Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 NIV

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Moving On.

Hello All!

February is a time of change. Inevitable change. I'm moving on in my life, as well as on my blog. It's time for fresh start. A clean that's what I'm doing.

Moving. On.

Antique Beauty was a great starter blog for me, but I am no longer Antique Beauty. It's gotten old and moved on. I have no relations or common ground with her anymore, and for that I am thankful. Are you ready to move forward with me? Great!

Come follow me and help me along on this new journey of Cow Patties, Carharts, and Creme Brulee!

Blessings and Grace,

Laura Lee


As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. —1 Peter 1:15

Am I the only one who finds this verse unconquerable? Be Holy in all of my conduct? I can't live in that sort of bondage, sorry.

But that's where I'm wrong. When Christ died for our sins, He left within us the freedom as Christians to emulate His holiness. He didn't forever bind us like slaves to be perfect, but He gave us the freedom to be good, and holy, and in all of the things that we do, do in a righteous manner.

I have found that over the years as I dwell on the negative side of things (ie. Christianity) my walk with Christ is void of joy and contentment. I am always ill at ease and dissatisfied with my life and how He has called me to live. That is not His will for us. He wants us to rejoice in our circumstances, both pleasant and unsatisfying. I do not want to let my negative thoughts come anywhere between the Lord and myself.

So today, my goal is to let the Lord's positive light shine on everything that I say and do.

Blessings for your day!

Laura Lee

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Russian Truffles

Some of you might not know this, but my father has somewhat of a substance addiction. Sweets.

So, most every night around 8:00 I hear a, "Soooo, what are you making me tonight? Tapioca pudding? Chocolate souffles? Russian TRUFFLES?"

"I'm not making you anything."

"But it's Valentines day! But it's George Washington's birthday! But it's Kwanza!"

"I'm not making you ONE THING. Quit asking!"

About 15 minutes later you will usually find me donning an apron and getting busy in the kitchen. I'm a sucker for him, it's true.

Today's recipe? Russian Tea Cakes. Or, fondly known as, Russian Truffles.

About .2 seconds after this photo was taken, the whole plate was promptly dumped into my father's mouth and consumed. Oh my, what is to become of me?

Russian Tea Cakes


  1. 2 Cups of Flour (i use half whole wheat/half all purpose)
  2. 5 Heaping Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar
  3. 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  4. 2 Sticks of Butter, softened
  5. 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together all dry ingredients. Add butter and vanilla. Mix well until dough forms, if needed, add more flour.

Form dough into 1" balls and cook for 12 minutes. When done, let cool for about 2 minutes.

**Be very careful lifting the cookies off of the pan** Roll cookies in powdered sugar. Promptly stuff your face.


-Laura Lee

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentines: Feb 14, 2011

Love you.

Love you.

Love you.

Love you. Do not EVER grow up. Understand?

Your beauty astounds me.
And, I must give a shout out to my mom. Thanks for being strong and keeping all of us hooligans together.
Oh, and I also need to give a shout to my favorite cow. Rizelle (yes, Rizzy to most people), if there was ever an animal of the bovine nature that I loved and respected, it's you girl.
Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tortellini Soup.

Are you ready to be comforted? Enticed? Completely captivated? Good.

I am about to hand over a recipe that is so good it will cause you to question why you've never had it before. How you ever LIVED before this day. This day of enlightenment. Today is the day you learn how to make: tortellini soup.



  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Whole Medium Onion
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1/2 gallons Organic Chicken Broth
  • 2 cans diced Organic Tomatoes (if you like it spicy, do one can of tomatoes and one can of rotel)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pound, 2 ounce weight package Tortellini, Any Variety, Fresh or Frozen
  • 3 pints Fresh Spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese

*If you are an artichoke sort of person, add a can of artichoke hearts **if not, it's totally optional....although, I do question your sanity. :)


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and the garlic has turned light gold, about 5 minutes.

Add the oregano, broth, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. (You can break up the tomatoes with your fingers as you add them to the pot, or break them up with a spoon once you’ve added them to the soup.)

Bring the soup to a boil and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package directions.

One minute before the tortellini are done, add the spinach. Stir to combine.
When the tortellini are cooked, remove the pot from the heat immediately so they do not overcook. Season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Serve the soup immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Love to you all!

Laura Lee

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Birthday Adventure.

We had a blast. Oh yes we did.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ha. Ha. Ha

"Here's money for gas!!" Rachel exclaimed as she handed me a penny.

This is coming from the girl who has driven a total of 3 times in her life.

Thanks, love :) I appreciate the thought.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Keepin' It Real.

Because sometimes you just have to wear em' with pride.

Elvis, I don't think we're in Downtown Atlanta anymore.

What's In a Name?

God said to Moses, "I am who I am.". - Exodus 3:14

To the people of Israel, a name was so much more than just an identification for an individual. It was a statement about who that person was. When Moses (whose name means taken from the water) met God for the first time via the burning bush, Moses wanted to know God's name. Moses wanted to know who God was. God's reply was, "I am.". Derived from the Hebrew word to be, this name let Moses know that the One he was speaking to was unlike anyone else. God not only is, but He always was and always will be. God alone was never created, and He exists totally independent from anyone or anything else. "I am" is the One unchanging, eternal God. A constant in our ever-changing lives.

That amazes me.

The Jewish people considered God's name to be so holy that they refused to say it aloud for fear of using it in a way that dishonored Him. (doesn't that just smack you in the face.) In the New Testament, however, Jesus not only spoke God's name, but he also used it to refer to himself. The people listening immediately tried to stone Jesus. They knew God's words in Exodus. They understood that Jesus was calling himself God.

When God told Moses His name, God revealed the essence of who He is- and confirmed in advance that the same essence was in His Son. In the same way that God introduced Himself to Moses, this verse introduces you to God. It assures you that the "I am" of the universe is still alive and fully active today.

Let our actions and words not only introduce people to our character, but may they also see the Shining Light of Christ in us always.


Laura Lee

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Great Thing About Suffering for Christ.

I am no martyr. It would be wrong of me to even think that...because nothing in my life is a fraction as difficult as what fellow Christians suffer and sacrifice for Christ.

But I am familiar with trials. God has called me to a walk of submission to Him, and even down to the small tasks that He asks of me that no one sees, I will most likely struggle. I have never been good at sacrifice or giving until it hurt me, and maybe I never will be. But I can think of at least one good thing that comes of dying to your flesh and walking outside of your comfort zone. It will bring you closer to the Father.

I am by no means wise or of a scholarly mind, but the one thing that I have learned in life is that through trial and adversity your faith will increase. It will grow tremendously, and you will be ever thankful for the hard times that God has taken you through. You will look back and say, "Thank you, Daddy. You are so good to me."

The monthes of November and December were especially tough for me. Personal issues racked me to the core, and sins that I committed in the past came back to haunt me, reminding me of my fragile frame. But my God was there. Through it all, sins and victories, He was there. Showing Himself ever faithful to my unfaithful being, and showing me that He will be triumphant in the end.

All I can think to say in times of hardship and discomfort are these four words: I love you God.

Maybe this will help you, and maybe you won't see any point in it at all, but I hope that in your times of adversity and anguish you will be able to see a shining Light at the end of the dark tunnel.

All my love,

Laura Lee

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103: 11-14

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Victoria {Bound}

For those of you who have faithfully followed my blog from the start (and my lovely new followers) you will all know that I have known my best friend, Tori, since I was 5.

From the very first "Hey, I'm Laura Lee!" it was a strong friendship. Even when I
went up to her later and said, "Hey best friend, what is your name again?".

Tori and I have been so blessed to even have met, but sometimes it can be hard considering we live {four} hours away. Today, I was able to hug (okay, STRANGLE) her for the first time in {3.5} years.

How did we do it? Only God.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boeuf Bourguignon---{The Ultimate Dish}

Any of you who live in a household of men (I have 1.5, and that is QUITE enough for me, THANK you.) will love this recipe. There are lots of chunky ingredients that the guys just love. My sweet, redneck father who grew up in the backwoods of nowhere (okay......maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration) simply adores it.

And, no, I will NOT tell you that he calls it "Boeuf Burpsalone"....because that would be embarassing. Right? And that would mean that he really is a redneck....even though he does look smashing in a tux ;) Don't tell him I said that, though. Thanks. You're a doll.

Where was I? ...Oh right, food.

Boeuf Bourguignon-

  1. 6 ounces chunk bacon

  2. 1 Tbsp. olive oil or cooking oil

  3. 3 pounds lean stewing beef , cut into 2-inch cubes

  4. 2 sliced carrots

  5. 1 sliced onion

  6. 1 tsp. salt

  7. 1/4 tsp. pepper

  8. 2 Tbsp. flour

  9. 3 cups full-bodied, young red wine , such as a Chianti

  10. 2 to 3 cups brown beef stock or canned beef bouillon

  11. 1 Tbsp. tomato paste

  12. 3 cloves mashed garlic

  13. 1/2 tsp. thyme

  14. Crumbled bay leaf

  15. Blanched bacon rind

  16. 18 to 24 small white onions , brown-braised in stock

  17. 1 pound quartered fresh mushrooms , sautéed in butter

  18. Parsley sprigs

Alrighty, here we go:

Remove rind from bacon, and cut bacon into lardons (sticks, 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). Simmer rind and bacon for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts of water. Drain and dry.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Sauté the bacon in the oil over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon. Set casserole aside. Reheat until fat is almost smoking before you sauté the beef.

Dry the stewing beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Sauté it, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil and bacon fat until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the bacon.

In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the sautéing fat.

Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with the salt and pepper. Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly with the flour. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes. Toss the meat and return to oven for 4 minutes more. (This browns the flour and covers the meat with a light crust.) Remove casserole, and turn oven down to 325 degrees.

Stir in the wine, and enough stock or bouillon so that the meat is barely covered. Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs, and bacon rind. Bring to simmer on top of the stove. Then cover the casserole and set in lower third of preheated oven. Regulate heat so liquid simmersvery slowly for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.

While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms. Set them aside until needed.

When the melt is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan. Wash out the casserole and return the beef and bacon to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms over the meat.

Skim fat off the sauce. Simmer sauce for a minute or two, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly. If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons of stock or canned bouillon. Taste carefully for seasoning. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables. Recipe may be completed in advance to this point.

For immediate serving: Covet the casserole and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times. Serve in its casserole, or arrange the stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles, or rice, and decorated with parsley.

For later serving: When cold, cover and refrigerate. About 15 to 20 minutes before serving, bring to the simmer, cover, and simmer very slowly for 10 minutes, occasionally basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce.


Don't be intimidated. If you are at all familiar with your kitchen and the tools in it, this recipe is a whole lot less daunting :)

Bon Appetit!


Do I Have a Spare Set of Keys? ....Of Course I Don't.

And that is why, when I locked my keys in my car I kind of, just a little, teensy, weensy, bit FREAKED OUT.

But don't worry for me, friends. It's all okay.

One of my redneck father's redneck friends just happens to be a car-unlocker. All is not lost. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Busy Life

Whew, have I been busy! And quite honestly, I can't tell you one thing I've done this week.......

I've just kept going. OH. I can tell you what I did yesterday!

I made boeuf bourguignon from Julia Child's cookbook "The Art of French Cooking".

It was an instant hit. Like, LOVE at first bite. For everyone I think.

I'm so happy :) I love feeding people.

And I also made a traditional 1700's English pound cake!

As in, a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, a pound of eggs. The REAL DEAL.

I will post recipes to both of those later today, but now, I'm off to feed horses in the mud!



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday :]

I know exactly what I was doing twelve years ago today. I remember quite clearly.

I was 5.

I had long light blonde hair.

I was still an only child. (haha, sadly I still act like an only child sometimes.)

I was wearing a white under shirt with a little bow at the top, and white underwear with pink roses all over them.

And I was expecting a new sibling. It would remain an it until it came out, seeing as how my parents didn't find out.
I was quite perturbed with them.

I was hoping for a Joshua Christopher, but I got a Hannah Nicole instead.

Just kidding. I was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanting a baby sister.

And I got one!

Happy 12th birthday Hannah Nicole!

I love you!

I Am Not Related to My Father. The End.

At this very moment, he is eating tuna salad on wheat crackers.........with peanut butter.

Now, at this point, I am vomiting behind the couch.

That is the end of my story.

God did NOT make peanut butter for him. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

The end.

Monday, January 10, 2011

{Snow} Storm Alert?

We have 13.5 inches of snow on the ground.

My short, fat, squatty, lazy, ungrateful, rolie-polie dog is completely covered in white. You can't even see his ears in the snow.

So we are hibernating in the house with a beautiful fire going, and eating comfort foods :) It's a lovely day....except for the gray clouds outside.
We are supposed to have a pretty big ice storm tonight (no fun) so please pray that we all stay safe!

What's your weather like?


Friday, January 7, 2011

Ew. Virus. Ew.

I think each and every one of my friends is sick with this virus. Including family and friends of family. It's icky. It keeps you in bed, watching movies like Alice in Wonderland and laughing hysterically at the Mad Hatter.....then sprinting to the bathroom and throwing up. It is not fun. At all.

Please pray that we all get better.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello New Year :)

This year has been a ride.

I have done things that I still regret, and made memories that will last a lifetime. I am thankful for every sorrow and joy that the Lord has brought into my life, and every person who has come in and out.

I am humbled that the God who formed me still forgives my imperfections, as frequent as they may be, and that I have had the honor of having friends that say, "i will love you even if you hate me, and i will pray for you even when you don't know it."

I am so thankful for parents who are willing to grow with me, and joyfully overwhelmed that God put me in the family that He did.
I am grateful that my father is ready to admit his wrongs, and help me trudge through mine (because i would be lost without him), and a mother who stands up for me, even if I don't deserve the guardianship.

I am not worthy of the siblings that He gave me, and I try to be a better big sister everyday (hang with me guys). I am so thankful that they see my struggles, and are kind enough to pray me through them.

I am utterly overwhelmed by the year 2010. Of course, there was the drama, the sickness, the silly teenage girl giggles, the sorrows, the ecstasy, the thankfulness, and the love. The perfectly, pure love that I will never cease to be amazed at.

I am so thankful for all of the hills and valleys that the Lord has brought me through, and I pray, that as we start this year 2011 together, all of us will be able to get on our knees and say, "thank you Papa."

Happy New Years, Everyone :)

Love and Blessings to You and Yours,

Laura Lee

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our Southern White Christmas 2010

Hello All!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day, I know I sure did!

Here in the South, there are lots of things that we have the privilege of taking part in, snow is not usually one of them. Today, us Southerners were in for a lovely suprise, and oh, did we revel.

We have 9-12 inches of snow on the ground. Yeah, you heard me.

We built snowmen, we went sledding, we skiied, we made snow-cream, we played with our dogs, and then we came inside and collapsed.

I pray that the rest of your holidays will be filled with love, joy, and peace, and that the New Year will be ushered in like never before!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Is It Here Already? {O Wow}

Really? Is it Christmas Eve so soon? Where did the time go? I can't seem to recall.

Lots of running around, party planning, seeing good friends, eating good food, and loving the Lord has completely consumed my year.

It's had an abnormal amount of ups and downs, tears, laughter, grey skies, and sunshine. I am thankful that through the tough times, my faith has become stronger, and I have realized how much of a ripple in His massive Ocean that I am. I am thankful that through all of my imperfections, misgivings, and inadequacies, He still chooses to call me Daughter. I am honored that I may call Him "Father", and be a vessel for His Kingdom. I pray that in all the days to come, I will serve Him with a passion that precedes my blemishes and the sin-struggles that I try to hide.

I hope and pray that all of you, my faithful readers (few as there may be), have a blessed and merry Christmas :)

With Love,

Laura Lee

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hopewell {Mighty Hunter} ...or so we hope.

With much gladness in my heart, I am here to announce that our hawk trapping days have come to a close! Welcome, Trinity Oaks Hopewell:



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