6.18.2013

Big news, ridiculously late

So I was supposed to tell you this about two weeks ago, and then launch got delayed, and then....anyway. I've started a new blog with a friend over here. It's not the same content as this blog, exactly, but it will be taking all my energy for a while. So aim your clicky fingers that way, and don't hold your breath for updates here.

5.31.2013

roundup

Agh. You guys, I'm so sorry. Life has once again intervened, and in the past couple weeks I've acquired a new nephew, been sick, and worked a lot on the new place. (We're almost done.) I'm going to have a pretty exciting announcement on Monday, but until then, here's some of what I'm currently loving.
Ok, I've got to tackle the rest of my day. Have a great weekend! 

5.14.2013

mom style when you're no longer nursing

I've been hating my summer wardrobe for no good reason, and Sunday morning I decided that I HAD to own more than was in my closet. I went and rummaged in the garage and sure enough there was a whole tub of summer stuff I'd packed away last year because it wasn't nursing friendly. (Have I told you how I feel about dressing for breastfeeding? Suffice it to say: it's MUCH HARDER than dressing a pregnant belly. Not only do you need to cover things, you also have to be able to access them without showing all of the skin.)

Anyway, this dress is one of my favorites, and not only because the length means I can get away with unshaven legs. ;)
Dress, Calvin Klein, thrifted
Cardigan, Gap, handmedown from sister
Shoes (shown here), Target
Necklace, Target
Arm candy is a mixture of Target, JCrew, Forever 21, and vintage. 

On Lincoln: Shorts and shirt are from Carter, and everything (including shoes) is thrifted



I had to add some gratuitous Lincoln smiles for you.

5.13.2013

How to get lots and lots of veggies into your family the easy way

We are on a pasta salad kick at our house lately. I'm not sure why, but I'm not complaining, because I LOVE pasta salad. Fortunately my husband is liking this particular kind, and Fat Toddler eats everything, so there you go.
The key to this recipe is veggies. Lots and lots of veggies. Since not much is in season yet we're using mostly frozen, and that's ok! As long as (and here is the trick) you cut them small and cook them. Lightly! You don't want mush! But you ALSO don't want hard crunchy pieces that neither blend texturally nor stay properly mixed. So cook each thing, lightly and quickly in a little boiling water, then rinse in cold water to keep the colors fresh. Mix it up with some mayo, mustard, spices and a handful of cheese, and presto! Pasta salad.

In this particular batch I used peas, raw onions (VERY finely chopped), cauliflower (once you chop it up it literally DISAPPEARS. It's amazing), grated carrots, shell pasta, and broccoli. But I've also used: zucchini (grated and uncooked), fresh spinach (finely chopped and also uncooked), chick peas (canned), olives, napa cabbage, corn and canned beans of various sorts. I haven't used but intend to try: shallots, turnips, yellow squash, green beans (probably shredded lengthwise), and pretty much anything else I can think of.

For the dressing I just combine mayo with a bit of yellow mustard, some salt and pepper, a dash or Worcestershire sauce, and some garlic powder.

Then you add it all together (check out how full the bowl gets) with a handful or two of shredded cheese and om nom nom. Pasta salad!

Ok, I'll try to come up with some measurements for you. Here goes!

Om Nom Pasta Salad

1 lb pasta in a fun shape
(at least) 1 cup each of a few different kinds of veggies, cooked until tender
1 onion, finely chopped
4-6 ounces grated cheese 
1 1/2 cups mayo
2 Tbl yellow mustard
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

Whisk together the last six ingredients. Stir together with the first four. Add a bit more mayo if needed. (It depends on the wateriness of the veggies that you choose.) Enjoy!

5.09.2013

what I'm wearing

It's FINALLY getting warm, you guys! And that makes me SO SO happy.
This is my outfit from Tuesday. It was an off-and-on rainy day, and I snapped these in the stolen moments between downpours,

Sweater: Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Skirt: Gap clearance
Shoes: Guess, DSW

5.08.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

5.07.2013

::quotable::

Beauty breeds beauty, truth triggers truth. The cure for writer's block is therefore to read.
–Matt Haig

5.03.2013

fun things to watch on a Friday

This music video by Carla Bruni is just completely charming and sixties-inflected.

This video isn't particularly groundbreaking visually, but the song is just very fun.


Finally, this song is new to me, and it makes me so happy and smiley. It's basically a perfect Friday song; you'll be dancing along to it all day.

5.02.2013

om nom muffins!

the muffin man
Today I got sent home from work with a bunch of blueberries that were close to being thrown away, so I whipped up some muffins.

I don't have a go-to muffin recipie, but I *do* have a go-to cookbook. I'll be honest, it's a very strange cookbook. There's a whole chapter for cakes, a whole chapter for candy, one for cookies, one for brownies and bars (as opposed to cookies), one for desserts, one for ice creams, and then "main dishes, casseroles, meats and veggies" are all folded into ONE CHAPTER.

Yes, it's eclectic, but if you need a recipe for something sweet in a very large quantity, this is the place to go. (The molasses cookie recipe calls for SIX CUPS of flour.)

Anyway, I pulled out a likely-looking recipe, and it was delicious! The key, I think, is that they're not terribly sweet. I also really like the crumb topping; it's quite light and crunchy. So anyway, here you go!

Blueberry Muffins

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup softened butter, and 1/2 sugar. Will be very floury. This is the crumb topping; set it aside.

Combine 3 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup salt, 4 teaspoons baking powder. Set aside.

Whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup milk. Add dry ingredients. Add 3 cups (or so) fresh or frozen blueberries.

Spoon into cupcake papers, sprinkle crumb topping generously on top.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. (Will probably require longer if using frozen berries.)

Makes about 18 muffins.

the muffin man
And the most important thing: Munchkin approves!
the muffin man the muffin man

5.01.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

Happy May, lovelies! Anyone dancing around a maypole today?

4.30.2013

sure to make you smile

I know I've posted about instagram before, but honestly, if I need a smile? I scroll through my feed. I'm constantly coming across images that make me laugh or pause because of their beauty. Here are a few of my favorites.
  • talkstephen is a cat. A very fat cat with round ears. 
  • jenn_hong is a graphic designer based in brooklyn.
  • bhldn is, of course, the store. BUT OH MY GOODNESS. So much pretty. 
  • samellisphoto is a local photographer who hasn't been active long, but his stuff makes me smile. 
 I think my favorite thing about instagram is that, at least with all the people I follow, original content. There are no retweets or shared pages: it's a peek inside these lives. I love that.

4.24.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

4.23.2013

Watch this. No, really.

It's one take. And it's amazing, besides being a gorgeous song (despite the title).

4.22.2013

things I love: the printed pant

My current mommy uniform has gotten super-boring these days, in part because the more layers you wear, the more things get dirty and have to be washed when a small person gets banana or boogers everywhere. So rather than adding interest with cute cardis or lovely scarves, I just add all the color I can in my basic pieces. Enter printed pants, preferably cropped, with flat sandals. Add a brightly colored sweater and I'm DONE.

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4.18.2013

things I love: bright colors

I just love adding a pop of bright color, whether it's to my outfit or my morning.

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4.10.2013

wednesday wonderfulness, miracle of life edition

This weekend I was the birth photographer/partner for a dear friend of mine, and OH MY GOODNESS. Lack of sleep has been kicking my bootay! But it was amazing to be present for such a thing, and I'm so glad the little man is safely here. (The delivery ended in a csection, so, you know, no bloody smeary baby pics.) Anyway, despite all that I was able to waste some time online this week, and here are the results.
And monkey just woke up and since his crib is right next to my desk, I'd better remove myself as a distraction. 

4.04.2013

things I love: the printed pump

I'm completely obsessed with a (mostly) ladylike pump made fresh with a pop of print.

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4.03.2013

Wednesday Wonderfullness, non April Fools edition

Did you guys play any amazing April Fool's jokes on Monday? I so didn't. But that's ok. No joke, here is some awesomeness. (Ok, that was bad.)

4.02.2013

an embarassing confession

Lovelies, surely I'm not the only one who has one area (ok, maybe more than one) that just cannot stay clean no matter what? For me it's my desk. Every time I have an item that I just don't have a place for, it gets thrown on my desk. After a few weeks of that it's literally all I can do to type at said desk, much less actually work and edit photos. Well, today was the day I had to pull together all my tax stuff (::sarcastic yay::) so I decided to go ahead and tackle the mess. Since, you know, I had to pull it all apart anyway. Well, I'm very proud of the change, even if it did take me a full two-and-a-half hours. I'm so proud, in fact, that I even made an animated gif!



This is my version of spring cleaning, and I have to admit that sitting down to edit photos when I can actually put down my water without spilling it makes working So Much Easier.
So what's the project you've been putting off? Make it happen!

4.01.2013

Happy April!

I hope no one fell for any April fools tricks today; did you all see google nose? I loved it.
Anyway, wanted to share these two things really quickly: the April cleaning challenge and making things happen in April. Who's in?

3.30.2013

quick picks

I was hoping to get these to you before the weekend, but I was driving to and from Ohio and feeling like death from allergies, so... Yeah. Anyway, enjoy!
  • The 100 best movies on Netflix. I've seen a lot of these, but some I haven't. Filling up the queue now!
  • Also I am currently COMPLETELY obsessed with Pop Culture Happy Hour. Lovelovelove this podcast, and listened to about sixteen hours of it as I was driving too and from Ohio.

3.19.2013

on street fashion

While surfing Vimeo I found this video about street photographers, and I find it intriguing.
TAKE MY PICTURE from GARAGE Magazine on Vimeo.
I don't follow very many street fashion blogs: most of the time, the clothes are very unwearable for me and the photography style, while beautiful, isn't helpful for what I shoot. What about you? Do you pull your inspiration straight from the runway, from street fashion, from editorials, or from somewhere else altogether?

3.18.2013

Happy Monday, lovelies!

Here are some things that I think are awesome.
I love the shots of glass-blowing in this one!
Everything. from Lernert & Sander on Vimeo.

This song is really pretty, and I love watching the story unfold, especially since it's quite subtle.
Bitten By The Frost from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

This one has some mind-blowingly gorgeous time-lapse images that will make you want to pack up and move to the desert
The Maghreb from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo. That should be enough to get your Monday off to an amazing start! Enjoy.

3.13.2013

Happy birthday, Munchkin!

Lincoln turned one yesterday, and it was an awesome day. I'll try to get the pictures up tomorrow.

3.08.2013

what we're eating: the soup that made my husband like soup

I don't know if this is a gender thing, but I love soup. As in, giant-puffy-heart-would-eat-it-every-day-if-I-could love it. Consequently, I'm a fan of making a giant pot of goodness and eating it for every meal until it's gone. The husband? Not so much. So when I happened upon bacon corn chowder and he LOVED IT? It immediately went onto the winter food rotation with a vengeance. Here's how I make it, and the measurements are at the bottom.

Start with onions. Lots of onions. I'm pretty sure every good thing starts with onions. Chop these up. Doesn't have to be fine, doesn't have to be perfect.

Chop some bacon. I use about half a package. Pro-tip: I find bacon much easier to slice when it's almost frozen.

See? Onions don't have to be perfect. They don't have to be super-fine. (Although, you know, saying "my onions are superfine" is always a fun thing.

I forgot to mention that you want to throw the bacon in and let it brown a bit. Not too high, though! You don't want it to get too crispy. Add the onions, and keep the temperature moderately low. You want the onions to caramelize.

Look how they're getting that gorgeous color! I always have trouble not eating them all right then. 
Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the potatoes, but you want to peel and chop up a bunch of potatoes at some point. Add them to the onions and bacon now. 


Then you add canned corn. I KNOW. EWWWW! (I almost never cook with canned veggies, preferring fresh or frozen.) However, I find that the taste of canned corn–and the juice from that corn–is key to building the flavor of the soup. So dump the corn in with the potatoes, onions, and bacon.

Add a couple more cans of water, until everything is covered. Bring it all to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer. And simmer, and simmer, and simmer.

Then add a bag or so of frozen corn, and simmer some more. Adjust the flavor now, checking for salt and pepper.

When it's almost done, and the flavor is delicious, stir in just a little bit of sour cream to make it creamier.

I made some homemade croutons by tossing whole-grain bread in butter, salt, pepper, and a little garlic. Serve the soup with cheese and sour cream on top.

Enjoy!

Bacon and Corn Chowder
Serves 6
(All measurements are very flexible)

3 large onions
1/2 package bacon
3 pounds potatoes
1 large can corn
1/2 bag frozen corn
1/2 c sour cream

Brown bacon in a large saucepan. Add onions, cook on low until caramelized. Add potatoes and canned corn, add enough water to cover. Simmer until tender. Add frozen corn. Adjust flavorings. Simmer until flavors have settled. Stir in sour cream. Serve with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream, or plain. It's delicious however you want it!

3.07.2013

3.06.2013

quotable

...The way we’re gonna ratchet up our species is to take the best and spread it around everybody so that everybody grows up with better things and starts to understand the subtlety of these better things. — Steve Jobs

wednesday wonderfulness

Kisses, lovelies! 

2.27.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

I'm trying to get more consistent with this posting thing, you guys!

2.25.2013

two things that just made my Monday exponentially better

Last night's performance of "One Day More" at the Oscars: This sketch by a very young Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry:

2.12.2013

2.06.2013

wednesday wonderfulness, short and sweet


That's all for now! Duty calls. 

2.04.2013

Happy monday!

We spent the weekend in Ohio, freezing our butts off. So, you know, the usual. Anyway, here are a couple of things making me happy today.

  • Vine. Are you on there yet? If you're not, you can still view videos
  • House of Cards. Instead of watching the super bowl last night, hubs and I watched the first four episodes of this (and followed the game on our phones). So far it's quite fun. Not an instant classic, but hey: David Fincher and Kevin Spacey? I'm there. '
That's all I've got for now. Enjoy, lovelies! 

2.01.2013

recipe reviews

I don't know about you all, but when I need recipie inspiration these days, about 75% of the time I go to pinterest. Usually I know I've pinned something, or I can skim across boards until I see an idea I like. The problem lies when it's time to actually COOK things. Do I ever manage it? Well, this week I've been trying to knock some off the list, and here is what I've found. First up: sweet onion mac n cheese.

I LOVE the idea here. Flavoring mac and cheese with caramelized onions? Um, delicious! Unfortunately, the execution left something to be desired. I've been doing my mac and cheese without a b├ęchamel sauce for a while now, so we're used to a very cheesy, not-too-heavy dish. That was not the case. This had a TON of sauce (1c flour/1c butter/5 c milk for one pound of pasta!) and the cheese flavor was kind of drowned. I'm going to try to use this concept in my recipe from here on out.

Oh. My. Goodness. SO GOOD. I actually doubled this (she had cut it in half, and I had a TON of apples to use up) but I think I forgot to double the glaze. No matter. Was moist, delicious, flavorful, and perfect. Keep!

Amazing! I did this as both a sheet cake and cupcakes, and it was a winner both times. I literally made it twice in two days; it's that easy. Note: when I made it as a sheet cake, I cut back on the icing and added sour cream to cut the sweetness. Worked very well. So, lovelies, what have you been pinning and making lately?

1.30.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

How is it almost February???? Valentines' Day will be here soon, you guys! With that in mind, here are some things I love this week...

So much more....but duty calls. Have an awesome day, lovelies! 

1.28.2013

what we're eating: miso soup

Confession: I love ramen noodles. Not just the fresh kind (although those are awesome) but the kind that cost twenty cents at the grocery store. I don't know why (I think it has something to do with not being allowed processed food as a child) but the thought of having my weekly intake of sodium in just one meal? LOVE IT.
Fortunately, there are options. Right now, that option is miso. If you're not familiar with it, it's fermented soybean paste which has tons of health benefits, not the least of which is the fact that it's very alkaline in your system. When I can feel myself getting out of balance from too much high-acid food (caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods) miso helps to balance things out.
Besides which, it's delicious.
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You can find miso at pretty much any grocery store, but if you have an asian grocery they will probably have a wider variety. (Yes, there are different flavors.) Right now I'm eating red miso, which has a slightly stronger flavor than yellow miso. It's still not overpowering, though. Generally, the darker the color the stronger the taste. 
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For my miso soup I use just about every vegetable I can find in my fridge. This batch includes:
  • Carrot
  • Turnip
  • Onion
  • Fresh ginger
  • mushroom
  • Frozen peas
  • extra firm tofu
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First I slice or shred all the veggies very finely. I grate the carrot and turnip on the fine side of the grater, but a mandoline would work well here, too. 
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Here are all my veggies: yes, that's for one person! The yellow in the middle is the minced fresh ginger. Pop all your veggies into a pot, and then add 3/4 cup of water. (Or so. You want to cover the veggies.) 
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Cook on high. 
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Throw in your diced tofu. (I only ever cook with extra firm because that's the only kind I like.) 
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Bring the whole pot just to a boil. You don't have to cook longer than that, as long as the veggies are very fine. They will be plenty cooked. Remove from heat. 
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Stir in about a tablespoon of miso. You don't want to further boil it, because that will kill enzymes in the miso. There is enough heat to dissolve the paste, though. Just keep stirring! 
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Yum! Enjoy your speedy, tasty, delicious meal! 

1.23.2013

wednesday wonderfulness

I've taken to reading my blog feeds on my phone when I've a bit of spare time, which means I'm sort of keeping up with them. (I've also cleaned out a bunch.)

Enjoy, lovelies! 

1.21.2013

10 instagram accounts you should definitely be following

No really. You should.

  1. Bythebrush: She's a painter, and you can see it in her photos. 
  2. BarkleytheBulldog: He doesn't update often, but OH THE CUTENESS. 
  3. BonnieBiess: Photographer, body piercer. You know. The usual. 
  4. Lostsock: Her snaps of everyday life ALMOST make me want to live in canada. Almost. 
  5. Nanoushoes: pretty pretty shoes. That is all. 
  6. Home_sweets: Will make you hungry, I promise. 
  7. Designerex81: a graphic designer who is constantly #chasinglight. 
  8. Darcytheflyinghedgehog: It's a hedgehog. Adorable. 
  9. Vanachupp: An amazing mom and small business owner. 
  10. Picturemefoto: Another mom, this one to two of the cutest little girls who she dresses like elves. 
There you go. Your monday just got 72% better. (For the record, I'm on there too. But mostly I just post pictures of my child.) 

1.16.2013

wednesday wonderfulness


Well, that should keep you all going for a while! I have some awesome stuff I *want* to share with you, but I just haven't had time. Here's hoping...

1.14.2013

good morning Monday!

I know, I know. Monday is a day to jump in and tackle the list and knock out EVERYTHING.

However.

I haven't posted in a while (life happened) so I've got a couple of awesome things for you that will make your Monday even better. So without further ado: a gingerbread serenity and cats that look like pinup girls. There you go. You're welcome!

1.02.2013

goals for 2013

Yes, I'm still setting goals. This habit of writing them down seems to be growing on me. Overall goal: Live consciously. Make things happen.

  • Photograph 12 weddings
  • Epic fail. I ended up with five.
  • Launch boudoir part of my business
  • Nope.
  • Photograph a birth (have this scheduled!) Done!
  • Launch new site
  • Not even close.
  • Do four "just for fun" shoots
  • Nope.
  • Organize/maintain a clean desk Managed this until we moved.
  • Recover desk chair
  • Hah.
  • Streamline/maximize social media use
  • Yeah right.
  • Run a 5k (scheduled!)
  • Not even.
  • Do a color run
  • No way.
  • Run a 10k
  • You're kidding, right?
  • Get into size 6 jeans For a brief, shining moment!
  • Lose tummy pudge
  • Water ski successfully (I'm still not very consistent, but that's ok.)
  • Move into new house YES.
  • Have a garden
  • Freeze produce and fruit for the winter
  • Experiment with getting more sleep. 
  • Get motorcycle license 
  • Read 50 books
  • Almost! Did 48.
  • Outline book
  • Get back into a regular quiet time. (Started #shereadstruth)
  • Take Leanne to NYC
  • Have a getaway with hubby
  • Homemade Christmas gifts
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Throw at least two parties I hosted two baby showers! And they were awesome, even if not my first choice for entertaining.
The list is long, but doable. What are your goals this year? 

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