Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Photo Post Week 17 { Nebraska Photographer

Ah, Friday again. A week from today I will be on the road with my little man on our way to my future in-law's. It will be the first of many road trips in the following two weeks. Bridal showers and family time, I love it! So, please forgive me if I miss next week or it's a day or two late.

So, this week I decided to reveal more personal information, don't worry I won't get TOO personal!

Growing up my Mother always told me that the way her Mother taught her how to cook was, "She gave me The Joy of Cooking cookbook and said to me, 'You know how to read, you know how to cook'". So, obviously, this is what my Mother did to "teach" me. I do not recommend this method of learning how to cook and M will attest to that.

When I moved in with M seven and a half years ago, I had my Joy of Cooking cook book, and I was ready...or so I thought. Seriously, we ate spaghetti, tacos, and I think I made meatloaf once, other then that it was Hamburger Helper. Wow, it's amazing I didn't weigh 300lbs.

When we moved into our house I got more creative. Purely because the previous owner had forgotten her recipe box and she had some really good ones in there! Spaghetti and tacos were still on the menu, but casseroles were added to the list. We got a grill and M started to cook more, well, grill anyways. Until we moved to Colorado, we had a steady menu of over and over and over again meals.

When I became a stay at home mom I vowed to try new meals. By this time I had perfected most back goods (my cookies, I'm not afraid to say, are amazing!) and I tried a new meal every week. Most of them didn't make the cut. I once made BBQ beef with cornbread on top, it sounded good at the time...the dog wouldn't even eat it, oops. The ones that make the grade get put in my giant book of recipes, pretty much a three ringed binder with the print outs.
My Recipe go-to

The best thing about all these new recipes is the ones we really like, we have when we have our parents visiting. Most of the time, my parents will ask for the recipe and they make it all the time too!

Over the last two and a half years we have tried lots and M has even started cooking more. He loves making Peach Cobbler and Chili (I don't dare try to replicate them, it never tastes the same).

I am glad I can share this with M. I hope when we are old and grey we are still finding new recipes to make together. Oh and Pinterest is the best site to find new recipes! Made one today with oatmeal and peanut butter, the little man LOVES it! And it's good for him! No worries, I won't be starting a cooking blog anytime soon.

Happy Friday! Go make something new this weekend and tell me how it turns out!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monthly Blog Challenge { Nebraska Photographer

It's another month, which means another color blog! This month is Pink and/or Purple. I recently went out with my son and took some photos of the flowers in our yard. I do believe this is an Apple Blossom (I'm not real plant savvy!). I just love the way these flowers smell and took a lot of photos of them that day.

This one has a bit of texture to bring out some more of it's color. I also used my pink watermark, hehe. Please continue the circle and visit Lynn Puzzo and see what she has come up with this month!

Come back next month for Blue and/or Yellow (no, U of M fans I will NOT be posting anything maize and blue!! lol).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday Photo Week 16~ Personal Insight

Sorry for being late this week! I had every intention of posting last night...ah well!

This week I thought I would tell you a little bit about me. I love music. No, seriously I love it. I have iHeart radio on my iPhone and it's on constantly. When my son and I go to play outside, I bring my iPhone with. When we are eating supper, it's on. It drives my fiance' crazy, but I can't stand silence. Music is my outlet. I sing at the top of my lungs (my son has been known to tell me "that's enough"), I dance around like a fool. I love that I found a couple Generation X radio stations and can rock out to some oldies from middle school and high school. Ah music, you are my soul mate!

So tell me, who is YOUR favorite artist or song?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Photo Week 15

Here we are in the middle of April already. Things are blooming and the weather is on it's way! Well, that's what we are told. Tomorrow is going to be a doozie. We need the rain, so we have to take our blessings as they come to us.

This week I am posting some photos of my son I took this morning. I needed some shots with his cowboy hat on (with clothes, he tends to want to be naked more these days!) and thought it was as good a time as ever. Sometimes when I set out to do shoots like this, I'll have one good photo out of many. My son tends to not want to stand still and once he sets his sights on the swings, we're done. This time, however, I was floored. He gave me such expressions, I melted. I am so glad I caught him at the right moment!!

My little cowboy in training!

Happy Friday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Photo Week 14

It's Easter weekend. I love this holiday, OK I love all of them! This year it was so much fun dying Easter eggs with my son. He is at that age where he is into everything! It took a lot of effort to tear him away from the food coloring, but alas we finally got him to bed. This morning the first thing he says to me "Shaw, watch eggs". Uh oh. All day I had to crush his dreams of dying more eggs. Until next year buddy.

Thank you to the genius that posted the whisk idea on Pinterest! It worked like a charm!

I had plans for this week's photo to be of my son playing in the sprinkler on Sunday. Yes, April 1st we saw temps in the 90s, with no wind. It was so nice! Not ready for that steady heat yet, but it was refreshing.

Last year he was terrified of the sprinkler. This year he ran constantly for a good 45 minutes (never taking his hat off). He even, at one point, ran face first into it to try to drink the water! This summer should be fun!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Monday, April 2, 2012

~F~ Family Session

Sometimes things happen for a reason. I was contacted by ~J~ about doing a family session when I was going to be in Custer State Park, but timing wasn't on our side for that day. We rescheduled for the end of the month. Man, did we luck out!

I was told by a friend about Wilson Park in Chadron, NE and thought I'd give it a shot. It was literally halfway for both myself and the ~F~ family. I really didn't know what to expect when I pulled into the park, and I was floored. Green grass was everywhere, the leaves were budding on the trees, there was a bridge, path, stone steps, you name it, this park had it! It was love at first sight for me!

 This family was so much fun. Their boys (they have five!) were so photogenic, and their daughter was an angel. The photographed beautifully and we had a lot of fun, in spite of the heat!
Boys :-)
"Rough and Tough"
How cute is he????

I hope to work with this family again in the future and be able to watch their little ones grow.