

I am still not quite sure what I signed up for, that day,because before I knew it I had a headband on and was getting my photo taken from several different angles.

Now you know that this is going to be terrifying right? A camera, a computer screen and a woman with dripping makeup with a headband on.

I was scared of what I was going to see when those photos were displayed on a large computer screen. Do you want to know what I saw??? I saw my Grandmother! The sweet young technician told me that this was very typical. Women either see a version of a Grandmother or their Mother in themselves displayed on the screen.

So, I am here to tell you it's true. We all become our Mothers or their Mothers one way or another and it's a really good thing. Because these are the powerful women that paved the way for us, our daughters, our granddaughters. These woman provide reference and we can take the good stuff they gave us and let the not-so good stuff blow away like feathers in the wind. Were they perfect? Heavens no, but neither are we.

Here are two of my new favorite skin products.

Retinol Skin Ceuticals or you can get a stronger prescription strength from your Dermatologist.

"Retinol is a retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A which occurs naturally in your skin. It’s one of the most popular skincare ingredients on the market today because formulas with retinol deliver visible results. In fact, retinol is one of the most effective forms of retinoid you can buy without a doctor’s prescription."

Skin Ceuticals Vitamin C Serum or Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Of course always wear sunscreen and remember to apply often. I like Elta Md Tinted UV Clear and Neutrogena Sensitive Skin.

Thanks for joining me and be the powerhouse you were meant to be!


The Voice Of A Woman

Have you ever felt invisible as a woman? Do you remember when, why, or what made you feel that way? I have felt invisible as a woman more times than I care to even admit. There have been many times I felt like I was operating in the dark. I knew, that I knew more than I was permitted to share in order to keep harmony. As I write this I cannot fathom that I navigated through life like this. I believe that all women, each and every single one of us is designed perfectly by our Heavenly Father to do great things. But in order to accomplish great things we must speak up. Silence is not tolerated. So in honor of all women; those women who surround me now and those of you who have forged ahead of me, I write this from my heart for you.

Do you see the shoulder of an invisible woman in this photo?

You see I am way past invisibility now, that young gal got left behind several lifetimes ago. The gift of age has brought me visibility, and a voice... and of course wrinkles. But I feel it's a pretty fair trade. So just maybe this is why I felt so angry earlier in the day.

While Sadie and I were out for our morning walk we were both nearly struck by a car. We saw the vehicle approaching so we moved all the way over to the very edge of the asphalt road. ( this is a two lane road) As the vehicle got closer it sped up and veered toward to us. We jumped off into the grass.

I asked Sadie "Are we invisible?"

Am I just a hat? Am I an invisible woman?

So you know me well enough by now that this got me to thinking and knowing that I must share this with you. I need to speak up. Women need to speak up. We must be our own advocates.

First I was mad. I was so mad. I was steaming, sweating, huffing, puffing mad. In fact I was so mad that I walked an extra mile just to find the vehicle that forced us off the road and wrote down the license plate number.

I told Sadie, " this is just so wrong Sadie, what is wrong with our society when a person can't even slow down for a woman and her dog and nearly run them right over."

Sadie just looked at me and shook her head too. Both of us were very mad now.

So I thought to myself society might not see me. But I sure bet they'll look at art, a beautiful plate, some flowers and maybe even my dog.

We must not, cannot be invisible women. It is our responsibility to one another to be the voice, the power, the love, the community which encourages and nurtures. With joyful hearts we need to be promoting creativty, intelligence, inner-strength, healthy mindset and curiosity among us all, at all ages, all seasons, all walks of life.

About a year ago I met this incredible woman who is an advocate for all women. So, I will simply say this. I have been blessed. I was blessed to share a few hours with Amy Poehler, as she genuinely encouraged me as a Maker, and most of all as a woman.

Today I am sharing with you her Smart Girls organization. While this uplifting organization is specifically dedicated to young people, it speaks volumes to us all.

"Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend."

Live with strength, courage, and a voice that resonates long after you have moved on.


Homemade Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

Well, hello friends! Today is a rainy day here in North Texas and I am not complaining. Anytime Texas gets rain is a good day, except if you are making homemade candy or frosting. If I had been making my Old Fashioned Caramel Icing today the humidity might just have made it take a tad bit longer to set up and I might have had to add powdered sugar to it too. Good news is that I made the homemade cocoa cake last week and the frosting too.

As you can see by this photo this is a great, creamy, easy to spread homemade caramel icing recipe. This is an adaptation from the recipe which I found on Food Network, I changed out the regular milk for evaporated milk and added a splash more vanilla. I really am so happy with the results. Before we proceed any further with this recipe though, there are a few Kitchen utensils that you will need.

One you will need a cast iron skillet and candy thermometer for this recipe. You will find other recipes that will give you different ingredients and methods for making homemade Caramel Icing. But this recipe truly works. There is no water added or lemon juice. Stick to these ingredients and method and you will be successful.

Two you need two silicone spatulas or silicone spoons.

Three You will have to stir the icing over medium heat for longer than you want to.

If you are still with me whoohoo! If you are not, I totally understand. Just go to the store and buy a can of Caramel icing and enjoy!

So here we go!

Photos first followed with Caramel Icing recipe. If you have any questions please shoot me an email and I will clarify anything that I have not included in the printable recipe.

1 cup of sugar in cast iron skillet to begin caramelizing.

Did you know that there is a science behind making caramel? Yep! Read all about it right here in Fine Cooking.

White sugar is transforming.

White sugar has melted and NOT scorched! Key is to keep stirring over a moderate heat with a silicone spatula.

To see a short video of how I made Caramel frosting visit my Instagram account and click on Stories.

Thank you for joining me today and I truly hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. You know it would be so tasty on an apple cake too, especially if you have fresh apples from the Farmers Market or from your own apple Orchard!