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Thankfulness 3.30.11

Photo by Emily McAlpine

Last spring during Lent instead of giving up something, I spent a little bit of time each day coming up with 10 things that I was thankful for. I’m a little ashamed to admit that it was hard to come up with different things each time, but it also changed my mood each day. I realized how much I have, how absolutely blessed I am, and it really helped put me in a humble mood for lent. This year I got a little bit of a late start, but today I am going to share 10 things I am thankful for.

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Dish-o-the-Week: Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions

Hungry?  Good.  I’ve got a delicious Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions recipe from   I love the combination of the warmth from the chili powder and the sweetness from the maple syrup.  This recipe is sure to make your mouth water.

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Ijams Nature Center

Now that it’s officially spring, I’ve been trying to be better about going out regularly and photographing.  It’s essential to every photographer to, well, practice!  My forte and love is portraiture, but it never hurts to go out into nature, be quiet, and observe the little details around me.  It helps me look at things in a different way, play around, discover new areas to take portraits in, and just work at my art.  Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s nice to tour your city or town at night.  Just to take a few moments to take in all the details, and maybe find a little adventure.  It’s amazing how different everything is at night, how the mood changes, especially before a storm.  This is what I found on my little night adventure, none of these photos are mind blowing or anything, but each one seems like a little treasure.

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Fish Tacos

You might be thinking that I’m on some sort of Mexican food kick.  And in some ways you would be right.  Really it’s just a matter of convenience.  I hate when ingredients go bad, so these two recipes had similar ingredients, so I made them close together.  But I promise you will enjoy both!

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Dish-o-the-Week: Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

That’s right friends!  It’s been a long time, but there is finally another Dish-o-the-Week!  I think you will be particularly fond of this one, I know Speed Racer and I really enjoyed it.  It’s an interesting combo, and of course I cannot take credit for it.  I found this recipe on  I changed just a few minor things here and there, but I think you’ll like it.  ALSO, this is a two for one special, I’m also giving you my Green Green Guacamole recipe in honor of all the green grass outside and as a way of saying sorry it’s been so long.  So now, less talk, more drooling.

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March Mischief

Last weekend was Speed Racer’s birthday!  The Padre, Mr and Mrs Hokie, and even Mrs Miami and Little Miss came down for the weekend.  Our house was chock full of people but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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