Inspired by Life

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Crepes w/ Peaches & Frozen Raspberries


This only lasted the few seconds it took to snap a quick photograph. It was devoured shortly thereafter. Aaron is the king of making the best breakfasts, and this is one of his productions.  He took the recipe from "Our Best Bites" cookbook - our second recipe from this book in less than 24 hours. And it was delicious!

Tasty and satisfying! Here is the recipe:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dandelions


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Southwestern Cobb Salad


 Every once in a while, I feel the urge to have a salad. It is never the first thing that comes to mind when I think of food :) So, I pulled together some things I found in my fridge, made a creamy cilantro-lime dressing and, voila! To make this a more hearty salad, I grilled some cumin chicken and added it to this salad and it was perfect.

This salad was so delicious! Here's the recipe.

My Little Garden



When I first started thinking about a garden, I told myself that if I were able to keep one pot of flowers alive, then I could expand my garden and add a few more plants and flowers. This flower pot contained salvia and two kinds of marigolds.  After tending it for about a month now, the pot is on its second flowering period already! The flowers are colorful and add a bit of loveliness to my front porch steps.

Burton's Birthday Bash


If you are salivating just looking at the picture of the chocolate cake above, you are experiencing the same feelings I was on Saturday evening, when I felt myself intoxicated just standing next to this cake. Our friends, Janaya and Burton had invited us over for cake and ice cream to celebrate Burton's birthday. We love this couple and their sweet little baby, and never pass up a chance to hang out with them. It was a fun evening with some delicious, to -die-for chocolate cake and a lemon version as well.
Fun, friends, cake and ice cream - what better way to celebrate a birthday!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Raindrops on Roses


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Photoshop Elements Practice


BEFORE



AFTER




Photo Class w/ Chance Hammock


It is nice to have friends who are professional photographers who are generous enough to teach us a few tricks and show us what they know.  Chance Hammock is a pro photographer and kindly offered to conduct a class for a small group of us and show us the ropes around our digital SLR cameras.

Although I had failed to take a picture of our whole group, here are some test shots I took during the class. The picture above is of Chelsea who is due in a few weeks. Doesn't she look gorgeous?  The one below is of another friend of ours, Tana, who looks fabulous in green and whom I had not seen for a long time. Tana is always so fun!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Girl with a Pearl Earring


Having no previous knowledge about Johannes Vermeer, and always open to learning about art history, I must say I enjoyed this book immensely. Tracy Chevalier, the author, did a wonderful job, weaving words together to give the reader a sense of how to appreciate art and a glimpse into the thought process of an artist. I knew nothing about Vermeer before I read this book and now I want to learn more.

My Little Garden


My father is the green thumb in the family. As a child, one of my after school duties was to water the plants in the garden. Our home was tiny but our yard was large, and my father wasted no time in creating a thriving, beautiful garden. Now that we have our own home, I am finally attempting to have my own garden. I started out with a flower pot filled with red salvias and marigolds and vowed that if I could keep it alive for more than two weeks, I would get another plant. That was over a month ago, and those flowers are doing great. So, I experimented a bit, too bravely I admit, and bought my first rose bush. I haven't the faintest idea how to grow them, but am now the proud owner of a beautiful rose bush with the largest roses I have ever seen!

Cicada Song


Woke up this morning to cicada swarmageddon in our neighborhood, and a few of them had made it to our backyard. Apparently, this particular breed named Magicicada Brood II emerges once every 17 years. Much of its lifespan is spent underground as immature nymphs, sucking tree root sap to survive. They shed their exoskeleton once they emerge from the ground, make the loudest mating calls of any insect on earth, mate, lay eggs, and then die shortly after. Once the eggs hatch, the newborns insects make their way to the ground from the trees, and bury themselves underground and next seventh-year cycle begins. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lunch Buddies


It was lovely to be visited by these little dolls who were kind enough to have lunch with me. I love Paije and Piper Kacher and have such fun with them when they come to see me :) Paije has grown so much. She loves to read! I had bought a set of childrens' books for the sole purpose of Paije's visits. She remembered where they are kept and went straight to them, pulled them all off the shelf, took them to the couch and then tried to recruit me to read to her. I love that girl!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet & Sour Fish

Photo taken by Mubeen Sultana.










Lately, my lovely friend, Mubeen Sultana, has been posting these mouthwatering dishes on her Facebook page, and has been slammed with requests for the recipes, one of the requests coming from me. After repeatedly and unashamedly asking for them, I offered to type them up for her, and post them on my blog, and give her the link so she could easily share it with all her friends and family.  She has kindly agreed to share her recipes with me, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we all do!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers' Day Flowers










Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nationals vs Cubs Game


One of the perks of Aaron's job is that he gets to network with some fun people. One of these people, Kyl, invited us to a Nationals game and we jumped at the offer. It had been a while since we had been to a Nats game - a year, almost. To be honest, though, we have only been to one other Nats game before. Hmm, something to rectify this summer. I digress.

We had some wonderful seats and despite the weather - it was threatening to rain - we had a good time. The Nationals palyed a poor game and the Cubs walked all over them. All in all, it was a good evening, thanks to Kyl. One of the players almost got his face smashed in, which made for some entertainment. Baseball games can get exciting, you know?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Raindrops


Monday, May 6, 2013

Buttered Rosemary Rolls


Aaron's life has not been the same since the discovery of these delicious rolls. Serious.  I have Ree Drummond - THE Pioneer Woman - to thank for this. The smell of rosemary wafting through the house while these rolls baked was divine. They took so little time to make, mostly due to some help from Rhodes' frozen rolls.

The best part about these rolls was the coarse sea salt topping. To die for!

Read more to get the recipe that I took directly from The Pioneer Woman's website, as I did not change a thing.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Dinner w/ the Deskins


It had been so long since we spent some time with this little boy, who has gotten much bigger than we remember him! Oh yeah, and his parents, too. :) Abe & Tiffany are our dear friends whom we have gotten close to since we moved into their ward 2.5 years ago. We have been friends ever since. Abe & Aaron share a few characteristic traits that give Tiffany and me something to laugh about, and love our husbands all the more.

This little tornado, Drake, was so much fun to play with! We loved having them over, enjoying their company, and resolved to get together more often.