In the Kitchen

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I had a few days on my own this last week. I took full advantage of the quiet to spend some time in the kitchen.  It also allowed for lots of geekery in the photography aspect of my life. Food photos are always a favorite for me.

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I tend to gravitate to lighter fare when I am cooking solo.  Polenta has been a long time favorite for me, so I thought I would make a pretty little dish. Here are the easy instructions.

Roasted Vegetable with Goat Cheese over Polenta Patties

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You’ll Need:

  • Veggies for roasting
  • Goat Cheese
  • 1 Cup unprepared Polenta
  • Olive Oil

The How-To:

1. Prepare your polenta on the stove as directed

2. Pour into a casserole dish and cool in the fridge

3. Roast vegetables with a light spray of olive oil and a pinch of saltpolenta3

4. Using a circular cutter or a glass, create patties from your cooled polentaPolenta4

5. Place patty on plate, slice/crumble goat cheese, and top with vegetables

6. Enjoy with a glass of wine

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Craft it up

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I am back after a short blogging break- Some news, share a bit of love hit over 1,500 followers this week! If you are one of them, thanks for reading!

I started this as a photography blog a few years ago, and it has become a creative outlet that I want to continue to grow.  I promise to bring: photography of families, pets, nature, tutorials for DIY projects, continued photos of my adventures and recipes to share!

Today brings a tutorial for Craft Paper printing.

I have a YUDU machine, and have found it difficult to find the emulsion and patience needed to continue to use it.  I love the craft, but it shouldn’t have that many steps.  Freezer paper has changed all of that.  I no longer need my screen printer unless I plan to make mass quantities of my project.

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Someone dear to me is having a baby in the coming weeks, and I thought I would treat her to a few homemade items for the little girl who is about to win the hearts of many. I always start with onesies.  They are the uniform of children everywhere. They are easy to clean, easy to pack, easy to make adorable.

You will Need:

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  • Your printer
  • Freezer Paper (cut to 8×11)
  • An Iron
  • An X-Acto knife
  • Fabric paint in your choice of color(s)
  • A foam or fabric brush
  • A Onsie

1. Print your desired design from your computer. Remember what you cut out is what will be screened to the onesie.

2. Cut out the design with your X-Acto knife. If you have a cutting mat, use it. If not, use thick cardboard to prevent damage to surfaces. Remember if you have letting with hollow middles (like A, D, R) to save the middles to add to the design as part of the stencil. shareabitoflove2

3. Iron the stencil directly to the onesie to be sure that all edges are secure.shareabitoflove3

4. Paint with medium coverage over the stencil. You can use two different colors if you don’t plan to mix.

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5. Let dry. When fully dried, peel off the stencil.  If your fabric paint requires ironing to set the paint, follow the regular directions. And Tada, have a glass of wine and think of adorable ways to wrap this homemade gift.

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Snow Play

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It snowed this week in the near mountains. I think I will have plenty of snow play in my future with over 100 inches of snow that fell in my local mountains over the last couple of days.

I set off for a morning trail run at Lake Easton, hoping for relatively flat terrain after a hit and a miss at Gold Creek on Snoqualmie.

Once I got there, I felt calm, quiet, and honestly a little embarrassed after wiping out numerous times. I’m not the stellar skier I thought I was on the chosen un-groomed trail. Needless to say, the photos weren’t perfect, but the solitude certainly was.

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Her First Year

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I try not to play favorites, but this little girl wins everything hands down. She is just about the happiest baby I’ve ever met.  I was lucky enough to celebrate her first year with friends and family this weekend.  Mom and Dad have been dear friends for many years, through marriage, a pregnancy, and now a soon to be walking 1 year old! Happy Birthday dear Ella!

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Those Eyes

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I am thankful every day that these beautiful girls grace our lives.  These two are our daily bit of joy.  Both rescued from shelters under extraordinary circumstances- Cedar from Yakima County at just 5 weeks old,and Tahoe from Grant County in her final hour due to exposure to a deadly virus.

We just know they hold more wisdom and patience beyond their years and more love to give than we could ever receive.

Good Dogs. Very Good Dogs.

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Grey and Red

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Winter has it’s own color scheme around the Pacific Northwest.  This year, the weather has been extraordinarily mild.  It is the first year that I can remember with such little snow in the mountains.  What would normally would be blanketed in snow, is a stark grey or covered in the frozen frosting left in the morning after a clear night. For some reason, the grey makes reds pop for me.  Here are a couple of wandering shots from my mini-break with my favorite – The Natural Ginger  while hanging out at Lake Cle Elum and the always beautiful Ritter Farms.

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