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Sunday Recipe Series

This is my first Sunday Recipe Series.  I’ve been a vegetarian for around 25 yrs – yes, I haven’t eaten any meat (beef, chicken, fish, etc) in a long time.  I’m 58 yrs old and take no medications and am healthy, wealthy, and wise, except for a few aches and pains from running too hard when younger.  Now I just go slogging (slow jogging) –  I thought I made up that word, until I saw it written somewhere, but it was a slightly different meaning, so I technically made it up for my purposes.

So here’s my first recipe:

Roasted Vegetable Linguini with Torn Fresh Basil

                      2 cups mushrooms cut in half (I use baby portobellos, but any type will work)

                        1 bunch broccoli, cut into larger than bite size pieces

                        1 small onion, cut into 1″ pieces

                        1 red pepper, cut into 1″ pieces

                        2 cups grape tomatoes

                        2 cloves garlic minced

                        2-3 Tbs olive oil

                         1 tsp red pepper flakes

                          salt to taste

                         1 cup white wine (save extra for drinking:}

                         14-16 oz uncooked linguini (I use half white and half whole wheat)

                         1/2 cup torn basil leaves

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Toss together mushrooms, broccoli, onion, red pepper, tomatoes, and garlic in a large bowl with the olive oil and spread out on a  large cookie sheet.   Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and some salt.  The vegetables will shrink almost half, so don’t worry if it looks like too much.  Roast 20 minutes, stirring a couple of times to prevent burning on bottom.

2.  Transfer vegetables back to the bowl, add wine to roasting pan and cook over two burners on the stove, scraping off the bits from the bottom of pan.  Wine will evaporate by about half.

3.  Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions (cook 12-15 minutes in boiling water until al dente).  Drain pasta, add wine mixture and vegetables to the pasta pot.   Turn burner back on to heat everything through.  Stir in torn basil, salt and pepper if desired.

If you have any leftover roasted veggies, put them on a whole wheat baguette with some provolone cheese and red pepper hummus.  Yum!

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Uncooked veggies on tray

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Yummy Pasta Dish

Check back next Sunday for another vegetarian recipe, and please let me know your thoughts.

Luv from Karen

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Colton and Naomi with Rily the Doggie

Naomi was at the Girls Night Out, a benefit for the Women’s Resource Center, last year and she won the Gift Certificate for a free Portrait Session with me, Karen Skelly Photography in Durango CO.

Well, life got busy and she ended up calling just a few days before the Gift Certificate was due to expire (they’re good for one year), so we set up a date and time, they got all dressed up, and we had a marvelous portrait session.

Colton and Naomi were recently married in Maine, so they wanted photographs with their well loved dog, Rily.  Rily is getting a little on in years, so this will be memories for them that they will have forever.  I’m so glad I got to create those for them.

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Playing with Rily in the river

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Good Puppy

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We love Rily

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In the Flower Garden

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On the Bridge in the Flower Garden

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Sitting by the Creek

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This was chosen for the 16×24 framed Canvas Art Portrait

Fun, Funky, and Fabulous

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Engagement Session by Durango Wedding Photographers

I love photographing fun, funky, quirky people – it is my forte and passion.  Nick and Monica fit that profile exactly.

I photographed their engagement session recently and we had the most amazing time.  I recognized them as quirky people after only a short period of time meeting with them.  So, naturally, I put them in the creek to have some fun.  Then we made a sign on my chalk board and they had brought their own sign that said “adorkable”.  What could be more adorkable than that, I ask you?

Monica loves the wild lupine flower which happen to be growing in the field where we did our last photographs.  They admired the flower, smelled the flower, and then picked one which we included in a couple of their images.

They are getting married 9.12.15 and I am excited to be their wedding photographer.  I met with her parents and her mother was telling me that Monica has always been on the quirky side.  When she was 5 yrs old  they went to an Easter picnic.  While most of the other kids were hunting for Easter eggs, Monica recruited a few other tots to take apart a bridge to make a raft and float down the river like pirates.

Nick recently moved here from Texas and since like minds migrate to each other, he met Monica and they feed off each others’ zany characters.  I love these two.

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Playing in the Creek

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Save the Date 9.12.15

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They are Adorkable

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Come sit on my lap

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Reflections

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Chewing on the Grass

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Love is Amazing

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Whisper Sweet Nothings in Her Ear

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Dance and Swing

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China Travel Photos from Durango CO Photographer

I have finally finished beautifying all the images from our China trip.

The first collage shows the shopping area of Beijing and of course McDonalds is there.  Then there are the live scorpions which they will fry up for you to enjoy as a treat (yuck).  Love some of the vehicles they drive around in.   The red building was pretty cool and it depicts old time Chinese architecture.  The turtle statue is one of the places where locals put pieces of paper with prayers on them.

Then there is the Panda Bear.  They are so darned cute, but I don’t think they are very happy.  They seem to sit around and eat bamboo all day – I’m sure they move around in the wild more than caged up like this.

The next image is of Ken and I on the Great Wall of China, and the final one is me running the half marathon on the Great Wall.

It was an amazing experience – so if you will be celebrating your 20th Wedding Anniversary, this is the place to go because the suggested gift for the 20th year is china, and this beats getting your spouse a bunch of plates.

 

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Beijing China, Local food, Transportation, Cool Building, and Prayer Statue

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Panda Bear

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Ken and I on the Great Wall of China

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Running the 1/2 Marathon on the Great Wall of China

JR’s 6 month Baby Portraits by Durango Newborn Photographer

This is JR’s 6 month portrait session.  So far I’ve photographed Jim and Jayme’s maternity, JR’s newborn, and his 4 month sessions.  They will have an amazing collection of photographs to pass down to JR when he gets older.  It’s always fun for kids and even adults to see what they looked like as a baby.  It’s just so priceless.

My dad was a photographer and I simply adore the baby portraits he took of me with his old time camera and developed in his darkroom as black and white portraits.  Who knows what we’ll have for photographs in 50 yrs, so these are to be treasured forever.

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Baby Parts

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Mom and Dad holding JR up

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Fell Down

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Getting ready to read

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Nebraska Huskers Football Fan laying out his game play

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Football anyone?

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JR with the Husker mascots

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Eating those toes

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Beijing China by Durango Photographer

I’ve finally gotten back to working on the photographs that I took during our trip to Beijing back in May 2014.  We took this trip for our 20th Wedding Anniversary, and in case you missed the irony of this, here’s a little fun detail.  I was looking up the suggested wedding gifts for the different anniversaries.  Well, the gift for the 20th is china, and this was a year after we started planning this trip.  Of course, when I told my hubby this, he said “yeah, I knew that” (no, he didn’t).

The first set of images are from the Chinese Cloisonne Factory.  This is fascinating because they take the enamel vases (or other items) and glue tiny bits of wire on them to make a sort of 3d image (flowers, etc) – this is seen in the first photo.  Then they hand paint these delicate little wires and fill them in with different paint colors.  I purchased a beautiful bracelet  made this way and I just love it.

The second set of images are Chinese acrobats that performed during a show we went to see (the stage lighting was hard to photograph).  They were amazing – strong and talented.

The third set of images are from a park we visited.  All of these different things were going on in different sections of the park.  There were people sitting around playing cards and (chinese?) checkers, dancing in costumes, playing instruments, and playing with toys.  You will notice that almost all of these people are older, retired folks having lots of fun!

You can click on these images to make them larger.

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Chinese Cloisonne Painting

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Chinese Acrobats

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Chinese Park

More will be coming later.  Thanks for viewing and feel free to comment.

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