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Photography: How to make it your own

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So, life threw me a curveball last week. My hard drive crashed (GASP)! All was not lost…everything was backed up on an external hard drive. After ordering a new hard drive and with the help of a very generous techy friend, I am back up and running without so much as a single file or document out of place. In the week that my laptop was out of commission, however, I took advantage of being offline and spent hours upon hours with my camera. With the beautiful summer season upon us, vacations to be enjoyed, graduations, weddings, new babies and breathtaking vistas all around, I thought it would be a great time to share some photography tips about putting your own twist on creating memorable images. These days just about everyone functions as a photographerwhether you use an iPhone or a more sophisticated camera. All you need are a few good tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating unforgettable images that you love! Continue reading…

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Ever have a Tuesday so busy that it feels like the end of the workweek not the beginning? Make dinner super easy, super fast and SUPER delicious with Asian Lettuce Wraps. Using mixed lettuces, local ground beef and a few other ingredients, you can create a ten minute dinner that tastes like you’ve cooked for hours! This recipe promises to be your “go to” weeknight special that keeps everyone at your dinner table feeling happy! Continue reading…

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Friday Favorites

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Late May in western North Carolina is part summer – part blackberry winter. The days are getting longer, afternoons warmer, gardens spilling over with blooms but the evenings can still be quite cool. (Insert a shout out to my friend and fellow blogger, Julie Wunder, of Running in a Skirt. Her Fashion Friday post this morning got me thinking…)  With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to dedicate my Friday Favorites to 10 must-have summer essentials. Grab a seat and let’s get ready to play! Continue reading…

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Simple Pleasures: Strawberries Two Ways

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Spring and summer in the mountains of western North Carolina are filled with non-stop activity, from hiking and biking adventures to backyard barbecues & family reunions.  Rain or shine, the siren song of the outdoors is simply irresistible. What about when you want to slow down a little and savor the simple pleasures of the season? Nothing packs all the flavor and brightness of a sunny afternoon quite like juicy berries fresh from the vine.  One bite immediately takes me back to my childhood, trotting along behind my grandmother as she picked berries and I held the bucket. Today I’m sharing two favorite family recipes featuring local strawberries, one sweet and the other savory. Hope these inspire new family memories in your kitchen!

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Friday Favorites

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One of my favorite contemporary photographers, Annie Leibovitz, once said “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” As a writer and photographer myself, I love falling in love with the world around me. Check out this list of Friday Favorites as I pay homage to the people, places and actions that inspired me most this week. Take a peak, I promise you’ll fall in love too! Continue reading…

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Looking for a fresh way to avoid the mid-week mealtime SLUMP?  Try infusing a simple meal with garden fresh herbs.  Whether you grow your own or buy them from local farms, cooking with fresh herbs is a wonderful way to get great flavor without adding unwanted fat or sodium. Family Fun Tip: Cooking with fresh aromatic herbs is a great way to get kids involved in the cooking process—which increases the chances they will eat the finished product without fussing over unwanted vegetables. Over the years what we’ve enjoyed most is exploring the world through different flavor and herb combinations. Inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean—try this simple & easy recipe using fresh dill to impart a light, bright spring-like flavor to your menu. Continue reading…

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