Archive for September, 2010

Samuel is a Model

Samuel is a Model, originally uploaded by sarahhopeh.

My nephew might just be the cutest little monster to ever roam the planet.

When I took the photo above I had just taken my camera out of its box and was following him around like a paparazzi. I had no clue what buttons were what. I couldn’t even keep the flash from popping up every five seconds.

And then, I had a moment of sick. You know, when you think “Oh no! Did I just waste money on something I’m not cut out to do!?”

Fast forward 2 hours.

This photo comes up on my computer screen in Photoshop. It’s not perfect, but I wouldn’t trade catching this moment for anything.

That wild, steady stare and the arms thrown back behind his head almost in exasperation.

Capturing the essence of a not-quite-two-year-old: priceless.

Be brave my friends, you never know what the lens might capture.

Eat well and love much my homies,



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Spiced Pear Preserves

Spiced Pear Preserves, originally uploaded by sarahhopeh.

I have this passion. I absolutely love canning things. I only really started about a year and a half ago, but what started as a cheap Christmas present idea has completely taken me by storm.

It is so addicting!

You spend this time stirring and tasting and adding little bits of this and that. Then when you’re done, you get to enjoy the results over the next year! Peaches in December, pears in March…the glorious fruits of…using your fruits!

James has taken to calling me the fruit bandit.

My favorite way to preserve things is by getting the fruit for free! Now you may be asking yourself “how in the name of Pete does this girl get free fruit?!”

You see, Texas actually has tons of fruit that grow wild including: Prickly Pear fruit, Mustang Grapes, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Apples, and even Blackberries! The trick is, you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled for them everywhere you go.

Thusly, I am the fruit bandit. Bandit-ing fruit where ever I find it.

Today I would like to share a shell recipe for preserves that requires about as little hands-on time as any canning recipe out there. This is a good thing folks, trust me.

Embrace the slow-cooker my friends, embrace it.

Spiced Pear Preserves


5 Quarts Peeled, Cored, and Thinly Sliced Pears
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Lime or Lemon Juice
2-3 Teaspoons Spices


Using a slow cooker liner if you’ve got one, add all the ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir to incorporate. Turn the slow cooker on high and place the lid on half way.

Forget about the preserves for 8-10 hours.

Come back and stir the now, caramelized, reduced, and delicious preserves you effortlessly made. Taste and add any other desired spices. Ladle preserves into jars and hot water bath process for 15 minutes.

Eat well and love much,


PS- for those of you who don’t can, check out the resources from fellow blogger Food In Jars

PPS- Use what ever combo of spices suits your fancy! I use allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

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Reality, originally uploaded by sarahhopeh.

I haven’t felt like cooking much lately.
When some people grieve, they don’t eat. Me, I don’t cook. The heart just feels too raw.

I’ve been editing and perusing the photos J and I took at my grandfather’s funeral last week. As you can imagine, the task is difficult. One of Grandad’s sons is a missionary in Nairobi and was not able to come to the funeral so what we caught on film is all he will be able to absorb of the experience.

Talk about pressure.

While I was clicking through miscellaneous blurry and otherwise useless photos, I came upon a set of this precious creature.

My cousin’s adorable son.

The reality is, though I grieve…
the joy of life was right next to us the whole time.

Thank you Lord for the children.

Eat well and love much,


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Del Norte Tacos

Time for a change of pace folks. Typically I post recipes (when I post typically), but today I must tell you guys about a place you are required to make a road trip to visit. Consider it homework if you will.

I ventured down south to visit family and see my Grandad for what would end up being the last time. On Saturday my brother and I escaped for about an hour to celebrate our birthday’s which are a mere 8 days apart in August. My brother decided to drive us to a new taco stand about 15 minutes away in Godley, TX.

Little did I know how life changing a $2 taco could be.

Wood-fired meats, fresh salsas, and homemade pillowy corn totillias. You can’t imagine how good this is.

Next time you head down to the little town of Cleburne or Burleson, make a side trip to Del Norte Tacos in Godley. You’ll never look at Taco Bell the same way.

101 E Hwy 171
Godley, TX 76044
(817) 389-2451

Eat well and love much,


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