Sun-kissed and tired from a long lazy day at the beach I laid on the couch and watched one of those shows I normally never would watch.  The one where I travel with a young English lady to the banks of some foreign town, we walk through the streets and talk about the locals way of life.  She snacks on a pastry, admires the view, and then takes “us” for dinner to a place on the waterfront.  And that is where I learned how to make this fish, which is really very good.  Maybe I should tune in more often.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (or Haddock)

(serves 4 )

4 pieces of white fish

1/2 of a day old baguette or 1/4 of a loaf of italian bread

1/2 bunch fresh parsley

1/4 cup parmesan

salt and pepper for seasoning

First you will make your homemade bread crumb mixture. In a food processor add chunks of the bread, your parsely, and parmesan.  Pulse till it is bread crumb texture. Season to your liking.

In a cast iron skillet heated to medium high, add 1 T butter or olive oil.  Toss in your fish and sear very quickly on each side.  Lightly season your fish. Pour your bread crumbs over top. Place the skillet in your oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  When your fish is flaking and lightly browning remove from the oven.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Orzo

8 oz. orzo cooked to al dente

1 red pepper chopped

1 carton of grape/ cherry tomatoes quartered

2 cups spinach roughly chopped

1/2 cup parmesan

1/4- 1/2 cup heavy cream or half in half

2 Tablespoons Butter

Season with salt and pepper

Drain the orzo and return to pan.  Add butter, parmesan, and cream.  Season with salt and pepper.  In another pan saute the red pepper and when it is almost tender add spinach and tomatoes.  Saute just till the spinach wilts and turns a bright green.  Add to the pasta and season with salt and pepper.

I added a little more parmesan to taste and a splash more of cream.

Enjoy!

 

 

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So you have a DSLR camera, but have never taken it off of that little green box- AUTO ( which honestly means that your pictures are not much better than a tiny point and shoot camera:( ).  So how do you use all of those buttons to take beautiful pictures of your children?  The secret…. it’s all about turning your camera to Manual. In Manual (M), you are in charge and can now tell your camera what to do.

Over the next weeks, I am going to explain to you as simple as I know possible the basics to taking beautiful pictures.

Today we will start with light…the only thing your camera needs to take a good or a bad picture. The trick is to tell your camera how much light it needs to let in through the lens to create an exposure. If too much light is let in, your picture will be white and overexposed.  Not enough light and your picture will be dark and underexposed.

To get the correct exposure you will need a simple combination of three things: Aperture, Speed, and ISO.  These three things are constantly at work, but in auto you don’t have the power to tell them the right combination, which is why your camera is now set to Manual.

In your camera…

  • The hole within the lens can open to a very large or small diameter this is called Aperture.
  • That hole, either large or small, can open fast or slow this is Speed.

These two factors control the amount of light that reaches the digital media(image sensor) or film within your camera (where your picture is stored).

  • That sensor or roll of film within your camera needs to know “how hard it needs to work” or how sensitive it should be to find the light entering your camera, this measurement is your ISO.  For example: On a bright sunny day, your camera sensor does not need to work very hard to find light. It will however, need to work very hard to find light in a candlelit room.

So by telling your camera how hard it needs to work (ISO), how fast and how wide it needs to open (speed & aperture) to let in the correct amount of light,  you will have the ability to tell your camera what to do in any situation.

So your task for this week is to dig up your camera manual and figure out how to put your camera in Manual (M), change the aperture, speed and iso on your camera.  Missing your manual, you can most likely find a pdf version online.

Don’t worry yet about figuring out those combinations. Let’s tackle this one easy step at a time. Next week we will talk about Aperture….my favorite of the trio.  And get ready for your first assignment so you can put into practice right away everything you are learning.

P.S. Feel free to comment or email with any questions along the way.

(Please note: I understand there are more technical terms and much more in depth explanations.  The purpose of these posts are to explain things as simply and friendly as possible…without all of the jargon, technical terms, and the knowledge behind every facet of the camera. If you are looking for more please email. I am happy to chat with you at a very geeky level or refer you to some great resources.)

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I LOVE how Christmas comes early in the photography biz.  Yes, in the next few weeks I will listen to Michael Buble’s Christmas CD while I edit your pictures, yes I will start drinking hot chocolate and I have already started the pinning of Holiday decorations.  It is time. 

Holiday Mini’s are a great way to get a few files to make your Holiday Cards or have a print or two for gifts this year.

Full Sessions are for families that are looking to create a customized session: picking apples at the orchard, or maybe cuddling together on Saturday morning at home.  The location, the date is up to you.  Following your session, we will discuss how to display your photos within your home through prints, canvases, albums…  It’s also a great way to create your own or customized Holiday Cards and keepsakes for family this season. So if you are looking for more than a print or two…this session is for you.  I can’t wait to plan your session together!

Please email to book your mini or full session (there are only a few weekend spots left for full sessions this year).

 

 

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Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite decor and style blogs.  These are just  three of the many blogs that inspire me and make me procrastinate into the early hours of the morning.  Get ready to swoon…over gorgeous nursery designs, fall fashion looks, and modern room decor ideas.

SISSY+MARLEY, a New York City-based boutique baby planner and concierge.

For a girl that is in love with her white couch, and dislikes large “plasticy” highchairs and toys that take over a rooms decor… Sissy + Marley’s blog is one of my favorites.

“We aspired to have our white sofas and children co-exist, have our baby’s room become a part of our existing décor, look fabulous while pregnant and make time for dinner with our husbands after a busy day. ” ~ Sissy + Marley

 

GOOP is a blog founded by Gwyneth Paltro that “curates the best of lifestyle to help readers save time, simplify, and feel inspired”

Recent posts include: tips and places to find eco friendly baby gear, how to make the New England Lobster roll right at home…or if you are slow on time where to get one, and my recent favorite: Gwyneth talks about fall fashion shopping at J.Crew.

 

 

SF GIRL BY BAY showcases “bohemian modern style”  and I just love her interior and decor finds especially the light airy white rooms…of course 😉

Have any fashion and style blog favorites???

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As I said my goodbyes and raced one last time across the field with her daughter Sofie, she handed me a blueberry muffin from their picnic dinner.

Wrapped in a napkin it waited on my dashboard, while I packed up my gear and began to drive home. As I headed home down the tree lined lane, I bit into the most delicious blueberry muffin I have ever tasted.  It was outstanding (which is a huge compliment from a girl that grew up with fresh baked blueberry muffins on Sundays).  Mom, I hate to break it to ya…but this recipe has yours beat and every bakery in town.

Sofie’s Outstanding Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1- 1 1/2 cups blueberries

 

Topping

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Kid friendly baking notes in pink

Directions: Mix your dry and wet ingredients separately. Combine (let your little one mix, and just give everything another good stir to make sure the baking soda and salt is well incorporated).  Wash and fold in the blueberries. Let your little one wash the blueberries in a colander.  Dump them out on a paper towel for them and let them pick off the stems.  I do reccomend having an adult fold in the blueberries unless you don’t mind the blueberries REALLY incorporated…this is a great time for a small blueberry snack while you fold.

Mix together the topping ingredients finishing with your hands to make a large crumble. Little fists make the perfect size crumbles. Grease or line your muffin tin (line for easy cleanup). Fill each 3/4 full and let your little one add the topping crumble. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out just a little dirty.

Fill your sink with bubbles, water, and all the dirty dishes.  Your little one, the floor, and the dishes will be sudsy clean in no time :)

Let stand 10 minutes and serve. It’s the perfect after school snack or Saturday morning lazy breakfast.

 

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