May 30, 2011

Can You Help a Girl Out?

Filed under: Photography,sundry,Home — Tags: , , , , — Kay @ 9:55 am

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Can you help a girl out? It’s time I invest in my very first real macro lens. I think Nikon calls it Micro, right? Not sure why, but I really feel that spring time is macro lens time. Getting down and dirty on muddy floors just so I can photography a few flowers. Yup, that’s the life!

I love taking close-ups. Now that it’s almost summer I really want to start doing some macro work. Been looking around for a decent lens, but because they’re pretty expensive—especially the Nikon lenses—I’m careful with hasty decisions. My current (Old. Really old) lens does have a macro function, which comes in handy with food photography but isn’t not really all that. It’s basically optimized for focus but it’s nothing you can shoot serious macro work with.

To all you macro photographers out there: what brand do you own, what focal-length, and what are the pro’s and con’s in your opinion?

Roasted Veggie Pasta Salad

Like so many of our dinners, this one too started with leftovers. What can I say? I just like to build new dinners around leftovers. Could be anything from meat or poultry that I’ll turn into a pot pie to a few cups of mashed potatoes that end up being the base of a hearty soup. In this case it was roughly 3 cups pasta from the night before. First, I…

When The Going Gets Tough

Filed under: Expressions,life,Home,personal — Tags: , , , , , , — Kay @ 9:31 am

We’ve gone through a rough time here these past few weeks. A very dear friend of mine, Sarah, lost her battle with breast cancer on May 11th. There are no words to describe the void she leaves behind and how loved she was and still is. We all miss her so much. Our 5-year-old nephew lost his battle with cancer only 5 short days later. The pain this causes is…

May 25, 2011

Tomato, Goat Cheese & Onion Tart

This one is pure summer love and it isn’t even summer yet, but who cares! While flipping through a foodie magazine at the supermarket to stock up on some inspiration, I ran into this tomato and goat cheese pie. Brilliant idea! Just what I needed, light, colorful, summery and savory. Who can resist that? I borrowed the idea and gave it my spin. It’s simple and fast but I can…

May 20, 2011

BBQ Potatoes

This is so simple it doesn’t even qualify as a recipe. But I don’t care, sharing it anyway! When I whipped up an indecent amount of Sunshine BBQ Chicken, I needed an easy side dish that wouldn’t overrule the flavor of the chicken and could also be prepped in an oven as well… since I know not every one has a Big Green Egg. Yes, I know, you can stop…

May 19, 2011

Nemo in a Bowl

Filed under: Expressions,life,Home,personal — Tags: , — Kay @ 8:07 am

Quick shot taken right before we rushed him and his 30 Nemo treats to school. In case you need another idea for a school birthday treat, here’s what we did. I completely stole the idea from a friend, who herself found this idea online the year before, so it’s only fair I pass it onto you. Find a few color pages online (Google has a lot of them: google Nemo…

May 16, 2011

Sunshine Barbecue Chicken

I was inspired by Sgt. Brad Turner—aka the grill sergeant—who whipped up an amazing yellow bbq sauce when he was trying to slay the Flay in a FN throwdown. Hence the name ‘sunshine bbq sauce‘. I didn’t watch the show long enough to see if he actually did win, but I tried to memorize some of the ingredients he used as I rushed out the door. I took it from…