February 05, 2016

For the Love of Cheese

cheese and red tomatoes
I love cheese and cheese plates are my absolute favorite. Cheese is one of the things we never run out of here, or try not to anyway. If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be cheese. Hyperbolic? Maybe. But cheese is the one glorious food I'm never, ever bored of. Maybe my #2 New Year's resolution should be: "Eat more cheese."

I have been looking for a good cheese sauce recipe for a long time and I have finally founded it. Thought I'd share it with you. This cheese sauce recipe was very quick and easy to make and you can use it with any cheese you want.
I'm making penne pasta with broccoli florets this weekend. This dish is simple to make and so filling served with cheese sauce.

Have a good one! xx

7 Lighter Options for Cheese Lovers.


Parmesan Cheese Sauce.

Easy Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup low-fat milk
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk flour into butter until smooth.
Pour milk into butter mixture and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until cheese melts. Season with pepper.
Try with: steamed vegetables, tortilla chips, baked potatoes, hot cooked pasta (macaroni or penne).

January 29, 2016

Are Photography Composition Rules Meant to Be Broken?


Today, I stumbled upon an interesting article on PetaPixel website "Why Gursky's Photo of the Rhine is the World's Most Expensive Photo" by Michael Zhang and thought I'd share it with you.
Rhein II by German photographer Andreas Gursky sold at auction for a ground-breaking $ 4.3 million.

This is the photo (ABOVE) that got me thinking about the photography rules...are they meant to be followed or broken?
You hear nature photographers talk about a number of composition rules all the time which can be applied in absolutely any situation...the "The Rule Of Thirds", "Leading Lines", "Foreground Elements of Interest", "Horizons should never be placed in the middle of the frame", etc.
The joy that comes from trying something new, releasing the fear of what others might think of your photography and even breaking the rules of composition is really amazing.

So today I thought to myself: "Hey, go ahead; start experimenting outside the rules (and see where it takes you). Simply use your own judgement and capture the subject how you think it would look better best."
That being said, I believe it's safe to follow the rules when it makes sense; you need to know the rules before you can break them.

Someone once said, innovation always seems to move well beyond the conventional. Well, don't be afraid to ignore the rules when inspiration strikes!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xx

P.S. I'm so excited to have been featured on Make it Monday, the super awesome and inspiring Katherines Corner blog.

(Bottom photo by Andreas Gursky via PetaPixel.)

January 22, 2016

Life's Little Pleasures

Flowers make me incredibly happy. Hope they do the same for you.
Embracing the winter chill. 

I like winter, despite the cold weather and snow. I love curling up on my sofa with a cup of hot chocolate. I love curling up in a warm, cozy sweater. I love to photograph winter landscapes. Need I say more?
This week has been cold - like ridiculously cold. I'll be focusing on staying warm this weekend with fuzzy socks, cozy blankets and hot chocolate.

Hope you have a great weekend! Be safe and stay warm! xx

Sitting by the window and savoring my favorite flavor of coffee.
Something about this little scene way calling me to shoot it.
Watching the clouds form beautiful shapes. It's never the same show twice.
We all need a little magic in our lives, right?
Spending a few days in a lovely cottage.

I love ivy-covered houses. There's something completely medieval and amazing about ivy on houses. Well, you would never have to paint again! ;)

A warm bowl of soup on a lazy Friday night after a hard day. Nothing beats the comfort-giving qualities of a warm bowl of soup.
French Toast. There is nothing nicer than sitting at home in my pajamas and eating one of my favorite desserts. Yum!
Hunting out interesting reflections. Capturing outside window reflections...glass can be a lot of fun to work with.
Getting outdoors for a long walk on a cold day.

January 19, 2016

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board with Appeal



When imaginative design meets solid construction...
elegant cheese serving board with appeal


My dears, have you heard of Uncommon Goods? They have beautiful, quirky products - like personalized family prints, personalized artceramic trays necklaces, photo prints, bottle openers, wine glasses, personalized kids gifts, cookbook stands, etc...this company really does have a little bit of everything! Great shopping site for finding special gifts.
Take a peek here.

I love the fact that Uncommon Goods makes conscious efforts to fulfill its environmental and socially responsible mission statement. Click here and here for more info.
Everyone loves a good cheese plate.

Let me just say, I have discovered their store a couple of months ago, and have used them to find creative gifts. Uncommon Goods has been my go-to shopping site for the past few months, and I would highly recommend them for unique gifts.

Recently, I was invited by Uncommon Goods to try one of their products. I only agree to these requests when it's something I would actually use. I am a sucker for stylish yet practical items.
So naturally, I was tickled to test this Cheese & Crackers Serving Board that Uncommon Goods sent me to review!



Features of the product/Benefits: 

I was pleasantly surprised by how handsome this Cheese Serving Board was. Perfect sized board and the wood quality is great (it was thicker than I expected, which was a nice bonus;).
What a wonderful gift idea for the cheese lover in the house!

My serving boards are one of my most used and beloved home items. They are great for parties or for entertaining or just to have around the house. While every home is different, I think this is one of those things that every home should have.
I am very fond of this Cheese Board - functional, solid construction, wonderfully designed and an asset to any kitchen. I love that the Cheese & Crackers Serving Board adds an elegant twist to the conventional cheese board.
It's beautiful, and would add nice decoration to any tabletop or counter (when it's not in use) - ideal to show off with when having guests around. It is also highly durable, and great for serving cheese, cold cuts, crackers, chips, dips and other favorite finger foods.
Serving Boards like this will last ages and look really good.

Practical details:

Speedy delivery and great packaging.

What a brilliant way to serve cheese or deli-meats! Made from Northern American maple, this Cheese Board makes a particularly attractive gift for any cheese lover!
For those seeking creativity, the right serving of cheese matters.
I love that it can function as decoration when it's not in use.

If you've been looking for a good quality, versatile design, beautiful home gift or Valentine/Anniversary present, the Cheese & Crackers Serving Board is a fabulous choice.

*Best way to present this:
With a glass of wine and a serving of his/her favorite fruit.

Now I'm off to wrap it up with some great stinky cheeses and crackers!;)

You can find this fashionable Cheese & Crackers Serving Board and other beautiful products at Uncommon Goods. I definitely recommend checking their shopping site out for even more creative, fun gift ideas.

Visit Uncommon Goods to see the great selection of gifts for men here. See more gift ideas for women here. Check out more gifts for kids here.

I was selected for this opportunity and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product for review purposes.

January 08, 2016

Good and Lovely Things

Hello everyone! Hope your holidays were safe, happy, and full of great memories. Make this New Year your best year yet!
new year's resolution card
This might seem like a good thing! Ah, resolutions are usually difficult to stick to. Don't you think?

As we entered the new year, I've decided to make only one resolution. My resolution is to stay committed. Stay committed to my (attainable) goals. Stay committed to my dreams. Stay committed to things that will further my photography projects. Stay committed to the things I love and value.
So my word that I want to focus on for the year is commit. Truth be told, without committing, we can't achieve anything.
Shortbread Cookies. {Get the recipe for Shortbread Cookies.}
 Shades of pink.
Tiny pink flowers.

Green Herbal Tea. Instructions on how to make herbal green tea using your Herbal Green Tea Kit here.
Pale Pink Roses.
Ah, the first sip of coffee in the morning...
Keeping a journal.
French Macaron. The most adorable treat.
One of my fave quotes about life.
Practicing healthy eating habits.
Cozy cafes.

Interesting Vintage finds.
Winter through my window.
Morning light on roses.

Valentine's Hearts.

I love this! What a sweet Valentine's Day gift idea!

Hope you have a great weekend! xx