There is so much for your little one to explore as the flowers blossom, the ants march on out, and leaves cover the trees.  The weather is gorgeous, which means you no longer have to bundle your little one up like snowman. Now that spring has arrived…I think it’s time for a mini session. Catch all the details below and email in soon, because sessions are limited.

Spring Mini Sessions include a 30 minute session, an online viewing gallery of your final collection, and five master  high res image files of your choosing. No minimum purchase required.  The session location is still to be announced, but will be near Boston. Up to 3 children per session (more can be included for an additional sitting fee).



The following time slots are available on Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th:

4:00  PM/ 4:30 PM/ 5:00 PM / 5:30 PM/ 6:00 PM/ 6:30 PM

please email CASSANDRAPLUMMERPHOTOGRAPHY@GMAIL.COM with the session time you wish to book.  Sessions are booked on a first come, first serve basis.

Can’t wait to meet you and your little one,

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1. I have found it!!!  My future kitchen! I want to copy it in a heartbeat…starting with those cloud prints.

You can find more pics of this kitchen here.     Please leave a comment if you know where to find that kind of rug :)

 

2. Did you know that I love LOVE tea. Years ago I told my mother-in-law that I wasn’t a huge fan, but she changed all of that with a lot of honey, milk and tea flavors like Eggnoggin’ and Pumpkin Spice.  I now have to limit myself to one cup a day. I definitely like it sweet though, especially after our trip to Nepal ( you can read about it here, and learn how to make Nepali chai tea here). It is my sweet treat during the day or evening , that I am allotted if I go on a run.  Yes, is it my motivation to get my butt out the door and jogging.

I just stumbled across this tea website- Davids’ Tea with flavors like Birthday Cake!  And check out their travel mug!


3. Sweet Potato fries.  I love sweet potatos. My husband on the other hand will eat them, but doesn’t really like them.  These however he likes…to the point of peeling the stickin’s off the pan. Check out the recipe from How Sweet it is.


4. Have you seen the video of Caine’s arcade?!  If not, watch it…really!

“A 9 year old boy – who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store – is about to have the best day of his life.”

5. And this video is for the photographers out there… (don’t worry it’s PG and it is about photography…just give it a moment).

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I have been loving the recipes over at Sprouted Kitchen lately.  Sara uses whole foods and make meals healthy, but tasty…really tasty.  This banana snacking cake is no exception and would be great for an after school snack.  It may get a little messy, but if your kids want to help…just follow the pink notes for some tips along the way!

Here is what you will need:  (If you don’t have some of the ingredients use the written down substitutions)

Note: If you can’t find unsweetened coconut, just put some sweetened in a colander or on a sieve and rinse until the discarded water is no longer creamy looking.  You can see detailed instructions here.

Kid notes in pink!

Preheat the oven to 350

(Wash your hands and put on your aprons.)
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. (Pull up a chair for you little one to stand on and scootch it in close to the table. For younger ones, you can put all the ingredients in their bowl.  Let your older ones help measure- use a knife or unsharpened pencil to level off each cup. Hand them the spoon and let them mix while you stabilize the bowl.  Use a Large bowl to keep spills at a minimum.)

In another bowl, smash the bananas. (Let them use their hands to break down all of the chunks. Keep a towel on hand) Add the oil, eggs, vanilla and mix with a whisk. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients.

Grease an 8×8 glass baking pan and pour in the mix. (Peel the paper off the top of a stick of butter and let them grease every nook and cranny. Note: the butter will eventually begin to melt from the heat of their hand)

Bake on the middle rack for about 22-24 minutes.
Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes, cover it with a dish towel or foil and let it rest for 30 minutes to an hour. It will become nice and moist.

(Fill your sink with suds, pull up their chair and let them clean up.  For little ones, place a towel around the back of the sink and on the floor. Don’t put anything sharp in the sink.)

For the cream, drain the cashews and put them in a food processor with the coconut milk, honey and lemon juice. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.

I agree with Sprouted Kitchen and preferred to add  the cream to each piece as eaten, and did not frost the whole cake. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Click here for the original recipe post by Sprouted Kitchen.

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Lilly and her Mommy sat beneath a tree in the Boston Public Gardens.  There they began the story Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.  Just a few pages in Lilly shut the book and began to make her way over to the pond.  There she found Mr. and Mrs. Mallard duck.
Mr. Mallard duck climbed right up and out of the water…I think he was looking for some peanuts.And of course there were ducklings!! Do you remember Ralphie and Walter?

Finally some peanuts for Mr. Mallard.

In the story the ducklings like the Boston Public Gardens so much that they decide to live there and eat peanuts.  Ralphie and Walter on the other hand preferred living in a Boston apartment…where they had their own bath tub, fresh towels, and my slippers.

You can read about Ralphie and Walter’s adventures in Boston here, bathtime here, and there final days before going to the farm here.

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The ducks took their morning bath, we snapped a few pictures and then set off to the farm.

We pulled into a rundown farm stand in Hingham and parked the car.  A rooster was burrowing in the drive next to an old broken down fire truck and scraps.  The petting zoo was home to a donkey and a few sheep that couldn’t be seen past their matted layers of wool caked with mud.  The donkey seemed pleasant and didn’t mind being a moving target for the 8 year old boys that came to visit. The barn stalls were no larger than my city apartment bathroom.  It was at this point that my momma duck instincts kicked in…we climbed back into the car and drove away with the ducks still chirping away on our back seat. There was no way we were donating the ducks to that farm.

Luckily, I had a back up farm on the list.  It was just another 30 minutes South.

We pulled into farm number two and both exhaled a sigh of relief.  There were fields, flowers, apple trees, a pond, and a beautiful barn.  A father and his little girl welcomed us, or the ducks, with excitement.

So Ralphie and Walter have a new little friend, or momma, with freckles and a pony tail.  I just know that they are going to have a blast following her around the farm.

Where there tears? No, no tears…but Matt did chuckle as we hopped in the car and he turned to find my bottom lip turned down and into a pout.

I then replied…we will just have to get a puppy.

 

If you would like to visit Ralphie and Walter, drive on down to C.N. Smith Farms this fall to pick your own apples and visit the animals. It really is a beautiful farm with the nicest owners.

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