Flashback Friday Recipes

There are two reasons that I’m doing this post:

  1. Winter lighting in my apartment is KILLING me and my ability to get some good pictures

AND

    2.  I have to relearn picture stuff.

Don’t you hate it when you finally have something down that you used to be really crappy at and then something beyond your control makes you crappy again?  Yeah, me too.

Recently I had to get a whole new photo editing program and I feel like I am back at square one with my pictures.  I have to go back and relearn everything that I already knew how to do in my old program with this new one.  Which is super frustrating because I felt like I had finally gotten into the swing of things when it came to food pictures.  Taking good pictures has been a weakness of mine and I keep trying to improve so that my blog can look all pretty for you guys.  Now I have to take some time and get back to where I was.

In the same vein, I’m battling some pretty bad light here in my apartment.  I live on the interior of my building which means that I have two windows both of which face brick walls and get no direct sunlight.  It’s kind of like living in a cave, especially in the winter when the light is already scarce.  That means natural light (a food blogger’s best friend) is very hard to come by here at Casa Dawson.

What is the point of all this rambling?  To tell you there is no brand new recipe for today.  I’m teaching myself some new photo stuff and doing everything I can to get as much good light as I can on the recipes I do have to share.  But fear not, I’m not leaving you totally recipe-less.  I thought it would be fun to bring back some old recipes from when I first started this blog.  It’s kind of fun to see where I came from and where I am now.  For the most part, the recipes are delicious and the pictures are horrendous.  But it’s all about improving right?

At least I don’t take pictures for the blog with my iPhone anymore….

Anyways, here are some Flashback Friday recipes for you and I promise I’ll be back with more new stuff next week!

Slow Cooker Minestrone SoupFlashback Friday Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Stir Fry With Spicy Peanut SauceFlashback Friday Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Eggplant LasagnaFlashback Friday Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Baked Falafel with Tahini SauceFlashback Friday Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Turmeric Scented Mushrooms and Brown Rice Noodles

https://lifehealthfullylived.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/healthy-brownie-bites/

Crispy Coconut Avocado FriesFlashback Friday Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Healthy Brownie Biteshttps://lifehealthfullylived.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/healthy-brownie-bites/

All In The Family

One of the biggest things that has helped me as I’ve started this blog and continued with my healthy lifestyle is the support of my family.  My husband, Adam, has been one of the biggest driving forces.  He has pushed me to do more, think bigger, and to truly believe in myself and this blog.  I wouldn’t have tried some of things or expanded this blog without his support.

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My parents have also given me a lot of support.  They ask me for tips, try my recipes, share my blog posts, and again believe in me to do more than I think I can.  They have always been this way with whatever endeavors I pursue.

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The other person who is without a doubt one of my biggest supporters is my little sister, Jodie.  I can honestly say that from the time she was born she has always been behind whatever I do 100%.  At times, I ignored that support (stupidly) and didn’t realize how much it meant to me and what I do.  As I have gotten older I have learned how valuable she is to what I do.  I know that no matter what I have her there by me urging me to do more and be better and helping me when I fall.  She is amazing and I am blessed to have her as my sister.

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That’s why I am thrilled to support her in her dreams and goals.

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Today I wanted to share one of her new pursuits and urge you to take advantage of her amazing talents.  Besides being an awesome social worker, Jo has always been interested in photography.  She has always liked to take pictures and stage photoshoots, even as a kid.  She’s done a few amateur photoshoots like engagement pictures and family photos, and she is looking to expand and start doing more photography.

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Last week she came out to Sycamore and took some pictures of me prepping and cooking as well as some headshots.  They are awesome and I will be using these on the blog and my other social media sites.  She is just starting out, but she does great work and is eager to learn more.  If you are interested in getting some photos taken, for graduation, engagements, professional headshots, family portraits, or anything else and are looking for a great price and a fun person to work with, contact Jodie.  You can email her at ubuntusoulphoto@gmail.com for more information and to set up a shoot.

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Photo courtesy of Jodie Buchanan

Support is one of the most important things when you are starting something new.  Whether that is becoming healthier, starting a new business, or diving into a new goal.  Having people behind you to push you forward, pick you up, and keep you going can make all the difference. If you have amazing support, make sure that you are paying it forward and supporting the people in your life.  You never know when you might be the only one keeping that person going.

Who is your biggest supporter?

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