I photographed a 6 day old this morning (I will post that session soon) and I realized that I am really bored with all of my baskets and I need to find some new ones. That's my disease, I am a prop collector. But then I remembered that I do have one special basket that I am waiting to use outside. Hopefully it will be warm soon and an overcast but warm day will coincide with a newborn session.
These were so good! They actually have cooked millet in the batter (not millet flour) so they have a very interesting texture which I liked a lot. There is also no white sugar in the batter, you use maple syrup instead (directly in the batter). This was an awesome wholegrain recipe.
Enough with the crazy weather here! It is again snowing and it's a total blizzard outside. But here are some photos to warm you up : )
A sweet baby girl
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Normally I take Simon to his lesson but this week do to an injury (I
burned my arm making a smoothie) Myles got the honor. Myles had to take off work early to do this but it left me free to be able to video the event. Normally
there are 2 other kids in his lessons but we really lucked out that
both were not in attendance and Simon got a private lesson. Prefect day
to show up with a video camera : )
This is the first video that I have completely shot, edited and added music to all by myself. I think I am starting to get the knack of imovie.
Simon is not used to
swimming with his daddy and I think it's funny how he doesn't really
trust him with the back float. Notice how Simon holds on tight to
He really does love swimming and doesn't mind
going under water at all. He is becoming quite the little fish. I am
really hung up on the idea of getting some underwater video of him but
I need to either borrow or rent an under water camera. Anyone have one
they want to loan me?
One of the most interesting parts of photographing newborns is that I get to hear all of their birth stories. Most are quite entertaining but this was one of the best ones yet. This brother and sister set were born vaginally (very rare for twins) and one was vertex and the other breech. As far as I know most OBs now days won't even deliver a single breech baby vaginally. Needless to say I was pretty impressed. For the moms part she said it was one of the most painful things she has ever experienced (I'll bet!).
I received this book for my birthday this year. I have been hung up on the idea of cooking an entire cook book all the way through and I think this is going to be my project for the next 2 years or so.
There are 148 recipes in this book that means I would have to make almost 3 a week if I wanted to finish the book in one year. This was an inexpensive recipe but a lot of them involve expensive cuts of meat and wine (Zinfandel-Braised Lamb Shanks for example) and I don't think that we could afford to do the whole book in one year so I am shooting for a 2 year plan. This book is arranged by season and the meals are made up of ingredients that would be found in season for that particular time of year. I think that fact alone will actually make is possible to cook through this book - your not going to run into some recipe that calls for blood oranges in the middle of summer. This recipe was from the deep winter section. Even considering that most of the produce I bought was from California. Pretty much the only truly local produce (grown in WA or BC) that can be found right now are leeks, onions, potatoes, shallots, and mushrooms.
Don't worry I am not turning this into a food blog. I just thought it would be interesting to do a little blog post about some of the good recipes and this was one of them. We are giving it 4 stars. The flavors work really well together but since the book is copyrighted I can't actually post the recipe here (sorry).
If you had asked me last year I would have said that I didn't like beets but last summer we received some in our CSA box and I went to all-recipes.com (my default recipe book) and found this recipe for beet salad. We loved it an that salad has now become one of our favorites - (we use fresh beets instead of canned beets though). Simon, on the other hand, hates beets. Its the only food that he truly hates. We tried feeding them to him when he was about 7 months old and he would gag, choke and spit it them out. It's actually quite a comical production. I tried again last night to get him to eat some and he chewed for awhile and then just spit them back out. This is really an improvement over the last time he tired them so we may make a beet eater out of him yet.
This is Seattle's Youth Symphony's Benji Bae, an extremely talented young man.
Benji recently preformed in the Bellevue Philharmonic concert series
and needed a few head shots for the program. I don't normally get to
photograph musicians and I was thrilled at the opportunity. I love working with babies but it is nice to get to listen to some classical music inseatd of crying for a change. Benji will shortly be auditioning at all the major music conservatories and universities I am sure he will have his pic as to where he studies. Look for him in the next few years at a concet hall near you.