Mid-Week Retreat

I’ve been working. A lot. So has the Handsome.  He managed to swing vacation this week which he deserved and needed so much.  Knowing I couldn’t take a whole week off, I opted for a mini break from my hectic schedule.

We took to the woods for an overnight and midweek recharge and retreat.  With such short notice and a very busy holiday weekend ahead of us, we stayed close to home and stayed at Millersylvania State Park.  Staying mid week, we almost had the entire campground to ourselves. We had our girls in tow, so we didn’t take to the lake on the canoes/kayaks, but did managed to let them paddle near the shore for a bit. We love to camp. Our dogs love to camp. The smell of the forest is healing and refreshing. We had a great camp fire, chatted, and heard every bird in what seemed within a mile radius. It was the perfect way to slow down and catch up with each other.

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Sweet Tooth

Our house has always embraced the old fashioned, outdated qualities that slow living provides.  I love technology in so many ways, but really admire the classics and the quality and pride of making something for yourself.

I recently had an ice cream making experience with my favorite ginger that was so successful we were trying to figure out ways to bring the “left overs” home more than a few hours away. Afterwards,  I scoured the web for my own little piece of ice cream history.  I found my very own antique maker thanks to In the Top Drawer via etsy.  After gathering my favorite (and locally sourced) ingredients, we were on to our frozen kitchen adventure.

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The Must Have:

    • Plenty of Ice & Salt for the bucket
    • 1 1/2 Cup half & half
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1 Cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
    • FLAVOR: Fresh Strawberries (you can really add anything here

 The How To:

1. Heat the half & half in a sauce pan over low heat.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar.

3. Slowly add the egg and sugar mixture into the saucepan.

4.Continue to cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.

5. Add heavy whipping cream to the  mixture.

6. Pour everything into the metal canister and secure the lid.

7. Insert canister into bucket, surround with crushed ice, add salt, and crank it for almost 30 minutes or until there is resistance in the cream.

8. Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze over night.

9. Scoop and enjoy- even for breakfast.

 

The Season

It has been quiet around the blog lately.  Work, fun trips, and the holidays have kept me away. At our house this weekend, we were preparing for the season by hanging our lights on the house, tree farming and holiday correspondence (the envelopes even have addresses done by hand thanks to my recent interest in calligraphy) . Also lots of homemade soup, homemade bread, and wool socks have been around to keep us cozy.

I think as time slows down, I will have more time to take photos, but for now, the speed of family, friends, and festivities is keeping my attention. My Instagram has been doing most of the work lately since the Nikon hasn’t been on all of my recent adventures.  Here are a few exceptions.

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Those Quiet Times in the Woods

Fall. Wasn’t it wonderful? Crisp, colorful, and just a little slower than any other season.  This is my favorite season. Being outside just feels natural. I love the sound of floating leaves as they hit the ferns below, the sounds of boots crunching on the ground.  It’s an excuse to get out all my favorite scarves, sweaters, and the ever popular in our house- wool socks. Olympia has a lot to offer this time of year. Everywhere you look, there are tree lined streets that look like fire, yellow shrubs, and more pumpkin spice everything EVERYWHERE.

I took to the woods to capture my favorite season this is one of our favorite secret-not-so-secret places in town. I wanted to catch its loveliness before everything turned into Christmas music and the mad hustle-bustle of the holidays.

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Fall Family Fun

I was lucky to snap a few photos with this adorable family for some pre-holiday portraits.  With a fantastic teenager and a darling 1 year old, this mom and dad have an abundance of to dos, but also a huge abundance of love! These guys were so fun to spend the afternoon with on one of my favorite little secret trails in town.

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Dance the Night Away

I was honored when I got the call to take photos for 6 fantastic High School students for Tumwater High School’s Homecoming Dance. This group was so much fun. They looked fabulous and were ready to have an incredible night on the town.  Laughter and shivers were the theme of the evening as it was a cold and cloudy day and they were all eager to start their fun.  Word is that they had a really great time at the dance. I had a really great time working with all of them!

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Four Hands, Eight Paws

I love a family photo shoot. I love more when I get a chance to include furry children in the mix.  As a fellow dog rescuers and newlyweds, Erica and Kyle, love their kids- Andy and Bella.  Both rescued, it is more than clear that they live the good life.  They were so much fun to work with- happy and in love. And for the record, Bella managed to chew through her leash in record time when it was time for Kyle and Erica to get a few photos solo. These guys were a blast.

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