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Well world, I am officially back from the dead. Not in a zombie sort of way, but in the I-don’t-have-any-more-school way. No more late night papers, projects, and that irrepressible feeling of knowing there is always something I should be doing that I am not doing. I do apologize to all two of you who have been reading the non-updates during my summer-school hiatus. Breaks, like school, are a necessary evil.

Today, I happily debut my new baby. Well, not an actual baby, but she’s close enough. Thanks to all my lovely family and friends, I was able to purchase my first DSLR for graduation. I decided to plan a little bit a head and not get the cheapest option, but instead I ultimately decided on the Nikon D90 after much anticipation and deliberation.

Now let me be the first to admit that I am more than a newbie with DSLR photography. I have read, and read, and read, but nothing teaches how much you don’t know like actually practicing the thing you thought you knew.

Did that even make sense?

Anways, so I can’t wait to share with you guys during this learning time for me as I get acquainted with taking “good” photos of people, places, things, and FOOD!

My first model is, of course, the cutest nephew in the whole world.

He likes to moonlight as a shaggy-haired male model. šŸ˜€

For my first new-camera recipe, I thought it best to keep it simple.

Summer is still in full swing here in North Texas, which means refreshment is always on order.

This drink delivers just that.

Strawberry Soda

1 Cup Strawberries, hulled

1/2 Cup Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar simmered in 2 cups water until all sugar is dissolved)

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Cup Soda Water

Add strawberries, syrup and lime juice to a blender and blend until there are no more chunks. Pour mixture into a glass, top with soda water and then stir.

Enjoy and feel refreshed!

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I have another confession.

I know, I know. You’re bound to be wondering how deep my rabbit hole of a mind goes.

Deep, man, deep.

I feel the best way for me to address this confession is directly to the person who I have kept this secret from.

Dear Coffee,

Our affair was passionate. I adored you completely. Your scent intoxicated me, relaxed me, and comforted me. Curling up with you and a book in a classy coffee shop was my idea of the perfect afternoon. Or evening. Or forever.

But then you started giving me headaches. Light sensitive headaches when all I wanted to do was sleep in for once. So I decided to quit you. Just like that guy couldn’t do in Brokeback Mountain. Well I’m stronger than him dang it!

At least I thought I was. Summer rolled around again this year, and when the heat rolled back in, all I could think about was a tall glass of you over ice. Oh, and some cream and sugar on top. I felt so weak.

But I just can’t do it Coffee. The pain isn’t worth the gain. So I’m writing to say, I’ve found someone new. His name is Chai Tea Latte, and he’s just as great on ice as you ever were.

We’re through for good coffee.

Sincerely,

A recovering addict

To make my hero lets gather some super simple ingredients

A 1 quart container (mine is an old Promise Land milk bottle), sugar, some chai tea bags, and some water (duh…not pictured).

Put a quart of water in a small sauce pan and turn it on medium. We don’t need it boiling hard, but just to the brink of boiling.

Take 4 bags of tea out of their packages and tear off their little tabs.

When your water is just barely boiling, drop in the tea bags and let them steep for around 5 minutes. If you leave them too long the natural tannins in the tea seep into your concentrate and make it a little bitter. Bitterness is not good for any hero.

Go ahead and turn off the burner while the tea is steeping and get a half cup of sugar ready.

After your little 5-minute tea timer goes off, take the tea bags out of the concentrate and stir in the sugar until it is all dissolved.

Let just pretend that last photo was in focus because my camera can focus on things in motion…yeah.

Now pour all that delicious chai goodness in your container of choice and make your favorite hot or cold chai latte as soon as possible.

Ta-da!

Chai Tea Concentrate

Ingredients

4 Chai tea bags

1/2 Cup sugar

1 Quart water

1 Quart container

Instructions

Bring water just to boiling in a small saucepan. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes but not longer. Take tea bags out. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour into container of choice.

To make a Chai Tea Latte

1 part Chai Tea Concentrate

1 part Milk

Pour together into cup and be thankful you found a hero to save you from the coffee headaches.

Eat well and love much you beautiful people,

Tea-tastic

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Lemon-limeade

The birds outside the window and the sunshine on my face are screaming out that it’s finally spring! In the spirit of this glorious season I gladly bring you lemon-limeade not from a powder or can! And even better, you don’t necessarily have to squeeze your own lemons, although you may if you so desire. With these proportions in your pocket as guidelines be as creative as you like!
Lets begin!

First gather your friendly lemon-limeade ingredients.

Today our family of ingredients are: Sugar (I’m using Florida Crystals organic), Lemon juice, Lime juice, and Pure Almond exract. Oh! And your favorite pitcher.

Measure out 1/2 cup total of lemon and lime juice. You can mix them together however you like, including straight lemonade or straight limeade. I just happened to be short on both so mine was about equal parts.

Next measure out 1 cup of sugar. I know, I know. This is NOT a low cal drink, but…I promise it’s worth it :D.

Now go ahead and pour both the sugar and lemon/lime juice in the pitcher of your choice and stir them together.

After muddling the juice and sugar together fill your pitcher up the rest of the way with water and stir that all together until it seems like the sugar is pretty well dissolved. I’m not entirely sure the size of my pitcher but I’m thinking its somewhere around 50-60 oz.

Before you start to gulp down our delicious concoction lets not forget the last ingredient…

To finish our lemon-limeade out I like to add a 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract to the pitcher. It adds a little je ne sais quoi and rounds out the sharpness of the lemon/lime perfectly.

After all this not-at-all hard work go reward yourself with a nice tall glass of lemon-limeade. It’ll feel like spring has finally sprung.

Recipe

Lemon-limeade

1/2 cup total lemon/lime juice

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp pure almond extract

water

Directions:

Muddle together lemon/lime juice and sugar in pitcher. Fill pitcher with cold water. Add almond extract and stir until sugar dissolves. Serve and enjoy!

Eat well and love much all you beautiful people,

Lemon-drop Lady

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