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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! It has been a crazy week of seriously long hours and not much sleep – – but it is soooo worth it. I am heading to Dallas to spend the first Thankgiving in about 10 or more years with my family! I can’t wait to see my amazing nephews,my parents and sisters, and spend a little time in the kitchen fixing some vegetarian Thanksgiving treats- Mushroom Pie-  Yum!!!   

I am so ready for a little break to revive- It has been an interesting year with the economy- a lot of hard work and not much down time! I will get my creative juices going on shooting about a million photographs of my nephews- three I haven’t seen since March! I am also hoping to get inspired by some amazing photography at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth. I can’t wait!

I hope you all have a great balance of food, family and fun!

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The next few months there are some really great photography exhibits in the Raleigh/Durham area. Last week I went to a film viewing and q&a with one of my favorite photographers, Mary Ellen Mark and her husband, Martin Bell. She worked on a documentary project in Iceland photographing children living with disabilities. The film by her husband was incredibly moving. It focused on one boy and his family and how they live. The center where this boy was attending school offered a musical instrument with strings in the form of a cradle that the child lays in- the vibration from the strings and the rocking of the cradle soothes the children. It was so amazing and sweet. Mary Ellen’s exhibit showing at Duke Documentary Studies will show her images of all of the children. I am so excited to go and see it.I have been working with Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina on a project documenting children and adults living with disabilities- and I think it will be so interesting to see her work on the subject!

Photo by Andy Warhol, Nasher Museum

There is also an Andy Warhol exhibit at the Nasher of his Polaroids as well as some black and white images. They are images of celebrities taken between 1970 and 1985. I was thinking about setting up a trip to Durham- a day of food and photography, my two passions…It would be such a fun day- going to museums and then hanging out at one of the amazing local resturaunts drinking wine and enjoying local cuisine. I am considering setting up a group for fun, no cost except for gallery fees and food, either in mid-December or early January. If you are interested, place a comment below and I will keep you posted!

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Holly Hobbie Electric Baking Oven Vintage 1980s Toy Blue

Before photography there was a serious love of cooking for me. I think it was probably insired by my grandmother- a chef by neccesity living on a farm with 12 kids to feed! She always had fresh bread baking in her wood burning stove and home-made donuts every time we visited. I loved it- and have craved it ever since. I had my first experience baking in my Holly Hobby oven– I begged my mom for more boxes of things to bake every time we went to the store. So now, when I have a Sunday off- my favorite thing to do is blast the radio- loud music is the only way to cook for me- I now have a real stove and oven, it is beautiful and VERY RED!  I listen to the Sunday Brunch with Kitty Kinnon-she is a serious foodie too- and the mix of her amazing music on Sundays and her interviews with local chefs make my Sundays complete.

So a few weeks ago she mentioned a contest that I couldn’t resist entering… it was a trip to Southern Season in a limo- 25% off shopping at Southern Season and a 5 course dinner paired with Wines at the Weathervane! I won!!!! and it was last night- I can’t tell you how in heaven I was. It was a group of 9 of us who went with Kitty- her surprise friend was one of my amazing clients DJ Mitsch- and I brought my good friend Jill, who owns Catering Works– seriously amazing catering here in the Triangle! I knew she would love it! It was sooooo much fun. The group of people was incredible, the shopping was a blast- we could try anything we wanted. The marketing coordinator, Wendy, was a vegetarian and helped me find some things to try that I have never had- falafel chips, pickled walnuts(crazy but amazing) and some of the most delicious cheeses! Then dinner happened…so many forks, knives, plates of delicious food and wine with each course. Butternut Squash Soup with Rasberry Coulis, ravioli stuffed with cheese and vegetables, my favorite was roasted beets on a bed of sauteed greens, with mashed potatoes, all drizzled with a creamy roquefort cheese sauce- ok, and the dessert, Pots de Creme with sugared beignets. Oops I almost forgot the rattoui with puff pastry! They did my dishes all vegetarian for me- I am still drooling! Maybe I was dreaming???

But today I am awake and she is talking about it on the radio- I wasn’t dreaming! I had a great meal, made new amazing friends, have some new cool things to try in the kitchen, and DJ’s new book to inspire me” Mystic Grits” A Southern Girl’s Journey to Wisdom.

I will post photos soon… but for now a apple cider donut recipe to inspire some kitchen time! Try it on Sunday between 9-12 while listening to 100.7 River Sunday Brunch with Kitty Kinnon- you will not be disappointed!!!

Ok, Now I am off to work and get ready for the Hand Made Market tomorrow! This one is going to be amazing, so many great vendors! 11-5 at Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh!

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