The Inspired Plate | April Challenge | Snack Foods

This months Inspired Plate photo challenge is "Snack Food" with a story! My story.. a family reunion to celebrate my mom and dad turning 80!! What a glorious time we all had! The snack.. ahem, "healthy dessert", was a trifle in a jar!

Our celebration was held in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, where two of my sisters live. We had a few days of play and scavenging the country side, hiking and picnicking to boot! I must admit, I was pretty busy this trip and took my camera out of it's bag just a few times!

Here we all are, our happy Italian family! From left to right, my little sister Faith, Laurie (that's me), Mom, Dad, Valerie and Cynthia! That's us. I love my family!! xo

My sister Valerie's family top left, and my mom and dad with a few of the Granddaughters'. We were missing quite a few of the Grandkids, whether at work or away at college, their presence was surely missed!

Sweet cousins who drove up from Southern Cal. It was wonderful to see many of them too!

Our sweet sister Faith and her darling husband Jeff hosted this shindig at their casa over looking the Santa Barbara coast and mountain range. It was a spectacular view! 

These boys aren't camera shy at all! My nephews Matt and David with my brother in law Mike! 

My sisters and I. Photo courtesy of my niece Ashley Cimino! 

I hope you enjoyed a little of my "Snack Food" story through these photos! Now be sure to head on over to my sweet Southern California girlfriend's blog, Allison Jacobs, Orange County Food Photographer, to see her take on "Snack Foods"! 



Sabrina said...

Love these light, bright photos, and the styling is so pretty - the little labels, lace, twine and jars look wonderful! Your family (and you!!) are so photogenic, it tells a wonderful story of a family gathering :D

Joan Nova said...

What a wonderful photo shoot and happy family.

Tammy Bilodeau said...

Adorable Laurie. You've definitely lead us through a nice little story, the one of a family celebration. Such a great job, love the tags, the jars for serving all the little things

Tiffany | Peanut Blossom said...

This is gorgeous, Laurie. What a sweet and sentimental story. I love the execution of this session.

KJ said...

What a lovely post. Congratulations to your parents and your family.

Allison Jacobs said...

Love this Laurie! It is so beautiful to see how your family celebrated with your parents, not to mention all that great styling!

Kat said...

Beautiful Family! Happy birthday Mom and Dad! Great story to tell. Love the naturalness and authenticness to your family and treats.

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, Laurie.... what beautiful pictures and a lovely story that they tell. I adore those shots of the dessert with the hands, especially that first one with the candle. What a special day you had! I'm happy that you captured it all and posted here. With so many photos you might have enough to make them a nice photo book to commemorate the day!! A beautiful post, my friend.