Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 120 - Another Tulip

I obviously really like this photo and am using it as my banner for my blog, but I know it needs work on the size of it. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 118 - A Tulip

A tulip from my backyard. Jeannette has asked about this photo in the comments, so here's the straight-out-of-the-camera shot below:
That texture-like looking background came from a shallow depth of field (f stop 1.8), and I did tell my camera where to focus (on the flower). I ran two actions in Photoshop: Pioneer Woman's Fresh and Colorful and her Quick Edge Burn.

Day 116 - Sandwich Thins

These sandwich thins are my new favorite food. They are a thin little bread available from Costco. I'm addicted to them.

Day 115 - Baby in a Bathing Suit

My baby in her first bathing suit! I love her legs!!

Day 114 - Rainy Day

Rainy day on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Harlequin's Weekly Top Ten

Okay, these are the top heartfelt romances, and most of them sound like real titles. Hey, I'm even reading one of them and have already read another.

Top 10 Heartfelt Romances
1. Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry
2. Fixed Up with Mr. Right? by Marie Ferrarella
3. And Babies Make Five by Judy Duarte (this is just weird)
4. Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews
5. The Accidental Sheriff by Cathy McDavid
6. Love Potion #2 by Margot Early
7. Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr (Carr is one of my favorite authors and I have read this one.)
8. The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs (currently reading)
9. Wanted: One Mommy by Cathy Gillen Thacker
10. Dad's E-mail Order Bride by Candy Halliday (I'm glad this one is on the list; we need at least one good laugh!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 113 - Some Yellow Flower

This yellow-flowered plant blooms in my yard, but I don't know what it is...

Day 112 - Rose

Day 111 - Flowers

These are some flowers from a tree in my yard.

Day 110 - Hide and Seek

My son thought this was a great place for him to hide during hide and seek. He cracks me up!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Harlequin's Weekly Top Ten

Top 10 Budget Book Buys - these titles aren't as hilarious as previous weeks; some of them are actual normal titles - I'm kind of disappointed. Maybe it's because they are budget books and they couldn't afford to go all out with the cheesy titles?
1. A Perfect Stranger by Jenna Ryan
2. A Marriageable Miss by Dorothy Elbury
3. Kiss Me Twice by Geri Guillaume (I'd prefer a lot more than two times!)
4. Dream Stalker by Jenna Kernan (That's just scary.)
5. Lord of Legends by Susan Krinard
6. Australian Bachelors, Sassy Brides by Jennie Adams and Margaret Way (This is what I'm talking about, a cheesy title that describes the two main characters; too bad we don't know from the title whether the bachelor is rich!)
7. Then Comes Baby by Helen Brenna (I'll bet I know what comes first...)
8. And the Bride Wore Red by Lucy Gordon (You have to question a title that starts with a conjunction...)
9. A Small-Town Reunion by Terry McLaughlin
10. Traitor or Temptress by Helen Dickson (Don't get me started on this one!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Day 109 - Black Bottom Cupcakes

These are Smitten Kitchen's Black Bottom Cupcakes. I made them for Bible Study and they were all eaten! A good testament to the cupcakes with a bunch of dieting women eating all the cupcakes!

Day 108 - Stuffed Burgers and Potato Skins

My husband made blue cheese and bacon stuffed burgers the other night. They were rich, but I was able to finish mine!

He also made Pioneer Woman's Potato Skins (minus the green onions because we didn't have any):
These were delish!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Day 107 - The Pioneer Woman

I got to meet The Pioneer Woman yesterday at a book signing for her cookbook.
After driving and hour and a half to the big city, I arrived at the bookstore at 4pm, an hour before the signing started and was given a signing ticket. I was in group F.
They started lining up group A at 4:30, and did not call group F until 7:15pm! Luckily this was a really cool bookstore and it had 5 restaurants in a food court-type setting and we were able to sit and wait until 7:15 when group F was called. With all that food to eat, I choose to have a cookies 'n cream milkshake for dinner! It was yummo! I went by myself to the book signing, but met a friend, Pam, and we talked for the whole 5 hours while we waited for our 30 seconds with Pioneer Woman.

A member of the book store staff takes your camera and takes your picture for you, so here I am with PW! I wish I had said something witty and clever, but I didn't say much -guess I got stage fright. Ree really is beautiful in person. She even adjusted her camisole right in front of me. I'm glad she felt we were close enough that she could do that! LOL.

Once group F was called at 7:15pm, five of us ladies formed a group and talked, which really helped the time pass quickly. We were in this line for an hour and a half, until 8:45pm when we got to meet PW.

Love to you, Ree!

Here's my new friend, Pam with PW. I'm so thankful I had her to talk to the whole time! All in all, I left the house at 2:30pm and got home at 10:15pm! A long day, but it was worth it.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 106 - Homemade Pizza

My friend Jeannette has been on a pizza kick, so it got me to thinking about pizza, so I made some. Maybe when I have more time tomorrow, I'll post more pictures from my experience.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 105 - My Dying Daffodils

These daffodils are on their last leg, so I snapped a quick picture before they die.

Day 104 - Mama Got Bangs

I got a long over due hair cut yesterday, and I wish I had taken a before picture! Now, in the interest of photography, would you like to see the same picture in its pre-Photoshop state?

As you can see, I went a little crazy with my eye color in the first picture and I kind of look like I'm part lizard; maybe I'm a V!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day 103 - BBQ'd Steak

I BBQed for the first time this season, yesterday. These are fillets with bacon wrapped around them. Healthy! This shot is SOOC (straight out of the camera), and now seeing it, I'm thinking it's a pretty boring shot, but there's only so much time to take a picture while the food's on the grill. Maybe next time I'll do a shot with the steak on a plate.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Harlequin's Weekly Top Ten

Not sure I can come up with a witty comment on each of these, but I still had to share these hilarious titles with you. 
Top 10 Passionate Picks
1. Spontaneous by Brenda Jackson
2. Taken by the Pirate Tycoon by Daphne Clair
3. Virgin on Her Wedding Night by Lynne Graham
4. Million-Dollar Marriage Merger by Charlene Sands
5. Long Summer Nights by Kathleen O'Reilly
6. The Tycoon Takes a Wife by Catherine Mann
7. The Prince's Chambermaid by Sharon Kendrick
8. The Brazilian Millionaire's Love-Child by Anne Mather
9. Scandalizing the CEO by Katherine Garbera
10. Make Your Move by Samantha Hunter

I'm seeing a lot of rich men and virginal women. Again, I say, who reads these? I'm proud to say I haven't read any of these titles and I don't plan on reading them. I do read romance novels, but only the ones that don't have half-naked people on the cover.

I mentioned last week that I'm reading Linda Lael Miller's McKettricks of Texas series and I'm currently reading Tate. Miller is one of my absolute favorite authors, but I am having a little trouble finishing this particular book, which is a first for me with her books. Maybe I'm watching too much TV!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day 102 - Two Lovely Ladies

Day 101 - Asleep at the Table

My son fell asleep at the Spaghetti Factory. It actually made for quite a pleasant lunch with him asleep!

Day 100 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin cookies with not too many raisins and lots of chocolate chips!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Day 99 - My Rose

This little box that holds a glass rose has a special place in my heart. If you know me, you'll know that I am not a fan of trinkets, but this one is an exception. When my husband was my fiancĂ© back in college, he invited me to go to Disneyland with he and his family. Having grown up in Southern California, I said that I had been to Disneyland every year for my birthday and I couldn't fathom spending money to fly there and stay in a hotel, especially when I could spend that money on a wedding dress. So my fiancĂ© and his family went to Disneyland without me, but he brought me back a glass blown rose. I put it in a vase and placed the vase on a bookshelf in my apartment. As fate would have it that rose got battered and broken there on the shelf. Each of my three roommates had accidentally (supposedly) broken a piece of the rose off until there was really nothing left. (The bookshelf was in a high-traffic area.) Not being too attached to trinkets, I didn't mind too much, but my husband was saddened. A couple of years after we were married, he found this rose, set on a cushion and protected inside a box, and he bought it for me. He even took me to Disneyland in 2005, and I complained the whole way there - I still couldn't imagine spending money to fly and stay there. But, guess what? I loved it and can't wait to go back!

I just wanted to show the full picture here so you can see how the box is situated.

Day 98 - My Purple Journal

I've had this purple journal for about ten years. I absolutely love it; I love the cover and the rough paper inside. However, since I treasured it so much, I couldn't bring myself to write in it for fear that whatever I wrote wouldn't live up to the greatness of the journal. But about a year ago, I convinced myself to use it to write favorite scriptures in it. I like it even more now that I'm using it! :)

Day 97 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Took a quick picture of the kids' dinner.

Day 96 - Making a Face

Day 95 - Peeps

I imagined this picture different and better in my mind, but with the kids trying to grab the Peeps as I took pictures of them, this is what I got.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Harlequin's Weekly Top Ten

Each week, Harlequin Books sends me an email and in there they have a top 10 list. This week's list of Top Ten Romance Novel Titles was too good for me to pass up. My comments are in parenthesis.

Top 10 HQN Books
1. Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd (is it really just a touch of seduction? I doubt it because the book IS number one on the list.)
2. Tempted by Lori Foster (not very imaginative)
3. Twice as Hot by Gena Showalter (Because just being hot isn't enough)
4. Hawk's Way: Callen & Zach by Joan Johnston (This title is okay, although with three guy's names in the title, it makes you wonder...)
5. The Nymph King by Gena Showalter (who reads this stuff?)
6. Bride of the Wolf by Susan Krinard (trying to earn money off Twilight's fame)
7. Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (this makes me think of a weak woman just waiting for a man to lead her; really who reads this?)
8. Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan (not to be confused with the number one title, "Touch of Seduction")
9. McKettricks of Texas: Tate by Linda Lael Miller (wait a second...I'm actually reading this one! And come on, it has a decent title.)
10. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins (I think the title explains why it's not any further up on the list.)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 94 - Easter Food Collage

A quick collage of some of the food my MIL made for Easter.

Day 93 - Thomas the Train Cake

Part of the cake at a friend's birthday party yesterday.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day 92 - Resurrection Eggs

Day 91 - Kids and the Piano

I've taken a similar photo with my son and husband playing, but here is my little girl and my son playing.

Day 90 - Procreation

I don't mean to be juvenile with taking this picture, but the squirrels have been very busy doing this in my backyard now that Spring has sprung. It's all I see as I do the dishes. Also, while driving one day, my 3 and a half year old saw some squirrels wildly procreating, and he said, "Look! Those squirrels are tangling!" I thought it was such a cute expression. The squirrels here in my picture are a little more tame though.