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Month: February, 2011

seaweed soup recipe from a foodie mama

February 15, 2011

Seaweed Soup

[the experiment]

I love seaweed soup. It’s my favorite soup. And I like a lot of soups.

We get the best seaweed soup at a local place back in our hometown. It’s a 2 hour drive so I don’t get to eat it often.

So I found the ingredients I remember tasting and tried my hand.

My efforts paid off. It was truly delicious.

I would go as far as delishus. 😉

I kept it simple.

Chicken broth, leeks, seaweed, white pepper,


  • Digital Paradise · Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Link · Reply

    The photos are very pretty, and the end result looks delicious! :)

  • Leigh Ann Hines · Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m confused by the blog hop is closed?

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treasures found | life. right now. | a 365 project | eight

February 9, 2011

treasures found.

a new home yields many new things.

new projects. fresh start. more room. and backyard treasures. probably my children’s favorite.

they are always digging up some little thing. an old soda can. empty box of kudos bars from 1990’s (do they even still make those?). fishing lure discovered by the pond. an old yet remarkably in good condition rain boot.

and the most resent- this car.

small, yet with my 60mm lens…not so small looking.

i love seeing the new things my children unbury.


one less thing to hit with mower come Spring. 😛

processed with lr presets [technicolor] + [warm glow]

from shiny happy people lightroom presets


actions [georgia] + [rounded corners three] from upcoming set rouge66


[stressed] texture action from nostalgia (adds a bit of yummy grainy look)


and the divine scratchy texture you see is from my friend

Kelsey Anderson from her texture II set


(love her textures!)

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focaccia bread | recipe from a foodie mama

February 7, 2011

Tasty Tuesday | Week 4

I decided to do Focaccia Bread. I love this bread. It’s a house favorite. It’s easy, it’s pretty darn fast and REALLY tasty.

I cheat a little. You can find some hardcore recipes out there that will take you a lot of time. Mine will take you less than 90 minutes start to finish. It involves a bread machine so there is not much dough contact. Although I LOVE handling dough- I seldom have the time to do it.

So this recipe was born.

You are welcome to try. Warning. It’s addicting. 😀

Amy Beth’s Garlic Herb Focaccia

(preheat oven to 425)


1 cup plus 3 TB very warm water

1 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

3 cups bread flour

2 tsp active dry yeast


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

6-10 crushed gloves of garlic

1 cup shredded parmesan or romano cheese

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp dried parsley

1/2 – 1 tsp herbes de provence OR italian herb blend


Place in bread pan with wet going in first, then dry ending with yeast last so it doesn’t get wet yet.

Select Pizza


  • Digital Paradise · Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:00 am · Link · Reply

    O- I love homemade bread. I will be sure to add this to my recipe book. :)

  • Heidi Roberts · Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:11 am · Link · Reply

    That looks beyond delicious! Since you shared the recipe with me a few weeks ago for pizza dough, we have used it several times. I don’t have a bread machine, so I tweaked it a little to make it the traditional way, and it’s just completely yummy!

    We must have been on the same wavelength this week, too. 😉

  • Janelle · Posted February 8, 2011 at 7:08 am · Link · Reply

    Oh man, AB–that looks FAB!

  • dalia · Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm · Link · Reply

    yum-o! I am making this!! My mouth is watering just from the pictures!!

  • hannah · Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm · Link · Reply

    OH amy this looks soooo delish! i am trying this for sure, maybe even tonight…we are a bunch of homemade bread lovers here! promise to join your group soon, i need to think up something wonderful to make!

  • Magnolia Mom · Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm · Link · Reply

    Looks SO yummy! Love your blog.

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm · Link · Reply

    I think we’re in trouble – my family loves dipping bread (from the store) in dipping sauces, just like they serve in restaurants. This would eliminate the need to dip. :) And I love the variations you mentioned. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Natasha · Posted February 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm · Link · Reply

    Looks wonderful! Can I just come over the next time you make this?

  • Cheryle · Posted February 9, 2011 at 11:26 am · Link · Reply

    hmmmm that really made my mouth water! I’ll have to try it!

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Winners for the big Olive Juicy Giveaway!

February 5, 2011

Thank you all so much for playing!

All month long I will be working to get more contests and giveaways up.

Sometimes the prize will be from the Shoppe, sometimes from other AWEsome vendors that I feel have wonderful products.

So here are the winners. Chosen by Random.org- thanks again for playing!

I need the 2 winners to please email me at amy@amymcmaster.com to claim your prize!

The ENTIRE Shoppe goes to…..

Michelle Nichelson

And the $50 Shopping Spree goes to…

Geri Bragg!!!

Congrats to the winners and thank you SO much to all that played.

Just for playing- from now thru Sunday you can all enjoy 20% off in the Shoppe.

Use the code: mintyfresh to save some moulah!

I don’t do discounts very often, so grab it while you can!

You guys are awesome!!


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sugar&spice | life. right now. | a 365 project | seven

February 4, 2011


Supposed to be for paper right?

Sugar & Spice

I love taking photos of her when she lets me. <3

using my d700 and 60mm lens

processed using [portrait pop] preset from shiny happy people vol1


[blush] & [rounded corners] actions from the upcoming action set [rouge66]

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  • Molly Weight · Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm · Link · Reply

    ohmygosh this seriously too funny! i hope they were washables :)

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