UrbanKick Photo Shoot

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I started off this beautiful weekend at Lake Merritt on Saturday morning, hanging out with Shane and her UrbanKick boot camp ladies.  Boot camp looked like a blast; lots of stairs, hills, calisthenics and even some TRX work.  I wasn’t there to participate though, but instead to photograph all the boot camp participants kicking butt. While you mostly see food shots on this blog, I really love taking photos of strong athletes when they’re in the zone, and the boot camp ladies were fantastic subjects.  They were able to completely ignore the giant camera in their faces and focus in … Continue reading

Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Homemade granola bars are quickly becoming a household staple.  I haven’t bought a Larabar in more than month!  The Coconut Cream Larabar is my favorite though, and that coconut flavor, plus the memory of Clif’s Chocolate Coconut bar inspired these granola bars. I piped some melted dark chocolate on top of these bars, but you could easily leave that out (there’s chocolate in the bars), or just pour melted chocolate on the top of the bars and let it cool into a thin layer. The recipe does call for a 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and I know it can … Continue reading

Photography: A One Year Journey in Pictures

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The very first posts on my blog didn’t have pictures.  I’ve always liked words, but I was intimidated by pictures.  I didn’t even have a camera other than my phone, and my pictures never came out how I intended them.  I tried to make J take pictures for me with his camera, but I also didn’t like that idea because I wanted everything on my blog to be mine. Slowly I began borrowing his camera (a Canon Powershot SX10), though I never took it off auto mode.  I produced masterpieces like these: Kale Salad with Cheddar and Apples.  A delicious … Continue reading

Recipe: Honey Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

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So I loved the chocolate chip pretzel granola bars.  So much so, that they’re nearly gone.  My desk drawer is empty of all granola bars, and the freezer only has one left.  I’ve actually been eating them straight from the freezer, and they’re great cold.  No need to defrost if you don’t have time.  So clearly, I needed to make them again.  But since I had some peanut butter chips and was out of chocolate chips (a tragedy that will be remedied quickly), I thought I’d stay closer to the peanut butter flavors of the Luna bar that inspired this … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

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While reading Cate’s blog last week, I saw her link to Branny’s Souper Bowl and knew I had to participate.  For every entry Branny gets, she’s donating to the ASPCA, which is a cause dear to my heart.  All of our pets, both from my childhood and the crazy fuzzies who keep us company today have been rescues of some sort.  This little munchkin didn’t even weigh 2 pounds yet when we brought her home from the shelter.  I almost named her 15 instead of Abby because she weighed just 1lb 15 oz.  I love all our cats, but this … Continue reading

Simple, Customizable Granola Recipe

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I love granola.  For breakfast, for snack, and with enough chocolate chips, even for dessert.  But I change my mind a lot when it comes to granola.  Sometimes I want it extra chocolate-y, sometimes I want it full of fruit and nuts.  Sometimes I like a kick of ginger to my granola, and that just doesn’t mix well with peanut butter chips.  So I needed a granola recipe that I could easily customize depending on my mood and chocolate cravings. I decided to just make a very simple base granola recipe and add mix-ins later based on whatever I felt … Continue reading

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

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My company has lunch on-site every day.  Nothing fancy, mostly just soup, a salad bar, and occasionally a sandwich bar.  Still the convenience is great, and I love having warm soup for lunch.  Unfortunately, the vegetarian soups lean heavily on lentils.  French lentil soup, vegetarian lentil soup, curried lentil soup, etc…  I like lentils as much as the next girl, but when the non-vegetarian soups range from wild mushroom bisque to black bean soup, I have some serious soup envy.  Especially since many of those soups could be easily made vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. So … Continue reading