Keely Marie Scott » Travel photography & design with a little taste of Texas

Day One. . .

Today was day ONE here in the Philippines!

We started out with a visit to our Country office!

Compassion Philippines Office

Our Country offices NEVER cease to amaze me.

The whole process, the staff, the organization. . . amazing!

Compassion International Philippines

Compassion International Philippines Letter Writing
Compassion International Philippines Prayer

Before leaving the sweet staff prayed over us and over this week.

See what I mean?

 

Now let me just say this afternoon was a blast!

My absolute favorite part of going on trips is getting to introduce a sponsor child to their sponsor!

We spent the day hanging out and playing with the kids at the zoo

aka

The Fun Ranch

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines with Sponsor children

So meet our bloggers and their sweet sponsor kids!

Be sure to check out their stories from today!

 

Meet Kat and MariCor

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines Kat

Stephanie and John Mark

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines Stephanie

Tsh and Denise

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines Tsh

Lindsey and Angel

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines Lindsey

and Emily and Stacey

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines Emily

As Patricia said, ” You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a zoo in a developing country”

And I must agree.

Compassion International Bloggers Philippines
Compassion International Bloggers Philippines
Philippines hamsters at the zoo

Whatch’all lookin at Shauners??? ( and owl)

Shaun Groves Owl

Ohh Why yes, that is an orangutan takin a photo with me

and her name is Jenny

and she was dressed and wearing crocs.

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June 1, 2011 - 11:28 pm

Caitlin S. - Keely, I think you may have one of the best jobs in the world! (Can I be your assistant, please, oh please?!)

I have been following the blogs for a while now, and one of my favorite parts of all the blogs is always your photography. I just love the pictures of the sponsors interacting with their kids at the zoo.

Thanks!

May 31, 2011 - 3:56 am

Nics Cahill - I just dropped by from Emily’s Chatting at the Sky, I love your pictures, and how to capture the atmosphere in your shots. Have a great day. Nics

May 31, 2011 - 3:54 am

Nics Cahill - Keely, I have just dropped by your blog from Emily’s Chatting at the Sky. I love your photographs. I too am a photographer, and your shots are brilliant, so atmospheric. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

I love the pics of the cowboy boots in Texas, makes me want to go there right now. Thank you for posting them, they made me smile.

May 30, 2011 - 4:32 pm

oh amanda - Love it all! Thank you for capturing the trip with your camera! :)

Praying for you this week!

a

May 30, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Kristen - I love love love this post, girl. And you.

May 30, 2011 - 11:27 am

Steve Jones - The pic of the staff praying for you all is priceless. Just a beautiful image. Thank you for being so good at what you do, no matter how tired you are.

May 30, 2011 - 10:26 am

Roberta - Just so amazing that you are able to witness and capture the bloggers/sponsors with their sponsored children and families. Loved the peak at the bin of letters in the offices…another reminder for me to get off my duff and write to my kids. Oh boy…right after I finish reading the blog posts 😉 Looking forward to the entire week with Compassion in the Philippines. Fondly, Roberta

May 30, 2011 - 9:44 am

Susan - Awesome shots, Keely! Thank you for giving us a visual reminder of what Compassion is doing in Jesus’ name! Can hardly wait for more!
Susan @LilbearMe

May 30, 2011 - 8:52 am

Joelle - Keely, Just *love* the pictures! You capture the spirit of the people on this trip so beautifully. Thank you for using your gift in this way and for sharing it with us. Praying for you from Florida. -Joelle (@goldenchances)

Compassion Bloggers. . .

The Compassion Bloggers are off again!

Tomorrow I get on a plane and fly:

Nashville

Dallas

LAX

Tokyo

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

** yes I realize my map is not “travel accurate”**

 

So excited about this trip for multiple reasons!

1. I have never been to the Philippines and I am SO looking forward to meeting our staff there AND seeing our kiddos there!!

2. Sharing photos with you!

3. I am SO READY to meet these ladies!!!
Be sure to follow our blogs and twitters!!

See you Sunday from the Philippines!!

Nashville to Round Top

We have arrived. . .

And Last night we danced the night away at

The Junk O Rama PROM with the Junk Gypsy Crew!

A few pics. . .

 

Thanks Jolie, Amiee and Mom!

May 26, 2011 - 10:07 am

keelymariescott - test

May 26, 2011 - 10:06 am

kyle - test

April 7, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Suzanne Sexton - Keely,
So great to see you at prom! We had a great time as always- the weather was perfect- the smiles even better! Your photos are always amazing—Keep up the great work!!!!
And- I’ve dug out my old maroon & white bowling ball bag- am cleaning it up and adding new handles…for a one of a kind purse! Thanks to you!!!!!!!!!

Treats,
Suzanne

April 7, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Suzanne @Rusted Gingham - Keely,
So great to see you at prom! We had a great time as always- the weather was perfect- the smiles even better! Your photos are always amazing—Keep up the great work!!!!
And- I’ve dug out my old maroon & white bowling ball bag- am cleaning it up and adding new handles…for a one of a kind purse! Thanks to you!!!!!!!!!

Treats,
Suzanne

April 7, 2011 - 11:43 am

Beverly Wladkowski - Love the photos! This was my first time at the prom this year and it was fabulous. I’ve been designing jewelry for the gypsies for about 2 years now and have been enjoying ur photos along the way. :)

April 2, 2011 - 5:46 am

jolie sikes - keeeeeeeeely!!!!!! soooo great to see you and meet the NaSHViLLE girls! thanks soooo much for the great pics and great time! one of these days, we gotta hang when thangs aren’t so crazzzzzzzy!!!!
it was a beautifully magical night! BeST ProM EVERRRRR!!!!!!
XOXOXOXXO!
jolie sikes

April 2, 2011 - 5:46 am

jolie sikes - keeeeeeeeely!!!!!! soooo great to see you and meet the NaSHViLLE girls! thanks soooo much for the great pics and great time! one of these days, we gotta hang when thangs aren’t so crazzzzzzzy!!!!
it was a beautifully magical night! BeST ProM EVERRRRR!!!!!!
XOXOXOXXO!
jolie sikes

April 1, 2011 - 11:33 am

Jagette - Looks like you are already having a good time.

Wish I could be there to enjoy some of the fun!

April 1, 2011 - 7:31 am

Kara - I love it when you blog. This looks like so much fun! Let me know when you get back in town, so we can do this thing. I’ll cook, you just show up!

Is it the 30th yet??

I know I know! I still have this week to go before the 30th but I am so excited for next week. . .

Next week I am off to Texas for the big ROUND TOP, TEXAS Antique Show!

If you have been here for a while you’ve probably read about it here and here Oh and seen some pics here.

Well, I am writing a week in advance to say. . .

Dear Texas Friends,

If you live nearby . . .

Get Thee To The Cow Pastures filled with goods THIS WEEK!

xoxo,

k

Vendors are setting up and some of the show is already in full swing.

I am coming in next week in time for. . .

Marburger Farms

To walk the fields of Warrenton and dance the night away at Zapp Hall with my friends the Junk Gypsy’s ! Thursday night at The Junk-O-Rama Prom is the place to be!!

 

Let

the

Countdown

BEGIN!!

September 8, 2012 - 8:05 am

Tara - LOVE this post!! We are sooo excited for the fall show! I shared your post on our facebook wall. Come by the office and say hi when you are at the show!!

March 21, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Jagette - I enjoy your pictures so much. What memories you have pulled back today. I never made it to Round Top but did enjoy visiting a lot of Austin, San Antonio, Galveston and of course Houston were we lived.

A Sing-Off. . .

Earlier this month I received an email from my friend Patricia ( and her girls) that said. . .

Keely,
Check it out.  We taught our dog to sing…
Grace put this video together for you to prove that Levi rocks.  Check it out.

Patricia

 

 

So we checked it out. . .

Willis even sang along. . .

 

please excuse the iphone photo but it was a "too cute & worth it" moment.

And then we politely responded to their email:

Girls + Levi. . .

I watched and Willis came running over…
Competitive much??
A sing-off might occur.

ALL

THAT

TO

SAY

LEVI GET READY!!! WILLIS IS A COMIN

xoxo
keely & willis

 

And so today we sent over this little video.

 

Although Levi may “rock” Willis is not afraid to belt out a lil Ethel Merman. . .

 

What do you think?

February 24, 2011 - 9:19 am

Keely Marie Scott - Levi. . . Willis is excited for the next challenge =)
and Lindsey I am sure we can find SOMETHING Molly is good at. Maybe we could teach her to do the debutante bow.

February 23, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Cassie Kebler - sooooooo funny. yay willis!

February 23, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Patricia - Levi is now preparing for his next song. It’s crazy.

February 23, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Lindsey Nobles - feeling a little insecure about Molly’s apparent lack of talent. don’t judge me…or my dog.

Mushroom and Black Garlic Risotto

I know what you are thinking. . .

Is this a recipe I see? Did Keely actually cook? Am I at the wrong blog?

Well folks believe it. One of my 2011 goals is to start becoming bff’s with my kitchen.

I have done lil things here and there this first month of 2011, but thought I needed to share a winner.

I was at Whole Foods the other day

Sidenote:

seriously I love the staff there.

Okay sooo

I found myself talking with the checkout girl about garlic. . . Our LOVE for garlic, uses for garlic, LOVE for garlic, cooking with garlic, LOVE for garlic, How we eat our garlic, LOVE for garlic.

When she excitedly says

“WAIT! I will be right back, I need to give you something”. . .

She returned with a little cute black package of goodness

BLACK GARLIC

she said nothing else but the words ” TRUST ME”

I came home went to the Black Garlic site to look up the following

a. what is this?

b. who makes this?

c. what to do with this?

I landed on the Mushroom and Black Garlic Risotto Recipe and added it to my MUST COOK SOON OR ELSE list.

Yesterday I was telling my fellow Risotto loving friend Jill about it and who could resist a friend that wants a low key Super Bowl Hang that includes cooking with you in your kitchen.

So over came the Jilly and instead of feasting on pizza, chips, dips, cookies galore. . .

Gabe, Jill and I had this delish meal.

And via twitter / facebook I see that I have some interested friends so Here is the recipe! You can find more on the Black Garlic site.

Also I tweeked the measurements a bit. . .

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1.3 litres of vegetable stock
  • 125g butter ( I STICK OF BUTTER I used Smart Balance)
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion – very finely chopped
  • 4 peeled cloves of black garlic – finely sliced.
  • 400g risotto rice (Arborio or Carnoli) ( I used Arborio)
  • 1 small glass of white wine
  • 225g fresh mushrooms – sliced
  • 25g Parmesan cheese – freshly grated ( 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • 50g mascarpone cheese ( 2 tbsp)
  • Freshly chopped parsley – optional
  • Truffle oil – optional
  • Salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pan heat the stock until it reaches simmering point.
  2. Prepare the mushroom base. Melt 50g ( 1/2 stick) of butter in a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and some salt and pepper. Heat slowly until the mushrooms are cooked.
  3. Heat 50 g ( 1/2 stick) butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan. Add the finely chopped onion and sweat until soft and translucent. Now add the black garlic. Mix the black garlic into the onion mixture.
  4. Now add the rice and stir until well coated. Pour in the glass of white wine. Allow it to reduce until there is no liquid in the pan. Stir continuously.
  5. Add a ladleful of vegetable stock, stirring continuously. As soon as the liquid is absorbed add another ladleful of stock and continue this until the rice is cooked. Stir continuously.
  6. The rice should be slightly ‘al dente’ but soft and loose. When you are happy with the consistency, stir in the mushroom mixture and the pan juices.
  7. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, 25g of butter ( I didn’t do this) and 30 – 50g ( 2 tbsp) of mascarpone cheese
  8. Season to taste with salt and black pepper

Serving suggestion – Stir in some freshly chopped parsley and drizzle with a little truffle oil. ( highly recommend the truffle oil! yummmm!)

It was SO a hit! Now if only I could get this little guy to do the dishes. Cooking REALLY would be enjoyable!

February 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

whittakerwoman - WHO ARE YOU! I’m loving the food blog. :)

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