Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Yumm. These are so so good. They taste like fudge. Peanut butter, nutty, creamy fudge.

Recipe Here

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Note: I forgot to add vanilla and they still are delicious. (If there is ever an ingredient I miss in a recipe it is ALWAYS the vanilla. I don’t know why…). Nutrition facts calculated with the vanilla. They are chock-full of fat but it’s healthy fat! And you’re not getting all the shit ingredients you would find in most store-bought granola bars.

Another note: I just used raw almonds and pulsed them in my blender. The recipe says chopped nuts, but I kind of prefer them this way because I like the texture better when they’re all ground up. There are still some big chunks but not many. I also didn’t add any coconut or dried fruit because a) I had no fruit, and b) I’m not a huge fan of shredded coconut

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Nutrition Facts: (per 1 serving of 16 bars) Calories: 294, Fat: 21g, Carbs: 21g, Protein: 5g

Beautiful City, Beautiful Life

So I went on more than one photoshoot this past weekend. I shared the skyline pictures I took in a separate post because I wanted to focus on my improvement as a photographer over the last few months. But I also went downtown to wander around before the sun got low enough and took some photos of some interesting parts of downtown Raleigh. They’re not my favorites, but wandering around by myself trying to look like I knew what I was doing was a baby step outside of my comfort zone and into the terrifying world of street photography – something I’m very interested in, but haven’t been brave enough for yet. I also woke up at the crack of dawn the next morning (after 9 glorious hours of sleep) and went to Lake Lynn – my favorite trail to run – to take sunrise pictures. It was early, and freezing, and I had to walk a long way to get to the location I wanted to shoot from, so this was also a bit out of my comfort zone.

This segways perfectly into a theme for this post – trying new things. I am all about trying new things this year. Some more adventurous than others. Some aren’t even new, I’m just being more spontaneous and saying yes to pretty much any opportunity that comes my way. So in between all the photographs, I’ll share some unrelated stories of things I’ve experienced so far.

1) I rented a party bus for me and 5 friends to take us downtown for my birthday. It was legit.

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2) I booked a trip to Greece for the summer. I’ll be travelling with a group of strangers in my age group for 11 days.

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3) I ate a burger. Yea…I had never eaten a burger. Don’t ask me why. Because this burger I had was magnificent.

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4) I went on lots of casual dates. This was very new, mainly because I had been in a relationship since I was 19. Casual dating didn’t really exist in high school. This was also probably one of the less enjoyable experiences, but still had it’s place in my fun little world.

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5) I ate sushi. Foreal. I have never been much of a seafood fan so this was a huge fucking deal. Especially because I loved it.

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6) I successfully cooked Indian food. I love Indian food, but no one is ever like “hey let’s get Indian food”. It’s just not a common thing for some reason. So I cooked it myself. And it was delicious.

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7) I agreed to go to Vegas this summer for a Bachelorette party. Never been. I’m sure it will be a blast.

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All of this and it’s only February! Much more excitement to come…

Now and Then: The Raleigh Skyline

So in June, I ventured out to try photographing light trails against the Raleigh skyline. I liked the results but didn’t love them. I went back downtown last night and tried again from the same spot and I think I got some better results this time (same gear and everything, too). Let’s have a look, shall we?

June 2014:

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January 2015:

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June 2014:

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January 2015:

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June 2014:

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January 2015:

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I think the key was that I stuck around for a little longer after sunset (hence the pictures being darker). Also, I used a 2 second timer so I wasn’t shaking the camera when I pressed the shutter button. Some of the June pictures were not as sharp as they could have been. I think that last picture from June I actually like better than the one from last night that I compared it to, but other than that I like the results I got last night. It was REALLY cold though! I probably could have been a bit more focused and patient if it had been warmer and my hands weren’t numb. :p

K is For…

Yes this is like a month overdue. I’m way off schedule, but I’m still determined to finish this by the end of 2015. I only have a couple for K…could not think of anything good for it.

1) Kayak

These are cool. Nothing too special about them except I like how I photographed a kayak in the winter and you can clearly see that from all the leaves inside of it. And I remembered that black and white is always an option when colors are dull and uninteresting.

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2) Knitted

Selfies are hard, yo.

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Skinny Brownies

I made some brownies yesterday and then forgot to eat them for dessert last night. But I was able to photograph them today in the daylight. So here’s my first food blog in a LONG time.

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I just used honey instead of maple syrup. And they came out pretty delicious by my standards…I wasn’t sure they would.

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Nutrition Facts: (16 servings) 100 calories, 4g fat, 18g carbs, 1g protein

I also made THESE for my birthday treat (for the health-conscious people at the office)…and they’re pretty delicious if you’re a dark chocolate fan. Didn’t photograph them but they look like regular brownies. (Nutrition Facts: 12 servings, 213 calories, 12g fat, 29g carbs, 4g protein)

‘Tis the Season for Beautiful Pictures

I love Christmas time. Even before I got into photography I loved taking pictures of everything. From the decorations to the happy faces, to the mess in the living room after unwrapping presents. I think the holiday makes for some great kodak moments. So I’m going to share them with you. This being my first Christmas with my Canon, I definitely had some fun with it.

Lights and decorations:

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Lounging around by the tree (with wine most nights):

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The trees themselves. One is mine, one is in the front window of my parents house. It’s the fake one though…we have a real one that the presents go under

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My mom’s beautiful table setting:

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Party time:

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Dog

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Baking cookies

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Presents

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Unwrapping said presents:

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Ryan wearing a bow in his hair

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The mess in the living room after unwrapping presents

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French toast and mimosas for breakfast this morning

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