Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Photo Shoot

I decided to go into work on my day off, my Anniversary...
I did some face paintings and I set up a photo booth for my fellow employees and their kids. Some of them were a bit overly distracted by the candy! :)
I'm only posting this one pic. A bunch of people who had dressed up were already gone by the time we got to take a group photo


Pumpkin Carving Party

I've wanted to have a Halloween party for years  now. I didn't want a bunch of drinking and I just don't have the resources to have a vintage Halloween party like I'd like to. I decided to do a pumpkin carving party instead!
I set up a venison chili bar with baked potatoes, hot dogs, chips, deserts, hot apple cider and a pumpkin beer bowl! I bought a huge pumpkin and carved out one side, the other side was flat. We filled it with ice and dropped in some bottles Sam Adams October fest. I love that one, I hate beet in general.. but I can actually drink Sam Adams!

I had 12 good friends and coworkers (the husbands didn't carve anything...) over and we all carved pumpkins.
These are the results!


Senior Pictures

One of the gals I work with hired me to do her sons Senior pics! I'm grateful for the opportunity.
I don't like to force my subjects and let them be as natural as possible. He's a good looking kid and straight face rather than a forced smile, is rather refreshing!
One set of photos is taken with a shotgun that belonged to a friend of his who recently passed away. He wanted to memorialize his buddy this way and I think it turned out great!





Foggy Wedding

I was able to photograph another wedding here recently. This was fastest wedding I'd ever been to! I swear it was all done in less than 5 min.
I'm not entirely happy with this session. Between the fog and poor lighting, I just couldn't seem to get the quality photos I normally get. :(
I even made the boutonnieres for the groom and his son.







Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn Apple Crisp

We bought a ton of apples and peaches recently from out local packing plant.
9/10th of the box of apples were dried and the peaches were frozen.
I took the last few apples and decided to make an Apple Crisp.
I took instructions from a recipe I found online, mixed it with a peach crisp recipe and added a bit of my own bit to it!
2c Oats (I mixed in about 1/4 cup of almond cranberry granola to make the 2 cups)
2c Brown Sugar (this seemed to be quite a lot. I think I could be reduced down to 1 1/2 c or less.)
1/2c flour
1/3c milk or cream
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
3 Tbsp. flour
3 tsp. Sugar, brown or whatever you have
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1/2c softened butter
1/2 nuts or seeds (I used pumpkin seeds)
6c Apples
Oil, for casserole dish. I use coconut oil.
Preheat oven to 350*. Grease your 8x8 casserole dish.
Combine the oats, nuts, brown sugar, 1/2c flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter till you get a crumbly texture.
Take 1/3 of the this mixture and press into the bottom of your greased dish.
In a large bowl, toss your apples with the 3tbsp flour and 3 tbsp. sugar, and vanilla. Pour into your casserole dish evenly. Drizzle the milk over this.
Distribute the rest of the crumble evenly over the apples.


Bake uncovered for 40-50 min.


This turned out amazing!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No Cupboard door delema

When we bought our house, we didn't think that not having cupboard doors would be an issue.

I'm finding that to be quite wrong.

I've tried keeping it tidy and even hung some curtains up to cover them when company comes over. They became more and more chaotic over the last year and a half.



There is no vent over the stove. This is the biggest problem of them all!! All our dishes would end up with a coast of grease and dust no matter what. My husband cooks greasier food than I do, but you still get a residue regardless of what's cooked! I'd love to get doors, at least for the sections over the stove area.

BEFORE:



Here is my temporary solution. I swapped, de-cluttered, and re-organized them!

AFTER:


The curtains will go back up, they are currently in the wash. I will eventually get some sort of doors up, least in the one area. The fund part will be trying to get all the cabochons off!





Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boho Kitchen

I decided to buy a smaller table for everyday use in my dining space. I found this sweet lil thing for a whopping $15 at a yard sale!
It's solid wood, reasonably sturdy, and can fit a leaf if we find/make one for it. It just happened to be spray painted black like the hutch I got at a yard sale last year!
We have a huge stocky table from my sister and it was overwhelming the dining area. It will be great for holidays, so it's put away for now. :)
I've had these chairs for...6 yrs? now. They were so ugly, but function-able! I decided to fix that.
Side by side
BEFORE
AFTER
 I used one of my rubber stamps to do the medallions all over the chairs. The rest is hand painted.
Back details
Seat details
Leg bar details
(I need to build a frame to cover gaps of heat vent -_- Some day I will!)