Here we are, back at this baking table again, except instead of APPLE PIE it’s festive spiced orange pomander balls! Otherwise called cloves & oranges, assuming that like me, you had no idea what a spiced orange pomander ball is until just now. I just looked it up and went back and changed the title of this post, haha. Anyway, there are holiday traditions that I savor from my childhood, and this is one. It’s simple and easy and there are literally two ingredients; cloves & oranges! They look, smell, and feel like pure magic. They photograph nicely, too.
Are you a pie maker? If you know me even just a little bit, you probably know that chocolate chip cookies are my usual dessert-from-scratch go-to. For some it’s cake, or fudge, or truffles, or some other delectable category of dessert that they happen to have a gift with. Then of course there are those of you that dread baking altogether but have quite a knack for savory dishes. None of us are entirely well rounded in anything, and life is certainly a bit more intriguing that way, isn’t it? Even my Grandmother, a seasoned homemaker, good gardener, and cook, once told me that she’d never made a cheese cake! Though standard cake-making was second nature to her.
We’re one day shy of December now, and I can’t believe that fall is coming to a close so quickly! The foliage here in Kansas was GORGEOUS. This is the first true Virginia-like autumn we’ve had in years, but it was a funny one. It felt like we went from a really hot September to really rainy October to what has actually felt like true fall weather in November… And now it’s slipping away just a bit faster than I’d like! But I’m loving the shorter days, the candle light, the sweaters, the open fires outside, getting to wear my favorite black beanie whenever I want, and all the hot coffee…thank goodness that last one is year-round. But before Christmas season is in full swing, I just want to share some photos from this favorite season of mine.
I spend most of my time photographing families and children, but do you know what my absolute favorite form of photography is? Still life! Which basically just means pretty things on a table. So, I asked a friend if I could help her develop some promotional materials for the holiday shopping season this year and lucky me- she obliged. I’d love to do more of this, if you are a small business owner, artist, salesperson, or maker of any kind in the Leavenworth area and would like help styling and photographing your products, I might just be your lady! Don’t hesitate to reach out.
I’m a visual person. Beautiful spaces, interiors, photography, art, and just about any form of design is what draws me and inspires me. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t this way, because I’m always, always tempted to place more time and value and priority on the things that are visible rather than the things that aren’t; our God, our faith, our hearts. It often feels like a gift and a snare, not to mention it’s an awful lot of work to want to make everything around you pretty all of the time when you have four little treasures/small humans that don’t have the same priorities! So, when I take photos, I do it when things are clean and in order because that’s when I feel my best; energized, creative, and like I have the chance to capture something special. But the pretty pictures that I take on occasion are not at all representative of what normal life looks like, and they’re not supposed to be. So just in case you thought I was trying to fool you into thinking anything otherwise about my life or my family or my house (after my LAST POST), here is proof to the contrary. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face, cause….well, you’ll see.
Kansas! The place we knew we might end up eventually, sometime in the distant future, if ever, which turned out to not be so distant after all.
A few things I love about being back in America + the Midwest again; sun, sun, sun, and more sun. Not to mention stores…so many stores! So many restaurants, so many parking spaces, pay-at-the-pump gas, mail that comes straight to our front door, indoor playgrounds for the kids (ahem…McDonalds), Walmart grocery pick-up, Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, a steady supply of half and half for my coffee, and the simple ability to be able to pick up my phone and call my family. Novel, I know! Not to mention access to better health care. Thane finally got started with one out of the two elbow surgeries that he’s been needing for months, it went well and we are so thankful. Life overseas makes for some really amazing experiences, but being home in the States again has been such a breath of fresh air.