Sunday, May 19, 2013

for me

i made this for myself today!!
and i love it!
i wanted it to look like chevron, it doesn't really
but i love it just the same!! it was super easy and after doing 3 mother's day pots for the grandmas i feel like i'm a pro at baby footprints!!
next i'm making one with her handprints.
i can't believe in a few weeks she'll be 6 months.
where has the time gone.

other than capturing her sweet little feet forever the best thing about this project is it is SUPER inexpensive!!!
the pot was under $2 and i had the paints already.
now i just need to get a plant in this beautiful baby footprint pot.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

i'm getting back in the game!

years and years ago (10 to be exact) i took senior pictures.
i had mine taken that long ago (eeeek), but what i mean is i took senior pictures for people!
i've always loved and had a passion for photography, taking, editing, and developing(back in the day when digital was barely around!). my favorite classes in all my high school history were photography, advanced photography, and photojournalism!!
mainly because i love photos and also because i loved the teacher, students and goofing off all the time some of the time.
i've always been the family photographer, and in recent years have taken friends maternity and newborn pictures.
last summer my dear friend and photographer Hannah Badeer asked me to be her second shooter for a wedding and it was wonderful.
to be taking pictures again.
so now, we are a team. and by team i mean she runs the show :)
she is amazing and i can only hope to learn some of what she knows!!
since i have been helping her i have been getting more and more confident and it feels pretty good!! i've wanted to pursue photography (again) for some time but i am not good at "selling myself" so i have just left it alone.
recently a friend of mine asked if i would take her sister's senior pictures.
of course i said yes duh!!
and just the other night i had the honor of spending some time with Michaela (shes super sweet and as you can see super cute as well). here are some of the images from our short and simple shoot.
so thankful to be doing this again. with hannah and on my own.
God is good!!
and this is so much fun.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

mother's day grandma style

eleanor and i made these for all of her grandmas for mothers day!

i found the idea on pinterest.
of course.
but there were no directions on the link. so we figured it out as we went.
  it wasn't hard.
   paint a pot, stamp a foot, draw a butterfly body

let me tell you
the child's feet that were in the picture i saw had to have been much bigger than eleanor's.
her little feet were not easy to get on the pots, thats why none of the feet match.
oh well, it's the thought that counts right?!

she was such a good helper!
       look at her grabbing her toes, thats her new favorite thing to do!

i couldn't get her toes to show up for the life of me, so we stamped her feet and used her finger for the little toes and thumb for the big toe!!
we might try again next year and see how they turn out!
now that i think about it i should have made myself one. 
dang it. 
i also should have waited until she was sleeping to stamp her foot so i could have put it where i wanted and had a little more control. 
but it was fun, and i think the grandmas will be happy with them!

oh, i also sprayed the finished product with clear spray paint so they can put the pots outside if they want! and i hope it will help those little footprints last a bit longer!!

i am making myself one tomorrow.
happy mothers day to me!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

this is what's for dinner

this is the best recipe.

i thought i would be all professional blogger and take a picture of all the ingredients together before i started.
like this...

but once i got going i realized in forgot this

and this
(cream of mushroom soup)

and this

oh well...
at least i tried, right?!

my mom gave me this recipe and it's evan's favorite. hope you love it as much as we do!
(this is my version, it's a little different)
you need:

  • 1 pkg. (10-oz.) frozen asparagus
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 6 (4-6-oz.) fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1 can (10.75-oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 C. whipping cream
  • 1/4 C. chopped pimiento
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese             

Cook frozen asparagus according to package directions. 
(you can use fresh also, just steam it first!)
Arrange in a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish; set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a shallow dish combine flour, 1/8 tsp., salt, pepper and paprika. cover chicken breasts in flour mixture until evenly coated; shake off excess. 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. cook chicken in melted butter until browned on both sides.

 Remove from skillet and arrange on top of asparagus.

in a separate bowl combine cream of mushroom soup, cream, pimiento, remaining salt and; stir until blended. 

Spoon over chicken and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
i like to add some french fried onions too, for a little crunch.

Bake uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
this chicken is juicy 
and tender
and amazing.
so make it tonight.