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Photo Blogging #Challenge April 2016 theme: #Vibrant #photoblog

April’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com/ was VIBRANT. When I think vibrant, I think full of color. Thankfully, it’s spring time and all the plants are in full bloom. The true challenge this month was choosing which photos to use.

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I played in a golf tournament and got to meet LPGA legend Nancy Lopez. She was gracious enough to take a selfie with me. I was wearing my vibrant pink golf shirt because it was so comfy. I got tips from a pro, but my golf game is not much better.

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I planted kale in our garden. I love the vibrant green color. It grown enough over the last few weeks that I have started eating a little bit of it. Delish!

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While on our anniversary trip (5years this April), I got a spa treatment. I loved colors of the creams and scrubs used. And they smelled as good as the looked too. At the end, I was throughly relaxed.

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My amaryllis plants are in full bloom!

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I participated in the Color Vibe 5k near where I live. The young lady in the pic with me is the daughter of my friend and I affectionately call her my mini me. We were showered in powder of various bright colors as we ran/jogged/walked the course. Definitely a fun way to exercise.


Visit Lil Hoo Haa blog http://hoohaablog.com/ to check the other submissions to April’s photo challenge. And go there for May’s theme if you are thinking about doing the photo challenge.

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Photo Blogging #Challenge November 2015 theme: #Morning #photoblog

November’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com/ was MORNING. I am not usually a morning person, so many of my pics will be of food. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. If I have to get up before noon, at least I can I eat good food. Other than that, it was not as difficult as I thought to find other photo opportunities.

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This is my favorite Chobani flavor at the moment. I like eating dessert for breakfast.

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Chobani

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We went to Chicago to visit friends. Saturday morning, we ate at Wildberry. This is their signature French toast. It was delicious! If you go to Wildberry, make sure you plan for at least an hour wait! And budget accordingly for parking meters! Breakfast was worth it though.

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Wildberry – Chicago

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I tried to make this bacon wrapped grilled cheese sandwich I saw on a video on Facebook. The concept is nice, but the execution was not so great. The top layer of bacon burned even though the heat was on medium. The inner layer of bacon was not cooked all the way. The cheese did not melt. And the bread was soggy from all the bacon grease. Yuck! I love bacon and I love grilled cheese, but the combination did not turn out well. I think I might try again but use thinner bacon and thicker bread.

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bacon wrapped grilled cheese

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Black Friday morning, I went to CVS and bought all this stuff. With coupons and sales, I spent $6 total for $24 worth of products. Super couponing at its finest.

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coupon haul

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I had to take a road trip for work. The sun rise was so pretty that I had to take a picture.

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sun rise

Those are my pictures for November’s challenge. I hope you are inspired to go in the world and capture it with your camera!

 

Photo Blogging #Challenge October 2015 theme: Close-up #photoblog

October’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com/ was Close-up. The challenge this month was to have pictures other than food.

Photo 1 – Hubby and I tried to make banana chips using the dehydrator. I thought it would be easy and did not read any directions (BIG mistake!) before cutting up a few pounds of bananas and arranging on the dehydrator for a day. This the before picture. I did not bother with the after shot because they did not tastes or look good. We will try again. But next time, I will use a recipe 🙂

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Photo 2 – We went shooting at the shooting range and while I was waiting my turn, I was looking at the bullets. I am not sure which type of bullets these are. It is a heavy feeling to know that something so small can cause so much damage when not handled properly.

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Photo 3 – This is a freshly baked Chick-fil-a chocolate chip cookie. It was so warm and soft. The chocolate chips were perfectly melty. While I ate, I tried to savor the flavor. As a result, I was looking at the cookie and decided the world needed to see this close up.

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Photo 4 – This is a picture of my windshield on the first day there was frost. As far as I am concerned, I am officially in mourning the loss of summer. We live in the South and usually have mild winters. I cannot remember the last time that it was this cold in October! April cannot come fast enough.

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Photo 5 – Hubby and I went to Cancun the beginning of the month. We stayed at the Riu Las Palaces resort. Great place (totally recommend for your next vacation). At the Italian restaurant Los Arcos, I ordered lamb chops (because I love lamb…but I digress). I usually order it medium rare. I felt that they served it to me rare, but that was fine because it was DELICIOUS! The picture shows the last bite with my clean plate in the background.

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Those are my pictures for the month! Go to http://hoohaablog.com/ and check out submissions from other bloggers participating in this challenge.

Photo Blogging #Challenge September 2015 theme: Happy #photoblog

September’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com/ was Happy. The only challenge this month was to only pick 5 pictures.

Picture 1 – Gatlinburg, TN
Labor Day weekend hubby and I went to the mountains and stayed in a cabin with 10 our friends. Most of our days were spent sitting on the porch looking at the mountains. It was fun, relaxing with people we love. As one quote says, “Friends are the family you choose.”

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mountains

Picture 2 – Whoopie pies at a local Business networking mixer
When the local college hosted a business networking mixer, their onsite catering company provided the food. The catering company is none other than Old Main Catering. Their pastry chef makes the BEST whoopie pies. For you who do not know what a whoopie pie is, it is a mound shaped cake that has a delicious filling. It looks like a cookie, but has the texture of cake. Pictured are lemon and chocolate.

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whoopie pies

Picture 3 – Belizean restaurant in Los Angeles, CA
Sadly my great-aunt passed away in September (she was 88). The family gathered together in California to attend the funeral. Since my family is from Belize, we went to Belizean Fish Market to pick up food for lunch once everyone was in town. Some of my cousins, I had not seen in years. While we were gathered for a sad occasion, being around family to celebrate her life and love. My favorite menu item: panades! (if you are in LA, go here for delicious authentic Belizean food)

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belizean fish market

Picture 4 – Almond Joy inspired mousse
I attended a restaurant menu preview dinner night. The chef is testing recipes before they officially open. One of the dessert items was the Almond Joy inspired mousse. It was delicious! I thought it would be too sweet but it was perfect. The coconut flavor was not overpowering. The cookie provided texture without being too much.

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almond joy inspired mousse

Picture 5 – Inflatables & Obstacle course 5K
I signed up to participate in a 5K that included an obstacle course and several inflatables. My friend had as a goal to complete a 5K this year and I decided to do it with her. All together, there were 16 obstacles and 4 inflatables. It was fun and I would do it again. Hopefully next time, it will not be raining. The inflatable pictured was the last one. I was happy that I made it to the end.

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inflatables

 

Photo Blogging #Challenge August 2015 theme: Rule of Thirds #photoblog

August’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com was Rule of Thirds. I am not sure what “Rule of Thirds” was supposed to mean, so my pictures are really abstract in relation to the theme.

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hard cider rules

I went to hear music at one of my favorite places- a creperie and craft beer locale called Natty’s. I ordered a flight with my uncle. Since he is a light weight when it comes to drinking alcoholic beverages, he drank one and I drank the other 3. I ordered their variety of their on tap hard ciders because I do not care for beer.

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fancy fish

During the same visit with my uncle, we went to the Riverbanks zoo in Columbia SC (Fun fact: this zoo is top rated on Tripadvisor). I always enjoy visiting the aquarium and watching the fish. There is something very calming about watching fish swim around with not a care in the world. This picture was included because it looks to me like the fish has three fins.

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Montague’s Blacken Salmon

No month is complete without a my requisite food picture. LOL 😀 Once again I went to Montague’s. I chose this picture because there are 3 components to this plate: blackened salmon, mashed potatoes, and root vegetables. Added bonus is that there are three types of root veggies: carrots, red and yellow beets. It was delicious! I love salmon but rarely order it. The mashed potatoes were true comfort food. The root veggies were healthy but tasty. I decided when this is the weekly feature again, I definitely will be ordering it.

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reading for days

I am reaching as I explain “thirds” for this picture. This is a picture of my third e-reader. It is a Paperwhite Kindle. I used to use my Kindle Fire and my iPad as e-readers. I started to get headaches because of eye strain. After investigating, I decided to buy the Paperwhite. I am happy to say that my eyes and head do not hurt any more after I have been reading for long periods of time.

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chocolate fountain

I went to a business mixer last week and they had a 3-tiered chocolate fountain. When I saw this, I thought it would be perfect to include in the topic of “Thirds”.

Check A ‘lil HooHaa blog tomorrow to see what the theme for September will be. Beginner, expert, and anywhere in between photographers welcomes to participate in the fun.