Dinner with the Hoots {Sunday Snapshot}

Sunday, July 1, 2012
We love getting together with Hoot's Mama and family.  In fact, Kate literally counts down the days until Libbie comes over. Yesterday, when she woke up, the first words out of her mouth (even before she opened her eyes) were "Libbie comes today!" Our whole family really enjoys the company of their whole family.  So, they came over for dinner last night and we had a great time as always.

We had a really yummy dinner (menu and details below) but the hi-light of the night was watching these girls play together.  The boys had a lot of fun too but Libbie and Kate had a BLAST!  Libbie is just a funny little HAM!  We did a little photo shoot and I have a 100 photos to go through but wanted to pop a few up today.....

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{taken with a D700, 24-70mm 2.8 lens, 800 IS0, f/3.2, 1/320}


{taken with a D700, 24-70mm 2.8 lens, 800 IS0, f/3.2, 1/320}

I also ran the Florabella Envy action from Luxe II (link on sidebar) on both images and lowered the opacity.  Finally, I smoothed out Kate's skin with a Florabella natural skin action (from the retouch collection) a little too.  It is GREAT! I highly recommend these actions.  Kate is having a major skin problem right now that I will blog about another time but let me tell you it is a NIGHTMARE and now I have it too.

Okay, now onto last night's menu.  Dave and I really enjoy cooking and entertaining and I like to kind of keep track of some recipes on here.


NOTES: I was making both of these for the first time and they were delicious BUT I would add some spice to the avocado puffs next time (maybe a jalapeno or some chipotle powder OR pepper jack cheese instead of cream cheese...yes that is it!).  I did have one or two of these for breakfast this morning too and the avocado puffs were even better warmed up the next day!  So good!

Main Course:

Dave's famous slow smoked beef brisket (so yummy!)
Baked Idaho and sweet potatoes with all the fixins
Broccoli slaw (I love this!)  Cook Illustrated recipe.

And finally for dessert...Harry helped me make Blackberry Cobbler
(served with BlueBell Homemade Vanilla ice cream)


Pioneer Woman 

Kate was SO excited for them to come!!!! She set the table. She made placecards (all her own idea...she started them while I was in the shower).


{sometimes we call Shelly "Shirley" for fun}

As I said, after dinner, Shelly and I took the girls to a nearby park and took about 200 quick photos (both of us us snapping away at once) of the girls.  I have not had time to go through them all but I did spy some really cute ones of the girls together. I am sure my next post will be a "part two" as we had quite a lot of after dinner activities and photos (fireworks, sparklers, dancing, violin).  I am just too lazy to upload them now.

You can see more Sunday Snaphsots here

Ni Hao Yall


  1. Awesome Kim, what FUN!! The menu sounds fantastic and everything looks wonderful, can't wait to see more pics of K + L!!!

  2. Such cute photos of the girls.

    And your menu looks divine!

  3. I will have to try those puff's:) I'm a sucker for anything cheesy...I would eat it for every meal if I could:)

  4. Oh my goodness, Kim! These pictures are fantastic! Looks like y'all had a blast... aren't great friends the BEST :)
    So glad you decided to join in this week! I always love your photos!

  5. oh wow...what incredible photo's!! Your girl is adorable♥

  6. the girls look so precious in their matching outfits,they are so photogenic...and dinner looked great.

  7. Kim...these are all so lovely. I love that little Libbie and her family. And Kate. And food. And red white and blue. And ice cream. And Florabella.

    It's all good I tell you...good stuff. :-)

  8. Aww!!! What great photos! The girls look adorable and the food looks delicious!

  9. the menu sounds delicious and the food pics are making my mouth water! yummy!!

  10. Wow, your pics are amazing. The menu looked great as did the food. How fun. Have blessed week :)

  11. THESE PHOTOS ARE FANTASTIC KIM!!!! I cannot wait to see the rest!
    THe girls are adorable as always and the FOOD, oh my the food..... it all looks delicious!!!

    My Mom recently made the pioneer woman's blueberry cobbler and it was SO GOOD!!!

    I might try your avocado, salsa cheese puffs on the 4th!!! We are having big picnic:)

    Have a great week~



  12. Oh my -- great photos and your food looks so yummy!!

    Happy 4th!!

  13. thanks for trying & linking up my avocado cream cheese & salsa puffs. The salsa I used had quite a bit of kick and I seasoned mine, too, so yes, definitely add some chipotle, chili or cayenne powder or whatever floats your boat next time- thanks for the mention! www.averiecooks.com

    1. You know the next day they were even spicier ..it was very interesting. I loved them though and will definitely make them again. You recipes are fabulous!!!


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