{Photography} Florida 2012

It’s hard to believe that this August it will be two years since my mom took my brother and I to Florida! It was such an awesome trip, and I took SO many pictures in those seven days lol! We stayed in a condo in Marco Island. It was the cutest little town, and the weather was perfect the entire time we were there (which was a surprise, because a week earlier, a hurricane went through).  A few of the highlights of the trip included a tour of the Everglades, where we saw gators, bald eagles, dolphins and (my favourite) manatees! We also spent an afternoon in Miami and a day at Busch Gardens.

Anyway, here are a few of my favourite pictures from that trip!

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{Photography: Dogs of Frankfort}

Last year, Andrew and I spent a week down in Frankfort, MI with my family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage that was a quick walk to an amazing, quiet beach. If you ever get the chance to go to Frankfort (or any of the surrounding cities of Northern Michigan along M22), don’t pass it up! When you’re there, you forget where you are. The lake looks like an ocean, and the overall ambiance makes you feel like you are in a far away paradise. We’re going again this August, and are so excited.

One of the things I started doing on our last trip, was taking pictures of the different dogs we met throughout the week. Andrew and I missed Guinness so much, and getting a chance to hang out with other dogs made it easier to get through the week with our little man so far away!

I like to call this gallery, “Dogs of Frankfort.” Enjoy!

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We met this adorable duo while we were out shopping in Glen Arbor. Jackson (first picture) was very curious and eager to meet new people, but his sister, Dorie, was older and a bit more shy as she cuddled in her mom’s arms. Andrew was happy that Jackson let him hold him for a few minutes!

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This pretty girl, Bernie, was still a young pup when we met her on one of our beach days. She LOVED sticking her face in the sand, but was very wary of the water lol. She loved meeting everyone and put a smile on all of our faces.

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Malibu was a surprise to us because we found her relaxing in a store! She belongs to the owner of a bookstore in downtown Frankfort, and you can usually find her hanging out there throughout the day.  The poor girl was obviously pretty tired when we took her picture!IMG_20130814_222239

Nelson, a Brittany Spaniel, was one of the most entertaining pups we met on our trip! He was walking along the beach with his owner, when Andrew stopped to introduce himself. After a few minutes of us talking with his owner, Nelson started digging a HUGE hole in the sand. We thought he was just being silly, but then he pulled out a tennis ball!!! We were so amazed and gave him a big round of applause. Tons of dogs will have walked over that spot and not realized the prize that was hiding beneath the sand, but Nelson’s nose rewarded him with a toy to play with for the rest of the day. Andrew threw the ball into the water, and Nelson retrieved it over and over again. He was quite the character, and he definitely made our day!

IMG_20130814_222502This gorgeous girl was not only my favourite friend from our trip, but she also gave me one of my favourite photos of all time. I LOVE this picture! Delilah is a pit bull that was recently adopted by her owner. She was very timid, but extremely gentle and kind. We also found out that she was deaf, which explained a lot of her cautious behaviour. I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding this breed, but I think Delilah and her owner are perfect examples of how kind and beautiful pit bulls are when they raised by loving, dedicated people.

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{Photography: Guinness}

Anyone who knows me, understands that my Guinness is more than just a dog. He is like a child to Andrew and I, which means the majority of the pictures I take are of him! That’s why this post is going to be all about our pup. I am sharing some of my favourite photos that I have taken of our little man over the last two and a half years.

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When your puppy is this cute, it isn’t hard to take great photos!

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{Review: Saving Mr. Banks}

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited that it’s FINALLY the weekend! Tomorrow, I get to attend a training session as Youth Rep for the Grand River Metis Council, so I am looking forward to meeting new people and gaining more insight about the Metis community and the partnerships we share with several companies and organizations across Ontario. I will definitely keep you posted on what I learn, and my experience in general!

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But today, I am really excited to give my two cents on a movie that I saw this week with my mom. On Wednesday night, we went out for a nice dinner (to Casa Greek, which has AMAZING food) and then saw Saving Mr. Banks! I have been dying to see this movie ever since I saw the first trailer for it. Not only am I a huge Tom Hanks fan, but also absolutely love EVERYTHING Disney. Mary Poppins is a classic film that I loved watching as a kid, so I knew that I was going to enjoy Saving Mr. Banks.

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I honestly do not have anything bad to say about this movie! It wasn’t too long, it didn’t have any boring scenes that dragged on and on, and it wasn’t over the top in terms of Disney cheesiness. It was a great movie with an amazing story that everyone will enjoy. My mom said that she would watch it again (and that’s not something you hear her say very often).

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Tom Hanks was great at portraying Walt Disney, and Emma Thompson was spectacular as P.L. Travers. Oh, and Colin Farrell was in it! I had NO idea that he was going to be in the movie, or that he had such a major role. He was also fabulous.

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I would recommend this movie to everyone. I truly think it’s a movie that people of all ages will enjoy. I caught myself tapping my feet and wanting to sing along to the film’s classic songs, like, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.” At times, your jaw will drop, and you will probably cry, but most importantly, you will find yourself smiling ear to ear. You will also have an instant urge to go home and re-watch Mary Poppins, and when you do, you will not only pick up on things that you may have completely missed as a kid, but you will also have a new found appreciation for it, knowing the history of P.L. Travers, Walt Disney, and everyone else involved in the making of the film.

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I rate this movie: 5 / 5

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{Pinterest Find: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken}

Hello again! Tonight, I decided to go through my Food & Drink Pinterest board and try another recipe that I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Both Andrew and I LOVE chicken wings, but hate the mess that comes with them, so I thought that this slow cooker buffalo chicken would be a great substitute.

I’ve tried a few chicken recipes using the slow cooker, and to be honest, I’m not usually a fan. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason every recipe I try seems to flop! But I am going to give this one a shot and will keep my fingers crossed that the bad slow cooker chicken streak will come to an end.

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This recipe comes from TheFrugalGirls.com. What I love is that the ingredients and recipe are simple and easy to follow. I’m not a master chef (yet), so the easier the recipe, the better! Plus, I get to use my slow cooker again :)!

The ingredients:

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The steps:

  • Cook the chicken in the slow cooker for 2 hours (the original recipe said 3, but like I said in my last post, my slow cooker seems to take less time to cook things!)
  • Once the chicken is done, drain the juices from the slow cooker
  • Mix the Frank’s Sauce with the Ranch Mix, pour over chicken
  • Continue to cook on high for 15 minutes (again, I adjusted the time to suit my slow cooker)
  • Serve with veggies and dip, on a bun, or with any other side you wish!

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This is totally off topic, but this is what Guinness decided to do while I was getting things ready for this recipe. What a ham!

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There are 2 things that I found with this recipe that you should keep in mind:

  1. The Frank’s Sauce mixture is VERY strong, so be prepared to have your home smell like it lol.
  2. The chicken ended up being kind of dry, so I would suggest adding some sort of liquid (like broth or water) to the slow cooker to keep the meat moist.

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Overall, I think this was another successful dish! The taste was there and it will be a great leftover for lunches!

Give this recipe a try and let me know how yours turned out!

Take care!

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