Homegrown

I took a little bit of a different path with the homemade theme this week.  Instead or working with a craft or some other creation, I went to a recipe.  Yep, food — what I always think of when I think “homemade”, but never really focus on it as a project or a subject.  I was originally thinking that I would make something that I always make; a family recipe, or some cookies, or cupcakes.  Instead, though it is an easy recipe, I tried something new to me.

Caprese salad — Yum!  This is a dish which I have loved for a long time, but for some reason, I never make it!  I’ll order it, and pretty much any variation of it when I see it on a menu, but have never taken the time to make it for myself.  Not like it’s very complicated or time-consuming, but I suppose it was just one of those special little dishes that I would always eat while treating myself on a night out, or while in a special place or restaurant.

So with my crazy gardening parents, I was in luck when we got back from our family vacation this past weekend.  The tomatoes in the garden have been in full bloom for the last few weeks, so we’ve been enjoying them for some time.  To my surprise, the basil that my mother planted for me had also grown over the week while we were gone.  When she told me she planted it for me, I had dreams of pesto pasta and things like that, but with all these tomatoes around, I couldn’t think of anything better to make.  To be honest, I was actually sick of tomatoes with how many we’ve been eating over the past week.  But what can I say, tomato overload or tomato drought, I love this dish, and will always eat it.  So with a few simple ingredients, I had a great little salad for lunch, and plenty more growing for future meals.

These images were fun to capture, and I enjoyed working with them in different ways.  It was nice taking some very simplistic photographs of each individual part of this salad, then taking some more artistic views of the completed dish.  Using plain white plates, I felt like quite the little food photographer.  So enjoy the photos, because I certainly enjoyed the salad. 🙂

Week 33: Homemade

You would think that coming from someone like me, who has always been pretty crafty, that this week should be easy, but I’m feeling a little stumped.  Ever since I was little, I was always working on some kind of artsy project, or baking. scrapbooking, painting, drawing, or something, so I have a lot of homemade things.  When it comes to photographing it, however, I can only think of one thing to shoot; food.

I don’t know why, in this world of Etsy, cupcakes, and craft fairs which I have created for myself, there should be a million more things coming to my mind, but it’s what I keep going back to.  I suppose that’s one of the first homemade things I really made — cookies with my family.  Ever since my brother and I were little, we would make cookies with my dad, and Christmas cookies were always a huge deal at my grandmother’s house.  Aside from baking, my mother was always very creative, I suppose, in the kitchen, making new “experiments” for us to try for dinner.  We appreciated the effort, and some things were great, but also have learned of a saying from my grandfather which was: “That was good, but, don’t make it again”.

So while I try to think of what to photograph, I’ll leave you with a couple of my homemade crafts.  I’m sure you’ve seen my Etsy stuff before, and maybe even my cupcakes, but if not, enjoy 🙂