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WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “an unusual POV (point of view)”. Here’s what a trip to the San Diego zoo looks like from my kids’ perspective.

First we had a chance to see a 14-year old Timber wolf. It felt great to be so close to such an amazing animal.

Timber wolf

Timber wolf

Then we stumbled upon this mama peacock who was walking around the zoo with her little baby peacocks. A first experience for all of us.

Baby peacocks

Baby peacocks

At the children’s zoo, we saw the results of baking a bread house with the mice inside. :-)  We tried really hard to see the rest of their bodies but they wouldn’t budge. I guess it was comfortable in there.

Mice in bread house

Mice in bread house

Finally we stopped by the panda exhibit. While baby panda was sleeping high up in the trees, his mom was pigging out on bamboo –  one bamboo shot in each paw, alternating her munching from one to the other. You can see pandas have a hard life at the San Diego zoo.

Panda eating bamboo at the San Diego zoo

Panda eating bamboo at the San Diego zoo

That’s it for our little trip from last week!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “fresh”. I thought I’d focus on the fresh produce we grow in our garden and some of the kid-friendly fresh foods we prepare in our kitchen. Warning: if you’re hungry at the beginning of this post, you may be starving by the time you reach the end.

I love growing bright red cherry tomatoes in the garden. The only problem is, the darn squirrels love them too. And unlike me, they have no problem eating them if they’re not completely ripe. I do get lucky when I get to see cherry tomatoes get this red. Delightfully refreshing in the summer.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh cherry tomatoes

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh cherry tomatoes

The squirrels will let me grow a few things without touching them too much, mostly zucchini and green chard. I love cooking the chard, then add heavy cream, garlic and salt. It just melts in your mouth!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh green chard

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh green chard

When I have some time in the morning, I love to make pancakes with my youngest, who’s my sous chef in the kitchen. Don’t these fresh blueberry pancakes look yummy? That’s because they were!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh blueberry pancakes

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh blueberry pancakes

A few months ago I tried making cinnamon rolls and I now understand why they’re so popular at the grocery store. Even though I used the bread machine to mix the dough and let it rise, it still took a long time and some work to make them. But you can’t beat the taste of fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls (with no frosting for us, thank you).

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh homemade cinnamon rolls

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh homemade cinnamon rolls

We like making pizza too, by just putting fresh tomatoes, olives and cheese on top of fresh whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. I haven’t tried making my own pizza dough yet, but I should. Can you smell that freshly baked homemade pizza?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked homemade pizza

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked homemade pizza

Of course we love dessert, but in the summer one of the few baked desserts we’ll tolerate in the heat is a fresh mixed berry pie, full of berry juices. Mmmmm, I want to make one now!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked mixed berry pie

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked berry piWordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked mixed berry pie

What do you like to make fresh in your kitchen?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “nostalgic”. I’m not nostalgic about many things (I’m more of a forward looking person) but I have the perfect item for this week’s theme: Nutella.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic - Nutella jar

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic – Nutella jar

Having been born and raised in France, I grew up on Nutella, eating it on many different things: baguettes, croissants, biscottes, bananas, crepes, and one of my favorite, simply by the spoon. There’s no better pick-me-up and I think productive brains thrive on Nutella.

I’ve eaten Nutella my whole life and every time I open a jar and smell its hazelnut chocolate paste, random childhood memories come back to mind. And now I’ve passed on the childhood memories to my kids, in a good and a bad way. My youngest loves it, my eldest doesn’t like the smell of it. He doesn’t know what’s good for him!  One thing the three of us have in common though is, we can’t stand peanut butter. The overwhelming smell and the sticky texture turn us off big time. None of that with Nutella!

If you’re a Nutella fan, please free to chime in!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Companionable

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “companionable”. As soon as I read this week’s photo theme, I knew which photo I would use. My kids really are best buddies. Well, at least until they start arguing. They’re best friends and don’t realize it. They play together all the time, talk to each other about everything and anything, do things for each other, and help and support each other.. My eldest even reads to my youngest on a regular basis. To a lifetime of companionship!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Companionable - brothers can be best friends

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Companionable – brothers can be best friends

For a different type of companion (more of the furry type), you can hop on (pun intended) over to my nature photography website to see my participation in this weekly challenge.