Project 52 2014 with My Four Hens

Two years ago mum did a project 52 with a wonderful photographer, Sarah Cornish of My 4 Hens photography.  She truly inspires mum with her words and photographs.  Last year mum tried a different P52 and failed.  Now you can blame this on her lack of motivation, or how busy she was with her life…. but deep down you can totally blame it on the lack of connection within the other project.  This isn’t saying those involved in the failed P52 are not wonderful people, they are, but there was no personal connection there.  It is hard to explain unless you just jump right in and experience the personal connection of M4H yourself!

Now mum is not a woman of many words.  So I will try to explain her vision of the theme… however feel free to ask questions if you need further explanation.  Also remember she got behind a few weeks so some of these are not truly with the week of the theme, they may have happened before/after, but what matters in the end is the completion of the project and if she falls off the wagon, to jump back on and catch up!!  So far so good!  Check back from time to time when she adds new photos for the week!

Week 14 | Radiate

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Spring.  In all her glory!  A fresh rain, A fresh flower, Radiates Spring.

Week 13 | Vast

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The ocean.  The world.

 

Week 12 | Blue

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Ocean meets Sky.

 

Week 11 | Patterns

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Nature is all patterns.

 

Week 10 | Soft

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Here I am!  On Mums blog.  I’m soft here, in more ways then one!

 

Week 9 | Color Blind

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Here is Sean, a child, so innocent to the ways of separation based on color.  So lucky, to be blind.

 

Week 8 | Bright

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doh! here I am again!  Bright Light, soft and calm.

Week 7 | Focused

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Mum has not been shooting this year for others, however she had some baby plans to complete, focused to make these sessions amazing here she is practicing with Isabelle.

Week 6 | Paradise 

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Bacon.  Need I say more?

Week 5 | Noise

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Winter Noise.

Week 4 | Joy

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Backstory: I live in Florida. Yesterday we saw this funny white stuff falling from the sky. Much to my surprise I jumped and loudly yelled “Snow!!!” The kids were in school, so I grabbed the camera and tried to capture this rare sight, only to catch “SLEET” coming down. I put on my macro filters and snapped this little guy. I think he looks like a turtle, an ice turtle, but many think frog! It was really a joyous time, seeing snow in Florida!

Week 3 | Inside

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Its been very cold here lately.  What to do? Bake a cake INSIDE of course, for breakfast!

Week 2 | Imperfect

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We are all perfectly Imperfect. Power of Prayer.

Week 1 | Reflection

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Looking back at the previous year, reflecting on all our blessings.

 

 

“Chips” and Dip: 200 calorie snack!

A few days ago mum was watching Rachel Ray and the segment was about swapping typical snacks out for more healthy choices.
One of the things they offered was for potato chips and the french onion dip.  A typical serving of chips and dip is about 500 calories!  But lets face it, eating a serving of chips is a JOKE!
Get real, people grab a few handfuls of chips and I’d guess double the serving size of dip, so if we get real about this a snack of chips and dip is well over 1000 calories!  YIKES!

Rachel Ray showed a low calories swap using sweet potatoes and non fat greek yogurt!  AMAZING!

One average size sweet potato has about 110 calories, and a small cup of nonfat greek yogurt has about 100.

Directions!

Preheat your oven to 450.

Cut up the sweet potatoes in thin strips or slices.  The thinner you slice them the more chip like they will be.  Mum said she sort of likes them like fries so she leaves them a little thick.  Spray them with cooking spray. Mum put a little kosher sea salt on her potatoes.  This is optional.

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes.
Rachel Ray recommended putting them on a wire baking sheet so they crisp on both sides.  If you don’t have a wire rack you can just turn them halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile make your “onion dip”  All Mum did was add a few dashes of onion powder and garlic powder.  She also cut up a few green onions and added it to the yogurt.

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip


When your chips are finished cooking, pull them out and enjoy!  The dip really has the same flavor as the higher calorie onion dips.  You could use this with so many things!

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Do you have a low calorie swap snack?  If so, Mum would love to hear about it.  She’s  a HUGE snacker and is in need of these easy, quick, and most of all tasty go to snacks.

xoxo


 

Long Time no SEE!

Sorry its been a few months since I’ve updated you on our life here.  We are all doing fine just crazy busy with the holidays,  Finally got some time to blog again.  Mum says wait until the kids go back to school but I’m going to try to get a little post up before they wake for the day.

First a little tidbit.  This year mum is doing something called Project Life so I’m going to take some snapshots of her album each week and blog it.  Hopefully that will keep me current on the goings on in our life to share with you guys.  Second she is again participating in a Project 52 from My Four Hens.  She did one two years ago and had a great time.  Since it will be more personal images vs her business shots she convinced me to blog them for her.  I think it will be fun!!  That’s all for now!  I hope everyone has a great Sunday and week ahead!  woof!

I’d love to catch everyone up on November real quick.  This month was crazy fun.  We all got together and went to Panama City.  We rented some rooms on the beach and despite the freezing temps, abnormally cold for this time of  year, dipping into the 30’s!!  I believe we had a great time!

Here are a few images from that trip.

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Pre-Halloween Post

Yes, its that time a year!  Fall/Halloween!!  It is my first Halloween ever but I’m really digging this Holiday so far!  The family has decorated the yard, and even I was allowed out in the front yard to help a bit.  *gasp*  We have these two pumpkins which have been referred to as “perfect carving pumpkins” and these ghostly things hanging from the trees up front.

Inside the home is decorated as well.  We have a talking bowl, it is a head.  Very odd.  Another skull spits out M&M’s when you pull a little smaller bone on the side.

The kids have gotten various outfits, mum said I’m going to get one too she just can’t make up her mind.

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If so, how?

Spider Web in front of house

Spider Web in front of house

Spoooooooky man in tree!

Spoooooooky man in tree!

Home

Home

refection of mum in glass

refection of mum in glass

Me, between two pumpkins

Me, between two pumpkins

Scentsy Warmer

Scentsy Warmer

Skull candy bowl

Skull candy bowl

Skull M&M holder

Skull M&M holder

Foyer table

Foyer table

Duncan Hines Apple Crisp

My mum stumbled across this recipe a while back when she was having a “fall” desert craving.  Searching the allrecipes.com ingredients on hand, it pulled up this apple crisp recipe.  It is super easy to make, or at least I assume so because she makes it often and again, remember she’s NOT a baker!  lol

The recipe is as follows

  • 1 can (21 oz.) Duncan Hines Comstock® More Fruit Apple
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In 8″ square baking dish, place apple pie filling. Top with lemon juice.
  • In medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is browned and apple mixture is bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or heavy cream as desired.

You see it is really super easy.  I see the brothers and sisters eating it for desert, breakfast, or a snack.  Sometimes she serves it with ice cream but usually it is like a last resort desert since the ingredients are usually at hand, so ice cream is not always available.

Are there any foods which you crave in fall?  What are they and have you made them yet this year? Fall is here, but I live in Florida where Fall is not really a season, more like a relief from 100+ degree temps

Duncan Hines Apple Pie Filling and Fresh Strawberries

Duncan Hines Apple Pie Filling and Fresh Strawberries

Ingredients

Ingredients

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Apple Crisp with Strawberries

Stevie Review! Cain’s Dog House

I’ve been going to Cain’s Dog House my entire life so far.  Well except for once I went to Pet Smart and that was not a fun experience at all.  I’m so glad my mum found Cain’s.  They are super friendly there, they know me by name even before they are told.  They offer all kinds of services including boarding.  Their prices are very affordable and I’m happy to recommend Cain’s to anyone in the area.

I am not so sure I like the little bandana they give me but mum sure likes it, so I guess I’ll just go with it.  I love bath day!  I can’t wait until the next one!

Cain’s Dog House!  Two paws UP

Bath Day

Bath Day

Sheltie Steve