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Monday, April 27, 2015

Mugs & Muffins :: The Invitation is Open! Well... maybe not. Please, keep reading! {GIVEAWAY - now closed!!}

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Hello, dear friends!  Good afternoon...
Just want you to know, I'm coming off a very busy and fun-filled weekend.  My brother, Justin, and his girl were married yesterday afternoon. ((yeah!!!)) And - there is still much to savor in the beauty and memories of the day!  Perhaps more, on that another time... because today, we've got other business to attend to!
A couple of weeks ago, now - I mentioned about wanting to host an off-line Mugs & Muffins event. (Please read, about it, HERE!)  Meaning, while I still plan to do the occasional "on-line" version of Mugs & Muffins -  I would like to also host an occasional "real life" event, in which I personally would like to invite - you!  

Here is the part where you need to keep reading... (sigh)!

So... I made this little video,
however, I chickened out - in regards to actually using the video and just typed the original invitation out, instead.

Well... today, I pulled the video back out and yes! this is me...
My first ever video (of myself) on this blog.
Cheers!  Lol!  (I'm sort of embarrassed by it - but oh well.. it is what it is.)

Take a listen and get all excited...oh, and you can laugh at me - if you need to...  because I sure had a good ole chuckle at me-self!  :)  If you must know... I strongly dislike photos of me... let alone... videos.  Anyway...
Here you go!

So.  That was that. And, here is is where it all falls apart... maybe!
As serious as I am about this happening and my desire, is still the same, to do this someday.. I have to tell you - that there has been some further discussion and... well... my hubby isn't 100% on board about this idea.

So. out of love and respect for him I have decided that I want to graciously back out of this plan that I have originally put forth.
I am both sad and disappointed - but, it has been solely my decision to do so.  Truthfully, I'm a bit relieved, it's not happening... due to the fact that there was only  98.999% peace about this idea in my heart.  I could never quite settle the exact time frame this could effectively happen - due to our own personal family's schedule, nor did I feel that I had the adequate space and room to accommodate both ladies and littles with its probability  ... especially, if there were to be multiple of both.  See?  I wrestled with my original suggestion of having to turn people away... I didn't like that.

Now, that I'm rambling... I trust you'll forgive me!  Especially, if you were counting on this.

And... know!
This is not to say that I still won't have an open heart and door, for friendship and fellowship.
Just perhaps not as formal persay.. right now!

Thank you, kindly - for your patience and for your understanding.  I greatly, greatly appreciate it.

For any and all consolation... two things!
We can't have a Mugs & Muffins without this.
How about some "muffins" and a GIVEAWAY?  Yes?!?!?!!

First!!  We'll pass the proverbial plate of these Cranberry White Chocolate Scones around.  It's what I have on hand. :)  Delicious - warm, right out of the oven, paired with your favorite mug (beverage) of choice!
The recipe will follow, here, in a moment.

And, secondly!  Just because!!
I ask you now...

 How about you take a leisurely stroll through my Etsy Shop, then come back here and leave a comment**, of what your favorite item is.  I'll be honest, there is not a lot to choose from - but a few items...handmade by myself.
The winner will be selected at random for ONE single item of their choice - out of the shop!
I am not responsible if an item is sold out from under your nose - during the giveaway!!

This giveaway will close on Friday, May 1st - at 12 noon, EST.  and the winner will be announced thereafter.

** part of your comment - should include this answer (partly to satisfy my curiosity)... This Choice; is this for yourself or do you choose to give this away to someone else!  No right or wrong answers, here, just curious. ;)

This is for US and Canadian residents only.  Best of everything to you!!
UPDATE:  This GIVEAWAY is now closed!!

Here is the recipe, for the scones! 

2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. cold butter
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. whipping cream
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Add cranberries and chocolate chips.  With a fork, rapidly stir in whipping cream, just until moistened.  Turn onto a floured surface and knead 5-6 times.  Roll into 9" circle and cut into 10 wedges.  Place on greased baking sheet and brush with milk.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 400* for 12-15 minutes 
Enjoy and have a great week!


  1. Bevy, Oh my girl... you became super real to me today...I know that sounds silly but ya know how it is when you just read something and wonder what that person is really like.. well today the video showed me... Don't ever be embarrassed, you are one beautiful person.. and to hear your voice for the first time, oh my I heard your heart... and just so ya know, maybe the timing wasn't right for this type of hospitality,especially with having little children... I would be so afraid to try that.. but I must say how lovely and inspiring it was to see/read how Kaitlin opened up her world to you and yours.. I really have pondered on whether or not I could do that... I guess that is where I have fear and maybe not rely on God for guidance like I should.. wow that was a wake-up call just typing that... This post I think was simply amazingly beautiful.. and to get a recipe and a chance at a giveaway... just lovely... Anyway, so ya know you are so picture worthy, and your voice needs to be heard more often... Psst. (maybe more videos) ;) so now I think I will go to your shop... love ya girl and so nice to finally put a voice to a friend indeed... Bless you...

    1. Bevy, I love all of the goodies at your shop, but I feel that since I have a tea wallet and one of your bags I will opt out of this giveaway. Good luck to all that enter..

  2. I thought your video was wonderful , real and down to earth . You go girl and you are a lovely looking lady may I add ! Hey it is what it is I say and that's life ! I think your Mugs & Muffins is a wonderful idea don't give up on it , it will happen one day some where for you !! Thanks for sharing , I enjoyed and now I am hungry for muffins lol . Have a good day !

  3. You have done the best thing possible. I often think something is a great idea, start it and then realize God has been whispering that I should rethink this. Prehaps the plan you wanted is not the way He would have you be hospitable.Not for one minute does He want you to not offer hospitatlity. He will tell you how and both you and your husband will have perfect peace with it.
    I need to tel you how much I appreciate your postings. Always an inspiration. Thank you and God bless.

  4. You are SO cute. I loved seeing your video and how fun for those who don't know you personally to see your face and hear your voice! I am disappointed that you won't be hosting one but I FOR SURE understand and I am thankful you didn't go through without Scott's backing. Thankfully I get to enjoy your hospitality on occasion anyways! :) Thanks for your honesty.

    I have to say I like the tea wallets... for a lovely lady I met in Alabama...

  5. Understood! Smiles! Your place here in cyber space always refreshes me when I visit! I love the hi and her coffee mug wraps! You have great items in your shop! I would use those wraps for hubs and i! Thanks!

  6. Hello Bevy! I found your blog not too long ago and am enjoying my visits here. I looked through your etsy store and thought the Brown Eyed Susie pouch was a wonderful idea! I am always losing things at the bottom of my handbag :) (So, yes, I would keep it for myself!)


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