2 weeks ago, I returned home from an eye-opening, beautiful, unlike any other trip to South Africa! The food was amazing… the fellowship was outstanding… The people there were so warm, hospitable, and helpful… and then I came home to the realities of individualism. I loved my journey, and my trusty NIKON was there to capture every moment. Here are pre-preview images from the scenery of this beautiful land (9 of the the over 2,000 images captured).
A few years ago, I went to Niagara Falls for the first time with my friend Le’Toya. I posted some of the scenic pictures around that time. Anyway, while there, I had my camera, so Le’Toya and I decided to make the most of the beautiful scenery and take a few portraits. If you know Le’Toya and me, you would know that there were plenty of silly pictures in there. But, we did also manage to squeeze in some classics! I must say, I think we did pretty good on the fly that HOT summer day! See some of my favorite images below.
Ok, so before I became a teacher, I LOVED to bake! I mean, I was ALWAYS looking for an excuse to bake something. For me, it was just about the baking part, it was also about the garnishing part. Ever since becoming a teacher, my free time has been so golden and valued that I let the baking go to the wayside. In others, I got a little rusty after I started teaching. Well this summer, I was determined to get back into baking. As a person concerned with my health, I found inspiration from fruit and root-based recipes, and went from there.
The first dessert I made was a Sweet Potato Pie as a thank you for someone with some country roots. After that, I wanted to be All-American with a classic Apple Pie for the 4th of July! Then, I wanted to do something really fruity for my cousin’s surprise birthday celebration. I made Strawberry Cakes with Strawberry Frosting and Strawberries On Top… and my cousin and I tag teamed a Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
After eating a sweet summer peach this afternoon, I think I figured out the next dessert that I will try this summer!
Here are pictures from the process of making the Sweet Potato Pie and other shots of the other fruit and root inspired dishes that I have made!
Making the Sweet Potato Pie:
1. I washed the potatoes.
3. I peeled and mashed them.
4. I mixed in the butter, milk, and seasonings… and once it tasted about right, I added in some eggs.
5. After making and chilling the crust, I rolled it out. Then I fitted it into the pie pan and filled a generous amount of filling. Then I finger-pressed the crust on top.
The finished products!
Ready for delivery!
Ok, so I NEVER give people something I didn’t try first. As this my first attempt at making Sweet Potato Pie, I definitely had to sample it!
Here’s the Apple Pie for the 4th of JULY!
Here’s the Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
Here are the Mini Bundt Strawberry Cakes with Strawberry Frostingand Strawberries on Top
Back in January, I participated in the Martin Luther King March with my cousins and their children. It was such a beautiful event on an even beautifuler day! This was definitely a change of pace for me after living on the East Coast for 10+ years and being used to super cold Januaries! Anyway, after the march, we took full advantage of the day and snapped some photos. Here are some of my faves.