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Snaps: July Edition

In Crafts, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

To say that my “break” went longer than expected is an under statement. We had a lot going on this last month and well it was nice to focus on our various visitors and other obligations. In the mix of what was going on I was still taking pictures – well sometimes :/ . Here are some of my favorite shots:

I repainted and antiqued our nightstand – smitten.

It is so stinking hot. Miserably hot…

and everything is dying early, but sprouting in the dead flowers and leaves is a new tree 🙂 

A quick shot during a short rain.

The dog’s wet mug, after playing in the short rain.

It was very exciting… because it’s so stinking hot!!!

Here is the blackboard I painted for the kitchen.

It is an up-cycle from an old painting we weren’t going to keep.

Taken with iPhone.  I just loved processing.

Grandpa Gib – him and his lovely wife came and stayed with us 🙂

This is our dog, hoarding all the mini tennis balls.

We often use one ball to get the one she is holding from her…

she gets fed up and collects them all and then protects them.  😀

Cherry Rose Sangria – recipe coming soon!!

Randomness on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I hope this finds everyone surviving the summer heat. We haven’t been cooking much, but I am ready to get rolling again and get reconnected! EO





In Personal, Photography on July 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Greetings from a lazy blogger! I have had my youngest nephew since Thursday morning and well to say the least cooking, baking or drinking anything notable hasn’t been in the cards. Nor has any craft semi-related to my life. Our days have been filled with milkshakes, video games, YouTube, fast food, Koolaid, sundaes, computer program/camera lessons, and pure silliness. So much silliness I often go to bed with a sore face, but a happy heart. 

So just wanted to say Hi! Still breathing, haven’t made a whole lot of anything interesting besides jam and I’m taking a breather from my regularly scheduled life! I hope this summer brings you rest, family, and some good ol’ silliness too! 😀

Snaps: June Edition

In Personal, Photography on July 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Here a few quick shots from our life this last month:

Flowers from the hotel we stayed in while moving. 

 Shelling pecans… baking cookies

Doggy close up. 

One of the first dinners I made in our new casa.

Couple of shots we took while waiting for time to leave.

Bookmobiles (I call them book fountains…) I made to hang in the living room.  

HAPPY 4th of JULY – Be safe, have fun and take pictures! 🙂

Snaps: April & May Edition (LATE Ed.)

In Crafts, Personal, Photography on June 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I missed posting my Snaps in April. I fully intended to in May and then tada internet got cut off early. Boo! So now that things are in full swing again I wanted to get it posted before I missed my chance all together! So here are some shots – mostly objects and not people as I spent the majority of these two months living alone while my husband was working in “our future city.” But, I like exploring all different types of photography and having more than just pictures of food to look back on for memories. Here are a few:





Here are some beautiful hand knitted placemats and dishcloths I was given.

I love knowing crafty people – it pays off in the best ways 😀

This is my Mema (grandma) and her ex-sister-in-law who never really stopped being family.

That’s how we roll. Once you are in we don’t let you out. Kinda scary… anyways,

I love the lighting and shadows from the tree. 



Here of course is the token dog shot. She is so purdy 😀 … and I am so smitten 😀




A peak in my floss box. Floss is boss. Embroidery is freakin’ awesome!

I might need an intervention… soon. 

This is my $1 flea market find. Pearl snaps!! Strawberries!! I am so going to rock this while I do yard work. 

My husband is not impressed. At all!


My magnetic spices loaded into a moving box. 

(with a bad – bad glare from our fluorescent light.. well it’s not ours anymore!!)

… from a more groovy perspective. 

A treasure to me. One of the ceramic coffee cups my maternal grandmother cast and painted the year I was born. 

Items like these are the ones you pray to make the move safely. 

I am thrilled to report it made the journey just fine! 

This crazy cute moose was less than a dollar at Ikea. It has brought more joy to our crazy dog than some of the $10 toys she owns. 

She is glad to report it made the move safely. 

It is still bringing her joy. 


Not dead yet…

In Personal, Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

All right stop collaborate and listen, I’m back with my brand new invention. Not really – well at least the invention part, but I am back and ready to resume the blogging. That song just creeped its way into my head when I started this post. It happens… darn 90’s.

It has been 1 month+. During that time I entertained guests, made several trips to Austin, moved states, was without internet (yes WITHOUT) for almost three weeks, lost 7lbs in one week and did more crafting than cooking or baking. It has been crazy! I felt exiled without the web to entertain me and keeping in touch is way more difficult. Getting internet back after that time was overwhelming. I just deleted everything. So if you sent something important… re-send please? In the meantime, I was extremely productive. I guess the lack of Facebook, Netflix and Pinterest will do that to a person.

It overall has been nice. We like our new town and are finally settling into the new digs. I have eaten out a lot. Too much. Your kitchen being in boxes kinda has that effect. I also took very few pictures and took no notes while cooking – it was nice!

Anyways, just wanted to say hello! Still alive over here and happy to be cooking and baking again!! Love, EO (and Maddy… she loves you too!)

P.S. Sorry if you spend the rest of the day with Vanilla Ice stuck in your head 😉


In Baking, Cooking, Personal, Uncategorized on May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This blog is an apology. Blogogy. Yes I made it up and now I’m moving on! It’s for the people who read this lil blog o’mine and well to myself.  I dropped the ball. I fell off the wagon… so to speak. More like recent events in life kicked me off the wagon, but that is the way it goes sometimes.  My life has been a whirlwind of events and emotions this last few weeks. There were good times filled with gut busting laughter, heart wrenching sad times, new experiences and stress. Buckets and buckets of stress. So while I can say that for the majority of my absence I did not cook, I did eat. I ate a lot… I even had the pleasure of being cooked for by some of my favorite foodie friends, but I am back and ready to be in the kitchen!  Oh and on the plus side my kitchen stayed spotless for almost two weeks!! 😉

Anyways, the time I have been away wasn’t completely without cooking and baking.  Until I can post a new recipe here are some ones that we tried over Easter weekend (actual recipes are linked to food titles) – hope you enjoy and that life hasn’t eaten you and spit you up.  I highly recommend avoiding it – like I said buckets and buckets of stress….

John Legend’s Macaroni and Cheese

There are really few words to describe this mac.  Cheesy, rich and did I say cheesy? We usually try a new mac recipe for holiday and family gatherings.  I have all kinds, but my favorite thing about this one was the use of canned milk.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me… after all I use it to make mashed potatoes. Any who, while I may never make this particular concoction again I will use canned milk in mac again and kudos to paprika for showing up on something besides a deviled egg!

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart (marthastewart.com)





Ad Hoc Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I felt dumb when I made this recipe. (Not because it isn’t delicious – it is a tasty cake!) I felt dumb because it never occurred to me to make this cake with fresh fruit.  I may never make it with canned again! Leave it to Thomas Keller to know too that this is the perfect time to add a little salt to draw out the beautiful caramel sweetness.  The other thing I adore about this recipe is the schmear. Schmear is what bread dreams are made of. I know, I know it doesn’t sound right… I am not particularly fond of the word, but it is true.  If you do not make this cake, at least try the schmear.  Make rolls with it or cinnamon toast, hell make it for the fun of it and thank me later – very good stuff!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Gal (foodgal.com)

Better-than-Brownie Chocolate Cookies

I tried these cookies/brownies to indulge my brownie obsession. Also because well they are made of chocolate… To be honest I don’t know if I was brain-dead when I tried this, missed a measurement or what, but my cookies weren’t cookies.  They didn’t hold up. So I baked the rest of the batter off as brownies. They were good brownies. Not the holy grail of brownies, but I certainly enjoyed them. Alone. I used 70% so they were a lil to chocolate for my husband. Oops. Oops again when I ate most of them 😉 lol.  Anyways I love this idea so I haven’t given up on it.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker (browneyedbaker.com)



Ialso made a ham for my Dad over Easter. We had two kinds, cause that is how my family does things (overkill…). Any who, it was a Food Network recipe and I cannot find it for the life of me, so I guess I am not sharing it. Oh well here is to you, me and food. EO

Food from Foodies

In Baking, Cooking, Personal, Uncategorized on April 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

My husband is in California this week on business, well they say it’s “business”. I have a hard time believing it since they are at Disney Land… yeah right 😉 I am taking advantage of his absence and not cooking.  Not cooking = no dishes which in turn = vacation for me, at least it certainly feels that way.  It also means I can enjoy those foods my husband hates with no guilt! I am also taking this short cooking break to finish up several craft projects and reacquaint myself with a running routine.  I have grown lax in my workout routine and this seemed like a good time to refocus.  Hello running I missed you – NOT. It’s been a rough week, as of today I have logged 10.6 miles on the treadmill. I hurt in places I was not aware were apart of my body. It’s special and I have yarn burn from crocheting too much – oh yes it’s true.

Anyways, I wanted to take this time to share some recipes we have tried over the last couple of weeks from other food bloggers (click the food titles to go to recipes):

From Katie Goodman @ goodLife {eats}
Lemon Coconut Cupcakes

These were very light with a good balance between the two flavors. We didn’t do the fancy double colored icing (which by the way the icing was the best part – my brother even opted to eat it on brownies!) The cakes were very mild in flavor and good for picky eaters – I prefer more of a lemon punch! The texture though was spot on.  Picture courtesy of goodLife {eats}.

From David Lebovitz
Potato Leek Soup

I am convinced that David Lebovitz can do no wrong.  I even read the ingredient section of his cookbooks, because I love the way he writes.  It’s real and if you read his blog hilarious.  This soup is wonderful, no decadent and the only change that I made was the addition of bacon.  I know it would be wonderful without it, but I love LOVE love the flavor of leeks cooked in bacon grease and then we used the cook bacon to garnish the soup as well.  Picture courtesy of David Lebovitz website.


From Danelle @ Let’s Dish
Queso Blanco

Sometimes there is nothing more comforting that chips and queso.  This is no exception.  I love making my own cheese sauces and queso.  Weird I know, but there is something about creamy cheese that is just good.  I don’t know how I ended up on this site, but it is chalk-full of yummy yummy eats – you should check it out. Picture courtesy of Let’s Dish

From Mowie Kay @ Mowielicious
Japanese Soft Cheesecakes

Mowie Kay takes amazing photographs and since we eat with our eyes first, his site will make you Hungry.  Reading this blog inspires me to work on my food photography, which is coming along slowly… In addition there are so many amazing recipes.  We tried these Japanese Cheesecake recipe, but instead of making the frosting with cherry blossom and raspberry sugar – we substituted in real strawberries.  (though I look forward to trying it his way as well…) The cakes were light as cotton.  The flavor was also incredibly light with only a hint of sweetness. This of course works out since we topped it with plenty homemade strawberry buttercream frosting- delish. Picture courtesy of mowielicious.

From P-Dub aka Pioneer Woman
Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

Like hundreds of thousand of other folks – I adore this woman.  She is fun, creative, generous to a fault and a  darned good cook.  We try out lots of her recipes and I guess I enjoy so many of them because they remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen.  After reading this we tried it on the same theory as PW; that if ham cooked in Dr. Pepper is good, then why not other meat.  It’s true and surprisingly not real sweet. I rubbed my pork butt with salt and cumin – that is the only addition we made. Picture courtesy of Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Happy cooking to you and no dishes this week to me – Hooray!

Snaps: February Edition

In Personal, Photography, Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Apparently I didn’t want pictures of people this month… which is weird since it’s the month of “l♥ve” and all.  Not that I didn’t try really… just didn’t happen that way.  There are of course pictures of the dog, but I will spare you from the majority of those, which I am sure are only heart-melting to me!  Alas here are some shots I  took this month that are non-food related (yes it is a miracle!).  Maybe they will help some people get to know me a wee bit better!

This is Shoreline Green – I’m obsessed…

No Really… Teal, Turquoise, Electric Blue… P.S. this is my dog’s favorite bling.

This was my fun nail job, please excuse the ugly hands… focus on the flowers 😉

My husband took this picture. It is the first off a series of flea market finds… $3

I think it would look better in shoreline green! or white… on something painted shoreline green 🙂

$1.50 – the one on the left is from England… the other who knows?

Hippie Plate Setting (Dinner & Salad Plate) $1 – cute for serving cookies!!

Two Tea Cups and Saucers $1 – Also a groovy pattern.

Vintage Teal Syrup Dispenser – $1

Flawless Milk Glass Plate – $5

Vintage Pyrex Mixing Bowls (LOVE THESE COLORS!!) – $10 (for set!)

Steal of the day for me!! 😀

Madison – what?? I said just a few…

Some of the yarn I am currently working with… my very first afghan.  Fingers crossed!

Playing with Zoom… I like the crazy rushing effect!

Hope you enjoy… hope you are inspired to take pictures of your pet, garage sale, scour flea markets and thrift shops – I certainly love it!!  P.S. I promise to take pictures of people next month. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle… well you remember. ♥ Happy shooting!

Snaps: January Edition

In Personal, Photography, Uncategorized on January 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

My goal this year is to take over 10,000 pictures .  For some that may not sound like a lot, but I’m a home photographer and that means about 834 pictures a month.  When you take in account that I don’t have children and taking pictures is not my job… that is a “couple” pictures…

What inspired this goal? A quote actually from the phenomenal photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Your first ten thousand pictures are your worst.”  Not that I am expecting something magically to happen at 10,001, but practice is the idea here.  I love to practice … I love to take pictures… I wish I had a part-time job taking pictures… I might even work for free – love it that much 🙂

Last week I got an opportunity to shoot musicians, which is one of my favorite subjects.  So much movement, sometimes intensity and sometimes pure fun.  Here are a few of my favorites from the night:

Love the focus..(him not the camera)

This kid is so truly talented – it was a pleasure to watch him perform.


This guy was in his own world with his music – love that!





Love the shirt…

Love the joy…

The more I learn about photography and the more pictures I take the more it consumes me.  I am excited about what is to come, even though I have no idea what that will be.  As always, thanks for stopping by and letting me share. 😀

2011 Resolutions

In Personal, Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

2011… already weird to type that.

New Years is a time for reflection and goal setting – of course at this time of the year they are called resolutions.  Many people avidly set these goals and sadly fail.  My husband doesn’t set resolutions… I do an am guilty of the failing part.  The goals/resolutions that I do set and complete though are very rewarding.  Last year one of my resolutions was not to gain weight (well honestly and more specific to still fit in my wedding dress – hooray cause I can 😉 ).  Being classified as healthy weight (not that I couldn’t lose…) and not overweight is a great way to start the year 🙂 Now for those resolutions that didn’t turn out so well… yeah lets just not talk about those.  As for this year, well please read below.

I like crazy cat pictures… my post needed a picture
and well it has to do with running right?? 🙂


Read 2 books a month

I know this is weird, but I was an avid reader once upon a time and well I have grown lax – maybe this commitment will get me back on track!

Do more volunteer work

Something I was passionate about in my youth and have also neglected.

Run 10k

I know this seems minor… but for me it is a big deal.  Since I just had a second foot surgery my training has to start from scratch breaking my foot in.  Also my run time is very important to me… not just complete 6.2 miles in one day.

Complete 12 frame-able works of art

I have a specific series in mind, but if that doesn’t work out I would still like to jump in to the art world again.


There are so many wonderful people and blessings in my life – I would like to be better to others and showing my appreciation for life in general.

I am sure I have a laundry list of other hopes and well a general to do list, things I could improve upon and so on, but these are the five things I am going to dedicate myself to accomplishing this year.  I am excited about all of them and hope I come out with great things to share!

Good Luck in 2011 with your resolutions, hopes and goals!! … oh and Thanks for reading 🙂 means a lot!