I recently helped out a good friend of mine, Candace Wilson Photographer, with a styled wedding session. We had so much fun on the river. Hope you enjoy a few preview pictures
I know by this point, most of you have seen the youtube video, Sex. Marriage. Fairytales.//Spoken Word, and if not then you should. There is a line that sinks deeper and deeper into my heart each time he says it. “love doesn’t sustain the promise, the promise sustains the love”. How incredible is that sentence??? We go through life believing that all we need is love, but as most of you betrothed, you know that marriage is a total rollercoaster of emotion. But that sentence, “love doesn’t sustain the promise, the promise sustains the love”, it brings a comfort to my discomfort. I find myself asking the forbidden question, the one we are all so affraid to admit that we have at some point asked, “is love enough to save our marriage?”. And in this one line, I find the answer so blatant. Of course it isn’t. It never has been, but in this world of fictional fairytales, we hold our idea of love to a standard that it absolutely can not meet.
Love. An idea. An emotion. Something we use as comfort. Something we use to show affection and emotion. But as a glue? We have replaced The Holy Spirit in our lives with a simple word. Love. God is our union. God is our foundation. Not love. Love is our friendship, our ability to comfort one another. God is our marriage. The Holy Spirit is our glue.
that is Mountain Dew. I have been up for waaaaaay too long. And I have literally accomplished nothing. I pinned 8 new things that I will never create. I set up a boutique session (oh yeah, i never mentioned I am a photographer. and no, not a MWAC photographer), which I am super excited about, but I am sure my vision will change by the time the session rolls around in February. And I made an ass of myself in an email attempt to book a possible client. yay me.
I have a new found love of all things peach. This all stems from this gorg peach sapphire ring I found on Etsy. Anyways…..a friend of mine, owner of Mills Design Co., was holding a contest and shockingly, I WON!!! I never win giveaways or “like” contests, but now I know why they say “Slow and Steady wins the Race”. It just took all (15) of those contests, not to mention all of the “enter to win now” emails I always try and only win SPAM! anyways….I won these gorgeous pillows!!! I am so excited! My poor, neglected, bedroom is about to have a huge upgrade and those pillows will definitely be making a statement.
So with all of that rambling being said, she is holding another “like” contest on her Facebook page. After the next hundred “likes”, she will be giving away another free pair of pillows to the person who referred the most people! So, go “like” her page and start referring people!!!
I L.O.V.E. food! And I love to try new things. We generally eat a hearty meat dinner each night, but I try to make a vegetarian dinner 1-2 times a week. I found an awesome recipe on Pinterest, from the Proud Italian Cook blog, for a zucchini side dish that I decided to try tonight to see if it could only be a side dish or if it could possibly be a main entree. I used a small zucchini and a larger zucchini (close to the size of a small eggplant). I followed her directions (below) on gutting the seeds and placement. I then placed my small tommy-toe (cherry) tomatoes, cut lengthwise, in the dip of the each zucchini half. I altered the recipe a tad just to put my own touch on it (of course!). Instead of using bread crumbs, I mashed up about a handful of seasoned croutons. I also decided to salt and pepper each half first and then I forked on my olive oil by itself. I placed these in the oven on 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After removing the cooked zucchini, I placed my cheese on top (i only used Mozzarella) and inserted them back into the oven under the broiler for about 4 minutes. They were delicious!!! The portion size did make a huge different. The smaller ones would make a great side or even appetizer and the larger version could be used as a main entree. They were very filling! I think these could also be yummy with small mushroom pieces as well. Mmmm very yummy!
Here is the Proud Italian Cook’s directions:
Just cut a zucchini in half lengthwise and trim a little off the bottom so it sit still in a baking dish*** Scoop out the center where the seeds are with a spoon*** Brush the surface with a mixture of crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper*** Arrange halved grape tomatoes into the grooves, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes*** Remove and place diced fontina or mozzarella in between the tomatoes, place them back in, but now under the broiler til golden and bubbling***Remove and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkling of grated parmesan.
For all of you Death Cab for Cutie fans
So, we are saying goodbye to twenty eleven and hello to twenty twelve! I, personally, do not do resolutions due to the overwhelming disappointment I feel when I don’t keep them. But, I do strive the ever lasting attempt to better myself in healthier ways!
Here is what I hope to accomplish in 2012:
I hope to lose 15 lbs and lose my muffin top
I hope to revamp my wardrobe and rid of all of my “stay at home mommy” comfy clothes
I hope to check off 2 things from my bucket list
I hope to find a new hobby
I WILL do 5 things just for myself.
So, Heres to the new year and all of the fun adventures to be had!