This afternoon I had a wonderful fix of newborn goodness capturing six day old baby Brody. He was alert and strong with little legs and arms that just wanted to stretch out and a little head that didn't want to miss anything. For over two hours I got to be with him and he hardly cried at all and just stared away like a wise ole soul.
Congratulations to Christina and Jamie on this little gem of a man to round of their family which already includes two sweet girls who I have worked with in the past as well...see them here:
Sigh, new babies are so magical I am always honored to get to be with them and capture their newborn beauty.
It's almost time for the big night...Halloween.
This year I haven't been at all inspired as past years where I spent hours taping bats all over our walls and decorated every little corner... but still I have picked out a few things to make and do and added them to my Halloween Love Pinterest board.
Apple cider and warm oatmeal raisin cookies are the perfect Halloween treat so I will definitely be making a couple batches of these...
Last year both my costumes I wore were pulled off last minute with my own clothes and such...they are easy ideas anyone can do I thought I would share...
I actually wore this getup for our kiddo party and then for Halloween day at school and Trick or Treating...chest hair is amazing.
This year I think as my baby steps lifestyle changes have helped me slim down into my 14 year old riding gear I am going to go as a Show Jumper with some sort of twist...maybe a zombie show jumper or something...I will likely decide my usual half an hour before I need to be somewhere and wing it.
Enjoy your Halloween preparations friends, don't forget to check my Halloween Love Pinterest board if you need some fresh ideas...I would love to see some of the ideas I am too lazy to pull off done by you!
Also...more Halloween stuff from past years on Snicks:
Whoa...that's a lot of Halloween on Snickerdoodles! lol Just had a good little trip down memory lane seeing the boys way back in 2008...time passes too quickly sometimes.
Sometimes you just need some comfort food. Our little town seems to have been gobbled up by a cloud lately so I thought this chilly, damp weather would make this the perfect time to share some recipes I made for a friend a little while back.
Over the years I have tried so many macaroni and cheese recipes but this one has had the greatest reviews so far and I have made it again a couple times for my little man clan.
It's gooey and rich and perfectly cheesy. I found the recipe on the page How Sweet It Is and made a variation as sadly I don't have a cast iron skillet and the day I made it I didn't have the exact cheeses it called for...make sure to use the mascarpone though, it's crucial. Nor did I have mini rigatoni so I used our family fave, cavatappi.
I cooked the cheese sauce then stirred in the cooked pasta in a big deep pan then transferred it to a simple casserole dish to bake it. Before baking I topped it with a mix of shredded cheeses and near the end I added a layer of bread crumb mix I made from nubs of artisanal breads like crusty garlic olive loaf to form a decadent topping.
Meat is a must around here most meals so I decided pork loin would go nicely with this rich pasta. Porkloins are easy to make and often inexpensive to buy. A quick sear in a hot pan with coconut oil to brown. then I rubbed them well with Jamie Oliver's Spicy Cowboy Seasoning which is has a smokey kick. Finally to balance out the spice I coated them in a chunky peach sauce I made which was actually a jam that didn't set well.
Saute some greens or toss a savoury salad and you have a hearty, inexpensive comfort meal to serve a group.
Don't forget a nice white to sip while you eat....lately I have been loving Rigamarole White for a few reasons...it's delish, it's local...made in the Okangan Vallery, it's under $20, it has an adorable hedgehog on the label and it's available at the gas station five minutes away!
Happy Weekend friends,
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Just did it for our little local school. Happy Eco Friday tomorrow! We have a PD day so I am sneaking in a post early.
Oh Tyler, you just never stop. Hardly a day goes by when I don't see your daily post and sigh.
I am without my own words tonight friends... so I thought I would share this autumn poem from my make believe poet lover...
See more T.K.G. goodness and other tidbets that make me weak in the knees on my Swoon Worthy Loves Pinterest collection.
love you friends,
Essential oils are a big part of my life...I ADORE them and deeply believe in their benefits. Lavender at night and whenever I need some soothing, Lemongrass diffused to freshen my house, peppermint for headaches, Thieves Oil from Young Living for sickness and more.
A staple in our house as we move into flu season is Immune Boost from Back To Earth.
I diffuse it, rub it onto the soles of my boys feet and mine when we are getting sick. Drop it on a hankie to breathe in or soak in a bath of Epsom salts and lots of it.
It's only $12.50 and lasts forever so I don't have to skimp.
Other fave blends made by Back To Earth my local go to natural products store are....
A blend of pure 100% therapeutic grade essential ylang ylang, patchouli, frankincense, clary sage, orange sweet, and thyme oils. Promotes a meditative state. As much as I love living in la la land....too much of this meditation oil makes me a real stoner....use sparingly till you get used to it.
I must admit I haven't tried the Relaxation blend yet but I will have too indeed, it sounds lovely.
All Back To Earth products can be ordered and viewed by taking the Back to Earth sponsor button on my left sidebar. They are inexpensive, high grade and can be shipped all over if you don't have the luxury of popping in like us Lavington folks. In Vernon you can also buy them in several locations including the Balance Natural Health Clinic.
stay well friends,
I am soooo grateful for all the kind messages from you all.
Today I put on my sunny yellow pants and stepped out of my funk. Often I get personal messages from you with thank-yous, feedback, and loving words. They seriously fill my heart. Snickerdoodles is my journey to follow my bliss and you all are my inspiration.
This image is from my Pinterest Snickerdoodles board....it's filled with 856 bits of lovliness like this.
Today was terrible. I almost got badly t-boned in the morning. Ironically I was on my way to the chiropractor as I am still dealing with getting rear-ended and a sore neck since August. It was one of the swerve and spin in the ditch to avoid being hit moments that left me rattled after a sleepless night. The car was fine, I was fine besides being flustered so mostly I was grateful.
As usual my chiropractic treatment at Arise Chiropractic was helpful and Elliot and I even laughed at how I might resort to something extreme like UFC womens fighting to blow off some of the pressure I have had building up. Afterwards I slipped up to the Arise Yoga for a class with my fave teacher Lisa Dumas. My yoga practice is a huge part of my life these days and Lisa and I have a good connection and her classes leave me so grounded when I feel myself spinning out of control. Today something unusual happened to me...the intention was ease...my focus was the ease of letting go of hurt. Lying in shavasana to settle for the class I focused on the intention, I breathed it in deep into my second chakra, the sacral chakra, picturing orange, it's colour.
Instead of relaxing into it and feeling the energy I normally find I started to weep uncontrollably. I quietly left the class and by the time I reached the restroom I was sobbing. I could not stop. I went to my car and drove right to the doctor, sobbing the whole time. I rarely go to the doctor but I was desperate. I ran up four floors frantic and whispered to the receptionist that I was afraid I was having a nervous breakdown and she let me sit in a private room till she could sneak me in. While I waited I went through two boxes of those horrible little medical office tissues soaking up the rivers that flowed from my eyes.
Today was the day I broke and could no longer hold it in...no fake smiles and cheer up buttercup attitude...just releasing some really painful stuff I have been keeping to myself. The doctor was amazing and had some excellent advice about how my sleeping and stress patterns were playing with my mind. I felt some relief but still could not stop crying. I continued to great heaving sobs behind my sunglasses the whole drive home. Once inside I took a sleep aid pill and cried my way up the stairs and hid myself under the duvet in bed glad to be safe and alone. I let go to sleep and after a couple hours rose to shower and attempt to soothe my devastated red eyes before the school pick up and busy Wednesday afternoon routine. I had texted my husband earlier in the day when he asked a favour of me. It simply said I couldn't as I was having a breakdown and headed to the doctor. He showed up in the afternoon looking a bit shell-shocked and holding a nice big caramel macchiato for me to savour before getting cleaned up. It was sweet and warm and I appreciated the gesture deeply.
So tonight as I do a little bit of work I also desperately searched the internet and my favorite go to sites for insight on my wee breakdown today that has left me exhausted and somewhat lost. On Elephant Journal I found the above quote that captivated me as I have been studying the words of Pema Chodron in my quest for maitri.
There are some mornings when you wake up and you’re not really sure how you feel yet—the sky isn’t quite dark, but it’s also not yet light.
You’re awake and ready to move and make coffee, but you’re not close to alert or mentally crystal clear.
You had a mixture of strange dreams, compiled of family members’ faces you miss and subconscious hopes you didn’t even know were there until they so unexpectedly popped up into your night.
You’re excited about your afternoon plans and saying good morning to your daughter, but you can’t fully explain why you still feel a little mopey and kind of…heart-achy.
And what do you do? When you feel that your day and your mindset could potentially go in several directions? You do this:
To read the rest of Jennifer's Eight Tips and wise words read the full article here:
Off to read more before finishing up some edits for the night and retreating back to my bed. Hope you enjoy the article. I think I am almost officially out of tears so please don't go running the other way if you see me. I am not proud of my weakness today, I have not been myself at all this year but I look forward to the lessons I will learn from this journey.
Want to read more from Pema Chodron regarding her quote? The Head Butler has a good article about her book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times .
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