It’s Personal and I’m Not Sorry.


Today I am reeling.

Mainly because yesterday I officially passed my boards, became a Registered Nurse and have an unofficial job offer on the table.

What? Is that real life? Is this actually happening?

I no longer should need to call my mom up (who is also a registered nurse) and ask about medical problems because now (in theory), I should know the answer.


Wow. Wow seems to be the only word that can convey my feelings on the matter.

I don’t normally write very many personal posts but this one, this one is a personal post. (In saying that, I completely don’t blame you if you click off right now, just make sure to check back Monday for a traditional NN post.)

This morning I woke up with and am completely humbled.  I have spent the last 14 months participating in a rigorous second-bachelors program for this very moment. The moment when I have graduated and passed my boards. And now it’s over.

I have reached the end without failing out, losing my friends and family, dropping out because of finances, losing our house because we’re both in school and not working, etc.

Humbled to be finished. 

Throughout the entire last year, if you have spoken to me about this and the things going on in our lives, you have probably heard me say, “It’s tough but it’s fine. God is the Great Provider.” However much I felt that then, multiply it by 1000.

Humbled to have been provided for. 

I received a call yesterday from a hospital that said there is great potential for my employment there, just waiting on paperwork.

Humbled to be taken care of. 

Now, I don’t say these things to brag. Quite the opposite actually.

I say these things because we are friends and I needed to share these things that lay on my heart this morning with friends and I hope you can celebrate with me at your desk, or your kitchen table, at a coffee shop, or waiting at the airport.

Because that’s what the blogging community is, right? It’s a community of friends all over the world who celebrate life’s little glory’s with each other. Whether it’s making a dish for the first time, talking over the chaos of children/family/work/etc, redoing your bathroom, or celebrating life’s accomplishments. We are a community.

Humbled to be a part of this with you. 

So today, I’m celebrating. And reeling. And reveling in how this happened. And praying. And crying a bit.

I’m thankful. So incredibly thankful. And you’re a part of that.

Happy Friday friends. I hope it’s a great one for you.


Google Reader, Where Have You Gone?

I used to spend hours upon hours a week searching for blogs and trying to keep up with the new posts in all of my fave blogs.

That was until Marah pointed me in the direction of Google Reader.

A place where you could store all of your fave sites without major searching? You mean it tells you when someone updates their blogs immediately? Is it possible that a place like that really exists??

Good news. It did exist. Bad news. It DID exist.

No longer does.

So as I’m easing my way (read: jumping head first) back into the blogosphere, I’ve been asking around for a site like Google Reader where I can keep an active list of all my favorite blogs.

Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling, suggested Bloglovin.

It’s so similar to what I had and so far (it’s not been too long) but it’s really great. It gives you a screenshot like this one (Note: this is not from mine).

Bloglovin screenshot


It’s super easy to navigate and definitely the one that comes closest to my beloved Reader.

And guess what? Natty Nook’s on Bloglovin’!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Any one else have any places where they love to collect the various blogs they follow? I’m always up for suggestions.


A Little Rusty

Note: As I have just spent the last hour writing and rewriting and editing this blog post, I have to be honest with you. I feel awkward blogging. It seems that my time away has made me a bit rusty and a tad insecure in my postings. But I can tell you these things without fear because we’re friends and you understand. I write and backspace. Write some more, save, then delete. Where in the world did my humor go? Why am I so dry? Didn’t I used to be decent at this whole blogging thing? These are the thoughts that have just consumed my brain for the last 60+ minutes. So here’s to my first real post back. All I can say is that it only gets better from here 🙂 Happy reading!

I’ve been thinking about the word home lately.

My mom recently came to visit and I was thinking about the definition of it.

Home. Home. HOME.

It’s a word that invokes strong emotion in me.

It means so many things in my vocabulary….

Where I live with the best man in the world. The house we just bought. The town I grew up in. Where my family lives now. The college I went to.

For me, I grew up in Texas. I’m a Texan to the core. This is not new information. Texas is and always will be home.

Last week I got a lil goody in the mail (thanks Ashley!) and I thought it would be a perfect thing to blog about.


Obviously the founders of The Home. T aren’t Texan because they actually thought to do this with the other 49 states as well.

The Home. T is company started to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and they ended up with a pretty sweet business. They were surprised to see that even Hilary Duff jumped on the state pride train…

hilary-duff-texas home t-shirt


Needless to say….Check ’em out, rep your state, and support Multiple Sclerosis research in the meantime.

And if you see me around town, kindly pretend that you haven’t seen me wearing this shirt every day for the last week.

Happy Monday friends!


P.S. You know me, this post is not sponsored. Just passin’ it along.


Jumping In

I’m back!

After a long last few months, I can officially say that I am nurse. Hallelujah!

Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I am calling off my hiatus from the blog world.

With my time away, I feel like I’ve forgotten how to be a part of this amazing community so with your help, I’m jumping in full-force and am pumped to relearn the ways of the blogging world.

First though, I want to say a little something.

Y’all are so great.

Thanks for your support and encouragement over the last year.

Thanks for hanging with me as I posted sparsely/went into hibernation.

And thanks for continuing to come back and spend time with me here at NN.

So here’s to you, my friends.

I leave you with this and if you know me, this pillow is a HUGE compliment from me to you

Primitives By Kathy 

Looking forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.


Barely Staying Afloat

Well hello there. It has been awhile.

I haven’t been avoiding you on purpose, though I’m sure it feels that way.

Between working, maintaining relationships, applying for jobs and GRADUATING IN 6 WEEKS, I’ve fallen behind here.

For those reasons, I wanted to check in and let you know I’ll be semi-quite for the months of July and August until class and boards are behind me. Then… I’ll be back in action! But for now, I think I need to focus all my efforts on staying afloat.

So here’s to all of you and the dog days of Summer. I hope you enjoy them and I will see you on the other side of August.



“Raised Up Right in the Hills of Kentucky…”

Howdy from the hills of Kentucky!

I’ve been out of reach for awhile as I have been working with a hospital in Appalachia for the past few days.

Isn’t it gorgeous here?

Appalachia 2


Appalachia 3(Photogs by my girl Meg)

I’ve learned so much about hospitality, generosity and…..

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That’s right. Apparently it’s a delicacy down here… I haven’t tried it yet but I’m working up my nerve and hoping that tonight will be the night that I attempt it.

I just wanted to touch base and say hey from the sticks!  I’ll be back soon. Until then…


Gluten-Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins

Holy Moly!

Where has the time gone? Have I really been in hibernation for the last month? Is that real life?

Since I last posted, we have gone from having snow to having beautiful green leaves on trees. I have transitioned from the worst semester of my nursing career to my last three classes. And… I have discovered Shauna Niequist and her beautiful book Bread & Wine. So much has happened yet things are scarily the same.

Sit down with a cup of coffee and let’s catch up!

Despite our crazy busy both-in-school-barely-scraping-by lives, J and I have managed to squeeze in some quality time in the kitchen. See… it’s been awhile but I’m still me.

I still believe in butter and heavy cream. I’m still the person who talks WAY too much about her love for bacon and drinks large amounts of strong coffee. I’m still that person who tells everyone she knows about the new book that she is LOVING until they roll their eyes and agree to go buy it just to placate me. I’m still that girl who complains of stomach aches but refuses to completely give up gluten. See despite my hiatus from the blog world, I haven’t changed.

However, these days, whether it’s the fresh new weather or all the green popping up, I’m working on balance. Think more greens and less bacon.

I know.. crazy talk…

That’s where these muffins come in.


These suckers were created for balance… they have a subtle sweetness to them and are deliciously tart and warm… and perfect.

I made them gluten-free but I don’t think there would be a problem with substituting whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour if that’s your thing.

Gluten Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins:

  • 1-1/4 cups gluten-free baking mix (I use Pam’s)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped is probably better but I did mine whole
  • 1 cup fruit of your choice (I used frozen berry mix but peaches, blueberries, bananas, mangos could totally be wonderful. Just remember to add a little bit more water if you use dried fruit0
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 (F) degrees.Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon into greased muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and serve. Makes 6 muffins. Note: Because it’s breakfast, I didn’t use sugar but feel free to add some or honey if if that’s how you roll. This is your breakfast after all. I dipped mine in black coffee… to each her/his own.


Don’t worry, I ate bacon on my turkey burger last night so I’m still keeping my priorities 🙂

I’m throwing a Cinco de Mayo party tonight so I’ll have a rockin’ enchilada recipe to share on Monday.

Hope you enjoy these muffins as much as I did.

Happy Friday friends! TGIF!



Whole-y Blueberry Bran muffins

It’s finally spring here. The sun is out and the birds are chirping.

The days feel so charming despite their rather chilly temperatures for April.

I’m in love with Spring. Have we talked about this?

Growing up in Texas it’s pedal to the metal from winter to summer. Texas doesn’t stop for spring.

Indiana? Indiana stops, steps out of the car, and stretches in spring, before driving into summer.

I love it.

This year though, I have to admit that I’m WAY behind on garden preparations… as in I haven’t done any at all. I guess that’s the perk of having a late spring…. I can be lazy and it doesn’t hurt me.

It’s lovely and I adore it. The end.

This past weekend we were at my in-laws in Michigan and my Mother-in-law, Deb, made delicious bran muffins for Sunday breakfast. When we got home, J was begging me to make some so I obliged but changed a few things.

Here are the main characters in the whole wheat blueberry bran muffin play….


Whole wheat flour, salt, sugar, baking powder whisked together in a large bowl…


All-bran cereal soaked in skim milk and canola oil with an egg…


And frozen blueberries… just doing what frozen blueberries do…. chillin’. (ba-da-bump)


Mix everything together and throw them in a muffin pan like so…


Then give them  a good bake and voila!


These are seriously the perfect snack for a semi-warm spring day. They’ll make you feel all healthy inside and out.

Here’s the actual recipe breakdown taken from Kellogg’s website with my adaptions added in.

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (all purpose optional)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Ready-To-Eat Cereal All-Bran® Original
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk (might need a splash more if using whole wheat flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries


1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside for later use.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine ALL-BRAN cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake at 400° F about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Beware, if you make them with whole wheat flour, it’s a lot of fiber. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

Have a wonderful week friends.

Happy Spring!

“We’re Havin’ a Party…”

Today is a grey, rainy morning. I’m home from baking at the bakery this morning and am sitting at my kitchen table watching the fog roll through the park and listening to country music…. oh and baking scones…


This shot just about sums up my feelings about this morning.

I’m co-hosting a bridal shower for my sis-in-law today.

On the menu:

  1. Blueberry Scones with Lemon Curd
  2. Beautiful Fresh Veggies
  3. Savory Crab Dip
  4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  5. Tea/Lemonade/Water

I searched high and low, unsuccessfully I might add, in this town for lavender. Don’t lavender scones with lemon curd sound delightful?

I’ll save that for a later date I guess.

What are your plans today? Is it warm and sunny where you are? Or are you more on par with our dreary, cold day?

Wherever you are, I hope the morning is treating you as well as it is me.

Have a wonderful weekend friends.

PS… Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Drink some green beer (or not) for me! We’ll be enjoying the day with traditional corned beef and cabbage!

xoxo, Kirby

There’s Just Something About a Snow Day

My eyes popped open this morning and I almost literally sprinted to the back window.

I reminded myself as a kid because I was running to see how much snow we ended up with last night. This is what I found…


Now when I say that I reminded myself of a kid, I am not meaning me as a child because, well…. let’s face it. This type of thing NEVER happened to me growing up in Texas.

I think that’s why snow days help me channel my inner child. I end up sitting on the couch, drinking milky tea for hours on end watching all the activity outside. Everyone gets a late start and begins to dig themselves out of the 8+ inches we got over night.

J even loves it because I volunteer to go out and shovel snow. I still think it’s fun since I’ve done it approximately twice in my life.

There’s just something about looking out my kitchen window and seeing this…


The air just holds a new excitement as kids who’s classes were cancelled start making their way to the hills around town to begin their sledding adventures, or as stay at home parents make a full breakfast and thank God for a day at home with their children.

There’s something totally romantic about snow days. I know I’m head over heels for them.



All that snow…. waiting to be made into forts, snowmen, snowballs, and sledded in.

I hope that your day today is wonderful and romantic just like our snow day.

I know how I’m spending my snow day. How are you spending yours?