Showing posts from November, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for? Have a blessed day,


Well, we've warmed up bit here in Minnesota. We've had fog and gray skies and it's been around 40°F (mind you, for us Minnesotans forty degrees is warm. After all we've survived lots of temperatures in the negatives here...) this weekend which means that most of the snow has been melting L! Right now it's raining as I write this. It's really quite dreary weather and reminds of what it's like when we come out of winter into spring.
   I love anything winter-related, so I'm kind-of sad that the snow's all melting today. However after today, it's going to get cold again and we're supposed to get more snow tomorrow! YAY!

Handel's Messiah



This semester I am taking a photography class through our homeschool co-op. It has been such a great class! Last week we learned about bokeh techniques. Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light (source: wikipedia). Though it's going to take some more practice before I completely understand how to do bokeh and run the camera in manual-mode, it's been a blast learning so many things I never knew about the camera and photography!

Here are a couple of the photos I took in class:

Banana "Brownies" (GF, SF)

I finally created something in the kitchen that didn't taste half too bad and it came from my head! Last night I was trying to make gluten & sugar free brownies. The ending result tasted pretty good (my brother approved of it), though it wasn't quite a brownie. It tastes more like chocolate banana bread. However since I couldn't quite figure out what category it would fall into for names, I decided on "Banana Brownies". These brownies are very moist, so you didn't do anything wrong with the recipe if they turn out that way!

Banana "Brownies"
8 mashed ripe bananas1/4 cup cocoa powder1 teaspoon baking sodapinch of salt2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) butter, melted1/2 cup coconut flour Preheat oven to 350°F.Mash bananas in medium sized bowl. Add cocoa powder, soda, salt, eggs vanilla and butter (leaving out coconut flour). Mix until well combined. If you'd like no chunky bananas in the ending result, pour mixture into a blende…


I found a great blog a couple weeks ago that I just have to share! I am looking into sewing a costume to wear to the midnight premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December  17th, 2014.....can't wait!). I really like Tauriel's costume, so I was looking for patterns awhile back. That's when I stumbled across this blog. Check it out here: The Adventures of An Elven Princess. It's an awesome blog :).

   I was especially encouraged by the author's post titled: Maturation is a Process. She writes about maturing in her walk with the Lord. It really spoke to me and was so very encouraging. I was so happy that the Lord allowed me to stumble across her words. I have been in the exact same boat before. I love this verse and reminder that pertains to the subject: "If we are faithless, He will remain faithful." 2 Timothy 2:13a (NIV)


Today I awoke to snow covering the ground! It's our second or third snowfall here in Minnesota. This time it's actually stayed on the ground (for now). It's supposed to keep snowing until Tuesday. I love the snow and so does Liberty as you can see in the video clip below. She's such a snow-dog!