Monthly Archive January 2011

Miles To Go

Do you know the poem by Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening? This poem is like the poetic equivalent of Beethoven's 5th. Everyone recognizes the major theme of it.

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I've always liked this poem and I frequently find myself quoting the last line, "And miles to go before I sleep." The metaphorical image of a man in a horse-drawn carriage having miles to go in the dead of winter before he can lay his head to sleep fits so perfectly with so many of us busy souls today.

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An approaching winter storm amplifies everyone's busyness today. I decided to take a break from it all and shoot a few shots. Winter frozen in time.

Celebrating Love and a Giveaway

Although it’s typically the coldest month of the year, February is really my kind of month. The month of love. And what goes better with a little loving than sweet and creamy chocolate? Well, here's your chance to find out. Celebrating the month of love, I've teamed with Allison's Gourmet to give away some chocolate, just in time for Valentine's Day. Forrest Gump said that "Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get." But one thing you can know for sure about this give-away, one lucky winner is going to be guaranteed some über-delicious chocolates from an award winning online vegan bakery and confection boutique. Yipee! Come check out the many ways to enter!

Quick and Easy Chocolate Crackers

I was in a pinch recently trying to come up with a sweet treat on a snow day. I had a box of crackers, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. What was I going to do? I put on my MacGyver hat, that's what. Too bad I didn't have a paperclip handy, but I was just going to have to make do. In the heat of the moment and with little time to spare, I came up with this recipe for Quick and Easy Chocolate Crackers. Another catastrophe diverted!

Winter Days

How do you sustain yourself in these days of winter? Every plant, insect, and animal has a method to cope. With a Nikon in my hand, I set out to photograph a few and ended with Coco the Dog. His tip for surviving the winter? I'll give you a tip. It includes a warm bed, his favorite cushy toy, and dreams of sunshine.

The Best Banana Streusel Muffins

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

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"What's for breakfast." said Pooh.

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I can really connect with Pooh. Planning the meals for the day can be both a chore and a pleasure all in one. Today, making these banana muffins was the anecdote to what began as a not so great day. Of course you're supposed to eat to live, but every now and then living to eat is not a bad thing, especially when it involves streusel-topped banana muffins!

A New Design and an Old Recipe

In honor of the new year and the spirit of growth, I'm pleased to share with you today a new web design. I'm so lucky to have such a multi-talented hubby who not only tutors and guides me in photography, but is also such a skilled web designer. He came up with the idea for a new design months ago and here we are today, rolling it out. I'm thrilled with it! I hope you are too.

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A new web design is really like a fresh twist on an old theme. And rowing down that new theme river, I'm also sharing a golden oldie recipe with a new twist. I call it Peanut Butter Balls 2011.

A New Year

I found a winter's rose this morning. It reminded me that January is a time for renewal. A time for new beginnings. I'm sharing this rose with you now. A symbol of the new year's potential. A winter's rose and a poem about welcoming a new year by Lucille Clifton. "i am running into a new year and the old years blow back like a wind that i catch in my hair..."