...and those tiny little cloud elements lying across the deep blue sky is the high cloud cirrocumulus. You can distinguish cirrocumulus from altocumulus by the size of the cloud elements; altocumulus has larger elements.
Jarrod made these the other day and when I called him to ask how they turned out he was so excited by how good they were - like - 'we need to make these regularly good' and then when I had one for lunch - oh my - good is just a mediocre word for the flavor and taste of this slightly spicy, cajun chicken melt. The chicken melt would be just fine without the cajun mayo but main that mayo, topped with chopped pickled jalapeno's takes this chicken melt over the top!
I kept this page totally about the photos with a few embellishments to tie the photos together. I played around with the location of the journal box, and three-tiered words until I was satisfied that they were pleasing to the eye, as well as color of the title. I'm totally happy with the final result.
I don't think anything detracts from the photos (at least I hope nothing does), even the journal box on one of the photos is subtle and still readable. I used an old freebie template that I had in my stash of 5-7 photo templates stored in my digital scrapbooking supplies.
I am enjoying putting a page a week together, sometimes using very current photos but sometimes, like this one, going back quite a few months.
I put this casserole together ahead of time, refrigerated it and the boys pulled it out to bake it. It turned out tasty. And something that will probably be a go to recipe for us, especially in these coming cooler temperatures. And who doesn't love casseroles. Served with a side of our favorite homemade Caesar Salad (with homemade dressing). Totally yum!
The Monetrey Jack Pepper cheese along with the Sharp tanginess of the cheddar absolutely made the dish. We are a family that loves cheese...as our waist lines are evident...but, go try this anyway. It's good!
Yes, I know. It has been for-like-ever that I've posted a recipe...
Oh my! Can you say, "Soooo good!" I did! One of my favorite parts was the cinnimon infused graham cracker crust - loved it. While the recipe calls for plain ole graham crackers I must confess that while I did add in the cinnamon I also used cinnimon graham crackers for the total impact of cinnamon flavor. And small group loved it. Because you know they are my guinnea pigs (is there another analogy I can use besides...) for anything dessert. For me, with my backwards taste buds cinnamon is still one of those flavors that my buds (and me) love.
And these really should be named cinnamon-infused cheesecake bars.
Yes, I am grateful (and sometimes I want to spell that 'greatful' and shout it to the world) for clouds, and oh yes, rainbows. They are a visual reminder of God's promises. In this season of my life one of His big promises this rainbow reminded me of is that He will never leave me or forsake me. Done and done. I can count on it.
I am thankful for our small group. God so fashioned our group, over time, with His expert hands that only He could do. Who knew, but God, that we would be walking into a season of life with a parent living with us.
And a small group in which the majority of the group has either been through the same thing, something very similiar, or is going through it now also. If that isn't the providence of my God I really don't know what is. Last Sunday evening we skipped our lessons and shared within the group. We all had alot to say. I love how the group has come together to support, well - the group. It is an amazing testiment of doing life together.
We have enormous changes heading our way. Do I have any idea what life will be like in a month and a half or so? Only time will tell.
Some things will just take time.
We are making lists. We are talking things through. We are sharing our struggles. We are sharing our challenges. We are sharing our excitement. Sometime in the next month or so Jeff's mom will be coming to live with us. It is about time. We've begun a list as we brainstorm and make decision about things that need to get done. Some things are very much up in the air. We are talking out how things might happen. The shock, for want of a better word, is over and we are moving forward.
The other night in home group we shared our story and what was to come and we were amazingly encouraged and uplifted by the support. We're in the same boat with most of our group and we're gonna' be there for each other. It is a wonderful feeling, almost euphoria, to know these people we do life side by side together understand and will just be there, listen, help, support, and love. We are so encouraged by our future.
Yes, much will take time. Deciding, packing, clearing, moving, selling, flying, driving, organizing, changing, handling, and the list goes on of those adjectives our lives will hold in the near future and on. Our future holds clearing out the guest room at the very least. Some bathroom upgrades need to happen. Food planning and preparing will change to accomodate Mom's eating disabilities. Possibly, hopefully, a new front porch. Move this, purge that - to make room.
It will just take time. First up - is the guest room and a new bed; clearing out the closet, and purging.
The template has about an inch of white space around the photo blocks which coincides nicely with the white titles. I used, colored, textured, card stock for the journal block and title and shades of brown, keeping the colors neutral. Really, the only color comes from the muted tones of the photos and the small embellishments that I added to the page, replacing exactly where the original template by the designer had them. I figured she is the designer and she'd know the best place for embellishments because all I know about them is they should come in 'threes' and should be placed in a triangulated pattern to draw the whole page in - I think.
My pages of late have been our date nights on Friday night and that is awesome!