May Twentieth – Twenty-fifth…or something

Honestly, I don’t know how I did this for a year.

I have tried to take a photo every day this month, National Photography Month (yeah, really, what does that mean anyway?).

But I decided to stop. I tried, and it just wasn’t bringing me the inspiration or motivation I was hoping that it would. In fact, it was just one more thing I had to fit in during the day!

No fun.

Here are the photos I’ve taken the last few days.

And that’s it! I’m calling it. I’ll still be doing Macro Monday (of course), but I’m tired of forcing myself to take photos I’m not especially proud of. Perhaps I will focus more on my baking for a while….

May Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth

You know what this is? You’ll probably never guess. I think it’s in the cucumber family, but it’s not a cucumber…(though probably edible too, I haven’t looked into it.)

It’s a LUFFA  (A.K.A. Loofah) plant!

That’s right, that thing you scrub with in the shower! no, it’s not a sea creature. It’s this plant. Google it if you don’t believe me. And this year, I’m trying to grow them. It’s  tropical plant, so I might end up growing it indoors, and so far, they seem to be happiest in my kitchen window.

may 16 wm

They might not look like much yet, but they’re growing bigger everyday!

And these little darlings are outside the front door of the library where I work.

I dunno what they’re called, do you?

Today is my dad’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!

And although he lives far away and I won’t see him today, I did make his favorite cake in cookie form: German Chocolate! Yum!

This is the first time trying this cake-into-cookie idea, and next time, I want the cookie to be less crunchy and more cake-like.

may 18 wm

September 26th, Day 269: Muffin for Your Thoughts?

I’m losing steam. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

Only 96 days left on the clock, but I am so tired of this project. I’m not feeling motivated, instead I’m feeling annoyed when I get home after a long day at work only to realize I haven’t taken my “photo of the day” yet.

I’m going to push through this feeling, I’m so close now, and I want to be able to successfully finish it.

But.

It’s hard.

sept 26 wm

September 8th, Day 251: Taste the Rainbow?

I found this cluster dangling from a broken branch on one of my tomato plants.

I love how the tomatoes are in gradual stages of ripening, almost like a rainbow.

I have yet to throw this into the lightbox, these were taken when the light nicely coming through the window above my desk.

It is so satisfying to be able to grow so many tasty things! I had a full day of cooking and baking with things from the garden.

I started with zucchini brownies, and caramel cookies (not from the garden, haha), dried some cherry tomatoes in the dehydrator, baked potatoes and butternut squash for dinner, as well as homemade tortillas (not from the garden either, but still homemade!) to go with the homemade salsa (3 kinds of tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, and peppers all from the garden) and guacamole (not from the garden, though don’t I wish).

Oh! and how could I forget the applesauce, made with apples grown on the farm.