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Canon Lens EF 50 mm f/1.8 and Miko Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 6:06 PM
This past weekend, I decided that the standard kit lens for the Canon Rebel Xs was no longer producing sharp images. I had already known that it was bad, but I stuck with it for 2 years. Since I shoot a lot of food photography and portraits, I decided to pick up the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 lens. It's relatively cheap at around $100 and can produce sharp images.

Today my model was Miko! He's quite the model kitty. Below is a JPEG image straight from the camera with no cropping. Just sized down to fit the web screen.



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Miko Mondays Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 4:38 PM

Miko's been pretty lonely lately since I was pretty much away for the weekend. As you can see, he looks upset. :(

I'm probably going to buy him more yogurt today to appease him. Haha! Not sure if that will work, he's a smart kitty.



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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Tobit Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

Last night I turned to foodnetwork and drooled over the cookies that were being so deliciously displayed...not a good idea. The whole night I was craving cookies and right when I woke up, I decided to make some. Yummmy. The cookie of choice... oatmeal raisin cookies! Everytime I look around food websites or bakeries, I always see oatmeal raisin CHOCOLATE cookies. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of chocolate mixed in with the oatmeal and raisins. I do love chocolate, but I like to keep such strong flavors separate.

Lucky for me, I had a fresh batch of dried berries from Trader Joe's called, "Golden Berry Blend." These raisins, cherries, cranberries and blueberries are quite fresh and super awesome inside cookies.

And while I was creating a mess in the kitchen, my little chihuahua Tobit helped me. Well, actually he was just running around wondering if I was going to give him some treats. Tobit wasn't so happy that he didn't get to try the cookies, but I let him wear a nice bib.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
(adapted from Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies)

1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F  
2. Blend the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.   
3. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins.  
4. Drop by rounded spoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.  
5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely.


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    Strawberry Lemonade Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 4:10 PM
    I went to the market the other day, trying to be all fancy and cook dinner for my family. I was also trying to figure out how working women are capable of cooking delicious and healthy meals without burning out from fatigue. Cooking is hard! I don't even have a job and I spent 6 hours in the kitchen...and I was not just standing around.

    After I finished my cooking marathon, I realized that I made way too much food (steak, macaroni salad, lasagna, coleslaw, and baked potatoes). My sister just looked at me as if I was insane..I think she said something like, "Working women don't cook like this everyday. They would have just cooked ONE of these." Hah. Quite true indeed. I did outdo myself. But the food was yummy and she invited her friend so we were able to eat most of it.

    Anyways, while I was at the market looking for vegetables, I found myself drawn to the lemons. I don't know how that happens but I always find myself unconsciously grabbing a bunch of lemons at markets. Well, it was a good thing too because it was 94 degrees outside and I was craving strawberry lemonade.

    I couldn't really find a straightforward recipe for strawberry lemonade so I decided to just stick some water and sugar together and squeeze a bunch of lemons and what not..put some strawberries in and it resulted in a quite refreshing concoction.

    Strawberry Lemonade

    3/4 cup of sugar
    2 cups of water
    4 to 6 lemons
    1 to 2 cups of strawberries
    seltzer water (optional)

    1. Melt the sugar into the 2 cups of boiling water to dissolve the sugar. (Don't skip this step...or you'll have sugary grainy lemonade!)
    2. While letting the sugar water cool down, squeeze the lemons to obtain 8 ounces of lemon juice.
    3. Blend the strawberries in a blender and mix into the sugar water. Pour the lemon juice into the sugar water also.
    4. The resulting juice is quite sweet so when you serve it, make sure to add as much ice. You can also add seltzer water like Perrier if you prefer your drink bubbly.
    5. It's also quite tasty to add thinly sliced strawberries into the drink.


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    Wine Country Road Trip - Day Three Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 11:10 PM
     Good morning! Today was the last day of our three day journey. Most of today was spent driving down the famous Pacific Coast Highway. It took a lot longer that way, but we were able to see the beautiful view.
    Morning mass at a tiny Catholic Church.
    Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

    Barber Shop in the morning.

    My sister using the fancy writing desk, pretending to be a doctor.

    Gon in the rocking chair.

    Jayoung unni and Blackberry Inn.

    So green.

    Pretty restaurant.

    Beautiful view.

    A toy shop called "Out of this world."

    Beautiful mosaic chair.

    Most of the stores we walked by were art galleries.

    Myongon is sitting on a handmade chair. The artist's gallery/shop was somewhere on this street too.

    The poppies here are beasts. Do you see that red poppy is taller than the car??? I can't even get my poppies to flower properly. haha.

    Beautiful pink poppy enjoying the sunlight.

    This is someone's house with crazy pretty flowers everywhere.

    Here they put up a sign. haha so awesome!

    Here's the wooden chair making gallery

    These plants look so beautiful in the wind. They literally move like waves.

    a lovely cave.
    Seaside stairs.
    We're at the bottom of the cave and stairs.
    Myongon with a statue.
    I'm a Pokemon!
    Unni and ze ocean.

    Gon on a stump
    Flowing fields.
    Unni is a prairie dog.
    Jayoung unni! :)
    Our awesome face picture.
    Yay! A bit too bright :)
    We ate ay Bayview Cafe for brunch. It had a lovely view of the beach and it wasn't expensive. ;)
    Lalala. there's our waiter in the back. She was so calm and cool.
    Orange juice and lemonade.
    Unni's fish sandwich for brunch.

    My breakfast. It didn't come with meat so we ordered a side of meat. so yummy!
    Myongon always gets burgers.
    Jayoung unni's yummmy sandwich.
    Put the ketchup on!
    He's sad without ranch.
    Bye bye Mendocino!

    We stopped at a little place to use the restroom on the way back down.
    Here's the menu of the cafe we stopped by for a coffee break.

    The cafe had cute decorations. They were probably handmade locally.
    Here's our coffees and teas. My sister just got water, but our super cool barista added mango syrup (for free) to it and it tasted soooooooo good and fresh.

    My blue canoe iced coffee was so good. It does not taste like a generic Starbucks or one of those chains. It had it's own unique taste and I loved it!!!!

    Here's our barista! She was so genuinely sweet and kind. She's from Germany and she moved over to Sonoma County 9 years ago. Who wouldn't? It's so lovely up here! :)
    The outside of the cool Blue Canoe Coffee and Tea. This is a must visit if you ever go up North.

    Down the PCH.

    Bathroom stop near the PCH. Gas prices are high.

    We finally trekked down to San Francisco.
    This restaurant is really popular on yelp.
    But we didn't want to wait in the line so we ate here instead.
    Trying to be fancy with the tea.

    Our delicious dinner.

    Right outside, there was a random chair in the road. Hooray!


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