Tuesday, May 30, 2017

{Recipe} Kickin' Corn Chowder - Vegan & Oil Free

This is a quick and easy recipe that uses Trader Joe's Roasted Corn (frozen).   You could use any corn you like but the roasted corn gives it a nice flavor.

2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 bags Trader Joe's Roasted Corn
3-4 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp red chili paste *optional*
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

To make:
Sauté onion in water or broth until translucent.  Add red pepper, potatoes, corn, chili paste, paprika and garlic powder.  Stir and cook on medium heat, adding more water/broth as needed. Cook about 10-15 minutes. Add 3-4 cups of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until potatoes are softened (about 20 minutes).  Use immersion blender to blend soup to desired consistency.  You can make it smooth or chunky, I like it chunky! Season with salt & pepper. Serve over rice for a hearty meal.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

{Get Thrifty} Thursday 05.25.17

I've missed thrifting!!  I took a quick trip to one of my thrifting haunts the other day and got lucky!
I came home with six pieces.  This is a LOFT top and the capris are from Lands End.
I'm obsessed with this blush color right now.  The Old Navy sweatshirt is super soft and is great for throwing on when I go to yoga. The shorts are from GAP.
I've got my Memorial Day/4th of July t-shirt now and a new (to me) workout top!
Have you found any great thrifty finds lately?
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

{Day Tripping}Valley Forge National Historical Park

I wanted to check out this park for a possible photo shoot so Mr. Click tagged along and we made a day of it.  He's a history buff so this was right up his alley.
 I don't think I'd ever been there before, what took me so long?
 Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.
 This is the National Memorial Arch and quite impressive in person.
 The park has lots of walking trails and so much to see and do.
We decided to head out on foot after circling the park by car one time to get the lay of the land.  It is huge!
It was a grey and misty day but the views were still beautiful.  There are over 30 miles of walking/biking trails.  You can do a self guided cell phone tour or take one of the other tours offered. There's even a trolley car tour.
 If you're an American history buff, you will love this place.  Here was a reproduction of the soldiers' cabins that were stationed here.
 Some of them had up to six bunks in them and they did not feel weather-tight at all.
 Had to see a canon or two.
Here's how Valley Forge came to be the winter headquarters for General George Washington and his troops.
 More cabins...
 I was intrigued by this field bake oven.
 This fortress area was so cool too.
 There were underground tunnels leading in and out of it.
 We will be going back to see more of the park and learn some more of our history.
After the park we went to King of Prussia Mall, another sight to behold.  Lunch for me was a veggie sushi burrito.  Mr. Click got a grilled cheese and tots.
I couldn't resist all of this patriotic goodness at Ballard Designs.  If you're in the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend a visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park and if you have some oodles of time for shopping, check out the King of Prussia Mall too!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

{Recipe Testing} Minimalist Baker Easy Vegan Ramen

I don't know if I'd call this recipe "easy" but it was tasty and a great outcome for my first time making ramen.
I followed her recipe pretty closely but didn't have the dried mushrooms so I used some canned mushrooms instead.  The time intensive part of this recipe involved making the miso glazed carrots and baby bok choy and then pan frying the tofu.  Those were the optional toppings but really added to the soup, otherwise it would have just been broth, a few veggies and noodles.  I like my ramen more as a meal than a starter and with the toppings, this one is filling and satisfying.
If you love ramen, I'd give this one a go, just allow some time for cooking up the toppings.  Slurp away!
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Monday, May 22, 2017

{Photography} My First Maternity Shoot

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot my first maternity session.  
It all came together rather quickly and at the last minute.
I was chatting with the mom to be's mom at a party and I gave her my number.
The couple couldn't have been sweeter.
They were so excited about being first time parents..
and so so sweet with each other.
They seemed to be naturals in front of the camera.
We brainstormed a little before the session about props and they brought some great ones.
But the two of them really didn't need props to show their amazing connection.
This little baby is so loved already.
I can't wait for the call to come photograph their newborn!

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