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Social Media Blackout

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Hello, lovelies!

Yeah I know, it has once again been months since I posted here and I have no good excuses, so we'll just carry on and pretend all is right with the world, ok? Ok!

I've been thinking about Lent and what I might give up for it this year.  I choose to do this every year because I think there is so much to be gained from temporarily or permanently giving up things in our lives that can have a negative effect on us.

Last year, Brandon and I gave up sweets. I had done so in previous years, but this was Brandon's first time participating in Lent, and it was quite an interesting experiment for him. I'm not sure he loved it so much, and I'm not sure I'll be able to talk him into participating this year, but we shall see.

Anyway... this year I have chosen to give up social media such as Instagram (yeah, that's going to be tough), Twitter, and Facebook. I still have the option to blog here, as it really isn't social when you're the only person…

Corky Holiday Crafts

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Hello, lovelies! I know it's been a while, ok 7 months is more than a while. Anyway...

It should come as no surprise to those who know me, but for those that don't, I absolutely LOVE Christmas! Decorating my house makes me happy because it makes everything feel so warm, inviting, and full of cheer. In fact, I've had my tree up for weeks now. Yep, weeks. And it will likely stay up well into January.

Back in the day when I had a full house to decorate, I went all out. A tree in the living room, two on the front porch, and one in my son's room. Centerpieces and holiday nicknacks covered pretty much every available surface, not to mention the lighted garland and lights on the outside of the house. But now I'm in a small condo and though there are plenty of things to decorate, there isn't any place to store said decorations in the offseason. So I have to get creative by sprucing up the decor already in place. Today I did just that with my dining table centerpiece.

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The Falls of Hamilton: Vol 1

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Yesterday Brandon and I decided to check out a few of the many waterfalls located in and around the Hamilton, Ontario area, and I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be a great day for exploring and we even happened upon a waterfall not marked on our map, which turned out to be my favorite of them all. Win!

First on our list was Tew's Falls followed up by Webster's Falls. Tew's was lovely and flowing just the right amount to showcase itself nicely. But when we got to Webster's we decided to not even bother trying to capture it. It was flowing way too much, and I felt we'd get a better shot on a normal day. So, we got back in the car and headed down the road again.

We were on our way to the Old Mill in Ancaster when we happened upon Sherman Falls, and we couldn't resist stopping. It was by far the best stop of the day! There were no crowds and the whole scene was absolutely beautiful. I could have sat there all day and just soaked up the beauty of it all,…

Mature Evolution

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I know I told you guys about 5 months ago that I'd be doing my best to keep this blog updated, and as you can see, I haven't followed through with that. I've been doing a lot of soul-searching and trying to figure out what direction I want to take when it comes to my creative talents.  As a result,  I've been putting my branding to the test.  What I've discovered is this...

Though TisheyeLens Photography is a great creative brand, it doesn't necessarily translate professionally. It seems to be more confusing than anything else to potential clients. They don't get the play on words and find it more suitable to a blog than a professional photographer. So, I've made the decision to retire the use of the TisheyeLens branding for my portfolio. From this point on my portfolio and any professional pursuits will be under the branding of Tisha Luk Photography. Straightforward, professional, and as my husband says, mature.

This blog and my photography presets (o…

Sesame Chicken w/Noodles & Broccoli

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As I type this blog post, I sit here eating leftovers from this yummy dish. That's right, I tried another new recipe yesterday, and it was really good. With a few minor adjustments to a recipe I found on Pinterest, of course. Part of the way through the cooking process though, I thought I'd hate it, because it uses sesame oil, and I hate the smell of sesame oil. BUT... I'm happy to report that it tastes much better than sesame oil smells. Yay!
Without further ado, I give you Sesame Chicken w/Noodles & Broccoli.

And for those of you who are interested in recreating this dish, here are the details...

Ingredients

•1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium & a smidge less) •3-4 Tbsp honey (the sweeter the better for me) •2 Tbsp sesame oil •2 Tbsp rice vinegar •1-2 tsp Sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it) •12 oz dry thin spaghetti (you can use udon and other noodles) •3 cups broccoli florets cut small •1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips •1 Tbsp olive …

It's Beginning to Look Cheery in Here!

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I love Love LOVE Christmas! That being said, I'm really not one of those fanatical, keep my tree up all year long kind of people. Though I have to admit, the tree certainly is a pretty decoration that I hate to see put away at the end of the holiday season. But seriously, I'm not fanatical about Christmas. I usually cringe too when I see people decorating for Christmas at the end of October / beginning of November. For my fellow Americans, we haven't even enjoyed Thanksgiving yet! And for those of us in Canada, we are just now getting over Thanksgiving, so give us time to breathe! Sheesh! 
This year is different for me though; for a few reasons... 
This will be the first Christmas Brandon and I spend together, as husband and wife. Do I really need to expound on this? No, I didn't think so. But I will anyway. I'm finding that this being a first for us is making me even more excited about the holiday season than I normally am. It's a milestone and memories in the m…

Like Father, Like Son

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Hello Hello hello... is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? - Pink Floyd

Ha! It feels kind of like that walking through the back door of this much-neglected blog of mine. I need to clear the cobwebs and make some changes, so bear with me, alright?  The first change has already been made, so let me tell you a bit about that. In 2014 I was forced to give up my website, well it was a self-imposed thing, but anyway. I parked my domain name www.tisheyelens.com here instead because it was free and all. Now, I have a new portfolio up and running, and my custom domain is pointing there, with a link back here for my blog. 

And hopefully, I'll get motivated to start populating this blog at least on a biweekly basis. We'll see how that goes...

For now though, big changes have taken place for me. The best and biggest being Brandon and I getting married, but the next best is that I am now officially a permanent resident of Canada. Awesome, eh?! Which …