Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.

Cinnamon Apple Cobbler

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When you have an apple tree, but no pie pans, you make cobbler! For Labor Day, we were in northern Wisconsin, and I forgot to bring supplies to make pies with the apples from the tree up there, so we did this instead: Continue reading

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White Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

My husband is usually right. I fight admitting it sometimes, but he is. 😉 He is a smart guy, and he is a great baker! He was right about these Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12–he told me to use them because we can then re-use them. I fought him because I tried them once and the muffins did not come out easily. However, recently I decided to try using them again (and I sprayed them with cooking spray to make sure they came out!) and they worked great! If you want to try them, check them out here:
Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12

And the muffin tins that I used are so nice too, try them as well:

Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

The white chocolate chips melt into the muffin, making a yummy moist muffin full of flavor.

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Need Something Lovely to Read?

Need an artsy, relaxing book to read when you have a free minute? My brother (Aaron Campbell of Campby Designs) graphically designed the book, La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday, by Trina McNeilly, and the layout AND the words bring refreshment, hope, beauty to the reader.

Started as a blog, (so that part encourages me greatly that a blog can lead to so much more!), this book tells of her journey of recent years through her parents’ divorce, the loss of a grandmother, and how to look for beauty to show up throughout all of life. The book is like a long version of her lifestyle blog with chapters on interior design, family relationships, and even an art project or two with photographs and fonts that bring it to life.

Her chapters can be read individually, so they are great for when you just have a minute or two to read something. I read most of the book while I was breastfeeding my son or right before bed when I wanted to have something fun (but short) to read.

For example, Trina says, “Trees, I once heard, represent rest. And here, without realizing it, I’ve been neighboring with respite. I can never decide when I like them best. Every year, each season, I try to decide again and again. I judge what the woods wear, as if I’m a regular on Project Runway. Autumn is pushing for first place with all of its colors and crunch. Summer is a shoo-in for second with its wealth of green, stately and regal, emanating a fairy-tale feel…” (page 159-160 of La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday). Her words poetically paint pictures and draw you toward the beauty she wants to share.

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We Sold Our House!! (Good-bye Musings About 1064 Windsor Drive)

This morning my husband called me to say, “Everything is going through,” that means, our house is sold!! The relief that we won’t have to pay a mortgage payment and a rent payment in a couple days is still settling in…

What have we learned from this experience?

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Buttery Dutch Apple Pie 🥧

Things are changing around here…we finally sold our house in Illinois, so that means we can return our borrowed couch to Stephen’s cousin and bring the rest of our furniture back to our apartment! To thank said cousin for letting us use his couch, I whipped up an apple pie for him (and one for us.)

With life whizzing past, it helps to just sit down with a piece of pie and savor the spicy apple-ness. Pie helps transitions become sweeter. Apple pie just brings comfort. Enjoy! Continue reading


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The Transitions of Summer

This has been a summer full of transitions: Moving from Illinois to Minnesota, but still selling a house in Illinois (that should be wrapped up this month), my Dad passing away, traveling almost every weekend for a month and a half…

Taking a bit of time alone throughout this whole time and connecting with loved ones and God has helped me stay (mostly) steady throughout this time!

Oh, and lots of walks…

Here’s some peaceful images that have helped me transition well this summer:

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Celebrating Five Years of Blogging!

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Our wonderful sister-in-law, Lindsey of Triple Lux Photography, took this photo of Stephen and me this summer!

I knew there was something special about today’s date: August 7th… but I didn’t figure out what it was until WordPress reminded me of it: Today is my 5th Blogaversary! I’ve had this blog for five whole years already. Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and growing with me.

Five years ago I had just went through my first serious breakup, and I needed something new in my life, so I finally just launched my blog. This blog is a place where I share thoughts and advice on transitioning well through life, and I have had SO MANY wonderful (and some painful) transitions through these five years:

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