Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pork & Zucchini

For Christmas last year, my mom made my sister and I a book of family recipes. It was probably the best present I have ever received. Not only is it super practical, but also very special. She e-mailed several family members to get their "famous" recipes and wrote a little story to go with each one. For this recipe my mom wrote,"Growing up, this was my favorite recipe and the one meal I always requested that Dad make for my birthday dinner. I've change the recipe to an easier version but it is definitely one of my favorites!" Since it is my mom's favorite, it's mine too! If you need a quick and delicious dinner, this is for you...

  • 6-8 pork fingers (I used boneless pork chops but like pork fingers even better)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with garlic, basil and oregano)
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 can green salsa
  • 1 can corn
Brown the pork in frying pan (I skipped this step to make this dinner even quicker). In a crock pot place in this order: pork first, cover with tomatoes, add 1/2 can of salsa. Cook on medium for 4 hours or until meat is cooked through. About one hour before it is done, add the sliced zucchini and corn.

I also made some pumpkin spice cookies while waiting for Jeff to get home from class. I hate Wednesday nights because he gets home so late. But I know it's a long day for him so I always try to have a good dinner and small dessert waiting for him when he arrives home :)

I surprisingly haven't eaten as much pumpkin as usual this fall. Jeff and I had a very busy weekend this past weekend. Ready to hear about it? It started with a 4 hour drive home Friday night. We woke up Saturday morning at 6 am and did our last long run-20 miles! It honestly wasn't too bad. Our legs were definitely sore at about mile 16, but we ended with no tears. After our run, we saw my nephew for a few hours before heading to an engagement shoot. After the shoot we drove 3 hours to Annapolis, MD where we stayed with some college friends before shooting a wedding in Maryland on Sunday. By the end of Sunday we were exhausted! Too bad we still had to drive 7 hours home (and get a speeding ticket in between). The weekend was so worth it though! Here are a few pictures of our stay in Annapolis...

Meet the Kupfer's and their little peanut! Bess and Morgan have been good friends of ours for many years. I played lacrosse with Bess in college. They are expecting their first baby in April and we could not be more excited for them :)

And I'll leave you with a photo that Jeff took of me at the engagement shoot Saturday night...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Potato Soup

I made potato soup for the first time a few nights ago! I didn't take great pictures but wanted to show you the few I did take. I used this recipe which was easy to follow. The recipe turned out great! It wasn't the healthiest soup in the world (at all) but it tasted great-just like a baked potato. Jeff and I don't normally eat heavy foods so our bellies were very full afterwards! It isn't something I would make or eat often but it was nice to enjoy on a perfect fall evening together :)

Lots of bacon. Lots of butter. Lots of cream. Lots of goodness!!

Our dinners have been quick and easy recently since we have been so busy with photography and marathon training, but this night's dinner was not quick! This soup took a while to cook but the end was worth the wait :) We enjoyed it while watching Up All Night, one of our new favorite shows, together.

If you haven't made potato soup yet, I suggest trying this recipe. Jeff and I have been crazy busy between traveling to PA to see my nephew, our photography business and marathon training. We are up to 19 miles...can you believe it? We can't. I am very anxious about the race but am hoping that my adrenaline pushes me through to the end on race day! I'll leave you with a few pictures we took yesterday. We recently upgraded one of our cameras to a Canon 5D Mark II so had some fun with the camera and a new lens yesterday at a nearby school/park...

This pup gets so much love it's ridiculous...

Off to watch the Giants!!! We haven't spent a weekend at our apartment for a while so it's been nice to just relax together today. Hope you are having as great of a day as we are...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aunt Cait & Uncle Jeffrey

I have been MIA because I have been busy becoming an aunt to my sister's perfect little baby boy! I could not be more proud of my big sister and brother-in-law. They make one handsome baby boy.

I prayed for months that I would be home for the birth. Because we are living in N
Y and my sister in PA, I knew it would be hard for us to make it there for Wyatt's debut. I was so anxious and even started trying to plan different scenarios (quickly realzing that you can't plan a birth-especially for a baby that isn't your own). I truly believe that Jesus answered my prayers! I was right next to my sister her entire labor, exactly where I wanted and needed to be.

I've never been more proud of her. I already look up to her not only as a big sister now, but also as a mother. An amazing, compassionate mother that I one day hope to be as well. Jeff and I had to head back to NY Monday evening and Lauren and I both cried our eyes out sayin
g goodbye. My brother-in-law turned to me and asked, "When will we see you again?" I responded with snot running down my face, "Friday." He quickly rolled his eyes :) Yes, we cry about not seeing each other for 3 days. I am hating being away from them an
d counting down the hours until Friday is here!

Meet Wyatt Jeffrey Bryant.
Born at 11:19 am on Saturday.
Weighting 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 inches long.

The new family of 3...

She is already an amazing mama. Wyatt is so lucky...

My mom and dad (now Mimi and Poppy) looking at their grandson. This is one of my favorite pictures...

I am so in love...

The new family is now home. Everyone is doing really well!

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