As someone who takes candid pictures for a living, it is amazing to see the amount of people who are camera shy in this world. The majority who spy me with my long lens or decline my request to be photographed and give their name are women.
I find this very unappealing. I understand if you don’t want to open you heart and life up to me so I can write it all down and display it to the community on the front page of the town’s local paper.
But what’s a picture?
What’s a picture of you and your child having fun at the Strawberry Festival?
What’s a picture of you and your friends cheering at a football game?
What’s a picture of you at a socialite event in your formal best?
It really makes me sad. Sure, us women don’t always look dolled up. But just because we look natural, organic, doesn’t mean we should live in shame. Don’t ever be ashamed of your appearance.
Pictures, videos- they capture a moment in time. They’re immortal. And you are immortal in that space.
Dove’s newest campaign seeks to point that out. Sure the video is cute and playful. But it pinpoints a dark truth: When did you stop thinking you were beautiful?
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It’s an indescribable urge.
My mouth waters. I begin to grind my teeth at the thought of chewing the succulent texture.
I’m not salivating over a fine steak or wishing I could have a bite of a sweet truffle. In fact, I’m not even in a kitchen, restaurant or sidewalk cafe. I’d be more likely to be in a floral shop, field of wild flowers or holding a bouquet.
It’s because this urge comes from a weird thought of mine. I have the desire to eat flowers. Particularly roses.
I actually have never eaten a flower. But every time I get flowers sent to me or am in a garden, the sacchariferous smell of the petaled-beauties transcends into a delicious flavor.
Until now, it has kind of scared me. There is an actual condition termed Pica that is characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand.
But flowers, like vegetables, seem like they might not fit in that category.
On the constant prowl for unique recipes, these flower-infused bites are most definitely something I need to try.
The recipes include tempura banana flowers, candied rose truffles and more accepted recipes like basil and mushrooms and artichoke bruschetta.
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Only recently have I gotten back into Pinterest. Before I had five boards and less than 100 pins. Now I’m up to 19 boards and 798 pins. Yikes!
I feel like a rich stay-at-home mother of two.
Regardless, there is so much eye candy on Pinterest. One of the major topics besides inspirational quotes that make us pinners feel better about ourselves and skinny jeans the majority of us will never fit into is food.
I’ve compiled a list of five interesting food boards with different twists. Let’s just say, they’re not your average recipe boards.
1. Melanie Miller’s Vintage Recipes
Many of the pins are actual advertisements from old magazines. And I thought the 1950s were too stuffy for rum punch at Thanksgiving.
2. Phyliss Martin’s Street Food
BBQ snake anyone?
It’s more of a cultural study that would cause any foodie to salivate…or gawk at the disgusting so-called food in some countries.
3. Delicious Karma’s When Food Becomes Art
It starts out with cute stay at home mommy sandwich lunchbox art, but ends with Dan Cretu’s food sculptures like the retro cassette.
4. Ariel Lee’s Dollar Tree Shtuff
There’s a lot more at the Dollar Store than you ever imagined.
5. Foodista’s Food and Wine Infographics
Who isn’t a fan of infographics. It’s like a picture book for adults.
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Cinco de Mayo is Saturday. Besides sombreros, nachos and Mexican independence, margaritas are a big factor in the celebration. But margaritas have a notorious reputation for being ridden with calories.
A friend asked me on Facebook, “Do you have any “skinny” margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo?!”
The term skinny girl became famous because of a recipe bottled by Bethenny Frankel, one of the cast members of The Real Housewives of New York. Her margarita mix, priced at $19, claimed to have no preservatives and its only two ingredients were agave nectar and tequila.
However, last year Whole Foods yanked it from their shelves after finding that the recipe also contained sodium benzoate, according to a New York Post article. Sodium benzoate is a preservative that extends the shelf life of products by inhibiting the growth of mold and yeast. It is not known to be harmful, however, it is currently being studied.
So what is the best way to make a margarita that is all natural and fewer calories.
Use fresh juice never store-bought mixes! However, juice still contains a lot of sugars so Margaritas will always be a bit unhealthy, but it’s Cinco de Mayo so enjoy life a little.
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 1/2 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 ounce agave nectar
If you don’t want to use agave nectar, substitute it with splenda, orange juice or sugar-free triple sec.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
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