After six years of having the same logo, I have decided to make a change. This logo fits me better as the person I am today. The forward C and backward C represent my name, and the cross in the middle symbolizes my last name. Thanks to my dear friend, Whitney Green for her graphic design skills. She has patiently worked with me on this project for the past 4 1/2 months. I wanted it to be perfect ans she delivered just that and then some. Thank you Whitney. You are wonderful, and I'm glad God gave you your talents. Check out my website, blog, and cart (cart can only be viewed on a desktop or laptop) to see the updated logo in use.
Last week I made a yummy dish from Clean Eating Magazine. It was full of veggies, protein, fiber and straight up goodness. Chicken, Butternut Squash and Sage Pasta
"Whole-wheat pasta, squash and spinach combine to provide an impressive 11 grams of fiber (per serving) of this scrumptious dish. Dietary fiber is a key component to a healthy diet-it helps keep you feeling full and satiated, aids in regulating your blood sugar levels and even works to keep your cholesterol levels in check." -Clean Eating Magazine, January/February 2014
On Super Bowl Sunday I decided we were having "good for us" snacks. I mean why not? Just because it is good for you doesn't mean it has to be gross.
So I went searching after seeing several dishes posted by nomnompaleo.com and I found this one from their website.
Smashed Steak Skewers with Cherry Barbecue Sauce
Then I found another one from Clean Eating Magazine online.
And finally, I made a dish that was favored only by me. And that's okay. I didn't expect it to be liked by all. That just meant more for me,right?
"Devils on Horsback" (not sure how it got it's name)
They are prunes with almond nut cheese. (it calls for macadamia nut cheese, but I didn't have any macadamias) Nut cheese is similar to ricotta :) These are alsow from nomnompaleo.com, but I could only find them here.
As I watch the snow fall outside my window, I'm thinking I need to make a warm soup to go with this cold weather. The food exploration continues.
Last week we took a trip to Lincoln, New Mexico. It's a cute town that I never really knew exsisted. We relaxed, explored, and went on mini-adventures. We even saw a baby deer 10 feet from us, and elk up in the mountains (or really big hills) behind the place we were staying.Thanks to our sweet friends, the Garrett's for letting us stay at their home away from home.
I love to cook. It is therapy for my soul. I love mixing up new recipes, trying out random ingredients, taking pictures of it all (mostly with my phone) and then eating it all up. A few creations I've made over the summer...
This is my all time favorite smoothie when I'm not making spinach smoothies. It is kind of amazing. Do yourself a favor and try this blueberry almond smoothie.
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 frozen banana
1/2 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend all ingredients in a blender, and then drink up!
And supposedly blueberries reduce belly fat, so hey, I'm on board.
I found this recipe here.
Happy 4th of July! We made popsicles and wanted to share our simple recipe.
4th of July Pops:
Almond Milk Unsweeted Red food coloring Blue food coloring Popsicle maker
Pour almond milk into three different cups, about 1/2 full on each cup. One for red, blue, and one white-plain almond milk. Combine food dye and almond milk
Once the layer is frozen you can pour your next layer. Repeat until you've reached the top.
The kids enjoyed it, and it was healthy all at the same time.
What is a foodie anyway?A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out for convenience or hunger. A person who has a refined interest in food.
I really love to cook. I find it so interesting how different types of food paired together can be so wonderful, not to mention it is relaxing.
By cooking all of these meals, my kids, husband and I have all been eating way more veggies as apart of our everyday meals. And I promise you, they really do taste good.
Here are some of my creations since May.
I recently discovered this cute little etsy shop and felt it was only right to share. They have the cutest prints for boys and girls.The leggings are my favorite, but you need to check out the rest of their collections too.
I ordered the triangle fox print for Liam and I can't wait for them to come in! His thighs are going to look so cute in them :)
Just looking through my phone files and finding so many favorites of my family :)
I am excited to announce my Art Gallery prints are for sale. They are a collection of different photographs I have taken amongst my journey as a photographer. I will gradually be adding in more as time goes by and new trips are made. The square photographs were taken with my holga camera using 120 film, and the rest are digital prints.
Photographs taken in:
New York City
Royal Gorge Park
Texas Hill Country
Liam is 13 months old. I can't stop salivating over his juicy legs, almond-eyed grins, and rosy-red cheeks.It's true too. Ya know what people say-that time flies when you are having fun.
*Update* Williams room is being featured on On to Baby! Check it out: http://www.ontobaby.com/2012/02/gray-and-yellow-woodland-themed-nursery/
Our little boy, William (Liam) Weaver Cross will be here soon. His room is all ready for him and our entire family is trying to be patient and not too anxious as we wait for his arrival. Take a tour of our little ones room while you wait with us.
yellow and orange fox pillows: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Gingiber?utm_source=transaction&utm_medium=trans_email&utm_campaign=purchase_buyer
deer pillow: http://www.cb2.com/
mobile animals: Anthropologie Christmas ornaments (hedgehog, fox, and squirrel) Coldwater Creek (raccoon, skunk, beaver)
Iron "W": Coyote Candle in Lubbock, TX
baby crib: jenny lind style, 30 + years old (used to be mine when I was a baby)
brown rocking chair: BabysRus (4 years ago)
super cool yellow lamp: a sweet friend gave it to us
I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and due in February. We have been blessed and couldn't be happier. Benson is learning a little bit about his new title as a big brother, and having a baby in mommies belly. When we asked him whats in mommies tummy he said, "a tiger". Gotta love that kid. He comes up with the cutest stuff. He even put a baby doll in my shirt the other day, and said "look baby in mommies tummy." Its really cute, because he is really starting to get it.
I have had a good 1st trimester. Little queezy and weak, but I know things are looking up and I will be able to keep up with Benson and have my energy back soon. Yesterday I had a session with a family who has a cute two year old. I was sore after the session, because I haven't been that active in a while :) I have to eat every two hours or I become a Preg-zilla. Its true.
We are so excited and we can't wait to find out what we are having in a month or so! Stay tuned and we'll let ya know too.
Artist Bio: My name is Cristy Cross and I am a photographer. For the last five years I have operated a business called Cristy Cross Photography based out of Clovis, New Mexico. My journey to become a photographer/business owner has been such a blessing. Growing up in West Texas I was always interested in art and creativity. My interest in photography started in high school. Following high school, I enrolled in college and obtained a degree in photography from Texas Tech University. My work as a photographer has allowed me to travel much of the country and broaden my horizon. At Cristy Cross Photography, I provide photography services for weddings, high school senior portraits, family sessions, commercial work, etc.
Statement of Work:
Thank you for visiting my “PRETEND” exhibit. As you look around the gallery, I hope that you find joy in my work. The ideas for these pictures have come to me through childhood memories. As a child, we create dreamy ideas, whimsical moments and pretend we are something we are not. These are memories that make me smile and inspire me. You see, I have always loved to pretend. I had a box of “play clothes” that contained magical items (mostly my Mom’s outfits from her younger days). I would dress in high heels, shaws, dresses and hats. Many days I was a princess or a flowerchild or sometimes I just wanted to wear them while I played in the mud. Fast forward to my adult years and I find myself wanting to recreate some of these memories, by asking my friends if they will dress up and pretend with me. The “pretend” project started with the Gypsy series, then came the Hippie, Alice in Wonderland and finally Bohemian Bride. Each character has pieces of me and is in some way a throw back to my pretend time as a child. Doing these photo shoots gave me the opportunity to further tune my photography skills. It was also a fun outlet to exercise creativity. Each shoot took significant set up time, most notable in the Alice in Wonderland series. I received much help and support during these shoots and I thank all that were involved.
Thank you Gina Shelley, and Clovis Community College for the honor and for asking me to present my work in your gallery.