Sunday Smilemaker | skating

I’ve been trying to get Monster to skate. All last winter, he refused, saying he just wanted to walk.

If you’ve been reading me for any length of time, you’ll know that “can’t” is a bad word in my house.

We tried bob skates… no luck.
So this year, I didn’t even make a deal out of it, I just put the skates on him and said “walk around the basement.”

So he did.

And he was thrilled that he could walk around and not fall over.

So we went to the rink.

He did really, really well. I taught him to “shuffle” and then as he learned to get going forward, how to snowplow to slow down… he’s so proud of himself.

Great job, my littlest man. xo

Want to win a new camera?

So… I’m a photographer.
Or at least I pretend to be one.
I spent 7 summers photographing people getting married before I decided that entire Saturdays were better spent with my children… for now, anyways.

As a photographer, I am constantly searching for fun actions to apply to the images. These actions can take a plain, ordinary photograph:

well... not exactly ORDINARY when your model is THIS beautiful

and turn it into a soft, gauze-like image that seems to be directly out of a dream, with the click of a button.

isn't it dreamy?

I love that.

I have a few places that I get my actions from, but one of the main two is My Four Hens Photography. or M4H for short.

This was a fantastic find for me… expanding my creativity and giving me the “guts” to try some different looks for my pictures.

Sarah (the owner) has a HUGE heart and loves to see the images that people create with her actions. IF you post your picture on her Facebook wall, she will comment on it, guaranteed.
I’d like to know what her secret is to having the time to run a business, which entails a lot of time in front of the computer, as well as raising a family…. Superwoman!

Anyways, M4H is hosting a HUGE giveaway right now. A Canon 5D Mark II camera and a 2 hour Skype Mentorship… this is HUGE people.

Best part?

It’s SUPER easy! You just need to Like M4H on Facebook, Like Adorama, and leave a comment!
You don’t have to be a resident of the US to participate… anyone can!! As a Canadian, this is the best part of this giveaway… we don’t usually get to play along. 😦

SO, if you like to take pictures, or if you take pictures for a living… this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss. Click HERE to head over to the page and be sure to read the rules carefully.

The giveaway is only open until the 17th, so be sure to stop by, show Sarah some love, and get your name on the ballot!!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained… right?

Besides, even if you don’t enter the contest, I guarantee you’re going to want to creep her blog and see her pictures… she’s awesome!

Check it out!

** edit – please be patient with the M4H site… due to the HUGE volume of traffic, it can take a few minutes for the page to load… well worth it!!

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Time to try something new…

Well, here goes.

This year, I’m going to attempt to broaden my horizons on the food front. I’m not a picky eater… not by a long shot. I love spicy foods, ethnic foods, and I absolutely adore trying foods from other cultures.

Thank goodness Hubby has an appreciation for excellent cuisine, too. He allows me to try different foods and is patient with me when I try a different recipe, while substituting recipes to see if I can make it “fit into my pantry”.

This year, I’m going to try and document some of my recipe wanderings.

Today, I’m starting by demonstrating my love for the muffin tin. You’ll learn more about this love obsession as the recipes continue. And the first recipe is…. (drumroll please)….

Ham & Egg Cups (or ham and eggies as Monster called them)

This was super easy, and I’m shocked that I didn’t think of it years ago.


Start with your favourite type of ham.  I used Rosemary Ham, because I love the extra flavour it brought to the recipe. Ok Ok… and because it’s all we had in the house.

Spray the muffin cups and line each cup with a slice of ham.

Crack an egg into each ham cup.

This part is crucial.

You must… repeat MUST have an adorable sous-chef to help you out. Have him sprinkle chopped green onion (or scallion) into each cup.  Add a dash of salt and pepper to each.

Pop them into the oven for 10-15 minutes (depending how well done you like your eggs) at 375 degrees and they come out deeee-licious.  Next time, I think I’ll sprinkle a little bit of old cheddar on the top just before it’s time to take them out.

These were quick, simple, and would make a great meal if you have a lot of people to feed at once… the recipe is easily adjusted to the number of people you are entertaining.

Then I toasted a slice of multigrain bread and…. VOILA!

Ham and Egg Cups

12 slices of thin-sliced ham
12 eggs
3 finely chopped green onions (or scallions)
Salt & Pepper
Shredded cheese (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Line each muffin cup with a slice of ham. Crack one egg into each ham cup. Top with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with green onion.
Cook on middle rack for 10 – 15 minutes until whites are opaque and yolk is cloudy. Times can be varied according to the preferred done-ness of the yolk.
If desired, remove from the oven 3 minutes before done and top with a small amount of shredded cheese.

Serve on English Muffin, or bread of your choice!

Bon Appetit!