A New Wild Adventure

Monroe, WA

We have been a little MIA lately in the Compass Arrow world. The past few months have been packed with moving to a northern suburb of Seattle, my husband starting to pastor at a different church, launching a new blog, & did I mention baby baby baby things? Our little guy will be here in a few short months!

I am now almost 34 weeks, which makes my tummy gigantic, short winded breathing to do even the simplest of tasks and sweet, well lets be honest – sometimes painful kicks and jabs constantly from baby. I’m growing a part Japanese mini-ninja. I seem to be waddling more than walking, and misjudging my circumference as I bump into counters and knock things over on tables. I have the bruises to prove it. Lets not forget that unfortunate peeing-when-you-laugh-or-sneeze phenomenon or feeling like you can take a nap in just about any situation.

Pregnancy is a really unique experience, but life is a joy and I can’t imagine it any other way. Baby is super healthy and that is all this new mom can ever ask for. He is almost full term, weighing in at a little over 4lbs and 17inches long! What a champ.

Now that we are getting settled into our new home, a nursery area was undoubtedly in the works. We themed his space from the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” and anticipate a whole new adventure ahead for our family has he enters this world soon. Any guesses on his name? I’ll give you a hint, it starts with an “E”.

So with that, we will continue to be a little MIA until baby “E’s” arrival as our family adjusts with this precious gift of life and new season in our life. Feel free to e-mail us for inquiries as we will continue to schedule photography sessions for the upcoming spring (starting in May) and into the summer/fall. You can still follow us for more constant posts on our facebook page and be on the look out for updates with our growing family!

I am sure I will start to be THAT mom who posts a scary amount of adorable newborn pictures, but I’ll try to keep it contained. Maybe. If he looks anything like his dad, you all just may want to unfollow me now if you can’t handle the abundance of cuteness about to be posted. Watch out for those cute almond asian eyes and sleepy funny faces.

Happy love month from ours to yours. May you take this time to celebrate the precious gifts around you.
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Blueberry Fields & DIY Jam

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Tacoma, WA

Yesterday some of my friends and I went to Tacoma’s Blue Berry Park! You can pick blueberries there for free on a plot of land in the middle of the city with acres of blueberry bushes. It’s magical, minus the bee’s or spiders. We all got big bowls full and after I made some jam! Delicious with the fresh rolls I made for our dinner that night. If you’re in the area, you’ll have to stop by this park one day and grab some free blueberries!

Here is the jam recipe I used:

  • 3 pints of blueberries (2 cups)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Optional: Lemon zest & juice of 1 lemon

In a large saucepan combine blueberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice, vanilla bean paste, and water. Cook over medium/high heat bringing the mixture to a boil for about 5-7 minutes or so. At this point there should be a decent amount of liquid coming from the blueberries. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking over low heat stirring every few minutes or so to ensure the mixture does not stick to the pot for about 45 minutes. The jam will thicken as it cools. At this point you can either blend it until smooth or leave as is. I like my jam chunky, so I leave as is. Ladle into a mason jar or two and it will last about 3-4 weeks in the fridge! Enjoy this summer treat and comment below to let me know how yours turns out!

DIY Coffee Creamers

Tacoma, WA

Last weekend I had some gals over and we made DIY coffee creamers a long side our coffee tasting party. Some of you coffee enthusiasts love it black, but I personally like to add a little something to my cup of jo’. And while coffee’s great, sometimes creamers are not; they can be loaded up with artificial flavors and preservatives. So wether you like a steamy Chemex brew or an iced coffee in your favorite hipster mason jar, below you will find some of my favorite recipes to go a long with it!

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I bought the above canning jars to put our various creamers in. Add equal parts of half and half or heavy whipping cream with regular milk or sweetened condensed milk. Depending on your milk tolerant you can always just use almond milk or all half and half. I personally don’t like sweetened condensed milk, so I just used half and half. Then you can add a variety of the below ingredients depending on what you want or mix it up to what sounds good to you!

Maple Almond – 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp pure almond extract

Cinnamon Vanilla – 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Mocha – 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp espresso powder/extract

Coffee – 1/2 tbsp espresso powder or espresso powder/extract

Vanilla Hazelnut – 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp hazelnut extract

Once all your ingredients are added, just shake really well for a few minutes. I have looked into trying a lavender and honey creamer soon too for this summer! Let me know how it went for you and if you have other ideas as well, please comment below!