Freckled Hen Farmhouse Holiday Gift Guide

Luke & I took a big leap of faith this year & opened up our dream shop, Freckled Hen Farmhouse, an online general store brimming with well-made home provisions & farm supplies. We have a cozy brick & mortar, too! 

In honor of the festive holiday season, I thought I'd share a handful of my favorite gift ideas from our shop! These are goods & tools we've used within our home for years & absolutely love. Instead of just sharing a big ol' list with ya, I thought I'd create a gift guide for that specific person you may have in mind.

I hope you enjoy this little guide just as much as I enjoyed pulling it together! Thanks so much for a magical year, friends! Now onto holiday gifting...!!!

This year will surely be marked by many loaves of artisanal bread lovingly baked by my sweet hubby. I am not complaining, y'all! 

When you've had a little too many carbs, thank goodness for fresh greens from the garden. Our shop is brimming with beautifully crafted hand tools boasting a lifetime warranty & sure to withstand years of hard work.

I'm a homemaker & proud of it. I love to fluff, nest, gather & love on folks within our home. Nothing lights my fire like a dinner party!

Hiking enthusiasts & happy campers, we've got the goods for you! When you need to get out of the farmhouse & breathe in some fresh air, we've got the enamelware mug to accompany you next to the campfire!

Y'all know I love a good budget spreadsheet. The holidays are no exception!


Happy gifting, dear friends! I'll be back soon with fun homemaking ideas for the holidays & what we're cookin' this time of year!


2016 Holiday Craft Party Recap

Tis the season for festive holiday gatherings!

I am so excited to share the details of my 3rd annual Holiday Craft Party!

This year's party was the best yet. Hosted at the stunning Kindred Barn with an amazing group of wonderful women, this was indeed an afternoon to remember! 

Of course, no holiday party is complete without a festive hot cocoa bar! 

I loved making homemade tags for each ingredient including our "melted snow" or hot water. Y'all, I am such a Christmas nerd. I love every minute of this cheery holiday!

We all know hot cocoa is not hot cocoa without mini "snowballs," candy canes & sprinkles!

I also purchased my favorite gourmet popcorn from Hill City Popcorn for the occasion.

My little enamelware cup is available in our shop & was personalized by my friend, Janna Wilson, who will be at our shop on Saturday personalizing mugs & holiday tags! We'd love to see you there!... Click here for the link to the event!

Let's not forget about the reindeer treats - chocolate wrapped in pretzel for dipping into mugs of hot cocoa!

It was such a gift to host our Holiday Craft Party at such a stunning location. Kindred Barn is located in Mulberry, Arkansas & available for all types of events & special occasions! They are sweet as pie, y'all! Every detail is so special including their handcrafted tables & that huge hanging wreath! 

Of course, a holiday craft party is not a craft party without festive making! 

The ladies' favorite craft project is always our beloved mason jar globe. I always have so much fun gathering supplies.

And our gals always get so creative with their cute ideas!

This year we also made homemade vanilla extract & homemade hot cocoa mix with chocolate spoons - two wonderful gift ideas to remake at home during the holidays.

It was such a treat to have my mama at this year's workshop! 

And of course, I could not do what I do without these two amazing friends, Stacy (@essielanefarm on IG & part owner of Kindred Barn) and Jessica (photographer extraordinaire!).

I cannot thank this inspiring group of amazing women enough for coming out & crafting with me! They were such a kind, welcoming & warm bunch. I loved the chatter & instant friend making! 

I hope this year's party inspires you to create a festive gathering of your own with your nearest & dearest girlfriends! 

Big hugs to our sponsors - Freckled Hen Farmhouse, Tweetpotatopie & Gingiber! Thank you for showering our ladies with such beautiful goods!


Traveling Susie Q: Lake Wedington

Last weekend we packed up Susie Q & headed off into the woods!

Our friends were getting married at a cabin nearby so it was the perfect excuse to campout with some of our dear friends for the weekend. 

Sharing the trail & campfire coffee with this guy is my favorite. We were indeed in our happy place & grateful for the much needed rest. 

In between wedding festivities, we hiked the nearby trails with friends & went kayaking on the lake. 

The weekend was filled to the brim with campfire conversation, copious amounts of coffee, laughter, fallen leaves, roasted hot dogs & toasted marshmallows, cozy flannel, dirty hair & happy hearts. 

Autumn camping, you are my favorite.

Share your happy place with me in the comments! I want to hear from you!


P.S. To learn a little bit more about Susie Q, our camper, & see the inside - click here & here. xo!

Four Gift Ideas for Fall

Friends, I don't know about you, but I am exhausted by the negative political arguments happening all over our social media outlets. It leaves me feeling drained & quite weary as I watch good people fall into the trap of Facebook fights & Twitter wars. 

Today I want to share a little joy with you. Today's blog post includes a handful of inexpensive & free gift ideas because sometimes all we can do is shine a little light & brighten someone's day.

1. Pretty jars of preserves: Last Christmas I gifted my family jars of homemade strawberry jam. Who says we can't extend this kind of giving year-round? Gather up bits of fabric & your favorite personable tags. Don't forget to include a wooden spoon or knife for spreading the love! Drop your cheerful jars off at your neighbors' doors right before they arrive home from work!

2. Coffee gift cards: There's nothing like free coffee, y'all. Purchase a handful of $5 gift cards from Starbucks or your favorite coffee shop & share them with your coworkers, momma friends & whomever else needs a little perk up! 

3. Baking Kit: I created this baking kit last autumn for a girls' get-together at my home & I still love it to this day! Pull together your favorite baking mix & throw it in a cute mixing bowl with decorative ribbon & a seasonal tag (I love Lindsay's tags found right here)!

4. Yummy handsoap: If nothing else will calm the chaos, at the very least we can promise yummy smelling hand soap for our people. I am a Mrs. Meyer's junkie & their autumn scents are amazing! I'm excited to share that I am offering a fun little FREEBIE until October 16th (this Sunday!) - grab $30 worth of Mrs. Meyer's hand soap, spray & dish soap for FREE when ya spend $20 at Grove Collaborative. Click HERE for the details & click HERE to get your free goodies!

I've shared this freebie in years past & lots of ladies have stocked up for teachers' gifts, Christmas stocking stuffers & housewarming gifts. Why not stock up & share the goodness right now just because? Purchase a bouquet of grocery store blooms & add your Mrs. Meyer's freebies in a basket for a friend in need!

What are some of your favorite ways to brighten someone's day? Please share!


The FREE Mrs. Meyer's Seasonal Scent Bundle is BACK!

Y'all! It's Fall! That means lots of flannel, carving pumpkins, wool blankets, bonfire parties, fresh apples from the local orchard, pumpkin spice everything & Mrs. Meyer's Seasonal Scents! YAY!

If y'all have been around these parts for any time at all, you know I am a HUGE Grove Collaborative fan! 

What's Grove Collaborative, you ask? It's a fantastic company that sends your favorite, all-natural home supplies right to your door each month! They're cheaper than what you'll find at the store & it saves our family tons of time. Last minute trips to Target are fun, but they can get this sister into a wee bit of trouble... I was just coming for toilet paper, right?! 

We've been using, enjoying & obsessing over Grove Collaborative for three years now. Whatever did we do before toilet paper & cute hand soap were delivered to our doorstep?!

Here's what your FREE Mrs. Meyer's Seasonal Scent package includes:
Through October 16th, you can grab a FREE (in the seasonal scent of your choice - mix & match if you'd like!): Mrs. Meyer's Fall Hand Soap, Mrs. Meyer's Fall Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer's Fall Multi-Surface Cleaner & a Grove Co. exclusive cotton kitchen towel with any $20 minimum purchase at Grove Collaborative. Friends, shipping is free, too!! 

Y'all, there are absolutely no catches or schemes. This is exactly the way I heard about Grove Collaborative all those years ago & I truly appreciate their services now. 

This offer is valid for new Grove Co. customers only, but because the folks at Grove Co. are sweet as pumpkin pie, they're offering a 50% discount on all kits to existing Grove Co. customers. That's $15 off, y'all! Grab the discount HERE.

There are two scents to choose from:
- Mum
- Apple Cider

You can choose just one scent for your package or mix & match to try them both. We can't get enough of the Apple Cider scent. It smells like there's a pot of hot apple cider simmering on the stovetop while we wash dishes!

Here's a step-by-step on how to easily grab this Free Grove Collaborative deal:

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative HERE. You will receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up!

2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket- this takes under 30 seconds!

3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items. (This is the hardest part — so many great choices!)

4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love to receive in your first box.

5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay to place your first order!

Let me know if you have any questions! I can't wait to read just how much you love your free bundle of yummy smelling goods!


loving lately list

As I sip on my favorite pumpkin spiced coffee (at Trader Joe's - go get some!), I cannot help but feel wildly inspired by the autumn season. It's such a wonderful time of year to experience one's favorite Fall traditions, make a few changes within the home & heart, decorate the front porch and get outside in the crisp air. 

Today I thought I would share a small list of what I am loving lately - experiences, places, moments & things that bring me joy & inspire my days. 

1. Smoky Mountains of Tennessee - I just arrived home from a quick trip to Tennessee with extended family. Goodness, it's such a beautiful part of the country! We made a quick trip through the Smoky Mountain National Park & were amazed by the beauty of Cades Cove. I cannot wait to bring Luke to this gem of a place!

2. Weekly baking - As most of you know, I have been prioritizing my health & working hard to lose weight. I am down 30 pounds, yay! At first I gave up baking as to avoid temptation, but most recently I have been baking simple muffins each week. I love Skinnytaste@trackingisthenewblack's recipes - so far I have made pumpkin spiced & pineapple coconut muffins.

3. Self-care - Yesterday morning before the work of the day began, I grabbed a coffee & headed to the local nursery. It was such a wonderful way to clear my head & soak up a bit of inspiration to continue the creative work that my career so often requires. I am slowly learning just how important these self-care moments are. 

4. Homemade Bread Candle - Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Pumpkin Spiced everything fan. But I have fallen in LOVE with the Homemade Bread candle available in our online shop. In the evenings, after the house has been picked up for the day, I light my candle and enjoy a few quiet moments with Luke & a book or an ongoing project. It's such a delicious addition to our home. 

5. Podcast Interview - I recently had the honor of being interviewed for the Style Matters podcast with the amazing gals from Little Yellow Couch. Click here to listen - it's about 30 minutes long & full of the ups, downs & in-betweens of living on the farm, owning a small business & being a creative. 

6. Fall Wreath Making - Over the weekend I made my way through the Delta & stopped by the cotton fields my grandpa once farmed. I picked a bundle & brought it home for a bit of wreath making. It's such a sweet, simple gift to hang this wreath on my mantel. 

7. Pickling Workshop - Just in time for the final harvest of the season, I am teaching a Pickling workshop in Fayetteville on October 4th. Click here to register, friends! It's just $35 & will include detailed instruction, hands-on experience & recipes! You will also walk away with two jars of pickled dilly beans and my favorite bread & butter pickles. Join me for an evening of fun!

What are you loving right now? Please share your list in the comments below!


my favorite from-scratch hot apple cider recipe

Happy first day of Fall, y'all!

With the arrival of Autumn, our home instantly becomes cozier. Stunning bright leaves scatter just outside our windows & we begin tucking pumpkins into every corner of our home. 

We also find ourselves being more intentional about making time for family around the farmhouse table. 

Today I thought I would share my favorite from-scratch Hot Apple Cider recipe to accompany you & your guests during the Autumn season!

Natalie's Favorite From-Scratch Hot Apple Cider Recipe

- Roughly 2 pounds of apples, chopped  (this recipe is a wonderful way to use seconds from the farmers' market!)
- 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks (plus more for serving)
- 1 teaspoon allspice

1. Place roughly two-pounds of apples in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover your apples completely.

2. Stir in sugar, sliced orange, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks & allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Your house will smell amazing!

3. Strain apple cider through a fine mesh sieve & pour back into your pot.

4. Serve in my new favorite ceramic mug with whipped cream & a fresh cinnamon stick!


P.S. Our new "Home" mug launched today at the Freckled Hen Farmhouse & I love it so much! It makes such a lovely gift for friends & a wonderful treat for you! xo.
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