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hi – i am audrey michelle. thanks for stopping by food and foto dot com. 

i am conscious in maintaining a minimalist lifestyle. this includes everything from the food i eat to the fotos i take to the home i live in.

less equals more. 

it is my belief that the more “space” we have in our lives, the more opportunities we have to truly feed our souls. in today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with “stuff” and this overloads our systems more than we realize. simplifying and minimizing that which we carry with us, both metaphorically and literally, can be very liberating and healing. 

someday i hope to live in a small home on some land and have a huge garden wherein i can grow my own food and live very simply. 

as an artist, i approach my fotography from a minimalistic standpoint, as well. i keep my gear light and easy to manage and i always bring my biggest asset on location – my eye. i have a gift of seeing the world in a very unique way, and that is what separates me as a portrait artist. i am a storyteller type of fotographer, and i love to share this gift with my clients. 


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101 Responses to “{about}”

  1. jay jay April 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Love it!

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  2. anthony0358 May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    we love the new blog Audrey! Plus the beautiful photos too!

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  3. Beyond The Green Door August 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I have nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award!! You can see the details and rules at http://beyondthegreendoor.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/reader-appreciation-award/

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  4. Lipstick and Chaos September 2, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Looks delish, love the tripod!!!

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    • cooking with audrey September 5, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      hehe, thanks – that’s a monopod. i haven’t used a tripod in over 5 years thanks to that thing 🙂 thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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  5. rigmover September 5, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Hey thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog.

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  6. Kelly Ryan September 13, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I love your site! Its very engaging…

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    • cooking with audrey September 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      hi kelly! thank you so much for taking time to comment and for stopping by! i pour much of my heart and soul into this blog – it means so much when people appreciate it! THANK YOU. 🙂

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  7. Conor Bofin September 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi Audrey, Lovely blog. I admire the candid photos of you photographing the food. So far, I have kept behind the camera entirely.
    Best,
    Conor

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    • cooking with audrey September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      hi conor, thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting! i don’t normally let people see me on “the other side” — but when you have practically famous photographer friends wanting to do their own blog about YOU, ya kind of have to let them 🙂 plus, i’m learning that vulnerability can be beautiful… stepping out of the box and out of our comfort zones can be good for us…

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  8. theangeldiaries September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I love your blog, Audrey. I found you when you “liked” my post. I’m an obsessive foodie also, and there’s no place I’m happier than in the kitchen!

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    • cooking with audrey September 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      thank you so much for the comment! i feel more comfortable in the kitchen with each passing day. i love to feed people!!!

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  9. auntdel September 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    wish you would come here and spend a week or month or more in the kitchen with me…..old family recipes to share and make healthier and lots of life to discuss and share. miss you sweet girl!

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    • cooking with audrey September 27, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      auntdel! i miss you so much and i appreciate you taking time to write a little something and to read the blog! it means so much to me!! it is definitely on my MUST DO list to come for a nice long visit! i have so many babies to fotograph!! hehe. xxoo

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      • auntdel November 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

        Everyone will be here for Christmas/New Year! come and stay a while!!!!

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  10. The Healthy Flavor October 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    So glad to have found your blog! Love the pictures!

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  11. naturaleuphoria November 27, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Hi Audrey – Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Your blog looks great. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  12. BreOfficialBlog January 23, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Hello Hellos Audrey, Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking and your kind comments : ). I appreciate your time in doing so. Have a safe and wonderful week. God Bless

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    • cooking with audrey January 23, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      hey thank YOU! looking forward to following your fun-ness! 🙂 have a wonderful week as well, thank you for stopping by!

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  13. suzannadoll January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Thank you for the visit Audrey! Your blog is beautiful.

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  14. Lady Yoga January 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Beautiful blog. I love your theme days. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking a post. I look forward to reading more.

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    • cooking with audrey January 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      hi sweet lady yoga. thank you for stopping by and for taking time to leave such a kind comment! and thank you for appreciating 🙂 – it’s always a wonderful thing. june 29th – so you’re a cancer… what are you looking forward to most this coming year?!

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      • Lady Yoga February 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

        Great question. Well, as my blog suggests, I’m turning 40 this year. For some odd reason, I feel like something dramatic is going to happen in the short time between now and June. I’m not sure what and am open to whatever the “universe” has in store for me. I feel like whatever it is, it’s going to “shake up” my life in a good way. Likely to affect my career, which state or country I live in, my love life, etc. Got my fingers crossed.

        What sign are you? 🙂

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      • cooking with audrey February 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

        i’m a scorpio/sagittarius cusp and am cancer rising. there is a lot of amazing stuff happening on an astrological level and so you’re “feeling” is right on! i look forward to following you and seeing whatever it is unfold. i’m much feeling the same way about my career… i believe this is the year when it all takes a huge turn. the key is – we must remain open 🙂 so glad i found you!

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      • Lady Yoga February 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

        Oh, cool!
        I’m glad we found each other too.
        We sound very like minded.

        What an exciting journey in store for us both! I’ll enjoy getting glimpses into yours as well.

        Here’s to being open! 🙂

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  15. organicvirgo February 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Enjoy your new VitaMix. I love mine and have had it forever now, 10+ years. I’ll be sure to post one of my favorite juice recipes in the VitaMix soon!

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    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      it’s so great to hear that! the overall testimony is that they last forever and everyone who has one loves it so that was a huge selling point for me. plus, it’s its own dishwasher – my favourite part 😉 thanks for stopping by, i look forward to sharing recipes!

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  16. Stash February 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    thanks for liking my post, but I should mention that the salad contains honey, not exactly the most appropriate thing for vegans. (as with most of my recipes, omitting one or two things makes it vegan, so it’s not all bad.)

    nice space you have here. the photography is stunning.

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    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      hi there. thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment!
      listen, i don’t subscribe to anything that puts me in a categorized box. i live based on “feeling” and if i feel the need to eat mostly vegan, i do. however, i’m a huge proponent for HEALTH and i refuse to cut something out of my diet just because it’s not “vegan” or whatever… i enjoy honey a LOT, it’s loaded with health benefits. and i respect and admire the bees.
      i don’t eat vegan because of animal rights, i eat mostly vegan because i FEEL best when i do. 🙂 just wanted to clarify.

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      • Stash February 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

        that’s cool with me, Audrey. 🙂

        there was a photo scandal a while back where someone discovered that a blog (or maybe it was a website … I don’t quite recall which) that used meat in its photos, which were purportedly of vegetarian and/or vegan dishes. I realize it’s a sensitive subject for some people, which is why I am exceptionally careful about tagging posts appropriately (why for instance, why the post you “liked” is tagged vegetarian and not vegan, if that makes any sense). I just wanted to be honest.

        anyway, I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

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      • cooking with audrey February 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

        i respect and appreciate your honesty, “stash” 🙂 for real, it’s refreshing and i fully understand the gray area in anything with controversy or delicate properties such as veganism or the like. food is extremely personal. part of why i started my blog was to kind of “break the mold” if you will – get people thinking outside of the box… the key is to listen to yourself, to your body and what it tells you. i may not eat “vegan” forever, but for right now, it is what i feel serves my being best. everything i cook and fotograph is completely REAL and untouched and i don’t even stylize, because it just doesn’t feel as authentic to me… i digress 🙂 thanks again!

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  17. Moira March 31, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Thank you for liking my Kids Kale Smoothie! I love your attitude and approach to living. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    • cooking with audrey March 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      hey moira! thank you so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment! i hope you continue to enjoy the blog!

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  18. celestedimilla June 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Hey there Audrey! You liked a post on my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi.” I’m so glad I did – your blog is wonderful! We also have a lot of things in common. I love that you’re into meditation – maybe you can inspire me with that one. I’ve been attempting to develop a daily meditation practice, but I keep letting life get in the way. People who meditate are so pleasant to be around – they just have good vibes. I know one day I’ll become one of them, but I’m not there yet. Celeste 🙂

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    • cooking with audrey June 13, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      hi celeste! i like your name. thank you for taking time to stop by food and foto and for writing such a nice comment! i was vegan for a few months not long ago, but found it very hard on my body… however i fully support and eat a mostly plant-based diet. i have been doing meditation and yoga for about a 2 years now. i started with yoga and then slipped into a meditation practice easily… it’s really just about being aware of your breath. there are no rules, there is no “level” you need to reach, for me it was simply about breathing and awareness. i admit that i haven’t been meditating as much lately the way i used to, but i find that i can be in a meditative type state in other ways, now…
      my advice to you is to KISS – KEEP IT SERIOUSLY SIMPLE 🙂 that’s my philosophy on everything. find a place in nature or in your home that you can designate for meditation and clearing. try to keep that space sacred. the key is to be able to find your own presence among life’s many energies constantly bombarding us. so just sit and breathe. try it for 5 minutes a day for a week. you probably won’t be able to turn off your thoughts immediately, so go easy on yourself. we can ALL take 5 minutes a day. start there. just sit comfortably and breathe.
      i wish you well and look forward to following your blog.

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  19. The Palladian Traveler June 13, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    Chefographer. I like that, a lot!

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    • cooking with audrey June 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      hey there, thanks so much for commenting. and for appreciating my attempt at originality 🙂 have a great day!

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  20. mrlesco June 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Really enjoying your work, Audrey! Would you be interested in doing a featured post for one another? My blog is mostly photography as well. I specialise in nature photography and natural light. I’d love to even take our most popular posts and re-blogging for each other for some extra insight and traffic!

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  21. bhavani June 25, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    really nice blog. so glad you stopped by mine and thus came across you… love the photographs. i dont get such good shots of food… and i do want to get good ones 😀 😀 clicking on your food photography links right now…

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    • cooking with audrey March 4, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      i’m WAY late on responding here – forgive me 🙂 but hope you enjoyed what you saw. thank you for the kind comment!

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  22. wedgeintheround July 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! Excellent blog/site.

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    • cooking with audrey July 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      hey thank you! i know a certified cheese monger… pretty amazing stuff. and same to you about your blog! love the simplicity!

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  23. Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café August 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Very impressed that you drink Rooibos Tea (it’s from my birth part of the world), didn’t realize it’s freely available in your part of the world – Great stuff!

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    • cooking with audrey August 2, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      hi jean-jacques! thanks for stopping by and reading a little about me and food & foto! rooibos tea is my favourite!! i have a great little spot in my neighbourhood that sells over 100 kinds of world teas and i try a new one at least once a week. but i always go back to rooibos, it’s just so comforting in so many ways and there are lots of varieties!! 🙂

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  24. Chocolate Covered Race Medals August 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I am SO glad I just stumbled upon your blog! I just started my own and am absolutely atrocious at taking food pictures. From what I’ve seen you are an inspiration for that without a doubt! And I must say, I love your interests! I will definitely be following, also from the beautiful CO!

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  25. ensalades September 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    It seems that we have a few things in common 🙂 Your cat is so cute !! Have a lovely week-end!

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    • cooking with audrey September 24, 2013 at 12:59 am #

      😉 thank you, and you have a lovely day as well! look forward to exploring…

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  26. Merilee October 28, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    I think we’re supposed to be friends. I have a feeling…

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  27. Mike Pratt January 29, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I’m happy that you did because I can now check out yours too! Food + Photography? Perfect combination!

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    • cooking with audrey January 29, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      hey mike, thank you so much for the comment! isn’t wordpress great?! thanks for stopping by and taking time to browse. i look forward to following you!

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  28. yvettemahon February 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi Audrey! Thank you so much for following my blog. I hope you will enjoy what I post and try the recipes. Yvette

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  29. carlie February 28, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Love love love ur blog

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  30. pitiross March 11, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Hi Audrey! Thanks for liking my post/passing at my blog. I also have a blog on food. Your recipes and the photos are mouthwatering, yummy!!!

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  31. healthandfitnessbyxtine March 11, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! 🙂 Irish, are ya? 😉 North or South? 😄

    It’s great to see another food blog with some fabulous photos! They look divine! I look forward to seeing more! 🙂

    Slainte!

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    • cooking with audrey March 11, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      i’m about 1/4 scotts-irish, from my grandpa 🙂 german and english, as well. i was definitely 100% irish in a previous life and i just LOVE the term “slainte”, for it’s simple meaning and the fun way it rolls off the tongue 😉

      have a great day! i look forward to following you, as well!

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  32. Erin Anderson - Knotty Owl Art Company March 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    very cool, I love the foto’s!

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  33. Lori March 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    I love your name, and I especially love “Nom Nom + Click Click”! So fun!

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    • cooking with audrey March 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      hey Lori, thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment. i try to keep it light and fun here at food & foto… thank you for appreciating and for the follow! 😀

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  34. absengeralois March 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    ….ein fruehlingshaftes Laecheln im Gesicht wuenscht dir Alois.
    Kind regards from Austria-Suedsteiermark

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  35. Moira March 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Audrey, Thanks for liking my mashed cauliflower recipe and for visiting my site!

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    • cooking with audrey March 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      i love cauliflower any way i can get it! have you ever tried romanesco? you can read about it on my blog, i’m kind of obsessed with it! 😉

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  36. Bill Jones, Jr. April 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    “Foodographer.” That’s awesome. 🙂

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  37. apsara April 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Audrey, thanks for liking a post in my blog, it led me to your lovely blog! Lots to learn from here, and I look forward to your posts…

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    • cooking with audrey April 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      hi there, thanks so much for the kind comment and for stopping by! hope you enjoy the future posts… 😉

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  38. Serena April 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi Audrey! Thank you for stopping by. I like your blog and your photography! Nice work! 🙂

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  39. caraltalks April 10, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    Thanks Audrey for follwing my blog at caral.it. I am happy to share with you the things that move my emotions and inspire my work. I am also thrilled to discover more about your wonderful recipes.
    Bye
    Carlo

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  40. Cheli April 11, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    I am in love with your blog! Ok wait, that sounds a little creepy. haha But seriously, I just spent the last hour scrolling through all your post and can’t stop. I love your food photo’s and I’m excited to try some of your recipes in my Vitamix. And I love your tiny house. I came across your blog when I did a tiny house search because I just came across the movement about a month ago and now I’m obsessed with downsizing and building my very own tiny house. I look forward to more post from you in the future, keep up the good work. 🙂

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  41. paddickvanzyl April 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi Audrey

    Love your blog, I also support your philosophy
    “i do not believe in diets. i do not believe in eating food you cannot pronounce. ”

    I luv cooking and am the resident chef in our home

    Looking forward to your posts

    Stay blessed

    Paddick & Roelien Van Zyl & Fam ZA

    Paddickvanzyl.wordpress
    Coramdeoministriesint.wordpress
    Fb.com/Paddick.vanzyl
    @PaddickZ

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    • cooking with audrey April 23, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      hi paddick – thank you for that very thoughtful comment! i appreciate you taking time to browse around my site and find something that resonates with you! i am my own resident chef, as well 😉
      take care and hope to see you around here again!

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  42. yvettemahon April 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you accept this award, just follow this link:
    http://yvettesgourmetkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/my-nomination-for-the-versatile-blogger-award/

    It’s a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers.

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  43. designandrea May 2, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Just found you (new to this blog thing), but sounds like I’ll be seeing you quite often! Great blog, amazing pictures! 🙂

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  44. Hattie Wilcox September 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    And, Audrey, you can write! Food and photography and good writing from the heart, what more could I want? I’m following! Thanks for being here.

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    • cooking with audrey September 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      thank you so much, hattie!
      that is one of the best compliments i could receive, as i pour my heart and soul into this blog. thank you for the love and for the follow! ❤

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  45. Kate December 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Audge! I haven’t talked to you in forever and I miss you! Would you text or call me so we can catch up? I’m getting married in April and would love you to be there, and also see if you would maybe want to be my photog? Please get in touch with me!

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  46. Sandrine June 22, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Hi Audrey, thanks for stopping by and following. Nice photogrpahy too. I am looking forward to reading your updates too. best, Sandrine

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  47. Travel Spirit July 2, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    I love your “beliefs”! ~Sherry

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  48. Lynz Real Cooking August 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Very nice and very real! I love it!

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  49. BRENDA BENOIT November 2, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    I love that you are a light chaser! So am I:-)

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  50. weebluemixer February 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    Just found your blog and love that you are into organic methods and supporting local farmers. I try to do the same, buying local or Scottish produce such as Milk, cheese, butter in order to support Scottish farmers. We live ( and hubbie works) on an organic veg farm so we gets lots of lovely organic veg. Any veg I can’t get I try to buy organic or Scottish. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I’m quite new to not only blogging, but cooking and baking so i’m always looking for new, tasty and simple recipes.

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  51. Tasty Recipes March 2, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    What a wonderful blog and pics! I love your spirit, your freedom, so inspiring ^^ I was looking for a recipe and I found an entire universe! So glad I found you, keep up the good work!
    Stefania

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    • cooking with audrey March 4, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      hey there Stefania – thank you got stopping by and for taking time to weite such a nice comment! truly those words mean a lot to me! snoop around, there’s lots to see here! 😉

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  52. Mary April 17, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Thanks Audrey for your friendship and talents. Thank you for your support and fabulous pics for my new business.

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