365 Day Photo Challenge- Day 43

kids, photography

My little engineer at work with one of his birthday toys.  Who doesn’t love a super crazy straw?

Nikon D5100, 50mm f 1.8 lens, f 1.8, ISO 2000

3 cups of milk are better than one!

3 cups of milk are better than one!

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365 Day Photo Challenge- Day 38

kids, photography

Back to it after a bit of a hiatus (Happy Birthday to me!).  Today was my darling boy’s 5th birthday.  Boy, are we getting old!  First thing this morning he wanted to open presents.  That and a cupcake for breakfast made a pretty good start to the day!

Nikon D5100, 50mm f1.8 lens, f 2.2, ISO 2000

Breaking into a present from Great Grandma.

Breaking into a present from Great Grandma.

365 Day Photo Challenge- Day 29

outdoors, photography

Soooo….zeroing in on moon shooting settings.  My best yet by far, can’t wait to try it out on a full moon!  Don’t know why I’m so obsessed with pictures of the moon, but I am.  I just wish it were easier to capture the beauty!

Nikon D5100, 55-200mm lens, f 6.3, ISO 100, exposure time 1/25 second, exposure bias -2 step

So big and so bright!

So big and so bright!

365 Day Photo Challenge- Day 27

kids, photography

Watching the shrinky-dinks getting shrunk.  So much fun, if you’ve never done them, it’s pretty much the coolest coloring project ever.  You color in a shape, put it in the oven and it shrinks down to a cool little plastic thing.  The best part is watching the action in the oven.

Nikon D5100, 50mm f1.8 lens, f 2, ISO 1600

Watching the shrinky-dinks get shrinky-dunked.

Watching the shrinky-dinks get shrinky-dunked.

365 Day Photo Challenge- Days 24 and 25

kids, outdoors, photography

And today I offer you a two for one post (plus a couple bonus shots) due to yesterday’s laziness.  Today we played, so there was lots of shots to be had.  My favorite miracle today was catching things in motion AND in focus.  Here are my favs.

Nikon D5100, 55-200mm lens, f 4, ISO 1600

An unusual grip for the bat, but it was working just fine for bubble smashing!

An unusual grip for the bat, but it was working just fine for bubble smashing!

Nikon D5100, 55-200mm lens, f 4.5, ISO 1250

The boy does love his rocks.

The boy does love his rocks.

Nikon D5100, 55-200mm lens, f 4, ISO 3200

A crow in flight over my neighbors house.  I was unreasonably excited to have caught this!

A crow in flight over my neighbors house. I was unreasonably excited to have caught this!

Nikon D5100, 55-200mm lens, f 8, ISO 320

My champagne grape plant.  Pretty things like this make me think I really need a macro lens or tube or something!

My champagne grape plant. Pretty things like this make me think I really need a macro lens or tube or something!

365 Day Photo Challenge- Day 23

cooking, food, photography

So I love to cook.  I’m also a sucker for a one-pot meal, especially if it’s really really good.  And this one is, so I’ve included the recipe (at the bottom) I use and step-by-step instructions for your eating enjoyment!  A big thank you to my hubby who actually found the original recipe on a Disney site to make for family dinner one night when he was in charge.  Shortly after he made it the first time, the site was revamped and the recipe disappeared, so I’ve created a version that’s almost identical.  We make it at least once every 2 weeks.  Apologies to any hard core Italian folks out there who don’t like the idea of cooking pasta in the sauce!  But this is so simple and good, and the dishes are minimal so it really is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Nikon D5100, 50mm f1.8 lens, f 2.5, ISO 2000

The finished product, about to be eaten by me!

The finished product, about to be eaten by me!

Step by step:

The Ingredients:

These are my favorites, but any brands will work.  The taste of the finished product will depend on the quality of your ingredients.

These are my favorites, but any brands will work. The taste of the finished product will depend on the quality of your ingredients.

Into the Pot:

Brown your meat.  We use spicy Italian sausage because we like a little kick, but it's equally good with beef.

Brown your meat. We use spicy Italian sausage because we like a little kick, but it’s equally good with beef.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Almost done- it looks a little soupy, but it thickens upon standing.  Test the pasta as you get close on time, if it's still firm and the liquid is almost gone, don't be afraid to add more water.

Almost done- it looks a little soupy, but it thickens upon standing. Test the pasta as you get close on time, if it’s still firm and the liquid is almost gone, don’t be afraid to add more water.

Ready to Eat!

Top with the fresh parm.  Grate your own, it really is better!

Top with the fresh parm. Grate your own, it really is better!

This is all my family of 4 (2 grown ups and 2 littles) usually has over.

Perfect for tomorrow's lunch!

Perfect for tomorrow’s lunch!

Super Easy One Pot Spaghetti

Serves 4 (or two grown ups and 2 kids with leftovers)

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Lean Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
1 25.5 oz  Jar of your favorite pasta sauce
2.5 Cups Water
2 Cups Chopped Fresh Spinach
1 tsp White Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 lb Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair

Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano

In a 6 quart or larger pot, brown your meat over medium high heat.  When it’s thoroughly cooked, add the sauce, water, spinach, sugar, and salt. Give it a stir just to combine.  Break your pasta into thirds and add to the pot.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent sticking to the bottom.  Once it’s boiling, cover and reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook stirring occasionally until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.  Serve garnished with the freshly grated parm.