cheesy taco casserole

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
2 cups tortilla chips
1 ½ cups medium salsa
½ cup tomato
½ cup red pepper
½ cup green onion
1 ½ cups shredded cheese

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium skillet, cook ground beef through over medium heat. Do not add oil. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

2. In a 3 quart/oblong casserole dish, layer the bottom with tortilla chips. Then drain and add the ground beef. Next, evenly spread the salsa. Top with the remaining ingredients in just that order.

3. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted completely. Serve hot.

Emory

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birthday wishes

Hi, all!

Today is my birthday, and I’m just stopping in quickly to wish all of you a wonderful day! I have so much to be thankful for each year, and this year I’m especially grateful. I hope that you also experience overwhelming love and happiness, and that you’re living your best life. We only have one! #YOLO #justkidding #butseriouslythough

See you soon!

Emory

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maternity session in my home studio

Last month I had offered a free maternity session in our home. I wanted to see if our newest bedroom would make a good studio space. I ended up choosing this mother as my model because she seemed like such a kind soul. I was not only excited to photograph her, but was also excited because she was pregnant and was about to welcome a child into this world! Her son is very lucky and will be so loved. What a beautiful thing to witness.

To book a session, please visit Prudence + Me Photography.

Emory

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on the university grounds

I had the pleasure of spending a small portion of the evening with this family a few weeks ago. Based on my text messages with the mother beforehand, I had a strong feeling that they would be easy and fun. I wasn’t disappointed! We spent nearly an hour running around the grounds of the university. It was a warm, fall day, and the sun and the clouds were nearly perfect. I was largely inspired by this Alaskan photographer that night, and my pictures reflect her moody images that she is known for.

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Emory

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halfway backyard makeover

Hi, everyone! Today I’m going to show you the progress so far in our backyard makeover. First, an explanation as to why this was so vital.

Our house is more than a century old, so with it came with old problems! It was also part of an estate sale and had been neglected for many years. When we purchased it last summer, we were well aware that the basement walls were cracked. We also were told that at some point, the basement floor had gotten wet. Fast forward to this past spring, and the entire basement flooded. As the snow slowly melted, water poured in through the many cracks. This went on for weeks.

We eventually cemented and sealed the basement cracks and perimeter, yet the underlying issue was underneath the back deck. Under that rotted deck was a large, two foot deep pit. The power line to the garage was exposed, and mice had eaten away at the plants and other garbage that was down there. It was a huge mess. Our yard sloped towards our house as well, which meant that all of the water from the back alleyway, our neighbour’s yards, and our yard would drain into our basement. Hence, the urgency to rectify it before the next spring melt. Below are the before photos.

Geoffrey began by tearing out the old deck. He buried the power line, fixed the cracked foundation, and added more wood siding to the bottom of the house. Then he filled the pit with yards and yards of dirt, grading it as he went along. At the same time, he cleared away the thorny bushes and plants at the back of the yard, and found some extra paving stones. He used those to continue the path to the back door.

Inevitably, he laid down pea gravel on one side where the old deck used to be, and sod on the other. Then he built a small deck (as I call it), or large step (as he calls it). I bought new lights and hardware, and he replaced our old ones with the new ones, then the old garage lights with our old porch lights. Whew. There’s more, but that’s the gist of it! Here are the after pictures.

We’re going to wait until next year to stain the deck, paint the back door, and add more plants. The house also needs a new shingles, soffit, fascia, and eaves. We’re hoping to get to that in the spring. Additionally, it needs to be painted, and is in need of a new fence! Hence, the halfway point. Or less than, I should say. ;-)))

That’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed my little update!

Emory

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