cooking, food, wild game

A Meal Fit for a Man

Elk Round Steak

It took me a while to learn the true way to my man’s heart…food.  Oh sure, Outdoor Guy loves me for a lot of reasons, but right up there at the top of his favorite things about me would be that I can make a pie from scratch and keep him in filling lunches and dinners.

Before we met, Outdoor Guy existed on microwave burritos and frozen pizza.  Now, his nightly dinner fare includes everything from enchiladas to homemade pizza, made with love by yours truly.  He also puts up with what some  might call “chick food,” things like chicken Caesar pizza,  sweet potato and black bean tostadas and homemade macaroni and cheese with spinach. And he happily tolerates my cooking misadventures like blue shepherd’s pie or exploding cobbler.

But sometimes, my lovin’ man needs a hearty meal.  So last night, I rustled up some wild game from the freezer and went to work.  Outdoor Guy dined on elk round steak prepared to tender perfection in the slow cooker, served with a side of oven roasted garlic potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and sauteed yellow squash.  Meat and potatoes at it’s very finest.

Man food.  Happy husband.  Life is good.

Teresa

self-portrait, selfie

Not My Best Self-ie

Self Portrait 3

I decided to start working my way through a daily photo challenge.  I was inspired by a former employee from my days as a PR professional.  He’s going for a 365-day challenge, but frankly, that kind of commitment scares me.

Instead, I found a 30-day challenge that should fit my needs nicely.  I tend to stick with subjects I know and love – the kid and wildlife. So a photo challenge would force me to see things differently and work on different photography skills. Today is Day One, Self- Portrait. And today happens to be a day when I am sporting pinkeye. Not exactly feeling at my best here. But I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. So I present to you my brutally honest, slightly gross, significantly itchy, selfie.

P.S.  I’m really going to have to do something about that gray hair I see.

Teresa

breakfast, food, recipes, smoothies

Monday Morning Yumminess: Pick-a-Flavor Smoothies

Peach Smoothie 2I’m not a food blogger.  Or a food photographer.  But I do love food, and I love sharing great recipes with friends and family.  So, encouraged by a friend, I decided to add a regular feature to my blog and voila, Monday Morning Yumminess has begun.

I’m kicking off Monday Morning Yumminess with a recipe Wyokiddo and I often kick off our mornings with, Pick-a-Flavor Smoothies that we make for breakfast.  This is my go-to recipe for smoothies, because it is so versatile and works well with whatever ingredients we happen to have on hand.  Today’s version was made with frozen peaches from the freezer, as requested by Wyokiddo.

We usually enjoy our smoothies with a small bit of protein, like a handful of nuts, some slices of cheese or an English Muffin half topped with peanut butter.  I find this simple breakfast fills me up and lasts until lunch much better than cereal.  And it and doesn’t leave me feeling weighted down like eggs or bacon does.

I also love that this is so kid-friendly to make and eat!  Let the littles get in on the smootie-making-action.  Wyokiddo helps slice the banana and pour the ingredients into the blender.  She also loves to push the button to start the blender.  I learned the hard way not to plug it in until the lid was firmly in place.

Enjoy it for breakfast tomorrow, or any time of day!

Teresa

PICK-A-FLAVOR SMOOTHIES

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, regular or Greek (plain or flavored)
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 cup fruit of your choice (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup torn raw spinach or kale (optional)
  • ice
 Instructions
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice as needed to achieve your preferred level of consistency.

Notes

  1. Just about any combination of fruit works in this recipe – berries, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, cherries, etc. If using fresh fruit, you’ll need to add ice to thicken it up.
  2. Try adding the spinach or kale one time. I swear you can’t taste it, and you’ll get an extra serving of leafy green vegetables packed with good nutrients! Adding it to yellow/orange fruits make it a fun green color. If you add it in with just strawberries, it can come out a muddy brown color but still tastes great.
  3. Go dairy free by substituting 1 cup of no-sugar added juice and honey to taste for the milk and yogurt.
  4. Try it with other mix-ins and toppings for a fun after-school snack.  I’ve used chocolate shavings, crushed cereal, oatmeal and granola.
  5. Whip up a batch, pour it in ice pop molds and freeze for a healthy Popsicle substitution!
astronomy, nature, photography

A lunartic no more!

I’ve always been frustrated when photographing the moon.  It seemed like no matter what settings I used or what I metered off of, I ended up with nothing but a folder of big, white blobs.  It was enough to make an amateur photographer go lunartic.

In preparation for tonight’s lunar eclipse, I decided to do a little research.  A quick Pinterest search of “photographing the moon” revealed some wonderful articles and insight into what I’ve been doing wrong.  Which was pretty much everything.

Armed with settings to use as a starting point, (ISO 200, f/11, 1/250) I went to work shooting the moon.

What a difference!  The clouds swept in and mucked up the coolest moments of the eclipse, but I did get some much, much, much improved images.

This is why I LOVE photography.  There is always something new to learn and infinite resources available to hone my skills.

I am a lunartic no more!

Teresa

Lunar Eclipse

nature, photography, WPC

Leaves of Change

Leaves in Rock pool

This week, I’m participating in the weekly photo challenge, under the theme “Change.”  These are leaves caught in a rock pool on the Ten Sleep River, near Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

Sure, the leaves have changed colors and the creek too had changed, with rocks and bank being exposed since high water earlier in the summer.  But this photo captures a moment in time, right before my life changed in so many wonderful, amazing ways.

I took this photo about three days after Outdoor Guy and I found out I was pregnant with Wyokiddo.  I was happy, so excited, about the tiny human I had growing inside me.  I knew it meant big changes, in so many ways.  Changes to my body.  Changes to our house.  Changes to our marriage.  It would mean the end of life as we knew it then, and the beginning of a new, wonderful, exhausting kind of life, one as parents.

Our lives have changed so very much since this photo.  We moved, had a baby, raised said baby from a toddler to a preschooler, moved again.  So many changes that the only constant for our family has been our commitment to love one another and change itself.

Right after I took this photo, I picked up a loose leaf and cast it in the pool, like a coin in a fountain, with a silent prayer for our baby growing inside me.

Then I set my camera down and threw up next to a cottonwood tree.

Memories.  🙂

Teresa