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Shrimp & Asparagus Pasta in a Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

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Pinch of Everything

I loosely followed three different recipes to make this dish and was very happy with how it turned out.

The first recipe was my inspiration: Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus (VIDEO Recipe)

Ingredients

½ lb spaghetti
1 lb (or 1 bundle) asparagus, rinsed
3 Tbsp butter, divided
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1½ Tbsp)
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-20 or 21-25 count)
Sea Salt and Pepper
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large or 2 small lemons)
⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
Grated Parmesan to serve

Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 Tbsp salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook pasta according to package instructions until aldente, or desired doneness (meanwhile, continue with recipe). Drain pasta, return to pot and cover to keep warm.

Trim asparagus to remove…

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Children’s Boundaries, Where to Draw the Line?

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Meditations of The Dapper Barbarian...

This topic is rather ironic at the moment as I set aside this Sunday morning for the purpose of establishing this blog.  I decided to get up at 6 A.M. so that I would have a few hours to myself before all of the family got up.  Now two hours into it, I have yet to accomplish anything because the dogs and cats have been fighting and woke up my daughter who wants to know everything that I’m doing.  LOL… sound familiar to any of you?

Luckily the house does have some boundaries in place and things are starting to settle down for a few minutes.  What are boundaries and how do they help? I like the definition given by http://www.therapistaid.com that describes boundaries as the limits that you set on activities or relationships.  They help define what is acceptable or unacceptable in a relationship. 

I’m assuming if you are…

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The unhealthy stigma about healthy eating

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Berries and Stitches

Everybody who likes to eat healthily, or has specific dietary requirements knows the situation: you’re out with friends, they decide to get a takeaway, and you, with your ‘fussy’ eating, are left wondering what you’re going to do for your meal. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having the occasional takeaway, but if you’re anything like me, a processed, stodgy meal does not appeal (I’m more into chocolate than burgers).

Unfortunately, there’s a sort of stigma around eating healthily, that you wouldn’t expect to find today, but most people have probably experienced it. Eating healthily is different to being on a diet; it’s a lifestyle, and what I think most people misunderstand is that most of the time, you would rather have that delicious salad from your favourite coffee shop, than fried chicken or a burger from your local takeaway. Personally, I have no specific dietary requirements, I’m not vegan…

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Where My Freelensing Journey Began

THE DETACHED LENS

Freelensing was first introduced to me over two years ago on a photography forum I belong to. Someone shared her experience of experimenting with detaching her lens to take pictures, and I marveled at what she came up with. The works were dreamy, flawed, blurry, photographic prose. I immediately grabbed my Nikon to try it out.

But…it didn’t work. I couldn’t see through the viewfinder, and only saw a black screen when I pressed the shutter button. What was going on?

Coming together on the forum, we soon discovered the problem: the aperture on my Nikkor lens was scrunching closed whenever I removed it from the camera. The only solution was to tape it open, or rig it with a piece of folded paper.

Annoyed, I gave it up for a while.

A few months (?) later, everything changed. I discovered the work of Irene Suchocki, and my interest…

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Book Recommendation – Edgar Allen Poe (BLW Contributor)

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4/18/17 (soon after the coffee)

I grew up a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan – I think many young boys do the same after being introduced to his writing. I started reading Poe around the 3rd grade so I was a little ahead of the school-assigned reading that was to come.

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While so many have read his classic stories (“A Tale Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” etc) I  became a fan of his “deep cuts” so so speak – the titles that aren’t  normally included with school assignments.

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I recall quickly jumping from more common short stories like “The Black Cat” to more obscure ones like “The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Feather” or “A Predicament”

I also became increasingly curious about his actual life and history – what kind of man was he? How did he move about in society?

Ultimately…

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Yellow (BLW Contributor)

Ricardo Hanley Jr.

“Sunlight rains on the Earth in this blush. The cast of this glow allows life to grow, touching the least of the blades of grass and brush, while ever mindful of the Sequoia and Oak. This complexion of each day’s succession, gives sight to see and grants the dwellers of night their sleep, while all else is awakened from their hibernation. Gold, the coveted and rare element, shines with the luminosity of the Asiatic lily and yellow Iris. The mighty sunflower grows in the grove with patience, displaying the intensity of Osiris, the constellation leaving no darkness vacant. Shamash rises unveiling a world beautiful and flawed, inspiring Hammurabi’s law. This color is often called to mother every life within its reach. It creates days anew, without a prompt to be beseeched.” – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

Yellow – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

For “The Color Series” And More of my Poetic Series…

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Unicorn Frappuccino – Will you try it?

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The Foods Around Me

Probably the worst tasting Starbucks drink ever to be created. Literally tastes like a unicorn went to chipotle and shit in a cup.

Unicorn Frappucino:

An instant star of social media platforms, it’s literally on all of them check. Starbucks released this limited time drink in all stores this week. Being completely different than all other drink releases the description on the drink is absolutely terrible.

The Starbucks description reads:

“The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally-not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.”

How it should be described:

This drink misses its mark on all levels. The sweetness completely overpowers the flavors of the drink. Its sourness is a blue raspberry that takes away from the mango syrup. The consistency doesn’t help the uniqueness in flavor. It has a…

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Q: Do you always need to feel inspired to create?

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The Artist Diaries

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated recently when it comes to painting.

To be completely honest, I just feel like I can’t be bothered. I feel lethargic and ‘heavy’ when I think about it, like it’s too much effort for so little in return (meaning either an unfinished painting or worse — a painting I dislike).

Lying in bed last night I remembered several conversations I’ve had over the past couple of years about the nature of motivation and inspiration, and how our feelings aren’t actually the most reliable gauge in terms of whether or not we should do something.

Feeling lethargic and unmotivated doesn’t have to stop me from being creative. In fact, no feeling has the power to prevent me from doing anything without my complicity.

I can complain of feeling horribly uninspired and still put paint on a canvas. I can feel moody and bored and still doodle on a…

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HOW HAS DYING MY HAIR PINK CHANGED MY LIFE

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Hi there humans! In case some of you are that moony, suprise! I died my hair pink, yes, it’s been about two months now and I’m loving every single day I live with it on my head. So today I want to tell you a bit about my experience with such a drastic change.

¡Hola humanos! En caso de que algunos de ustedes sean tan despistados, ¡sorpresa! me pinté el cabello de rosa, han pasado casi dos meses y amo cada día que vivo con él en mi cabeza. Es por eso que hoy quiero platicarte sobre mi experiencia con éste drástico cambio.

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To get pink hair you need to bleach your hair, especially if you, like I did, have really dark hair, bleaching is a chemical process that unfortunately damages your hair in order to strip it from its natural shade.

Para tener cabello rosa necesitas decolorarte el cabello…

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