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  1. Thankful

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    This year we did not do our own Thanksgiving, instead we joined my fiance's extended family. 
    I made stuffing to share - one of my favorite dishes in Thanksgiving - but didn't realize that they were doing traditional Mexican party food. Posole. Oops. 
    Didn't really go. But we ate it anyway, and the posole was of course delicious too. 
    Aria had lots of fun running around in the limited space with all her cousins, and we even went shopping after the meal. We went to Target and Walmart since they both opened on thursday evening.
    I'm so thankful for my little family that I have. My fiance and our daughter make my life complete.
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    On another note, I have been drinking at least one cup of honey-lemon tea a day this past week. I'm not sure if I'm starting to get sick or if I just have a dry sore throat due to the dry air. It's very irritating. But making this homemade tea in the morning and evening has really helped.
    It's a very simple recipe.. It's just hot water, honey and lemon juice.
    I use half a lemon and about 3 teaspoons of my orange blossom honey in the bottom of my mug and then pour the hot water over and mix it with a spoon. It's delicious and easy.
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    On Tuesday I made THREE baked desserts. And they weren't even for me. I made a pumpkin cheesecake, a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie. A co-worker of my fiance needed desserts for his "Friendsgiving" that he was going to and so my fiance offered up my baking skills. Lucky me. He did pay me though, which was nice. And I did end up with extra pie filling, so I'll make some apple hand pies later and I used the leftover pumpkin pie filling to make pumpkin creme brulee. 



    I don't have a blowtorch, so I made my creme brulee under the broiler. As you can see it didn't melt very evenly - but it still tasted delicious, so I don't really care. :]


     My breakfast a couple days ago. Sauteed lemon-pepper asparagus with sunny side eggs done to medium. Delish. 


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  2. Life and Love

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    First blog post. :]
    This will by no means be a daily posted blog, I'll try to update as often as possible but everyday is very unlikely. This will be a blog of my everyday life, which is photography, food, and family. Sort of like a public online journal of sorts. I got my inspiration from A Beautiful Mess and Rockstar Diaries. I already have a blog for my photography work Uncaged Photography, but I wanted to keep my work and my everyday life separate.

    above: a plate my father and sister bought for me in Bali
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    below: turkey bacon, Aria and I shared it for breakfast

    above: my daily cup of tea, which I now can't have because my teapot broke. :[
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    below: the shelf above the sink, where I keep red pepper flakes, bay leaves, tea, and dried red peppers - and of course my little radio/clock/cd player

    above: next to my stove is all my cooking utensils and the flour
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    below: finger-painted artwork by Aria

    above: my house has little hints of decor around in places that Aria can't reach, here's a ceramic quail I found for fifty cents at a thrift store along with some thrifted bottles and dried roses
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     below: I found this plaid shirt at the Unique thrift store near my house, it has lace already sewn in at the top. I love it.



     above: I found these shoes at Unique as well, I wear them as slippers around the house.
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    below: I thrifted the entire outfit below either from Unique or yard sales, Aria wanted to smile for the camera too.
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    Excuse all the dying potted plants, it's getting quite cold over here and my tomatoes and flowers are withering and dying. I've already moved my herb plants inside.
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     above: I absolutely love this dress that I found, I think it's meant to be a dance dress, but who's gonna know? I love the shoes too, and the color almost perfectly matches the lace dress.
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    below - a close up of the white textured tights.
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    below: mustard polka dot shirt, black lace skirt, textured white tights, and blue sonoma "slippers"
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    below: photos from walking around the Lakeview neighborhood with my cousin, April.
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    above and below: these photos taken on the drive home
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