Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photography- my life

Photography Photography Photography, I do not think I could survive without my camera. The commercial says "Visa- don't leave home without it"; well I will never leave home without my camera. I have two more families to photograph next week and look forward to it. There is nothing like being able to capture the beauty of a family. Check out my web site for more beautiful work

Photography is a passion of mine that I have had for years even before I had children. I just love being able to look at something simple and seeing the beauty in it that others do not see. Some of the best art is made from blowing up photography and putting it on canvas or in frames. It is a wonderful way to look back in time and remember those breath taking moments or remember those loved ones that are no longer with us.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Art Of Cooking

T.G.I.F It is officially FRIDAY!! I am wondering what we have in store for this weekend. I do know it is time for the kids to get their school clothes and shoes as school starts in three weeks and we still have so much to get. Where has the time gone because this summer feels like it flew by so fast. This will be Patrick's first year of high school (9th grade), Sierra will be in 7th grade and little ole Hunter will be in the 4th grade. My oh my what I would do to have my children become small babies again, next thing you know I will turn around and be planning their weddings. Please time SLOW down so I can enjoy my kids while they are exactly that- KIDS.

So what are your plans for the weekend? Maybe having a BBQ or trying a new recipe? You know I am always trying out new recipes and love to cook! Speaking of cooking I am still in full swing working on my my family cook book "Cooking With The Scott Family"; a day in the life of our food and traditions. It is looking great so far and I am just waiting to get a couple of recipes from my mother in law and my husband's great grandmother and grandmother. I am making it a family cook book that will share all the wonderful foods that we enjoy through our biracial heritage. I will also share some of the fun family times we have shared and also some of the trials we have over come with being a biracial family. It will make a great Christmas gift and I look forward to giving them out this year.

I wish everyone a wonderful and blessed Friday........

                                                        Friday Recipe Of The Day
                             " Grilled Chicken Salad with home made balsamic vinaigrette"


4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless- how ever many are needed)

Mixed salad greens

Green pepper chopped

Red onion chopped

Celery chopped

sliced cucumber

balsamic vinaigrette

lemmon pepper salt

seasoning salt

season chicken breast with lemmon pepper and seasoning salt, grill chicken breast until done.  Toss with desired amount of dressing. Slice grilled chicken into strips and add - warm - to salad! Add tomatoes, croutons or any other topping that you desire.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Makes 4c

2c balsamic vinegar

3c olive oil

1 cup sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced

 salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

optional herbs (  I used about 2tsp dried Italian seasoning)

1) Place all ingredients in blender and blend until emulsified. This really gets the oil & vinegar well-blended so they don't separate.  I then placed dressing in old salad bottle that I was no longer using and refrigerate.

Serves 4.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

My daily struggle- living with Lupus

I am so glad this weekend is almost here! On another note it has been a very hard week with my health and Lupus. My day-to-day pain, on my best day, feels like a really rotten flu. I ache. I hurt. I want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head ’till it passes. I have zero energy, I feel like I’m walking through mud up to my neck. I can’t remember anything, my brain is completely muddled. That’s a regular day. On my worst days, when I’m in a “flare up”,I have so much pain I can’t concentrate on anything beyond getting past the moment. My hips, my shoulders, my ribs, the connective tissue all over my body, my feet, my neck, they all hurt like a combination of grinding, aching, and being run over by a train. I can’t really describe it beyond the fact that I can’t function. It’s impossible to get out of bed, get showered, get dressed. It’s hard even to lie in bed and watch bad t.v., all I want to do is get it over with. It’s not possible to do a mental exercise of “mind over matter”, the matter wins. I am so grateful that my children are a little older and able to do more things for themselves. It is just so hard to describe, one day I am able to run around the neighborhood and the next I don't even have the strength to walk.

That’s the way it is, friends. I don’t need sympathy, but I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes of my life. If I sometimes miss a day or two posting, e-mailing, or talking to you, it’s because I’m busy coping, trying to get my head above water so I can get to the other end of the tunnel.