Category Archives: Inspirations

In living color

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Last week I decided I would learn more about my new camera and take part in a photography challenge so that I could spend more quality time with my new SLR while learning to use it properly. I present to you my week…in living color

day one self portrait

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day two what I wore

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day three clouds

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day four favorite color

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day five the one I love

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ok, didn’t take this one…but we had such a fun weekend together that I forgot to take a new picture of Danny and I really..really..like this one

day 6 childhood memory

I refer you to Sunday’s post

day 7 something new

I mean, aren’t all things these days

I am learning about aperture this week and hope to apply this new knowledge to some of my photos for the week ahead.

where do you find beauty?

do you carry a camera with you?

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Say Cheese…

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I’ve always loved playing with cameras and capturing the moment with photographs. I’ve come quite a ways from my first Polaroid circa the early 90s and these days, I’ve been playing around with this which we received as a wedding gift.

Danny and I took the new camera to Belize and had lots of fun playing around with the settings. It’s hard not to take great pictures when you have this…

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for  inspiration.

Since the trip, the camera has been taken out on occasion but for blog purposes and other quick photo opps, I’ve been relying on my handy and very compact digital and cell phone cameras.

Well friends, not any longer…

I have decided to make the next month, Photo February and will dedicate the next 29 days to getting to know the new camera and working on my skills. I’ve been very inspired by the beautiful photo journalism that I have seen on some of my favorite blogs and by my friend Kathleen who is a self taught SLR wiz (and wonderful photographer)!

Luckily, Kathleen dropped some very helpful hints to my secret santa this year and I am the proud owner of this handy guide… thanks Katie!

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With Danny back on the road for work and my job in full swing, I am eager to divert my focus from Orthopedics at the end of  a long day.

My motivation for the month…

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I will be using this list as a guide as I begin this new learning adventure and promise to post many of these photos to the blog.

I can’t pretend that they will all happen on the right day or that they will all be taken with our new camera (I carry my daily essentials in the 2 pockets of my scrubs) but I hope this lovely list will be a fun start.

Say Cheese!

what is your inspiration?

when do you feel most creative?

 

Holiday Inspirations {12.6.11}

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Perhaps the only downside to baking homemade bread is that it has a limited shelf life. Makes you wonder just how many additives are included in the store bought variety…Today’s breakfast was inspired by the holiday season and is an effort to make delicious use of every last slice. The result..

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stuffed french toast with caramelized bananas topped with greek yogurt and honey. My dad makes a killer french toast and it is the staple of our Christmas morning spread. In a few weeks, when I have 6:30am rounds  start my new job, I know I’ll be dreaming about a breakfast like this.

The Recipe Reel

Give yourself and your kitchen a much needed break during the holiday season by letting your crockpot take the lead. This easy (and economical) meal is ideal for busy weekdays or full weekends.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Bean Soup

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{source: Betty Crocker Just the Two of Us}

yields about 4 servings…perfect for a husband that will have 2 servings at dinner and a wife who wants a quick and easy lunch the next day.

ingredients:

  • 1lb red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (15 or 16 oz) great northern beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can (14oz) chicken broth
  • 1 broth can (14oz) water
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 2tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (I omitted because I did not have on hand)

directions

  • mix all ingredients expect parley and oil into slow cooker
  • Cover, cook on low heat for 8-10 hours
  • Finish your holiday shopping, visit with friends, watch a movie, try a new workout class with all of the free time you will have NOT COOKING
  • Stir in parsley and EVOO, enjoy!

Craft Corner

My friend Kathleen recently shared this site with me and I am in LOVE. It is an online marketplace for crafters and artists. I have founds some great pieces and interesting items that will add some flair to holiday giving. Check out my friend Amy’s boutique if you have any kiddos or new moms on your Christmas list.

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Style & Such

I made the mistake of walking through this store at the mall yesterday. A girl can dream, sigh!

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Recent Reads

A few weeks ago, my mom sent me a care package of holiday items that would bring bits of my childhood to our new home, including this book…

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My mom and I would read this regularly. It is a great story about friendship, hope and Christmas wishes. I may be reading it again this week. Never too old for some Christmas magic.

House & Home

Need to add some holiday flare on the cheap? Arranging some cinnamon scented pinecones, a few sprigs of faux holly and a lovely bowl not only looks nice but smells great! Thanks for the tip mom!

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After dealing with some computer issues this morning (hence, the late post) I am off to stretch my legs with a long walk (most likely on the treadmill given the threat of rain) and an evening yoga class.

Enjoy the day and stay inspired!