Day 255 – What’s for Dinner?


I know many of you fellow men are like me… at least I think you may be. You get hungry and amble out to the kitchen, open the refrigerator door and just stare for a while, trying to figure out what to have for dinner. If you are like me, you don’t see anything that looks good, even though the refrigerator is full of choices, so you close the door and walk away. After awhile, hunger gets the best of you, and you head back out to search the refrigerator once again, as if maybe, somehow, some new food made it’s way into the refrigerator… and you stand there with the door open, like I do, gazing and hoping for something to jump out at you. Usually my wife will snap me out of my trance and make a suggestion, and then it’s like, “yea, why didn’t I think of that?” I think the problem arises when there are too many choices. Back when I was a single guy, I never had that problem. I would open the refrigerator and grab a beer and some leftover pizza. There weren’t a lot of choices to make, just pizza, beer, or out dated milk. Now that I’m supposed to eat healthier, I have more choices, and it takes longer to prepare the food, and… I just wish I could have pizza and a beer again. Life has become so complicated. 🙂
I shot this picture of my fully stocked refrigerator using my iPhone 4S and then processed it in Dynamic light on the Urban Art setting.

Day 232 – Child of the Corn


The University of Michigan’s colors are Maize and Blue, Maize is also another name for corn. Caitlyn wearing her Michigan sweatshirt looks right at home surrounded by the giant corn stalks.

Day 194 – Monochrome Pepper

Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…

Day 185 – Steel Cut Oats

This is a shot of my breakfast preaparation; Steel Cut Oats in a 1/4 cup measuring cup, ready to add to 1 1/2 cups boiling water. This is a great start to the morning, Oatmeal and a cup or two of coffee. I really like Steel Cut Oats, they have a better texture and after I’ve eaten them, they stay with me longer, so I don’t feel hungry at mid morning. I eat them plain with a little Silk Almond Milk.

From Wikipedia

Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into pieces. They are commonly used in Scotland and Ireland to make porridge, whereas rolled oats are used in England, other English-speaking countries, and Scandinavia. They are sometimes named after the grade of cut, e.g. pinhead oats; steel-cut oats from Ireland are sometimes called Irish oats. Steel-cut oats are golden in color. They come in different grades depending on the size of the pieces: pinhead (the largest), coarse, medium and fine. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook than instant or rolled oats due to their minimal processing, typically 15–30 minutes (though much less if pre-soaked). The flavor of the cooked oats is described as being nuttier than other types of oats, and they are also chewier.

If you like a little more flavor, you can add some fruit to the oatmeal. I’ve tried dried cherries, blueberries, apples, raisins, walnuts, and pecans and all make a very tasty breakfast. It does take longer to cook, but tastes so much better than quick oatmeal. Have a Great Day!

Day 135 – Apples and Bananas

Apples and bananas are the snacks I am supposed to reach for instead of those other sugary sweet and tasty treats like; cookies, ice cream, brownies, pies, and cake. I do like apples and bananas, and I know they are better for my health than the sugary sweet stuff, but it is difficult for me to give up those tasty treats. Vicki is a tremendous baker and that makes it even more of a challenge. So, if you have any healthy dessert alternatives that are low in sugar and carbs, please share them. We will all live a healthier life. 🙂

Day 72 An Apple a Day

You know what they say about an apple a day…

I sliced this delicious honey crisp apple with one of those gadgets Vicki picked up at a Pampered Chef party. This is a really great way to slice up an apple, it makes uniform, bite size pieces. This tool makes it easy to eat an apple a day. After all we are supposed to eat at least 5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables. I’ve been trying to hit that number, but it’s not always easy, just like everything else. For this photo I used soft box with my SB900 flash unit. I shot the photo in RAW and then processed in Photoshop CS5. I used the “ink outline” filter and added a little texture to give the photo more of a painted look.