3.07.2010

A spring in my step

My wonderful husband went all out for my birthday this year and bought me a fancy-schmancy camera! I've wanted one for years now. I couldn't wait to run outside and have some fun! Flowers are always a good subject and what a great time of year for flower photos. My yard is coming alive right now. I love to go outside each day and see what changes have taken place overnight. I tell ya, it puts a spring in my step!

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We have a ton of daffodils!

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We have tried tulips but some crazy critter likes the taste of the bulbs so we don't have much luck growing them.

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The daffodil bulbs must not be very tasty because nothing seems to mess with them. They grow like weeds...only much prettier! ;)

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I made a topping for fish yesterday using green olives, tomato and meyer lemon.

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I didn't care for the fish at all but did like the topping. I think this would be great as a bruschetta topping.

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green olive tomato fire-roasted red pepper bruschetta topping
by theUngourmet

makes about 1 cup

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1/3 cup green olives, sliced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1 small fire-roasted red peeper. peeled, seeded, and diced
1 tsp meyer lemon zest
juice from 1/2 meyer lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
cracked pepper
fresh thyme (I had mine in the freezer so it was a bit dried out but still good.)

Toss all ingredients into a bowl and serve over bread, crackers or whatever suits you.

Thanks so much everyone for the lovely birthday wishes! You all made my day even more special!

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48 comments:

Chef E said...

Nice camera shots! I could eat my weight in olives, and If I did there might be any left until next harvest :O)

Hope your birthday was yummy!

Fresh Local and Best said...

What kind of camera did you get? These pictures look fabulous!!! Have fun experimenting with your new toy, I can't wait to see more of your stunning pictures.

Sandy said...

All of us bloggers do love our cameras! I bought my first dSLR last fall after years of point and shoot models (which I liked most of the time). For Christmas I received a wonderful macro lens and I'm having fun taking photos of bugs and flowers.

Julia said...

You lucky woman!! Good husband! He did well by you. :)

And you were taking awesome photos before your new camera. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Bye for now.

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Every picture looks wonderful!! That olive and tomato topping looks delicious!
Enjoy your new camera!!
Stopping by from SITS!
Have a great day!

Janice said...

Oh you are going to enjoy that camera. I got a DSLR for my 'big' birthday last August and I could never go back.

Kathleen said...

Great pictures! Have fun with your new camera!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great pictures! Congrats on your new camera!

doggybloggy said...

wow your shots are going to be out of this world now - what kind did you get? I need a new one. Glad your birthday was good.

TKW said...

Congrats on your new toy! Looks like it takes some mean photos!

Jhonny walker said...

The pictures are marvelous. What camera is this? I take an interest in photography and hence curious me

the olives look great too..What a fantastic birthday :)

nanny said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures.....
How did you master a new camera so fast?
Are you using macro lens? I mean those are professional pictures to me!
Tell me more/ha

Pam said...

Great! Glad you got the camera you wanted and you are doing an amazing job with it! Love the flowers!! If only we could see something here, a little green grass would be nice for starters! Can't wait to see all your future food posts and what fantastic shots you will take! Those olives surely look good!

Bellini Valli said...

I can see you're going to have a lot of fun taking photos with your new camera..it just makes your dishes all the more tempting for us.

Tara said...

Kim

Wow--what great shots you are taking--making the food all that more yummy--I am salivating!

Jenn said...

Woohoo...you'll be having lots of fun with your new camera. Perfect for taking pics of the kids, too.

Jo said...

What a thoughtful husband and a lucky birthday girl!

Love the recipe ~ I'm going to tuck this one a way for our summer at the vineyard.

Jo

Juliana said...

Wow, great great pictures! Love them all :-) Look forward to more!

Kristin said...

Color me jealous! I'm dying for an SLR. Happy belated bday lady!

ck said...

Looks like you got one with a nice lens, too.

Now mornings will be even rougher when you post shots of your delicious muffins!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Have fun with your new camera! The topping sounds excellent! Good idea for bruschetta.

Joanne said...

Oh la la! Congrats on the gift my dear! That is so awesome! Your pictures were already amazing but now they are gonna be out-of-this-world good.

I bet that tomato mixture would be excellent over pasta...

Megan said...

What a great present! I have a fancy-schmancy camera on my wishlist. Your pictures look gorgeous!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love olives and this looks delish. Great photos too.
Mary

Emily said...

Such pretty pictures! My husband got me a new, pink camera for Christmas this last year and I was super excited. Your shots of the daffodils were very lovely, ours haven't come up as of yet, but soon I am sure! Happy belated birthday!!!

Chow and Chatter said...

lovely pictures sweet hubby and great salad

Velva said...

Your photos are so nice! I know that you are going to enjoy your new camera.

Simply Colette said...

Happy belated birthday! That bruschetta looks yum... :)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Great flowers! I miss flowers..
Spring is still a ways off in Canada, even with this mild spell.
Happy Birthday!

Holly said...

Looks yummy! awesome shots too:)

Kristin said...

Yay for birthdays and getting a new camera! What did you get? I love the pictures of the daffodils!

tasteofbeirut said...

Kim
I am salivating at the thought of that topping on some toast! Yum, that would be my dinner, with a glass of champagne and a toast for your b-day!

Jeannie said...

Simply gorgeous! Lucky you:D

scrappysue said...

awesome photos! don't particularly care of olives, but still - great pics! have lots of fun with your camera!

love lives in the kitchen said...

your flowers are lovely (and the recipe too!)
have a sweet day,
justyna

Angie's Recipes said...

Great clicks! I am totally with you about the bruschetta topping!

Queen B. said...

oh HaPpY dAy !

koralee said...

Lovely photos...you lucky gal you..have fun playing around with it. Hugs to you.

Randi Troxell said...

yea for you!!!

so glad you had such a great birthday.. congrats on your new camera too.. how exciting!

pigpigscorner said...

Lucky you! Love shots.

Monica said...

Happy birthday (a bit late). Your camera takes amazing pictures, and I am very jealous of your daffodils -- they are gorgeous! Still a bit too cold here for any flowers blooming other than the crocus. Your recipe looks delicious also.

Claudia said...

You have daffodils! I'll have daffodils... in May. What a lovely, thoughtful present - fancy schmanzy is good for a birthday. And yes, I'd put that topping on bread and call it a dinner!

Faith said...

Awww, that was so sweet of your hubby! Your pics are gorgeous, Kim! I bet that topping would also be good tossed with pasta as a cold pasta salad...yum!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

oh lovely shots Kim! and I adore olives. I love them on my pizza and just eating them out of the jar :)

Cathy said...

Your photos are wonderful, Kim. What a great birthday gift. Happy to read that you had a good birthday.

Julie said...

What beautiful pics! Hubby did a nice job :)

Danielle said...

YAY for your new camera....he did good! Beautiful pics. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time getting to know your new toy :)

kallaydoscope said...

that makes my mouth water!! yum!!

and those daffodils are gorgeous! i can't wait until our flowers come up soon!

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