Last Still Life – Snapshot of the Day, No 364

012314_364LastStillLifeRTI can not tell you how long this orange sat in our kitchen window sill, but it was still good – and made for a nice still life.

It did not go to waste. Joe ate it with his lunch … so, let’s hope it was still good.

At any rate, it was my last still life for this “One-Frame Photo of the Day for an Entire Year” project. That makes tomorrow’s post the last one for the series. But I will still be posting images and stories. Just not every day.

Here is a shot of the corner of our kitchen where I usually shot the images at home.

HowItsDoneRI just wanted to show that you don’t have to have a fancy studio to get what you want. Just a nice source of light.

Balsamic Lime Vinaigrette – Snapshot of the Day, No. 363

012214_363BalsamicLimeVinaigretteRSo far, so good with my new diet to prevent migraines.

One thing to avoid: processed foods. So, that means homemade salad dressing for my lunch.

Again, this is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, “It’s All Good.”

 

Receiving Snow – Snapshot of the Day, No. 362

012114_362ReceivingSnowROur second Arctic Vortex paid us a visit today.

I think if I had made the shutter speed a little faster, we would have been able to see the snow. It was really snowing, but it doesn’t quite show up here.

Life and learn.

Basket Case – Snapshot of the Day, No. 361

012014_361BasketCaseRI ducked out of work for a few minutes today to enjoy the sunshine and heat.

It’s not often you get 60 degree weather in January.

I shot this at The Barn Nursery….where they are offering 75% off of all their Christmas items if you’re interested. They have nice stuff, too.

Anyway, the trees behind this plastic sheet looked pretty cool, so I decided to shoot it. But it sort of looks like fog among the trees. At least to me.

Muffin Tins – Snapshot of the Day, No. 360

011914_360MuffinTinsRI tried altering the corn muffin recipe today. I added chopped onions, fresh corn and red pepper flakes.

And sugar. Got to have sugar to off-set all of that hot stuff.

Best muffins of my short cooking career so far.

Oh yeah, and I used almond milk again because I’m trying to avoid dairy right now.

They are really good, no kidding.

Wampum – Snapshot of the Day, No. 359

011814_359WampumRWhen I was a little kid, our great grandmother lived with us. She taught me how to play poker and solitaire. She was so much fun, and I loved her very much.

I never met my great grandfather because he died before I was born, but she told me he had been an honorary Cherokee Indian. Honorary because when he was very young, the Cherokee Indians adopted him after he had run away from home.

Anyway, this set of beads was his. My great grandmother said it was wampum – what the Indians used for money.

I found it the other day when going through a few things. Growing up in the 70s when beads were really popular, I’ve always loved this thing.

I still do.

One Fare – Snapshot of the Day, 358

011714_358OneFareRTIn our attempt to organize our house, I came across these coins the other day I had long forgotten I had.

Cool! I have Euros, Shekels and various others I’m going to need my reading glasses to tell what they are.

This one, however, was different. I have no recollection at all where I got it. But at first, it looked like a very old New York City subway token.

Even cooler!

I went to school in NYC for several years, so the city holds a special place in my heart. Having a piece of history from there just thrills me. (Although the tokens were larger while I was there, I thought I must have gotten this smaller one as a souvenir.)

Yeah, until I turned the coin over and read the other side through the macro lens – “Atlanta Transit Company.”

Atlanta?!!! So much for the exotic nature of the coin.  Well, it still looks like it is worth something!!!!!

Wrong. $2.00 on ebay. Oh well. I still have no idea where it came from – especially since the company went under in 1972. We’re two hours north of Atlanta; and I’m sure we did visit there in the 70s, but we NEVER took mass transit. Ever.

Curious.

Breakfast – Snapshot of the Day, No. 357

011614_357BreakfastRThis is River.

a.k.a. – Tubby, Tubby Rivers, Tub-Tub, Mr. Tubbs, Moo Moo, T.B. and Your Excellence.

He’s our senior cat. The most loved and popular of our roost.

He’s about 17 years old, has epilepsy and kidney failure. (I give him fluids several times a week) But he never complains.

Our other two cats – both females – annoy him greatly;  but he rarely gets mad at them. Good thing. Even though he’s very frail, he’s still bigger and stronger than they are.

Joe, who swore he’d never date a woman who owned pets, LOVES this cat!

Leftovers – Snapshot of the Day, No. 356

011514_356LeftoversRJoe’s mom sent leftovers for our dinner last night. We stopped and got some rotisserie chicken to cap it all off.

But let’s be honest. The best part of the meal, by far, are the mashed potatoes.

What we like to do is make potato patties out of the mashed potatoes. I mix in garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper into the potatoes and then divide them into two separate balls.

Then I roll them in flour and flatten them out into 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick patties. Then I fry them in olive oil in a skillet for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Yum!

I would have photographed them, but we ate them immediately. This is what was left over for the shot.

One For the Team – Snapshot of the Day, No. 355

011414_355OneForTheTeamRIt is tough this time of year to find time for photos during the day since it gets dark so early. So that forces me to shoot stuff around my house occasionally before I leave for work.

This morning I settled on the Rochers Joe got me for Christmas.

Because it makes a better photo if a bite has been taken out of it, I decided to take one for the team.

I’ve been avoiding certain foods lately to help prevent my migraines. Sugar is one of the food groups I’m cutting down on. Gluten, cheese and processed foods are the main ones I’m avoiding. And so far, so good.

But anyway, I was happy to make the sacrifice. It was delicious!

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