I was going through my photo albums tonight and noticed that certain pictures made me smile. (All of them do, but you know how it is when you look at one and a grin spreads across your face, to the point that you notice you’re smiling?)
The first was “Risotto Outdoors.” Risotto does that to me. So does eating on the deck.
Credit goes to The Culinary Lens and Frugal Feeding. Between these gentleman food bloggers, my cup (or bowl) of risotto runneth over. (Thanks, guys!) This particular photo depicts a combination of their recipes — a little pumpkin, a slosh of wine — the best of both, as I’m inclined to state frequently. :) For another peek at Frugal Feeding’s Butternut Squash Risotto, click here. You’ll be glad you did!
The next was the rare privilege of holding a hummingbird in my hands…
This poor little fella crashed into our living room window and I feared the worst. After a quick rescue and some gentle cooing and petting, he lived to tell the tale — and I was more blessed than you can imagine.
Next up… a wild and windy day on the lake, sometime between summer and fall.
I love it when the seasons change. (Welcome to the beach — long walks and cameras welcome.)
Then there’s Grenville Kleiser. Grenville who, you say?
I happened upon this reference manual at an antique bookstore for a mere pittance and my life hasn’t been the same since. (In case you can’t make out the title, it’s Practical English and Mental Efficiency.) Who doesn’t need a little mental efficiency now and then?
This book has been a treasure, mentor, friend, and subject of frequent photo forays…
Everyone takes pictures of their books, right? (Right…?) Never mind.
Last, but not least, is the tree with a story waiting to be told…
I posted a photo of this magnificent magnolia earlier this year, but it’s since been trimmed (much to my chagrin.) Thank heavens I took a picture of it in it’s prime! You never know what might change from one moment to the next.
Which brings me to the following announcement…
I beg your pardon and your patience while I take a week off (more or less) to work on some technical improvements on my blog. With gratitude for your faithful readership, I wish you a fulfilling end to this year and a joyous 2012! Stay tuned…
Enjoying the possibilities,
P.S. I promise to tell another “magnolia story” soon! In the meantime, please keep in touch on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/okielicious. Happy New Year!