November 30, 2011


I didn't get one Christmas decoration out yesterday and I ran out of paint a couple hours into my project. So, although the office isn't even half done, I can already tell I'm going to LOVE my color choice! I think it makes the room look so much more cozy and unique.

For mi casa last night we busted out our new grill (thank you Mike!!) and grilled some hot dogs! It was a tad cold outside for grilling but they tasted delish! All in all, a pretty good day! Not much going on today, B doesn't have school on Wednesdays so we're just hanging out. Have a great Wednesday all, and head over here to see this fun mini session! xo


November 29, 2011

on tap for today

So, I bit the bullet, I picked out a paint color for the office...and its DARK. I wanted to try something out of the box for me, something more daring and that would make a bold statement. I figured the office was the place to try something like this in, a smallish room, Adam and I are really the only ones ever in it, its a creative space so it would make sense to take a risk, etc. I've only painted part of one wall to see if I could handle it without sucking my thumb and rocking in a corner and so far, I think I can! I'm such a fan of white/open/airy spaces so this is definitely a risk. Of course I'll share some photos when I'm done, hoping it won't take too long!

We had an impromptu dinner party last night (which really just means some friends were here and ended up staying for dinner), we had T-Day leftovers, they were tasty! I'm glad my fridge has some more space in it and the 5lbs of potatoes I made are going to good use! We have mi casa tonight, I have no clue what we're having for dinner...gotta figure that out.

B went back to school today!! After a week and a half off the girl was ready, and truth be told, so was I! I'm looking forward to getting a lot done today! I still have pumpkin decor all over the house and it wasn't until yesterday that "Happy Thanksgiving!" got erased from the chalkboard! I gotta get into Christmas mode around here!

Okay, those are my ramblings for this fine Tuesday morning! I'll leave you with a sneak peek of this newborn session I'm working on, more of this cutie pie to come! xo

November 25, 2011

what I'm thankful for

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, we sure did! I loved all the new recipes I tried and have leftovers for weeks! If anyone wants some food, come on over!! On my other blog I posted what I'm thankful for, go check it out here. Have a great weekend everyone! xo


November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Line Up

So I know I said in a previous post I didn't want to "over do" it since it was just going to be 4 of us at Thanksgiving this year (and one of those 4 being a 5 year old very picky eater) but as I was making the list of Thanksgiving "must haves" I realized, too bad, we're going to have a lot of food! The one thing I decided to let go of due to time was the goat cheese risotto that I made last week for mi casa. It was SO good and as much as I'd love to eat it again, there just isn't room in my cooking schedule (or my belly) to make it happen. So, with that said, here is the Winn T-Day food line up:

I'm trying Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Turkey for the first time, hope its good!

I'm trying Baked Bree's Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes for the first time. I don't have a food mill (yet, hoping to get one at some point) but I'm hoping it won't matter too much.

I'm making pretty standard but oh so delicious sweet potatoes topped with mini marshmallows.

I'm taking Rhodes frozen rolls out of the bag, letting them sit at room temperature all day and baking them. Not from scratch but so tasty!

I must have the very classic and typical green bean casserole, so thats easy enough!

I'm trying Ina Garten's Herb and Sausage Stuffing for the first time, looks good!

I'm also making Ina's gravy, seems easy enough so I hope it is! And I still have Cognac left over from Ina's beef bourguignon! Score, no trip to the drive in liquor store for me! :)

I'm making a creamed corn recipe that I got from my friend Lauren years ago, I make it every year b/c its the nectar of the gods. Its seriously one of my favorite things ever!

I'm trying this cranberry sauce for the first time, and last but not least, a chocolate peanut butter pie! Adam isn't a huge fan of pumpkin and since he's 1/4 of the people who will be eating I figure, I better make something he'd like. I've never tried this recipe before, it was in my food network magazine, fingers crossed it will be delish!

Hope everything turns out, I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get cookin'!

November 21, 2011

the benefits of being sick

I've felt pretty nasty the past several days, I think I'm on the mend though! A couple benefits to being sick are:

#1 I haven't had much of an appetite so the scale is down several pounds, who hoo!

#2 I have been in bed the majority of the weekend which means I've had lots of time to edit and blog!

Head on over here to see some of my favorites from this wedding. Happy Monday everyone! xo


November 18, 2011


Ugh, I hate being sick. So far this is day 3 and its the worst so far, stuffy, congested, sore/scratchy throat, etc. Ick! Poor Adam has been doing everything and I've been laying around like a bump on a log. He leaves this morning for 5 days! Double Ick! Im foreseeing the t.v. on way too much and poor little B being bored and missing her daddy like crazy (which she always does when he's gone, but if mom is sick, even more so!).

I've been looking online for delicious turkey recipes and trying to figure out all the sides that I want to try. I think there are only going to be 4 of us this year so don't want to go too overboard. Does any one have any "must try" Thanksgiving dishes they want to share? (Jenny, thanks for the turkey recipe, I just might try it!).

Here is a fave of the ninner from her birthday session, more to come! Have a great weekend everyone! xo


November 17, 2011

November 16, 2011

I made my first turkey yesterday!

So last night the Winn mi casa celebrated an early Thanksgiving! Since this was our last get together before actual Thanksgiving we thought it was now or never. I made a turkey for the first.time.ever. and it turned out! I watched the cooking show the other day and 2 recipes stood out to me, so, I gave them a whirl! I made this cranberry and orange glazed turkey and this pumpkin and goat cheese risotto! I LOOOOVE anything having to do w/ goat cheese and pumpkin (and it has bacon) so I figured I couldn't go wrong! The risotto did not disappoint and the turkey was delish (if I do say so myself!). We are hosting Thanksgiving again this year, cousin Mike is flying in from the Bahamas to join us (woot woot!) so that will be lots of fun. I think I'll try a different recipe for the turkey, something more savory rather than sweet (just to mix it up a bit), but the risotto might need to make another appearance. :) Also, the turkey I made last night, it had to be cut up into 6 parts while raw, I was reading online how to do this and needless to was difficult. I asked the butcher at the grocery store about it and he said they used to do it but they don't do it any more. He didn't know of anywhere in town that would do it either so, I was on my own. I was up to my elbows in turkey carcase thinking there had to be a better way. Needless to say, I'm going to cook my next bird whole!

So I hardly ever get sick but I woke up this morning feeling a sickness coming on, ugh. Adam is about to go out of town for 5 days for his yearly conference so the timing is lovely (insert sarcastic tone and eye roll). If you don't hear from me for a while, its probably b/c I'm holed up in bed. Sigh. I had ambitions of painting the office while Adam was gone, we'll see if I can muster the strength (and more importantly, narrow down a color!).

Sorry, no pictures to show today, I still have many things to blog, its just been nuts around here as usual. More to come! xo

November 14, 2011

Magnolia Holiday Show THIS Thursday!

Okay Wacoans, Joanna's holiday show is this week! Everyone head over to 1 Carriage Sq on Thursday the 17th from 9am-5:30pm and pick out something fabulous!


November 11, 2011

what are ya'll up to this weekend? (and a sneak peek!)

I feel like I'm almost at the end of my rat race, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm g.i.d.d.y. about it. I often don't go into too much personal stuff on this blog, there is a time and a place and the place is often not here...for any lookie-loo to see/read. It's been a tough week, some hard family news this week has left my heart pretty burdened. Not a great time for a girl who loves her birthday to have her birthday! Thank you to ALL of you who sent cards, emails, phone calls, texts, facebook messages, etc. it was so so appreciated and I felt really cared for and loved. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, God is good all the time.

So, this weekend wraps up the Winn crazy, we are getting our family photos taken (which we do once a year every year). I would much prefer to be behind the lens but I make myself step in front of it yearly and the time is now. I had hoped I would have been more disciplined and been down more than 5lbs but alas, that's where I'm at. Hope they turn out cute! (now, if I could just figure out what we're gonna wear! ay yi yi so unlike me to wait this long to figure it out!!)

Mi casa groups have to help facilitate our church service twice a semester, this weekend is my mi casa's turn so we've got that going on, and a birthday party for sweet little Everett who turns 3! It's going to be a busy weekend but then, the calm comes (before the holiday craziness of course!).

So, that's what's on tap for the Winns, what are ya'll up to this weekend? I'd love to hear all about it!

And now, here is a sneak peek of the ninner. I do a birthday shoot with her every year and I'm pretty darn happy with how this year's turned out! Can't wait to share all my favorites soon! Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! Lots of love from Waco, Texas! xo

**A huge and sincere thank you to all the veterans who serve and have served this country, may you feel honored today. **

November 10, 2011

head on over to Plum!

Read more about why you should here (as if you need a reason!). Happy Thursday! xo


November 9, 2011

Brennan's Unicorn Birthday Party

Brennan decided in.... oh, I don't know.... April (I think) that she wanted a unicorn birthday party. She said she wanted the colors of the party to be pink, yellow, and white, and she wanted a 3 tiered birthday cake. The girl had a vision! It was a fun afternoon of decorating unicorn cookies, making unicorn necklaces and bracelets, coloring unicorns, and playing pin the horn on the unicorn. To quote B "this is the best birthday EVER!" So, I'd say it was a success! Happy 5th birthday my precious girl! xo



























It must be said, I could not have pulled this afternoon off without the help of 2 of my mi casa darlings, Carlee and Casey! Also, I can take no credit for the cake or the unicorn horns, that was all my talented friend Emily. Thanks gals! xo

November 8, 2011

Brennan's unicorn birthday morning

This post is really for the grandparents. :) B opening up her gifts on the morning of her birthday, sweet girl. I want to remember her crazy bedhead and her excited look when she opened her Rapunzel doll she was hoping for. How is my baby 5 already?!!!