Right now Leslie’s studying abroad in Ireland, but before she left we got together and took some pictures at her house. Some headshots because she’s going to be in an opera at school next year, and some fun stuff. This was the result.
Today I’m going a shoot inspired by something I first saw in a magazine. Since then it’s been added to with what I’ve seen on blogs, and then my vision’s been poured all over it. Tweaking the things I really love, changing what I don’t, and adding what I think fits. The inspiration I get form magazines and blogs makes me better – and makes the final product I create better. I love it.
This isn’t what I’m doing today – but it’s something that interests me and that I’m starting to develop a vision for. It’s this relaxed, casual, un-done comfortable summer look. Not necessarily what you'd leave the house wearing, but what you wear around the house to stay cool.
cigarettes are gross. but that ring? that headband? that hair?! love.
Yesterday I was cutting up my watermelon for the salsa I made today, and my roommate asked me if we could make the watermelon-strawberry drink I had mentioned a week or two ago when she went strawberry picking and came back with more strawberries than she knew what to do with. I had extra watermelon, she bought some strawberries, I bike to the grocery store and got some fresh ginger -- and tonight we had yummy drinks.
One of the things they suggest in the recipe is switching up the fruits and using any, instead of just watermelon and honeydew. I don't really care for honeydew, so I used pineapple instead. It turned out really good. It's spicy though, decently hot, so if you don't like hot you might want to forgo the jalapeno and lessen the chili powder.
1 cup chopped seedless watermelon
1 cup chopped pineapple
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (4 ounce) boneless center-cut pork chops, trimmed
1- To prepare salsa, combine salsa ingredients, set aside.
2- To prepare pork chops, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine oil, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and ground pepper in a small bowl. Rub oil mixture over both sides of port chops. Coat a pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook four minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
3- Serve with salsa.
Below is a recipe from Cooking Light for the banana smoothie I had this week.
1 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 large)
1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
2 tablespoons whole wheat graham cracker crumbs (about 1/2 cookie sheet)
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ice cubes (about 1/4 cup)
Graham cracker crumbs
Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about 1 hour).
Place frozen banana and remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.
Calories:216 (12% from fat)
Fat:2.8g (sat 1.5g,mono 0.8g,poly 0.3g)
Wednesday though, it was pouring. Bring and umbrella to get to class pouring. Pouring so loudly the teacher stopped to comment on how loud it was hitting the ceiling. And apparently pouring so much that our ceiling couldn't handle it. A drop fell from the ceiling and hit the table about six inches from my notebook. And then a few more drops fell. And I moved the cup that had contained a banana smoothee in it to where the drops were coming from.
An hour later, when I left, there was about an inch of water in the cup. Our class is in the newest building on campus. Crazy.