Valentine's Day Would Not Be Complete....

February 15, 2009

UPDATE: As suggested by some fellow bloggers, I am entering the picture at the very bottom of my post in the "I heart faces" photo contest. This weeks theme is WONDER.........you can check them out by clicking HERE You may want to join in the fun!



..........Without Something SWEET!!!

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No matter how down and out we were feeling, we were not going to let the sweetest day of the year go by without having something decadent to celebrate the occasion.....

Friday afternoon I made some Chocolate cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing.....I used THIS recipe for the the cake part and for the Icing, I used the good old fashioned B@tty Cr@cker recipe found in the big red book. To make them a little more Valentine-ish, I added a little red food coloring to some of the icing and then Sarah helped me decorate them with special sprinkles we had purchased at TARG@T. They were just as heavenly as you could imagine and were the perfect pick me up after such a yucky week!!

Thank you so much for all the well wishes....I am happy to report that Sarah and I are both feeling much better, and Pat is on the road to recovery....in a day or two he should be as good as new!! Even though Sarah and I have had a little more spring in our step these last two days, we continued to lay low.

Yesterday was my nephew Ashton's first birthday, so we did go to the party for a little over an hour so we could wish him a happy bday and give him his special gift. Right before my sister was about to bring out the cake, Sarah started coughing to the point that she had tears running down her face, so that was it for us....we were out the door within minutes!! Unfortunately, we missed Ashton dig into his smash cake, but I did get some really cute pictures of all the kids in the hour that we were there.....I will post them later this week.

Not much to report....We are really looking forward to the start of the new week and hoping for spring-like weather......I am so sick of being stuck indoors and I think Sarah is too.

This afternoon she was looking out the bedroom window as if to say.....when I can I go out and play? I think she is beginning to climb the walls as well. Of course I had the camera in close proximity and as I went to snap it, I noticed her reflection in the window........I was so excited with this capture.......

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I definitely want this one framed and hung up somewhere in our house!!


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend......more pictures to come soon:)

67 comments:

Sharon said...

Wow, Lisa!! Really beautiful shots!!! I love looking at them. Both subject matters sweeter than sweet too!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the picture with the reflexion....
BEAUTIFUL..
Love the cupcakes..
Have a great week..
Glad everyone is feeling better..
Hugs..

Patricia/NYC said...

GORGEOUS photo of Sarah!! You MUST frame that one! Love those yummy looking cupcakes too!

Glad to hear you are all on the mend! I hear ya...we were sick here last week too...so not fun.
Here's to SPRING!!

Have a Great week!

Sharie said...

Glad you're feeling better. Those cupcakes look devine and Sarah looks just as sweet.
Can't wait to see more of your wonderful pictures.

Marla said...

Girl, it's a good thing I don't live closer because I'd be dropping by pretty often for food! LOL!!

LOVE the pic with the reflection, it's simply gorgeous! Glad y'all are feeling better, hope you get some good weather this week.

Rachel said...

That picture with the reflection is gorgeous and the cupcakes look so yummy!

I'm glad you are both feeling better. Have a great week.

Kate said...

Oh I am so glad Sarah and you are both feeling better...I was starting to worry!!! The cupcakes look heavenly...and that sweet gal of yours...angelic.

Here's to a much better week...and Pat joining the realm of the living again!!!

:-)

Gail said...

So happy to hear you're feeling better. 2 beautiful shots Lisa, love the reflection of Miss Sarah in the window.

I'm hoping for an early Spring. March is only 2 weeks away. Have a great week. Stay well friend...

The Byrd's Nest said...

That picture is deserving of a frame...just beautiful with the reflection.

I am praising Him that everyone is feeling better....maybe you can get out some this week!

carolinagirl said...

Sooo happy that you are both feeling better. We also had a few sweets, but they consisted of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Nestle Toll House cookies - nothing homemade here! :)

The photo of Sarah by the window is priceless! I love that reflection, and I think it is a photo you will always treasure!

Hope you have a great start to the week...so ready for spring too. We had an unseasonably warm week last week (some trees are even blooming), and that really gave us all spring fever. It was so nice to get out of the house and play.

Dita said...

Ya know...I am gaining weight just reading your posts...I feel it creeping up every single time I click over here!

That picture with the reflection is just fantastic.

Have I mentioned how much I love coming over here? It's always so cozy and warm!

So glad everyone is on the mend at your house.

Colleen said...

I love the picture!! It's beautiful. The cupcakes look yummy. Can't wait to see the pictures you took of all the kids. I hope Sarah is feeling better this week. We are climbing the walls over here too...I am so sick of winter : (

Missy said...

Yummy cupcakes!!! I love how festive they looked, but I bet they tasted even better : )

The pic of Sarah ROCKS!!! OH MY GOSH! I love her reflection. I would definitely enlarge that and hang it in the house...for sure.

Glad you girls are feeling better!
Love ya and lets chat this week : )

Sandra said...

That is a GREAT picture of Sarah!

Jessica said...

You're killing me with all your awesome photography...got to get me a good camera and some serious skilz! Love that picture. Glad you are over the hump.

Terri said...

OMG the pic of Sarah and her reflection is PRICELESS..love it!

The cupcakes look delish!

Hope everyone feels much better soon

Hugs
Terri

Jodee Leader said...

I am so glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. I bet Sarah is climbing the walls!

Your cupcakes turned out sooo cute! I bet they tasted even better!

Hope you have a great week!

Jennifer said...

So glad you are all feeling better! Those cupcakes look delicious. I lOVE that shot of Sarah...you HAVE to frame it :)
Wow, I need you to teach me your tricks :)
Hope you have a better week!

Jen

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

Beautiful photo of Sarah! I love the reflection of her sweet little face. I hope she feels better real soon!

Kellyann said...

I am glad everyone is starting to feel better. I definitely agree that the shot is frame worthy! Great job.

Jennifer said...

Glad you are all feeling better. The cupcake look delicious. Great picture!

The picture of Sarah is amazing! A framer for sure!

Jen

Kerry said...

Lisa- wow- just wow- your photos are just increasingly more impressive and beautiful. I love the angel that you shot the cupcakes- really can reach out and touch and appreciate the colors.

And that shot of Sarah must be framed. The reflection is so clear and vivid- is that straight out the camera- did you apply a preset or layer. Just love it.
Want to give your camera settings on it- to help us the less experienced?? lol :)

Thanks so much for your home sale tips. I really appreciate it and will give them a go!
Have a great week and so glad everyone is on the mend.

Bridget said...

What great pics!!! Love the one of Sarah at the window - surely needs to be framed. Glad you are feeling better - here's to a healthy week for all of you!!!

Bridget

Belinda said...

Lisa,
what a cool picture! glad you and family are alomost back to 100%. It is so hard to be sick and still have to take care of everyone! your cupcakes look wonderful too!
have a great week
B

Mandi said...

Lisa,

I absolutely LOVE the picture of Sarah looking out the window. I have got to figure out how to use my camera. I am getting so frustrated with it.

Mandi

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I am so sorry to hear you, Sarah and your husband have been sick, and glad that you are all on your way to feeling better!

Your cupcakes look AMAZING and that is such an adorable picture of Sarah, too! Actually I wanted to say that all of your pictures are wonderful; you are very talented! :) I especially love the ones you took of your daughter with the lollipop~ it is so neat how you made one of them with just the lollipop in color...Happy a little belated Valentines Day to you!

day by day said...

Hey Lisa!

Just catching up here. I am sooo sorry you have all been sick. : (

I am really glad that you are back on the road to feeling well again!

That is a gorgeous photo of Sarah looking out the window!

Have a great week, Lisa and take good care so that you are feeling 100% better! : )

CC said...

Those cupcake pics look AMAZING! How did you get the frosting so awesome and how did you take such a great pic???

Glad things are starting to look better in terms of those nasty germs! Keep getting better girls!

Kimi said...

Girl girl girl....both photos, the cupcakes and the beautiful reflection of your gorgeous Sarah are AMAZING!!! Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!

Kim

Shelly and Family said...

What an amazing photo! I so love how you can actually see her reflection! BTW...I think I am gettign what has been going through your house this past week. I have been taking everything under the sun to stop it but I think it is coming and going to stay (just my luck as Keith is headed back to work in DC this week). Call me if you get a chance!

Amy said...

That is a dreamy picture! You are so talented with your camera.

I pray that you and your family have a blessed week.

(((BIG HUGS!)))
Amy:)

Tonya said...

MMM.... those cupcakes look SOOOO YUMMY! ☺

I'm glad you hear you guys are feeling better. (Sorry things got so nasty there)

Now about the picture.. your baby-girl is just PRECIOUS! I LOVE this photo of her!! I made one of my niece Allie the other day. (She was looking out our back door) I'm gonna play around with it, but I don't think it'll turn out as well as yours. (I SO NEED to learn my camera.. a photography class wouldn't hurt either.. LOL)

Hope this week is MUCH BETTER FOR YOU!

Keisha said...

The cupcakes look Yummy! The picture of Sarah is Great!
Hope you have a Good Week!

Sandy Toes said...

That picture is AMAZING!!!! You need to enter that in I love FACES this week...it's perfect for "wonder"!!!
Do it Do it!!!
-sandy toe

Lucy said...

I'm dying over those cupcakes...they look divine!!! Yes, something sweet is always a pick-me-up! So glad to hear you all are feeling better! That is a beautiful picture of Sarah...I am wondering how you got the left side of the photo so dark while capturing the light on the right...was it luck or a trick you learned recently? Beautiful job. Have a great week. Lucy

Briana's Mom said...

That shot is GORGEOUS! I am so glad you all are starting to feel better - such good news!! Now I am craving a cupcake. ;)

Jboo said...

Beautiful photos Lisa!! Glad to hear that you all are starting to feel better! Take care.

Janet

Lisa said...

Gorgeous photo and I'm so glad to hear that everyone is on the mend! : )

Heather said...

Absolutely love the picture. How precious! (Also love the cupcakes. They look scrumptious!!!!)

Kayce said...

Love those cupcakes! Great pictures too! We've had tons of rain too and are expected to get 4 more days of it!

Norah said...

Beautiful shot of Sarah. Are there any leftover cupcakes? They looked so yummy!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Excellent shot... I do see you getting better and better... I wish I had more kids around to 'practice' taking portrait shots of but I prefer shots that are unexpected... a true photographer... always have your camera very handy... I will make do for now with my bird and taking pictures of him... haha

Debz said...

Yup that ones a hanger uper for sure.
Glad to hear your on the mend.
Your cupcake picture looks cool.

Kam said...

Lisa, you've just gotten so incredibly great at this! The cupcakes had me lickin' my lips and the one of Sarah is stunning. I'm so glad you are on the road to recovery!

Michelle said...

Oh yes, that one needs to be framed for sure!! What a beautiful shot.

I am so glad to hear you are all feeling better. I hope Pat is feeling back to 100% soon!

You really should have your own cooking show. Everything you make or bake looks so yummy!

Christy said...

Lisa that shot is amazing. I am totally awe struck!! Sounds like some yummy cupcakes-- I want one!! Have a great week with hopefully some warmer weather!

Chrisyt :)

redmaryjanes said...

That is an amazing photo! We had lots of chocolate on V-Day :)

Heather said...

I commented on this yesterday and poof, gone! My computer is mad at me:)

Hoping everyone is on the mend and feeling human again. My dad is in the hospital and you should have seen the ER - UGLY!

That picture is pure perfection, it is the catch of a lifetime, beautiful.

And now I need to get a napkin, drooled just seeing those cupcakes - YUM!

Have a wonderful week!
Heather

Natalie said...

Yummy! Almost makes me wish I was there to grab one. LOL. Great photo and yet another lovely photo of your sweet little girl.

elliotts said...

Those cupcakes look YUMMY! Glad everyone is feeling better.

Our exchange student has been sick, but thankfully my husband and I have stayed well.

Have a great week!
Diane

Ivy said...

THIS IS A WOW PHOTO! You are a wonderful photographer Lisa and it's a joy to watch you continue to explore your talent!

I tried something like your delicious cupcakes only with cookies, well, let's say it wasn't pretty! I'll post them later.

I am now an official electrician without the bene's

Hugs,

Ivy

jenbusymom said...

Poor little Sarah, great picture though! Hope you're all doing better this week!

Our Complete Family said...

Lisa,
I am so glad you and Miss Sarah are on the road to recovery and that Pat is right on your heels! Good news!
Hoping the week ahead is a great one for you all with good health and lots of smile!
The photo you captured of Sarah peering out the window is a great shot. I love it!
xo, Les

Life with Kaishon said...

Your cupcakes look SCRUMPTIOUS! : ) I LOVE your picture. You should enter it at I heart faces this week. I think it says WONDER like nothing else, and that is the theme.

I always love your pictures. They make me smile.

paige said...

what a beautiful capture.
glad everyone is on the upswing over there
xo

Michaela said...

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day! Your cupcakes look delish (I know one 9 year old little boy would dive right into them)!
I'm glad you and your cute little helper are feeling better!
I just came back from a long, fun-filled weekend in Atlanta (it's cold there, no?).
Best wishes,
Michaela
P.S.: Have you checked RQ? She's mulling the idea of a 1 day batch around. How depressing!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

you should post that photo for I heart faces!

Sandy said...

hi lisa! oh yes, that last photo is a keeper! love it! happy late VD!

Melinda said...

What a great shot you've captured!

Melinda B

Carol VR said...

A once in million photo. What a beauty.

tiff said...

What a beautiful photo. Definitely wonder - full!

mindfulmusings said...

beautiful capture of her reflection!

Elaine said...

Beautiful photo.

sara said...

That is an AMAZING picture of Sarah 0 she looks so grown up!!!!!

Sharon said...

such an amazing picture! Great job... I love your blog too. :)

wife.mom.nurse said...

This is wonderful! I would LOVE to be as talented as you!

wife.mom.nurse said...

This is wonderful! I would LOVE to be as talented as you!