Saturday, August 29, 2009

Have I done the Right Thing?

I'm in the process of transferring over to Wordpress. It's still a bit confusing but I like that I have so many options. Still waiting for my adsense account to be approved over there though so if for some reason that doesn't happen i'll come crawling back to good ol' blogger.
Check it out so far
Love Kylie

Thursday, August 27, 2009

They Always Look So Sad

Does anyone else think that? Every time I wash plush toys and hang them on the line. I just think they look so sad hanging there with their little eyes staring at you begging for help.

Just look at these poor things hanging by the ear.

Maybe I'm crazy but how could you not feel sorry for the poor little critters?
Love Kylie

They Always Look

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

GRRRR What Is Happening To My Titles?

The title of that last one was supposed to be 'Some Pics I'm Proud Of'
*shakes fist at Blogger*
I got my brand spankin' Nikon D60 DSLR camera back in May. After lots of dreaming and researching and more dreaming, I finally had it, my new baby and I treasure it every day. Well almost every day. At least every day I have the time.

Anyway, when I firt got it I promised myself that I would not shoot in Auto. I just pretended it wasn't ther. I convinced myself that there was no point in owning a DSLR if I was only going to use it in auto. If that was the case I may as well go back to my point ans shoot. So for three months i've been playing around and learning more and more. Slowly getting better and now i'm starting to take some pics I can be proud of.

Until a couple of days ago i was only shooting JPEG files, but I went and bought myself an 8GB memory card so I could make the jump to RAW and i'll never look back. I love how I can fix little exposure problems with just one little click instead of playing around with lighting levels for ages and still being unsatisfied.

Here are some photos I took of Harrison yesterday. They were all taken in manual using my 50mm 1.4 lens.
Let me know what you think. I'm a big girl, I can take it :)

I love this last one in black and white, but I'm a sucker for black and white images.

Love Kylie

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pumpkin Feta Pasta

That's what the title of the last post should have been :)
Here’s what you’ll need:

*500g of dried pasta. I chose Penne. Also I feel the need to say ‘Hello my name is Kylie and I buy Home Brand Pasta’
*About ¼ of a Kent pumpkin or ½ a butternut
*One red onion. Yes I know these are for salads but rules are made to be broken.
*200g block of Feta
*A few cloves crushed garlic
*125g grated Parmesan
*Two tablespoons dried rosemary
*Extra Virgin Olive oil
*Salt and pepper

First of all, chop your feta into small squares/rectangles cover and put in the fridge for later. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C then get to chopping up that pumpkin. You can peel it if you like but you don’t have to. The skin really softens when cooked. I like to chop the pieces to be roughly 1-2cm squarish. They don’t have to be perfect.

Now that looks like a lot of pumpkin doesn't it? You should end up with about 1/2 this much. I was making a double batch because I had people coming for dinner. Next chop your onion in an Asian vegetablish style, (that’s a technical term you know) and add it to the tray of pumpkin.

Peel and chop up your garlic nice and small. You can use a garlic crusher but I prefer to chop it. Add it to the pumpkin. Again, there's a crapload of garlic in this photo but I'm making a double batch remember.Season the pumpkin mixture with salt and pepper and add the rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil and mix it all together.

Bake in the oven until the pumpkin is tender and the onion has started to caramelize. Boil the pasta until tender. Drain and add it to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the feta and Parmesan and another little drizzle of olive oil.

This is delicious and truly is a family favourite of ours. All the kids love it and I hope you do to.

Love Kylie