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.

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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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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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Positive Psychology – The Happy Secret to Better work by Shawn Achor

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Positive psychology is focused on three basic areas of study and practice:

  • Positive emotions, consisting of contentment with the past, current happiness, hope for the future.
  • Positive traits, such as courage, resilience, curiosity, self-knowledge, integrity, compassion, and creativity.
  • Positive institutions, such as community institutions, which can benefit from focusing on the tools developed in positive psychology research.

Positive Psychology: The Evidence on Happiness

Here are some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:

  • Activities bring more happiness than possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases, such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
  • Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
  • Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful, and have a greater sense of well-being.
  • Seeing other people do good things makes us want to do good too.
  • An optimistic outlook reduces the risk of physical and emotional health problems.

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Photo Credit: http://www.mrichatham.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/positivity-is-key.jpg

Sicilian-style Salmon with Garlic Mushrooms & Poached Broccoli

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AMCARMEN'S KITCHEN

Hello Everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of March, meaning quarter of the year has just zoomed past in the blink of an eye! I felt like the first part of March went by really quickly for me, and the rest of the month just dragged on slowly to be honest. Maybe it was just because I spent the final week of my travels to New Zealand and Australia in the first week of March and the second week pouting about my post-vacation depression, and then of course dragging myself out of bed and to the office through the rest of March. I sound so pessimistic in this post in comparison to Wednesday’s post when I was all motivational and whatnot. Haha! I don’t mean to be pessimistic, I’m just stating the obvious lack of adventure in my life the moment I arrived back from my…

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How Chewable Coffee Is Changing The Caffeine Game – Are you going to try it?

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Up & At It

I love coffee, but there are certain side effects that I could do without – the constant bathroom breaks, teeth stains, jitteriness, upset stomach when you drink too much, etc. So when I discovered Nootrobox’s GO CUBES Chewable Coffee, I knew I had to try them.

Each cube has 50 mg of caffeine, which equals 1/2 cup of coffee, and they come in three flavours: pure drip, latte, and mocha. I bought the sampler box that comes with 6 packs of 4 GO CUBES for US$15.

I definitely got some skeptical looks and comments from people as I told them about this chewable coffee, particularly from my old-school dad who called them my ‘coffee candies,’ but GO CUBES are a serious game changer.

I started my day with the usual morning  cup of coffee, but instead of having another cup goCubesBoxProductShotHighlightLattearound noon, I had two GO CUBES instead. I tried…

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Vegan Curry with Cilantro Basmati Rice

Gina DeRoos

I love Curry! The balance of mildly sweet coconut and spicy curry flavors are so warming to my soul. We get fresh organic fruits and veggies delivered every other week, so I’m always looking for ways to incorporate lots of vegetables into one dish. Curry is the perfect dish for that.

This dish incorporates the use of local vegetables as well as essential oils. I used doTERRA black pepper, cilantro and lemongrass essential oils for this recipe. Certain doTERRA oils are safe for internal applications. You can use these oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices. I was fascinated by the potency, fragrance and aroma in the oils. They transformed the dish, and I was immediately reminded that oils in such a pure and concentrated form is not only a practical option, but better for the environment.

I hope you enjoy this…

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Quick Guide: Renting vs. Buying

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Are you thinking moving and not sure which route to take? To rent or own?

There are a few things to consider when trying to decide what works best for you and your family…

Are you financially ready?

If you’re buying, you’ll need a down payment to pay upfront that will fund the equity in the property that proves to lenders you’ve got skin in the homeowner game. The amount you’ll need varies, but the standard preferred amount is 20% and that often gets you the best rates.

When renting – in most cases – there’s no need for a hefty down payment. You may have to come up with a deposit, but it’s generally a lot less than the 20% usually required for buying.

Are you ready for monthly mortgage payments?

If you’re buying, this is the amount you’ll pay each month, which in most cases includes principal, interest (both of which are…

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Core core core (Ab Workouts)

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Evolution Gym Talk

The strength of any tree is in its trunk. Your strength comes from your core so make sure you build in some core strengthening to your daily routine.

Training with good form and taking strength from your core will work over time but some specifics will make a difference quicker.

Also take time for your back-” – between the two they are the things standing you up straight every day.

Some ideas from other sites below


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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes Recipe

Olive + Wisteria

These last few weeks have been a complete and total whirlwind! With two portfolios due, a mass of school assignments, extracurricular activities and a vacation thrown right in the middle, I’ve had almost no time to myself. Fortunately, it’s starting to wind down (thank God!). 

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