Day 327 (22 Nov 2012) Happy Thanksgiving!!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I was blessed to be able to spend it with my girlfriend’s family.  She is in Spain, and my parents are in CA, so It was good to be able to be with ‘family’ yesterday.  I brought my turkey fryer and introduced them to the best turkey the’ve ever had 🙂

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Day 120 (29 April 2012) Church Pot Luck

Today we had Family Fun Day, which started off with a pot luck then a Veggie Tales movie.  Then I went on a 10 mile bike ride with a cycling group at my church. (I was the only guy on a Mt. Bike, and consequently, the slowest guy out there! I need to hit the gym!)

If you don’t know what a pot luck is, it’s where every family brings a random dish to share w/ the rest of everyone.  Sometimes they can be organized and have lots of variety, or 6 types of jello, a bag of chips, and a lot of soda.  This was the former and I just wish I had more room in my stomach!

Random Pot Luck Salad

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Random Pot Luck Salad)

Strawberry Salad

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Strawberry Salad)

Dogs on the Grill

60 mm, 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Dogs on the Grill)

Burning Meat

60 mm, 1/1250 sec, f/3/2, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Burning Meat)

I realize now I didn’t change the f/stop, and some variations might have resulted in better photos, but these are not bad 🙂 (I’m hungry again!)

Day 106 (15 April 2012) An Eggcellent Dinner

I’m normally a planner: planning vacations a year out, having my shopping list on my phone, looking at multiple routes to a destination a week out, and planning future expenses on a monthly basis.  However, I’m not good at planning a menu.  So, no days like today, when I’m busy, working in the garage till I get hungry, I have to think of something easy, quick, and that involves ingredients I have in the house (which because I don’t plan meals, other than my standard lunch/breakfast, which rarely change), dinner can be interesting.

Tonight I had available to me eggs (extra from a recipe I made for Easter) and pancake mix.  I have been eyeing the eggs for a few days now, so I decided to fry them up, sunny-side-up and enjoy them.  Which I did 🙂

Sunny Side Up

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Sunny Side Up)

Runny & Yummy!

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 00, 60mm macro lens (Runny & Yummy!)

Day 82 (22 March 2012) Dessert

I didn’t have internet access last night, so here is the post from last night.

I tried to shoot my ice cream cone in the light of the stove top light before it melted. It was tough to not start eating it right away 🙂

Ice Cream

60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, 60 mm macro lens (Ice Cream)

Day 73 (13 March 2012) We do not live by bread alone. . .

Except maybe if it’s home-baked, from scratch, beer bread!  Just kidding!  I’ve been craving some for a while and I finally picked up some flour the other day and made some tonight!  It’s probably the easiest thing to bake, next to a frozen pizza.  If you are interested, the recipe is below the photos (I have to get you to want it first, right?)

Beer Bread

45 mm, 1/25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 18-55mm kit lens (Beer Bread)

Loaf of Bread

55 mm, 1/25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 18-55mm kit lens (Loaf of Bread)

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41 mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Beer Bread)

Beer Bread

  • 3 Cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 12 oz beer
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F
  2. Butter a loaf pan and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and beer.  Mix well.  The mixture will be sticky
  4. Pour mixture into the loaf pan
  5. Bake for 55 min, or until done (test with a toothpick
  6. 5 min before done, brush the top with butter and return it to the oven
Notes: the type of beer will dictate how light/heavy the bread.  Light beer makes for a lighter bread, and vice versa.  I would recommend starting with the lightest beer you have and adjusting from there.  The beer also influences the bread’s flavor.  Serve while it’s still warm, with butter for a great treat!
Also note that the cooking removes all the alcohol, so this is safe for kids and those that don’t drink.

Day 41 (10 Feb 2012) Happy Fruit

I was just messing around with my tripod/camera and thought it would be fun to play with my food.  Nothing spectacular today, it was fun to try using my tripod in a different way (pointing down from a low hight).

Happy Fruit

30 mm, 3.2 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 18-55mm kit lens (Happy Fruit)

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25 mm, 3.2 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 18-55mm kit lens ( fruit )

Day 37 (6 Feb 2012) When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

On my way into town tonight to lead a personal finance class I teach, I passed by The Dinosaur Place and saw the first sight and thought it was fun!  It may not be a work of art or my best photo, but I had fun taking it (I’ve always loved dinosaurs!) 🙂

The second photo I took at a pond near my house; normally this time of year it’s iced so thick that people are out fishing on it; right now it just has a thin sheet of ice, not even all the way to the edges all around.  But with the full moon, I thought it was nice to look at.

T-Rex Eatign the Moon

55mm, 1/25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (T-Rex is Hungry)

Lake House on Frozen Lake

40 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 1600, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Lake House on Frozen Lake)

Day 18 (18 Jan 2012) Breakfast, it’s what’s for lunch

Right now I have my camera sitting on a tripod pointed NNE with the shutter open.  It’s been open for about 15 min, and if I don’t plan on shutting it for another 45 min.  I really want to get some start trails 🙂  I just hope my battery is up for the 2hr task (the camera does a noise [that grainy thing you see in some photos taken in low light or indoors] reduction process that takes as long as the exposure to improve the final image).  I won’t know till about 11:35 (or when I wake up and have a photo or not).

Since I planned this from early today (weather.com promised a mostly clear night), I planned ahead so we would all have something to see. 🙂  For a while I’ve been craving pancakes, so I decided to make some for lunch today, since I was working from home.  Nothing fancy, just my lunch:

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35 mm, 1/25 sec, f/4/5, ISO 500, Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens (Pancakes for lunch)