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Not A Bad Way to Start the Month of October

There have been some pretty exciting things going on (for me at least) these days.  This is a good thing because it helps me keep my mind off the fact that it's getting cooler/colder outside. 

Let's get this party started with prop shopping.  I am always looking for new props to use in my food shoots.  This crop of props is courtesy of my sister-in-law and niece. While visiting them in North Carolina, the men went to a car show and the ladies took me to the most wonderful antique store.  The place was grand; something wonderful around every corner.  And from where I sit I made quite a haul.

And, not wanting to leave any good things out.  Here are a few dishes that my son brought for me to use. 
Next on the list of greats is that I was accepted into the SAAG National Juried Art Show.  I have 2 pieces in the show this year.  The dates for the show are October 18th to November 15.  Come on out and visit Blue Ridge, GA; enjoy the mountains, the wonderful town,  and the SAAG Art Show.
Today's blog is very different.  I am entering a photo contest on
My "I Heart Faces":  Beautiful Eyes Contest Entry

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Lettuce, Tons of Lettuce

That old saying (although I don't know who said it) - "When life gives you lemons; you make lemonade."  Well, I am going to tweek it a little to:
  "When life gives you tons of lettuce, you make salad,  lots of salad."

I am not complaining, but that is what took place in my garden the months of April, May, and June.  I had an abundance of different types of lettuce and I came up with new ways to enjoy it.
Salads are fun and can be mixed with fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, nuts, creamy dressings, and vinegarettes.  When creating my salads I used a homemade raspberry vinegar, preserved lemon (I had made a few weeks ago), raspberries, toasted almonds.  The list goes on.  Rather that give a bunch of recipes I am going to post photos of my salads and their ingredients.  My hope is that it will inspire you to make your own creations.

It's Time To Get Back

It's time for me to get back to work, to play - just get back to life.  I have been out of touch/out of action for more than 2 months.  The reason is my father died on May 3rd.  There are no words to describe the emptiness I feel in my life and in my aching heart.  Part of my soul is missing.   And, if I am feeling this way I can't even begin to know how my Mother is feeling - after losing your friend and love of 63 years (it would have been 64 yesterday).

So, today's post has no recipe and no photo's of food.  But, 2 photographs of my Father - one when he was young and another when he was older.  The words are his favorite Bible passage. 

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the  paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley  of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and…

Let's Try Something New, Shall We

Well, new to me at least.  I love making new things in the way of food and knowing how to make my own ________ (fill in the blank); and, even better, knowing exactly what the ingredients are. 

For instance, grinding my own grain to make bread (courtesy of Bread Beckers. They have a great web site: ),

making my own yogurt (from raw milk), or growing micro-greens.

While in this mind-set I stumbled across two beautiful cookbooks.  

Thumbing through their pages, enjoying the photography; reading the stories about gardening, and preparing spring and summer vegetables I discovered two things I had never tried -  "Preserving Lemons" and making "Raspberry Vinegar".  I immediately thought of all the possibilities with the end product - dressings for salads, marinades for meats and fish, and the sauces.

You need to know the when preparing them the results are not immediate they both must sit for about two weeks.  On the up-side the preparation is simple.

It is 6:00 am on a Saturday and I am wide awake.  No matter how hard I try I can't sleep.  Rather than fight it downstairs I go.  I find that sleeplessness has it's advantages; deciding to catch up on the many blogs I follow (50+).  I love reading other peoples blogs because it inspires me to be more creative; to work harder at the things I love to do; and when you feel creatively dead - they help to get those creative juices flowing again.

Oh, and one more thing about other blogs - you find out you are not alone in this crazy world.  There are people that love the same things; struggle with the same things; are just as crunched with time and struggling to keep it together -
Just Like Me.
There are times as a blogger that you feel you have failed.  You struggle to get out that next post and guilt settles in; feel you are neglecting your work and apologizing for not being more faithful.  This is something a blogger must overcome and move on.  
I am doing just that - there have been…