About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto ūüé∂, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.
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Tips for better portraits

Tips for better portraits

I just realized that while I do have pretty cute kids, there was nothing all that “helpful” for all you (2 or 3) readers in my last post, so I thought I’d share a few portrait tips. 1. ¬†Avoid direct sun. It causes harsh shadows and squinting. ¬†I took these behind our garage in the […]

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Spring Portraits

Spring Portraits

I bribed my children to take a few pictures this morning. ¬†Yes, I said bribed. ¬†I’m not above bribing my children. ¬†:)

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Doves

Doves

Have you ever noticed that doves are always around in pairs? ¬†If you see one, chances are his or her mate is nearby. ¬†They are monogamous creatures. ¬†I’m sure there’s a great blog post in there somewhere, but for now, I just thought I’d share. Enjoying Spring, ~Mama Tutu

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30 Days of Lists (Lists 11-15)

List 11: Date Night Ideas (goes without saying that all of these would be sans children) 1. ¬†Dinner I didn’t have to cook – either out or in. 2. ¬†Coffee and lazily browsing a bookstore 3. ¬†After-bedtime movie in bed 4. ¬† A stroll on the beach 5. ¬†Night at the Symphony List 12: Weekly […]

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

This is a yummy “white” chicken enchilada recipe. ¬†I got it from a “Dec. 2000 Mom friend”. ¬†It’s VERY filling. 1 T butter 1 medium onion chopped 8 oz softened cream cheese 3.5 C cooked chicken, shredded or chopped 8 8″ flour tortillas 16 oz package monterey jack cheese 2 C whipping cream Saute onions […]

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30 Days of Lists (Days 6-10)

List 6: ¬†Least Favorite Words 1. ¬†Can’t 2. ¬†Stupid 3. ¬†“F” word that rhymes with “art”. ¬†Can’t even write it. 4. ¬†Racial/Derogatory slurs 5. ¬†very, truly, really — are these REALLY necessary?? List 7: Blog Goals 1. ¬†Keep it real 2. ¬†Write frequenlty 3. ¬†Keep it interesting & relevant 4. ¬†Don’t dominate the posts — […]

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How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

So, it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted an update about my garden adventures. ¬†I thought I’d post an update. I had a slight setback. ¬†When we we went to Colorado for a week, my seedlings apparently missed me. ¬†Even though I made provisions for them, they still looked a little sickly when […]

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What's for Dinner? March Meals

This is my meal plan for March. ¬†I was going to include it in the last post, but it was getting a little long… Tues, March 1 – Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, bacon, pancakes) Wed., March 2 – Taco Soup Thurs., March 3 – Zucchini/Squash Casserole Friday March 4 – Eat Out Sat., March 5 […]

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Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

I am a planner. ¬†Maybe even to a fault at times, but most things in my life seem to go more smoothly when I plan. ¬†For example, meal time. ¬†Now, you may think you don’t want to be “confined” by a meal plan. ¬†For me, it helps cut out the “I don’t feel like cooking, […]

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Oven Baked French Fries

Oven Baked French Fries

Who doesn’t love potatoes? ¬†They’re such an easy (and cheap!) go-to for side dishes. Here’s a quick and easy way to make french fries in the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. ¬†Peel and chop the potatoes into cute little strips. Next pour a few tablespoons of olive oil to coat, as well as […]

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