What I wake up to every morning :)

The puppies say it's time to wake up!

Doggie Weekend at the Lake :)

The weekend before Thanksgiving we were up at the lake again.

On Saturday the weather was SPECTACULAR – it got up to about 65 which is so rare in mid November!

We took full advantage and went for a long walk (and swim!)

My friend Alyssa was visiting with her pooch Sutton 🙂

Strider navigated between the logs while I stayed on top of them 🙂

Alyssa…..dog whisperer 🙂

Our nickname for Sutton is “mop” – he is so stinking cute 🙂

Leaping doggies!

Incredible beaver work that is slowly flooding one of the trails!

What is up with men needing to climb things??!!

I could have sat down and listen to this stream for hours!

Jeff and Jung took a run around the lake while Alyssa and I headed out for a late afternoon kayak

The water was like glass as we approached home

The welcoming committee 🙂

Sutton is learning to stay out of the kitchen

He likes the spot near the front door….doesn’t want to miss anything!

So sweet.

Jeff takes a break from cooking for his turn in Skip-Bo (I’m sad to say the boys won all three games….grrrr)

Our delicious dinner – free form sausage lasagna with a side of broccoli and garlic bread….and some chocolate chip cookies for dessert – we eat VERY well at the lake!

Recipe – Uncle Will’s Mexican Lasagna

While we were up at the lake two weeks ago we cooked a rich and decadent Mexican Lasagna – a recipe I got from Kelsey, The Naptime Chef (one of my favorite sources for recipes).

It’s the perfect recipe for a Sunday night!

Interval House’s Breakfast of Champions

Last week I had the pleasure of volunteering for Interval House’s 1st annual Breakfast of Champions. I got involved with this tremendous shelter two years ago and have spent time in a few different capacities – volunteering in the children’s program, doing office work, and providing photography services when necessary. This event honored the newly elected Senator Richard Blumenthal who has been a champion of Interval House for many years.

Brad Davis is also a huge supporter of Interval House and brought his show on site to talk about the cause. In the top picture he’s interviewing the director of Interval House Cecile and the President of Rockville Bank. At the bottom Senator Blumenthal.

A few of the VIPs including the owner of the Riverhouse who generously donated the space and food for the event and the co-organizers

Rosemary (the Director of Development) and Senator Blumenthal work closely together

David Rivera of Interval House kicks off the program

Ro Ro Rosemary 🙂 She’s awesome!

At the end of the event Mr. Blumenthal posed with the staff of Interval House 🙂

Congratulations Interval House on such a successful event!

Beautiful sunset in California!