I couldn’t seem to get the white balance right on this shot.  Unfortunately, I had forgotten to set my camera to florescent lighting and everything came out more blue than I had wanted.  I tried to warm it up in lightroom, but still was not achieving the color balance I thought this shot needed.  I may need to go back and see if YouTube has any good color enhancing lightroom techniques I can learn.  Anywho, a baker I am not, but I do like to be creative with presentation.  If I could do this over again, I would kill the overhead light and try some softbox lighting or try bouncing the flash off of the ceiling instead.  Ideas for another time.



First Taste


Sometimes I can be a horrible eater.  I love eating clean and healthy, but I don’t always have the time or the money to be diligent about it.  I try my best to make sure I watch what I eat, but I don’t always get that luxury.  I am sure some of you can relate?  Anywho, this was my breakfast this morning.  Butter Grits.  Mmmmm…





Playing catch up here.  It might still be a little bit before I am fully caught up but I refuse to give up.  So today’s prompt is habit (well Saturdays prompt was).  And here is my guilty pleasure.  I am mostly a salt kinda gal, but everyday I have to indulge in one thing sweet.  Whether it be a piece of chocolate or candy…but trying to walk past puff pastry is like superman trying to walk on kryptonite.  And Wegmans is the ice castle.  I could spend hours here, not to mention spending all of my hard-earned money here too.  Everything always looks so delicious and it’s all laid out so pleasing to the eye.  This is just one of my many weaknesses.  Did I take one home?  You are darn right I did.  A chocolate-filled pastry with the chocolate drizzle on top.  Totally made my day. 🙂





Yay more food.  My life seems to revolve around food… a lot.

Lately I have been on a salad kick.  You know, trying to stay healthy, blah blah.  But in all honesty, sometimes I love a good salad.  When you get the right combo of salty/sweet, crunchy/soft, tangy and subtle, it can really become a symphony to your taste buds.  I just walk through the fresh aisles of my grocery store throwing in as many veggies as I can.  Once in a while, I am able to get to my local farmers market, and when I do, I bring the Chevy Suburban!

I have really been trying to stay away from meats so many times a week.  I love meat, give me a good ribeye slathered in melted butter and garlic powder any ol’ day, but high cholesterol runs in my family.  I have it, and my son is starting to show signs of it, so I have been extremely strict in our diets.  I do my best to shop only in the fresh and frozen veggie aisles and get very very few canned and boxed items.  I know I am doing it right when my pantry is empty and my refrigerator is full.  Just making the switch in breads, making sure the bread does not contain high fructose corn syrup (Nature’s Own – the only brand I buy) and getting whole grain or whole wheat instead of white.  I promise after a while, you do get used to it.  Trading white long grain rice for brown rice or basmati rice (some brands of basmati show less carbs than even brown rice).  Trading in your Land’o Lakes for some Smart Balance.  To me, it’s worth it.  While it is true that some of the switches are pricier, I wonder if you can really put a price tag on giving yourself more time with your loved ones?  No, it’s not guaranteed, but it can help.

I would go all vegan if it were just me I was cooking for.  My son and husband would starve to death, poor dears.  I tried to make them a portobello burger for dinner one night, and they nearly threw it at me.  I thought it was delicious, but to them, there was just no substitute.  Oh well, at least they do eat salad.  I feel better knowing that we are making even these little steps towards happier, healthier lives.  Next time, remind me to tell you about my experience with Quinoa, although, you probably won’t want to hear it.  It’s one of those TMI things… 😉


With A Fork


Bah!  Another food shot…

I was given an amazing idea for this prompt, but I didn’t get the chance to get it done today.  My Dad, my Hero, my Man of Steel suffered a massive stroke this past October.  Actually, the day before my 33rd birthday.  It has really devastated our small family, but he has been doing well.  I visit every day and try to spend as much time with him as I can.  Right now he is working on his rehab at a short term facility and then he will be able to come home.  While he may not have much of his body left, I am so thankful he has most of his mind.

My Father is a veteran and while in the Army, he was a photojournalist.  He worked for Army papers and magazines. He taught editing and journalism classes at the Pentagon.  After he retired, he didn’t shoot much except for the rare family photo.  When I was finally gifted my first dslr, he was delighted and it brought us so much closer.  My dad kept his old Nikon F2 film camera and we shot a lot of my sons little league baseball games together.  We had a lot of fun comparing shots from the dslr and the film camera.  Now when I see him, he is always asking what I am working on.  I told him about my project 365 and he has been giving me some pointers on my prompts.  Of course for today, my Genius Dad tells me to take a fork, lay it in the street and take a pic of it.  Then to post it and tell others to “keep going until they see a fork in the road, and when they do, to take it.”  Honestly, the man is hilarious!  I wish I could think like him sometimes… and I meant to do it but by the time I left the rehab facility, it was dark.  Some things are just more important.

So instead, enjoy my protein laden breakfast (the blueberry kashi waffles were yummy, by-the-way).  Perhaps I’ll call him and ask him what he thinks of the prompt for tomorrow 😉


A Little Bit


Sadly, I printed my CY365 list and failed to see the second prompt of self-portrait.  Oh well…this is a little bit of sushi.  Normally this plate would be FULL of sushi, but I had to show some restraint.  This is a new year after all.

Sushi is one of my most favorite foods.  I could eat it every day if I had the coin.  I don’t even mind buffet sushi, especially when I can eat it for cheap!

As far as the shot goes, I didn’t take my time again.  That is apparent when you see where the focus landed.  I was in the middle of a Chinese buffet booth, my son rolls his eyes when I bust out my camera to take the pic.  The waitress comes over, smiles and continues to top off my iced tea.  She was probably wondering if I will post a review on yelp.  My teenage son, however, sinks further down in his chair.  I am constantly inventing news ways to mortify him and lugging my camera around usually does the trick.  I guess better for him I didn’t bring my 70-200mm lens and shoot it from across the room.  I think I’ll save that one for another time.  Til tomorrow!