Last night, for the first time ever, I watched Julie & Julia. I’d heard of the movie before, but never really took an interest in it because I just don’t typically watch those types of movies. It was actually really good and I enjoyed that it related to my interests somewhat. If you don’t know the premise, it follows two characters in different time periods. The first story line follows Julia Child in 1949 while stationed in Paris for her husband’s government job. She ends up going to cooking school and writing a very lengthy cookbook for American women to master French cooking. The second story line follows Julie Powell in 2002 as she cooks her way through Julia’s 534 recipes in 365 days and chronicles her adventures on a blog.
I had been struggling this week to come up with a super-crazy-unique-awesome idea to post on my blog. I was stressing myself out to the point that I got a headache. It seems like every blogger is always trying to one-up the next and come up with some insane idea that will go viral on Pinterest. So, in honor of the movie and Mrs. Child’s 100th birthday last month, I decided to post a basic brownie recipe. Now, I’m not saying these are the easiest brownies to make, because they’re not. I will tell you that I devoured three within 10 minutes and am sitting here with a food baby, which is quite painful. That being said, if you’re like me and you enjoy baking and also have about an hour to waste, I implore you to try this recipe. It’s quite delicious. Just ask Phil. That’s what I named my food baby.
On a somewhat related note, since I went with a basic brownie recipe, I had extra time to work on my photography/styling skills. I’m really excited with this week’s photos. I think they’ve improved dramatically from my previous photos. Need proof? Just look at my Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies or Spinach Tortellini. WOW. That’s embarrassing. I have absolutely no background whatsoever in photography, so I have struggled immensely. In case there are any other food bloggers out there also struggling, let me just tell you that there are two things that will help you: a DSLR camera and Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography eBook. (Affiliate link)
I started this blog at the beginning of this year. Around the end of June/beginning of July, I actively started taking an interest in other food blogs and their food photos. I started out taking pictures with my iPhone. I then switched to a point-and-shoot camera, which the last three or four recipes have been photographed with. Today I borrowed my moms DSLR camera. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel. I’m in love. I cannot give it back to her. I’ll have to tell her I lost it. Seriously, I had a blast taking these pictures!
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