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Photo Blogging #Challenge July 2016 theme: #photographer choice #photoblog #fun #influenster

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July’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com was Photographer’s Choice.

The hardest part about this was deciding which pictures to use. When the theme is whatever I want to share, that is really easy but really hard at the same time. Without further ado, my photo picks.

Photo #1
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Photo #2
In my plants on the porch of my house, I saw a baby lizard (I think it is a Green Anole -Anolis carolinensis). He was too cute and was being so still, I wanted to capture him on camera. He darted off as soon as the picture was taken.  🙂 Can you see him? He blends in so well with the green leaves.


Photo #3

A new donut shop opened in town. I love their box because it is so positive. Makes you feel good about eating donuts. YES! I DO deserve a donut! 😀

Photo #4
I had to go on a business trip and I at lunch at Volare in Hapeville, GA. I love the colors of this plate. It is grilled Atlantic salmon with a blueberry reduction, honeyed goat cheese and a side of whole grain rice. The salmon was superb! The blueberry reduction was slightly sweet and paired well with the goat cheese. It was creamy and tart with a hint of honeyed sweetness too. The dish had everything I wanted in a meal: salty, sweet, tangy, tart.


Photo #5

My bucket/ Life’s-to-do list has one less item on it. I went to my first Cirque du Soliel show in July. Ovo was playing at the Bon Secours Wellness Area. I decided back in April that I was going with or without any of my friends. I sent out the text and asked who wanted to go, and a few people responded in time for me to buy the tickets. We had a blast and enjoyed the show thoroughly. It makes you appreciate the dedication it must take for the performers to have that much control over their bodies to master such feats.

 

I had a fun filled month and cannot wait to see what August will bring 🙂

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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.

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.

Picture 1
This is my favorite Chobani flavor at the moment. I like eating dessert for breakfast.

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Chobani

Picture 2
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

Picture 3
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

Picture 4
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

Picture 5
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