Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Some people collect coins.
Some people collect those overly realistic dolls that Marie Osmond sells on QVC.
Some people collect shoes.....and sometimes become obsessed.
and some people collect fire hydrants.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Park could sense what I was feeling and he started belting out "I Will Always Love You" and made me cry.....just kidding, it was "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and I sang right along with him. And probably made that same face. Since he's a little boy....we can sing together too.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Today I brought her fruit salsa....a recipe which she gave me when we were in college. There is a lot of chopping involved, which if you don't like chopping, it's no fun. If you do, then you'll love it. Using a good knife for chopping makes it go faster too, but if you're like me you like to keep the knives a little dull......had a bad experience with a brand new sharp knife a while back......
Fruit salsa is honestly one of my favorite things to have in the spring/ summer. It's sooo pretty and colorful to look at and it's de-li-cious!!! Plus it always surprises people if they don't know what expect because it's sweet.
1 crate strawberries
4 medium apples
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon jelly/ jam of your choice. (I almost always use rhubarb)
Chop strawberries, apples and kiwi into tiny little pieces and put in medium sized bowl. Squeeze orange and all the pulp you can get into the chopped fruit. Add the brown sugar and jelly and mix. Viola! Fruit Salsa!
To make the chips, just cut tortillas (homemade or store-bought) into triangles. Sprinkle with water (it's easiest to use a little hand sprayer) and then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 250 for about 10 minutes. I like mine to be a little soft, so if you like them harder, bake them longer.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
My son and I go through an obscene amount of chapstick. My favorite chapstick has now been discontinued and I can't find one that I like. I've tried close to a million kinds now. So..... I decided to try to come up with my own new favorite kind. The homemade kind. Which is orange-cinnamon-vanilla-clove. With a little research, I came up with a little recipe that goes as follows:
1 oz beeswax
1 oz sheabutter
1 oz cocoa butter
1/2 oz almond oil
1/2 oz vitamin E oil
4 or five drops orange flavoring
2 drops cinnamon essential oil (don't use much more as it is a skin irritant and can really hurt if you use too much...this is based on a 6th grade experience of my own)
5 or 6 drops pure vanilla
a pinch of ground clove (clove is also a skin irritant and natural number....I also learned that through an experience of my own in college)
Melt all ingredients in saucepan on low heat and then transfer to glass measuring cup. Fill containers of choice. I found these awesome inspirational labels to put on the front.... like "bloom where you're planted" or "delight in the little things." Makes me feel happy while applying my lip balm.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Because she now has three kids and I have one....all boys. I'd venture to guess mine is the orniest of them all.
Because we were 13 years old in this picture and it's still my favorite.
Because she will probably be mad that I put this picture up for all the world to see. She will ask that I take it down. I'll tell her no.
Because she had braces for 10 years and I had big hair for about the same amount of time.
Because on the ride home after this photo was taken we were threatened to be kicked out of the car for making fun of and fighting with her younger brother who is now MUCH bigger than us.
Because we are polar opposites yet somehow manage to stay friends.
Because somedays I miss her.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
(this one is really specific....)
About half of a box of Chive and Onion Wheat Thins
A big spoonful of brown sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
some sprinkles of chili powder
some sprinkles of tastefully simple season salt or regular season salt
Whatever other spices you enjoy in your food.....
Put all of the above in big plastic bag. And roll with a rolling pin or baseball bat, whatever you have around to crush the crackers. I used a rolling pin, because it was the safest tool in the kitchen to trust my 2 year old with as it was his job to crush them. He's an awesome cracker crusher. (he likes to cook sans pants...he's crazy like that somedays)
Beat one egg and some salt and pepper in a dipping bowl. Soak chicken breasts in eggs and then toss into plastic bag. Coat completely with crackers and then bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.
To complete the meal have some strawberries covered in homemade whipped cream. It's like a fluffy cloud in your mouth and the perfect way to end the meal.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I haven't always been environmentally aware. I would spray on my gallon of aerosol hairspray everyday and not have a second thought. Or throw away every single cream soda can I drank every day (which used to be about a six pack on my worst days.......I love cream soda.) Well, now I look at my little boy and think......"What is it going to be like for him? Will he have enough water to survive. Will he know what fresh air really is?" These are things I now worry about. I can't help it. So......today I wear earrings made of scrap metal instead of plastic. I use environmentally safe make-up...I've changed just a little. I can't preach and teach that I'm perfectly green, but I do my best.
Here is a link to learn how to make you're own paper
Monday, April 21, 2008
This is also the beginning of a new project that one of my friends has asked me to work on. It will be a combination of 16 different round fruits and veggies in one frame. It's going to be so colorful and fantastic! I can't wait to get it done! Here's a preview of three others.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
She's one of the most amazing girls I have ever met. She is bold and funky and happy all the time. It is impossible not to smile around her and she's out of this world beautiful to boot. She's optimistic and laid back. She's athletic and graceful as well. I also got the pleasure to photograph her with her sister and mom....talk about a gorgeous gene pool.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Later on in my younger years I learned at the ripe old age of 13 my grandfather hopped on a freight train with his brother and rode out east to pick fruit to help provide for his family. I always imagined his young life to be adventurous and full of wonderful stories, though I know in reality it must have been very difficult. The only worries I had a 13 was whether or not I had a date for the spring dance or whether my toe nail polish matches my clothes (that is still a major concern for me......) Puts things into perspective I guess.
Anyway, I've loved trains or the thought of them most of my life. I took a different route home today as I normally do, always looking for fun things and this is what I came upon. I loved it. I could imagine my granddad sitting in the boxcar as a little boy and it made me smile.
**edited to say: I got a phone call from my dad this morning, telling me the story was a little off, as my grandpa was only 11 and his older brother was 13 when he hopped the train. And they went west, not east. They picked apples and cherries up and down the coast.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I made these for dinner this weekend to go with a wild turkey breast covered in veggies and spices. They were seriously a hit. I think the best description of them was "intense." Plus they were SOOO easy!!!!
1 stick butter
2 to 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 can flaky biscuits
Combine butter and cheese on baking pan. Place into 350 oven for a couple of minutes, or until butter is melted. Remove from oven and stir. Cut biscuits into fourths, then toss in butter mixture. (I also put one little piece on top to make them pretty) bake on same pan for to 10 minutes, or until golden. Eat warm.
Thanks SS&M for everything!!!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Slid down a yellow curly slide and laughed the entire way.
Studied ants with much more curiosity and intensity than I ever did calculus.
Shared a popcorn ball.
Splashed in a puddle.
Watched about a million airplanes in the sky.
Sunburnt my shoulders without caring.
Today I had sunshine in my soul.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
This is one of the places I use in my house. Looks horrible and boring doesn't it? I can't tell you how many times I've had people give me "the I don't think this is going to work" kind of look.....but seriously, anywhere there's sunlight and windows, there's an opportunity.
So, since everyone at my house was busy watching Peter Pan (all the animals were as well) and the tic-tocking crocodile (which is the noise my son thinks crocodiles make) I threw my sassy self in front of the camera for the demonstration. I am sassy, just so you know. The large door is lighting me from the left but also bouncing off the floor and onto my face and against the light door I'm standing in front of. All of that combined makes great conditions for natural light portraiture.