Month: January 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I just discovered the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, which promotes inspiration and creativity to all of us in the WordPress Community.  I love assignments. This week’s challenge is Family, which is easy for me.  I’m an obsessive photo taker when it comes to family because my family is everything to me. These photos are all from the month of January, the most recent being from this past weekend when I had the honor of celebrating my 35th birthday with Grammy Alice, who turns 92 this year. There are also many family members out there that I’m missing very much. XO

veggie chowder

I made the best soup in the world a few weeks ago.  Actually, the best soup in the universe.  My cute husband came in from outside looking like a snow man during our last snow storm and I felt compelled to dig through our cupboards to create some sort of hot comfort food for him. Note: we hadn’t gone grocery shopping.  I didn’t realize the leftover holiday remnants of my fridge and freezer would turn out to be likely my favorite soup ever.  What could I possibly do with an unopened container of cream as well as a partially consumed bottle of champagne?  Add some veggies of course to create Veggie Chowder! Ingredients 1 pint of heavy cream (yeah, I know – this is not low fat!) 1 cup of champagne or white wine 1 can of cream of mushroom soup 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine 3 tablespoons of flour 1 onion, chopped 1 tub of Knorr Homestyle Stock 1/2 10 oz package of frozen spinach 4 small potatoes 3 carrots, chopped 1 cup …

2013 in review

WordPress sends users an annual report every year.  It is so fun to see how many people have visited, where they are from, and what the most popular posts have been.  Four out of five are older posts, actually.  Which one is most popular, STILL?  Why, the post I wrote with my father on creating a leaning string bean trellis (July 2011)!  This is followed by a step-by-step guide to creating a cucumber trellis, making blackberry lemon coffee cake (with blackberries from our garden – another happy surprise from 2013!), cruelty-free baby products, and a recipe for vegan bruschetta.  So, note to self: more garden tutorials and recipes in the future! Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.