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A New Lens

by Meghann on November 17, 2009

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t exactly been using my typical point and shoot camera lately.

For the past couple of weeks I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a new SLR and my Mom has been kind enough to let me borrow hers for as long as need be.


My Mom has a Canon EOS 20D SLR that she bought about 5 years ago. It may be a tad on the older side, but it still gets the job done.


It was fun to have the SLR in San Francisco and at the Food & Wine festival this past weekend. Playing with my Mom’s SLR has pretty much sold me on the fact that I need my own. I am currently crossing my fingers Santa has taken notice what a good girl I have been this year and hopes he leaves a shiny new Canon Rebel under the tree for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In the mean time I have decided to spruce my Mom’s camera up a tad by ordering a new macro lens. The new lens will make the camera more effective for my needs of close ups for food.


Maddie was happy to pose as I tested the new lens out.



Maddie is the perfect model. She just stares at me and looks adorable!!




Me likes the new lens! I still have a lot to learn about how the lens works and how my Mom’ camera works. One day at at time ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner was also fun to photograph and very yummy to eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰


First were the Zucchini Cakes.




Zucchini Cakes

  • 1 grated zucchini
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 3 T ground flax seed
  • S & P

Combine all the ingredients and form three small patties. Fry the patties on the stove top in a little evoo and enjoy!



Next Yuca Fries



Cut a yucca in fry shapes and bake in the oven at 420 for 20 minutes with a little S&P.


Dipped in a little ketchup & Dijon Mustard combo. Yum!


Dessert was a VitaBrownie topped with Pure Decadent Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream that I just got around to opening tonight even though they sent it to me in April. Oopss…



There’s a reason I hadn’t opened it – I am just not a fan of chocolate ice cream. Its to rich (thick?) or something to me. Derek the chocolate ice cream is all yours next time you’re here!!

This afternoon I also snacked on some Cashew Nut Clusters.


I’m a little disappointed these didn’t taste more like cashew. i have concluded that cashew are my favorite nut to eat on its own. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… for all of your votes for the Sam-e Good Mood Gig!! Please remember to keep them coming! We have until Dec. 7th to pull to the lead. ๐Ÿ™‚

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole November 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Your Maddie photos are so cute!!!


2 Dori November 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Maddie looks like she is posing for a professional photo in the one where she is turning her head to the side. Too cute!


3 caitlin November 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

maddie = model


4 Liz November 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Stay close to the toilet tomorrow. Trust me.


5 Kath November 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Photos look greattttttt!


6 legalstyle November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

macro lens envy.


7 Meg C. November 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm

zucchini cakes look fab. although honestly, anything that even LOOKs like a pancake makes me get excited. haha


8 Karla November 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I just got a Canon Rebel Xsi about a month ago. I love it! It makes taking pictures of everything (especially food haha) sooo much more exciting!

Definitely jealous of your lense! Maybe I’ll get a fantastic one under the Christmas tree!


9 Kara November 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Maddie couldn’t be any more adorable!! I don’t think it’s just the new camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have to try your zucchini cakes recipe — I tried to make them once by just throwing shredded zucchini and eggs together and they just completely fell apart in the pan…it still made for a tasty hash, though!


10 angieinatlanta November 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Oh my gosh, those pictures look AMAZING! I am so jealous of your camera!!


11 Yasmin November 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Oooh me too! I love cashews. Second place: almonds.


12 Matt November 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I like cashews a lot too.

Hope you get the camera from “Santa”!


13 eaternotarunner November 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Dinner looks great (and so do the pictures!)


14 Evan Thomas November 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Your new photos look great!


15 Erica November 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

ah! I have a zuch I planned on using for dinner on Thursday- maybe I will give these a shot! That camera takes incredible pictures! Your baby is so so cute!


16 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now November 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Aww, I love the Maddie pictures. She’s such a pretty puppy!


17 Erin November 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Wow, those pictures of Maddie are fantastic! You should get some framed.

I was telling my dad today about wanting a nice SLR camera and deciding to buy one next year — he totally didn’t understand why I’d “waste” so much money on a camera. Blargh!


18 inmytummy November 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I have two zucchinis in my fridge. I’m totally making your cakes. Yum.

I don’t like chocolate ice cream either. Everyone thinks I’m weird!


19 Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I have some zucchini that needs to be used up — that’s a good idea!


20 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 17, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I love my 50mm f/1.8 lens – it’s awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Shooting with an SLR is so much fun, too.


21 Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Great shots of Maddie, she is truly the perfect model! I love me some yuca fries. I am always too lazy to make them since they are a pain to peel and slice up. Your pictures are convincing me that it’s totally worth the work though. ๐Ÿ™‚


22 Leianna November 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Definetely going to steal your zuchinni cake recipe and make it soon, looks so delish and easy!


23 greensandjeans November 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

I love Maddie’s bedazzled collar!


24 Mica November 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

<3 Maddie!

The DSLR is this year's Garmin, no lie!


25 The Pancake Girl November 18, 2009 at 12:22 am
26 Jenna November 18, 2009 at 12:23 am

the lens definitely makes a difference! the pics are great!


27 cheyne November 18, 2009 at 12:24 am

i voted! :))


28 Megan November 18, 2009 at 1:11 am

Those zucchini cakes look delicious!!! I’ll definitely be trying your recipe – I’ve been trying for years to make sweet potato pancakes/fritters along the same lines as this, so maybe I’ll try to adapt this recipe to work for sweet potatoes??

Maddie is a beautiful model!


29 allisonisactive November 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

That camera takes beautiful pictures – looks like you have the new lens all figured out! I can really see the difference between this camera and a point-and-shoot.


30 MegaNerd November 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

Your pictures are looking good! However, a 50mm lens is not a macro lens…. just FYI


31 Amy November 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

What a cute and photogenic subject you have! I love the Maddie pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, the SAM-e blogger finalist video is so cute! Great work!


32 Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 18, 2009 at 9:57 am

Zucchini patties! I love that idea — I need to try making those. Maddie is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚


33 Molly November 18, 2009 at 10:07 am

love the new lense! and I LOVE Maddie!!!


34 jessica November 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

Wow the pictures look incredible!!!….so do those zucchini cakes… they are now topping my list of ‘must-try’s’



35 brandi November 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

Maddie is so cute! Great model ๐Ÿ™‚


36 Erin November 18, 2009 at 10:31 am

oh your puppy is so so cute. I love jack russells!


37 dishin November 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

I’m thinking about getting a new camera too! I’m glad Maddie was there to be your model ๐Ÿ™‚

Those zuchinni cakes look yummy!


38 Courtney November 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Your camera skills are phenom!! :] Happppppy wishing! My girlfriend really wants one, too! Well, hell, don’t we all? … Love your zuccini cakes, taking that recipe to the bank with me!


39 Christine November 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Mmm the zuchinni cakes looked really good! definitely saving the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ The 50mm lens is awesome. I have a Canon 40D and the 50mm stays on it the majority of the time.


40 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I recently purchased the Canon Rebel T2i and looove it! We are thinking of getting a macro for it as well. Photos are fun ๐Ÿ™‚


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