Thursday, July 28, 2011

Embrace the Camera

Our evenings, filled with activities for the kids have finally slowed down ~ at least for a couple of weeks until fall softball starts for Sassy and football starts for Action.

So hubby and I took advantage of an unscheduled night, got a babysitter and had ourselves a little date night.  Sassy thought she needed to take some pictures of us before we left  ~ felt like prom all over again, without the fancy dresses :)

This one cracks me up:


Lets hear it for Date night!


 for Embracing the camera 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Grilled Pesto Pizza

This is one of my favorite summer meals.  It only takes a few ingredients, is easy to make and tastes so fresh, it screams summer.

Here's what you need:

1lb of frozen  bread dough ~ however, I make pizza dough using my bread maker (45 minutes in the machine and wham bam fresh dough)

Jar of traditional Basil Pesto (I suppose you could make your own........)
Tomatoes, sliced  ~ as many as you'd like (I use Roma)
Mozzarella cheese ~ as much or as little as you want

Here's what you do:

  • Get your grill all warmed up ~ you'll want to grill these pizzas on low
  • Roll out your dough ~ no thicker than 1/4" thick
  • Brush each side with olive oil


  • Carefully place your dough on the grill
  • Grill until the first side (you know, the side facing the heat) is golden ~ don't over cook
  • Then flip those babies over.
  • Add your toppings ~ for the pesto pizza, I spread the crust with the pesto, add a few tomatoes,  a couple handfuls of cheese then some more sliced tomato.  I was also nice and made a boring old pepperoni pizza for the two littles (Yes, Action and Smiley I AM talking about you!)

  • Cook until the 2nd side is golden and the cheese is melted.

Mmmm...... yummy grilled pesto pizza.  Throw in a little salad, a glass of wine, family and the outdoors.  A perfect summer night if you ask me!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Embrace the Camera ~ With Daddy

I just love watching these two together.

There's just something about a Daddy and his Daughter.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Staying Cool

I've been meaning to do something creative or crafty, but spray paint and 90+ degrees along with crazy high humidity don't really mix very well.

So instead of that, here's how we've been spending our time lately:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Embrace the Camera

A perfect sunshiny, summer day....

Slow tubing on the lake with Smiley and Action.

Then fast with Action (Sassy must have been bouncing around in the boat when she was taking pictures, as they are all blury, but still fun none-the-less).  I was slipping and sliding all over because I had just put on sunscreen. Action thought it was pretty funny to watch me hold on.  Especially since there was NO WAY I was going to give my husband the satisfaction of getting me to fall off the tube!

We had a fabulous day!

And look, Action was even walking on water:

Alrighty, maybe not :)

Prove you were there, and embrace the camera!  
Step out from behind and get infront of the lens.
I dare ya!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The other day, Sassy, her friend, and Action were outside playing.
I looked out the window and this is the sight I saw:

Dreaming, hoping, wishing they were in the neighbors pool splashing around.  

It was a good time to remember sometimes you don't get everything you want. 

I admit I am not perfect. I am guilty of desiring and craving the "things" other people have.  

When this happens, you have to decide to make the best what you do have.  And when you can finally let go of your (unnecessary) wants and desires by finding a way to enjoy the gifts you have been given, jealousy subsides and happiness intrudes!

"Happiness doesn't come as a result
of getting something we don't have, 
but rather of recognizing and 
appreciating what we do have."
~ Frederick Koenig