Category Archives: Photography

{Photography} Setting Goals


A few years ago, I saw Penny De Los Santos speak (a few times, actually) about assigning yourself projects. It’s an idea that has stuck with me and been in the back of my mind for a long time. It’s brilliant, really. When it comes to photography, as with many things, I find that the best way to grow is to set a goal and just jump in there and challenge myself.

A few summers ago, I did just that. We were headed on vacation and I decided that I was going to start shooting in manual mode. All the time. I had previously shot almost exclusively in the Av (aperture priority) mode on my camera. Why? It was convenient. And, I got decent results, but I wanted to get better. So, I switched my camera to manual and didn’t turn back. Continue Reading

How I Cook: Croissant, Egg, and Cheese Casserole with Kale


Time changes a lot of things… Including tastes.

I remember a dish that my mom used to make when I was a kid… She called it “Oven Cheese Fondue.” I remember her being excited when she made it, but I wasn’t a fan. That’s putting it mildly.

I have no idea where the recipe came from (and I haven’t consulted my mother prior to writing this), but, if my memory serves me well, it was a casserole of eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. I’m sure there were other seasonings and flavors in there, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that at the time. I was more concerned with eating a casserole that contained soggy bread (which, in my mother’s defense, was probably not soggy… I was particularly picky about textures as a kid). And, the parts that weren’t soggy? Well, they were too crunchy. Obviously. Continue Reading

Photo Friday: Autumn Afternoons


When a beautiful autumn afternoon comes along, sometimes you just have to drop the chores and head outside.

We’ve had quite a few lovely afternoons in the last few weeks, and I couldn’t resist the urge to pick up my camera and head outside with the troops (the kiddo and the dog). Most of the leaves have since fallen, and now that we have turned back the clocks, these photos are all I have left of the lovely afternoon light. Continue Reading

How I Cook: Balsamic Cider Glazed Salmon with Rosemary


Hey, guess what!

I love to cook.

No, really… I love to cook.

You’re likely reading this thinking, “Ok, Jen… Good for you.” Or, perhaps, you’re even thinking, “It’s a good thing you like to cook, Jen… You’re a food blogger.”

Yup, I am. And, that’s why I’m finding it so amazing that I love to cook. Continue Reading