Hi… my name is Nicole and I’m a picture addict. I totally like them and I make no apologies for that. The thing I do apologize for is not printing more and displaying more. That’s one problem I have with digital photos, otherwise I absolutely LOVE them!
Saturday was the 4th of July. Hubby had to go with the MO Governor’s Mounted Guard to help park cars for the Seneca fireworks. Baby girl and I stayed at the house so she could nap and not get to hot and then we had plans to go down later in the evening.
Hubby on the other hand was supposed to take pictures because a girl has a blog and needs pictures… dun dun dun… epic fail. ha! He didn’t take any.
Baby girl and I went over to grandma and grandpa’s around 5pm to see what they were up to and invite them down to watch the fireworks with us. Around 7 or so we loaded up, went and ate dinner at Applebee’s and then headed down to the fireworks.
There is no epic fail there though… I took pictures!
Saturday hubby was off helping the Missouri Governors Mounted Guard. Squirrel girl and I stayed home so she didn’t get to hot and then we showed up later in the evening. I asked him to take pictures for me so I could write a blog post… dun dun dun, he didn’t. I asked him how I was supposed to write a blog post with no pictures. So that being said, I guess you can tell I like pictures… that is if you didn’t already know that. I guess what I’m trying to do is justify my number of pictures for today’s post. So without further ado, Today’s blog post…..
Thursday night started off our round of Fourth of July parties. The first Thursday of the month is our Extreme Dive Club meeting and being as though it was July, that mean the Fourth of July bash!
Wednesday’s I usually go to the dive shop to work on blog posts for the Extreme Sports Scuba blog as well as help out in any way I can. During the summer on Wednesday nights there is a local children’s camp that we go help out at with try Scuba. But being 4th of July week, there was no camp. So hubby and I went to Deb & Grady’s to help get the meat ready for Jared to smoke on Thursday.
I usually volunteer anytime anyone needs onions cut up. I love to chop, dice, slice, you name it…
It’s that time of year… How on earth did we get to the 4th of July? The thing that the fourth of July brings besides celebrations of our Nations heritage and food, parties and get togethers, is fireworks. Who doesn’t like fireworks? I guess there are those out there… but I’m not one of them. I love them.
So the next thing to think about is how do you capture them on film? If you’re ever around me or you’ve been on my blog for a while, you know that I take pictures of EVERYTHING and I mean everything. Although every once in a while I miss a shot and have a #bloggerfail but usually I take pictures of Everything.
A couple years ago I went to every fourth party I could to learn how to take pictures of fireworks and today I want to pass along some of the tips and tricks I learned along the way.
Normally people would tell you that you have to have a dSLR to be able to take photos like these. And while I’m not going to lie, it is helpful, I didn’t take all those photos above with my dSLR… Nope, I took one of them with a point and shoot. Can you guess which one?
So my first recommendation would be to get a tripod. If not a tripod, make sure you have a very solid foundation for your camera to sit on to avoid camera shake.
Maybe I should have stated my first recommendation would be to have a camera… or maybe that is just a given. Okay moving on…
So you can definitely check out this post that helps clarify aperture and shutter speed… I’ll wait while you refresh yourself…
Okay now for the settings for a dSLR to take great photos of fireworks.
ISO: 100. Now normally that would be what you set it at for a bright and sunny day… and you might be thinking, but wait, what… these will be at night. Oh but that’s the way to do it. First off at night you’ll get a lot of noise, especially by bumping up your ISO. To avoid that and with fireworks being extremely bright against the night sky you don’t need a high ISO.
Our first 4th of July celebration was at Dive club meeting on July 3rd. When we got to Grandeb’s and Grady’s Sysco and Pete were already in the pool enjoying!
The food was pulled pork with sides brought by everyone. We brought Blackberry cobbler. I didn’t come home with any leftovers. Kinda cool, kinda sad….
Kimmy had her cousin there and she was trying scuba for the first time.
Mini Lee collapsed on the ground and refused to walk. It was kinda cute! Okay, no it was really cute, especially since it didn’t happen to me.
Peanut was passed around. Momma Bear though knew where she was at all times… lol. I didn’t let her get far out of my sight.
They finally let Leo off his leash. There were a couple times we had to chase him down because he fit through the slats of the fence.
Eventually they saddled up the horses.
Say, mommy made me wear ear protection. I’m still looking for better ear protection for her but this worked fairly well. Although she wasn’t dealing with it so well… but then she went to sleep so she didn’t care.
And a family photo.
Then it was time for the fireworks. She only jumped a couple times…
And that was our 1st 4th of July adventure (outing).
Saturday Night hubby and I headed to Seneca for the big Fourth of July Celebration. We heard from all of our friends on the Search and Rescue team that this was a great event so we figured, sure! Why not!
I just wanted you to know we were there!!!
And here was the grand Finale of the show. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYGXTMuMlF0]
So I think lately you’ve probably heard quite a bit about diving. Well… sometimes at our house, when we get on a new kick, it seems like we just go and go and go like the energizer bunny. So anyway, on the 4th of July, we attended the local Dive Club meeting, which just so happened to be a 4th of July party. Sweet! That’s a great way to start and better yet, there was food. So I’d like to take you to our dive club meeting via photos. I’m not going to lie, it reminded me a lot of a Sunday Night Dinner :). Sorry, this again is a photo heavy post. Enjoy!
I absolutely LOVED the plate/napkin holder that Grady & Deb had. Grady couldn’t remember where they found it, but I seriously think it would be easy to recreate… (hint hint hubby)
Wednesday night while we were doing our pool classes for our diving certification, Deb was busy smoking the meat for Thursday night. Oh boy was this good. We had pulled pork and brisket.
D the Man brought his famous chicken.
We had salads galore!
The rest of the sides included stuffed jalapenos, baked beans, corn casserole, green bean casserole and Pita chips with Spinach artichoke dip and Hummus.
Leo got passed around from person to person. He’s 14 weeks old now I overheard them saying.
This is Pete. Pete is awesome! Earlier in the day when we got there, he and another dog were playing catch. Grady told them to stay out of the pool so the dogs were trying to get away with throwing their toys in the pool to retrieve without getting caught. It was hilarious.
John is waiting for any day now his grandchild will be born. He and his wife have their bags packed and are ready to hop on a plane! He’s such a kid magnet though so we all know he’ll be a great grandfather!
One word here – ornery.
The best part was when I went up to take photos, no one questioned me, they just helped me get the food photos! Heck yeah, I guess I’m making my mark on things… lol.
Finally it was time for dessert.
I made the flag cake. Earl made the red, white and blue rice krispies.
After we were done eating, Divergirl and hubby wanted to go shoot. JT was in and so was Grady. They asked the Aussie and he was like, I love this country. It’s a good day when you ask if you want to target practice and everyone grabs their guns. lol.
The goat was seriously cracking me up. He wanted to be involved in the fireworks too.
After we were done with the shooting range, we were walking back up to where the rest of the party was happening and saw the goat on top of the horse hay. Silly goat. or smart, maybe….
Finally it was time for the Fireworks display. The real awesome thing was the fact that there were people all around us shooting them off as well so we really got a fabulous show.
After dinner, the kiddo’s went swimming again until it was time for desserts. The funny thing is our pool NEVER gets warm. It was like 74 degrees in the pool. And the other funny thing about our pool was how people swam in shifts. It was crazy.
It’s not a party until there is a bump on the noodle-noggin (aka the head)
Tbug and Zebra girl waiting for dessert. They were chilly.
I told you yesterday I couldn’t guarantee you wouldn’t get a recipe today ;).
Hahaha I warned you 🙂
So the last couple weeks I’ve been working on my husbands 1 year anniversary present. I know that it is still just over a month off, but it’s just over a month off. It has taken a lot of thought to come up with something for him, that he’ll love, that he doesn’t know about (got his Father’s Day present in April, his birthday present on Father’s Day and his Christmas present in July, what can I say I’m working ahead of the game, but that’s just how it works sometimes) and keeping that a secret from him. I’m kind of on the almost last step of it! Just a little more to go. I see the end in site! Then I have to figure out where to put it so he doesn’t find it!!
Anyway…. I got carried away there I think…
So if you aren’t from the 4-State area (aka SE KS, SW MO, NE OK, NW AR) maybe you’ve never heard of Cafe Del Rio. They serve Tex-Mex and all I can say is they have some amazing cheese dip. A few years back I ran across a recipe that claims to be Del Rio cheese dip. If it isn’t… it is so dadgum close that it has me fooled!
Del Rio Cheese Dip
2 1/2 lbs white American Cheese (I used 2 lbs American, 1/2 lb Monterrey Jack) 1 pint half and half 2 small cartons whipping cream 1 box frozen spinach (thawed & squeezed out) 12 oz jar jalapeno (drained)
Add the half & half to a pot over medium to medium high heat.
Add the cream.
Smile for the camera (oh wait that might not actually be part of the recipe)
Add your Monterrey Jack (if you choose to use it like I did.)
And American cheeses so they’ll melt into the half & half/cream mixture. (I actually used singles and unwrapped them all, it was cheaper that way… but you can buy the block and cut it up, that’s always faster.)
Dice the jalapeno’s. I only used a handful (not the full jar like the recipe said) and it added a bunch of heat!
Drain your thawed Spinach in a clean kitchen towel.
And then use the chopper, chop the spinach and add to the cheese/cream/h&h mixture.
Stir together and you are ready to rock ‘n roll. I put mine in a crock pot and took to a friends house.
Serve with Tortilla chips 🙂
I took it to a friends house over the weekend where we got to do more of this!
And watch more of these!!
Happy Friday Eve!
Del Rio Cheese Dip
Keywords: stove top appetizer snack cheese spinach half and half jalapeno American Mexican