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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Summer "Garden" Salad

If you are gardening this year I hope it is going well! I love having "free" food in my back yard during the summer. Love cutting out veggie buying at the store. I waste less I think. That hoarder/stocker mentality comes out when I buy veggies at the store...I always end up letting things go bad before I'm able to use them. Cooking with food from the garden also spurs a little creativity in the kitchen for me. This "garden" salad is one I came up with when I really only had cilantro, tomatoes, zucchini and a bell pepper...and not a ton of any of them. Then I found a lime, some black beans and rice in my refrigerator and a little corn in my freezer...Summer "Garden" Salad was born!

You may want to tweak this for your liking but here is what I came up with. Enjoy your summer veggies while you can!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Alison McQuain Photography: Recent Work

I know Laurie apologized for our delinquency a while back but here I am, finally (!), apologizing for myself. A lot has changed in the last few months and I didn't realize how much all of this change would affect my attentiveness to a number of my commitments. Paper Pearl has been one of many that has suffered. But, here I am saying I am getting back to my routines and work.

For the last two months I have been phasing out of a full-time job I had for the last three plus years, phasing into a new part-time job, and managing new jobs with my photography business. We had a number of weekend trips and a four day July 4th trip mixed in there as well. Not to mention I have had the pleasure of hosting two sinus infections in the last month. How could I be so lucky?!

Ok, so recent work. I've had the pleasure of working with a couple returning clients and one new family in the last few months! Having clients hire me every year is one of the most fun experiences. Seeing their family grow and change is priceless. Life happens quickly! Be sure to document it as often as you can!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tilapia Ceviche

In the summer, I love to eat fresh tasting food that is nice and cold on a hot Tennessee day. I have never made ceviche before, so I thought I would try this right after we had gotten back from our cruise. Mexico was our last stop so I guess I was inspired! This was the perfect light meal to detox a little and still enjoy it. I’m allergic to shrimp so I used tilapia. I’m sure you can substitute the tilapia for any other white fish, shrimp or even scallops. Make yourself a margarita, take the ceviche to the porch and play some Reggae. You’ll feel like you are in the Caribbean!

  • 1-2 pieces tilapia (depending on size), cooked and cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 limes, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 avocados, halved, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Small tostadas
After cooking tilapia, cut or pull into small chunks. Mix together lime juice and onion and pour on top of fish. Leave it to marinate in the refrigerator while you prepare the other ingredients. Chop tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and cilantro and mix together. Add veggies to the fish. Sprinkle the top with salt, pepper and garlic powder then mix together, adding as needed. Place ceviche in a small bowl and serve with tostadas or tortilla chips and a lime wedge. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found American Beauty

We live in a beautiful, diverse country. Despite all the division and disagreement on social issues and politics lately, America is a vast land of opportunity. It's time to stop the complaining and cutting down the views of those around us and realize that each one of us is unique and loved by a grace-giving God. Please don't forget that and don't forget how beautiful in every way this country really is. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sand & Sea Nail Combos

It’s time to put our toes in the sand! I’m thinking of fun color combinations for toes and fingers for this summer season, inspired of course by all things beach! My favorite is that Shoreline combination-both are colors I have in my collection and I love them both! What will you be sporting when you head to the beach?



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