I love it when my camera and its macro extension find such beauty in unexpected places.
Well, when you visit my house, there is a good chance I will dress your kids up and take pictures of them.
And these two red heads were my latest target. How could they not be? And I got them to smile (together!) by promising them cake and candy canes… and I had a flashing nose one. (Hey it’s Christmas, and midday sugar rushes are necessary!)
Don’t you think all the different stripes are so adorable!!!!
I’ve spent an extraordinary about of time in the kitchen the last couple of weeks. Enough that my body aches from it. This weekend I churned out enough food to feed a small country. The main treat were all kinds of different bars. They are easy and they get eaten. You can’t go wrong with a good bar. I included these (because there was an actual fight over them at Thanksgiving, (never mind it was between my husband and I. ) and at one point in time, and they were hidden in the house somewhere so no one else could eat them (that was not us)
So this year, I tried new kinds of bars and I loved them all. I ADORED the gingerbread bars because I only cook gingerbread things during the holidays. I can’t get myself to eat it at any other time. Just like I can’t eat pumpkin any later than November. It’s a thing, I know. The red velvet ones….pretty amazing as well. And the cranberry ones, were tart, yet they were a good diversion from all the sweet. I truly loved them all.
It’s been frigid cold here out west. Below zero for several days and expected to continue for a bit. But it’s one of those times where it feels OK to be below zero, because the wind isn’t blowing. And the sun is shining. It’s a strange thing to have the sun shining whilst your nose gets stuck together every time you inhale. I ventured out yesterday afternoon to grab some shots of just how beautiful it is, and I came across some deer that I’ve been watching all fall. Especially the big one. My husband didn’t think he existed, but he does now. (He’s such an elusive creature. I want to give him a name, but I haven’t thought of an appropriate one yet.)
The snow makes it feel like Christmas. Like the Christmas’s I knew when I was little, at least in my head I always imagine a foot of snow.
Before the storm started, we had the most beautiful sunrise. I try to watch them most every day. This one was worth a photo.
Since we watched it last night, with a very special little girl (who did a great job by the way) and because it’s my favorite from the ballet.
Waltz of the flowers
I normally post recipes on Monday, been thinking about dubbing it “Make it Mondays”, but then there are weeks like this when food was the last thing on my mind on Monday. (I think I ate enough to feed a small country last week.)
And so the Christmas cooking begins. I’m pretty excited for it. Next week, be looking for some awesome stuff! Yay!
These came across my pinterest feed from Averie Cooks, and I pretty much made them immediately. They looked so easy and I am a real sucker for homemade mints. They boasted that these taste like after dinner mints and I wouldn’t say that is exactly true. They do however taste much like cream cheese mints, which are by far my favorite ever. I might even go as far to say that they are my favorite candy in the whole wide world. So I renamed them Milk Mints instead. They are ridiculously easy to make. It only took me about a half hour to make two batches. They have passed approval by three different age groups, so I know they are good. I think next time I make them, just to make things interesting, I will add a little powdered milk, just to see what it does to the texture. I have a feeling I might like them that way. I used peppermint extract for these (the kind from the grocery store, not the kind from health food stores) and I didn’t have problems with them being too minty or cinnamony .But you have to be careful with that sometimes. Just be sure to add a little at a time.