The Great Egg Hunt

This weekend the kids and I put a new spin on toilet-papering our friends… Not that I’ve ever taken my kids TP-ing.

We filled four dozen plastic eggs, made four of these little cards, and hid the eggs in the yards of four families we know. (In broad daylight)

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We used the hashtag to encourage our friends to keep the fun alive! Here is the photo file so you can use this idea too!

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My Favorite Things Photo Challenge

FavoriteThings Challenge

I’ve been purposefully taking better pictures this year, and learning as much as I can from the blogs of others… I hope you enjoy this “How To” list I put together, as you take on this personal photo challenge seeking improvement in your own photography!

Raindrops on roses   http://www.ehow.com/how_7877604_photograph-dew-drops.html

Whiskers on kittens  http://www.catster.com/cats-101/take-great-cat-photos

Bright copper kettles  http://instanthotshots.com/product-photography-tips-how-to-shoot-shiny-metal-or-surfaces.html

Warm woolen mittens  http://knittyprofessors.blogspot.com/2010/01/photographing-knitting-lesson-1.html

Brown paper packages tied up with strings  http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/how-to-make-photograph-gift-tags/pictures/index.html

Cream colored ponies  http://www.better-digital-photo-tips.com/how-to-take-horse-pictures.html

Crisp apple strudels  http://whiteonricecouple.com/photography-travels/food-photography-tips-tutorials/

Door bells  http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/guide-to-architectural-photography

Sleigh bells http://www.photographyblogger.net/22-beautiful-musical-instrument-pictures/

Schnitzel with noodles  http://www.foodportfolio.com/blog/food_photography/food_photgraphy.html

Wild geese   http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2008/12/how-to-photograph-wildlife

The moon http://photographylife.com/how-to-photograph-moon

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/bridal-party-photos

Snowflakes   http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-snowflakes-with-a-dslr

My nose and eyelashes  http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2010/10/how-to-photograph-your-own-eye

Silver white winters http://www.wexphotographic.com/blog/how-to-photograph-winter

Spring  http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/articles/photograph_spring_foliage

Great Read for a Plane Ride (eBook)

 Great Read for a Plane Ride (eBook)

A 17-year-old living in suburban San Diego, Samantha can see exactly what her future holds – school, a job, and eventually a grown-up life in the suburbs. But she wants more. Adventure, travel, romance, excitement: she wants to have it all. When her hidden talent is discovered, a top-secret organization offers her everything she wants. There is just one rule: once she starts, she can’t go back.

Buy it on Amazon, iBooks and in the Sony store $3.25

25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9

I couldn’t help myself- after reading this I just HAD to re-blog! (from Parents, March 2011)

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This post has generated a lot of buzz in the past year and I am so excited for all the traffic it has brought to my blog. I never imagined that so many people would not only read my blog, but find it and share it!

Please be kind in your replies to this post. You are totally (and I welcome!) allowed to write your honest opinion in comments, but let’s remember to be kind. Attacking me is not going to change my post or have me take it down. (trust me, I’ve gotten both demands!)

Finally, this article originally appeared in the March 2011 edition of Parents magazine. I do not own and did not create this list of manners (although I wish I had!)…I just merely posted them on my blog to share with the 5 followers I had at the time.

Please enjoy and comment if you’d…

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Paleo Zucchini Pomodoro

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Pre-Paleo lifestyle, pasta with meat sauce was one of my go-to dinners for nights that lacked culinary creativity. Recognizing that I feel better when I don’t eat pasta, it wasn’t too hard to turn my back.

Ingredients:
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion
1 large tomato, chopped or roughly diced
1/2 red bell pepper, roughly diced
1/2 cup water
2-3 zucchini
Sea salt & pepper to taste

Begin by heating the olive oil in a pot over low-medium heat, adding in the onion, garlic, and red pepper, sautéing until the onion is translucent.

While your onion, garlic, red pepper cooks, use a julienne peeler (I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond) to cut lovely long zucchini “noodles”. I worked my way through each zucchini until I hit the seedy center.

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When the onions are tender and translucent, add in the tomatoes and water, stirring gently to combine, still over low-medium heat to keep a simmer or low boil. Then top with the zucchini noodles and cover, allowing the steam to cook the zucchini for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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I prefer my zucchini al dente, but you may cook longer if you desire a softer meal. Plate and serve, adding sea salt and pepper as preferred. Serves two, or just one if you’re really hungry. Pairs nicely with Garlic Chicken.

Cinnamon Almond Milk Ice Cream

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When the “creative in the kitchen” bug strikes, I don’t usually stop with just one new recipe. Today was no different! After starting the Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Ice Cream I got started on another variation.

This recipe calls for:
2 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Begin by blending all of the ingredients- I use an immersion blender, but a regular blender would work too. It is completely safe to taste your concoction, as none of the ingredients require special handling. (Just keep your mouth away from the blender blades genius.) Then following the specific instructions of your ice cream maker, add the liquid to the maker and let it do its thing!!

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This time I used the ice cream maker attachment with the Kitchenaid. In approximately 15 minutes, I had this:

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Now, I wouldn’t call this ice cream. It’s a bit crumbly, and has a very light flavor that isn’t sweet. I think it’s delightful. Since giving up most processed foods, I’m finding I enjoy flavors I might not have noticed before. And even better, check out the Nutritional Facts below (based on 1/2 cup serving size) By the way, have you read the ingredients list on Ben & Jerry’s – OMG!!! Makes me happy to make my own frozen dessert with ingredients I can identify

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