Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Week 9

Continuing on with the Dogwood Photography Challenge

Week 9 – Artistic: Still Life [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is Still Life. A couple of pieces of fruit on a table won’t impress in the advanced challenge though… so really be creative.

I had a hard time with this one, but eventually went with a simple still life setup and played around with the focus to bring out the texture in my Mom’s beautiful obi table runner.

Dogwood Week 9

Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Weeks 5-8

And this should get us caught up on the Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017 – so next up, Week 9! (Side note – if you want to see the Boy’s photos, check out his Instagram.)

Week 5 – Technical: Ten Shots [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm/f4-5.6 III]
Shoot 10 shots of the same subject. Each shot should be from a different angle, distance, and focal length. Share your favorite image from the set.

I staged a shoot with some of my prettiest belongings for this challenge, taking shots from all different angles and distances.

Dogwood Week 5

Week 6 – Artistic: Candy [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
 A throwback to one of the favorite weeks of the original challenge. Your artistic inspiration this week is candy. Since this is the advanced challenge… you can’t actually use candy in the scene.

No candy IN the candy photo?! Augh. I went the “candy-colored” route, with some candy-shaped doodles to really hit the nail on the head. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Weeks 1-4

As mentioned, the Boy and I are doing the Dogwood Photography Challenge for 2017 with a few friends. I figured I might as well start posting my efforts here, so to start getting caught up, here are Weeks 1-4! I’m also posting these to my Instagram with the appropriate hashtags as we go…

Week 1 – Story: Rule of Thirds [Shot on iPhone 6s]
The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn; but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is amazing for telling a story. Tell a story using rule of thirds.

For this photo, I was waiting on a corner in Beverly Hills on a gorgeous day. I aligned the corners of this odd building above me with the grid on my phone and snapped the shot.

Dogwood Week 1

Week 2 – Technical: SOOC [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Straight out of the Camera. No Photoshop. Shoot a compelling image and post it without edits. No cheating!

This was a tough one for me, who tends to get edit-happy, but I grit my teeth and did it…it’s a lovely camellia bush in front of my home. Continue reading

Out and About: Temescal Canyon Park

The Boy and I have been participating in a weekly photo challenge this year with some friends – actually, maybe I’ll start posting my results here as well – and when the challenge was “Land,” we decided to take a photo walk that turned into more of a hike than we perhaps intended at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park.

Hikers on Rocks

Tesmescal Canyon Park is set in the Santa Monica mountains, and has a bunch of popular and not-too-crazy-difficult hiking trails you can take that often reward you with impressive ocean views. We (somewhat unintentionally) probably did about 5-6 miles round trip since once we got to the top of the ridge, the Boy insisted we follow the signs another mile or two to see Skull Rock, which looks exactly how you’d expect it to (but, yes, it was cool and exercise is good). Continue reading

Eating In: Turkey-Veggie Meatloaf

And NOW to those healthy recipes I’ve been promising! The Boy saw something about Whole 30, decided that was healthy (no argument there), and put us on it until he realized we couldn’t have any dairy and hence couldn’t have our usual glasses of milk to drink…so a modified Whole-30-ish healthy route was laid out instead. We were delighted to discover a meal plan on The Nourishing Home, and selected a few recipes to kick off the New Year right.

Turkey-Veggie Meatloaf & Green Beans

First up – this turkey-veggie meatloaf. I haven’t made meatloaf in a long time, if ever, and of course it does have a bit of a…reputation. Still, the recipe was pretty straightforward, and we were trying to be healthy, so… Continue reading

Eating In: Potatoes with Soft Eggs and Bacon Vinaigrette

Ok, this is not a “New Year” recipe. We’ve got some of those coming. But this IS a delicious, cook-with-what-you’ve-got-on-hand, I-need-comfort-food-fast recipe. And to that I say: yes, please.

Potatoes with Soft Eggs and Bacon Viniagrette

A recipe from the infallible Deb Perelman of the amazing blog Smitten Kitchen, it is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – Potatoes with Soft Eggs and Bacon Vinaigrette. Continue reading

Eating Out(ish) in PA: New Year’s Eve Dinner

This year, the Boy and I celebrated the arrival of 2017 with my Mom’s family in Pennsylvania, and instead of eating out we feasted on an incredible nine-course meal courtesy of my talented Aunt Libby, who did the whole thing without help and without the benefit of a kitchen sink, since her kitchen was currently being renovated. Yep. No sink, nine courses. Although those of you who weren’t present will never be able to track this meal down to relive it in real life, I figured I’d be remiss not to brag about it – I mean, share it – with you.

New Year's Eve Dinner Menus

Note that the menus changed a bit from what was written to actual execution, but who even cares…oh, and shout out to Dad for all the wine pairings! Seriously, why do I even bother with reservations? Continue reading

Eating In: Salted Brûléed Apple Tart

Yes, I know it’s January, and we’re supposed to be all resolutions and salad, but I made pies over the holidays and I was too busy to post them and so, you’re getting them now. And heck, at least one of you out there made the resolution to bake more, right? Just nod.

Anyway, this brings me to the Salted Brûléed Apple Tart from Kelly Jaggers’s Not-So-Humble Pies: An Iconic Dessert, All Dressed Up.

Salted Brûléed Apple Tart

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Eating In: Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

Well, you can definitely tell we’ve hit the holiday season by how sporadic these blog posts are getting…I’m doing my best! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving (hope you did too) and I’ll be back with some holiday desserts soon. In the meantime, here’s another healthy, veggie-centric meal to help balance out all those holiday treats.

Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

All credit goes to Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker for the recipe (my second one in a row – apparently you’d all better stop reading this blog and go read that one) – Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri. Continue reading