The challenges for the Weekly Photo Challenge are getting trickier as themes are used up.  This week, Shane’s challenging us to photograph something or someone “From every angle.”  My response hails from an experimental moment at the table in France last year.

 “Everybody’s got an angle.” 
~Bob Wallace, “White Christmas”

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Thursday toy

Posted: August 27, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Personal
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When we visited our grandparents on their farm in Nebraska, one of the places we loved was the (unheated) upstairs.  At least, we loved what was in the upstairs. At the bottom of the stairs was a door that was always kept closed.  In the winter or when the weather was cold, we ran downstairs as soon as we were dressed, down to where the heat was! When we went to bed, there was no dallying outside the covers.  Of course in summer, the whole upstairs was quite hot.

At the top of the stairs was an area with toys and books and the rest, as I recall, housed two bedrooms.  Through a door in the larger bedroom was a room where “stuff” was stored, stuff fascinating to children.  In the toy area were toys that had been our dad’s and his brothers, maybe even toys that had been their parents’.  There were several toys of this type.  Press the bottom and the animal or figure on top collapses.  Let go and up it pops.  I still find it fun.

Did you have a toy like this?  What toys do you remember with love and joy?

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I walk for exercise three mornings a week, carrying my iPhone because photo ops happen all the time at the park.  I keep track of my walks on Map My Walk and was relieved to discover the “Pause workout” button, enabling me to stop for photos without having my pace impacted.  But every so often, I take a photo walk, carrying my Nikon with telephoto lens as well as my iPhone.  I don’t map those walks, as a distance that takes about 30 min. on an exercise day may take as long as an hour and a half on a photography day!

Last week, my photo walk day turned out to be cloudy with the threat of rain.  I packed a plastic bag in my fanny pack to cover  my camera if necessary.  I wasn’t sure if I should expect much in the way of animal life, but perhaps because it still seemed like night or because there were hardly any other people, it was an excellent day, as you’ll see from the following photos.  This is true soul food.

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Our city has a large Indian (Asian) population and our church has an Indian ministry. Every year, we host a celebration for Indian Independence Day.  This year’s festivities featured the most adorable children acting and dancing and as I’ve been edging into more portraits or people photography, I decided to go in that direction for this week’s challenge.  Here’s one of the shots from that day.  Do you prefer it in color or black and white?

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I tend to like clarity in everything, even photography.  But every so often, something a bit more abstract appeals.  That’s what’s on offer for this week’s Oddball Photo Challenge.  Gotta shake things up every so often, right?

Baking abstract:

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Pavement abstract (at least I think it was pavement):

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Glass vase abstract:

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My husband tells our girls that they should have a signature dish, one that will “seal the deal.”  My signature dish originates in Italy, although I didn’t know about it until the mid-seventies when I spent almost a year backpacking around Europe between my junior and senior years in college.

The woman I was traveling with and I met two young Italian men with whom we went to dinner.  I have no idea what anyone else had, but I had spaghetti carbonara, a bacon, egg, and Parmesan dish with humble origins.  There are apparently more than one theories as to where the dish originated, all seem to include the premise that the ingredients were both inexpensive and easily available.  Although the evening in Italy ended very oddly, the taste of that dish remained a stellar memory.

When I returned to the US, I found a recipe in a small, wire-bound Time-Life Italian cookbook.  I’ve tweaked it a bit, tried Canadian bacon to lower the fat content, and decided that when making it, I might as well go all out and enjoy the wonderful taste, just not every day.  It’s a dish many people have never tasted but that no one I’ve made it for has ever not liked.  It may not have “sealed the deal” with my husband, but it’s definitely a family favorite, along with my homemade mac-and-cheese and homemade ravioli.  Hmmm.  Seems like an Italian theme in my mostly German family

Here’s the recipe.  But what I’d like to know is what’s your signature dish?  What does your family ask for over and over?  What do you make for company?  If you can, without violating copyright laws, I’d love it if you’d include the recipe in your comment or a link to the recipe you use.

Spaghetti Carbonara

1 lb. spaghetti or linguini
3 T. butter, mashed & softened
5-6 pieces of bacon, either diced and fried or fried and crumbled
3 eggs, beaten
½+ Parmesan or a Parm.-Romano combination
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta.  In the meantime, fry bacon and drain of all but a small amount of grease.  Combine beaten eggs and cheese.  Drain pasta and return to pot.  Add bacon, then egg-cheese mix.  Add salt and pepper, turn heat to low and stir until eggs are slightly set.  If you like, add more cheese. Serve immediately.

In the original recipe, I was told to heat the serving bowl, put the cooked spaghetti in the bowl, add everything else, toss, and the eggs would cook just enough.  I find that doesn’t really cook the eggs enough for me; hence, the cooking lightly in the pot.  I also found that even though it seems a non-stick pot would work wonderfully for this, a regular pot works best.  No idea why, but my whole family agrees.