Monday, December 15, 2014

soft ginger cookies

good morning, friends! this weekend, i baked some delicious soft ginger cookies. i have to admit, i love how the cookies turned out! i love how the edges are not perfect at all. so perfect!!

i really am surprised how these turned out because i am not the baker. totally getting a hang of it, now. yay, me!

if you're curious, i followed this recipe.

are you planning to holiday bake?
i think i will be doing more later this week. have a great week, friends! ♥

Thursday, December 11, 2014

tree farm

honestly, it was overwhelming - the tree farm. you go up and down the rows of trees. short needles. long needles. tall trees. short trees. slim trees. full trees. so-many-trees. overwhelmed. can i nap, now?

and that is why these were the only photos i care to take while we were there. i had anticipated on taking more, but this is all i have.

brady sent me to grab our hatch-back (car) while he cut the tree... i looked back midway through (walk was probably a quarter mile), he had already caught up with me. i didn't know that dude carrying the tree on his shoulder was - my man. >_< either i am slow, or he is fast. what a stud. my man is pretty cool. i love that guy. oh, the things i have him go through for me. i love him. ♥

and he shook the loose needles off and shoved it into our hatch-back, without the net. i had the best forty minute drive home from the tree farm, all up to the dashboard because that was the only way that six-something foot tree would fit the hatch-back. and i am okay that there are some needles in the back seat of the hatch-back. and now, i have another job to do until january, watering the tree, in our house. humans can be so weird.

and this is how some of us make our holidays happy, and stressful. hahaha.

and good night!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

stuffed mushrooms

brady made stuffed mushrooms for my family’s thanksgiving feastation this past weekend.

please excuse that brady did not fully measure the amount of ingredients used; therefore, i will guesstimate.
(both brady and i eye-ball the amount when cooking).

cutting board
mixing spoon
baking sheet

mushrooms, steemed - about 20
hot italian sausage - about 1 cup
dried breadcrumbs - about 1 cup
pecorino romano - about 1 cup
garlic - 2 cloves
cilantro - about ¼ cup
green onions - about ¼ cup
salt and pepper

preheat oven to 400 degrees.
take the stem out of the mushroom and clean with a dry towel. do not get mushrooms wet!
grate the pecorino romano.
almost finely chop the garlic, cilantro, and green onions.
in a bowl, stir the hot Italian sausage, breadcrumbs, pecorino romano, garlic, cilantro, green onions, salt, and pepper.
spoon the filling (what you just stirred in together) into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet. bake in oven until golden, about 30 minutes. serve and enjoy!

well, we are off to brady's dad's for thanksgiving this week. it's kind of nice that we have one feast out of the way because it can be overwhelming for me when we have to stop at three places in a day! i kind of don't really get to enjoy myself and others because we have to watch the clock and what we eat, so i'm pretty stoked that dates are spread out this year between our families.

what do you and your family do for thanksgiving? are you like us that have to run from house to house? are you going to cook or do you potluck like my family? it's always nice to hear what people have to say. :)

anyway, whatever it is or wherever you go, safe travels! and happy [early] thanksgiving!

♥ -Jean

Sunday, November 23, 2014

An Early Sunday Adventure

Grab your coat and hat, and let’s explore. Wander off to a familiar place that we adore.

It was absolutely beautiful this morning! I loved this fog that lasted through the afternoon.

It's always more fun to enjoy these places with someone else. Love you, Brady! ♥ ♥ - Jean

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


So happy I was able to photograph Jena from Perfectly Human and her cute little family! Though Jena is one of my favorite local Fashion Blogger, I actually met Jena from her husband. I had gone to the same middle and high school as him. It’s such a small world and glad to know them. =)

It was a Friday that Jena and I kept texting back and forth regarding the weather and her photo session. It had been sprinkling all morning long and stopped right before our time slot. Sure enough, drizzling again! I was going nuts by now. The drizzling had died down and I said to just quickly do this and when we got out of the car, it stopped. Whew. I’m so glad we finally did this because post-poning it meant there would have been snow (because it snowed a few days after)! Funny thing was, when we were done with the shoot, it started to drizzle again. OMG! I loved how ALL the photos turned out! =)

You can hop on over to Jena’s blog to see a few more photos! I should also mention that she is an illustrator and can re-create your photos! Her work is just so adorable!


You can also follow her via Blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook!

Alrighty folks, hope you are all staying warm. It’s not too late to get some Holiday photos in, too! Shoot me an e-mail ( if you are interested. - ♥ J