First of all, thank you for the thought provoking comments you left on my autism post. I know there will be plenty more to talk about as these changes continue to be proposed, and I truly appreciated the discussion. My readers are amazing!
We’ve had a very low key weekend here, which has been wonderful. I’ve gotten caught up on a few projects and accomplished a few must-do chores, while also getting in some R&R. One of the highlights, as always, has been the meals — in particular the photos that go along with said meals. My mother- and father-in-law, Barb and John, gave me a 50mm camera lens for Christmas, and I’ve been experimenting.
On Friday night, we made minestrone soup, adding in some chicken sausage for extra protein.
I tried my hand at manually focusing. What do you think? Can you tell what I used as my guide?
If you guessed the noodle that is sticking up from the rest of the soup, you got it.
For some additional veg, we roasted Brussels sprouts sprinkled with chili seasoning and olive oil in the oven. Fifteen minutes at 400 degrees, and they were perfect to taste…and photograph. My focus was on the sprout toward the back, in the center.
Wine was also a must. I love how the glass pops while the rest of the background is blurred.
Our movie choice for the snowy evening was The English Patient. Overall, I’d call it interesting, but not necessarily a movie I’d want to watch again.
The next morning, we tried out a 50mm breakfast: French toast and bacon!
I used this recipe for Vanilla French Toast with Fresh Berries from my Whole Foods recipe app. It was incredible – we could taste the vanilla with every bite. Combined with the maple syrup drizzle and blackberries, we were two very happy diners.
The turkey bacon was amazing and incredibly easy. Just sizzle in a pan for 7-10 minutes and voila!
On the menu for dinner Saturday was a familiar favorite: fajitas!
This time we used skirt steak to switch up the flavor. It was incredible with the fajita spices. Tomatoes, red peppers, spinach, cheese and Greek yogurt “sour cream” rounded out the inside. Flatout Bread wrapped everything up in a pretty package.
So what do you think? Am I still an amateur with a 50mm lens? If you have any general tips on how to use it most effectively, I’d love to hear from you.
Big thanks to Barb and John for the fantastic gift!
Tonight I’m looking forward to fondue with a friend. It will help take my mind off the Packers…
Question: What books have you been loving lately?
I’m always looking for new or interesting reads. I’ve got a review coming up this week for you, too!