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what i really want to know is how i ever managed to do meal planning before pinterest?? up next week:
ps. normally, we have chicken, rice (or cous cous) and beans. because recipes are ridiculously pricey. so many ingredients! but every now and then, i have to make some really good things for sanity and taste buds sake.

doing their school work. it ends up looking a lot like coloring.

why have i not visited this site sooner? veganbaking.net :: be still my heart. trying this brownie recipe soon. Hunter will never be sad over missing out on desserts ever again. ; )

saving this one for her wedding.

scenes from last weekend's beach wedding.

a swanky southern wedding. it was a fairy-tale. most gorgeous wedding i have ever seen. real pictures coming soon.

baby girl eyelashes. with her "must" - pink flower in hair. she will only stand to have pink hair accessories. purple? no. she cries. green? even worse. only PINK.

they are besties, for sure.

my grandma and aunt left this week. SAD. i cried. why does California have to be so far?? 

i'm off to second shoot another wedding this weekend! better start drinking my caffeine now. : )

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  1. I get stuck in the dame things for dinner. Chicken, veggies, and fruit. I need to step up my game. I get baby girl's preference to pink. I would be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world if I could be. Have a great weekend.
    P.S. Glad the a/c will soon be fixed. We have to have air her in the summer. IL humidity is awful. It makes me grumpy to get too hot. And if momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy!

  2. Yes its hard to have family live far, and happy shooting this weekend!

  3. i can't believe you are shooting weddings. that is MAJOR girl! so so proud of you. love that site you found with the train cars. awesome! i'll have to try some of those recipes. didn't cook much at all this week. i SO need to get my act together. happy weekend friend.

  4. Love love love that you are doing all these weddings! I can't wait to see the pictures!

    Major score with the Vegan site, what a blessing for you and Hunter. The pic of Sage with the glasses is PRICELESS!!! I think her wedding is the perfect time to whip that bad boy out :)

    Have a great weekend Carissa!

  5. Meal-planning is the best. Especially when Pinterest is involved. :)
    Sage + Hunter remind me of my little sister and little brother. They seriously are crazy about each other. When she wakes up from her nap, she wants to know where he is. When he wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is go and wake her up so the two can play legos together. It's adorable. :)
    Sage and her glasses! haha! And good to know I'm not the only one who "saves this picture for her wedding" whenever I take a funny one. :)
    Ahh, gorgeous wedding.
    Pink is a lovely color to be obssesed with. :D
    Good luck with your wedding shoot!


    P.S. I just noticed how I can never write a short comment on your blog posts...

  6. Adorable insta-pics, as always! Those lettuce wraps look really good, and let me know how the corn pie turns out! Have a lovely weekend, lady!

  7. I'm cracking up at the finger-picking pic! So great! I love that she will only wear pink...too cute!

  8. great intsa photos...y daughter was obsessed with the color blue for the longest time....now it is all about pink.

    have you ever read the children's book pinkalicious?

  9. Those recipes sound yummy! My husband has been trying out some new ones lately (he is our main cook) and it has been fun trying new things. That photo of your daughter in the glasses is too cute! And that wedding looks so beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  10. Great pics! I hate that my mom lives so far away. :(

    Stopping by via #fridayfaves - http://blogbydonna.com/post/2012/05/Friday-Favorite-Things-My-Son--One-More-fridayfaves.aspx

  11. Your recipes sound great! I have a goal this summer to make ever recipe I've bookmarked or pinned over the past year to see if it's worth saving or just needs to be deleted. Hopefully I don't weigh 300 pounds when fall rolls around!

  12. Sweet shots. The one of her with the glasses is too cute!

  13. Pink only eh? haha what a little diva you have on your hands ; )

  14. I love the pic of your lil one in the glasses with the tape. SO cute. Hi there visiting from the link up. Hope you have a great weekend. Happy to be your newest follower.

  15. You are on a roll with your weddings! I love the picture of your daughter..that is ADORABLE! Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. love your instas!
    that wedding looks dreamy and i can't wait to dig into those recipes!
    you're right, it IS so expensive cooking new recipes, especially for six! but we do the best we can, i guess, and God always provides. :)
    have a lovely time at the wedding!

  17. that wedding looks amazing!!!! I hear ya on the chicken rice and beans... filling and inexpensive! Perfect for a single income ministry family! ;)

  18. sometimes when my kids ask what's for dinner, i say, "the regular." they know what that means....chicken, rice and veggies. it can get really boring. but, i'm always scared of pinterest recipes....i've had some pretty lame ones come my way. i'm chicken i guess!! ;-)

  19. Your pictures are beautiful. What a sweet little family you have! I love the one of the kids doing their school work! How sweet that they love each other so much!!

  20. gorgeous looking wedding...i sure miss the south.
    your kiddos melt me.

    the recipes look great! yummo.
    happy friday, girlie. love you.

  21. there's nothing sadder than saying
    goodbye to one's grandma. :(
    mine played football with my two
    year old while i was having his
    baby sister. :)

  22. Cause California is on the 'awesome' side of the country...you really must come back to it so you TOO can be awesome again. ;)

    The Awesomest!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

  23. Love, love all your pics :) What a pretty wedding! and those glasses? adorable :) I made avocado mac and cheese this week from pinterest- to die for!! :)

  24. So it's taken me all weekend to get over here. Our internet went out all day on Friday -- worst day ever -- and couldn't get fixed until morning Saturday. Sigh.

    Anyways, your post, as usual my friend, is lovely and adorable. Thank you for helping me plan my menu this week. And Sage in those glasses? Love. Love. Love.

    Thanks for being such a dear friend...and linking...love you.



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