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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Chicken Fried Rice

My daughter's favorite dinner to make is a Chicken Fried Rice recipe that she learned in school. What a treat! First of all, I get a night off from cooking dinner - Woohoooooo! ...and secondly... it is DELICIOUS!!  It's got quite a few steps but well worth the work. There usually isn't any left but if I manage to put some away in a container it reheats well the next day in the microwave.

You'll have to give it a try and I'd love to know how your family liked it!!

Chicken Fried Rice:

Cut Vegetables - cut up 1 - 2 cups vegetables in small cubes. We use Red pepper, zucchini, carrots and sometimes broccoli or peas.
Cook vegetables in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 3- 5 minutes. After water boils turn down to medium heat and cover. Drain immediately and rise in cold water. Set aside

Cook 2 scrambled eggs with a dash of salt. Set aside

Cook Rice: 
2 1/2 cups of water
1 1/4 cups rice (Uncle Ben's or Carolina) - Not minute rice
1 teas salt
Place water in a 2 quart sauce pan with salt and bring to a boil. Add rice, stir and COVER - turn heat between warm and low. Cook for 20 mins. Do not lift cover until the timer goes off. When cooked remove from heat and uncover.

Cut up 1- 2 cups of chicken or pork  1/2 to 1 lb.
Slice chicken into thin strips and then again into 1- inch pieces. Add about 1TBS of Soy sauce and mix. 
Heat wok or frying pan to medium heat with a little oil in the pan. Cook the chicken until it's not pink.
Set aside

Cut 1 small onion and cook in wok or frying pan until softened. Add more oil if necessary

Rice,  Vegetable, Chicken, Eggs, and 2 TBS of Soy Sauce (add more to taste in desired) and a dash of pepper. Cook together mixing until everything is warm then serve.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Chocolate Toffee Saltines

My daughter has a few favorite recipes that she loves to make and seeing that it was her friend Julie's birthday she decided to make them for her. A perfect opportunity for my to do a little food photography!

These are so easy to make and everyone LOVES them. My husband is sulking because she didn't make extra. :(

Chocolate Toffee Saltines

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Saltines (about 24)
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. In a 13 x 9 pan lined with foil - lay  1 layer of saltines along the bottom to fill the pan.

2. In microwave or in a sauce pan on the stove melt butter, vanilla, and sugar.

3. Pour melted butter mixture over saltines and spread evenly.

4. Bake at 350 for 8 min.

5.  Melt chocolate chips in microwave  - about 1 min mix and spread evenly over saltines. If you want     walnuts sprinkle them over the chocolate.

6. Put in freezer or refrigerate until they the chocolate is hardened.

7. Peel off foil and break into pieces

8. Just try not to taste!!!

9. Lick the bowl!!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Make Room for Mushrooms

I'm feeling so good about getting back into shooting again! I had been letting things slip away from me -letting the everyday necessary obligations take over. I'm realizing that taking classes is a good way to motivate myself. I seem to respond well to having a deadline and I enjoy the community of a class even if it is on line. What works for me may not be what works for you though. Think about what motivates you ...what gets you excited..what gets you moving? I also love reading motivational books - it really helps to get me going.  ...and one good thing leads to another. ( I think I just create a quote - you may just see that  on a future image!!)

Here's some images from my latest food photography class offered at PPSOP by the wonderful food photographers Ron Goldman and Lara Ferroni.

Which one is your favorite?

All image shot with offer camera flash and umbrella
50 mm 1.4
200 ISO

F 3.2 
ISO 200

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wooden Clothes Pins - another version

Another version of "the clothes pins".   I came across this quote that seems perfect for me and I'm sure many others! It's what I'm tying to think about everyday. Come take a step with me.

This photo was taken with an off camera flash and umbrella - backlit. I  use a white foam board to reflect some light back onto the front of the clothespins. 
Kim Klassens' texture "Felicity" was added in Photoshop.
I created a brush using Kim's tutorial for the type. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

10 Truths about Me

The Beyond Layers Challenge: 10 Truths about Yourself

Why I struggle with writing things like this I'll never know.  I feel like I'm back in school...ahhhh

10 truths about me (actually I squeezed many more into a list of 10 but don't tell)

1. I love to be home
2. I've finally found what I love to do - photography but not quite sure where I'm going with it.
3. Deciding to do 365 project was one of the best things that I have ever done for myself.
4. I cry easily...even commercials and parades. (very embarrassing)... but I LOVE to laugh!
5.  I love french fries, ice cream, Reece's Peanutbutter Cups, Hostess Cup Cakes and dare I admit chocolate canned frosting on a spoon. (Frozen it's like fudge - oh that is soooo bad)
6. If I had to choose someone I wished to be more like it would be my Father
7.  I enjoy reading, music, the country, the ocean,  spending time alone and spending time with friends.
8. I would love to take piano lessons again. I would love to learn to play the flute. 
9. I treasure my family and friends.
10. I dream of creating a kids game, marketing something or publishing a cookbook with my images someday. ( I need more hours in the day!)

Image: Off camera flash with umbrella in the back left of the image. White board front right to reflect light onto the front of the image

F 2.2
ISO 200
50 mm 1.4
Texture: Kim Klassen's Happy Heart

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Turn the Page

 Turn the page...
There are so many times we look at what we should have done, should be doing or how we would have done things differently. These thoughts do nothing to move us forward. I've recently been reading a great book "100 ways to Motivate Yourself" by Steve Chandler.  In one chapter he talks of replacing worry with action. If there is something that you think about often that you'd like change - stop thinking and take action! Even the smallest action will start the ball rolling and motivate you to keep moving forward.

 Taking the Beyond Layers Class with Kim Klassen is one of my small actions - I continually think about improving my photography and where I want to go with it. So now that I'm actively doing something about it. I can rest my mind and concentrate more on what I'm learning!! 

To all Beyond Layers artists - Congratulate yourself on taking action!

This weeks assignment was the painterly effect.  Kim showed us some great photoshop techniques to play with. It always amazes me that with Photoshop, there is always something more to learn. I used to have my standard routine and now I've learn that there is so much to play with blend modes, opacity and textures!! So much fun!

Off Camera flash with unbrella
Texture: Kim Klassen's Graydaystone

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

Over the years Valentine's Day has become much more that just a day for our romantic love.
Today we celebrate all people we and don't forget our endearing pets!  Do  a little something today for the people who are special in your life... bake some cookies... write a love note...or just leave little store bought surprise ( you can never go wrong with chocolate surprise in my book!)

... and don't forget to do a little something for yourself - go to lunch with a friend...a movie... or  just take some time to be creative.  What ever you choose - Enjoy your day!

I baked these cookies for my hubby. A friend at work gave me the recipe for these Linzer Cookies and are they scrumptious! I made them over the weekend and I believe they're all gone!!!

Below are 2 different versions. I can't say one is better that the other...just different. I like the both for different reason. The 1st would be great for a cookbook and the second..well just a nice print to hang on your kitchen wall. 

1st version: Minor touchups - darken top left corner with the paint brush (selecting a color near by)
Darkened to of Powdered sugar shaker, sharpened and added a little contrast.

2nd Version:  Applied some actions, texture by Kim Klassen,  a patterned overlay and smoothed out the background with the paint tool. Applied a slight burn using selection and multiply mode.