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Today’s Project Life 365 prompt is #cup_of_good_cheer so today I’m sharing with you my all time favorite holiday drink.  It was passed down from an aunt in the family and a batch gets whipped up every Christmas.  We like it so much that we start making it Thanksgiving and have it through the holidays.  It’s perfect for holiday parties as an alternative to eggnog so I wanted to share the recipe with you.  Enjoy and happy holidays!

Almond Creme Liqueur

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 3/4 cup Amaretto

1 cup whipping cream

4 egg substitutes

1 tsp. instant coffee powder

2 tsp. almond extract

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix everything together, chill and serve with or without a dollop of whipped cream.  Enjoy!

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I’m a big fan of Light Inspired blog/forum and loved reading the Try it Thursday challenge a couple of weeks ago but ended up not being able to do it until yesterday.  You can read more about it here.

Yesterday was such a warm and beautiful fall day to be home and check things off our to-do list.  One of the big things was to organize our little shed with all the kids outdoor toys and sports equipment and organize it into summer/winter.  The girls were playing so nicely outside while we were doing this so I asked my oldest daughter if we could take a break and do some quick shots on the swing.  This is what we got, such a variety for such a short time and I so wish I could freeze time and keep her this age for a bit longer.

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I’m not going to claim that I’m a morning person.  I love sleeping in, especially in winter when the sun doesn’t come up until 7am.  However, in the summer I do enjoy starting the day at sunrise with a run, bike or coffee on the porch.  The earth is so different at this time, the birds are chirping, the flowers are wet with dew, the fog is still in the valley.  This summer often times if out on a bike ride or run, I have had to run back home to grab my camera so I can capture some of this beauty.  Here are some images of the season.  Hope you enjoy them as I know some of you are like me and relish the time in bed.

Sunrise in the hayfield with a tractor ready for another day of work.

Sunrise in the hayfield with a tractor ready for another day of work.
South Strafford | Vermont

 

Early morning fog over a field of cows

Early morning fog over a field of cows.
South Strafford | Vermont

A cow that likes her own space.  I can respect that.

A cow that likes her own space. I can respect that.
South Strafford | Vermont

 

This field looks like the perfect spot for a photo shoot in the evenings.  Not so much in the morning with all the spider webs.

This field looks like the perfect spot for a photo shoot in the evenings. Not so much in the morning with all the spider webs.
South Strafford | Vermont

Blowing in the wind

blowing in the wind
South Strafford | Vermont

And last but not least, we’ve had some pretty amazing evenings with fog too…….

Skyline over the Donohue homestead from the fire pit

skyline over the Donohue homestead from the fire pit
South Strafford | Vermont

 

a foggy evening after a downpour along the Connecticut River

a foggy evening after a downpour along the Connecticut River
Norwich | Vermont

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  • Jen - Stunning landscape work. I could look at this again and again.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks so much Jen. I feel incredibly lucky to call this place home.ReplyCancel

Each year the town of Quechee, Vermont holds it’s Annual Balloon Festival on Father’s Day Weekend.  We’ve always wanted to go but have never seemed to be able to make it.  Sadly, we found out earlier in the week that Alan would need to be overseas for a meeting that was taking place on Sunday.  Yes, Father’s Day.  Total bummer for all of us.  This is the downside of his work, working internationally in different time zones with different holidays than the US.  And to top it off, he had to leave Friday night to get there due to flights being sold out.  He really wanted to go to the Festival this year so I decided to take the girls (Tanner was working) for Alan in his absence.  So I called a friend and we schemed a plan to pack a picnic dinner and meet at a designated location.  At first, we thought we had picked a bad spot but it ended up being THE PERFECT location to capture the magic.  What a beautiful sight to see these huge, colorful balloons right above us.  Next year, will be such a treat to have Alan with us and I can’t wait to hopefully make this an annual event for our family.

The Balloon Festival happens all weekend long starting on Friday night with live music throughout.  There are “glows” that happen at 6:00 pm Friday, 6:00 am Saturday and Sunday as well as 6:00 pm Saturday, which is the one we went to.  I have heard that the dawn glows are amazing so maybe we can make that happen next year.

I’m thinking about submitting one of the photos to a contest they have.  I’m curious to hear which one you’d submit.  Feel free to comment below.

The First Balloon Launched at the Quechee Balloon Festival

The First Balloon Launched at the Quechee Balloon Festival.

and they're off!

More of the first balloons launched.

Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

One of my favorites! | Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Hot Air Ballon Festival in Quechee Vermont

Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

Several Balloons from the Quechee Ballon Festival

Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival | Quechee, Vermont

 

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We shall never forget…..

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Memorial Day is a day where we have picnics and backyard barbecues but we should keep in mind that we wouldn’t be able to celebrate these freedoms if it weren’t for the men and women who have served.  There is a short story behind this barn with the flag.  I’ve passed by this barn several times and wanted to photograph it but for whatever reason never did.  This day, I noticed the property owners sitting outside having cocktails so I pulled over.  I’ve been doing this a lot since starting this project.  I used to be reluctant to knock on someone’s door and ask permission to photograph something on their land but now, I don’t have a problem doing that.  In fact, my kids have even gotten used to it.  We’ve met some great people, heard a lot of history and have even gotten to pet some pretty cute puppies!  So, on this day I left the kids in the car as they were plugged into a movie and the kind lady shared her story.  When her son was deployed to Iraq, she hung a huge flag on the barn in his honor (bigger than the one on there now) and if you look closely you can see the outline of where the wood faded.  Upon his return home the flag had become tattered after hanging for two years and her son asked her to take it down as you should not hang a tattered flag.  She then put this one up.  She was incredibly nice and even asked if I wanted to join them for a drink.  I totally would have if I didn’t have the kids in the car.  However, I was glad that I stopped to photograph her barn and even more grateful to hear the story behind the flag so I could share the image and story on a day where we honor those who sacrificed for our freedoms.  Happy Memorial Day!

 

Finally, we are experiencing a real spring in Vermont and the weather couldn’t be more beautiful.  Feeling pretty lucky to be surrounded by such beauty!

 

spring vermont blossoms bloom landscape

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