Good morning, dear ones! 🙂
Over the past several months I’ve had numerous requests to share what camera I use, what photographic equipment I employ, and what editing program I utilize for the photos I post here five days a week. So – drum roll please! – today is Camera Confession Day!
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L20 – though mine is rather the worse for wear since the battery hatch no longer closes and I can’t take a photo without holding down the spring-loaded hatch with one hand while I press the button with the other. Those batteries like to fall out at the most inopportune moments!
Photographic equipment: non-existent. Unless you count my knees, which allow me to kneel in mud, grass and water, and also work beautifully as a tripod when necessary.
Photo editing program: Picasa – used to turn photos right side up and crop. Alas, that’s all I know how to do.
The End. 🙂
Moral of the story: don’t let anyone tell you you have to wait for expensive equipment or have mad skills at editing before you can capture beautiful moments.
A friend of mine tells me regularly: “Start where you are.” I love that!! We may be poor-ish (check), sick (check), and have responsibilities that overwhelm (check), but we can all do something to make our lives a bit more beautiful each day, and, if we’re lucky, share them with others so they can be cheered too.
I just finished reading “The Martha Rules” by Martha Stewart, and while I gleaned much from it, one thing in particular stood out to me. She said that at the top of her to-do list every day she writes three words: Make it beautiful. As she organizes her day she plans ways to make life more beautiful for herself, her family, friends, co-workers and customers. What a gorgeous way to live!
So, my beloved readers, I can’t send you beautiful magazines or fancy chocolates or whisk you away on fancy vacations to exotic climes, but I can share the little things that make my life beautiful each day. I hope that they might brighten your day a little too, wherever you are.
Speaking of beautiful things, here are a few that delighted me this week.
Almond Hot Chocolate on a rainy afternoon.
A blue sky reflected in a placid stream.
A very mossy tree.
Sunshine streaming through my windows onto my bedspread after a terrific rainstorm.
And, last but not least, delicious Baked Asparagus with Browned Butter and Parmesan.
What is making your day beautiful today?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear ones, and I’ll see you on Monday. 🙂
Baked Asparagus with Browned Butter and Parmesan
one bunch asparagus, rinsed and trimmed
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Arrange asparagus in a skillet and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer until just tender 4-6 minutes. Remove and drain.
- Put butter in saucepan over medium heat and melt. Continue cooking until butter begins to brown, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 more minute, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat.
- Arrange asparagus in casserole dish, drizzle with browned butter, dust with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until asparagus is cooked through and Parmesan begins to toast.