Tag Archives: Grand Rapids

Too Much White

20 Nov

Okay, no one can give me crap for listening to Christmas music anymore. Here is the vision I was met with when I woke up this morning & looked outside my window:

Seeing this, I immediately want a large blanket & a hot cup of coffee

I can't say I'm happy about this.

Welp, I guess winter is here! I haven’t been able to keep myself from listening to the Swingin’ Christmas station on Pandora, even though a lot of people have told me to wait until after Thanksgiving haha. No one can’t stop me from doing it now, though! Seeing the snow gets me even more excited for the holidays. It’s less than 5 days until Derrick & I are on the road to Grand Rapids for Thanksgiving! The anticipation is killing me : )

I LOVE Bing Crosby!!

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Mitten State!

19 Mar

WOO HOO!! As I was walking to meet my friend, Cara, for coffee today, I stopped by my mailbox like I do everyday to check for post and what was waiting for me?! My Mitten State t-shirt!! Of course I got mine to represent Grand Rapids. A portion of the sale of my shirt goes to charity so I’ve done a good deed for the day. : ) I’m so excited to wear it tonight!

another t-shirt post haha- yeahhhhhh GR!

PAT!

15 Mar

I have such an awesome & thoughtful best friend. Yesterday, while I was at work, Michelle came into the restaurant with her boyfriend, Matt, and presented me with one of the greatest Goodwill finds imaginable. She found an awesome coffee cup with a bicycle etched into it! I’m guessing the previous owner’s name was Pat, since it’s personalized with that name, but to me, just that made it even more humorous : ) I brewed a pot of coffee at work just so I could drink out of it haha. Wherever you are & whoever you are, Pat, thank you for giving up your coffee cup.

Also something really cool- I just ordered my Grand Rapids t-shirt from The Mitten State, which is a sweet site that was recommended to me by a friend. They sell t-shirts showing the location of your hometown on a hand (sorry, MI residents only!). So far they have GR, Ann Arbor, East Lansing & Detroit but from the looks of it, they’ll be making more for other cities in addition to taking custom orders! The coolest part about the shirts is that a portion of the sales from each one goes to a local charity! It’s a pretty new business (plus it’s local & for a good cause so show your support) so here’s their blog- Mitten State Blog. Order a t-shirt if you can!

the greatest coffee cup i could ever ask for!

current song on my itunes:

Oooookay, off to work on my huge graphics project due tomorrow. Looks like no bowling for me tonight :-/

GR bound!

23 Nov

Holy wow, when I said I had a busy weekend ahead of me, I had meant it. I’ve neglected this for 3 days & now I’m squeezing this post in between packing & cleaning before leaving for Grand Rapids for my Thanksgiving break! I’m so excited to see my family that I haven’t been able to sit still for days. My friend Chris & I will be making the trip downstate & I’m playing DJ so I hope he’s prepared for my awesome music selection!

So… My weekend. I had the chance to take some fun photos of my friends Kim & Shannon for a Christmas gift for the their parents. I haven’t had a chance to get really far into the editing process but I started on a couple of them last night so I’ll let you take a look : )

Also, this was the weekend of New Moon, in case you didn’t figure that out before with me running my mouth about it. I saw it Friday night with my best friend, Michelle. AMAZING. I loved it so much that I went to see it again last night! (SPOILERS– skip the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen it yet & don’t want details) Kristen Stewart finally convinced me that she was Bella & I’m really pleased with how well they followed the book. Favorite scene? The wolves chasing Victoria through the woods/Bella’s cliff jump/Harry Clearwater’s heart attack all-in-one. Cheesiest scene? When Alice ‘sees’ Bella becoming a vampire & her vision shows her & Edward frolicking in the woods together, for lack of a better word. Pfffffftttt give me a break! I said it last night though, screw all of this ‘team’ business. If I had my way, I’d take Edward AND Jacob & Emmett, Jasper & the werewolves too. I’m sure I’d find a way to split my time between all of them!

Okay, enough of that. There’s some more work to be done on them & a lot of others to edit but here are some photos from this weekend…

Kim & Shannon : )

these ones were sweet. i can't wait to edit more

Leapfrog!

Finished!

19 Nov

After tomorrow morning, my week from hell will finally be over! No more projects & papers! Then it will be the weekend, followed by 2 days of [easy] classes & I’ll be headed home to Grand Rapids for THANKSGIVING!!! It won’t be a moment too soon either because my body NEEDS mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie- mmmmmm : ) For a week straight I’ll be able to concentrate on photographs that I want to take and no one  else can tell me what to do!

Remember my friend Katie that I raved about (see: I like your FACE!)? Her sister, Jesse got a hold of me yesterday & their parents want me to take pictures of the 3 sisters for holiday cards! Then today my friend Kim asked me to do portraits of her & her sister for a christmas gift they’re doing for their parents– pics, pics, pics!! I’m crazy excited for it all!

BACK ON TRACK- I presented my mock 303 piece today and no, I don’t have the final pieces to show you yet, but I have the next best thing! I went through and edited a few extra photos so I thought I’d share them with you here : )

Click on the images to see them in their full resolution!

Brittany aka B.Pops : )

B.Pops

Jess- i took a gajillion of her b/c the light was difficult....

... but then we just ended up with a ton of awesome ones : )

tree swings are sa-WEET!

jess

told you i had a million of her...

michelle 🙂

and here's britt's that i wasn't able to get onto a canvas : (

P.S. NEW MOON comes out in 2 DAYS!! I’d say I’m definitely Team Edward but WOW does Jacob look good in this one ; )

Oh you know what? what the hell- while I’m at it, I’m going to go ahead and pull the awesome card and give you guys my mom’s pumpkin pie recipe in light of the Thanksgiving spirit. It’s probably close to the same as any other pumpkin pie recipe but it was in the recipe book SHE made for me so it’s HERS!!

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cloves
  • 1 can (2 cups) pumpkin solid pack
  • 1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
  • single crust

Heat oven to 425°. Prepare crust. In large bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into crust-lined pan. Once oven is heated, bake for 15 min. then reduce oven temperature to 350° & continue baking for an additional 45 minutes. Knife should come out clean.

TIPS: Cover the crust around the edge with tin foil for the last 15 minutes so it doesn’t burn. If you’re going to use store-bought crust, stick with Pillsbury. Other off-brand crusts can be much dryer. For the Pillsbury crust, roll it out with a rolling pin to make it slightly larger than what they are in order to fit your pie pan well.

Woo Hoo, pumpkin pie!! Top it with a dollop of whipped cream– and I mean the REAL stuff that you have to use beaters to make and add sugar to! Hope this gets you as excited for Thanksgiving as I am!

Pass the popcorn

16 Nov

I really can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I am with movies. The first movie I ever saw in a theater was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I used to go to the theater with my dad all the time when I lived at home & now when I go back to visit, it’s still something him & I love to do together. I tell you this because yes, I am a Twilight freak & I’m itching to settle into one of those seats with my popcorn, sour patch kids & slushy to watch New Moon on Friday!

I’m not one of those people who like to get to the theater just in time for the beginning of the movie, either. Half the fun is to see all the previews! That’s why I love Apple’s movie trailer website. It’s updated with movie trailers whenever a new one comes out and I check it religiously. If you don’t know what site I’m talking about then here:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/

Unfortunately, I won’t be home in Grand Rapids for New Moon’s release into the theaters in a few days. I live in Marquette in Michigan’s upper peninsula & let’s just say they’re slacking on their theater-upkeep, haha. However, I think in the case of New Moon, not even uncomfortable seats or lack of cherry slushies could deter my excitement : )

Here’s a link to New Moon’s trailer & information on Apple’s site: http://www.apple.com/trailers/summit/newmoon/

Andddddd here’s the trailer : ) —

P.S. If you’re really interested in knowing just how much of a geek I am, know I not only love the Twilight Saga but I’ve also read the entire Harry Potter series through 4, maybe 5 times. In addition, I wear thick-framed glasses, collect wedding magazines & like to make a fuss over incorrect grammar usage (your/you’re, there/their/they’re, then/than, etc).

I have a craving…

13 Nov

… Or maybe it’s because I’ve been a little homesick lately (haven’t been back to Grand Rapids since June) but I’m going to share with you the recipe of one of my favorite sweet treats my mom makes for me when I come home to visit. 🙂

Mom’s Blueberry Muffins w/ Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup blueberries (freshly picked are the BEST!)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt first. Stir in egg, milk & oil until just moistened. Lightly stir in blueberries. Place in paper muffin cups, about 2/3 full each. Top with streusel topping (below) & bake at 400°F for approximately 20 minutes. Voila!!

Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 chopped nuts (optional)

Combine these & sprinkle over the muffins before baking. 🙂