Came across this recipe for Blueberry and Cream Muffins. Oh my…they are good!! I tried this recipe on Tuesday and I’m making my second batch tonight. The only adjustment I made was for less cream cheese–I don’t think mine was cold enough and it was hard to cut it into small chunks. I’ll definitely be making more of this yummy goodness.
Yikes, I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last blog post. Needless to say things have been very busy the last couple weeks. I’ve had lots of photography sessions (YEA!!!) plus I entered some prints into our local fair. That in addition to working and taking care of the family and there hasn’t been a whole lot of time left for blogging Things will slow down soon though when the kids go back to school.
Anyways, as I mentioned above I entered some prints into our local county fair and guess what???? I WON!!! Ok,,,I didn’t win the coveted gold ribbon (which allows you to move onto the State Fair) but, I won first place for landscape, first place for black & white portraiture, and second place in the people catagory. The kids also entered different items and received “A” ribbons for all their entries.
Here’s a little visual tour of the Northern District Fair in Cadillac, MI.
Dylan’s entries—spray paint art (falls under the experimental art catagory):
His colored pencil tulip drawing that he made me for Mother’s Day:
Emma’s Tucan drawing that she made me for Mother’s Day. Emma also entered a knitted hat and a braided bracelet, but I forgot to take photos of them:
Baked good entries—they looked so yummy!
See those two big red and white ribbons—those are mine
This is the landscape photo that took first place. It was taken in the dead of winter, but is just a gorgeous image (about froze taking it….)
The ribbon is sorta covering this one, but it’s a daddy holding his new baby boy. I love this image and captured it by chance. I was photographing a session for them and Daddy picked baby up to move him and cuddled him in and turned away and I quickly captured the image. It was a one shot deal….can’t believe how beautiful it turned out. This is probably one of my favorite images ever!
Here’s the photo with out all the ribbons and frame:
This image took second place in the color photography people catagory:
This is the art entry that took the Gold Ribbon and will move onto the State Fair competition—I forgot to get the artist’s name, but huge congratulations to him or her for their win
Photos from the carnival:
Emma and her friends call this the “puke-a-nator”—lol
Yep, there they are riding it
Emma wouldn’t have anything to do with this ride. Of course, I told her to stay away from it, it didn’t look too safe to me…..
She liked this ride:
There were also animals….
Did you enter anything into your local fair??? Leave a comment, even if it’s just to say hi…it’s nice to know when people stop by for a visit.
I’m on the hunt for a percolator so that I can try her coffee recipe. Alan recently had some coffee made similar to this and he raves about it.
I’m also going to give the bread recipe (WITHOUT a bread maker) a go.
I love her chapter on beekeeping—although it sounds fascinating I’m not sure we’ll ever be ready to take that step. Beekeeping seems a little daunting although I’m completely intrigued by the bee’s social system I’m not sure its a road we’ll ever be ready to go down. If you’re a beekeeper leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about it from some different perspectives.
Jenna also has a fantastic blog that I read daily.
Go check this book out…I’m sure you’ll be glad you did! What are you reading???
My friend, who runs the 4-H program in our county, hosted a picnic tonight for the Japanese summer exchange program. Students from Japan come stay for one month with a family here in Michigan. The ages for this program is 11-14. It was nice to see young children branching out and experiencing new cultures. Neither spoke English very well, but we seemed to communicate ok.
Em and I are hoping to get more involved in 4-H. I’ve already signed up to be head chaperon for Exploration Days next June in Lansing…3 days of fun, learning, and meeting new people–yea!!!