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on slowing down part III

I have barely noticed a dent in my mound of apples, that are now so happily displayed in a large glass, floating candle bowl.  :) 

Apple tally:  Ashley – 4 Chris – 1

Today, 1 of the apples went in my oats.

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I grated the apple, ~1/2c worth, and added it in with my banana/cinnamon/vanilla. 

Also.  Mama Pea tried the method [that I mentioned yesterday] about grinding steel cut oats to make Scottish oats.  She said it worked perfectly.  Yay :)

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I made Scottish Oats today.  Can you tell??  I can totally SEE the difference between these, steel cut + rolled.  Scottish look so much creamier!

Apple Banana Scottish Oats

  • 1/4c [rounded] Scottish Oats
  • 1 1/4c water
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2c grated apple
  • 1t vanilla

Topped with

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The apple fluffed these oats up more than normal.  I was super excited.  The same thing happens when you add applesauce.  The flavor was great.  You could definitely detect the fresh apple, which often gets lost when you use applesauce. 

However, as you can see in the photo below, the grated apple made things a bit stringy.  At first, I didn’t mind this but 1/2 way through, I wasn’t really digging it.  It was a texture thing.  I think chopping very small chunks of apple would be better or just grinding into more of an applesauce texture.  The flavor of these was so delicious though!! 

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… on slowing down …

The other day, I was reading a post from Neinke, over at Revel Blog.  If you don’t know her blog, definitely check it out.  She posts about a wide range of things, from life’s happenings, to amazing recipes, to DIY projects, to her stunning cottage wedding, etc.  Her photography and writing always leave me wanting more. 

So, the other day, she went on a photography adventure with her dad.  She said that one of her dad’s famous lines is, “There is a photo in everything.”  I really love this statement. 

It made me think.  It made me pause.  It made me take a little more time with my photos.

I believe that statement is true, however it takes time to develop the eye to find the photo in everything.  The good thing is, it can be learned, through practice.  I love that about photography.  There is always so much to learn.  I started getting into food photography one year ago.  I’ve hunted down the photography oriented food blogs, read photography forums, read about editing photos, read about lighting conditions, etc.  It’s a process.  But a process that I enjoy.  I love seeing how far I’ve come in just one year.

Nienke definitely has an eye for photography.  I love looking at her blog for inspiration.  Some of my other photography inspiration comes from the following blogs [there are more!]:

As I try to take a step back, and slow things down a bit, this is the perfect lesson for me to think about.  I rush through photography most of the time.  I take so many photos in the day.  Sometimes, I should just take photos of 1 thing in a day.  Study what I did, and look for ways to improve next time. 

The other day, while organizing the kitchen, I felt like I found a few photos.  They just clicked in my brain, so I shot away.


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All of my photography towels :)  They looked so pretty all stacked up. 

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Check out Nienke’s blog for a better understanding on what to look for and for giving yourself little photo assignments.  She has some great ideas!!

What’s your opinion?  Do you like 1a or 1b better?  2a or 2b?  Let me know what you think!

And watch out for Thursday’s post.  I whipped up my best batch of peanut butter yet!!  

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Guess what else??  The kitchen is DONE!!  There will be photos soon.  I am so extremely excited.  I spent so much time organizing things in just the right place.  With our last house, I unpacked the kitchen quickly and said, “I’ll reorganize it later.”  Ha, that never happened. 

I got in a great, somewhat hilly bike ride today.  I am loving this road that runs North/South along the mountains.  It’s so easy to let my mind wander and enjoy the time on my bike, when I have this view to my side.

I feel so lucky.


Off to be lazy for an hour and then go to sleep :) 


p.s. If you haven’t check out Kath’s lunch post from yesterday, you must.  Her husband guest posted on getting your meat + potatoes guy to try and venture to a bit healthier lifestyle.  It’s pretty funny and full of good tips!  A lot of you ask about this topic, so I thought you might find it helpful.

Reader Comments (53)

Great pictures! I personally like 1a and 2b the best. I also feel like I've been taking a lot of pictures and not really thinking about them. But I am also new to photography and blogging, so I kind of see it as an adventure.

I'll have to try these Scottish Oats!

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea @ Strawberry Sweat

Aw, I love Neinke.


you're my photo inspiration.

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHillary [Nutrition Nut on the

1b and 2b.

I have so much to learn about photography. Having never taken a photography course before, I know very little. It gets overwhelming for me sometimes when I am trying to photograph my food while making it look good while making it artsy while making sure it's still edible by the time I'm done. I'm sure you know what I mean.

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

I couldn't pick - I love them all! 2b is probably my ultimate favourite,but there's hardly anything in them. You're very talented!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya (Brit Chick Runs)

What wonderful pictures. THere really is a photo in everything if you have an eye for it... I wish I did! You definitely do, girl!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney (Pancakes & Postc

Gorgeous shots. I love 1b and the peanut butter picture!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Gorgeous gorgeous shots my dear!!! I think I'm going to try the apple oats tomorrow! That sounds really good - I'll chunk them and let you know how it worked out! :)

Thanks for the link from Kath's post from yesterday - I missed that one, and if you know from reading my blog that the majority of my life is spent trying to get my meat n potatoes man to eat outside the box!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

Definitely version b of both.... I like the vertical composition of 1b; it works well with that cool apple stem, but even more, I like the splash of apple green color in the stacks of towels. And for 2b, the horizontal lines from your cooling rack in the background adds some visual interest in contrast to the vertical spoons. My eyes is drawn to the red spoon, but then I look at it and see that all the other spoons are leaning in towards the yellow one, and yelling, "use that one! use that one!", making the yellow spoon the star of the show. :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Aaawww Ash you are just the SWEETEST!!!! Thanks for being my cheerleader :)

I cannot believe that you haven't been taking pictures all that long, cause you are so darn good! I'm totally in love with the apple on towels pics. You do have a good eye! The 360 project is a lot of fun too.

Every time I see you have another 'slowing down' post I get so excited because I long for that too. Here's to finding a photo in everything!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

Wow, I absolutely LOVE that quote- I guess there is a photo in everything, we just need to take the time to find it :) I will be thinking about that more now!!

I like 1b & 2a :)


I liked 1a the best - my eyeball was too stressed out in 1b, although once it focused it liked what it saw.

Excited for that drippy PB recipe!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

1b and 2a! You could easily frame those and put them in your kitchen! Thanks for all your photography tips, if you want another great photography blog, check out the following:

I definitely think your blog inspired me to get into photography, so I thank you :) I have always loved food photography in particular, but it was blogs like yours that really inspired me to start trying it out. It is a lot of fun!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ Blogging Over Thyme

1b and 2a :)

I always love YOUR blog for the photos... (and everything else) :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

Gosh, I looove your photos! You truly take some of the most beautiful ones in the blogging world!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I think so far that's the best lesson on slowing down. So often times we're looking for something (who knows what) and miss the beautiy on the things that are right in front of us. I've been traveling for work this week and usually I just turn on my music and sing (I rock out in the car!) and miss the enitre car ride in my own little world. But this time I kept the windows down and looked at the beautiful PA mountains (nothing compared to what you see every day, but still breathtaking and beautiful in their own way), and just appreciate the beauty that is around me.

When I was little my mom woul encourage me to take mental pictures of things that are beautiful and striking and it's funny because only mental snapshot has ever remained with me, and that is what I was looking at when she told me to take it. We were driving in southern PA, and the sun was setting behind us and the sky was beautiful array of oranges and reads and there, among all of the colors, was the silhouette of a lone silo.

It was perfect. I'm going to try to take more mental pictures!

Oh, and I like 1a best. I like that it's off set and you have to think more about it.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I made those oats again this morning! PERFECT.

Your photos are just gorgeous. I'm going to need a tutorial in November. I know I have a good camera, I just don't know how to use it!

Have a great day, Ash!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

1B and 2A are my favorites. You're so talented! Ugh. I'm sorry. The more I read and chat with you, the more I want to meet you (and eat your peanut butter itlookssofreakingoodomgNOM).

1b and 2b.. but all four are good!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Heddleston

I like 1b for a few reasons. Love that apple and your towels are so pretty. Where did you find all those fun spoons? Love 'em! SLowing down...I could use some of that right now. :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersassy molassy

It's 1a and 2b for me! Great pics. :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey (The Habit of Healthy)

Crate + Barrel - World Market has a few mini spoons too!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you dear!! You've helped inspire me so much!! Yes, the pnut butter is NOM

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm so so glad it worked! Thank you for the compliments. Really means a lot! I'm totally up for camera tutorials in November. It's seriously in 1.5 months, which I cannot freaking believe!! xo

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Abby!! I totally know what you mean. That is why I don't like working out with music [unless I'm at the dreaded gym]. I enjoy noticing my surroundings + letting my mind wanter. I love your mom's encouragement as well. Mom's are the best!! The view sounds beautiful!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much Camille. That really means a lot!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank YOU Kristina!! :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the link!! And wow, that really means a lot! It feels amazing to inspire others. :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL!!!!! I'm sorry to stress out your eyeball. Was it just 1 eye or both? Wish we lived closer...I would definitely have you be my official nut butter taste tester!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I fabulous right?

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's easy to be when you're just so fabulous!! Thank you dear. :) xo

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I like the vertical shot too! Thank you so much for your detailed opinion!! :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Chelsey!! Let me know about the oats! Hope Kath's post was helpful for you and the boy!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Courtney! I never thought I's taken a lot of practice!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Freya :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know what you mean. However, I try not to actually worry about presentation too much. I might take an extra minute but like with my oats, I plop them in a bowl and just glob on some pnut butter with a spoon. With a salad, I just sprinkle toppings on so they're evenly distributed. I don't place each item. I'm not doing full-on set up shots, so I kind of just let the food fall into place however it wants!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, thank YOU so much Hillary!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think I like 1a and 2b.

The towel stack takes away from the gorgeous apple in 1b, and I love the angle in 2b!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Awww thanks, Ash! You are too sweet. That apple set I pretty rockin'

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralice

I know everyone keeps saying 1a but to be honest I like seeing all the "photography towels." The colors are so fun! I like 2b as well. If my photography was half as good as yours I would be ecstatic.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Aw I love the apple photos! I would frame that and hang it up :)

Your landscape is amazing too... what a great place to be living!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ 40Apples

I know we are still new to your blog...but you have amazing photos!!! We are trying to get better with ours, hopefully over time they will be as good as yours ; )

Never had steel oats, they sure look good!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

Such pretty pictures- and the picture of your running route makes me miss Fort Collins and Colorado oh so much. I know I keep repeating that but well, I do! Colorado is the one that got away. :) Enjoy!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I love your photography. I'd love to read some tutorials from you some day. I like 1a. and 2b.

I think some food bloggers get so wrapped up in taking and posting photos that they forget that the story that goes with the photos can be equally as interesting to readers. Don't get me wrong photos are wonderful but without interesting text it can get boring and I end up scrolling right through. I think you've got a good balance!

Love your spoons. Hope to get some in the future and that peanut butter? looks a-maay -zing!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany @ The MamaZine

I love the slowing down series; its really such a wonderful thing, especially through the tool of photography :) I have been thinking about the scottish/steel-cut oats thing and I am wondering where my Trader Joe's quick-cooking steel cut oats fall in there. They only take 8 minutes (technically) so do you think they are and finer chopped steel cut?? Hmmm...ohh the mysteries of oats!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thanks Emily. I'm glad you're enjoying it!! I'm wondering if the quick cook steel cut are maybe pre-steamed?? Steel cut are not powdery at all. It's the whole oat groat cut up into about 3 pieces. If it's Scottish, it's powdery mixed with smaller chunks of the oat groats. I'm thinking somehow, it's partially pre-coooked. Very interesting!

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Brittany. That means more than you know!!!

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Katie!! I totally understand too :) Please move back so I have a friend!

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, thank you so much. I really appreciate your sweet comments everyday :)

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Lauren ;)

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

A lot of people said 2b as well!! I like 2b because even though there is a lot of color the focus is on the apple!

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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