It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame for being so forgetful that we have a teething puppy in the house. I know this.

But sometimes I’m exhausted at the end of the day and when I plop myself on to the couch to exhale in rest relief, I just drop my flip flops by my side. Without thinking, I’ll then drag my body to bed  and leave the shoes where they landed: about 3 feet from a snoring puppy. If you’ve ever seen a snoring puppy curled up on a puffy doggie bed, you’ll know this sweet sight is one of those moments that is worth an Instagram. I’m always overcome with cuteness scenes.

Then sometime before 6 am, I hear a “plop” in the living room. This sound is not so cute.

My first muddled thought is that a puppy has woken up and she’s about the terrorize the house. But my body tells me to just ignore it and pretend I never heard it. I roll over to Todd and whisper “Your dog is awake”.

You see, when Lexi is a bad girl, I call her “his dog”. It’s one of those stages of denial that I go through when I don’t want to admit that I’m the Mommy of a bad kid, and in this case, a crazy puppy. So what better way to cope with these failures and denials then by blaming the dog on Todd. “Our puppy” happens when she’s good and in this case, sleeping.

Another “plop” and the thump, thump, thump sound of puppy feet echo down the hall way. I know what’s happening. I know she has my shoes. But I don’t care, I just want to sleep.

By the time I hear puppy growling, I know that my shoes are dead. Lexi won the battle. The shoes have no chance against the sharp, needle-like teeth of a rhodesian ridgeback pup. They are, after all, brave lion hunters in Africa. So it seems appropriate that she’s exerting her hunting instincts against my helpless shoes.

It’s 6:15 am and I’m already hoping that REI has another pair in my size. Black in color and size 8 1/2, to be exact.

Now it’s 6:30 am and I’m suddenly feeling a rush of adrenaline because I’m letting a 5 month old puppy defeat me and my precious Teva flip flops. I jump up with a simultaneous, firm shout “No Lexi!”. My tired feet barely catch up to my legs as I zip down the hall to the guilty party. And there I find puppy Lexi staring at me with her tail flipping back and forth like a wind shield wiper.

And there I find my shoes and think out loud———oh wait! These flip flops are still wearable!!

Back to bed I go to indulge in another 30 minutes of sleep. This time, I take my shoes to bed with me.

I shall overcome.

Have a great weekend everyone,

diane

 

 

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On Turning 40 and Celebrating Happy Finds (Bakerella Cake Pop Holidays Video)

by White on Rice Couple October 25, 2012
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I turned 40 years old this month. Gosh, that feels like such a significant number when heard in the context of “over the hill”. In my teens, the big 40 felt like such a far distance away. I had my vision of where I wanted my life to go and what I’d be doing. The […]

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I made an iphone video and so can you.

by White on Rice Couple September 28, 2012
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“Making videos are so hard. I want to save memories of my kids and family on video, but I can’t do it”. “I don’t have the money to invest in expensive camera and editing equipment to make videos. “ “I wish I was more technical and more creative to make good videos”. “There’s only one […]

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It’s like giving birth, they say. Sharing news of our very own cookbook.

by White on Rice Couple September 16, 2012
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Update: Our cookbook, Bountiful, is now available for pre-order on Amazon here. It’s our 300 page baby with over 100 fruit and vegetable inspired recipes. You can blame our garden for that. And also, some puppy pictures because our work would never complete without Sierra and Lexi! Hello Friends. We’ve said this many times in […]

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My, How Puppies Grow!

by White on Rice Couple September 14, 2012
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It’s hard to believe it was just over a month ago we brought our little Lexi home. My, oh my.  How quickly things change. There is the obvious change, Lexi is a weed. Every day she gets noticeably bigger and we have begun counting the days until when we’ll no longer be able to pick […]

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Labor of Love. Have a great weekend everyone.

by White on Rice Couple August 31, 2012
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Pinch me to remind me that this weekend has finally arrived. Summer is officially ending on the calender, but by looking at all the wonderful produce around me, Summer still wants to hang around for a few more weeks. I’m still loving the tomatoes that keep ripening on the vines and oh our watermelons are […]

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iphone love: Snapseed photo app and puppy pictures

by White on Rice Couple August 16, 2012
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Warning: this post is part proud puppy papa wanting to show everyone pictures of his new baby girl, and part iphoneography geek sharing. – Todd Over the last couple years, like thousands of people, both Diane and I have grown to love photographing with our iphones. But between the two of us, she is the […]

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Meet our new joy! Baby girl puppy Lexi “Peanut” !!

by White on Rice Couple August 7, 2012
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Lexi says “Hello Friends!!!”. She’s probably going to be a little confused at all this blogging world, but hopefully you all can re-assure here that you’re all a group of super nice folks who will welcome her to the blog with open arms! Meet Lexi, our itsy-bity-tiny cute-sy Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, aka “Peanut”. Her nickname […]

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Three cities through our iPhones & favorite editing apps

by White on Rice Couple June 17, 2012
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Our bags are unpacked for a bit, laundry is almost caught up on and we’re happy to be back to Sierra and her garden bubbles. You know your pup missed you when they don’t want to leave your side, even when you’re in the shower! Though we were away from Sierra, she was certainly mentioned […]

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Video: Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan of The Slanted Door

by White on Rice Couple May 23, 2012
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To be able to work with people who love what they do is why we always feel so lucky to be doing what we do. Being able to photograph and film someone immersed in their work is truly inspiring. Chef Charles Phan is the perfect example of dedication, passion and love of one’s craft. So […]

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Strawberries and Cream Video – An unwritten recipe

by White on Rice Couple May 3, 2012
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Some dishes don’t require a written recipe. Many home cooks we know grew up cooking without the guidance of the written word. Their kitchen lessons and “recipes” were passed down from generation to generation by watching, touching, tasting, testing and cooking from the heart. Do you know of anyone who cooks like this? We know […]

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Video- Eggs Poached & appreciating life details

by White on Rice Couple April 29, 2012
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** At the request of those who have seen it, we’re finally sharing this private poached egg video we produced back in December 2011. We’ve only shared it at our Cuba photo night event, KitchenAid Luncheon and Food Blog Forum Orlando. Hope you enjoy it! It’s the little details in life that always fascinate us. […]

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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe and Food & Wine Festival Ixtapa/Zihua, Mexico

by White on Rice Couple April 19, 2012
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Mexican breakfasts are something we love to treat ourselves to on occasion and we always consider it such a treat. The flavor, textures and exciting spices of a plate of chilaquiles or breakfast tacos is a champion breakfast that fuels us for the long days. And when we have the opportunity to feast on such […]

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Minted Sangria Recipe from our Food Photography , Food Styling Workshop

by White on Rice Couple April 1, 2012
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Update: we have added new dates for our workshops!  If you’re interested, you can sign up here. It’s funny how this recipe came to mind. We were in teaching our food photography/food styling workshop this weekend and the students were tackling the subject of photographing drinks. Drinks can often be challenging, especially when it comes […]

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Stories of Friendship from Food Blog Forum Disney World

by White on Rice Couple March 25, 2012
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iPhone instagram photo of the Magic Kingdom @DianeCu  Magic happens in different ways. Often times it happens in special life moments that are un-expected, yet full of meaning. Or magic can be a random act of kindness, like a hug or a kiss. Last week magic happened for us at Food Blog Forum in the […]

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New Workshop Dates for Food Photography-Food Styling & Hello from Mexico!

by White on Rice Couple March 21, 2012
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Hello Friends, thank you so much for the amazing response to our workshops. Our first release date sold out quickly and we’re thrilled to be hosting small groups of students at our studio. The experience of sharing and learning as a group will be phenomenal & we’re so excited to meet and be creative with […]

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Kitchen Aid Luncheon at our Studio & Swiss Meringue Frosting Recipe

by White on Rice Couple March 13, 2012
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For the last 16 years that we’ve been together, there are a few items that still have made it through the entire decade and half relationship. Our photo albums documenting our mischievous younger days still exist in the back corner of our bookshelf. Two fruit trees in pots that started off on our apartment patio […]

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Announcing Food, styling & craft photography workshops at our studio

by White on Rice Couple March 12, 2012
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We finally did it! We’re happy to be announcing new photography workshops at our studio.  Thank you to all our readers and supporters who encouraged us over the last few years to have photography workshops in our home town in Orange County, CA. For the last few years, we’ve traveled across the country and around […]

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Photo Workshops for Food, Styling, Crafts & Video of Bi-Rite Creamery Cookbook!

by White on Rice Couple March 4, 2012
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Happy Sunday everyone! Now that were home for 10 days straight (yes!), we’re finally able to finish off some details of our upcoming photography workshop announcements. We have much to share with you today, but let’s start with the cookbook promo video we produced for Bi-Rite Creamery’s new cookbook!  In our previous post, we mentioned that […]

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Great Kitchen Tools Video: Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say

by White on Rice Couple March 1, 2012
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It’s always so invigorating to discuss and debate the topic of Stupid Kitchen Tools with Michael during our last video segment. To follow up on the topic of kitchen tools, we have a great line up of videos of Michael sharing his “Great Kitchen Tools”. Today, we’re sharing the latest one we produced with Michael […]

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