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This week’s theme over at You Capture hosted by Beth is green. I had such high ambitions for this capture, but alas, life intervened. I’ve been incredibly busy with my new job, my old job, being a wife, being a mom, and just generally being. So I snapped very few photos of green, but here’s what I’ve got:

Love the intense stare of my oldest boy while he practices soccer

Drake always has fun at soccer, here he’s practicing with Daddy

Night glow sticks for bedtime as an incentive for going to bed Spider web in the grass with morning dew

There’s a bit of green still about, look closely in the fog

Linking up to http://www.ishouldbefoldinglaundry.com/. Check out all the other greenness on Thursday!

I love doing graphic design, especially for fun theme parties. Awhile back a friend of a friend contacted me with a custom request for a kitschy party she was having in honor of her birthday party. Each table would have a kitschy theme, like garden gnomes, Care Bears, and unicorns to name a few. I was totally on board with this! I love designing and getting to cover such a wide range of designs is right up my alley. Recently she was nice enough to send along the photos of her party. Check out all the kitschy cuteness!

LOVE it. Thanks to Stephanie Proffitt (no relation :)) for providing me those photos, which were taken by the very talented Lanna Hoffman (check her out HERE).

Around here, we had a lazy weekend. We did absolutely nothing, which is what I think the family needed. We spent loads of time playing (cars, blocks, and more cars) but we kept it low-key. Everyone in the house seemed like they needed time to unwind (I’m decompressing from a nasty cold and my first week at my new job, the husband had to work weekend duty, and the kids are getting over the sniffles).

My littlest guy fought and fought against a nap. Around 4 pm I noticed it had gotten incredibly quiet upstairs, so I went to check. This is what I found:

Yeah, he’d fallen asleep on TOP of his dresser. Even though his bed’s right there, and much more comfortable. I guess the dresser looked like a great place to nap. Once I recovered from my shock and worry (he could have really hurt himself if he had rolled!!!) I grabbed the camera, because it was just too cute and too funny. Silly guy!

This week’s You Capture was Industrial. I really thought that this challenge was going to be hard. I live in a typical German village, we don’t have any industrial plants or anything like that. I certainly didn’t feel like driving to the big city just to snap a few photos, so I decided to take a walk after work one morning and see what I could find. It turns out that tokens of our industrialized life are everywhere.

Take for example telephone and cable poles (above shot taken in foggy morning conditions, same pole below during bright sunny conditions).

 

I also found this adorable car. I don’t know if it counts as industrial, but I’m sooo using it. It was too cute not to snap. Linking up to Beth’s blog over at I Should Be Folding Laundry

As I may or may not have mentioned a million times, I’m addicted to Pinterest. There’s so many fabulous finds out there, but I really love pinning recipes. I’m not too adventurous in the kitchen (I tend to stick to the same old recipes) so I really love getting out there and trying something new. Yes, I own a cookbook. No, it’s not nearly as much fun as seeing a pin on pinterest. Here’s my attempt at Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese (as adapted from HERE).

What You Need:2 ripe but firm pears3.5 oz goat cheese, crumbled3/4 oz almond slivers1 sprig rosemary2 tbsp honey2 tbsp butter

What You Do:1. Wash the pears and slice them lengthwise into halves. With a small sharp paring knife and a spoon remove the core and seeds from each pear, leaving a round well for the filling.

2. Heat the butter in a skillet and brown the pears, skin side down, on low heat for about 10 minutes. Preheat your oven at 350ºF (180ºC).

3. Place the pears in a ovenproof dish and pour the cooking butter on top. Add half a cup of water in the ovenproof dish. Bake 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, gently toss the goat cheese with the almond slivers and the rosemary in a small bowl. Season to taste. I added some chives.

5. Remove the pears from the oven. Divide the mixture among the pears, mounding it on top of the indentation. Spoon a bit of honey and bake them again for another 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.

This week’s 20 Week Photography Challenge is “A Mess.” Wow. That’s so incredibly easy to capture around here. I have two children, aged 3 and 2. My house is always a mess. I guess maybe the hard part is finding a bit of the mess to photograph that’s visually captivating.

Here’s some of this week’s messes:

Linking up to A Step in the Journey. Go check out some other lovely messes on Thursday!