Strider is so proud

Strider loves being my model and is very proud of his Mom – can’t you tell??!!

I finished my first strawberry hat which taught me how to carry colors (for the seeds) and follow a pattern (for the leaf on top!)

I bought the book “Knitted Toys” on Friday and am looking forward to reading it and learning how to do some of the patterns.

Clearly knitting is my new obsession 🙂

Also I joined Ravelry which is a great online community for knitters. I haven’t totally learned all the ins and outs of the site since I’m still getting started but if you are on look up ahvt227 and become my friend 🙂

Happy Birthday Jeff :)

This picture was too precious not to publish 🙂 I’ve never really understood this baby pose (it looks like Jeff didn’t either!) but he rocked it anyway.

We are up at the lake with the pooch celebrating – let’s hope this awesome weather continues!


Published in Knot Best of Weddings ’09!

I stopped by Barnes and Noble today and picked up a copy of the Knot Best of Weddings Issue.

Inside they did a feature on boutonnieres (it’s taken me a long time to learn to spell that!!) and chose Ben’s (one half of Ben & Hedda!) as one of the ones to picture! The flowers at Ben & Hedda’s wedding were done by a friend and went perfectly with the casual BBQ theme.

Check it out!

Have a great weekend!

Easy Recipe- Chicken Pot Pie

Jeff made this the other night and it was easy AND yummy….perfect 🙂 The best part….leftovers the next day!

Obviously there are many chicken pot pie recipes out there that you make everything from scratch. Those are good if you want to spend the time, but sometimes it’s great to have a convenient short cut that doesn’t cut out taste.

On this night we made potatoes to go along with the pie and put it all on one cookie sheet….very convenient for clean up! I’ve been loving a blog my friend Hilary recommended called THE NAPTIME CHEF so go check out the recipe there – Lemon Herb Salt Roasted Potatoes = yum 🙂

The original recipe calls for the pies to be made in individual ramekins but we just did it in a traditional pie dish

This recipe is from Real Simple

1 8 ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
2 refrigerated piecrusts
1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup (we bought Campbell’s)
1/2 c. milk
2 c. chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper

Preheat oven to 375.

Defrost the vegetables in a microwave for about 3 minutes. Grease the bottom of a pie pan with Pam or butter and lay pie crust into pan.

Cook chicken in skillet or by preferred method.

In a large bowl, stir together the soup and milk; add the remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into pie pan and top with other pie crust. Make vents in the top with a knife and brush with a beaten egg to add color and crunch!

Place on baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Joe & Alyssa’s Hartford Engagement Shoot!

I had a great time bee bopping around the Hartford area with Alyssa and Joe scoping out locations and screeching to a halt when we found something cool 🙂 Alyssa is a good friend of mine from Junior League and it’s been fun getting to know them both over the last few months. They were good sports on a surprisingly chilly day! I had some fun with the post production for this one 🙂

They love visiting the swings on the playground near their house.

This was surprisingly difficult…..physics or something 🙂

How cute are they??!!

This tree is the oldest in Connecticut – somewhere between two and three centuries old. It’s called the Pinchot Sycamore….it’s trunk measures 26 feet around!

We found this awesome barn on the side of the road near Bloomfield….thankfully no one came out to yell at us 🙂

We all had a laugh about the guy behind Joe….I mean his shadow 🙂

Alyssa knows and supports my addiction for walls – what a gal 😉

This was in someone’s driveway but they weren’t home!

Jeff and I drove by the airport a few days ago right as a plane was landing and I got the idea for this shot. The picture in my head was more full frame plane with small people but it turns out even right next to the airport the planes are surprisingly high up. To get this shot we were driving around the perimeter of the airport and in the distance we saw a plane coming in. So Joe hits the gas and we screech to a stop when we get there and hop out running across the road and into a field where I promptly lie down….it was worth it!

Yes it was windy.

You guys rock!