My sister-in-law was giving Dallas, the horse, a little love when I snapped this photo last weekend.  As I was editing photos I quickly shared the black and white version with the in-laws.  I was so pleased with their reaction it seemed like the perfect photo to share as I get back on track with blogging!  Sometimes taking the color out of a photo makes the moment captured that much more beautiful.


Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!!

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Happy Christmas to you and yours!!  This morning the husband and I hopped on a flight to the Midwest to spend Christmas with his family.  Since we were arriving Xmas day instead of Xmas Eve day this year I decided to make the Santa’s Whiskers cookies at home this year.  My cousin introduced me to this recipe and was kind enough to email me the recipe.  I searched the web for Santa’s Whiskers recipes and they are all pretty much the same.  I do follow the recipe my cousin provided as I know it is a keeper!  Although I am not a fan of candied cherries, I do really enjoy them in these cookies!  The cookies are super easy to make and I would think they are kid baking friendly as well.


  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbls Milk (or cream)
  • 2 ½ Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup Red and Green Cherries
  • ½ Cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Flakes

Blend together the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Mix in vanilla extract and milk.  Add the flour slowly into the mix until it is fully combined.  Add in the candied cherries as well as the pecans and mix well.  Split the batter in half and make about 10 inch logs.  Roll the logs in the coconut flakes and wrap in plastic.  Place in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375*.  Cut the cookies about ¼ an inch wide and place on a non-greased pan.  Cook for 12-15 minutes until the edges are a golden brown.  Allow the cookies to cool.  Serve and ENJOY!!

What is your favorite type of Christmas Cookie?

Happy Christmas!


I have always been into photography.  Since middle school I’ve followed in my mother’s foot steps and taken/printed TONS of pictures.  There are albums and albums of pictures at my parent’s house and even more at our condo.  Given my love of photography I thought it might be fun to share a photo each week.

Since this is the first photo of the week I though it was appropriate to share one of the first pictures I took with my Nikon D90.  This picture was taken the weekend of my sister-in-law’s wedding in Missouri.

Although it’s suppose to be photo and not photoS, I still wanted to share one more picture from that trip to Missouri.

Happy Friday!

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A few months ago I was talking to my friends about how much I loved my first visit to Missouri to visit my in-laws.  Long story kind of short … after picking me up from the airport my husband drove us to his parent’s place.  As we took a left and drove down the gravel road to their house, I saw an old school John Deer tracker driving down the road.  I was so excited and couldn’t stop talking about it all weekend.  Of course this was hilarious to my husband and his family, as they see tractors ALL the time!  On Sunday before we left, my mother and father-in-law broke out their tractor and allowed me to drive it.  Check me out!!

Anyways, while telling my friends this story I started talking about how I need to experience more Midwestern things.  It took me very little time to decide I wanted to go to a real live rodeo.  After mentioning the idea of going to a rodeo to my mother-in-law she was on it, sending a list of rodeos this summer.  Soooo back in July I to my very first rodeo!

Northeastern girl goes to the Midwest and channels her inner cowgirl!!!

The rodeo had a lot of great food!  Do you see the sign that says Cheese Cake on a Stick?!?!  I wish I had tried one … maybe next time.

First up was the mutton busting.  Have you heard of this before?  I know I hadn’t.  Check out these super cute little kids hanging onto a sheep for dear life.

It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!  I want my some-day-kids to do mutton busting, but I’m not really sure they have those kind of activities in the DC area. :)  Next favorite thing was the bucking broncos.  These horses were coming off the ground trying to get the cowboys off of them.  It was crazy to watch.

Unfortunately the pictures I took of the bull riding just didn’t come out.   The flash was bouncing off the bar in front of us and I just didn’t get a good shot.  Therefore no good shots to share with you here.  Pout.  Maybe next time I will get a good shot.  Here’s the husband and I enjoying our first married rodeo adventure.  This was taken right before the bull riding started.

At the end of the rodeo they had fireworks and then it was time to head home.

Next time I go to a rodeo a cowgirl hat and boots are a MUST!!!  Have you ever been to a rodeo?

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