Friday, July 30, 2010


As we say good-bye to our charming little "Seashore Cottage",
and make our way to Austin for the weekend, I give you some photos
of our perfect last day in our ideal little vacation spot, Port A.

I'll share more after we get home.
Have a great weekend friends!
Much Love,

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

a day trip...

We drove into Corpus Christi yesterday to
visit the Texas State Aquarium.

It was baby boys first time at an aquarium... this trip is
turning out to be a lot of "firsts" for him.

I wasn't able to get many photos inside the aquarium...
something about my refusal to use a flash in low light settings.
I'm stubborn like that.
But I did capture this piranha... he was smiling at me...
might be because I looked like dinner.

We saw Nemo and Dory...

and all his buddies.

We saw the beginning of the dolphin show, but then it
started raining, so we bolted for cover.

We worked up quite an appetite at the aquarium
and lucky for us Pier 99 was within walking distance
where I had the best mahi burger.

This was our anniversary sunset on the drive
back to our little cottage.

Today, we'll hit the beach again and
watch Mae Belle ride the waves...

Haley skim board...

and Jack build sandcastles.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

three years ago...

Three years ago today I married my best friend.

We're back at "our spot" this year to celebrate
and the memories of that day are still vivid and beautiful.
If I could relive one day over and over, July 27, 2007 would be it.

More rain is expected for most of today...
So, we're off to let baby boy experience his first aquarium.

Here's a post I did for our
one year anniversary
with some of my favorite photos from those few days.

I'll be back later with some fun fish photos...

Peace out,

Monday, July 26, 2010

a first...

We traveled exactly seven hours yesterday.

We made approximately five pit stops.

It's been three years since we've been here.

It's our baby's first time.


Friday, July 23, 2010

meatball sliders...

I made these the other night and they were, aside from being
super simple, simply scrumptious.

The Pioneer Woman posted about them last week.
She made her meatballs from scratch.

Since I'm trying to avoid standing over a hot stove more than I
have to this summer, I opted to buy a bag of pre-made frozen meatballs.

And it worked just fine.

Maybe PW should have done the same... 'cause it actually
ended up being about a "16-Minute Meal" with
the frozen meatballs.

Try 'em this weekend for quick and filling lunch or dinner.
Your family will love you for it!

Stay cool,

Oh, and please excuse my blog for the moment...
it's under a little construction.

Monday, July 19, 2010

summer spaghetti...

It's sweltering here in Dallas.
As a result, I haven't been cooking very much... boo.
I did, however, make this the other night and it was light and delicious.
Shrimp, zucchini, and squash just say summer to me.

Let's make it! Here's what you'll need...

About 2 pounds of jumbo shrimp, peeled and tails removed.

Squash and zucchini, sliced.

Lemon juice and fresh basil.
You'll also need about 1 cup of white wine... that is, if you're a sinner like me.
And, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper.

Spaghetti, cooked.

Saute your veggies for about 2 minutes in a little butter and olive oil.
Generously sprinkle on the your garlic powder, onion powder,
and salt and pepper.

Add the shrimp. Stir.

Squeeze the juice of two lemons, about 2 tablespoons, over.

Pour in the white... yum.

Give it a nice stir.

Continue to cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.

Serve over the spaghetti.
You could also sprinkle over some fresh grated
Parmesan cheese for some extra goodness.

Serve with some fresh, warm bread.

Enjoy and stay cool.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

half of July...

Hello friends!

No, I did not drop off the face of the earth since my last post.

After spending July 4th weekend here...

hanging with friends...

having a good time.

I've spent the past week and a half catching up on laundry,
comforting a toddler that's cutting a molar (or two),
and scratching no less than a dozen chiggar bites.

Oh, and something exciting happened... Well, exciting for me anyway.
I finally figured out how to apply textures to photographs.
Well, I actually knew how to apply a texture to a photo... it was removing it from
the skin and other areas that I just couldn't figure out.
I've been trying to figure it out since, like, January.
I don't know why I wasn't getting it... It was just one of those things I guess.
Here's a handful I've had fun with the past few days...

Don't ya just love it when you learn something new?

As much as I love to cook, I equally love photography.