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We be jammin

These pics are awful but I promise that you would love them if you could smell them. Last night I made some huckleberry jam with the fruit we picked last weekend. We even had enough to do all huckleberries instead of cutting them with blueberries (the wannabe huckleberry as my husband calls them). By tonight we should be able to dig in! Got about 5 jars out of the batch. Tasty!

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He cooks?

This information would have been useful the past 8 years! Last night I found out that my husband can cook, and a mean pizza at that. For my birthday he used our new personal pizza pans and made us a money pizza dinner complete with fresh mozzarella, basil from our garden, sundried tomatoes, ham and freshly grated parmesan cheese. He gave me a run for my money. The pup didn’t take his gaze off of Nick the entire time. He knows a sucker when he sees one. Nick is the most likely to feed him. Below are some before, during and after shots of sweet bliss. Gosh, is it lunch yet? I am getting hungry just looking at these.





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Hello Lova

Hooray! It’s here! I came home last night to find 3 perfect boxes sitting on my front porch. I felt a little vulnerable knowing that hundreds of dollars were just sitting there for the taking but nobody bit, thankfully. I tore into the boxes like a kid in a candy store. Here I am opening my shiny new toy!!!!


NOTE: Dramatization as I obviously can’t take a picture of myself opening my camera with my camera.

Last night I got my camera with an 18-55mm kit lens, a camera bag and an Ebay purchase of the 50mm 1.8 portrait lens. I got that lens for a steal at $20, well under the going rate of $100+. As it turns out there are little letters associated with the lenses and apparently they actually mean something. New lens, no bueno with the new camera. I guess this fits some old model. Great. So I got online right away to order the “correct lens” and should be getting it tomorrow, compliments of the extra $40 for expedited shipping.

Once the battery was charged it was game on. I started taking photos of everything I could find around the house. Unfortunately my house isn’t that interesting and after posing as a model for 2 shots my husband is already sick of it. Anyway, below are my novice first attempts at photography with the 18-55 kit lens. Most pics have had actions applied to them. I have a lot of learning to do but I am going to have a great time doing it. Friends be weary…you will have a camera in your face for the next 6 months.




These next few really cracked me up. I plan to take a lot of “food photography” (I use that term loosely because I have no idea what I am doing). Last weekend we were up in north Idaho (AKA Huckleberry Heaven) picking some serious huckleberries. The contrast is pretty hot on this one but oh well. Jam to come tonight. I had my eye up to the camera so close that I didn’t see what was lurking. Insert score from JAWS here: duh nuh. duh nuh. duh nuh.








I bought these personal deep dish pizza pans with a Williams Sonoma gift card I got for my bday. Thanks Mom and Dad!


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