September 25, 2009

I will follow...

I don't usually participate in challenges; they always seem to me more effort than they are worth. At least most of the time, but this one from Collage Press was a little too good to pass up. I love Collage Press' papers and I've been wanting to use some new things I've recently acquired too. Like my new Hot Air Balloon stamp set from Studio Calico, so I decided to give it a go.

I used the lovely cloud paper from the Knave of Hearts collection. And actually, the whole card was made using that collection (*sigh* I love those papers). I'm really happy with the way it turned out... sort of exactly the way I envisioned it, which doesn't always happen. I'm not so happy with the way it photographed, but that's what I get for doing it at sunset:



I plan on giving this to my sweetie. The wording is rather appropriate for our season of life; lots of decisions and planning for our family to be made. We work together of course, but in the end, I will follow him anywhere. And I know he'd do the same.

September 22, 2009

This week we celebrated Nathan's first birthday and I made these to celebrate:



Unfortunately, our birthday boy fell asleep in his high chair before we could get to our festivities.

So today we had our cupcakes before dinner and as soon as daddy came home from work (this was very exciting news to Gabee). We pulled out the party hats and the noise-makers and got down to business.

We learned very quickly though that Nathan liked neither. As you can see from the photos below:





Poor little guy. He really did not like the hats. He didn't even like us wearing the hats. As soon as we took them off though and he got a taste of his cupcakes (apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting), he was fine.





Happy Birthday little guy! Mommy and daddy love you more than you'll know.

September 19, 2009

First Batch

How do you know that fall has begun? Well, if you live in a state that actually has seasons, then you'll notice the weather starting to change. For those of us who are not so fortunate...we head to Starbucks (hereafter known as SB). Maybe not the deepest or most profound way to mark the beginning of a new season, but when I see the Pumpkin Spice Latte show up on the menu, I know fall has officially begun.

On a much similar note, I am also a huge fan of the pumpkin scone that SB sells during the fall and winter months. Have you ever had one? I think they are pretty good, even if they do have, in my opinion, too much frosting.

One night a couple of years ago, I was seriously craving one those guys but I really didn't want to make a trip to SB. So what did I do?

Well, first I should let you know that I have a husband who bakes. Yes, you read that right. He bakes. I should also mention that his specialty is scones. Scones!!

So what do you do when you want a scone and you have a husband who just happens to make what you think, in all honesty and sincerity, are the world's best scones? You ask him as sweetly as possible (and with your eyelashes batting just in case) to make you some. I went online and found a recipe that was based on Starbucks' pumpkin scones. Luckily we had everything we needed on hand and about an hour-and-a-half later we had pumpkin scones. They were good. Since that time, my sweets has perfected the recipe and made some adjustments to it and now, I really think his pumpkin scones are much better than SB's.

So, now to the point of this whole post, last week I was craving a pumpkin scone. Lucky for me, so was my sweetie. So we made our first batch of the season (I'm in charge of the frosting). And guess what? They were good.






September 4, 2009

Small Reminders of God's Love

Hmmm, so, I'm not very good at blogging apparently. Here's something I meant to post a couple of weeks ago, but just never got around to it.

I won't go into too much explanation here, but California is not my or my husband's home state and we have had a difficult time adjusting to life here. Really, I'm not sure I could go into detail even if I wanted to. Some of the things that have been hard to adjust to are easy to pinpoint, others not as much. There are many things about our lives here that are good and blessed and have brought us joy. I certainly don't want to seem unhappy or ungrateful for our many blessings. Because there are many.

One of the things that has been a gift in our lives is the absolutely gorgeous produce that is available here in California. We try not to be too particular about food, in the gluttonous sort of way. I learned from the nuns in school that being a picky eater was one form of gluttony; wanting your food to be just so or only eating certain foods. We do try to eat healthfully though; lots of fruits and vegetables and I try to limit the processed foods we eat. The beauty, freshness, variety and availability of all the fruits and vegetables here in California makes us aware of God's great gift of creation to mankind.

I got these figs a few weeks back and they were so beautiful and delicious. Such a simple thing, but it really did illustrate for us that God is good and that even in such a small thing as a fig he is so generous to us.


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