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Monday, April 17, 2017

Senior Session With Gabby

Wow, Gabby is about to graduate High School.  So hard to believe.  High School hasn't always been  easy for Gabby.  I think Her Junior year was the low point.  However Gabby has bounced back and has accepted her flaws that make her unique.  

She is Funny, Caring, Artistic and such a cool human being :)

Many of you have have been following my blog even before she started school.  

Thank you for letting me Share.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Prom Photoshoot With Randi

I had the awesome opportunity to do Randi's Prom Pictures.  Hard to believe this gal will be off to SouthEast Missouri University in a few shorts months.  Proud of Her!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pasta Carbonara

I am not here to tell you what to do...but If I were YOU put Pasta Carbonara your NEED TO MAKE LIST!

Sure,   I have had Pasta Carbonara before.  It was bland.......and stayed away from it because my family doesn't like Pasta with a cream sauce.

Well, there is NO CREAM (just raw eggs)..which means my fam will even like it less. (but what they don't know won't hurt them)

I did my research.

I came across the History of Pasta Carbonara

Also came across the MOST AWESOME FOOD PORN I HAVE EVER SEEN!! it is a 13 Minute Video, and you will want to go camping afterwards and possibly have a cigarette. 

but in the end I did it my way!

Bacon (10 slices ~thick sliced, or panchetta)
17 oz of pasta or what ever whole package you buy (not family size)
3 egg yolks, and 1 whole egg
parmesan shredded on a microplan(about more then one cup for eggs, and additional more for topping" 
salt and peppa
peas about 1 cup

slice bacon into bits.  cook, add minced shallots and garlic.   
set aside.

cook your pasta al dente..drain reserving at last one cup of pasta water. (you may not have to use the whole cup of water)

in the mean time, whisk 3 egg yolks and 1 whole with 1 cup of parmesan .Salt AND PEPPA  More Heavily on the P then the S.   when pasta is done cooking temper the eggs mixture with some of the pasta  water.  (I added about a table spoon of butter to water)

add pasta to bowl and mix all together with bacon mixture and eggs.  

this is the short version,.   I did add peas, not traditional, nor is shallots or garlic.  I like the peas for color and shallots and garlic for flavor.

until we eat again


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Very Special Angel

Many many years ago someone had loaned us some money to get by.  Their only request was that I was to make a very special angel.  I had put this project on the back burner for way to long.  

No excuse.

but I knew what ever I created I wanted it to be very special.  I had no direction on how to proceed with this angel (except large, dressed in white and NO FEATHER WINGS).  It wasn't until a few weeks back that I had an idea.  

Her bodice is scriptures, skirt is an old dress from Sophia that I Have upcycled into her skirt.  Her wings are sculpted made to look like chippy wood.

Facial features are very simple. Eyes are Painted antique shoe buttons secured into place, last but not least a crown made from Fresh Baby's breath.

I would like to go a little bit further into this story..indulge me for a minute.

I was so grateful for this loan, and I was negligent in making an angel that was owed to this person.

Not so long ago we scrapped are old cars that no longer ran, we were not paid in full and on a handshake the person said he would pay us.

this has been nearly a half a year, and still no payment. We have called, ran into him at the store. And yet this person has never paid us.  

but I had to forgive him for not paying us, and I knew I once and for all  make this Very Special Angel for what I had owed to the person who loaned us money.

Matthew 18:21-35 

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet[d] and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’[e] 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”[f]


Hello, I am asking for a small favor if you don't mind, I am a finalist in the Sunbasket TheFeedFeed instagram contest.

First off, I am honored to be a finalist, I am going against really heavy hitters who have thousands of followers and who do this professionally, Every vote would help!

votings Ends the llth at midnight.


here is the link

thank you so much in advanced!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Keeping it Pho Real!!

Happy New Year To All!

Pondering, contemplating, mulling over, thinking..yes, thinking!  

So many thoughts, and so little time. 

First off, Happy and sad that 2016 has ended.  (contradiction you say?)

Well, you can't have the good with out the bad, then you add the Facts of Life....

Immediate thoughts for 2017


Quoting from an all time favorite movie 

"The Things You Own, End Up Owning You"

sure, a little  haiku that has been haunting me for years. 

Lets simplify this just to my dolls.    

I haven't bought fabric really, or supplies in years.  the only thing I buy is Muslin, Osnaburg, Stuffing and Paints as I need them.  I look at all of the excess supplies I have.  '
Having all of these excess supplies have they made me a better doll maker? 

The Answer is NO

I can probably make dolls with just Ticking, Muslin, Osnaburg, as my main fabrics.  Everything else is just taking up space.


A Majority of us peeps say this every year.  I started before the New year.  BECASUSE  I don't want to use the "New year" as a stepping stone to change.  I should change NOW! 

Using a New resolution in my opinion is putting something off.  If you recognize it is  a problem.... CHANGE!

I get it, a great time to change and just one more "FILL IN THE BLANK" until year "fill in the blank"

but all in all... these are excuses.  


Stop bitching!!! We have been a ONE CAR FAMILY NOW for almost a year.  the first 10 MONTHS I  bitched every morning when I had to take hubby to work then come home and take the girls to school. After 10 months  I realized, Guess what, me bitching isn't making my life better.  Appreciate that you have that ONE car and deal with it.


now that my kids are getting older SO FAST. I want to be present.  I want to attend and do all things that they are invloved in that I neglected for years !


Meditate and get physical activity if only 15 minutes a day.

I will mediated on what I have and what is so wonderful in my life.  I will stretch my muscles as I do this.  and hopefully get some walking in as well!

these are really small steps.  but we all have to start somewhere

keeping it PHO REAL

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

how to beat the winter blues

How I beat the Winter Blues, EAT TONS OF COLORS!

for more info be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

recipe testing and trying to eat healthy..

recipe testing with my my Nordic cooking sheet raised pans.  made Drumsticks in a Ga Ro Ti Inspired flavors (vietnamese baked chicken).  No exact recipe just soy sauce, oyster sauce, red pepper chili flakes, fish sauce, sugar, garlic and star of anise seeds. let marinade for at least 30 minutes.  Baked on 415 for 40 minutes.  

served with sauteed green beans and roasted carrots along the side of Jasmine rice.
trying to eat some what healthy cause come thanksgiving every appetizer will either be mayonnaise, cream cheese or sour cream based!  Or a combination of all 3!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Thanksgiving Day Uncle Sam Pattern In Etsy

NEW! Uncle Sam Pattern in Etsy!
doll has all ready been sold. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Here is What you are missing

Here is what you are missing if you don't follow me on instagram or the dreaded FB..I really like instagram better!

What tostada defines your eating style? 
Are you a picky eater and just want beans and cheese?
Do you like everything topped with a sunny side up egg? 🍳(Black beans, pork, avocados,onions, radishes, cilantro with a dash of Marie Sharps?)
Maybe your a vegetarian and just want all the veggies..actually it is vegan too cause there is no queso
Or are you a meat and cheese🐖 kind of a person? Loaded with double carnita meat and queso fresco 
You could be a mutant and wouldn't eat a bite of any of it because its a fried corn tortilla

This is why Sophia is my over achiever. She wrote this poem for her English class, she then drew a picture inspired by shel silverstein. If you read poem, you will know it is "her" leaning against the tree, her younger self.is catching the apple.

When I was very young, I would walk on all fours and not my feet. 
I would cry and cry, then go to sleep.
When I was very young, I would ask for my teddy bear,
Over and over again till my parents could not bare.
When I was very  young life seemed simple,
And I wouldn’t have to constantly worry about getting a pimple.
When I was very young,  I was as delicate as  a flower,
And I would do my own thing, hour by hour.
When I was very young I could sleep in until noon,
And my parents wouldn’t force me to go outside in June.
When I was very young, lullabies would be sung,
And I would drift away when a church bell was rung.
When I was very young my biggest fear was falling. 
Now that I’m older I am searching for my calling.
When I was very young I had very little knowledge,
Now look how far I’ve come, soon I’ll be off to college. 

totally pimped out my Maruchan Ramen Noodle bowl.

Made crispy friefd tofu, perfect boiled egg, nori, tons of greens onions and spinich

my fav no cook meal!

I have been wanting a picture of all 3 kiddies, finally got it..

Wow , Baby doll from Sucker punch , Link from Zelda, and Cleopatra..well from Egypt 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

My First Senior Session

I had the awesome opportunity to photograph a local senior....finally Someone I am not related to!

Meet Shannon, What a natural!

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