Candid Reflections

March 17, 2008

Berry Smoothie

Filed under: In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 8:34 am

This morning we had smoothies and peanut butter toast for breakfast. 

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Berry Smoothie

2 cups water

2 scoops protein powder (we use Goatein from Garden of Life)

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon ground sesame seeds

2 bananas, previously peeled and frozen

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen raspberries

Blend water, protein powder, and ground seeds in blender until blended.  Add bananas and berries, blend until smooth.  The ground seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids.  This smoothie is both yummy and good for you!

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March 16, 2008

Frame of Mind

Filed under: Photography — candid reflections @ 9:05 am

The sky from our porch has multiple personalities.

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I think I’m feeling a little like the first picture today – happy and content inside, yet quiet and a bit reserved outside.  How ’bout you?

March 13, 2008

It’s here!

Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 7:45 am

Well I did it… I have finally finished and launched my new website! 

I feel like I should be sending out birth announcements – I developed, and labored, and turmoiled…I’ve spent hours changing it, smoothing it, and making it presentable.  And now I want to share it with you! 

So, without further ado, I present to you my baby, I mean website.  Just click right here:  www.candidreflections.net  

March 12, 2008

Doing school.

Filed under: Homeschool — candid reflections @ 8:22 am

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March 11, 2008

I was a Wedding Photographer last weekend.

Filed under: Photo Sessions, Photography — candid reflections @ 12:41 pm

I was the photographer for the wedding we went to on Saturday – my first time.  I didn’t want to tell you about it before-hand because I was a tad bit nervous… my knees would get weak whenever the thought of it crossed my mind…and that was quite often!  Are my lenses going to be adequate, do I have enough memory cards, are those extra batteries I ordered gonna make it here in time?  It turned out to be pretty laid back, and quite fun!  My husband was my date, and I couldn’t have done it without his support – both moral and technical.  Have I told you how smart he is?  If something malfunctions, he’s the guy you want around – he can fix anything

I think that the scariest part of the whole thing was opening up the picture files the next day.  That was the moment of truth… reviewing my camera settings, exposures, composition…  do I kick back and let out a sigh of delight, or do I bang my head on the keyboard and search for a rock to crawl under? 

All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.  I’m discovering that the taking pictures part is fun and play (if my equipment is all functioning properly that is!  The batteries in my flash got so hot during the reception that they actually started to expand!)  Now it’s editing time, and the real work has begun.  It’s a good thing I love it!  Here are a couple shots, isn’t this couple absolutely gorgeous?

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March 10, 2008

Chicken Lasagna

Filed under: In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 8:23 am

Yum…if you’re like my husband and red sauces are just too hard for you to stomach, then you might enjoy this lasagna.  Add fewer crushed tomatoes if you prefer.  And if you’re like me, it doesn’t matter if the sauce is red or white – if it resembles anything Italian, you know it’s going to be good!

Chicken Lasagna

8-10 oz. cooked lasagna noodles

2 cups cooked, diced chicken

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1/3 lb. sliced mushrooms

16 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/3 teaspoon each salt and pepper

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

10 oz. can chicken broth

1/2 cup half-n-half

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup ricotta

Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350º.  Sauté onions in butter.  Add mushrooms, basil, oregano, salt & pepper.  Add tomatoes and chicken.  Simmer while making cream sauce.  Cream sauce: melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour and cook 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.  Slowly add broth, stirring until thickened.  Stir in half-and-half.  Spoon small amount of cream sauce into 9×13 baking dish.  Place 3 cooked noodles in the bottom, spread with 1/3 the amount of ricotta cheese, 1/3 of the meat, 1/3 of the cream sauce, and 1/3 of the cheese.  Repeat two more times and top with Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

March 9, 2008

Malena’s Maternity Session

Filed under: Photo Sessions, Photography — candid reflections @ 8:04 am

More shots from friday’s photo session:

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March 8, 2008

Everything’s Blooming

Filed under: Photography — candid reflections @ 5:59 am

Flowers… love… babies… 

We’re off to an out of town wedding this morning, but I wanted to give you a little taste of yesterday’s photo-shoot with this charming couple.

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I thought you boket admirers might appreciate this one.  You either like it or you don’t.  I’m doing a survey & I’d love to know…where do you stand?

March 7, 2008

Today’s word.

Filed under: Uncategorized — candid reflections @ 9:18 am

I’m on the run today…busy,busy!  After spelling and math tests, the kids have a rollerskating date with their home-school group this morning.  When that’s over, we’ll grab lunch and head over to band practice.   Then I have to swing by the store to pick up some batteries and a couple more memory sticks  for my camera.  I’m taking pictures of Malena and her super sweet family this afternoon – they’re gonna have a baby next month!  

In parting, I leave you with this word for the day – sagacious (seh-GAY-shuss)    

definition – keenly perceptive; shrewd (adj.)

my attempt – “Had I been the least bit sagacious while tucking my daughter into bed last night, I would not be cutting gum out of her hair this morning.” 

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Have a wonderful day!

March 6, 2008

Photoshoot in the Park

Filed under: Photo Sessions, Photography — candid reflections @ 9:25 am

Yesterday, I met these two love birds in the park, for a photo session.  Aren’t they delightful?!

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They couldn’t keep their eyes off each other.

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Thanks sis!

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