5 Reasons I Love My Kitchen Open Shelves

October 6, 2014 AT 4:29 pm Leave a Comment


Why I Love my Open Shelves


When we moved in our house four years ago, I knew one of the first rooms I wanted to do a makeover on was our kitchen.


Wasn’t it beautiful?!  Winking smile








I also knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was remove the soffit and upper cabinets and install open shelves.


Now my kitchen looks like this…




I LOVE my open shelves!!


When I shared them on my blog, most readers loved them too.


However, I had some readers not like the idea of open shelves, and that is totally fine.


And every now and then, I get a comment or email asking me if I still like my open shelves, or if they get dirty easily.


Well, I am hear to tell you that almost four years later, I am still in love with my open shelves and here are four reasons why.


1.  All of my dishes are easy to reach.


I love being able to just reach up and grab a dish or cup that I need.  I have the dishes that I use on a daily basis on the bottom open shelf.


There is no time wasted opening and closing doors.  I just grab and go.


2.  The shelves are easy to Decorate.


Open shelves literally decorate themselves.  To me, they look beautiful just full of white dishes, and if that was all I ever wanted to do, that would look great.


But just add a few red dishes to the white ones, and boom, you are ready for Christmas!  Smile



In the spring, I put the red dishes in my pantry, and bring out more springy dishes.




Open shelves look great with baskets on them which makes for a lot of extra storage.  I like to store my linen napkins in my baskets.


3.  My open shelves keep me organized.


Like I said above, I only keep out the dishes that I use the most.  The rest of my dishes that I only use every once and a while or on special occasions are in cabinets in the laundry room off of the kitchen.




I am amazed at how many kitchen items I almost never use!  Open shelves help me keep away the clutter.  When I had cabinets with doors, I would stuff them full of stuff because I knew that no one would really see it, and boy were they a mess!


4.  It makes it easy for guests.


Have you ever been over someone’s house, and you are trying to help out in the kitchen, but all you keep saying is, “Where’s your bowls?”  and “I don’t know where your glasses are?”


Not at my house!  Everything is easy to see and easy to find, and I love that my guests do not have to ask me where everything is.  I hope it makes them feel more comfortable in my home.


5.  They are so easy to clean and the dirt can’t hide!


So, it always seems that the main reason that people don’t like open shelves is because they say they would be hard to keep clean. 


Not true.  Yes, they do get dirty, but not like people think. 




Every couple of months, I just take a cloth and cleaner and wipe them off.  No big deal.



And the good thing is that my shelves look clean all the time, even if they aren’t.   Smile


I also like that my shelves are white, so that when they are dirty, I can see the dirt and get rid of it. I’m glad the dirt isn’t hiding on dark wood cabinets.

So there you have it!   Those are the reasons I am still loving my open shelves.


What are your thoughts about open shelves?

Love ‘em?  Hate ‘em?









Fall Fun

October 2, 2014 AT 12:42 pm 4 Comments


Last weekend was so much fun!

We met at Dad and Janet’s house and then headed to the local corn maze. 

It was my family, my brother’s family, and my sister’s family, plus Dad and Janet.  Four car loads!  Smile

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.  You knew that already, I know.

But seriously.  I can’t get enough of it.

Here are a few pictures from the day I wanted to share with you.

I didn’t get as many as I had planned because I forgot my camera, but I snapped these on my phone.

Me and my sweet great nephew, Colt.


The “cousins” jumping on the HUGE balloon-trampoline-thingy.  (Jonathan, Luke, and Kinsey)


Luke LOVES animals and loved holding this sweet little rabbit.


Here is most of the crew heading out to the pumpkin patch on the wagon.


Eli had fun trying to find the biggest pumpkin!


We all found the perfect pumpkin and headed back to the corn maze.


Can someone please tell me how my little boy, Jonathan, is now a man?  Like, when did this happen?!!!


My sister-in-law, Ande, is headed into the corn maze with the boys. 


And here we go…. 


Somehow, Cyndi, Colt, and I got separated from the pack and got lost in the maze.  We found our way out waaaaaay later than everyone else. 

Not cool.  We were exhausted as I carried Colt around on my shoulders. 

We went back to Papa and Janet’s to roast hot dogs and s’mores.   Two of my favorite things!

Dad had worked really hard on decorating the back yard.  He and Janet made this scarecrow in hunting gear.  Perfect for Kentucky! Smile

Colt loved it.


Dad watched us all enjoying ourselves.  Nothing makes my dad happier than being with family!!



Did I mention that the Kentucky Wildcats were also playing football on tv?



Best. Day. Ever.

What have you been up to so far this fall?


5 Ways I Used My Essential Oils Last Week (plus a Special Offer!)

September 30, 2014 AT 8:29 am Leave a Comment



Essential Oils have become a big part of my life.  It surprises me actually.

I would have never considered myself an “oily” person. 

But I really want to try and make the best choices for my health and my family’s health.

I know I am doing that when I use Essential Oils.


Every now and then, I want to share with you practical, everyday uses of essential oils.


Last week, here are FIVE WAYS I used my Young Living essential oils:


1. I used THIEVES on an infection on Adam’s arm. Healed overnight.

2. Used LEMON to

get paint off my kitchen table.

3. I used PEPPERMINT for a sinus headache I had.

4. I left a load of clothes in the washing machine and they soured. I used two drops of PURIFICATION in the wash and ran the rinse cycle. Stink gone!

5. I burned my forehead with my curling iron while curling my bangs. Applied LAVENDER. Pain relieved.



I shared pictures of Adam’s arm on my facebook page, and it got quite a lot of interest.


Here is what I shared:


So the school nurse called me Friday afternoon and told me that Adam had an infected cut on his arm. She said it had all of the signs of an infection: Pain, swelling, hot to touch, and the swollen part was really hard. She said I should probably take him to a doctor to get some antibiotic cream or something. When he got home from school, we applied Thieves essential oil (Young Living) directly to the infected area every two hours and before he went to bed. The next morning, his arm looked great! No pain, swelling was gone, wasn’t hot any more, and wasn’t hard. Loved that I saved money by not going to the doctor, and that I was able to help his arm with something natural and safe for him.


Now, let me make it clear, if I saw an urgent need to take Adam to the doctor, I would have totally done it.  I am NOT against going to the doctor!  I love my kids’ pediatrician, and will go there when needed. But I knew that I wanted to try a natural solution first. 


Adam and I were both amazed at how quickly Thieves worked on his infection. 


See why I love my oils?!


I got a TON of people from Facebook asking me for more information about essential oils.


If you would like me to send you more information, please email me at [email protected].


And since it is the last day of the month, I decided to offer a ONE DAY ONLY SPECIAL!


Today ONLY, if you sign up with

Young Living by purchasing a

Premium Starter Kit,

with my member number #1520977,

you will get a

FREE $20 Amazon Gift Card!

special offer


You can sign up HERE.



Sometimes, people get confused with the sign up process, but don’t let it stop you.  PLEASE email me if you have questions!


I promise, you are not signing your life away or signing up to some type of monthly commitment.


(I am not a “sales” type of girl.  If you have read my blog long enough, you would know that.  But I just love these oils, and I know you will too!  I feel honored to share them with you.)


Young Living is the coolest company to work with!  Be sure to sign up as a Wholesale Distributor so you can get a 24% discount on all future purchases.  You do NOT have to make monthly purchases, just spend 50 PV (which is about $50 dollars) a YEAR to remain a wholesale distributor and get the 24% discount.  Yes, I said A YEAR!! 


And if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit, you have already met your 50 PV for the entire year!

 When you sign up, it will ask you if you want to join Essential Rewards.  I think this is the part that trips people up.  You do NOT have to sign up for Essential Rewards, but you may want to in the future if you love the oils and find yourself purchasing them each month.  But you can think about that later. :)

So seriously, email me today with any questions you have.  I will get back to you asap! 


Have a wonderful day, friends!!


Baked Blueberry Lemon Donuts!

September 29, 2014 AT 8:56 am 1 Comment

Good Morning all my friends at Beneath my Heart!

I’m so happy to be bringing some of my

Baked Blueberry Lemon Donuts for y’all to enjoy today!

I love it when fresh blueberries are on sale and I can bake with them to my little hearts content. I also like to freeze a bunch to use through the winter too.

Blueberries are one of my favorites~ did you realize how good they are for you?

They are.

Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C, Fiber, Manganese all of which help our hearts, our brains, our insulin responce, and they’re cancer fighting too! All that wrapped up in each flavor-bursting-bite. Mmmm mmm.

Baked Lemon Blueberry Donuts by www.cookingwithruhtie.com

These baked donuts are a mouth-watering way to incorporate some delightful blueberries into you’re breakfast or snack. Don’t worry~ if you don’t happen to have a cute donut baking pan, you can bake these up in a muffin tin or even a mini muffin tin might be fun!


Baked Blueberry Lemon Donuts

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 18


  • 1 1/2 C + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 C fat free vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs, 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (approx 1 lemons)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 C confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat donut pan or muffin tin well with cooking spray.
  3. Reapply cooking spray between each batch, if needed.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla, and oil.
  6. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients.
  7. Add wet ingredients into the well.
  8. Mix to 80 % incorporated.
  9. In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.
  10. Scoop batter into a large ziplock freezer bag, zip closed, and snip end of one corner big enough for the blueberries to move thru with the batter.
  11. Fill each donut or muffin mold 2/3rd’s the way full.
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes or until springs back with a light touch.
  13. (do not want to brown)
  14. Rest 2 minutes in pan, invert to remove, cool on cooling rack.
  15. Lemon Glaze:
  16. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice.
  17. The mixture should be thick but pourable.
  18. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff.
  19. Drizzle glaze over the top of each donut and let it drip down the sides.
  20. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.



Here a few of my other baked donut recipes for you to enjoy….

Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Donuts by www.cookingwithruthie.com

Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Donuts


Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Browned Butter Glaze by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Browned Butter Glaze


Strawberries and Cream Baked Donuts by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Strawberries and Cream Baked Donuts


I just love coming to visit with you each month… I think the world of Traci and it’s wonderful to be a contributor at Beneath my Heart!

Y’all are welcome to come visit me anytime at www.cookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Happy Baking!

xoxo~ Ruthie



Pumpkin Bites with Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

September 26, 2014 AT 8:51 pm 2 Comments


Last weekend, Cyndi and I hosted our first Essential Oils party.  We had so  much fun and learned a ton!

I wanted to share with you a recipe I made with one of my oils, Cinnamon Bark.  This is a great oil to have this time of year.

Pumpkin Bites


These were so super easy to make!!! 


Pumpkin Bites (with Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil)
Yields 24
A quick and easy dessert for fall.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. Filo Pastry Cups (24)
For the filling
  1. 1/2 cup of Pumpkin puree
  2. 1/2 tub of Light Cool Whip
  3. 1/4 cup of Confectioner's Sugar (or more if you want)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  5. 1 Drop of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (Young Living ONLY)
  6. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chip Minis
  1. Mix all of the filling ingredients together.
  2. Spoon filling into pastry cups.
  3. Sprinkle with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  4. Chill until served.
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I know that many of you couldn’t make it to my last Essential Oil party, but I am hosting one at my house this coming Tuesday, the 30th, at 10:00 am, if you would like to come. 


I live about 15 minutes outside of Lexington.


If so, please email me at [email protected] to let me know you are coming.

And if you want to learn MORE about Young Living Essential Oils,

or you would like to place an order, click HERE





Favorite Pins Friday!

September 26, 2014 AT 6:47 pm 8 Comments


Hey sweet friends!

I hope you have had a good week. Smile


Can I just thank you for reading my blog each day and for being such faithful followers?!


You guys are the best!! I truly love traveling this crazy “blog” road with you! 


I am super excited about this weekend because we are going to the Corn Maze tomorrow.  We will enjoy getting lost in the maze and taking a hay ride.  Then we will go back to Dad and Janet’s to roast hot dogs and s’mores and watch UK football.


Does it get any better than that?!!! Smile


THEN, on Sunday, my sweet little Eli is getting baptized!  What a JOYOUS day that will be! 


It is such a blessing to know that I get to spend eternity with all of my children and husband.  I praise God for the gift of salvation!


I hope that you are able to enjoy some wonderful fall weather this weekend, or spend some time with loved ones.  It’s those little things in life that make it so incredibly precious.


Oh yeah!  I forgot to announce winners of my two most recent giveaways.  (sorry.  Sad smile)


The winners of the TWO Nesting Place Book giveaway are:


Jeniffer and Kirstin B.  (I have emailed both of you!)


The winner of the Two Fern Prints from Birch Lane is:


Michelle (I emailed you today!)  Smile



Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!




lovely etc fall home tour






cement vanity #loo #bathroom #powderroom












Calendar Wall Art and Chalkboard Dresser
















blue herringbone tile behind range






Tips to make an old home feel new






Earthy & Neutral Living Room. I love the pops of yellow and green, as well as the various textures! #dream living room


















Have a blessed weekend!


Hot Trend Alert: Decorating with Copper!

September 24, 2014 AT 7:53 am 2 Comments

Happy Hump Day, friends!

I was so excited to see Bre’s guest post this month because I am LOVING this hot new trend….Copper!  Thank you, Bre!


Decorating with Copper

via : Lonny

Fall is in the air, and one metallic that is hot on the trend right now is Copper. And fall time is no excuse to leave it out. In fact it’s the perfect time to incorporate a little copper into your decor.

Decorating with Copper

via : Lane


Bringing in copper accessories is a great way to try out a new hue, without committing your whole house to a new style. A little here, a little there, sometimes even bringing in one piece just to test the waters is enough for you to decide.

Decorating with Copper

via : Etsy

Decorating with Copper

via : Dot & Bo




Decorating with Copper

via : Etsy


Even if copper isn’t for you, I love it for fall because of the warmth it adds to any space, and you can easily swap decor items out for the new season without having to commit to something for a whole year. H&M has some fantastic copper items right now, at a price anyone can afford, and to get you in the mood a little more, I put together a mood board all with items found in their stores.

Decorating with Copper (and Wood)


I love decorating with wood tones all throughout the year, and pairing it with warm copper is the perfect fall duo. How about you? 

Do you have any copper accents yet, or is this metallic new for you?


Happy Fall Decorating!


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Fall Home Tour

September 22, 2014 AT 10:04 pm 12 Comments


Hello from Kentucky!  If you are on the Blogger Stylin’ Fall Home Tours….WELCOME!! fall home tour


Some of you may be visiting from the previous stop, Julie Blanner, Cordinately Yours. It’s so fun to meet you!!


(And if you just follow my blog and are reading today’s post, be sure to jump back to Julie’s blog.  It is amazing, and you will thank me later!)




Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  The beautiful colors of Fall just melt my heart.



I have so many great memories of this time of year.  Fall in Kentucky is spectacular!  The leaves on the trees turn the most brilliant colors you’ve ever seen.

I am always in awe of the process!  I think, “God could have just had the green leaves on the tree fall off and the trees be bare during the winter.”


But NO!  He puts on a show in the fall!  Oranges, Reds, Yellows, and more!  It takes my breath away.




That’s why I added some fall foliage to my mantle to enjoy.

I like to use natural elements to decorate my house.  They are beautiful (and cheap!)  Smile



I’m in love with little white pumpkins this year.



I also love lots of throws and pillows in the fall.  I usually have a throw on every chair in our den!  Nothing better than cozy-ing up with a blanket on the couch!




And mums!  Oh my goodness…MUMS!  The vibrant colors of mums are another reason I love fall!




These little white mums looks so sweet tucked in this wooden flower box.




I usually don’t decorate for fall in my bedroom, mostly in my den and front porch, but I decided to add some pops of orange in our master bedroom this year.







What I like about our neutral bedroom is that it can easily change with the seasons.  Right now, I have added pops of orange to my room.



For Christmas, I will add pops of red and green.  Easy!





But for now, I am enjoying my Fall bedroom!  Smile

Thank you for stopping by!  Come back soon!

Next up on the tour is Julia from Cuckoo4Design!




Five Years Ago Today…

September 22, 2014 AT 11:21 am 33 Comments

Early in the morning, five years ago today, I held my mom’s hand as she passed from her earthly home to her heavenly home. 

Just seven short weeks earlier, we had found out that she had stage 4 gastric cancer and was given six months to a year to live. 

During those seven weeks, I experienced a grief and a pain that I had never known in my 38 years of life.

And yet, I experienced God’s love and His blessings to a depth that I had never known in my 38 years of life as well.

Mostly because Mom made sure of it. Smile  She pointed us to Jesus like never before during those seven weeks.  I learned more about what it meant to live a life of faith from her in those seven weeks than I did my whole life.  (And believe me, she taught me a LOT then too!)

The day we found out  about her diagnosis, she wanted us to take her to the Christian bookstore because she wanted to buy a “Daily Bread Box” for all of her family and extended family.  She also bought a book about Heaven.

During those seven weeks, I saw her receive mounds and mounds of letters and cards from people all over the world.  And I watched my mom hand write every single one of them back, knowing it would be the last chance for her to ever do so.

I saw her read her bible daily, spend time in prayer, and talk about Jesus constantly.

I saw her show grace to her doctors and nurses as they cared for her.

She kept reminding us to look for God’s blessings during that difficult time.  And believe me, they were not hard to find.  He is so faithful.

I am forever grateful.


(Mom with Jonathan and Luke at Grandparent’s Day at School.)


The day mom passed away, we stood around her bed and prayed.  Mom wasn’t talking very clearly because of the medicine they had given her, but two things I heard very clearly as I stood beside her.

She said, “I see the angels.”  And “I can hear HIS voice.”

I knew at that moment that mom was entering into her heavenly home.  Oh how I wish I could have seen what she was seeing!

What an indescribable joy to KNOW that my mom is in heaven with Jesus right now!

And I want to share something with you today that I have never shared on my blog.  Three years ago, I unexpectantly found out I was pregnant with our fifth child.  After the initial shock wore off, we were super excited.  I was close to sharing the news on my blog when I had a miscarriage at 11 weeks.  I was devastated, and too raw to share it on my blog.

But the one thing I found comfort in was knowing that my baby was in Heaven with my mom.  I could picture mom rocking my child in her arms, taking great care of him/her until I reached heaven one day.

About a month ago, Eli ask Jesus to be the Lord of his life and became a Christian!  I was reminded of how my mom would always tell me that the bible said the angels in Heaven would rejoice when someone gave their life to Christ.

I told Eli that the angels were rejoicing in Heaven when he prayed that prayer to receive Christ.  And I smiled as I pictured my mom holding hands with the angels, jumping up and down, rejoicing over Eli’s decision.

One of mom’s favorite verses was “I have no greater joy that to hear that my children are walking in the Truth.”  3 John 1:4


(Mom and Dad with Courtney, Cory, Jonathan, Luke, and Adam.)


Mom shared the love of Jesus with her children and her grandchildren, and what a legacy she has left behind!!!  All of her children and grandchildren have accepted Christ into their hearts, and will one day be in Heaven with her. 

Mom has been gone five years, and I cannot hardly believe it.  Life keeps moving on.  The world keeps spinning.  My boys keep growing.

And Mom’s love keeps guiding us.  She is still such a big part of my life.  I do so many things now that remind me of my mom.  I still hear words of wisdom and faith in my heart.


Her body may be gone from this earth, but her influence in our lives is still very present. 


It is such an encouragement to me as a mom.  I know that all of the time and energy that I put into my boys to raise them in the Love of Christ is not in vain.  I know that someday when I am gone, that love will remain.

Today, my heart aches as I think about my mom and how much I miss her.

But my heart also rejoices in the fact that I will see my mom again!

And I am so very grateful to GOD for my precious mother.  What an honor it was to be her daughter. 



Favorite Pins Friday!

September 19, 2014 AT 10:30 am 1 Comment

Happy Friday, y’all!

I am so excited about this weekend!

First, my blog buddies, Myra and Jen, are coming to Lexington tonight to teach an Essential Oils 101 class!

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This pictures was taken at the Relevant (now Allume) conference about 4 or 5 years ago!  Love these girls!!  They are going to kill me for posting this picture.  Smile



This is the first oily class that my sister and I have hosted, so I am so excited to learn from Myra!


You can still come if you want to!  Come on, it will be fun!!!  Click here for more details: 



I am also going to try and do some fall decorating around the house this weekend for my fall tour post next week.  I don’t go overboard at all with my decorating, but I do like to add touches of the season.


Plus, it get’s me in the mood to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte and kettle corn.  Smile



Now here are my favorite pins from the week!












Love the nightstand






My Sweet Savannah






Fall Home Tour!












House of Turquoise: Amy Tyndall Design











Computer desk into organized craft cabinet | Sawdust2Stitches on Remodelaholic.com #craftroom #storage #makeover







FALL HOUSE TOUR-FOYER -stonegableblog.com






Living room update





Have a blessed day!!!



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