Last evening…

…I cooked a very untraditional Christmas Eve meal.

Lamb shoulder chop, rubbed with mint, dried minced garlic, and Mrs. Dash's Lemon Pepper seasoning, accompanied by brown and wild rice, cooked with onion, Crimi mushrooms, dried minced garlic, Campari tomatoes, dried oregano, a good bit of Mrs. Dash's Lemon Pepper seasoning and Greek olive oil. Really super tasty and very nutritious!

Lamb shoulder chop, rubbed with mint, dried minced garlic, and Mrs. Dash’s Lemon Pepper seasoning, accompanied by brown and wild rice, cooked with onion, Crimini mushrooms, dried minced garlic, Campari tomatoes, dried oregano, a good bit of Mrs. Dash’s Lemon Pepper seasoning and Greek olive oil.
Really super tasty and very nutritious!

While I was watching the very untraditional Christmas film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (wasn’t Audrey gorgeous?), a knock at the door was not from Santa, but my young neighbor, who presented me with this:

A very untraditional "Christmas Sweater" cookie!

A very untraditional “Christmas Sweater” cookie!

She and her Mom had been doing a lot in their kitchen (which adjoins my own), but I didn’t expect such a creative gift!

They are both very artistically-inclined…and I thank them for this wondrous little cookie, which is indeed delicious!

After reading until past midnight, I awoke at 8-ish, made a pot of fresh ground Italian Roast/Dutch Chocolate flavored coffee and took a look out my window.

Just a very light snow had fallen overnight, enough to brighten the ground...with ice still on the windows, because we're 'havin' a heat wave' of mid-20s degree F. weather today!

Just a very light snow had fallen overnight, enough to brighten the ground…with ice still on the windows, though we’re ‘havin’ a heat wave’ of mid-20 degrees F. weather today!

For those of you who’ve been running as late as I have, here’s one last E-card I just made.

Merry Christmas Potpourri

(I hope you can catch the aroma of pine and cinnamon in the potpourri?)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL…MAY IT BE MERRY AND BRIGHT!!!

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I’m happy to see…

…that WordPress has brought back its “snow” this season…and it’s falling just about at the rate it did here in Chicago a bit over a week ago!

See for yourselves.

From my studio window

From my studio window

 

From my living room window

From my living room window

But…it did make for some interesting patterns in the now-empty lot next door!

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25NOV Snow-5

I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to shoot from my north window, as I’ve been doing the past six winters, but the maintenance man came and removed the screen (a temporary one that really didn’t fit!), and I have a clear view to the north until Spring–or whenever it will warm up here in Chicago!

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I finally had a somewhat ‘slow’ day!!!

After a short run to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, I actually walked a few blocks out of the way and did some shooting–a rare thing of late!

I hope to have a few of those 121  images up either tonight or tomorrow, so thanks to all for your patience!

After the light, fluffy snow of the 28th…

…I found myself back on Rogers Avenue, clicking off shots of the glittery deer and the ornaments on the bare tree.

The doe and two fawns has a bit more shape to them, yet the glittery mirrors continued to shine.

The doe and two fawns have a bit more shape to them, yet the glittery mirrors continued to shine.

All that glisters was not silver...much of it was snow, as on this lone ornament.

All that glisters was not silver…much of it was snow, as on this lone ornament.

The only thing missing was a little sunshine, to make the snow sparkle!

The only thing missing was a little sunshine, to make the snow sparkle!

I liked the shot of the lone ornament so much, I decided to ‘play’, turning it into a black and white image, then Lassoing the color ornament and placing it over its B/W counterpart.  The leaves I Lassoed individually, and colored them with a low-opacity reddish-gold.  Turned out rather nice, didn’t it, and somewhat Oriental in feeling.

Lone Ornament, B/W with selective coloring

Lone Ornament, B/W with selective coloring

As a special favor…

…to one of my followers, I dug these out and ‘Shopped them today.  Her site is http://leannecolephotography.com/ and she’s in Melbourne, Australia.  Leanne is very gifted, and does extremely fine photography…take a look and I’m certain you’ll agree!

These shots are taken ‘From My Window’ last January (she wanted to see our…ugh, the “S” word…SNOW!).

12JAN2012-Pine in Light Snow

13JAN2012-Pine the Next Day

You can see how wet and heavy the snow became overnight.

13JAN2012-Looking North

13JAN2012-Tire Tracks in the Snowy Parking Lot

We received around four inches that day, which was the snowiest last winter…looking to be ‘dumped’ upon this year!