errands on a saturday afternoon.

 today we had some ordinary saturday afternoon errands to attend to.  my favorite part was a hamburger, strawberry shake and diet coke.  i'm always up for a bite from in-n-out.  tt on the other hand always prefers his burger from crown.  oh, and in case you want the ins and outs to in-n-out, this is their secret menu. yum!


for camera lovers

This camera.  The fuji x10 - is incredible!  TT and I took it up with us for a quick adventure to Park City, and yes it was a quick one.  We just wanted to get a feel for the Sundance Festival in PC, but it was so jam packed when we got up there we kind of lost any desire to get out of the car and walk around (and find a decent parking spot that wasn't $25).  However, I did snap a few pictures with this camera, and so did TT.  It's incredible.  The picture above was shot in Portrait Enhancer mode, where it softens skin and brightens the eyes.  Wow!  My skin has never looked so clear, really I don't have clear skin.  So I say, the portrait enhancer mode does work, and I'll be sure to use it again and again. :)  The only edit I did was brighten the image.  I am in love!  


food flashback: 2011

I love food, and I love taking pictures of food.  Here is a quick recap of some delicious food from 2011 barbeques, cooking, and restaurants.
Cooking Class - Broccoli Quiche 
Classic Family BBQ - Clockwise: Cilantro Bean Salad, Fruit Mix, 3 Bean Salad, Teriyaki Chicken, Corn on the cob, Baked Beans
Silver Fork Lodge - Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer
Silverfork Lodge - Steak and Fries.
Bread pudding with an apricot glaze.

Snickerdoodle Muffins at my mom's house
Blueberry Raspberry Danish
Carnation Cafe in Disneyland - Full Breakfast Special: Eggs, Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage, Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice, and a taste of Diet Coke.
The beginnings of a wonderful Italian Casserole.
Cooking Class - Quadertine Casserole, a family favorite.
El Chanate at Snowbird - Fajitas
El Chanate - Chicken Tacos, Rice and Beans
El Chanate - Bean and Cheese Dip
Sunday Afternoon Snack - Ham, Tomato, Pickle Pita Sandwich with Garden fresh Cherry Tomatoes and Broccoli. 
Sesame Noodles with Grilled Chicken.
Family BBQ - Classic Hamburger
Family BBQ -  Strawberry Bowl
Swiss Days - Peach Pie with a slab of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Sunday Afternoon Treat - Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and Milk
Family BBQ - Hot Dog Bar - Classic, Chili Cheese, and Sauerkraut
The Montage - Eggs Benedict
The Montage - Classic Irish Oats
The Montage - Pancake Stack

The Montage - Omelet with Breakfast Potatoes, Fresh Fruit, and Tomatoes
Randi's Shower - Bowtie Salad with Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Craisins and Parmesan
Family BBQ - Fruit Medley, Veggies, and Noodle Salad
Chips and Salsa
El Chanate at Snowbird - Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream
Coconute Cake - Recipe from The Gathering Of Friends Cookbook Vol II
Mrs. Backer's Bakery - Chocolate Cake Bite
Sunday Afternoon Lunch - Blueberry Wheat Pancakes, Fresh Peaches, and Strawberries.

There is so much good food out there!

flashback: 2011

We are looking so forward to 2012 for many reasons! So many fun and exciting things happened in 2011, here are a few highlights.

San Francisco in June - It's no secret, TT and I love San Francisco.  It was so much fun to getaway for a long weekend with my parents and little brothers for lots of eating, shopping, Giants games, golfing, walking, and anything else we love to do on mini vacations. 
 Sunset at the wharf.
My family is the best.
Summer getaways to Deer Valley - Let's be honest here.  Deer Valley and Park City are ideal vacation spots for those of us that live in Salt Lake, or any other place that's only 20 minutes away.  The travel time is minimal, yet you feel like you're on vacation far away from your home and busy schedules.  However, if you need to for some reason head back in to town you can.  This is of course aside from the delicious food, fun shopping, ultimate relaxing, and all the outdoor recreation possibilities.  While at the St. Regis in July, we took some family pictures.
 Cornelius Family Summer 2011
The men
 When we weren't dressed up for pictures, we were dressed down in matching sweats.

Las Vegas (May and November) - Roadtrips with me are like roadtrips without me.  That's right.  I am notorious for falling asleep within minutes of entering any form of moving transportation (cars, trains, planes, boats etc.)  This is why I'm so lucky to have TT.  He respects my inability to keep my eyes open, and doesn't rely on me for company or conversation on the road. In my defense, I'm a blast when we get there!
Sunny time in Vegas.
Enjoying lunch at The Sugar Factory.  And the whole other trip you can see here.

Disneyland as much as possible - I jumped in on as many Disney trips as possible in 2011.  We love Disney.  I love the food at Disney.  I love the weather in Disneyland.  I love how truly magical Disneyland can be, especially for my sweet little niece.  I love that Thayne loves the rides, and likes to make the most out of each day in the park.  I love that my dad makes it a point to get a sweatshirt each time.

TT and I attended our first UNC Basketball game! Hello, this was long overdue.  Better late than never right? Hopefully this will be the first of many.

TT and I celebrated two years of marriage - yeah baby!  And it's safe to say we love each other just as much as we did on the day we were married.  

The Turley clan dissappeared in the woods, but only for a minute - then we took a real family picture too.

Cornelius Cooking Class began - I feel so lucky to be apart of a family that loves to cook.  TT's mom is a great cook too, so naturally I have a lot to live up to.  Cooking class is such a great way to pass on our family recipes and learn the tips and tricks from some of the culinary pros in my family.
TT and I went to Lady Gaga, and still can't figure out why -  okay okay I wanted to go, and TT agreed.  We have the hookups with TT's uncle and ended up being on the front row!  We found out real quick the front row of a Lady Gaga concert isn't where we wanted to be.  You live and learn.  And I learned my lesson.

We thoroughly enjoyed summer nights- something is just so relaxing about summer nights.
In Park City. 
We even got some pictures of the big dipper!
We welcomed our first nephew into the world - Benjamin Steven Turley we love you!
I photographed my grandma's hands - They're so precious, and they tell their own story no doubt.
We threw a Halloween Party - TT was Brian Wilson, I, Michael Jackson.
Our energetic pup turned 3 - and with one more year under his belt I thought Crew might tone it down a little.  Yeah right.  We love him though, and he protects our little home.
I cut my hair the shortest I've ever cut it - big deal for me! Maybe not for anyone else, but TT heard about it.  He knows it was a big deal.
I realize it doesn't look so short in this picture, but still it's  obviously above my shoulders.

In all seriousness, TT plowed through another year of school successfully, and I'm so proud of him.  I am so grateful for the persistence and dedication he puts into his academic career.  I know it will all be worth it, and already has brought our little family so many blessings.  I have worked another year at pictureline, learning a lot about business and photography, while working with some of the best people around.  TT teaches the 12 and 13 year old sunday school class, and I work in the Primary.  We feel so blessed to have such wonderful and supportive family and friends in our lives. Up next, a 2011 food review (I can't wait!), and a roundup of some 2011 outfits.

Here's to 2012!