Sunday, April 11, 2010

a new venture

I've decided to start working on starting a photography business. I got my camera about two years ago and, in that time, I've learned how to use it and I've gotten better at composing decent shots.
I've signed up for Photoshop classes and I'll be attending a photography workshop this summer. Over the next few months, I'm going to work on building up a portfolio. I'm really excited!

It's exciting to think of starting a new career and one that would really play to my creative side!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

have you ever wanted to chuck your blog?

I have. And I almost did. (But I'm so glad that I didn't!)

Ever since my bout with pneumonia in December, I just haven't been able to get my groove back. I've had no ambition to cook or take photos or decorate or blog or do anything else that usually makes me happy. I just slogged through the rest of the winter.

But it's hard to stay depressed when it's Spring and the days are so warm and beautiful! I finally took my camera out yesterday and we took a drive down to Princeton so that I could take a few pictures.

The whole campus is so beautiful.

This fence is partially responsible for inspiring me to go to college. When I was a little girl, my parents took me down to Princeton and I fell head-over-heels in love with this wrought iron fence. I'm pretty sure I may be the only person who went to college partly to admire a fence.

Forsythia - why can't it bloom all summer long?
My husband and I tried to impart the importance of working hard and getting an education to our boys. But they were more interested in picking up rocks.

Monday, March 15, 2010

laptop love

I am really in love with these stylin' new mini-laptops. HP is collaborating with Vivienne Tam to make them and the designs are so pretty. They make me wish it was time for a new laptop.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

longing for summer

All the snow and gray weather we've had makes me wish I could escape to a place like this:

St. Regis Hotel in Hawaii

And lounge around in something like this:

beach cover-up from J. Crew

Along with a pair of these:

And right beside my lounge chair, I'd have a tub like this filled with ice and cold drinks. Summer is almost here, right?

Friday, February 26, 2010

a little room progress

We've been snowed in for the past two days, so we used the time to put together the Hemnes dresser for my son's room. I actually like it much better in person than I did when I saw photos of it. And while it's bigger than I thought, it fits perfectly in this space.

I still need to come up with artwork for the wall above the dresser. The little monkey picture has got to go. Also, I want to style the top of the dresser a little better. It needs something that will add a little height.
Meanwhile, our little corner of the world looks like this:

That weird shape in the upper right hand corner of the photo is the snow fort that we built yesterday. For the kids, of course. It's not like my husband and I are immature enough to have snowball fights or anything ;-) The fort was three feet high yesterday and today it's a barely discernible bump of snow.
And as much of an inconvenience as it is, it's absolutely beautiful!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

snowy february

It's funny that about two weeks ago, I was grousing about how little snow we'd gotten this winter. Now we have a backyard that looks like this:

And happy children who look like this:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

winter comfort food

Bananas Foster is my favorite dessert ever. I made some for my son's birthday party last Sunday and it was such a hit! With the adults, of course. The kids got ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.
The recipe that I use is a little different from other recipes for this dessert. Most will call for frying the bananas to caramelize them - I always think that this just makes them mushy. I make the sauce first, then I add the bananas. If I'm making this for a party, I don't add the bananas until just before I'm ready to serve dessert.

Bananas Foster

3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup dark rum
3-4 ripe bananas, sliced into rounds
vanilla ice cream

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the brown sugar. Stir until the sugar has melted into the butter. Remove from heat and carefully add the rum. (If the alcohol ignites, just let it burn itself out, but keep the lid to the saucepan on hand just in case.) I usually return the saucepan to the stove and heat it gently to let the alcohol evaporate. If I'm making the dessert right away, I add the bananas and stir them a bit. Place a scoop or two of ice cream in each serving dish and ladle the hot sauce over the ice cream. If I'm serving dessert later, I put the lid on the saucepan and set it aside. Reheat the sauce when you're ready to use it (the butter will have solidified on the surface of the sauce, but it'll melt again as you heat the sauce up.)