Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for Fall!

To celebrate the Fall weather that has finally arrived in San Diego (72 degrees and cloudy!), why not bake a batch of these tasty pumpkin, oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies? Just go ahead...and bookmark this recipe (or pin it!)...they are super delicious and my husby's favorite. Ryan would love for me to make these year round, but for some reason I can only bring myself to make them during here there are! Enjoy one (or two!) with a glass of milk or hot coffee!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
created by Megan Mullen

1 Cup Flour

3 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats *added 1/2 Cup from first recipe edition
1 Cup Butter
1 Egg
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Pumpkin (canned or fresh)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
A dash of pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.)-use more for "pumpkin pie" taste

Mix all dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix wet ingredients, slowly stir in dry ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.

love love, 

Monday, October 8, 2012

headband & hooter hider winners!

and the winner of this beauty is:
Megan Knight!

and the winner of this beauty is:
Erin Moffit!
Thanks to all of you who participated last week and who supported my shop opening! I appreciate all the love and encouragement!

Bri-I promise to have an update soon on little E, who is not so little anymore! :)

I'll also be updating on the Red Door women's retreat from last weekend and all that the Lord was teaching and speaking to come back soon!

love love,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

giveaways for the weekend!

Here's your final chance! the beautiful, handmade, crocheted, bow headband/ear warmer is still up for grabs! Enter below to win!
And the final giveaway for this week is from another sweet, dear friend, Lindsey. Back at home (Washington for Lindsey) they call these "Knocker Blockers," but here in Southern California, we call them "Hooter Hiders" or I guess...nursing covers? Lindsey has been making these for quite some time and you can always count on one being gifted at a baby shower. She has great taste in fabric and makes these with lots of love :) She might be opening up a shop on etsy (I'll keep you posted) but for now...she's just making them for go say hello and meet her ;) This fabric is the same as the "Plum Waffle" car seat canopy that's in my etsy shop!

To enter to win either the headband or the hooter hider ;) please leave a comment below with which one you would like and what you'll use it for (ie. gift for a new mama, headband for my sister, etc.) The drawing will end on Sunday evening at midnight (PST). Winner will be announced Monday morning!

Thanks so much for checking out my new Etsy Shop and sharing the love this week! I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

Tomorrow we leave for a women's retreat with the ladies from our church. I'm looking forward to spending time in the Word, worshipping God with these ladies, and enjoying some quality time with them. I'm sure there will be more to share on Monday! Happy Weekend!

love love love,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a winner and another giveaway!

and...winner is...
(selected by
Melissa Nickerson!
Congrats! I will email you the details.

To continue with celebrating opening my Etsy Shop this week, we have another giveaway!  
My sweet friend Alysia is just starting to sell her cute crochet items through Instagram and via email...I didn't even know you could do that with cool! She's been crocheting for as long as I've known her (probably longer too!) and she is super talented. She even made Eleanor a beautiful turquoise and red baby blanket (which I LOVE!). I love that her items reflect her style while also taking in to consideration the person she's making it for. She is a great friend from my church community and another Proverbs 31 woman, working with her hands and taking care of her family! She just had her third baby in June! Three under thirty...and looking fabulous! :)

Today we're giving away a cute headband/ear warmer specifically made for this giveaway! It's a new style that she recently started making...a cute bow incorporated in the middle of the band...with two colors. This is perfect for the cooler days (that are hopefully coming soon!) in Fall and Winter...I'm crossing my fingers for San Diego ;)
the prize!
If you'd like to see more of Alysia's products you can find and follow her on Instagram: @seetheartinme or you can send her an email at Right now, all of the items are made to order (one size, fits most) contact her if you have something specific in mind! The headband/earwarmer is $12 plus shipping.

Two ways to enter the giveaway today:
1) To help get my Etsy shop going, check it out (please!) and let me know in a comment below, what is your favorite car seat cover.
2) bonus point- If you're on Instagram, go ahead and follow @seetheartinme and let me know which is your favorite color combo.

Giveaway closes on Thursday at midnight (EST) and the winner will be announced Friday!

Thanks so much!

love love,

p.s. a regular What's for Dinner? post is coming soon! :)
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Open Sesame! (and a giveaway!)

The time has finally come! I am opening my Etsy Shop...TODAY! Bah! I can't tell you how excited I am! :) The shop is up and running and now I get to share it with you!

Here's the story behind my shop; "Rooted Love, Handmade with Heart"...
This little shop was conceived on the eve of my little one's birthdate. I was sewing a car seat canopy for her and getting ready in the last days leading up to her birth. She was due on June 8th and she came just one day early. Luckily for her, I finished the canopy in the nick of time!

I was up late, pregnant with swollen feet, sitting at my sewing machine, slaving away. No one was making me do this, I just wanted a cute cover for my baby girl. And, as all pregnant women think, I thought to myself, "I have to get EVERYTHING done before she gets here." Haha. Well, at least that made for a productive night. I whipped up my canopy and had only attached one of the three buttons when I decided to call it quits for the night. I needed some rest and my husby made me stop working. I finished the canopy and tied the straps onto the carseat. It looked perfect! I didn't end up sleeping that night...instead, I went into labor and our baby girl was born the next day.

I loved using this for my daughter and started making them as gifts for friends. Those friends kept telling me..."people keep asking me where I got should sell these!"

Sew here I am ;) I've been given great encouragement by my husby, friends, community, and family and have decided to go for the gold! Thanks so much! I'm in the mindset that I'll try this and see how it goes...if it fails. And at least I put it out there and tried :) Either way...I'm going to be joyful! 

In order to celebrate the grand opening of the shop I've decided to do a few giveaways! As I was preparing for this grand opening I asked a few AMAZING friends if they would be interested in doing a giveaway on the blog. And lucky for YOU, they were excited and happy to help!!! These women are talented, Proverbs 31 women, who love Jesus and love their craft (sewing, crocheting, knitting, cooking, etc.) I would love for you to "meet" them and enjoy their handmade goods. This week I'll have two other keep coming back and tell your friends!

Today's giveaway is from the Home Story blog & Etsy shop, with my sweet friend, Jessi Burke.

Jessi is a twenty-something wife to Jared, and mama to two sweet boys. She loves Jesus, beautiful design, and decor on a budget. Her blog is concentrated on sharing great ideas that she comes across, new DIY projects, and frugal home decor. Her home is beautiful and crafty, and she's always looking for ways to make things herself when it's more affordable to do so. I love reading her blog, hearing her heart, and being inspired by the creativity that God has gifted her with. And she has chickens and a coop...that's pretty sweet ;) Please check out her blog and facebook page!

Today she is giving away a sweet little creation..."The Newsie"
The "newsie" toddler backpack is the first of 3 original designs that will be available soon in Jessi's etsy shop. It features a zipper closure, side pocket, and adjustable straps with contrast piping on the flap and pocket. Coming soon are the "scout" and "prepster" styles which are equally charming!
Also to be available in the newly re-opened shop are custom Christmas stockings!

all designs copyright Jessi Burke

Go ahead and enter to win! You have three ways of entering: 

1. Leave a comment here with how you are going to use this backpack.
2. "Like" Home Story on Facebook
3. "Like" Rooted Love on Facebook
The giveaway will be open until Tuesday at Midnight (EST) and the winner will be announced on Wednesday! Also...please tell your friends :) Thanks!

love love love!


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