• "hobbies",  "life"

    shadows simply mean there is light shining somewhere…

    I dusted my camera off the other day and set out to capture a few shadow themed pictures before the sun had completely set.  I really want to begin branching out and become more creative with my photography.  I also want to use subjects other than my children.  It will take time though, mainly because at the moment, I have to drag them everywhere I go.  Plus, taking photos of squirmy toddlers isn’t easy.  Most of them come out blurry.  Like one of the pictures above.  Still, it was fun to mess around the shadows that the natural light created, and adding effects in Photoshop made them bolder.  That is…

  • "Gardening",  "life",  "weekend"

    A Kitchen Affair

    Canning is a process that you have to simply hand over your entire day to.  Throw on your apron and deal with it.  It has the reputation of becoming a real time sucker.  If you’re like me, who has three children under your feet at all times to manage, then it’s enough to make you batty by the end of the whole mess.  Couple this with next-to-nothing canning supplies and only working with what you have; It makes a long day even longer.  (and you can forget about eating lunch)    This past weekend, I handed over most of my day, and managed to retain most of my good mood…

  • "DIY",  "hobbies",  "life"

    Waxed Leaves

    Nathan and I got a little crafty last night.  We dipped the leaves we had collected from the yard and the park into candle wax.  The effects are gorgeous.  At least in my humbled opinion.  I plan to use the leaves in various ways around the house, and maybe even use one as a future love letter to a stranger.  (I’ll keep you posted on that last one)  I thought about using them in a photo frame, or perhaps making a garland out of them, or maybe adorn them inside of a glass vase, along with some of the pine cones and acorns we have collected as well.  What do…

  • "food",  "recipes"

    Mexican Rice

    When we moved to North Carolina, we were met with some odd foods.  Not going to lie.  People here eat things that I have never even contemplated eating.  For example, when we went to the convenience store to buy worms for fishing, the cashier asked us with complete seriousness, “You gonna’ fry these up for lunch or you gonna go fishin’?”  I can’t even make this stuff up.  We laughed, or course, thinking that this was his dry humor shinning through, but oh no!!!  He was serious.  It is evidently a treat around here, just like boiled peanuts.  (Boiled peanuts don’t taste good…at least not to us.)  People here are…

  • "family",  "life moments",  "life",  "weekend"

    carbon copy weekend

    Our weekend was a carbon copy from the weekend before that.  A little bit of cooking here and there mixed in with great fall weather that allowed us to either stay outside and play for hours or cuddle inside when it started to rain.  As mundane as it seems, it was a great weekend that allowed me to finish my book, make a dent in my knitting, and of course clean and take care of little ones. //1  My Mexican Rice.  Recipe will be posted later this week. 😉 //2  My peppers have been growing like wild flowers.  It feels so satisfying to cultivate and grow your own food. //3 …