A few days ago we got together with a few neighborhood friends for an Easter Egg hunt. I’m not sure who had more fun: me with my camera, or the Zoom’s with the eggs. Here are a few snapshots of our afternoon. My little Zoom is getting so big!
He looks so old in his big boy clothes.
And, he thouroughly enjoyed watching the older boys searching for the eggs.
Big Zoom was on the hunt. I must say, he was quite the gatherer. No time for munching on sweets; his sole mission was to fill his basket.
Mr. Zoom recently gave Big Zoom a haircut and everyone who has seen him says he looks an entire year older. I can’t believe he’ll be 2 in two weeks. This last year has gone by entirely too quickly.
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a great weekend with family and friends. Be sure to check back this week. Where’s the Zoom is getting a BIG makeover!
For the past couple of weeks I have been fooling around with Photoshop Elements. Even though I’ve taken several classes in Photoshop, the program is so expansive that it can be really intimidating. I’ve been reading a lot, playing a lot, and asking questions a lot. I finally feel like I’m starting to grasp a few things which I’ve been able to use.
Here is a shot of Big Zoom’s sweet friend straight out of the camera.
One thing I’ve been playing with is actions. Many people write and develop their own actions which are basically effects to change the look of whatever you are working on. The Pioneer Woman has some neat ones as do many, many, other bloggers. As of late, I’ve been using actions and storyboards created by the Coffee Shop Blog. She’s also got digital papers, frames, and lots of other neat things.
Here is the image processed using 6 different actions.
If you are interested, be sure to check out her tutorials for downloading and installing them into Photoshop. It can be tricky! Any favorites? I tend to lean towards Velvet Peach when I’m working on pictures of kids. I think it’s nice and soft.
Be sure to check out the rest of my P52 friends!
Do you remember seeing these as a kid? I do, and though I can’t quite place where I may have seen them, I remember them being around every spring. I’m pretty sure my mom didn’t make them, so perhaps they were bake sale items, or egg hunt treats.
We are in full blown easter mode these days. The baskets are bought, the eggs are stuffed, the hunts are scheduled. I’ve always loved the changing of the seasons; and most especially winter to spring. Though we’ve had many warm days already this year, Easter time just feels like the true start of spring.
I managed to make this wreath a few weekends ago, we’ve spread our new pine straw, and this weekend we’ll tackle the potted plants, hanging ferns, and my new herb garden. And today Big Zoom and our friends Owen and Becky helped make these cute egg nest deserts.
The ingredients are so simple. 12 ounces of butterscotch chips, 12 ounces of chow mien noodles (dried), and some egg shaped candy. We used Cadbury’s mini eggs but jellybeans would work well too.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the butterscotch in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment. When butterscotch is completely melted, pour over chow mien noodles. Mix until coated thouroughly.
Scoop out 1/4 cup sized nests onto parchment paper and top with candy. These firm up pretty quickly and can be transferred within 10 minutes or so to a platter or cake stand.
Little hands always seem to invade after a couple of seconds of picture taking. Give these a try if you’re looking for a sweet Easter table centerpiece!
One of the first things I remember about the food scene in our current city was the abundance of sweet potatoes. It seemed there was a variation on every menu and they were bountifully displayed in every supermarket. Mr. Zoom and I had just moved back to the States after living in Dublin, and I was very excited about indulging in the local (southern) regional cuisine which was something totally new to me.
The sweet potato fries at The Pit, were my introduction to eating a sweet potato outside of my mother’s holiday casserole (which is delicious). They were beautifully golden, equal parts crispy and soft, and such a novelty after nearly 3 years of irish white potatoes (also delicious…in moderation). I was instantly an addict and seeked out sweet potato fries everywhere we went.
I’ve attempted to create my own sweet potato fries at home without much success. They are either too soft or totally fried. So when I came across this recipe two weeks ago, I knew I’d try it immediately. The result: a nicely roasted, slightly spicy, perfect bite sized bit of delicious. Seriously, so good.
I made the recipe as written for Mr. Zoom, who devoured it with salsa and spicy black bean dip on top. I’ve been on a rice bowl kick lately, so for my dinner I threw a bunch of the roasted sweet potatoes on top of some nutty brown rice and added spicy black beans and half an avocado. And then I died and went to spicy, sweet, nutty, creamy heaven.
Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2-3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili power
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons oil (I’ve used both olive and a meyer lemon infused olive, on separate occasions. Both were yum).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together sweet potatoes, spices, and oil until well coated. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.
I’m in the market for a new camera lens. I am currently using a 50mm 1.8, which I borrowed from a friend. The lens is great; a super starter lens (let’s be honest, I’m still a starter), and really sharp. I’m toying with the idea of getting a zoom lens, but have also had great recommendations for another wider prime. Last week while out at the park, I was able to borrow a 28-75mm 2.8 and wow, what a difference.
Christopher’s sweet friend Owen was a perfect model.
You can tell this kid’s mama is a photographer. He can really work the camera.
What I loved most about the zoom was that I was able to get close shots like the one above, without having to be right up in Owen’s face. Trying to get a picture with Big Zoom looking at the camera is nearly impossible right now because he is just so quick!
Two of his favorite things: the water cup and the dump truck.
What a doll!
I’ve got a couple more lenses to try before I decide which one I’m going to purchase. Recommendations are always welcome!