Monday, January 4, 2010

Wine, Dine, Peace of Mind ~ 2009

Happy New Year everyone! 

For the past 6 months I have shared less personal pictures & info with my recipe posts because I simply have had less time for posting. I also know we all have a place to go after this one so I've tried to make for brief posts. But I do miss sharing the woman behind the apron & I have to remind myself this is my blog, an expression of me not just eating but living & loving as well.

So let me catch up on what I have been missing & then we'll move on.

It's been a good year. We've.....

Become friends with neighbors...


And closer with existing friends.


Exchanged numerous gifts in the mail with a blogger friend turned real life & forever friend.


Shared with others the joy of a quaint town in which we love.




Did some window shopping.


Watched our newest addition to the family slowly outweigh our most precious member of the family...


And not so patiently waited for these two to simply co-exist.


Visited some really cool restaurants I can cross off my list.




Shared, for the 10th year, the very same birthday with best friend Tammy



Rented a river cabana at an awesome little spot...



Had an amateur but successful & fun photo shoot 








And YES....it happens MORE than you think....

Endured many flops in the kitchen, even if they are pretty flops.



Happy New Year everyone!!!!!! Being here is always a joy & a big part of my life. Thank you for not only letting me share myself but also letting me in to your life.


Coming Soon :  Brandied Shrimp, Grilled Chicken Provo Arugula Panini, Coconut Shrimp, Buffalo Chicken Dip & How I Got My Woman Card Back!

33 comments:

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Great post! Love the buckeye pics!

The Nice One said...

What beautiful pictures! Oh how I have missed your food eye candy!

simpledaisy said...

Great post!!! Have yourself and very Happy New Year!!!!
Take care~

Miss Rowley said...

great post. wishing you a happy new year. visiting from sits.

Deanna said...

Happy New Year! What a sweet post. I couldn't help but giggle thinking that when your sweet guy gets older he is going to just "Oh MOM!" you over the pic of him in his briefs!

Can't wait to see all your amazing recipes in 2010!!

Kacey R. said...

Hello sweet friend. This is a great post and great pictures. I especially love the pictures of Tristan in his undies - just like my Ry guy. LOL will our boys ever where clothes at home? LOL

{{Bug Hugs}}

Kristin said...

Thank you for sharing these. What fun photos! LOVE the peeking over the fence shot! Happy new year. : )

WhisperingWriter said...

It sounds like you had a great year.

And yum, the food pictures made my stomach growl.

FROGGITY! said...

LOVE!

i am loving the sweet family photos. and also that sweet b.a. bike ramp! my hubby would freak out... and personally that cabana looks like heaven.

thanks for sharing!!! blessings in 2010!

Angie's Spot said...

Hi Stephanie! I'm Angela's (Hello Dahrlin) BFF and have been a blog stalker of yours for a while. I just wanted to let you know that I cooked your Drop Dead Lasagna for our Christmas family dinner and everyone gave it 2 really big thumbs up! Thanks for a fabulous new recipe and Happy New Year!

Pinot after Playdates said...

Keep the recipes coming!!! I made the ricotta balls and they were FABULOUS...thanks so much!

Life with Kaishon said...

I can NOT believe that was a flop... It looked so delish! I love your impromptu shoot at the park! So fun! I would LOVE to take your pictures! I can NOT believe how big the dog is. Seriously. Can not believe that!

Mommy Mac said...

Hey there, friend!

Okay, so really weird here.

I click on your post on my sidebar that says, "Testing, testing" and it tells me that your blog no longer exists! I then click on the Live. Love. Eat. title and it brings me to this post~ EEK!

What to do? What to do? i no of 2 other friends that I follow that the layout of their posts degresses as opposed to progressing in what shows on my sidebar.

That has eventually worked itself out though.

I guess I will ignore your most recent post on my sidebar and just click on your title.

Love your year review! You have lots to be happy about in 2009! Your little guy is so handsomely sweet!

I like that you are going to add some more to this blog about the gurl behind the apron. I LOVE your recipes, but it is fun to learn more about the guru behind them too!

Thanks for keeping up with me over at my spot!

Happy 2010!

.mac :)

Chef E said...

Those antlers are still ringing in my head! Flop, what flop? That looked darn good!

Beautiful family, deeds, and works all around...

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

I love those pics of you and your son!!!

M said...

Happy New Year to you too!

ChefDruck said...

Happy new year! I also struggle with balancing the posts about the woman behind the apron with those about the food.

How is that last picture a flop though? It looks delicious to me. And I have to know where that river cabana is. It looks like heaven.

Joanie M said...

Love the little peek at your life!

Happy New Year!

Life, Love And Lola said...

Love the photo shoot pics! Happy New Year!!!! XOXO

Tam said...

LOVED this POST! Love your blog and love hearing about the woman behind the apron!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

What great pictures. 2010 is sure to be another great year for you!!

Just Breathe said...

Your testing didn't work. It said you don't exist!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm still drooling over the 7th anniversary lunch.

Fresh Mommy said...

I ALWAYS love seeing the woman behind the apron. It truly looks like it was a good year, and here's to an even better 2010!! Can't wait to see what you've got cooking :)

Oh and you'd be proud of me. Spent the day with my mom in her kitchen making about 12 meals to freeze and save for after our baby boy arrives. We had fun!! And now I'm tired, lol.

Michelle said...

Sometimes it's easy to forget the personal side of things, isn't it? :)

Those are some great photos, and it sounds like a wonderful year. And now I need to investigate that beautiful flop. It really does look beautiful!

Debbie said...

Great photos! And why are your flops so pretty? Trust me - mine aren't:)

Kaylen said...

Happy New Year! This is a great review of the last year.

You've won my postcard giveaway - please respond to my email asap and I can get you your prize. :)

Ronda said...

Hi there buddy! Happy New Year! What a wonderful year you have had! I know all about finding time to post. Sometimes it can be a burden.
As for you burn, I'm sorry but I had to smile. Don't get me wrong, I felt really, really bad for you. Over the summer I too was drinking pom martinis and was cooking. I went to bend down to get the baking sheet out of the oven and somehow it (baking sheet) hit the top of my arm. Well....I jumped and it hit my arm again!! Now I have 2 scars on the top of my left arm that looks like a big lion scratched me! Oh well.
I hope your having a good New Year so far, and have a great week.
As Always, your food is fantastic!
XOXO

Coco said...

Happy New Year my friend! Love all the pictures.

I don't recall the last picture...flop? Really? Looks to die for.

The pics of you and your dude are darling. You are such a hot momma with a gorgeous family!!!

angie said...

This year in review is fantastic! I loved seeing more personal aspects of your year.

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Michelle said...

You have had a good year indeed! :)

Hannah said...

I not only enjoyed viewing your photos, but I especially enjoyed your great captions that give a glimpse into what a special family you must have.

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Lula! said...

Oh, Steph--I loved this post! Loved all the pictures, loved seeing YOU and your beautiful family.

Get out from behind the apron a little more...I loved this!