Fall Photo Walk

  • Fall Photo Walk

    A few snapshots of Fall in Northern California (Canon 5DMKIII).

  • Simplify.


    I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog, and its direction for 2015. I’ve decided that the most important goal I have in my life right now is the desire to simplify. My food, my photography, my home, my clothes, my crafts, my everything — just simpler.

    For example, breakfast. Here’s a photo of what I made today: Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Blueberries and Walnuts. No fancy batters, no boxed cereal, no donut makers or fuss. Clean, simple, delicious, good.

    To that end, I’m working on a blog redesign – a clean, well-lighted place for you to land. I’m also in the process of opening a storefront called yarn happens on storenvy, featuring simple knit items for you and yours.

    Is November a little early to think of New Years’ resolutions?  Well, who says January is the start of a new year?  Aren’t we exactly one year away from where we were a year ago today?  It’s a circle, not a line.

    Wishing you a simple day.

  • LoCarb French Toast {Dukan}

    One of the hardest things about eating low-carb is avoiding bread.  Mommy loved her sourdough toast back in the day…  So when I came across this Dukan Diet recipe for high protein french toast, I was excited to try it out — especially since it cooks in just four minutes!

    Dukan Bread/French Toast

    • 4T Oat Bran
    • 1 tsp Baking Powder
    • 2T Fat Free Greek Yogurt
    • 2 Eggs

    dukan bread ingredients

    1. Whisk ingredients together until completely combined
    2. Spoon batter into a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for four minutes
    3. Remove bread from microwave and cool




    When you’re ready for breakfast, place the sliced bread in a pan with a teeny tiny bit of olive oil to toast. Serve with Sugar Free Maple Syrup.

    *recipe source:  Dukan Diet Recipe App

  • Halloween 2014


    Canon 135mm . ISO800 . F4 . 1/125th

  • Ham & Cheese Quiche {Breakfast}

    I’ve been trying to stay away from eating grain*, and there’s only so many days you can eat scrambled eggs or fake pancakes.

    This ham & cheese quiche recipe was surprisingly successful, and I’m no chef, so I’m sure you’ll be equally successful.

    ham & cheese quiche dukan

    Ham & Cheese Quiche

    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 1 C cottage cheese
    • 3 slices lean ham
    • 4 eggs
    • salt and pepper
    1. Preheat oven to 350F
    2. Break eggs into a bowl and whisk
    3. Add cottage cheese, stir to mix thoroughly
    4. Chop the ham and onion, add to the mix
    5. Add salt and pepper to taste
    6. Pour into a quiche dish and place in the oven
    7. Bake for about 30 minutes/check.  When done, it will be golden on top and springy to touch.

    *What’s wrong with grain, you say? I’m not a biologist, I reply, blushing.  I will just point you toward a great book called Grain Brain, and another not-as-easy read but equally informative  Wheat Belly.  You’ll be scared of all things gluten, and if you’re not scared  – you’ll be inspired. So there’s that.

  • Non-Cakes: Low Carb Cinnamon Pancakes {Dukan}

    Bloggies, I’ve started the Dukan Diet, and I’ve lost — wait for it — three pounds in three days.

    Let’s hear it for water weight, woooohoooo!!!

    I’ll be updating you on my progress, but I will say that this first week is called the, “Attack” phase and consists of: lean protein, oat bran, water, and a daily 30-minute walk.   The theory is that limiting carbohydrates forces your body to burn fat.

    Basically, you can eat unlimited quantities of food, as long as they’re on the approved foods list, which includes very few carbs, if any.

    So what in the world do you eat on this thing?  Well, I’m sharing a recipe today, because it was so good, I couldn’t even tell I was eating a “Dukan” meal.



    • One Egg (or equivalent egg whites)
    • 2T  Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
    • 3T  Oat Bran (1.5T on Attack Phase)
    • 2T  Stevia or Splenda
    • Cinnamon to Taste

    Low Carb Cinnamon Pancakes:

    1. Whisk the egg and then slowly stir in the yogurt
    2. Stir in the stevia, cinnamon and oat bran
    3. Use nonstick spray oil to a frying pan on low/medium heat
    4. Pour the mixture in, cooking for 1-2 minutes on each side until brown

    You can make one large (pan-sized) pancake, but I made several “silver dollar” pancakes instead.  I also added a dollop or so of the yogurt on top, with an extra shake of cinnamon.



    Follow Shelly Shuey of’s board Food / Dukan Diet on Pinterest.

  • 9, 10, Big Fat Hen


    70-200mm, ISO200, F.4, 1/320th


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