Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pineapple Champagne Hostess Gifts

Here is a quick and easy hostess gift for your holiday parties!

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Pineapple Champagne hostess gifts....

They are simple to make and you don't have to be crafty.  Simply hot glue Ferrero Rocher candies to a mini champagne bottle of your choice, cut green tissue paper to look like a pineapple top and tape it to the top of the bottle, finally tie with burlap ribbon.  Quick, Cute, and easy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Y'all





Enjoying a beautiful day on November the first...oh happy day!

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Happy Birthday June....{9}

Happy Birthday to our sweet Junie!  Today we celebrate {9}.... We celebrate June, she is amazing in so many ways and we are so excited to get our day started.  We have a day of parties, cupcakes,  cakes, family, and friends  planned.  Let's get this party started!








Just a few things about our Junie...she is smart, funny, kind, serious, artistic, happy, has a contagious laugh, and the list goes on and on.  However, mostly she is LOVE and has made my life and our whole family better by being a part of it.  Love to you my sweet girl on your 9th Birthday.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

No. 2C Autographic Kodak Jr.

This is the No. 2C Autographic Kodak Jr.  A lovely gift from Russ's Uncle Ken and family.  The camera belonged to Russ's grandfather and I feel so honored to have it as part of my collection.  A few facts about the No. 2C Autographic Kodak Jr.

-dated 1916-1927
-large format film folding bed camera
-Eastman Kodak Company Rochester, New York
-film roll cartridge, Kodak No. A 130 7x12 cm (2 7/8 x 4 7/8 inch) frames









I think it is lovely to look and was recently told you can still get film for many of the vintage cameras. I would love to give it a try.  I have a small collection of vintage cameras and can't help but think about the pictures they have taken and if their owners enjoyed them as much as I enjoy my cameras.  For me, photography is a creative release that allows me to create something lasting and meaningful.  It also, brings me great joy to share my passion and pictures with my family.

So, as I said earlier,  this particular camera was Russ's grandfather's. Russ's Uncle also gave me another camera that I will be sharing later. I also have a camera that my mother gave me, it was her father's, my grandfather's.  Both men were contemporaries, enjoyed photography, and shared the same name, Theodore.  My oldest son shares their name and I share their love of photography.  So to me, the gift of these cameras weaves part of our family story in an ever so subtle way and leads me to wonder how it is all connected. 
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Homemade Granola Bars

Sharing one of my favorite snacks...homemade granola bars.  The kids love them, they are very versatile, and best of all quick and easy.






2 cups pitted dates (medjool)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups almonds chopped
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips

-line 9x13 pan with parchment paper, overlapping the sides
-process dates in a food processor until pasty or dough like
-preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast almonds and oats until warm and fragrant, 10-15 minutes
-place oats, almonds, and dates in a bowl mix until combined and crumb like
-warm honey and peanut butter in microwave until melted, mix until uniform
-pour honey mixture into oat mixture and combine
-add chocolate chips, combine
-spoon mixture into prepared pan and press down until firm (I cover with parchment to press)
-cover and refrigerate until firm and cool
-remove from pan and divide
-store in a sealed container in the refrigerator

My kids love these!  The best part is you can add just about anything.  Don't like chocolate chips don't add them.  My oldest son loves cranberries and white chocolate so I have added those ingredients before.  I do suggest on larger ingredients like cranberries and large chocolate chips that you do a quick chop before you add them so the bars don't crumble...

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adapted from: The Minimalist Baker

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Favorite Banana Chip Muffins

Today I am sharing one of my family's favorite muffin recipes.  They are a breakfast favorite at our house.  I try to freeze them for breakfasts as soon as they are cool otherwise they disappear right before my eyes.


And if you have visited here before, you know that for me it is more about sharing the pictures than the food, so to get to the recipe you may have to endure a few pictures!








Okay, you made it to the end and know you get the goods....

Favorite Banana Chip Muffins

1 cup butter softened
1&1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons sour cream
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups mashed banana
1 cup mini chocolate chips plus extra to sprinkle on top of muffins

-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-line muffin tins (usually 24-28)
-combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, set aside
-cream butter and sugar until creamy, beat in eggs and vanilla, beat in bananas and sour cream
-add flour in two portions mixing until blended
-stir in chocolate chips
-fill muffin liners about 3/4 full
-sprinkle with chocolate chips
-bake for 18-22 minutes

This recipe usually makes me 24-28 muffins depending on how I fill them.  They freeze well and I always have a freezer bag of them in the freezer for quick breakfast.  The girls love to have them with a berry banana protein smoothie.  I hope your family loves them as much as mine!  You can print the recipe HERE.

original recipe adapted from:
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Finding joy and vintage ornaments

Well, here we are only 8 days away from Christmas.  The girls are counting down and we are getting ready to celebrate.  In this busy season, I am trying to find a little bit of joy in each day.  It might be daily Mass or just a cup of tea before the the girls get home from school.  Whatever it is I am trying hard to find joy in the ordinary and be grateful for each day. Earlier this week I found "a lot" of joy when I pulled out my vintage ornaments and my bokeh board and spent some time taking  a few shots.  Okay, a lot of shots...













We are looking forward to TJ coming home this weekend and having a few weeks of down time.  We of course are looking forward to Christmas and New Years, as well as time with family.  Since we are a family of  Hawkeyes, we are also looking forward to the Rose Bowl.  Last time Iowa was in the Rose Bowl I was in college, how time flies.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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