Well, I'm a mom of two wonderful children (Eli and Alison) and a wife as well as a crafter and photographer. Christmas is my busiest time, not just for pictures. I also make wreaths, ceramic coasters and anything crafty for my house that I can think of. I love it all. My daughter also inherited my craftiness. :) Christmas is our playground!
I grew up in Santa Ynez and migrated up to SLO county a few years after graduating high school. I couldn't love it more on the Central Coast and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We really have the best of everything. We have the beach, the forest, the desert and even some tropical areas all within just a few miles of us.
I also like to make as much food as I can from scratch. I currently make my own instant oatmeal packets (have you ever seen the ingredient list on the store ones??), granola bars (the soft ones), honey cornbread that is even better than the Marie Calendar's one, jam, cereal bars (like the nutrigrain ones) and salsa. I have a few other things I make from scratch like breads and sauces, but I am also always on the search to find healthier alternatives to what I get at the store. I figure all those preservatives, sugar and chemicals can't be good for us and I will do what I can to keep my family healthy. I have yet to find a spaghetti sauce recipe that I like, so if you have one, please share! I have tried several, but I'm just not getting the smooth texture or rich flavors that I want.
I also have a garden where I grow some of what I need to make the staples we have in our house. My garden is slowly expanding, but I've only live in my current house for a year, so it's just a baby garden right now. This year, I grew rainbow carrots (so fun for the kids), tomatoes for my salsa (I'm going to need SOOOO many more next year), lettuce, cucumbers and some Swiss chard (for the chickens).
I also have chickens...Yes, I am one of those crazy people that loves to have chickens. This year, I ended up having a hen that wanted to lay on some eggs, so I let her. I don't have a rooster, so I had to ask the community for some fertilized eggs. One woman came to my rescue and gave me 8 eggs. It was WONDERFUL!!! 7 of the 8 eggs hatched and we had these fluffy, adorable little chicks running around. I LOVED it!!!! The kids loved it too, but maybe not at much as I did. I seriously could have watched them all day long. I mean, how cute are they??