Monday, October 31, 2011

Canon T1i or Cheap Nikon?

Remember how excited I was when I bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon T1i? The honeymoon is over.

I know every good blogger is supposed to have a "real" camera, but honestly? Dragging that heavy DSLR camera around is a pain! And my camera, the Canon T1i, isn't even that bulky compared to some of the others. All those fancy options and features are complicated! Is point-and-shoot really that bad?

For our San Francisco vacation, I left the Canon at home and brought our old, pocket-sized Nikon. With the help of Picasa's free photo editing software, I was able to go from this:

Alcatraz, as seen from our Golden Gate Bay cruise.

To this:
 Post-Picasa. Not bad for a photo taken willy nilly!
(And even more 'not bad' if you click the photo to enlarge it!)
Fellow bloggers and photographers, would you ever trade in your DSLR camera for an old-school point and shoot camera? And, if so, which one would you recommend?

I'm tempted to sell my Canon to buy something fun, like an insanely (!%&*#) expensive Vitamix blender!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kale and Zucchini Quesadillas Recipe

Have you ever thrown together a bunch of different things just to use them up before they go bad, only to discover that what you've made is absolutely delicious? This is one of those recipes.

I had no intention of blogging about this (hence the bites that are missing from the below photos) but it is really, REALLY good! I was just trying to use up our leftover kale and zucchini and now have a new favorite recipe. Don't you just love when that happens? It's especially great since I never know what to do with kale anyway.




Hmmm...this is perhaps not the most beautiful food.


KALE AND ZUCCHINI QUESADILLAS
serves one

Ingredients
  • 1 tortilla
  • 2 large kale leaves, chopped with thick stems removed
  • 1/4 of a zucchini, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, Green Onion, and Jalapenos (to taste, but if you skip this altogether, your quesadilla will be bland!)
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Butter (you can add these ingredients separately if you must, but after that you should make yourself a go-to combination for next time. Sooooo yummy and useful!)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • Handful of Mozzarella Cheese
Directions
  1. In a small frying pan on medium heat, melt the garlic butter
  2. Add the water
  3. Add the kale and zucchini
  4. Stir and cover for 5 minutes
  5. Stir, then add the cilantro, green onion, and jalapeno
  6. Cover and let sit for 3 more minutes, or until zucchini and kale are tender
  7. Add mayonnaise
  8. Turn off heat, add mozzarella, and stir
  9. Put everything onto 1 side of a tortilla, then fold over
  10. Place your quesadilla in the toaster oven until browned. The stove top, George Foreman Grill, or oven are all fine alternatives if you don't have a toaster oven

 I'm going to go make another right now!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Costume Fun! Cutest Baby Skunk Ever?

Every year, Sexy Nerd always takes it upon himself to dole out the Halloween candy. Interacting with trick-or-treaters and their hovering parents is a bit much for antisocial me, so this works out perfectly. It's also an ideal situation for the kids, because Sexy Nerd is a pushover and easily forgets all about my stingy "2 candies each" rule whenever a child with an adorable costume or sweet voice shows up at our door, scooping up enormous handfuls of candy instead.

Our first year in our home, one trick-or-treater was a little boy dressed as a skunk. He was only about 2 and had the Most.Adorable.Costume.Ever, along with an irresistible "Twick-or-Tweat Pwease". His mom was holding his bag of candy at the end of our driveway, so he held out his furry, mittened skunk hands. Sexy Nerd was no match for the cuteness and gladly forked over a massive handful of Tootsie Rolls, Caramels, and Gummy Candy Corn into his waiting paws. 

"Thank you," said the little skunk, trying to hold all of the candy. He dropped a piece and bent down to pick it up.

"Thank you," he said upon retrieving the candy, only to have another piece slip out of his grip.

Can you guess where this is going?

"Thank you," he said, picking up the piece while dropping two more.

Moral of the story? Stick to your wife's 2 candy rule, Sexy Nerd! It was pretty darn cute though, and Sexy Nerd brings up the Little Skunk story every Halloween. Because of this, it was easy to make my decision when asked to do a blog review for Wholesale Halloween Costumes, especially when I saw that they feature infant costumes.
Oh, the cute furriness of the Baby Velvet Skunk!

Of course, Sexy Nerd and I are planning to stay baby-free for at least another year or two, and we couldn't have a perfectly good costume sitting in the guest bedroom closet on Halloween.

Biscuit didn't mind the skunk feet.

In fact, she probably enjoyed making Pica jealous. She's mean like that.
Surprisingly, Biscuit seemed fine with wearing the skunk hat.
 Cuter than a baby?

Apparently, though, the skunk tail is SCARY!

 "It's gonna get me!"
Pica, who looks completely thrilled to dress up like a skunk, wishes you a Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sometimes I Think We'll Buy Anything at Pottery Barn

Behold, Pottery Barn's Sand Vase Filler.

Only $8.50! I suppose the price may seem a bit much, but it's not like you can get 4 pounds of sand anywhere else, right?

Besides, it's from Pottery Barn!

Really, Pottery Barn?

Has anyone out there purchased this fancy pants sand? Is it actually made up of finely ground diamonds and unicorn tears?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You're Never Too Old For Braces

Let's rewind to high school, when my stubborn teenage self insisted (demanded!) at the orthodontist's office on the very last appointment before getting braces that there was no way I was ever, EVER going to put those sharp, ugly things in my mouth. My mom told me that I'd regret it and would have to pay the thousands of dollars for braces myself in another 10 years or so.

I knew she was wrong. I just knew it.

Now, I'm at an age where my smile just doesn't send the professional image I would like. Between you (the entire internet world!) and me, I don't have the most attractive front teeth. I had my teeth fixed in the 3rd grade after a little accident, (Face, meet Road) and now, 20-something years later, the composite build ups are chipped and showing their age, with a noticeable horizontal line separating real tooth from fake. Oh, and as if this weren't all bad enough, the 2 teeth are different sizes with a gap between them! When I told my boss, a pediatric dentist, that I was thinking of getting a consultation for cosmetically restoring my front teeth, she was delighted.

Well, she's going to have to wait. My exam was yesterday and, although I should be a fairly simple case, we're not quite there yet. Guess what, Teenage Me?

I get to wear braces!

Oh crap!
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