A couple weeks ago, I taught a mini photography class at my house. One of the women attending brought along her daughter and she made a beautiful model. I took three shots before I remembered that I needed to step back and let the rest take their turn. Old habits die hard I guess! *wink*
Check out the cute Missy Q!
I had so much fun teaching! I definitely have a lot to learn, especially about pacing the info so I don’t overwhelm anyone, but everyone seemed to have a great time!
Growing up my mom made a version of Spanish Rice that was hearty enough that it stood on it’s own as a main dish. During a visit a few years ago after missing her cooking desperately, I watched her prepare it and jotted down the recipe. (Don’t worry, I checked with my mom and she’s totally on board with sharing with you!) I embellished the plating a bit, but the rice is the same yummy deliciousness from growing up.
Debbie’s Spanish Rice
Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
1.5 cups uncooked rice
1 can tomato sauce (15oz)
1 can diced tomatoes (15oz)
1 bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbspgarlic salt
3 cups of water
Brown ground beef or ground turkey in a large pot. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook on high until liquid boils. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes until rice in tender.
Serving Suggestion (pictured above): Serve rice on a bed of fresh spinach with a side of refried beans. Garnish rice with fresh diced tomatoes, green onions, cheese, avocado slices and crushed chili.
When I fell in love with photography, I had no idea that it would lead me to these special moments in time. Friends of mine recently welcomed their second child to the family; a little girl. I’m so glad they asked me to be the one to photograph her. Just a week old!
When I take photographs like these, I think of the day when I’ll be able to take similar ones of our baby once we are blessed through adoption. They stay small for such a short time. I want to be sure that when our moments come, I will be able to remember them forever.
I was surprised to find this phrase in my inbox this morning.
“Thank you for sharing your lovely nursery on Apartment Therapy Family – look for it today.”
I should explain. A couple of weeks ago on a whim I decided to submit some of our nursery photos to a site I’ve been browsing for the past several years, apartmenttherapy.com. I used inspiration from their collection to create the room after all (they deserved to get credit for that) and figured that it couldn’t hurt to try.
Ambur is my co-worker and she asked me the favor of taking some photos of her to give to her Mama on Mother’s Day. Knowing how full of personality she is, I guessed that it wouldn’t be too much of a challenge to get something great together. I was right!
We headed over to the pond across the street from our office. It was a beautiful afternoon to spend with a stunning woman (inside and out).
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been taking a break from photography to focus on our adoption. During rare moments between the paperwork and while waiting for approval, I worked on our nursery.
A lot of what went into it was handmade. The quilt, teal knit blanket, crib skirt, chair pillow, white frames for the art, a dolly, bucket liner, stuffed turtle, the wall hanging above the crib. Instead of purchasing everything, working the one project at a time helped pass the weeks we were waiting.
Now we’re approved and the last thing to wait for is our baby!
I still have a couple of things I’m hoping to add, like a changing pad for the table and a crib mobile. And a baby. =)
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