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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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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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Back Living

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. 😀

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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Just a small note

I took my last French test ever today. I’d be sad if my professor wasn’t so frustrating.
I’m so excited!
And I can’t wait for this…

to get started again here in Denton!

I promise to post a real post here ASAP with a recipe or two included!

Eat well and love much,
A soon-to-be-free Sarah

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Hello again from your weekly on-the-go blogger!

I’ve got two websites this week that have really got me lookin their way. One of them has me drooling over things I can’t afford and the other has me thinking about where my drool ends up after it falls out of my mouth. Or something like that.

Sorry for that image.

Well lets get on with it, shall we?

First up on 5 minutes of awesome we’ve got the drool inducing Adorama.

These guys are more than photography people; they’re phantastic and phabulous photography people! Ok, ok. Sorry. Anyways, this website has the most comprehensive photography and videography selection of anyplace I’ve seen, including Amazon.com. And to put a cherry on that, they have some amazing prices and for us poor, almost-done-with-college people. They’ve also got a great selection of factory refurbished products at prices I’ve yet to see anywhere else, and believe me, I’ve been looking. Maybe sometime in the future, when I magically happen upon a pot of gold, I’ll get that Nikon d5000 for a mere $520. Maybe. Or maybe I’ll keep drooling over it till kingdom come. Time will tell good friends, time will tell.

Next we’ve got Grist.org to keep me worrying about all that drool I mentioned.

Grist.org is an environmental news site that publishes stories about pretty much anything you can imagine. I first stumbled upon Grist in my hunt for eco-friendly diswashing options and soon found myself glued to this little lappy 4200 screen of mine. Their articles are well researched and informative. Give this site a look and see if you don’t learn something today about salivary glands or something.

Well check out these sites guys and let me know what you think!

Eat well and love much,


PS- if you guys have any sites that have tickled your fancy lately and you think they deserve some 5 minutes of awesome, shoot the ideas my way via a comment!

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All the beautiful birds

My grandmother was an inspiring woman. Her husband, my grandfather, died when my father was only six. At the time she had essentially no education and couldn’t even drive on her own because she didn’t have her drivers license. Her faith was unwavering and I remember just feeling comfortable in her presence.

Though I didn’t get to know her very well, one thing I remember best about her, and enjoy today myself, is her love for beautiful birds.

She had feeders in the back, front and even side yard.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6: 25-26

Everytime I see the birds, I think of Grandma, and I remember the hope we have in Christ. I’m so thankful for all these beautiful birds.

Eat well and love much,

A little birdie

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