We are hosting a mommy bird and her soon to be hatched babies.  I believe the eggs belong to a Blue Bird.   The nest was built in our flowering pear tree.  Can’t wait to see them hatch!

Blue Bird Eggs


Photo Challenge – Breakfast

Playing catch up with the challenge… this picture was taken by the hubby after we finished eating breakfast at a “new to us” local diner… the food was simple and good, the atmosphere homey and the waitress was very friendly. This is also an hour or two before our lives would change forever and we would adopt our first dog, Chico!


Breakfast, the most important meal of the day…

Photo Challenge – Nature

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

In late fall my girl shook a little tree we have in the parkway until this abandoned bird next fell out.  She proudly gave it to me. It had been through a couple of days of below freezing weather but I still sat it in the oven in a low heat temp for about 30 min to kill any little creatures that may still be living in it.  It now sits in our living room under glass.  I love my bird nest, what wonderful engineers birds are.


Photo Challange Jan 29 – Inside My Fridge

Let’s see what is in here tonight…

Parmesan Cheese

Apple Juice for the kiddos (they drink it very sparingly now days – I still water it down when they drink it too!)

Extra Milk that will not fit in the door

Oh, left over cheese sticks I made for the kiddos tonight.  Egg Roll Wrappers around a cheese stick baked, not fried, yummy!

An Atkins milkshake.eggs, sugar free jello and whipped cream all part of my Low Carb diet plan. oh, and don’t forget my 1/2 and 1/2 for my tea.  You can see  a spaghetti squash  and cauliflower too!

Bottom, cheese and meat drawer… pepperoni and tortillas can be seen in the front there.


That’s what is in the fridge tonight!



Photo A Day Challenge

I am late to the party but I was reading tonight that Chantelle over at fat mum has organized a photo a day challenge, see more here.

So anyway, I have decided to follow along and try to get caught up the best I can…

So here goes, here is my first post for Jan 1 – a picture of myself with my best friend on New Years!  I am wearing the blue scarf…

365 Project

Going to try to create a 365 project to capture the everyday moments that make up our life…hope to spur some of my creativity and grow in my photography skills as well.

So anyway today’s moments were captured during the 6 evening hour.


Mr. Dad filling out school paperwork - Gotta love the oversized Spiderman pen and the girl playing in the background!

Play time

Snack Break

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.

Henri Matisse
French painter

I Heart Faces – Water

We spent most of our day today at a local lake, it was overcast today so not bad as far as crowds go.

The kiddos had a great time swimming and catching minnows. Little girl tried to bring one home  as a pet.  Too bad it did not survive the car trip.

I love my boys face in this picture, he was coming up from being under the water.

I am participating in I Heart Faces weekly photo contest, hop on over to see other entries.

Menu Plan Monday

Reviewing my list from last  week it appears that I did actually get around to making everything.

Actually the  hero chicken is in the oven while we speak. Checking my spice drawer I did not have, or could not fine the parsley and paprika so I substituted tarragon and BBQ spice mix for those  items.

So on to this week…

Day 1 – Cheesy Cauliflower Ham Casserole

Day 2 – Grilled Salmon

Day 3 – Cheesy Beef Bake

Day 4 – Breakfast for Dinner; Baked Egg

Day 5 – Cheesebuger Quiche

and the treat I made for the kiddos this week is . . .

Nutella Cupcakes

Warning… these are not low carb…. I was good I just did a tiny taste test! One kiddo loved them, the picky kiddo did not… My taste test says they are yummy!!

Hope everyone has a terrific week!