Saturday, November 5, 2016

The proposal...

Last weekend Lil Tony and I had the privilege to photograph and videotape my dear friend's daughter engagement. The week before the big day there were many calls and text messages back and forth with her future SIL trying to figure out the best time and place. He was awesome, nervous, and excited with trying to plan the day and wanting it to be perfect.

The day before he sent a picture telling us where he wanted to propose. The red circle is where they will be standing. We were to hide behind the building with the flag. He was planning out every detail and hoping that she would be surprised!

Lil Tony (who isn't little anymore) and I arrived an hour early to scope out the area and make sure we knew where to stand. I will add a disclaimer that I love photography, but it is a hobby. I am not a professional photographer and the fact that my friends were trusting me with this special moment made me so nervous. We snapped this picture to let him know that we found the location and were ready to go! We sat back and waited for them to arrive!

We thought they would be entering from the right but spotted them approaching from the left. Tony and I hid behind the building almost frozen. With a feeling of nervous anticipation, I peeked around the corner and saw Josh walking Megan towards the spot. Tony and I moved out and started to capture the big day through the lens of the camera.

No words needed because you can see the love, friendship, and joy that they share. If you want to read more about their story, you can hop over to How he Asked.

Congratulations Megan and Josh!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken

With the change in the weather, we have switched out the grill for the crock-pot. I love using the crockpot. It is nice to know there is a hot cooked meal waiting for us when I get home from work. We have been experimenting with some new recipes, and Creamy Italian Chicken was liked by everyone, a rare occasion in our house! 

Creamy Italian Chicken (crockpot)

6-8 chicken thighs (or 4-5 chicken breasts)
1 can herbed cream of chicken soup
8 oz of cream cheese (diced into 2" squares)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Spray crock pot with a pan cooking oil. Place chicken in the crockpot. Mix the remaining 5 ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken. Don't worry about the cream cheese being chunky, it will melt as the mixture cooks. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 1 hour and low for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

Serve over noodles or rice.

We served it over pappardelle noodles!

I am going to try to be diligent with posting recipes again. Last year I used Blurb and compiled our favorite recipes into a family cookbook. It has been a great go-to cookbook for meal planning.

Till next time!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The journey...

Never forget where you've been.
Never lose sight of where you're going.
And never take for granted the people who travel the
journey with you. 
~Susan Gale~ 

Friday, October 7, 2016

The True Path

“True morality consists not in following the beaten track, 
but in finding the true path for ourselves, 
and fearlessly following it.” 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Re-opening the Shop

Welcome back!

We are happy to have you visiting us. I cannot believe it has been two years since we last posted on the blog. Where does time go? Two years ago I decided to return to school for my masters and I am happy to say that I will graduate in December! In order to meet that goal, I had to put the booth and the shop on hold. During that time I have completed small projects for friends and family but nothing large scale. As school is wrapping up, we are easing back into The Shop and The Booth. I could not be more excited to be painting furniture and working with my dad in his shop!

We are next on the list for a booth at The Olde Factory and hoping a spot opens soon! While we wait, we are working on some new projects and custom orders. Until then I thought you would like to take a trip down  memory lane and look at some of the projects we completed over the years.

Thank you for visiting and supporting us as we re-open The Booth and Shop again! We are thrilled to have you be part of this journey and story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Going for a swim...

Lily does not get her picture taken enough because someone else (Blue) seems to monopolize that spot. Lily may be the best dog we have ever had. She is so sweet and amazing with the kids! I am not sure this family will ever be without a Labrador Retriever. Lily is our third lab and each one was pretty awesome!

Lily loves the pond and will swim at every opportunity! This weekend she enjoyed some afternoon swims to cool down. Blue was asleep on the sofa and never realized what he was missing!

Ghost will follow Lily down to the pond and stare at her the entire time. I am not sure if she is trying figure out what Lily is doing or wishing she could jump in and swim, too.

The beautiful pink lily pads floated away with the flood of 2011. Last year we started to replant some Lily pads and this year we had our first bloom! So pretty.

I guess these two spiders think they are a great place to hide. Do you spy the second spider? His legs are holding onto a pedal.

It is almost time to start fall clean up. I am not really to say good bye to summer yet...wishing for a few more days of swimming!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lived forwards...

"Life can only be understood backwards;
but must be lived forwards."

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