Wednesday, May 29, 2013

my new favorite recipe

don't you love when you test out a new recipe and it's just fabulous? what's even better is when it's ridiculously easy and cooks all in one pot! you gotta love that martha stewart and you really must try this one-pot pasta recipe. my family loved it so much, i had to share!

you throw everything in the pot together...

and ta-da!

find the recipe here.

this recipe is what's making me happy right now. hope you're having a happy wednesday too!


p.s. i added steamed broccoli to my cooked pasta dish, next time i'll try throwing it in the pot!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

cookie #13: salted peanut crisps

recently i've been neglecting my cooky book project, neglecting new cookie recipes in favor of testing out others, like coconut-key lime bars, toasty coconut wedges, brown sugar cheesecake...mother's day is coming up you know but more on that later. so this week i was happy to get back to cookies with my 13th recipe from the betty crocker cooky book, salted peanut crisps.

-1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-3 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1 tsp salt
-2 cups salted peanuts

heat oven to 375. mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla thoroughly. measure flour by dipping or by shifting. blend together flour, soda and salt; stir in. mix in peanuts. drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. flatten with bottom of greased glass dipped in sugar. bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. makes about 6 dozen.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
very tasty! the cookie is a yummy, chewy brown sugar cookie and the peanuts make wonderful, salty, little polka dots. i could eat another or a handful!

Ellie waiting for a cookie during the phoot shoot.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

an observer

my earliest memory of my grandpa chris is vague, just an image of him quietly observing a family gathering with a camera around his neck. of course i'm not sure when this memory might be from because i suspect it's a compilation of many holidays, birthdays and family dinners. my grandpa was always the quiet observer, documenting the day's events. and he always had his camera. he never asked anyone to smile or say "cheese!", he just quietly captured moments. and every once in a while he stopped to tell a funny story or poke well-deserved fun at a silly family member in his gravely voice.

we celebrated my grandpa's 87th birthday not too long ago. after losing my grandma this past winter it was more than nice to see him smile. he told a few funny stories and teased a few family members. in fact he told my mom he was allergic to strawberries when she had baked him a super-special-old-family-recipe-strawberry-birthday-cake, but he couldn't contain his laughter for long. mostly however he observed, even without his camera. 

the "torch" has been passed and now it's my turn to carry around my camera, trying to document the special moments with my family but i don't think i captured this moment, this beautiful shot of my grandpa, i think he might have given it to me. 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

happy birthday!

happy birthday to my sweet & wonderful husband, seen here studying on his birthday (and really appreciating the impromptu portrait session).

he's such a dedicated student isn't he? we plan to celebrate this weekend, so i just wanted to publicly declare my love for him and my pride in him today on his actual birthday. he's an amazing man and i'm so very lucky he's my husband.