March Photo Challenge: An Everyday Moment

Wow I really need to up my blogging skills haha.  I am so behind on posting things, so lets start with my March photo challenge pictures.

In a monthly photo challenge group that I am part of, our topic for March was to capture an everyday moment with our kids.  I chose to capture making breakfast with my little guy since he is always in the kitchen “helping” mama.

March Challenge 1 (web) March Challenge 2 (web) March Challenge 3 (web) March Challenge 4 (web) March Challenge 5 (web) March Challenge 6 (web) March Challenge 7 (web) March Challenge 8 (web)

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Ballerina

I did a little photo shoot with my girl this week.  We borrowed a room in the dance studio where Kazia takes dance classes and did a little bit of ballet “practice”.

My little dancer!

My Ballerina 1 (web) My Ballerina 3 (web) My Ballerina 11 (web) My Ballerina 2 (web) My Ballerina 10 (web) My Ballerina 6 (web) My Ballerina 17 (web) My Ballerina 15 (web)

And as always, all these photos and more of my 365 project are on my Flickr page.

Gone Fishing

Last week I did a little photo shoot with Asher.  We went “fishing” and he had so much fun moving along the creek to new spots to try and catch a fish.

We didn’t actually catch any fish of course, so when we were heading back Asher was a little disappointed but was happy to try again another day.  He is such a happy little guy.  We pretended to catch the little gold fish that I got with his fisherman hat.  When I tied it onto his fishing pole he was so excited.

Now to print these pictures and hang them up!

Gone Fishing 1 (web) Gone Fishing 2 (web) Gone Fishing 3 (web) Gone Fishing 4(web) Gone Fishing 5 (web) Gone Fishing 6 (web) Gone Fishing 7 (web) Gone Fishing 8 (web)

Party Fit for an Artist!

I can’t really believe it, but our little girl is already 5!  How time flies is just unreal.

This year we did an art themed party for Kazia, she loves arts and crafts so it was very fitting for her.

We had lots of yummy food and treats for everyone to eat.  There were hot dogs for lunch, with a rainbow fruit platter (which I put together but forgot to take a picture of, boo!), a veggie tray, and an assortment of baked goodies made by me.  Marshmallow and Rice Krispy treat “paint brushes”, macarons, sugar cookie “paint palettes”, and the art related cake of course.  And we also had pink and yellow lemonade, and water to keep those creative minds flowing.

We set up kids tables for the painting work stations, with paint brushes, palettes for paint, aprons, canvases and rocks for everyone to paint.

After the kids painted and had some lunch, Kazia did her gift opening and we had some cake.  The cake was a funfetti cake with raspberry buttercream filling.

Once the guests were ready to leave, each kiddo was given a paint pail of art related goodies.  Inside each paint can favour there was a paint brush, mini notebook, crayons, mini paint tube and paint pot, paint splatter temporary tattoos, fun stampers, a stained glass window hanger, a bouncy ball with an art picture inside, a rainbow loom bracelet in rainbow colours, and a cute little Thank You card.  And they also got to fill a little goodie bag with some sweet treats in rainbow colours.

And now for all the pictures …

Waiting for our guests to arrive!

Kazia's Art Party 1 (web)

The sugar cookie “paint palettes” that went along with the party favours.

Kazia's Art Party 2 (web)

The rainbow coloured assortment of sweet treats to take home.

Kazia's Art Party 3 (web)

The party favour paint pails.

Kazia's Art Party 4 (web)

And the masterpiece!!!!  A funfetti cake with raspberry buttercream.

Kazia's Art Party 5 (web)

Graffiti font … it’s still an art

Kazia's Art Party 6 (web)

The fondant paint brush I made sitting on top of the “paint” splattered cake board.  It was coloured chocolate that I melted and then splattered on the board, I’m surprised my kitchen wasn’t covered in chocolate haha.

Kazia's Art Party 7 (web)

The art stations.

Kazia's Art Party 8 (web)

Creative juices … lemonade and water.

Kazia's Art Party 9 (web)

“Paint brushes” … marshmallows and Rice Krispy treats dipped in coloured chocolate.

Kazia's Art Party 10 (web)

Kazia's Art Party 11 (web)

And colourful macarons!  Can’t have a party without Macarons!!!

Kazia's Art Party 12 (web)

Delicious food for thought …

Kazia's Art Party 13 (web)

The thirsty artist replenishment station

Kazia's Art Party 14 (web)

Each table with aprons, palettes and canvases … we also had rocks to paint which were added after I took the photo.

Kazia's Art Party 15 (web)

Guests deciding what to have to eat …. and a shot of the paint splattered paper lanterns above the table.  Those were fun to make but splattering paint in good clothes is a no no …. oops!

Kazia's Art Party 16 (web)

Ready to paint!

Kazia's Art Party 17 (web)

Asher enjoying a “paint brush” ….  haha

Kazia's Art Party 18 (web)

What was left of the masterpiece

Kazia's Art Party 19 (web)

And the birthday girl helping clean up after the party ….

Kazia's Art Party (web)That was a super fun party.  It was a lot of work to put together, but at the same time I had a blast organizing a dessert table and coordinating it all to the theme of the party.

Most of the decorations I got at the local dollar stores.

The clear paint pails, bouncy balls, paint palettes, paint splatter tattoos, napkins, and palette shaped plates were from an online site called Oriental Trading.

The paint drip stickers were from Memories are Sweet.

The Thank You cards were from Apple Paperie on Etsy.  And the Thirsty Artist drink labels were also from Etsy at Petite Party Studio.  I also put paint splatter stickers on the drink cups which I got on Etsy as well from Tip Top Supply 4U but I didn’t get a photo of them.

And I found the kids painting aprons on eBay.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Kazia’s party!

 

A Big Project

Tuesday night after our MWAC meeting, I decided I would attempt a 365 project and take a photo a day for a year.  I was inspired to give it a go by looking through one of my friend’s (and fellow MWAC members) 365 photos.  I loved seeing all her images and also the growth in her photography journey.

Now that I’ve finally got my computer back, and our Disney vacation is a couple weeks behind us I can try to catch up on posting here weekly.

I will post my 365 photos on here just once a week and share a series from the week instead of posting a photo each day, I will keep the daily postings to FB and possibly Flickr if I can remember.

Here is my first set, I started Tuesday night which was May 27th.

1/365 {May 27th, 2014} – found her fast asleep on the couch waiting for me to come home.

365 Project 1 (web)2/365 {May 28th, 2014} – this is what happens when a cute little voice asks “pea mommy, outside” … how can you say no? even if that’s what they want to wear!

365 Project 2 (web)3/365 {May 29th, 2014} – This is how we roll … trying on hand-me-down’s for Ash, and wearing some dollar store attire!

365 Project 3 (web)

4/365 {May 30th, 2014} – The one that survived!

365 Project 4 (web)

 

Anna

 

 

Springtime Adventures

We enjoyed the beautiful weather today, went for a walk with a bit of exploring and then later we planted a couple strawberry plants into a pair of old gumboots.

The kids were fascinated by this water drain for the longest time, I think we spent most of our time here before we moved on and continued our walk.

Spring Adventures 1 (web) Spring Adventures 2 (web) Spring Adventures 3 (web) Spring Adventures 4 (web) Texture (B&W - web) Spring Adventures 6 (web) Spring Adventures 7 (web)

A Delicious Addiction!

I am having way too much fun experimenting with different flavours of Macarons, and I’m glad I can bake these tasty treats up myself because it would be hard to avoid getting these from somewhere to satisfy my cravings.

I’ve made a few more flavours since I last posted about my Macarons.

First we have Cinnamon Heart Macarons for Valentine’s Day.Cinnamon Heart Macs 3 (web) Cinnamon Heart Macs 5 (web)Salted Caramel Macarons with a Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Salted Caramel w-Cream Cheese SMB Macs 1 (web) Salted Caramel w-Cream Cheese SMB Macs 2 (web)

Bailey’s Chocolate Ganache Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day.

Bailey's Macs 1 (web) Bailey's Macs 2 (web)

And a mixed batch of Strawberry Macarons and Lemon Meringue Macarons.

Lemon and Strawberry Macs 1 (web) Lemon and Strawberry Macs 4 (web)Yum!!  A serious addiction to these pretty cookies going on here!

And you can check out the rest of the pictures in my Flickr set!

 

Bringing Along my Camera!

I take a lot of pictures of the kiddos, but most of the time they are around the house or going outside close to home.  My goal is to bring that big clunky camera with me to as many places as possible and capture a lot of the things I do with my little kiddos.  I usually take my out and about photos with my phone, just a quick snap and it’s done.  My biggest thing about bringing my big camera with me is just getting over the fear of taking it out and shooting in front of all sorts of people.

Last year I went on a day trip with the MWAC camera club, and spending a whole day just shooting photos out in public helped me a lot in getting over the fear of having people watch me do my thing.  In the last few weeks I have made it a point to bring my camera wherever we go, and to plan little trips where I know I will try to capture some pics.  Since I have two days in the week off work that are weekdays it works out nicely; the places we go usually aren’t super busy so it makes it easier to let the kids do their thing while I try to capture some fun moments.

I’m just going to share a few pics from some of the places we have gone.

A little snack at Starbucks, and a tea for me.  I have wanted to do this photo of Kazia in front of this wall for a long time, and I love that she’s in her own little world while having her banana loaf.

Starbucks Fun 1A library trip, it was a bit crazy letting the little guy have free reign to run around, but they both had a lot of fun and we came out with a whole lot of books to read.

Library Fun 7 (web)And just two more from our visit to a Frozen Yogurt place.  It was a freezing cold day, but for a few bucks the kids had a really fun hour of running around (there was no one else there haha) and they enjoyed their frozen yogurt creations.  It was getting close to nap time for Asher, so he decided to have a little lay down for a second …. and then big sis decided she wanted to as well.

Frozen Yogurt (web) Frozen Yogurt (1) (web)I have a lot more photos to share once I go through them all, and a few more ideas of where to go with the little ones … maybe some new places to explore as well.

I am so glad I got over my fear and just started taking these photos, even with all the people looking and wondering what I might be doing.

Anna

Macarons!

Oh my, I haven’t posted for almost a month!  I have a couple more flavours of Macarons to post today.

On New Year’s I decided to make some Champagne flavoured macarons, and they were so good, even though I thought they would flop because my Champagne did not want to incorporate into my Swiss meringue buttercream.  But to my surprise, the next day they were absolutely perfect, they didn’t go soft at all like I thought they would.  I also rolled them in some white sugar to give them some “sparkle”.

Champagne Macs 1 (web) Champagne Macs 2 (web) Champagne Macs 5 (web) Champagne Macs 7 (web)I also happened across a blog post over at Cake on the Brain about making macarons with pasteurized egg whites, so I knew I had to give them another try, this time with her recipe because I knew my recipe only worked beautifully with the traditional method of cracking, and aging my eggs and so on.

I decided to try a Strawberries and Cream macaron, with flavoured shells too.  I followed the new recipe and measured all my ingredients, then I also cooked down some strawberries with a little bit of sugar, pressed them through a sieve to create a syrup and incorporated that syrup into my egg whites while they were still “wet” and hadn’t formed a meringue yet.  Once the meringue started to form, I added a bit of pink gel food colouring because the syrup didn’t give enough of a colour that I wanted to create.  I was so excited to see that my meringue was turning out perfectly, and after folding in my almond flour and icing sugar mixture I knew this batch would work out, I could feel that the batter was just right.

I made a Vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream to fill the cookies, and they were so yummy!!

Strawberries and Cream Macs 1 (web) Strawberries and Cream Macs 2 (web) Strawberries and Cream Macs 3 (web) Strawberries and Cream Macs 4 (web) Strawberries and Cream Macs 5 (web)Now I can create Macarons whenever I want, no more waiting on my egg whites to age!  And knowing that I can flavour my shells easily opens up a lot more flavour combinations to play with.  Very exciting stuff ….

Anna