Career · Graphic Design · Photograpy · Travel

A Career I Never Anticipated

About twenty five years ago I went back to work after having 2 kids. After getting married, graduating from college and moving around Texas and Nevada I wasn’t sure what type of job I would find. The first job I got was through a temp agency. I was the secretary who could design the covers and spines of the presentation binders. And the go to person to set up flow charts in Mac Draw. (It was the mid 90’s) People would stand behind me and watch and say you should do that for a living. Some people knew and some did not know graphics are what I went to school for.

After that temporary job I found a job setting up ads for the Las Vegas Review Journal. That lasted a year and when they hired someone else for a job I really wanted I started looking elsewhere. I interviewed with a screen printing shop and although I didn’t have any experience in that field, I did have computer skills and a graphics degree. They hired me and I started by spending 2 weeks working out of the adobe illustrator 3 tutorials. I will always be grateful for that opportunity. I have been in the screen printing industry ever since.

That being said, this blog is about the things I am interested in and the life my husband and I have outside of our jobs. I love to cook, love to travel and am getting back into photography which was a favorite activity of mine in college. I hope to share with you my favorite recipes, photographs and places that we go. Thank you for coming along for the ride.


Hurricane Harvey

So it’s been a while since I have been on my blog. I think about it a lot, but have not been able to make myself actually get on and type. But I know I am not going anywhere with this if I don’t put in the action. So here I am.

I started posting about food and travel with an amazing trip to Spain. I was so excited and had such an exciting time there. I feel like there is so much more to explore. I know I will make it back to Europe some day.

But things kept getting in my way. But I am back to share my life experiences including food and travel. But this is a story of one of my favorite people in the world and a scary time in her life and consequently in our lives.

On August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane. It came in near Rockport, Tx which is quite a way from the west side of Houston. But we knew from the beginning it was going to be a water event in our area. By 8-27 the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it dumped a years worth of rain in less than a week in our area. And by 8-29 the rain in Houston had gone above the reservoirs and a lot of the Houston area was flooded.

I have to say that I personally was not dramatically effected. I had to move my car to a higher area because the street that I normally park was flooding. And we could not go anywhere for a couple of days, but we never lost power or had water in our second floor apartment. I just couldn’t get to work.

Hurricane Harvey did impact our family’s lives significantly.

This is my daughter’s story about what happened to them in her words. I don’t want to change a word of what she said.

“So Connor and I lost our cars the first night of the floods. The next night our power went out. And, today we were evacuated via the Game Warden and their crew on two separate boats. After Connor got on the boat, a man that had been in his car overnight went in to cardiac arrest (from carbon monoxide poisoning) in front of me while I was wading through waist deep water with my cat and my dog. Due to the emergency, Connor and I got separated. I got on the next boat and we continued to rescue another couple and their dog. The boat we were on was floating well above many cars and even a 9ft tall fence to get out of the apartment complex. They dropped us off near dry ground where, in the pouring rain with a dying man to my right, animals in hand with a 15 pound bag I could barely carry, I just started to yell for Connor (whom I did eventually find). A very nice man with a working car drove us around the flooded roads to get us to our friends place who have graciously taken us in, with our pets as well.

I am showered and safe with my husband and I’m insanely grateful. But today was by far the scariest day of my life and I didn’t even lose everything. My heart goes out to my city and the people in it. And, just thank you to everyone who is helping anyone out there during this catastrophe.”

We as parents, were completely worried about our youngest child. It is devastating that there wasn’t much we could do to help them. Our older daughter and her husband tried to get into town to rescue them with their boat but were unable to due to the flood waters. My husband couldn’t reach them or make it to work due to the flood waters. He took the pictures to document that he couldn’t get to work.

So many people lost so much here is our city/county/southeast part of our state. It made it hard to think about the small things I usually worry about in life. So grateful that my children were rescued safely and have been able to move on. So thankful for those that helped them out in so many ways. The amount of generosity that was shown to my kids by certain people were astounding.

Since then they have had to move to a new apartment, buy new furniture and they both had to buy new cars. And their life has moved on from the newlyweds of 6 months when the hurricane happened. We are all so thankful that our story had a happy ending.


Photos by Terry Carter

Family · Food · Photograpy

Dairy Free Banana Blueberry Bread

SMC_2016This is a post about banana bread, but it is so much more. This is about my mom. This is a modification of her recipe, which I think is a modification of someone else’s recipe.

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s the “dairy-free or lactose free” movement was in it’s beginning stages. My mom was the first person I know that actually figured out that the problems she was having was directly related to dairy. During the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s she would bring her soy sour cream out to dinner if it was a place that she would get a baked potato. There are so many options today and I wish she was around to research things with me. But sadly she is no longer with us.

One of the recipes she modified was homemade banana bread. This is the only recipe I use when using up those brown very ripe bananas. In the future I may be able to modify it more, but for now this is my mom’s version of banana bread with no dairy and very low fat.

  1. 1c sugar (this round I used regular sugar, I’m hoping to experiment with other types of sugar later)
  2. 2c flour ( I used Bobs Red Mill Glueten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, will test other flours also)
  3. 1/2 tsp salt (I used sea salt)
  4. 1 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 Tbs vegetable oil (I actually used coconut oil, will see how it goes)
  7. 1 egg (cage free brown egg, maybe I can replace that in the future?)
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup of orange juice (I used non concentrate, with pulp)
  10. 2 or 3 smashed bananas
  11. 1c of blueberries (I used organic fresh ones, but frozen ones will work too)
  12. 1/2c of pecans or walnuts (I have also used almond slices)

Combine the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients and mix well. I fold in the blueberries or nuts at the end. Bake at 325 degrees in oven loaf pans (coated with non stick spray) for 1 hour. Bake muffins for 25 minutes.