Aaah, the first of my spring break 2015 images. I photographed this beach landscape on our 3rd day on Padre Island off Corpus Christi. It rained the first two days which made it less than fun…but the soft, foggy, clouds-in-the-distance, waves for a mile on day 3 more than made up for it. Print & […]

Almost every cookware company makes something they call an Everyday Pan, and I even have a few. All-Clad, Calphalon, Pampered Chef. But you know what? Hooey. Stainless is fine unless you’re sauteing peppers, which ALWAYS BURN. Non-Stick is fine unless you want a really nice sear. Enter my most favorite pan of all, which was […]

  • Barb Noland Hogan - I LOVE my cast iron skillets and I always use soap on them. They’re perfection, especially the one that I found in my mother in law’s basement years ago. It belonged to my husband’s grandma. It was super nasty, but I cleaned it up and seasoned it well and it’s heavenly. It’s nicer than my newer Lodge ones. It’s probably 90 years old!ReplyCancel

  • Cari Coe Skuse - I love my Lodge pans! I have 3 (regular skillet, grill, and crepe pan), plus my cast iron wok and dutch oven. Use them all the time. The only one that was a BIG pain to clean was the grill pan, but then I found that Lodge sells a set of scrapers that fits in the ridges to get them clean.
    I also use soap on mine and as long as I keep oiling it, it’s fine. I was using olive oil too, but someone told me that you should use vegetable oil because the olive oil will spoil and I did notice mine started to stink if it sat for a little while, so I switched back to vegetable oil.ReplyCancel

We spent 6+ hours in the car yesterday driving to & from Texas A&M University for Aidan to play in a rugby tournament. If you follow me on Instagram, I wasn’t kidding when I said we’ve spend 90% of our quality family time in our 2005 Chevy Avalanche commuting to sporting events. Good times, good […]

  • Lisa Jurisic Cole - I personally love the olive.ReplyCancel

  • Katerina Vodrazkova - Love the one in color.ReplyCancel

The bacon deviled eggs I made for Easter. Recipe here. Sorry I haven’t shared a meal plan in awhile. We are in FULL ON Spring sports mode which means if I’m not working, sleeping, or crying over Ava’s 3rd grade math homework…I’m driving one or both of my kids somewhere. Our schedule: Monday – Soccer […]

  • Michele BL Catino - Anyone else? Uh, yup, 2000 RAV4 still being driven…kinda like my dog that is 18 and still wanting to be fed…:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Willis Dillow - We used to put about 7000 miles a year on our new van (which is a 2006)(and yes, I still think of it as the new car) but these last two years we’ve had assignments that put us in places where the things we do aren’t close to the place we live, and that translates to 16,000 or so miles a year. GAH. I drove 1081 miles the two weeks Matt was out of the country in March. Gymnastics is like spring sports mode all year round for us!ReplyCancel

Dear Messrs. Dolce and Gabbana, I read your comments in Panorama Magazine with interest. You see, we have one of those “…chemical children, synthetic babies.” I know your comments were wrapped in other opinions – which I also disagree with, but have no personal experience. I’m not going to chastise or wag my ever-powerful Mom […]

  • Shelby - beautiful and so very well written!! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia | ImagesByCW - Beautifully said! I have no idea what D&G published, but I don’t need to, because clearly they were wrong. Ava appears to be a wonderful, perfectly imperfect (I mean, who is or really wants to be perfectly perfect?! ;)) young lady. I wish we had been as blessed, lucky, successful in IVF…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Zielske - You GO mama!ReplyCancel

  • Sabreena Konsdorf - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Noland Hogan - Beautifully said!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Pierce Young - Oh how the world adores you AVA! Lisa! This post made me start my day with tears!! But sweet ones! She’s something else that girl!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Frear Connelly - I am sitting here blubbering at work! Perfect must come from Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Susanne Helmert - <3ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Koslowsky Adams - Ditto! Awesome letter!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Templin - I loved reading this because my story is almost the same. My daughter was conceived via IVF. I remember all the shots, waking up in the middle of the night for that one last shot to be done at a certain time. I remember the huge bag of drugs on the dining room table, for there was no place else to put it all. We had to go through that hell for three different months before it “took hold.” After that, my pregnancy was completely normal.
    I don’t know either what D&G published, I only know that we just needed a bit more help from medical science to create our daughter. We’ve never told our daughter about it, I guess we have almost forgotten about it, she’s been here for 19 years and life is normal now.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - There are so many IVF miracles out there! We’ve told Ava her ‘story’ from the start – I kept journals that she can read once she’s old enough to decipher my handwriting – lol!ReplyCancel

  • Latrice Gray Murphy - Fellow IVF mom and I agree so much. Great post. Glad you got your babies. BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lymperis Bergeron - Congratulations on your beautiful children. My two daughters were also produced by infertility drugs. Unfortunately there are not enough people in this world that understand what we are parents go through to become a parent. Your exactly right our children are not a synthetic or built by chemicals but they are built by all of our love and support.ReplyCancel

  • Shaun Olin McPherson - I’ve been a very good friend of Cathy for years Since we were 12…. Beautiful storyReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Beautifully written, Lisa!

    I had pre-ordered something from them for the upcoming season. I believe I’ll return it when it arrives now.


    • Lisa - You’re so sweet, Carrie! I truly wish them no ill will, I just wish they could meet someone like Ava as I’m certain they might reconsider their stance. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jules M - Beautifully said. So blessed to have the wonderful family that you do.ReplyCancel

They say if you love what you do it isn’t really work. It’s true. Shush now, I’m NOT just saying that. I swear, if I could work 24×7 to edit the backlog of images I’ve shot I would be a happy, happy gal. My other love is typography and my brain spins constantly with ideas […]

I have some good things to share, but…oof…let me drag ye olde SOAPBOX out of the closet (heh, pun fully intended) so I can heft myself atop it with my mighty megaphone. Last week a colleague pointed out a fellow “photographer” who apparently decided: “Let’s see what Lisa has in her shop and copy it.” […]

In case you missed my post on Facebook: This is my Mom’s beloved dog Bleu. She is the sweetest, most loving dog I’ve ever met. When my Mom first rescued her she was a hyper mess, but after years of love and training she’s calm, happy and perfect. She adores my children and I contemplate […]

  • Mom - This was the scariest thing I ever went thru, except the time you drank the cough syrup!!!!
    I wish I could keep the kids here in NY so Bleu would be happier, she was so sad when you left.
    Thankfully, just like you, she has recovered and can catch her dog bones again.ReplyCancel