30 September 2010

Sarah

Sarah

I have Photoshop CS2 but I have been running a trial version of CS5 that is on its last log in. I haven't logged out for 3 days in attempts to finish up some projects before I have to say bye bye. I don't know why, it's not like it's that much different, but I just don't want to let it go. Nor do I want to pay the money to upgrade, frankly because I just don't have the money right now. We'll see how long I can last before having to restart my computer, until then, good times roll. :)

This is a photo from a roll of film I recently developed. I do not remember when it was taken, but it was at least 2 years ago. Maybe longer. It's a perfect portrait of Sarah, her facial expression says it all. It says I am person who is chill, who likes to have a fun, who is nice... I just love this photo. Such a cool thing to find when getting a mystery roll of film back from development.

29 September 2010

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Sometimes you cook without a recipe and it turns out AMAZING. This casserole I made on Thursday was one of those meals. I browsed a few of my many, many cook books, browsed some of my favorite online sources, and none of the recipes fit the bill for what I had in my fridge and pantry, so I decided to just make it up.

Basically here is what I did.

Camille's Thursday Night Tuna Casserole

Ingredients
1/2 bag of whole wheat noodles
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk, or as much as needed
1 can of peas, drained
1 can of tuna, drained
1 onion, chopped
1 can of sliced Shitaki mushrooms (or the reg. kind would work as well, I bought Shitaki because they were on sale), drained
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese
Handful of breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cook the noodles as directed. While the noodles are cooking, fry up the chopped onion in some olive oil, cook on medium for about 5 minutes, or til the onions become translucent. When the noodles are done, drain, and put into a oven-proof (casserole-type) dish. Add the mushroom soup, milk, peas, tuna, onion, mushrooms, and about half to 3/4ths of the shredded cheese. Mix this all up real good (you could of course do this in a mixing bowl and then pour into the pan, but I like to make as few dirty dishes as possible since I have a tiny kitchen). Top with the remaining cheese and the handful of breadcrumbs (I also topped with some chives I had left over from a previous recipe). Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly.

Honestly, this is like the definition of comfort food. The great thing is, you could basically use this as a template and switch things out depending on what you have, so say you have some left over chicken instead of tuna, chop that up and throw it in! Say you have a can of corn insted of peas, or green beans, or fresh veggies. All good things. Say you have a can of cream of broccoli, or whatever. You get the idea. Experiment a little.

As a side for this casserole I went with a salad, this photo is bad but you get the idea. Lettuce, carrot, onion, tomato, cucumber (I'd hit the farmers market earlier in the week, yum!)  tossed with olive oil and white wine vinegar, salt & pepper to taste, top with chopped almonds (I love nuts in my salad!).

Salad.

Some more pics of my Scully dog

Scully is a deep thinker.
Scully & Frax having fun times.


These were taken on my Konica Autoreflex TC. I got the film developed down at the Walgreens on the corner, and the prints kinda suck. I don't know what I was expecting, I mean, it's friggin' Walgreens, I realize that, but seriously, kind of disappointing. Gonna have to go to a real camera shop and get prints made like a big girl.

The leaves are changing.


It must be fall.

Scully


Anyone have any good tips for dog-walking a puppy? Scully pulls so hard when she's on the leash that she practically chokes herself. Yesterday we picked up a Gentle Leader Collar which seems to work well, but she HATES it. It's like having a bridle on a horse. Do horses like those? I'm sure she'll get used to it and it's supposed to be safe and humane for the dog but I still feel bad. We practiced with it for about a half an hour, and about every 10 steps she would stop and roll on the ground trying to take it off. My dream is that one day she will walk calmly beside me everywhere we go, like my old family dog Jake. He was great. Although my sister trained him for years in 4-H, that might have had something to do with his good behavior. And Scully is still just a puppy. She'll grow out of it, right? Here's hoping! :)

17 September 2010

This weekend I'm going to...

Terry & Shannon's Wedding

This weekend I'm going to...

Visit with some friends and their little baby
Hang with my puppy and go on a nice walk
Work on my website so it's presentable and portfolio-esque
Re-edit a few wedding photos
Cuddle with my hubby
Watch some MST3K

What are you going to do?

11 September 2010

Terry & Shannon's Wedding


Terry & Shannon's Wedding
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

Posted the pre ceremony photos from Terry & Shannon's wedding. You can see them by clicking through the photo. Is this the cutest girl you've ever seen or what? :)