Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Daily Photo.

...like so many things in my creative life I have a kind of love-hate relationship with the daily photo. I love how the photos capture everyday life and show - in daily detail - what changes and what doesn't, what I love most about this life, especially the people (and the dogs!), the places, the seasons. But I hate the days when everyday life is just too everyday...those days I struggle for inspiration to document even a single glimpse of anything.

Last December, after two years and two months of relying on my own inspiration for a daily photo, I decided to follow someone else's. Except for the day of and day after Katie's wedding, I took and posted an #fmsdailyphoto on Instagram every day this year, up to last Thursday. That's 302 daily photos. Back in August, I started "collecting" them.

Seeing the photos altogether tells a story (yes there's knitting, and Holly and summer...changing to fall), but I'm not sure it's really the story I want to spend my time telling, at least not right now. I certainly appreciated those daily prompts; most were fun, some were challenging, and a few were downright weird. Honestly, it was the October 17 prompt which made me re-think the whole thing. The prompt was "first world problem". My unimaginative response was a black and white photo of microwave popcorn (partially popped...) Yep.

It inspired me to take a different approach. I'm only five days into it, but I usually find that sharing something here is a good start to a new habit! On Instagram, I'm sharing a daily #fromwhereIstand photo; those are all taken with my iPhone.
from November 1
The Instagram community continues to be a wonderful source of inspiration; I've added dozens of new contacts and have enjoyed getting more comments on my own photos. But it's made me use my phone camera way more than my DSLR, and I'm missing it. (Yes, I've said that here before). So I'm challenging myself to take a second daily photo with that camera. Those I'm sharing on Flickr. (that's right Mom, I'm putting photos on Flickr again!)  It's been a long time since I've been part of the Flickr community - I'm curious if it still exists, or if Instagram (or Tumblr, or Twitter, or some other platform I haven't even heard of?!?) has taken its place. We'll see. 

from today

I know a few of you take daily photos; how do you make it work?  

As always, thank you for reading! (and my username is mere2007 on both Instagram and Flickr; if you're reading my blog you probably already know that, but just in case... I'd love to be friends there, too).

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Basil Citrus Goat Cheese.

...the party was a lot of fun and I'm so thankful Marc pushed me to go. Our neighborhood is only 17 houses and I now know (almost!) everyone's name!

We all brought snacks to share and my basil citrus goat cheese was a hit ... no leftovers and a few people asked for the recipe. Thought y'all might like this, too. It's really quick and uses ingredients you likely already have on hand*.

Basil Citrus Goat Cheese
Inspired by this recipe

10-1/2 oz log of goat cheese
1-1/2 T lemon zest
1-1/2 T orange zest
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T blood orange olive oil (not at all necessary, but I had it and it worked well with the other ingredients)
1/3 C olive oil
Plenty of salt & pepper
1/4 C fresh basil, thinly sliced

Assemble a few hours ahead so the flavors blend and the cheese softens. Place the cheese in  a shallow bowl. Make 1/2" deep cuts, every 3/4" or so across the top (to make more room for the vinaigrette to sink in).

Blend the zests, garlic, oil and salt & pepper and pour over the cheese. Spread the basil on top.

Serve with crackers or crisps.

*This used the last of my basil, but I still have plenty of rosemary. Thinking maybe a rosemary cranberry mixture for fall?
Holly in her costume!