January 31, 2017

Day 29: Contrast

Capture Your 365 Day 29: Contrast.
Experimenting with water droplet refraction.

Day 28: Fortune

Capture Your 365 Day 28: Fortune.
Ooooo...I can't wait to find out what I will be rejoicing on Wednesday!

January 27, 2017

Roasted Chicken with Kale-Quinoa Salad

Recipe from Cooking Light.
This was very good, the kids even liked it! 
I ran out of quinoa so I added some brown rice.
9 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 27: Dried Flowers

Capture Your 365 Day 27: Dried Flowers.

January 26, 2017

A Year With My Camera: Aperature.

This week's lesson in A Year With My Camera: Aperture. 

This week we learned about the creative effect of aperture:  
the ability to affect depth of field or blurring of the background. 
The lower your f-number, the higher the aperture, and the smaller your depth of field.  
Only the subject of the picture is in focus.

The higher your f-number, the lower the aperture, and the larger your depth of field.  
A larger amount of the picture is in focus.

Homework Assignments:

Take 2 photos of the same subject, one at your min and one at your max apertures.

Know the closest focusing distances for each one of your lenses.

Show us your bokeh.

January 25, 2017

Day 24: Open

Capture Your 365 Day 24: Open.
I live in California's Central Valley where there 
is plenty of beautiful open space.

Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin

Recipes from Cooking Light.
So delicious! 
11 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

January 23, 2017

Day 23: Action

Capture Your 365 Day 23: Action.
My cat, Maisy.....always in action!

Leading Lines

52Frames Photo Challenge 2017
Week 4: Leading Lines. 
Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Shutter: 1/250th of a second
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8

January 22, 2017

Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli

Super delicious dinner tonight from Cooking Light
This was very easy and quick, definitely going on my 'make again' list! 
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 22: Explore

Capture Your 365 Day 22: Explore. 
Today I decided to stop and explore this monument I pass by often while driving. 
With a Google search I found out it is a monument to an avid cyclist, George Sartor, 
who was struck by a car and killed at this intersection in 2015. 
Mr. Sartor rode his bike to and from work, won many bike races, 
participated in the 129 mile Death Ride through the Sierra Nevadas three times, 
and logged over 22,000 miles on his bike. 
He left behind 5 children.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Sunday's Lunch: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
This Cooking Light recipe was perfect for a 
cold and wet afternoon! 
Served with Tomato-Cucumber Salad. 
5 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

January 21, 2017

Mini Homemade Pizzas

Delicious lunch today! 
A Flatout Foldit topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella, 
sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. 
5 Weight Watchers Smart Points for two.

Day 21: Winter Berries

Capture Your 365 Day 21: Winter Berries.
Taken at the historic Dublin Pioneer Cemetery in Dublin, Claifornia.

Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

I thought this was very good and a nice change 
from the sweet special weekend breakfasts we usually have. 
Thee kids didn't like the texture much. 
Served with fresh pineapple. 
7 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos

I've made this recipe about 7 times in the last year 
and I don't often repeat recipes! It is so good and flavorful! 
16 Weight Watchers Smart Points for 3 (yes three!!!) tacos.

Day 20: Your Neighborhood

Capture Your 365 Day 20: Your Neighborhood.
My neighborhood in Mountain House, California. 
Thank you to my daughter for her idea and holding the 2nd camera for me!

January 19, 2017

Day 19: Chilly

Capture Your 365 Day 19: Chilly.
When you've got a great idea for the prompt but your cat wants to play.....

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Satay Sauce

Wednesday's Dinner: 
THE BEST satay sauce I have ever had and the rice was perfectly spicy! 
All recipes are from Cooking Light
16 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

January 18, 2017

Day 18: Chosen

Capture Your 365 Day 18: Chosen.
Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. 
I have chosen to have only a few bites and not a whole slice!

A Year With My Camera: Introduction to Exposure

This week's lesson in A Year With My Camera:  Introduction to Exposure. 

The photos on the left was taken in my usual mode, full auto, 
where the camera automatically corrects to the exposure to 18% grey. 
The photos on the right are straight out of the camera, on manual, where I control the exposure.

January 17, 2017

Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

So delicious and super quick to make....about 20 minutes! 
This delicious recipe is from Cooking Light
Served with steamed broccoli. 
8 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

Day 17: Bubbles

Capture Your 365 Day 17: Bubbles.
For today's prompt I taught myself  Droplet Refraction. 
There was a lot of trial and error but I learned a lot and got some great shots. 
This one best represented 'Bubbles'.

Oatmeal Breakfast

Breakfast for 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points:
Oatmeal, toasted almonds, blueberries, 
raspberries, and a little brown sugar. 

January 16, 2017

Black and White

52Frames Photo Challenge 2017. 
Week 3: Black and White

Day 16: Quiet

Capture Your 365 Day 16: Quiet.
My cat, watching birds, being very quiet.

Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Mustard Sauce

Served with a side of roasted potato wedges. 
Recipe from Cooking Light.
11 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

January 14, 2017

Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowl

This Cooking Light recipe was delicious, quick, and easy. 
I'll keep this in mind to make on a busy weeknight. 
Could have used a bit more cheese though!  
10 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

German Apple Pancake

Saturday's Brunch: German Apple Pancake.
So delicious! I used whole milk and regular eggs 
which brought the Weight Watchers Smart Point count up to 9 per wedge. 
Following the recipe as written each wedge is 7 sp.  
Recipe from Cooking Light.

Day 14: Inviting

Capture Your 365 Day 14: Inviting.
My cat likes to greet visitors at our front door. 
She's not very inviting! 
Would you dare to enter?

January 13, 2017

Italian Wedding Soup

Friday's Dinner: Italian Wedding Soup.  
Served with Cheesy Bread, and Oven Roasted Green Beans. 
This soup recipe from Cooking Light is delicious, quick, and easy!
9 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

A Year With My Camera.... Introduction to Exposure

This week's lesson in A Year With My Camera.... Introduction to Exposure. 

I learned that when in auto mode my camera will automatically adjust exposure to 18% grey. The left picture is a white sheet of paper, the right is black paper. My camera automatically adjusted the exposure to 18% grey, making them look identical. 

Next step: going off auto and taking control of the exposure myself!

Day 13: Currently Loving

Capture Your 365 Day 13: Currently Loving.
My cat, Maisy, currently loving her nap.

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Thursday's Dinner: Creamy Chicken Pasta
Another delicious Cooking Light recipe. 
Next time I make it I'm going to double the recipe so there are plenty of leftovers! 
Served with a side salad. 
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the meal.

January 12, 2017

Day 12: Icy Bokeh

Capture Your 365 Day 12: Icy Bokeh.
There is no ice where I am so I put some white Christmas lights 
on a white background, took my camera off auto (!!!) 
and started experimenting with different settings. 
This was a fun prompt!

January 11, 2017

Day 11: Steaming

Capture Your 365 Day 11: Steaming.
My steaming cup of coffee.
Photographing steam was a learning experience! 
It was nice to branch out and learn a new concept.

January 10, 2017

Smoky Shredded Chicken Tacos

This delicious Cooking Light recipe was a hit with the whole family. 
The recipe called for pork, I subbed chicken. 
3 tacos for 7 Weight Watchers Smart Points.....yes, you read that right! 7sp!!!

Day 10: Print

Capture Your 365 Day 10: Print.
Homework time!

January 9, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

So good and so easy! Bonus: lots of leftovers! 
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points, including the naan.

Rule of Thirds

52Frames Photo Challenge 2017. 
Week 2: Rule of Thirds.
Rule of Thirds seems like an easy concept to follow 
but all of my shots just looked off center to me. 
I have a very limited editing program (Picasa) 
so this photo was just cropped and straightened a bit. 
I'm not sure if this follows the Rule of Thirds or is just off center.

Day 9: Game

Capture Your 365 Day 9: Game.
Enjoying a friendly game of Rat-A-Tat-Cat with the family.

January 8, 2017

Sunday's Dinner

Blaze Pizza for dinner tonight. 
Half of a veggie pizza with ricotta cheese.
8 Weight Watchers Smart Points.

Day 8: Get in the Picture

Capture Your 365 Day 8: Get in the Picture. 
I see little cat feet! Now if I can just get her 
out of her hiding place and in the picture!

Date-and-Maple Scones

Sunday's Breakfast: Date-and-Maple Scones
This delicious recipe is from Cooking Light.
12 Weight Watchers Smart Points for the scone, 
served with bacon for an additional 2sp.

January 7, 2017

#1day12pics: January 7, 2017

I'm participating in the A Year With My Camera workshop. 
Saturday's theme was '1 Day, 12 Pics'.  
Here are my 12 pictures for today:

1.  A rainy Saturday

2.  Flower in my front yard

3.  My cat running through her tunnel

4.  Random plant in my living room

5.  Barbacoa Beef Tacos for lunch

6.  My 'Minty Fresh' photo submission

7.  The little Nerf balls my cat plays with and hides

8.  Cutting an apple

9.  My cat trying to get to a jar of her Nerf balls.

11.  Italian Sausage and Three Peppers for dinner tonight

12.  Playing Rat-a-Tat Cat during game night