Weekend Special 2017 Photo Contest Winners


Time to toot my own horn again!  Herewith I present  my 2017 Photo Contest Winners.  I enter many photo contests and this year a lot of them won or placed!  I like to post these winners to show how my interests in subjects varies wildly!   Some of the titles have a number or some random letters.  In the case of the numbers, it merely refers to Continue reading

A Year Of Missing Terri

A year ago today, we lost my sister-in-law, Terri, unexpectedly.  Shortly after, I posted the story and feel compelled now to repeat some of the same words and sentiments. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving From Shutterbug Chef

This is a “re-post” from last year.  I still feel the same way about everything!

Happy Thanksgiving From Shutterbug Chef!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Today I want to thank all of you who have read my blog, shared my posts and commented on them.  This little blog gives me great joy and I truly appreciate those of you who read it!

I am a lucky gal in so many ways:

1. a loving husband, Joe

2. two amazing adult kids, Allyson and Andrew

3. a wonderful son-in-law, Casey

4. a beautiful grandson, Owen

5. my son’s beautiful girlfriend, Tina

Sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews,  cousins, friends near and far.

I am especially  thankful for our military and their families,  many of whom are apart at this time.  Their sacrifices allow us to enjoy our freedoms and for that I am very grateful.

So many real blessings have come into my life.  I praise the Lord for all of them

On this Thanksgiving day I hope and pray each of you can count your blessings and be truly thankful for them.  God bless all of you and God bless the USA!



30 Day Challenge Continues Plus Hints and Tips

To continue with the “challenge” of the 30 Day Challenge, I posted some breakfast ideas and recipes 2 days ago.  Today I would like to suggest some snacking tips.  In The  30 Clean challenge I participated in, snacking was not recommended.  However, most of us have busy lives and sometimes snacking is the only way to get through a fully scheduled day.  That said, healthy and clean snacking can be a welcome way to get in all of your food requirements and keep you on track!.

For some people, snacking can be a bad habit.  Let’s change this into a positive.

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Weekend Special Trip To Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon


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We usually take a day trip to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in the Fall.  Sometimes we go there to hike, while other times we go for lunch.  This year we went for lunch at Auberge Sedona.  We had our dog, Ozzie, with us this time.  Our table was along the Oak Creek with spectacular views.  To Ozzie’s delight there was an abundance of squirrels nearby playfully leaping from one tree to the next!  Once in a while they would rest on the rocks, which left Ozzie mesmerized.

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Weekend Special iPhone POTD Project Part 2

Last weekend I began a series of my new project:  iPhone POTD Project.  This Photo Of The Day project is a challenge for me to take at least one picture each day with my iPhone.  I keep it organzied by the days and when the time is up I plan to print a book of these daily shots for my own record.

For me, the interesting thing about a project like this is that it shows places I have been, views I admired, food I have prepared, local flora and fauna and interesting things that just caught my eye!

Below is the next set of the photos I have for my project.

The stairs To Nowhere

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Weekend Special iPhone Photo Of The Day Project

Back in April I got the new iPhone 7 Plus….and it changed my photography in so many ways.  For one thing, now when I travel, it isn’t necessary to pack, lenses, filters, batteries, tripods, etc.  Just my phone!  For another thing, the camera on this iPhone 7 Plus is amazing!  There are a number of good photo editing apps that save time when doing the post-processing of the photos.  The photo below was taken with this phone and 2 post-processing filters were used to slightly enhance the lighting (brighter) and I straightened out the horizon, both of which were done in under 1 minute!


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Weekend Special Trip To Rural Missouri

A few weeks ago, we travelled to rural Missouri to view the total solar eclipse!  It was an amazing experience!  We had a fun day with lots of friends, family and good food and drink!  But that was just 1 day.  Our trip to rural Missouri gave us the opportunity to enjoy some scenery, flowers, animals, barns, houses, and a dairy visit!  This is so exciting for a city girl like me!

Please enjoy these various scenes of rural Missouri!

Animals were a thrill on this visit!  This giant snapping turtle was very patient with us while we photographed him!


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Weekend Special Random Flora Shots


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It has been a while since I did a Weekend special post!  With a lot of summer travel, a lot of company and parties, I have not had the time…but I make time now.  Pleae enjoy these random images from my walks, farmer’s markets, gardens and golf courses!


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An Otherwise Beautiful View Spoiled by Graffiti


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This stunning landscape has been marred by vandals.  It really bothers me that someone thinks it is cool or funny to deface pristine areas, spoiling it for everyone else.  The following pics show the view before and then with the vandalism.   Continue reading