Umayri Photo Contest

Since I can’t be everywhere and shouldn’t be the only one having fun photographing life with the Tall al-‘Umayri crew, I hold a seasonal photo contest with ice cream as the prize!

Participants can compete in four categories: archaeological, camp life, portraits, and landscapes. Since everyone submitted such amazing photos this year, we were able to treat all the contestants to ice cream! If you want to see the winners & runners up, head to the official ‘Umayri weekly reports to check them out!

Indiana Jill: DIY Fruit Liqueur


As we head into the Christmas season, there’s one thing most of us can enjoy: good drinks.

If you ever wanted to try making your own liqueurs, I recently posted a photo-filled tutorial on the subject over on Indiana Jill. I used Nanking cherries for the recipe, but there’s a world of flavours to choose from just by perusing the frozen fruit aisle at your local grocery store.

Have fun & happy drinking!

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Wild Horse Warm Spring


A few months ago, Stephen & I went on an adventure to find a secluded hot spring – a place true to the romantic idea of an isolated spot, warm in the mountains.

During our search, we came across Wild Horse Warm Springs, an incredibly photogenic spot. I took a few rolls of Fujichrome with me and came away with some new favourite shots.

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Indiana-Jill: Cold Brew Coffee

If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s coffee. Nothing gets me excited about getting up in the morning like a fresh cup of my favourite drink. Lately, with the heat of summer staying pretty steady in Calgary, I’ve been really enjoying cold-brew coffee.

Want to learn more? Check out the post over on my travel & lifestyle blog, Indiana Jill.