I adore having the opportunity to share my love of food photography (and food in general, I really love food lol!).  This month I’ve chosen to share some images of my favourite lemon loaf.  Please make sure to follow the link at the end of this post to the next fabulous photographer in our circle, it will be worth it <3

For Easter, I took the kids to Grampa & Omi’s house for brunch, and then we picked up the hubby and we all went to dinner at Gramma and Papa’s house for dinner.  I made a lemon loaf to bring to each place (and it gave me an opportunity to play with a couple new drops).  I also made a third that I kept at home, as I was afraid to serve it to anyone lol.  I was just scooping the batter into the loaf pan when I realized that I hadn’t put sugar in the recipe.  Of all the recipes to forget sugar, it would have to be the one with lemon, lemon zest and lemon extract 😀   I poured the batter back into the bowl, added the sugar, mixed a bit and poured it back into the pan.  I popped it in the oven and crossed my fingers, but wasn’t brave (or cruel lol) enough to serve it to guests!  (It turned out fine, by the way!)

If you look on Pinterest, there are dozens of Copycat Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf recipes.  I use this one, and I like it.  If I am making it for myself, I increase the amount of lemon juice as I like it a bit tart.  The recipe, as written, is fairly sweet so I think you could safely cut back on the sugar a little as well.

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Click here to visit the amazingly talented Jennifer Carr of Jennifer Carr Photography’s blog and see what kind of deliciousness she is sharing this month <3  You can also find her work on Facebook!

 

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  • Kathy - For real, this is one of my all-time favorite sweet loaf flavors. Beautifully shot!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Douglas - Oh my word! I love anything lemon and this looks just so so yummy! Love your series of shots….I can almost smell the lemon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - Jana, this serious is STUNNING! I love the color palette!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Allison - Gorgeousness everywhere!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - LOVE these, Jana, especially the last two! I was just looking for a good dessert recipe and this is what I’m going to make. Yum!!ReplyCancel

This month’s colour for our ‘Our Life is Here’ blog circle is purple.  Clearly I had issues with purple this month.  In fact I borrowed a couple pics from March (shhhhh!).  At this moment I can think of a dozen purple things I should have shot, but time’s up!

Both my kids are Shopkins-obsessed.

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Despite the expressions on their faces, we had a lovely visit to Menchies.  G swears it’s ice cream, and I have bigger battles to fight.  Delicious either way.  The spoons were sort of purple 😉

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More Shopkins.  This little one is Dishy Liquid.  Not to be confused with the green Dishy Liquid.  My 3yr old cannot (or perhaps WILL NOT is more accurate) remember his phone number, but he can recall the names of around 8 gazillion different Shopkins.  Apparently Dishy Liquid enjoys playing in the blue goop.  Blue goop full of sparkles.  Sparkles that end up EVERYWHERE.

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I pulled out some Easter pics (I was really, really reaching to get purple photos this month) and found this one.  It was the first time we decorated eggs using this gel in a bag, and while it was definitely much less messy, I think the kids have more fun dunking the eggs into the cups of dye.

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Easter brunch at Grampa & Omi’s place…

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If you live in Thunder Bay, you MUST try Blossoms Fresh Fruits Arrangements.  Those Skor covered, chocolate dipped strawberries are ridiculously delicious!

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Yet another Shopkin.  To be fair, I’d have 3 less purple photos without them.

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Up next in our circle is the fantabulous Dinah Reece of Dinah Reece Photography!  Check out her purple post here, and make sure to pop over and give her Facebook page a like too <3  To close off this post, I have to share a collage of our purple work!

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  • Emily - I love your purple photos, Jana, ESPECIALLY the Shopkins! Haha. Is that a red onion macro at the end? Pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I never got to comment on these last month so just wanted to drop by and say how much I love them!!! your use of color (purple in particular here;)), light, and composition is so beautiful! you always inspire me, Jana!ReplyCancel

Ok, so it isn’t really my Thunder Bay view.  I truly intended it to be, but I instead I’m sharing our (hopefully annual) visit to Grand Marais.  We drove down for the afternoon, with the idea of visiting the Angry Trout Cafe and grabbing some more of the World’s Best Donuts.  Unfortunately neither place was open for the season yet, so we wandered around a bit, had lunch at My Sister’s Place and I retook some photos from last year’s visit.  I have to say, I prefer the foggy day pics from last year, but maybe it was due to the lack of boats out on the water yet.  We were still so grateful that it was a lovely, warm and sunny day!  All in all it was a gorgeous day spent with the people I love the most.

Please make sure to click the link at the end of this post and visit the rest of our fabulous circle!

We stopped at a lookout on the way down and I’ll admit the height made me queasy lol!

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What’s that on the camera left wall?  My film camera, and while I shot most of a roll on this trip, I also accidentally exposed the roll not once, but twice trying to rewind it.  I’m so disappointed, but it’s currently sitting at the FIND lab and hopefully a few of the shots will be saved!

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They even have all the boards from the dock taken down at Angry Trout.  Can’t wait to visit when they are open again, yummiest lunch I’ve ever had in Grand Marais was there!

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On our way home, we pulled over at the side of the road so I could take some pictures of the gigantic ice hump.  The waves were big and loud and beautiful too.

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Up next in our circle is the wonderfully talented Addie Sheahin and so click here to visit her blog and see what kind of adventures she has captured!

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  • Nadeen - So beautiful! I love your use of negative space.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - These are gorgeous! My favorites are the ones of the water crashing on the rocks. Fantastic!! Also. Would LOVE to see some film shares! I’m working on my first roll right now.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Ryan - Just beautiful! Stunning place and I love the splashing water 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Addie - These are beautiful! I love the wide vantage point of the 3rd especially! And the light shimmering off the water. Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Love the water crashing on the rocks! Really gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - What a beautiful spot! It’s such a bummer that you weren’t able to visit the places you had hoped, but it looks like you made the most of it!ReplyCancel

  • Seija - such great shots Jana, we need to meet here sometime and do a photo walk together!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca J Klein - What a beautiful spot! Love the ice hump splashing photos and that you included your loved ones in the photos too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Benemelis - What a beautiful location, Jana. These are all gorgeous and I hope that the lab is able to save part of your toll of film. <3ReplyCancel

How can it be April already????   I’ve been enjoying shooting food again, and playing with some lovely simple shots as well as food prep shots.  This month, I’m sharing Eggs Benedict.  It’s a bit different from the traditional version, but I encourage you to try it if you like lox <3  Make sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to visit the others in our circle.

I like any kind of Eggs Benedict, but my absolute favourite is made with smoked salmon instead of ham or Canadian bacon.  It has to be the lox-style, not the big chunks 😉

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Here is another secret (it’s really rather embarrassing lol).  When I make this dish (usually just for myself, have I mentioned how ridiculously picky my family is?  I love them like crazy but it’s such a bummer sometimes lol!), I use a packaged sauce.  You know, the kind you mix with butter and milk?  Shameful, I know.  This time I opted to try a quick homemade Hollandaise sauce in the blender.  I’ve tried 2 different versions now, and still don’t have it quite right.  This one was ok, but a bit bland and too lemony.  I like a hint of lemon in the sauce, but I swear my mouth was puckery for the rest of the day.

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On the plus side, the blender sauce is ridiculously easy to make.

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People have all kinds of things they insist they must add to the water when making poached eggs.  You know what I add?  Eggs.  End of story.  Seriously, I love eggs.  I don’t care if my kitchen smells like eggs lol.  I can crack open a window.

What’s that you say?  That isn’t an English muffin under there???  Caught me.  We almost always have frozen waffles here.  They are a quick breakfast or snack for me.  I like them with peanut butter.  And, in a pinch, they will work just fine for Eggs Benedict.  Seriously, they are crispy, the little squares catch the creamy sauce and egg yolk and really, the only reason for the English muffin is to hold all the other yummy stuff 😉

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I put an obscene amount of Hollandaise sauce on my Eggs Benedict.  Go ahead and judge me, but if I’m going to eat something rich and bad for me, I’m not going to skimp on the best part!

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Some freshly ground pepper is always lovely.

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This is my tried and true method for copying a recipe – a bunch of barely legible scribble.  Meh, it works (except when I forget to write ingredients down, like the sugar for the lemon loaf I made last weekend lol).

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This dish was prepared shortly after making enchiladas one night (in this post over here), so I had cilantro and green onions left in the fridge.  They add just the right amount of freshness to a dish that can feel heavy.  Dill would be phenomenal too, but I didn’t happen to have any.

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Perfect, runny poached eggs – yum!

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Thanks so much for putting up with my love of Eggs Benedict, and listening to my chatter lol!  Make sure to follow our circle and see what deliciousness is on  Emily Poston of Emily Poston Photography’s plate this month.  You can also visit her Facebook page here to see more of her gorgeous work!

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  • Pam - Jana this looks delicious. I’ve never tried Eggs Benedict before but this post is making me want to try it. Great work as usual 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Pam! It’s one of those things I would never have touched as a child, but I would happily eat it every day now 😀ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Thanks for sharing this with us! Would you believe I have NEVER tried eggs benedict? I love lemon & smoked salmon, though, so now I’m thinking I really need to try this soon.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Oh you need to try it – so so good! I am sure the poached egg would be yummy with the salmon even without the sauce, maybe some thinly sliced avocado too? Mmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Haines - I love your creative use of the waffe and cilantro.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Carolyn – desperate times call for desperate measures lol!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy R. - This looks scrumptious! I am also one who’s never tried eggs benedict. My son orders it all the time if we go out for breakfast and it’s always looked so good. I’m going to need to try it next time!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Kathy! You’ll definitely have to try it next time and let me know what you think 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - This is a beautiful dish, Jana! I’ll admit that I don’t eat eggs, but they certainly look pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Jana!! This looks so yummy and the photos are gorgeous. I really love hollandaise sauce, too, but I’m the only one. 🙁 I will have to try your version soon.ReplyCancel

This month’s story is a documentation of G’s swimming lesson.  I’ve shared photos of his lessons before, but he is growing so quickly that I really want to remember these times.  Plus I can’t photograph my daughter’s yoga lessons lol.   Don’t forget to click the link at the end of this post to visit the rest of our ‘Stories in Seven’ circle!

He doesn’t love being on his back, but he tries his best.  The last 3 lessons have been really fabulous with no tantrums and he has been really brave.

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G’s instructor is really wonderful with him and she makes the lessons fun.  Basketball is a treat if he tries his best.

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He’s also lost his love for jumping in lol, now that he knows he has to get his whole head wet.

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He won’t always have to stay in the shallow end.

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Please make sure to visit Jenn Valluzzo of Jenn V Photography ‘s blog and see what beautiful story she is telling this month <3

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  • Deanna - Oh his little ginchies on the pink towel! Cuteness!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Jana, these are so well done! I love the details of the windows with the water puddle and the last shot of his little undies. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nielsen - Hee hee that last shot is my favorite. All little boy! Great story this month!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Love the puddle shot and the “SHALLOW”. I need to be more deliberate about taking detail shots like those.ReplyCancel

  • Felicia - He is growing so big! Look at that release on the hoop shot! I love the light you’ve captured and the details…Aaahhh. Shallow is my favourite.ReplyCancel