Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thanksgiving was lovely this year--spent it with the husband's family which is always fun. They spoil us with a lot of good food and laughter. I took off Friday this year and pulled out The List of Things to Do and ornament-making was right up there (after doing laundry and going on a run ;)). We decided to make ornaments for each family this year rather than do a gift per person. We'll also make treats and give everyone a picture of ourselves (mom's request). This gives me an excellent excuse to pull out the recipes for chocolate bark and toffee and other yummy things that I don't want to make and eat by myself (ourselves).
It took a while to come up with an idea for ornaments, but in the end, we settled on two designs. One that is 'me' and one that is 'him' using each of our talents and loves. I made these thinking of the Scandinavian ornaments I love so much, so these are an ode to my heritage. And his use his gorgeous photography...but I'll show you those tomorrow.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Today is our first anniversary.
I hardly know where the year went.
There are so many snapshots framed in my mind from that day.
The little girls 'practicing' walking down the aisle which meant they were making endless loops around the conference room table (did I mention the 'bridal room' was a board room? ha!)
The beautiful flowers and smiles on everyone's faces. Friends. Hugs. Family I hadn't seen in ages. Good coffee. A bite of a cupcake. Tons of little kids running around and laughing.
Chatting with my dad and feeling like I was going to burst with joy and nervousness. Eating a sandwich.
My cousins and aunt and uncle setting up the morning of--I could cry because of how wonderful they were.
The sleeping ring bearer. Oh well. At least he looked cute.
The beautiful day--thank you, Lord! It had rained all week up until our wedding day and I was starting to envision us all squished inside the house for the ceremony. Which would have worked...but...
Seeing my soon-to-be husband at the end of the aisle. That was the best part.
I don't say this lightly that this year has been such a blessing.
A year of growing and learning and falling more in love.
Thank you, Lord!
Friday, November 11, 2011
I just wanted to post something since today's date is so fun. However, it seems the only photos I have on my camera these days are pictures from Manhattan Beach. Oh well. I do like this mile marker. The design is so fun with the little pier and the waves. Happy Friday and Veteran's Day, everyone.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Toast ciabatta bread in the oven, slice in half (after cooled, of course!)
Made an avocado spread out of smooshed up avocados, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (for a kick of heat)
Cook a few pieces of bacon, pat excess oil off and break into pieces
Slice up a ripe tomato
Slather the bread with the avocado spread, top with bacon and tomato
Wrap sandwich in napkin because it will be messy!
Eat sandwich in bed so you can take a nap immediately upon finishing. ha!
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I used the following recipe from everybody loves sandwiches, but took out the vanilla sugar that she suggested.
vanilla almond granola
4 c old-fashioned oats
1 c sliced almonds
2 T flax seed
3 T brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1/8 t cinnamon
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 c honey
1 T almond butter
4 t vanilla extract
Preheat to 300°F. Mix the first 6 ingredients in large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Stir honey mixture until it just begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in the almond butter and vanilla. Once the almond butter melts, pour the hot liquid over the oats and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Spread granola on a large rectangular baking sheet or pan. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Break apart and store in an airtight container.
Monday, November 07, 2011
On the day this picture was taken, it was so overcast at the beach that you couldn't even see the horizon. The clouds came down to kiss the ocean...more like meld into the waves since there was no distinction. Oh, I love the fall and winter at the ocean! The entire atmosphere becomes quiet and mysterious and golden.