I decided to use the money I received from Christmas (thank you, moms & dads!!) to sign up for an online photography course. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now to help hone my skills and build my confidence. This particular course has received rave reviews on the photography forum I regularly visit and I was very excited to get started. I’m also happy to have a buddy to take the course with. A while back on the photog forum, a bunch of us signed up to be paired with a buddy who was at the same (roughly) skill level asRead More →

A new friend of mine made this veggie chili for a holiday potluck I attended in December. The chili was sooo good that I emailed her to get the recipe and try it out myself. Turns out she doesn’t really follow a recipe, but kind of makes it up as she goes. However she was happy to give me a list of the ingredients and approximate amounts. I made some slight adjustments when I made it for dinner last night, but I’m very happy with how it turned out. It was delicious. Vegetarian Chili One Chopped Red Bell Pepper One Chopped Green Bell Pepper OneRead More →

It was nice, laidback weekend around here. On Friday, Ava and I went to a friend of our’s 2nd birthday party at the rec center. We had snacks and cupcakes and then all went swimming. Ava got to wear her new bathing suit (which I must say is super cute on her). She was a bit apprehensive about going in the water at first. The kiddie pool was really crowded when we first got there. It seemed school let out early that day or something because there were a LOT of kids there. But it thinned out a bit and Ava ventured in on herRead More →

I’ve been inspired by many of my blogging friends to start creating some recipes of my own and posting them on my blog. Here is the first of what I hope will be many successful attempts at whipping up something new and tasty. :) Yammy Pasta Sauce: 1/2 of a 40 oz. can of yams (drained) 6 oz. can of tomato paste 1 C cream (though you could substitute soy milk easily enough) approx. 1/4 C frozen chopped onions approx. 2 C frozen chopped spinach a couple shakes of Pumpkin Pie spice (which is just cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger) a couple shakes of cayenne pepperRead More →

There are a lot of technical things wrong with this photo, but I still think it’s pretty darn sweet. (Of course, being the mama I’m slightly biased.) Here’s my little fairy. I don’t know if she’ll let me play dress-up with her again anytime soon. I bought this garb a couple days ago cuz I figured it would make for some cute pics (both of Ava and potential clients), but Ava wasn’t all that impressed and had the wings flipped over and onto her front within the matter of a minute. ;)

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I included: “* Become more aware about the food and drinks I ingest and feed to my family. – to include researching vegetarianism and veganism and learning about the impact of current farming and food production in this country on the animals and environment so that I can make informed dietary decisions.” I admit I haven’t done much research yet, but my gut is telling me that the best thing for us is to make a gradual switch to vegetarianism. However, I’m not sure I will cut fish completely out of our diets. I need to read upRead More →