One time, only a few weeks after we got Athena (three years ago), Cassidy called me from the driveway on April 1st and said, “Go get your camera. I am surprising the kids with a kitten.” My exact response was, “Are you freaking kidding me??” Dutifully, I went to retrieve the camera and I met him at the front door. “April Fools!” He crowed! I was so relieved!
That said, have you noticed that this blog has multiple personalities lately? I assure you it’s all parts of me, so maybe I’m the one with multiple personalities. I’ve been finding my way with things that make me happy and sharing most of it with you!
What can you expect here? A little of the same, and a little different. Or is it a lot? I’ll still write sponsored posts for products and services I love, because that’s what I went to journalism school for and I LOOOOVE it. I’ll still post the total ME posts – Currently posts, brain drains, Finish the Sentence Friday, life updates, and travel diaries. That will probably still happen once a week – and most likely on Fridays. Lately, I’ve been adding personal craft, DIY, recipe and seasonal posts because it’s making me so happy! Wait until you see the spring/Easter posts I’m going to share! This is how I grew up – total holiday loving!
So I suppose nothing is being taken away, but a new category has been added. Also, due to the advice of the wisest blog guru I know, I also want to add non-sponsored lifestyle posts more often (or ever), so please tell me what you want to read about and I’ll do it with gusto. And a shoutout. What do you want to see more of in the Tamara (Like) Camera blog? Is it photography advice? Or, is it mental health stuff? What if it’s chocolate? Is it Doctor Who? Is it moose? Believe me – I can do more moose loving. In the warmer weather, I’m planning trips with 5:00am wake-ups, hip-waders, and a rented zoom lens.
Basically, I want to do things better. I’m sloppy and NOT diligent by nature, so this is one of those funny scenarios in which your career challenges you – maybe more than you’re ready to accept. “They” say we do choose our spouses to challenge our innermost natures, so perhaps that’s how we choose our careers. The good ones, anyway. What am I working on? Better graphics. Better photos of inanimate objects, because I’ve worked my whole life on photography of living things instead.
Don’t expect miracles, at least not overnight. I want to be better. I’m a floater. Like in high school! In this world, I can “hang” with the more serious and scholarly writers, because that’s my background and it’s the heart and soul of me. I’ve been published in a few books, and I have big dreams for more. I also love the commercial stuff, the photography stuff, the foodie stuff. I’m about different stuff. I want new stuff, but I never want to forget ancient and important parts of me.
Here is a recipe I can’t resist sharing. Imagine expecting a chicken pot pie and getting a mouthful of candy! Imagine expecting candy, and getting a mouthful of chicken pot pie! These are delicious – with pudding, graham cracker crust, and fruit chews.
April Fools Pot Pie Recipe:
- 1 pkg. Vanilla Pudding
- 1 pkg. Graham Ready Mini Pie Crust
- Fruit Chews, orange and green
- Prepare pudding according to package directions.
- Cut bananas in small pieces to be used as the “chicken”
- Cut the fruit chews into small pieces. Roll the green pieces into small balls for the “peas” and form the orange pieces into small squares for the “carrots”
- Spoon the pudding into the pie shells until almost full and add on some of each of the “veggies” and “chicken”
- Put a little bit more pudding on top to make it look mixed in
- All ready to fool your friends and family!