Monthly Archives: October 2012

our weekend.

1./ day off. steven had the day off on friday.  we went to the square for breakfast and coffee, 2 schooners in tow and a stuffed puppy.  it was the first really cold day i can remember in a while.  enough to put on winter jackets and hats.  {ah…heaven!}  i make a motion we have 3-day weekends every week...who’s with me?!

2./ play date.  we spent the afternoon at john henry’s house…think chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, coffee, blog work, a golden retriever, and a miniature golf arena in the backyard.  that’s a really good play date…thank you, emily!!!

3./ taste testing. i am always excited to work on another photography project.  mitch keeps me busy with various freelance work and i love it.  besides, the taste testing’s pretty nice too. ;-)

4./partay. allison’s in her thirties…woot woot!  so we celebrated.  that’s her holding the dish cloth/doily doll in the background…perhaps her age is getting to her.  i have the best video of those girls dancing, but have this eery feeling i would get busted or the blog would get shut down for breaching confidentiality rights.  hmmmm…

5./ rider I. we love trinity!  {our church plant we helped for a while when we were in owasso.}  they invited us to their annual fall picnic at the farm, complete with games, and barbecue, and horses.  it is always a wonderful experience that makes me long for land one day.  someday. thank you, van wyhe family!!!!

6./ rider II. shiloh has ridden horses on occasion since she was one and never batted an eyelash.  emma claire has always talked big, and then when we get close to one, she freaks out. “SO big, mama!” i was so very proud of her this year.  she made one comment to me about how they “were big” and then the next thing i knew she was on one with a huge grin on her face.  love that brave girl.

7./ birthday. brody turned FIVE.  there was a magic show and bounce house and cake and juice boxes.  we had to leave early and the children were devastated.  they keep asking when we can go back to brody’s house for the magic show.  sinking mom moment right there.  but we love you, brody bro!  happy birthday!!!

8./ job. more freelance photography work.  for the first time in many many years, when people ask me if i work, i say, “yes”.  i know, i know, being a mom is work…hard work.  but i love having a chance to pour my creative energy into something and see the results play out in published material.  just love it!  thank you, Lord, for these opportunities.  you are good to me.

9./ wardrobe. i took shiloh out all afternoon on sunday and we spent some time together shopping for some fall staples for mommy.  don’t you love doing those one-on-one days?  i do.  best memories.  we went to a favorite consignment store and found a cow costume for halloween that once on, could not be taken off.  she wore it into quicktrip and to the mall.  thank goodness we are relatively close to oct. 31st because everyone said “awwww”.   come july? could’ve been a different story.  we had the best day together and i loved it.  you’re my girl, shiloh bug!

what’s happening with you all?  any super cold weather in your parts?  and how are all you east coasters fairing?  i’ve been watching the updates and i’m a little worried about y’all.

linking up to: the anderson crew. the weigands. life rearranged.

Avocado Mac & Cheese

This is Avocado Mac & Cheese.  Think limes and cilantro and pepper jack cheese.  I’ve been on the hunt for easy vegetarian recipes for me and the kids and I knew Kelly would not disappoint.  If you’re into nutritional eating, or avocados, you need to try this one with your kids!  And if you’re not a cilantro person, it can easily be omitted for a milder taste…



10 ounces dry elbow macaroni
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh avocado chunks, for garnish, if desired


1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Salt the water and add in macaroni. Stir and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, make the avocado sauce by placing the garlic, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

3. To make the cheese sauce, place butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When butter is melted, whisk in flour to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in Pepper Jack cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.

4. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni and stir until well coated. Add the cheese sauce and stir until macaroni is coated and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm. Garnish with fresh avocado chunks, if desired.

Note-the lime juice keeps the avocado from browning. The mac and cheese is best eaten the first day, but it is still good the second day. The pasta may turn slightly brown, but not bad. If you want a milder flavor, you can use Monterey Jack or White Cheddar Cheese.

Recipe originally posted on two peas and their pod.

Obviously, it passed the taste test with Keller. :)

our weekend.


1./artist. do you ever hope your kids will appreciate the same things as you, but you don’t want to force it on them?  i do.  although i am relieved to see that my girls enjoy artistic kind of things, i have to admit i’m pretty sure i stuffed crayons in their chubby hands when they were mere 6-month-olds.  should i be surprised?

2./crayons. i’m a sucker for unique, kids’ products.  the philbrook museum is filled with them.  i want to do my christmas shopping there.  seriously.  {that’s my educational-loving mom coming out in me.}  but where else can you find crayons like that?  hmmm?

3./”cahdoe-cadas”. the kids call avocados that.  we love them over here.  i say that, and keller will not eat them tomorrow.  are your kids like that?  or is it just boys?  i can usually talk the girls into eating anything, but that boy?  he would rather starve, than eat something deemed healthy.  pretty sure steven’s been holding secret meetings with him.

4./health nut. i go through phases.  it’s a lot of work, to eat healthy.  it’s a lot easier to eat frozen and already ready, especially with our lifestyle and having to leave on short notice because of a house showing.  but i am attempting to make it work.  it’s important to me, and i want it to be important to my kids too.  steven is devastated, but i assured him we could go get his bubba burgers and i would cook “special” for him….within reason.

5./pottery barn. oh, i miss you pottery barn outlet from home!  it’s always a good day when a magazine comes in the mail.  the best of days.

6./friends. i’ve gotten some good, girl time in this weekend.  i love my friends.  just love them.  and over starbucks outside on an artsy street, for that matter.  thank you, for the heart-to-hearts, emily and elizabeth!

7./neighborhood. we are in the quaintest neighborhood now and with the weather being so great in the evenings {still in the 80′s here during the day} i told the kids i would take them on an exploratory walk.  yeah.  our walks usually last about 20 minutes and there’s not a whole lot of exploring, but we’re getting it.  someday we’ll all be riding big girl bikes together and i’ll miss the days they fought over tricycles.

8./bribery. is it bad to bribe your kids for kisses?  i’m not a briber by nature, but sometimes, just sometimes, i like to pull it out of my bag of tricks. :)

9./countryside. open house again on sunday, so we took a drive….a long one.  we love the countryside here.  the cows.  the horses.  the fields.  in a not-so-similar-way it reminds me of where i grew up.  instead, we had corn fields and soy beans.  but i’ll take it oklahoma. :)  you are beautiful in your own way and i love you for it.

Linking up to…

:: the anderson crew

:: life rearranged