Aug 30, 2013

Fresh figs ~PhotoADay

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This is the first time I’ve ever had fresh figs right off a tree. So good! I’ve seen some beautiful recipes for fig tarts and I thought briefly about making something but  I hadn’t picked quite enough for tarts so I ate them one at a time. Yup,every single one of them and that’s the end of the fig story until I go visit again.


25 culture

There’s something called dirt road culture right?

26 on the floor

I was told it’s a “Piggy pet”. Please don’t ask any more, I couldn’t begin to tell you.


26 entrance

27 10 min from home

The boys are out loading and hauling rocks. Must be they’ve got a road building project or something.


27 sign

This is definitely a sign! How often do you see something like this?

27 sign 3

And duh, the waves are coming in.

27 sign 4

27 sign 5

27 sign 2

In case you had any doubt, Dance where ever you may be.


28 corridor

28 looking back


30 cupcake

I did not make these and they are not gluten free but they are pretty.

30 cluttered

That stuff inside of computers is all very cluttered

31 family

One for saturday early.

This little dog, is family. That was obvious the minute I saw them. Her daddy takes her where ever he goes. Her favorite spot is right there on his lap.

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Aug 28, 2013

Miss Danielle



We took a little drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. So many beautiful overlooks and so many beautiful views.

From the Waterrock Knob parking lot we went up the little trail, I did it in flip flops so it was pretty easy or I’m just too lazy to put shoes on for a .5 mile hike.



The trail winds to the top




with really nice views that make the hike up totally worth it.








I love seeing the light peeking through like this.




I confess, some of the photos I took from the car, others I actually got out and set up the tripod.










The light was just getting better and better as we drove along.




At another overlook there were a bunch of photographers already there. I set up next to this guy with camo legs (tripod)




We got talking as we waited for the light to change. He said he photographs birds and wildlife primarily. He said he was up here at 4 am waiting for the first light to photograph some kind of birds that are migrating right now. 

Then we got talking about lenses and how expensive they are.

He said he traded a fiancé for his current lens he shoots birds with.

I laughed and told him that was awesome! 

He laughed and said Yeah, her name is Danielle, she’s in the car.




Then I just had to meet Miss Danielle. I made him bring her out and properly introduce her.




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Views like this make it worth the wait every time.

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Aug 26, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

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My friend sent me this recipe and it looked super easy so I thought I’d give it a try.


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Start by rinsing and draining  a can of garbanzo beans or chickpeas. Why do these thing s have two names?

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In a blender or food processor add the peas.


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Then find some peanut butter


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and work on stirring it


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without spilling any of the oil. Tricky, but I managed.


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I’ve got this honeycomb so I put a little of that in.


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and some honey from a jar that is a lot easier to deal with than the honeycomb.


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Blend until smooth. Mine’s not really smooth.


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add chocolate chips.

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stir them in.


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take sticky blops and place on greased baking sheet with your hands.


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Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes.


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Let cool and then eat.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • 1  can chickpeas, well-rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup  chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350°

Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.

Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.

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Aug 23, 2013

Little super hero ~PhotoADay

17 exercise

Happy friday!

If you’re new to PhotoADay and want to play along here’s everything you need to know:

How to play along if you’re just getting started.

Fat Mum Slim’s PhotoADay list.

7 on A Shoe String PhotoADay list.


17 by hand

Sharing Ree’s blackberry cobbler recipe to be modified into a blueberry cobbler recipe.


18 someone

This guy was so sweet, he let me wear his mask and cape.


19 childhood

19 last

20 dangerous

21 bought

21 waiting

22 a room

22 people

24 blurry


24 in the background 2

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