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Thursday, January 15, 2015

365 Project - Leaf in Snow


I didn't intend for the title of this blog post to come out sounding like an abstract or a Native American name but really, what would you call it? My brain is fried today and that is all you are going to get. It snowed a week ago, and I stepped out into my backyard (which rarely happens in the winter) and came upon this guy just hanging out on my patio table, begging to be photographed. So, what the heck? I took a picture. The next day, the wind blew it away and most of the snow off the table. Glad I caught this. I love the expanse of white snow that contrasts with the color of the leaf.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicken Piccata


 Pan-seared chicken, rich lemon-caper sauce, fresh parsley on a bed of penne pasta. This could not be a more simple yet honestly, delicious meal to make! I stumbled upon this recipe in my never-ending Pinterest searches for dinner ideas, and boy, am I glad?! Priscilla of Red Shallot Kitchen made my day! This was my first time attempting something so fancy and I was a bit anxious to see how it all turned out. Keep reading to see how quickly you can put this meal together! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

365 Project - Bacon & Leeks


I am terrible at taking pictures of the process of cooking. Most of my photographs of food are usually of the end product. This is due to the fact that I cook, take a picture, and eat it all in the same mealtime. This time, I was making some yummy potato leek soup, and decided that before I added the potatoes, I would snap a quick shot of this gorgeous green leek as it sizzled with the bacon in the hot pan. The soup was devoured before I could pull out my camera :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

365 Project - Christmas Cards


We have enjoyed seeing the joyful faces of our family and friends adorn our staircase right as we walk in the front door. (this is only a small portion of the cards we received) We are truly blessed to have such an incredible network of love and support in our lives. Thank you to all those who sent us Christmas cards. We have loved looking at your happy faces!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

365 Project - Fishers of Men


This year, Aaron and I wanted to read a book together and chose The Kingdom and The Crown series. There are three books in this series, describing in great detail the life of Christ using historical fiction. Gerald Lund does an amazing job every time he takes on a piece of work. With his attention to detail and his talent of weaving accurate and well-researched historical facts into his novels, he draws the reader in, giving one an intimate understanding of the culture, politics, and faith of the times. Since we are studying The New Testament in Sunday School this year, we felt this would add to our understanding of Christ and his life, and help us appreciate Him more. If you have a chance, pick up these books and read them. They are wonderful!

Friday, January 2, 2015

365 Project - Glittering Snowflakes


I chuckled a bit when I finished writing the title of this blog post. It almost sounds like something that Captain Haddock would say to Tintin, while Snowy the dog rolled his eyes at him.  I can hear it now - Blistering Barnacles! Glittering Snowflakes! I digress. 

Gracie's exploring sometimes takes her under the Christmas tree where she attempts to redecorate. Usually, that means pull off an ornament, bash it on the ground, and put it in her mouth. So, to save these snowflakes, I took them off the tree as quickly as I could We have had them for years and with Gracie in the mix, I am not sure how much longer they will last. Therefore, the glittery snowflakes made it into my 365 Project today - to help me remember when I had pretty things. 

Family Pictures


Have you seen all the picture-perfect family Christmas cards that people send these days? I thought it would be a great idea to have some family pictures taken, you know, professional ones. However, Gracie decided to get sick for the first time, we had Aaron's family with us, Aaron was wrapping up some crazy last-week-of-the-year votes on Capitol Hill, and it made it extremely difficult to schedule the photo shoot.

As December slipped away, I knew that my chances of sending out Christmas cards were blown. For that matter, any cards. Undeterred, I was set on having some decent family pictures somehow. This morning, Gracie wanted to play and decided to skip both her morning and midday nap. Seeing a super small window of time when the light was just right and the baby was just starting to get tired, I snapped into action, and pulled it all together in thirty minutes - all three of us dressed and ready to go, location set (right across the street from our front door), camera and tripod set up and tested for light. It was now or never.