Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Disney Princess Training

February 1st, 2015

I’ve been training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon for the last 3 months. I haven’t shared much because I wasn’t sure if I could do it…..

Stream of Consciousness Sunday . Hosted by

So I spend the last week being lazy. That is, instead of running/training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon that is less than a month away, I sat on my tail and ate everything that passed in front on my face. Total fail. I finally talked myself into going for a run when I got my bib number for the race on Tuesday night.  My alarm went off at my normal running time of 430 am and I talked myself out of it. But I put my running clothes on and as soon as I dropped off the boy at school, i headed to the gym. I got on the treadmill and warmed up. Bombs over Baghdad by Outkast came up and I started to run.

And I smiled.

It was the first time running, that I have felt that joy when running. Ask anyone and usually i say something like, i hate to run. But at that moment, after not running for a week, I felt such a JOY. I FINALLY, after 3 months felt that running high I’ve heard about and have been waiting for. And it was glorious. I ran again on Friday, thinking it might have been a fluke, but no. BOB came on and off I went, just grinning. Today, I am running 10 miles. TEN WHOLE MILES AT ONCE. I’ve never done that. EVER IN LIFE and didn’t ever think i would want to. It just goes to show me that the impossible is possible.  So check me out on the  Nike app while i’m running. I’ll be the one smiling.



This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…


  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link back to this post  over at All Things Fadra (feel free to use the SOC Sunday graphic).
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

Our Project 52 Week 4: Blue

January 29th, 2015


our project 52 week 4

Taken With Canon 6D and 100 mm 2.8 lens

Settings: aperture f/3.2 Shutter Speed 1/2oo ISO: 6400

Lately, I’ve been strangely obsessed with blueberries. I put them in my oatmeal, add them to cookies and scones or just eat them by the handful. Pookah loves them too. The Farmer’s market had them last week and I just couldn’t pass them up.

At least it’s healthy huh?


Tip of the week: When shooting macro photography, it’s always great to remember that the closer you are to your subject, the more shallow your depth of field( how much of your photo is in focus) will be.  For example, here is the same settings same subject. I just moved in closer. Notice how less is in focus now? Just something to consider when you are taking your shot!

week 2 project 52

Taken with Canon 6D and Canon 100mm 2.8 Lens

Settings: Aperture f/3.2 Shutter Speed :1/200 ISO:6400

Next week’s theme is MOTION!

Our Project 52: Link up with and

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for BLUE!

And don’t forget to check out Mimi’s post on her BLUE!

Link up!!!


CM P52 Week 4 Blog Circle: Sign of the Times

January 28th, 2015

This week’s theme is Sign of the Times.

We are supposed to “imagine what life might be like in 10-20 years. What are some things we see/use routinely today that might have changed/disappeared by then?”.

My answer?


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Oh we will still read books, but the delivery will be different. It will be the land of e readers. Your Nook, Kindle, iPad, Tablet will replace actually holding books.

What really got me thinking about this was my son’s Kindle Fire and all of the books he has on it. He has downloaded more books then games.

He takes after his mama….

But this is one thing I’ll be sad to see go. Because even though our e-readers are so convenient, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, like holding a fresh brand new book in your hands.


Continue on through the circle to Drea’s Blog to see her interpretation of this week’s theme.

How to make Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Scones

January 27th, 2015



blueberry scones

So, I’m always looking for ways to make my favorite things gluten free.  A few weeks ago, I was grocery shopping and came across Pamela’s Gluten Free Biscuit Mix.  My mother and I had just had an extensive conversation on how we could make gluten free biscuits for Pookah, and make them taste good.  Intrigued, I picked it up to read the recipe. But what caught my eye was the recipe for Scones on the side.


Now, I’ve been experimenting with gluten free baking for years now, and while I’ve finally got my cupcake recipe on lock, anything else…is not so easy.

BUT, I decided that I wanted to try the scones.

I bought it home, and frankly forgot about it. Until Sunday morning when I was up with the birds since CJ was sick anyway.

Why not bake? And frankly, why not try the scones?

I had all of the ingredients….
gluten free blueberry scones

blueberry scones

gluten free scones

gluten free scones

When they came out of the oven, I barely let them cool before I was scooping them up on a plate with a cup of coffee.
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gluten free blueberry scone recipe 2

gluten free scones

I love them. Pookah tasted them and ate a piece, but his stomach was still upset so maybe next time.

But really guys, with a cup of Starbucks coffee from my Keurig and a good book, I feel like I had Starbucks at my house.


Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Scones
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 bag Pamela's Products Gluten Free Biscuit and Scone Mix
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 TBSP butter
  • 1 cup of Vanilla Almond milk( you can use soy, regular or whatever you like)
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar before baking
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine dry mix and sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until pea-sized crumbs are formed.
  4. Add milk and blueberries and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Scoop onto a piece of parchment and gently form into a round, 1” to 1-1/2” high.
  6. Cut into wedges and place on greased or parchment covered cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in top third of oven for 20 to 24 minutes until just starting to brown.



January 26th, 2015



currently iphone 5 january

It’s been a minute sooo…..

I’m Currently…


Well, see, I am three episodes behind on Empire. I hear it’s good, but see the way my internal time clock is set up, I’m sleep by the time it comes on. Sad.



Listening to:

I’m searching for new songs for my running play list. Qualifications: fast beat, ratchet, catchy tunes. Now that I’m running longer than an hour and a half, I’ve run out of tunes. Help a sister out.



Spring Break. This is the first year that we have this issue of what to do at spring break.  I want to do Disney. CDub….has no plans. I’ve worked the budget, and a quick trip down( which is really all my nerves can take) would work. Wish me luck in conviencing him.


Thinking About:

Spring. We had a glorious weekend last weekend and got out to the park for the first time in a while.


currently iphone 5 january

It was beautiful, and the boy slept like a log when he got home….

Looking Forward To:

My child not being sick. He came home Friday night with a mild fever that morphed into extremely high fevers all night which then led to the worst ear infection ever which then morphed more fevers and waking up every 2 hours which morphed into vomiting and diarrhea which THEN morphed into the worst case of Pink Eye I’ve EVER seen. I mean….the child can’t catch a break. And we I haven’t had much sleep for the last 3 nights.  If this morphs into anything else, I will drink all the coffee available in the Atlanta metro area while simultaneously having a breakdown.



currently, iphone 5

Annie Leibovitz at Work

Can I say that I’m so fascinated by her photos? ALWAYS have been. So when I saw this book on Bessie Akuba’s Instagram feed, I knew I had to have it. It’s fascinating to see the thought process behind some of her most famous photos and to just see the photos themselves. I am almost finished. I’ve been taking notes…

Making Me Happy

The fact that every week, there are wonderful bloggers and friends linking up with Mimi and I ‘s Our Project 52! I love going though all your photos and reading why you chose what you did. It’s turning out to be about more than photography and I love that!

If you haven’t joined up until now, you still can jump in! The theme for this week is Guilty Pleasure! Go on over and link up!


What’s Currently going on in your life?


**All photos taken with iPhone 5 and edited in VSCO cam app**

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