How is everyone doing this week? I hope you are all doing well. This week's round of post might not be near as exciting as the news, but I'm excited for them! If you remember last week we did a little Q&A and although there weren't as many questions as I hoped, there were a few of you who played along! Now it's time for answers!
Cat @ No Wooden Spoons asked:
Well, I like random questions so here goes: As a busy mother, what is your "go to" dinner when life is hectic? Or what do you always have in the cupboard (fridge) to throw together for a dinner in a pinch?
A: Well...if I am going to answer this with complete honesty, since about last September I have kind of been slacking in the home cookin' department. I had surgery in September and was down for a month, then November and December rolled in with birthdays, holidays and attempts to lose weight. When the new year got here I was just out of the swing of things and I've had a hard time getting back. So needless to say our food life has been a little chaotic and inconsistent. However, when I am on my game I have two go to meals baked pork chops, sauteed squash and zucchini with mac and cheese. Occasionally we'll switch out the squash mixture with baked sweet potato fries...this would be my hubby's favorite meal! My second go to meal is whole wheat angel hair spaghetti with meat sauce...this is my favorite! I love spaghetti! I love to make it and add my own blend of spices to the sauce along with extra mushrooms, plus there is always left overs for lunch the next day!
Side by Side asked:
Did you take training or schooling in the arts...like photography classes or fine arts? Have you taken any online photography classes that you would recommend?
A: While I've always loved all creative mediums, the only photography classes I have taken were basic photography course in H.S. during my sophomore year nearly 12 years ago and another class as an elective my first year in college.Both of these classes however were directed towards 35mm film SLRs and focused a lot on dark room development. I loved developing film, very relaxing and magical, at least for me! My passion for the creative started when I was a little girl, I use to draw for hours and hours. Soon it drifted towards photography as I toted around my mom's old 35mm until H.S. approached and I saved up to get my first Canon Rebel SLR!
As far as online classes go, when I first entered the digital world I needed a refresher course since I had put photography on the back burner. I took Faith Raider's Simply Photography eCourse, very helpful and lessons that make sense and are easy to understand. A great source of knowledge that I like to recommend to anyone just starting with a DSLR and wanting to learn more about their camera is Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman and her "What the Heck is Aperture" series. It is broken down in four parts and it is super easy to follow and understand! Most of my knowledge comes from reading, I buy photography books like crazy and I can spend hours reading articles on lighting, techniques and tips. There is so much information and so many things I want to try that it seems like there is just not enough time! Some great books are Understanding Exposure and almost any book from the Lark Photography Books Series. An area of photography that I am super interested in and want to master so bad is night photography, I haven't had much experience in this area and get a little overwhelmed by it, however there is a class I would LOVE to take is one of Kent Weakley's night photography eCourses!
Thanks ladies for the questions and letting me ramble on with my answers! Thought I'd throw out a few more random things about me before revealing this weeks color...