Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1,000 words...or so...

i'm moving on up in the world.

photographically speaking.

out of the point-and-shoot world and into the digital slr world.


(this is me trying to contain my glee...)

and since i know some of you are photographers, amateur or otherwise, i need some advice on what to buy. i'm looking at nikons and cannons, specifically these models:

nikon d40 & d50
cannon rebel xs & sx10is

i want to stay below $500 and since this is my first digital slr buy, i want to know what your opinion is. yes, you.

and not only is this an investment in my (our) life, but this new camera will also be gracing us with its presence on our next trip...

let the opinions/advice flow.

p.s. i have spoken previous of my love for the pioneer woman (or p-dubs, as i like to call her). it is because of her, her awesome blog, and her fun smartypants quizzes that the purchase of this new camera is possible. thanks, pw!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

for the love of (processed) food

this one time, we bought a (town)house.

then, we had a house-warming party. which gave us an excuse to make spinach artichoke dip.

i found a good recipe, and matt proceeded to make it the night of the party.

unfortunately, we sadly do not own a food processor, a kitchen item i have desperately long for.

but we have a blender (every couple gets one of these when they get married, right?) which i really only use to "process" food.

matt then placed all of the spinach artichoke dip ingredients into the blender and blended. and blended some more. and then some more.

and that's when the blender started smoking.


a week later, i was making strawberry lemonade cupcakes, and needed the blender to "process" the strawberries into a puree.

and that's when it became certain that our blender was officially deceased.

matt suggested that he run to target to buy a new blender.

and then, brilliantly, he suggested we just buy a food processor. since that's all we ever use the blender for.

and i fell in love with him. all over again.

a half hour later, i had a food processor. and we've been very happy ever since.

especially when i made this for dinner the other night: red pesto penne with roasted cherry tomatoes and goat cheese.

thank you spinach artichoke dip, the best use of our now-dead blender. you went out in blazing glory.

thank you matt, for the gift of being able to actually process food.

and thank you love and olive oil for your deliciousness.

Friday, September 18, 2009

sunset in sweden

happy friday.