Showing posts from January, 2013

Photography....Rocky Mountain School of Photography

I love love love to take pictures. Those of you who follow my blog know I have a new camera and a lot to learn. I am ready to dive in.  So, last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend one day of a weekend photography workshop hosted by Rocky Mountain School of Photography.  There had been an ice storm the night before but the program was going on as planned and I was determined to get there.  I jumped in my SUV and headed to Morrisville at a whopping 27MPH maximum speed.  I made it. Got there early, grabbed a cup of coffee and found my seat excited for class to begin....( I will throw a few of my favorite past photos in this post, because you know I can't have a blog post with only words:-)

Here is how they introduce them selves on their website...

"Rocky Mountain School of Photography isn't a building. Nor is it a classroom or a campus. In fact RMSP isn't an "it" at all. Rocky Mountain School of Photography is a "we." We are a handshake, a retur…

Monday Morning Motivation

I really don't have a church community.  I have a church that we go to as a family, at times.  The sermons are amazing and extremely relevant to our daily lives.  The music is fantastic.  I have no idea how to even begin to connect, the church is huge. I long for a church community.  I really miss the what I had developed  at our old church.  I was involved in drama and music, book clubs, cooking clubs, going out to dinner and movies with my church friends.  Just fellowship, fun and a feeling of belonging. I know I can't go back so I must figure out how to move forward and develop "community", maybe it is not going to be in the church???
Oh well, as my Dad would say "It is what it is".  So, I did not go to church yesterday but I found my church time in my devotional book.  I started reading Daily Guideposts Journeys. I read a section called "The Uses of Adversity". Here are a few quotes that stood out to me....

“‘If you can’?”said Jesus.“Everything…

Recipe Review...Southern Slaw from Southern Lady Magazine

Last weekend I tried probably 4 new recipes.  Lots of fun but not all make the 8/10 cooking score cut.  One that did make the grade last week was simple and very good....Southern Slaw from Southern Lady Magazine.  Really easy.  It would be great to take along on a summer picnic.

I studied the recipe....
Ingredients 1 cup Mayonnaise 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup sugar  1 tsp of salt (I added maybe a half a teaspoon) 2, 16oz packs of tricolored coleslaw mix (I think I did one and a half) Directions *In a medium bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, sugar and salt. *In a large bowl combine mayo mixture and cole slaw mix. Stir to combine. *Cover and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator. I gathered my ingredients...

Served with Steak, homemade apple sauce and peas.  Pretty yummy:-)

Another very nice Sunday meal.  A couple of hours later Joe. Caleb and I headed out for a bit of post meal exercise.  Joe and Caleb took off on the bike and I ran the trail.  Fun day with family. Caleb in deep t…

Recipe Review....Key Lime Pie VII from

I have many recipes that I want to try saved on my Pinterest board.  I thought it was high time I got started.   I decided to try Key Lime Pie VII and Better Then Ever Cheesy Meat Lasagna.  Both sounded wonderful.  Only one of the two made my 8/10 cooking scale rating and that was the Key Lime Pie.  The Lasagna was fine, we did not waste any of it, but I would rate it maybe a 6/10.  So here goes with the pie....

I studied the recipe I found on All Recipes... You will see my adjustments and hints in blue:-)
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 8 Minutes (cook time for me was longer around 13 minutes) Ready In: 55 Minutes Servings: 8   INGREDIENTS: 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust 3 cups sweetened condensed milk (2 of the small cans is all you need) 1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 cup key lime juice (I used "real lime juice") 1 tablespoon grated lime zest (I did not use the zest) DIRECTIONS: 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).2.In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour c…

Monday Morning Motivation on a Tuesday:-)

My mom was a very generous person.  I can remember her giving her time and money to various groups.  We collected money on many occasions for the American Heart Association.  We spent hours working with the Special Olympics.  She also had a special place in her heart for a group called Boys Town.  I have one of her book marks from this group and I read it every night before I do my evening reading.
"Dear Lord, I have been very hard on myself.  I make demands on myself which are too harsh. I judge myself too severely. I have put myself down too often. That is how I grew up.  That is how I was taught.
Dear Lord, I am now putting myself in Your presence. I am one with You God as well as with others. I am not going to beat up on myself or others anymore. I am now experiencing being cared for and guided by You God
Dear Lord, please heal my soul, mind, and body and those of all people. I rest in Your peace and healing today and forever. Amen"
 Every time I read it it is a fresh rem…

Monday Morning Motivation

In church yesterday the worship team lead us in a song called "I will Exalt You" by Hillsong.  So simple and so true.....

"My hiding place My safe refuge My treasure Lord you are My friend and king Anointed one, most holy Because you’re with me
I will not fear" Thank you Lord for being there for all of us.  Thank you that we can find safe haven in you regardless of our imperfections and our situation.  Thank you that what ever is happening in our lives we can put it in your hands and know that you have our backs.  All because of your unconditional love for us, which in this world we can never fully grasp.....but are thankful for:-)" Happy Monday Everyone! Enjoy Your World:-)

Recipe Review..Paula Deans Pecan Chicken Salad

....The other day Erica said "Mom is your chicken salad recipe on your blog?"
She wanted to make it and I realized it had not yet made the blog.
I thought, now would be a good time to get it posted, plus I was in the mood for some good chicken salad, some comfort food, so here goes.....
 I studied the recipe....and gathered my ingredients.... 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup sour cream (I added about a tablespoon of sugar to the mayo and sour cream mix)
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup seedless grapes, haved
3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
salt and pepper
Directions: In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream.
Add salt and pepper to taste to the mayo mix.
Stir in chicken, grapes, and pecans.
 I had everything at home but the pecans.
I do love them in a salad.  I will use them next time:-)
Notice my new knife in the picture...Thanks Santa (Steph and Josh:-)

Served with grapes and crackers and a nice glass of white wine.  Very Good!
I will give it a 9/10 on …