Saturday, October 31, 2015

Honor Society

Hi!  Hope you had a great weekend!  We did!  Super busy with Halloween this weekend, German school, and a birthday party for one of  Roman's friends Andrew.  We also went to see the movie Goosebumps.  I wasn't too thrilled about going to see that one, but Roman was super excited.  The movie plot turned out to be much better than I thought it would be; however, this is one we could have waited to see on DVD.  Anyways, last week Harris was inducted into the National Honor Society.  What is that?  It is a club through the school the recognizes the academic achievement of students who have a  G.P.A. of 3.8 and above while also requiring those members to be good citizens their school and communities.  This club is a national organization.  To say we are just a little proud wouldn't be enough.  Harris really is such a hard worker!  Currently, he is taking 6 college level courses while in high school.  We love you Harris!  Keep up the good work.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Something to Curl up by the Fire

Fall has arrived to Atlanta in a big way.  We went from 8o degrees to 58 degrees over night.  The trees are a brillant display of mustard, pumpkin, and cranberry with splashes of green  and quickly falling one by one to the ground. Currently, the sky is grey and with my blanket and a book I sit by the fire.  What am I reading?

This book is fantastic and gives a wonderful inside look into the Chinese Culture.  Aminta has a wonderful way of writting.  She was meant to write!  The book is about her journey of living in China and gaining a cultural heritage for her daughter who she adopted from China.  While this book is someone about her adoption it is more about what she learned about China and mostly through the written language.  Totally fasinating!

I just finished Inferno by Dan Brown, and while I enjoyed his other books this book was way to slow. In the case of formula writting this one did not work. I wish I could have my money back on this one! The story follows Professor Langdon as he is being chased by someon who want to kill him. Dan you have done this now multiple times now and the story just didn't seem very believable!  Sorry to say this about your book, especially, when I have loved your other books.

In August, I read a Homemade life after a friend suggested I should read it based on other books I
had read. The book is written by Molly Wizenberg who lives in Seattle and is the writter of Orangette blog, the book Delancey which is also fantastic, and co-owner of the restaurant Delancey in Seattle. The book takes you on a journey through finding love, the death of a loved one, growing up, and finding passion for ones career while relating all these stories to food.  The book is easy to read and we discover how many of our memories are intertwined with food.

Well, I hope you are all staying warm and hope you have a great weekend!  The kids are so excited for Halloween.  Addy is going to be a unicorn, Avery a fairy, and Roman is ?  not really sure, but he is happy with his costume.  We have a party at our church followed by trick or treating here int he neighborhood.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Corner View "Hungry"

On Friday our church congregation had it's yearly overnight campout.  This year's food theme was Hot Dog's from around the world.  Members of our congregation were also asked to bring a side dish of their choice.  While we didn't stay over night, we still went up for the evening.  Frank was out of town, Harris had to much homework, and Winston just didn't want to go, so it was just Roman, the two girls, and myself.  I brought an Israeli Couscous salad.  It was so yummy and judging from the empty plate at the end of the evening others enjoyed it as well.

Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Cherries

1 package of Israeli Couscous (250g or 88oz) prepare according to directions on the box.
1 cup of dried Cherries soaked in 1/2 of olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/2 of a red onion chopped
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
1/2 cup of chopped scallions
3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste.


Corner View is a place to share what is going on in your part of the world each week based on a theme. Started by Jane at Spain Daily then carried on by Francesca and now hosted by me Kelleyn.  Next week's theme is Hungry.  Can someone leave me a theme for the following week in the comments.  Can't wait to see what is going on in your world.  If you would like to join us leave your link in the comments section and we will stop by and visit you.  Next weeks theme is reflections given to you by Miss Molly.  If anyone has an idea for the following week, leave it also in the comment section.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Baby N

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to shoot this darling family.  Aren't they so cute!  I still have so much to learn, but as the saying goes practice makes perfect.  The one thing I am learning to do is relax and the kids run the show.  It is fun though and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to give them these photos. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

King of the Castle

The other day my husband comes to me and says, would you take my picture?  I need some headshots to update my website and facebook page. How could I say no as I am always taking photos of others, but  I was more than happy to do so as I adore this guy.  He works so hard and is such a fantastic father.  In everything he does he gives 100%  I am grateful that 19 years ago he asked me to marry him.  He is the jelly to my peanut butter.  He is the king of my castle!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Grey "Corner View"

The sun may be shining here in Atlanta, but the temperatures went from 79 degrees to 55 and no one wanted to get out of bed.  It is pitch black when we wake up in the morning. I think this should be illegal.  No one should have to get up in the dark.  I now have bread dough sitting on my counter to rise and I will bake this before heading off to a photo shoot.  Colder weather makes me want to bake bread and eat soup.  How about you?  Anyway, since the skies aren't grey around here in Atlanta I thought I would pull a few inspiring images off the Internet.  Grey is the new black.  It seems like everyone I know is decorating with it and I do really love the color, but I am not sure I could decorate my house from head to toe in it as it would probably make me depressed.  I need color.

Corner View is a place to share what is going on in your part of the world each week based on a theme. Started by Jane at Spain Daily then carried on by Francesca and now hosted by me Kelleyn.  Next week's theme is Hungry.  Can someone leave me a theme for the following week in the comments.  Can't wait to see what is going on in your world.  If you would like to join us leave your link in the comments section and we will stop by and visit you.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Out and About in the City Atlanta

I love that I have lived in this city for 12 years now and still find new things to discover.  The city is constantly evolving.  Outside of the amazing weather, I have loved that there is so much to see and do!  We are never bored and often have too many things we want to put on our calander.  The other morning I was out scouting spots for a photoshoot and found these little gems.  People are always asking me where to stay in Atlanta and my first pick would be the Indigo Hotel located in the heart of Atlanta in a section called Midtown.  It is a Boutique Hotel that is close enough to the city center, Marta transportation system, the Fox Theater and many great restaurants.  Where to Eat?  I love Baraonda as it offers some of the best Italian food; however, Nan, The Watershed, Flying Biscut, Vortex, and The Krog Street Market which offers a variety of great restaurants are all other great places to eat. Now what to do?  Most people visit the World of Coco Cola or the largest aquarium in the United States, but I say don't forget to visit the Jimmy Carter Museum, a walk up Stone Mountain, a tour of CNN, or just simply a walk through Piedmont Park.  The one thing most of my guest are amazed at is how green our city is and to be honest the feeling isn't lost on me either.  The other day, my friend Simona and I went to Restoration Hardware in Buckhead and from the top floor you get a fantastic view of the city.  The city is enveloped in a sea of green.  It is beautiful!  Well, I hope you have enjoyed my finds.  I love Atlanta and hope if you ever visit that you will love this adopted city of mine.  

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pumpkin Sour Cream Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chips

Don't you just love fall!  The smell of earth, leaves falling, cooler mornings, the smell of baked apples and spices.  I just adore pumkin.  These muffins are really good and so much so that even the kids like them.  Your house will also smell amazing after making these muffins too!

Pumpkin Sour Cream Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
8 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of dark chocolate chips or chunks

In a bowl combine all wet ingredients and then slowly add in dry ingredients.  Then spray a muffin tin or use liners then add muffin mixture until the cups are 2/3 full.  This should make 18 muffins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the center is done.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Denver " Cornerview Your corner of the world "

Hello!  I am posting Corner View early this week as Addy has an appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow and it is an all morning event.  No worries!  She is doing great, but if you have been following me for sometime then you know she has a hole on the back side of her heart.  It is pretty benign, but it hasn't closed up yet and it may never close up, but they monitor it to make sure that if it does close up it doesn't pull in heart tissue that it shouldn't.  This scenario is unlikely, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Anyway, sorry I am a bad host of Corner View as I forgot to assign a topic for this week.  I am not even sure who is out there or if any of you still want to participate.  A few of you stopped by and a few said you will be back as soon as things calm down in your busy lives.  So for now, I will keep posting under the hopes that a few of you will continue to still join us.  Remember, Heather will be taking over in January if you still want to continue.  Next weeks topic will be Grey.  For those of you who are reading this for the first time.  Corner View is a place to share what is going on in your part of the world each week based on a theme.  This group was started 7 or 8 years ago by Jane at Spain Daily then Francesca of  FuoriBorgo took over and has hosted the weekly group for sometime, and now I am hosting until Heather takes over in January.  OK, now that we have that out of the way let's go to Denver.  If you would like to join us just leave your link in the comments and we will come visit you!  Have a great week!

The state of Colorado is not new to me as I have been there multiple times.  My best friend lives in Colorado Springs as do some of my cousins.  When my husband said he had some work to do in Denver, I happily accepted his invitation to join him.  Yep, you heard right I went to Denver last week!  It was so much fun.  I arrived on Friday and my best friend picked me up since my husband had some business meetings to go to and was going to be busy all day.  We treated ourselves to a manicure and pedicure.  It felt so nice to be pampered.  Afterwards we went to our favorite Indian Restaurant called Little India.  I have told you about this place before as the food is so yummy.  Then we did a little window shopping followed by the Botanical Gardens and before heading to the movies we went to a new restaurant to us called Argyll Whiskey Beer Gastro Pub.  I had a small salad and split a Mushroom Burger with my friend Buffi!  The food was good.  Then we headed to the movies where we saw the Intern with Robert De Niro and Anna Hathaway.  The movie was cute and funny! After the movie it was off to the Springs where I spent the night so that I could see her children and then have breakfast with my cousins before heading back to Denver to hang with my husband.  Saturday night we went out again to Little India as my husband had not been before and we were joined by his work colleague Ha who was also in town. It is funny to think a little over 20 years ago, I had no idea what Indian food was, but I do love it so!  Yummy.  On Sunday, we took the time to be lazy, hanging out in bed, reading, and watching some TV before finally going to dinner with another work colleague.  This time we went to Osteria Marco.  I had the Beef Tenderloin with Spinach and mashed potatoes.  It was Heavenly while my husband and his friend both enjoyed a plate of sliced Italian meats and cheeses before each having an artichoke and salami pizza.  On Monday, Frank had to go back to work but I enjoyed a nice walk around the city where I had lunch at City O City a fun eclectic restaurant featuring primarily vegan food.  I had a mix salad with pears and walnuts with a citrus vinaigrette. They have amazing onion rings too.  I was joined by an old friend of ours Melissa who was also in town for work.  It was so  nice to see her and catch up on her life.  Around dinnertime, we headed to the Art Museum where my husbands company was having a party.  The evening was lovely.  It was interesting to see a performance of Native American dance. Well, that wraps up my trip to Denver as Tuesday I headed back home to Atlanta.