If you follow me on Instagram, you know I always post photos of my dinners.  A lot of His // Hers since Jared isn’t a Vegetarian and I am.
But I love experimenting with food in the kitchen…especially when it ends up working out in my favor.
I know this is nothing new – spinach parm risotto – but I put this together after not finding a recipe that suited me well and I got a few requests for the recipe.
so here’s my take on Spinach Parm Risotto.

Ingredients:

3 2/3 cups veggie broth
(that’s not three 2/3 cups..it’s 3  2/3 cups – almost 4 cups)
1 cup uncooked arborio rice
2 cups fresh chopped spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Tad olive oil..just a tad
S&P to taste

Let’s get cookin’

  1. Bring veggie broth in medium saucepan to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat and keep broth simmering.
    2.  squirt a tad olive oil in a pan – just a tad; heat over medium-low heat until hot then add the rice; cook and stir approx 1 minute.  (you’ll notice it browning)
    3. Stir 2/3 cup hot veggie broth into pan with rice; cook, stirring constantly, until broth is absorbed.
    4. Stir remaining hot veggie broth into rice mixture 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until all broth is absorbed before adding next 1/2 cup.
    When last 1/2 cup veggie broth is added, stir in spinach. Cook, stirring gently until all broth is absorbed and rice is just tender but still firm to the bite.
    Season with S&P.
    (Total cooking time for veggie broth absorption is about 20 – 25 mins.)
    5. Remove pan from heat; stir in cheese and enjoy.(Jared likes his topped with a bit more parm and some pesto…so that’s what you see in the photo.  I prefer mine sans pesto)

    Enjoy!
    And let me know if you try it!

    XX
    Candee

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I don’t often photograph events (that aren’t weddings) but when I get the opportunity, it’s always fun to photograph all the details and this little number was no exception!

Fun with mustache straws!All for this little man!Photo booth setup!It’s not a fiesta without churros!Absolutely loved this dessert table!  The simple cake from Great Dane Baking Company went perfectly with the tablescape!
XX
Candee

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It’s the American way.  Work, work, work.  Busy, busy, busy.  If you’re not busy, you’re not well!
If you spend a day relaxing or reading, gasp!  You threw the day away!
It’s this expectation we put on ourselves.
January 1, 2013 I told myself I was going to change my ways.  I was too busy.  Life was passing me by and I was barely taking it in I was so busy.
I wrote down everything i did on a daily basis and numbered them in order of importance.  Then I wrote another list of what I wanted my days to look like and from there, eliminated a ton of things that weren’t easy but I knew I needed this less chaotic life.
I needed more time for me, for jared, for cooking real meals, for walks with the dogs.
Suffice it to say, it all went up in flames.
On the list of me time were books.  I used to read multiple books a month.  Now I’m grasping at just the thought of getting through one book a month.
It’s my escape.  I almost need it to recharge.  My goal for 2013 was to read one book a month.  Yep.  Sounded easy enough.  I’ve been failing miserably since March.

I’m going on vacation next week so I’m looking forward to picking up a book during the drive
and it’ll also give me time to reevaluate my schedule to make some room for more reading.
I may have failed miserably so far but that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way.

last friday i blogged about thrifting.  Here’s what I picked up.


I read Memoirs of a Geisha a long time ago – never saw the movie – but i think i remember liking the book  and for $1.25 i figured it was worth the risk 😉
I’ll add it to my to-read-again list since it’s been a while, but if you’ve read Memoirs of a Geisha, let me know what you thought!  Maybe it’ll spark my memory.

My Sister’s Keeper
It’s been on my to-read list for years but I’ve put it at the back burner because there are many others i’m itching to read – hey, just being honest!  But this book’s been recommended to me by more than a handful of a people for a few years now so when I found it on the shelves of my local thrift shop, I knew it’s about time to pick it up.

Here’s just a tidbit of my to-read list.
Gone Girl
Rebecca
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The War of Art
Room
The Good Earth
Loving Frank
Where did you go Bernadette

Currently Reading:  The Hunger Games Trilogy.
I’ve been done with book 1 for far too long and  just started Catching Fire.
It’s not that the first one wasn’t interesting.  Are you kidding?  I read it in days – couldn’t put it down!  Then there’s that you’ve had enough down time.  Time to get back to busy,busy mentality.

My new goal is to set aside time for 1 chapter a day.
Wish me luck!

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 Married, in love and wishing to celebrate just that.
Meet Jennifer + Richard.


When Jennifer told me she wanted a session to document this time in their lives of the two of them, i couldn’t have been more thrilled.
It’s up to you to make your everyday something special.
Someone who gets me!
Oh, you know, just rockin’ the camera.  No big deal.
On these steps is where they shared their story with me <3
Jennifer and Richard,
thank you for being so, so wonderful!  I’m honored to have been your photographer celebrating this time in your guys’ lives
and i wish many blessings on you two and your future!

XX
Candee

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I love thrift shopping!  I love the wonder of the story of my purchase – where it’s been and where it’ll go after me.  I’m also a total book worm and my childhood dream is to have a library in my home – that’s right. While you wanted to grow up to be a doctor, I wanted my own library. Yep, I’ve always been a big dreamer 😉 – so I love collecting books from thrift stores and all kinds of other goodness!  Thrifting is also eco friendly and just like my old elementary friend Woody Wood Pecker says, reduce, reuse and recycle!
And let’s face it, i’m a bit of a hippie at heart.

I’m off to spend the day thrifting, but before I go, I’ll leave you with something beautiful <3


XX
Candee

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