Archive for November, 2007

Just One More…

November 27, 2007

for now :-) I love it when I “find” a picture. You see, when I am taking pictures for someone, I take A LOT of pictures to make sure we get that perfect smile, laugh, expression, and so on. So sometime a good one can hide for a day or two, but don’t worry, I always find them :-) So here is miss E. I was afraid I did not get any special ones of just her. She was all about the snow for about 10 minutes then things when south really fast. Can you blame her? It was cold. However, it was fun for a little while…

So this past weekend we headed out to West Texas to give thanks with my family. I was sad that I missed the big snow on Thanksgiving day. Yes you heard me right, a HUGE snow in West Texas on Thanksgiving! When I say huge snow, that means enough snow to build snowmen :-) We take what we can get around here, and we are lucky if it even snows once a year. So, this year, my sister and I took on the task of preparing the meal… all by ourselves… for the whole family… which neither one had done before. I’ve cooked one turkey in my life, and when I say I, I mean Craig has cooked a turkey and I helped… but mostly watched. Kim has never cooked a turkey, but she got a recipe from Kidd Kraddick so what else do you really need? I was slightly nervous because you cook the turkey in a brown paper grocery bag, but if Kidd Kraddick says it’s good, then who are we to argue! His words are as good as gold in our book :-) So here is what we prepared:

The Menu:
Spiral Sliced Ham
Brown Bag Turkey
Turkey Gravy
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Cream Cheese Corn
Deviled Eggs (Courtesy of Mom)
English Pea Salad (Again courtesy of Mom, basically because she is the only one who eats it))
Yeast Rolls
Fruit with Raspberry & White Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip (Again Mom)
Apple Crisp (all Shane’s hard work)
Bread Pudding (all Shane again)

Against all odds, and with the help of Shane & Craig…

The Turkey was soooooo tender and juicy. We were very proud of ourselves (we did a little victory dance after everyone left) Mission Accomplished :-)

On to the pictures…

The bird, I wish I would have gotten a pic with it in the bag :-(

Kim: The domestic diva
A few of the sides:

Craig & Ethan kicking it old school on the ORIGINAL Nintendo system

Of course my sister had the house already decorated for Christmas. Yes, outside lights and trees in every room.
And just a random pic of their piano. Some things just make for nice photography. I would like to say we all gathered around the piano and sang songs, but I’m pretty sure that has never happened in this family. Does anyone do that? I think it sounds great…
And guess what…

IT SNOWED AGAIN!!!! And this time I got to soak it all in… literally…

More snow day pictures soon…

I love the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving!!

So on Thanksgiving day, I had the pleasure of spending the day with C’s family and friends. Good food, good friends, cold weather, and football: that is what Thanksgiving is all about, well that and remembering that we are blessed. One the Menu: Fried turkey. I had never had this delicacy before, so I was very curious. C was the main man in charge of frying the 22lbs of bird…The turkey:The Marinade (YUM!)And as soon as the oil was getting hot, here came the snow…But do you think that would sop us from getting our turkey on… I don’t think so…It turned out DELICIOUS!!!!!! It was so juicy and tender, it did not taste fried at all. Everything was so good :-)And of course, you know who wanted their fair share! Don’t worry, I’m sure they got plenty here and there… Thanksgiving ’07 at the Martin’s I do believe was enjoyed by all!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2007

Hope everyone s having as good of a time as we are :-)

The Pioneer Woman!!

November 19, 2007

I have to give a shout out to a new blog I came across. I love to cook, I might not be good at it, but I love to try. I found this blog today that has the best recipes and tons of pics to go along with each step. There is no way to go wrong here! Check it out: Pioneer Woman

The more I learn…

November 18, 2007

the more I realize I do not know. The is my profound statement of the day. :)

When I grow up…

November 17, 2007

I want to be a photographer. This is truely what makes me happy, this is my bliss, my obsession, my passion, and possibly my calling. Just a little bit of what has been on my mind lately. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I just ordered new business cards… Yippee!!!


November 16, 2007

It’s cold!! So tonight we had our inaugural fire. I love fires in the winter. I will now crave them :-) And what perfectly compliments a fire…
French Vanilla Hot Coco with extra marshmallows. Mmmmmmmm! They now make hot coco with caffeine. It’s an alternative way to start your day 8-)


November 12, 2007

If you’ve never had Babe’s Chicken, then your life is not complete. OK, well maybe that’s a little extreme, but their food is to die for. We met up there last night with some others to celebrate a few birthdays (including mine), and had an excellent time.

She melts my heart…

November 6, 2007

And this one is a little different than my normal processing, a little more artistic.. what do you think? Honestly, leave me a comment and let me know…