Thursday, 28 July 2011

What's for Dinner?

It's no secret that my daily supper cooking is uninteresting at best.  My husband can't be faulted for calling it "boring".  He bought us a new cookbook: Dinner Tonight: Done!  It has glossy pictures for each recipe, and the best part is that the recipes are simple!  Kevin looked through it and said, "Here, use this book to make supper every night for the rest of my life."

I can go through it and pick one chicken recipe, one beef, one pork, one veggie, one pasta...and there's my menu planning for the week!  On Tuesday, I made spiced chicken with couscous salad.  It was good, although I think next time I'll leave out the lemon juice and basil.  On Wednesday, I made brown sugar-glazed pork with grilled corn.  Now that was delicious!  Juliana told me she wants to eat corn like that for every meal and snack "for now on!"

Today, I've got slow-cooker Cuban braised beef and peppers going.  I hope it's good!  And I hope the avocado is ripe enough.

Juliana gathered some flowers on our walk today.  The lily is from my garden.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Anonymous or Not?

Over the three years that I've been posting at To a Pretty Life, I've tried to stay relatively anonymous.  It wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where I live or who I am, but I've never directly stated it.

Now I have started a writing blog.  It would be rather pointless to have an anonymous writing blog since my name is my brand.  I've debated whether to share that blog here.  Should I remain anonymous?

Eventually, I decided that it's not a big deal.  So, I'd love it if you'd visit my new blog!

Joanna Clark Dawyd

Let me know what you think!  I intend to keep posting my creative endeavors here, although I'll post less about my kids.  The internet is forever, after all.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Affirmation from a 4-year-old

As I was getting into the shower this morning, Juliana wanted me to step on the scale, so she could see "how many pounds" I was.  So I did. 

She said, "You're not a big tubby like Daddy.  Last time you were a big tubby, but now you're not."

Oh, thanks princess!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Pining for Pinterest!

Oh, how I want a Pinterest invitation!  I've been dying to start pinning inspiration, and I've requested the invite, but aparently I'm just not cool enough  ;-)

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Book Review: A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

Margaret Brownley’s A Vision of Lucy is the story of a young woman in 19th century Rocky Creek, Texas, who is desperate to become a professional photographer, despite all the trouble she gets herself into when striving for the perfect photograph. Her widowed father does not understand Lucy’s devotion to her work, and wishes she would settle down and get married. Lucy’s photographic stunts put her in danger with some stagecoach robbers but she is rescued by the feared “wild man of Rocky Creek”—who may not be as wild as the rumours suggest.

It’s been a while since I read an inspirational historical western romance.  I grew up reading Jeanette Oke and Stephen Bly.  I found this story to be refreshingly different  First, there’s that mind-blowing kiss in chapter three.  Good Christian girls aren’t supposed to think about that kind of stuff!  Second, I loved the historical details that the author included.  This book is completely stuffed with details, which really makes the story stand out to me. 

Overall, I truly enjoyed the story. So much so, that I requested another of the Rocky Creek Romances from my library, A Lady Like Sarah.  I would caution you to read that one before you read A Vision of Lucy.  My impression of Sarah from her small part in Lucy’s book made me think of her as a country bumpkin/hillbilly, not a powerful, beautiful ex-outlaw.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Four years old

My girl is four today.  We had her birthday dress-up party on Saturday, with kids ranging in age from 2 (almost 3) to 7.  Juliana picked the activities: decorating crowns (my friend recommended the foam ones from Michaels...brilliant idea!), and a treasure hunt (which turned into a water balloon hunt).

Juli wore her ballet costume.  This morning we woke her up so that she could have her presents before her daddy left for work.  She was shocked, I think.  She kept saying, "A scooter and a bike?  How did you know I wanted a scooter AND a bike?"  We found both on kijiji.  If we'd had to buy new, she wouldn't have either.

Right now, she's drawing pictures for her friends.  I think she's expecting them to come over for another party today.

Nick needed to be fed strawberries and grapes to keep him out of the way of the gift opening at the party.

This is Juli's new puppy.  Her name is "Audra."

 It has come as a bit of a shock to me that my little baby girl is suddenly four.  She has grown several inches in the past few months, and she's looking so much older.

Three years ago. 
 Last week.