Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Food blogging


Karma challenged us to photograph our meals for a week.  You’d think that would be easy, but it turned out to be quite the challenge.  Who remembers to photo dinner before shoveling it in after a day at work?  So I have, over the course of two weeks, taken photos of some of my more favorite meals.  And, because I had a huge family meal right in the middle of the two weeks, you’ll get to see some food that only shows itself once a year.  Enjoy!

At the beginning of the challenge we had just cooked a ham, and I was looking for something to do with the leftovers.  My cousin suggested escaloped potatoes and they turned out wonderful!  I didn’t get a photo of the finished product, but I did them in the crock pot and they were spectacular.

The wine didn't go into the potatoes...but it was good.

The wine didn’t go into the potatoes…but it was good.

Then later that week I did crock pot stew.  See a theme here?

Good on a cold night after a long day.

Good on a cold night after a long day.

Then it was time to get ready for the big dinner.  Two of my favorite things to make are do ahead mashed potatoes….

Yukon gold, cream cheese & sour cream.

Yukon gold, cream cheese & sour cream.

…and orange cranberry sweet potatoes that can also be done the day before.  Both just get heated up the day of the meal, leaving you less stressed and more available to your guests.

You've got to try this one.  Easy and amazing.

You’ve got to try this one. Easy and amazing.

But the star of our big meal was the rib roast.



We had a wonderful time, and ate leftovers for a couple of days.

No we don't eat like this every day!

No we don’t eat like this every day!

After that we settled down to more normal meals.  I forgot to take pictures of the night we ate hamburgers….or the night we went out to eat at a local eatery and I had chicken with dried Michigan cherries.  Or the night we wolfed down a frozen pizza.  After I heated it up.

I did remember to document the night we had scrambled eggs…which I thought would be boring, so I added sauteed onions, leftover ham, and cheese.  Filling and quick.

Who says eggs are only for breakfast?

Who says eggs are only for breakfast?

And Saturday night we had marinated chicken (you can buy it already marinated or marinate it yourself in Italian dressing for an hour or so), more onions (you can never go wrong with onions!), stuffing bought already prepared from the grocery store (Bob Evans) and peas.  Pretty darn good and fast.

No leftovers.

No leftovers.

So there you go….a week or so of meals.  Oh.  What did we have for desert?  Well.  We definitely didn’t take time to photograph that before we ate it.  But it involved chocolate.

Thanks Karma, for making me think more about what we eat.  AND for picking a perfect couple of weeks when I was really cooking.  Versus any other two week period of the year when you’d see a lot more of this.

Healthy and fast.  Perfect.

Healthy and fast. Perfect.

If anyone wants to recipes to any of this let me know.  It’s all easy.  Trust me on that.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “Food blogging

  1. Food really is beautiful ~ color, texture, etc.

    You did a lot of cooking! I’m making cupcakes today, and it’s all your fault….I’ve been thinking about cupcakes since you posted that photo!


  2. The roast looks great!!! Yum!!


  3. Thanks for participating Dawn! I’m really curious about your orange cranberry sweet potatoes – that sounds really good. I can see we have some similar ideas about what’s good for dinner – fast and easy! I am a big crock pot fan too and I think it is funny we both ended our posts with a Subway picture, lol!


  4. Me, too, on the orange cranberry sweet potatoes. Will you share that recipe with us? Your comment about onions reminds me of the saying that every good recipe begins with “Peel an onion”–but I stop and think, no, maybe not the orange cranberry sweet potatoes recipe! If I didn’t have ingredients for muffins mixed up already in two different bowls (dry/wet), this post would drive me crazy on Sunday morning. Also, crock pot–to start a pot roast or not today, with possible freezing rain on the way? Will the power go out and leave me stranded? So many things to consider.


  5. The orange cranberry sweet potatoes have piqued my interest. They sound yummy. I’m glad I just finished breakfast as looking at all this delicious food would have my stomach rumbling with hunger. lol!


  6. You really did good with this challenge, Dawn! First, if people are hungry before coming to these food challenge blogs, they’re going to go away just salivating! (oops, look like Robin basically just expressed the same thing.)


  7. I sent you a link on facebook for a really cool site where you can learn all about taking food picture….can we come to dinner next time 🙂 🙂 🙂


  8. Dawn, can I come live at your house please? You eat very differently to my pawrents. I think your left overs would be a lot more yummier. I used to rely on TNP for scraps but now TNP only eats meat about once a week! Good job I like fish!
    ~lickies, Ludo


  9. Why have I never added cream cheese to mashed potatoes? Sounds like it was a good week for a food blogging challenge!


  10. Oh dear, your post made me so hungry and it’s already 9.36pm.


  11. I had really good intentions of playing along, but things had a way of interfering. All week long, too! Your meals look splendid, much better than some I had. Especially the rib roast!


  12. Dawn, any chance of you either posting or sending along the orange cranberry sweet potato recipe? Looks like I am not the only one who would be interested! You could do a food blogger type post where you show us how to make it if you’d like! Or send us the recipe?


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