i am VERY excited!  after months (years?) of agonizing over the decision, i finally broke down and bough a new camera! a canon mark ii, to be exact. it was definitely a big investment, but one i think will be totally worth it. marshawn was one of my first subjects victims as i roamed the house testing my new baby out.

as you might guess, he was less than thrilled that i wanted to take a hundred pictures of him instead of giving him dinner. it’s tough being so adored. such a hard life this one has.




one of my very favorite things to do on saturday morning in the summer is to walk to the farmers market at portland state university.  it is by far the largest farmers market i’ve even been to.  if you love food, it’s pretty much nirvana.  imo, the market gets better every year.  more variety, different vendors, and more excitement.  it’s not exactly a well-kept secret, however.  so if you’re a serious market shopper and really need those leeks for saturday night dinner, you better get there early.  berry season will soon be upon us, which is really when the market gets into full swing – i can’t wait.  being one of my favorite places on earth, i couldn’t pick just one photo…so here are 6!

please excuse what is about to be an excessive amount of catching up over the next few days.  i have committed to sitting my butt down to catch up my 52 week project.  here goes…

week 18 gave me a much-needed reprieve from the stress and craziness of the prior weeks.  i was able to take some deep breaths and let my mind wander and think about things other than painful training runs and stressful deadlines.  inevitably, my mind wandered to food.  the sign of a true foodie.  i spent a lot of time ogling over some of my favorite food blogs and trying to figure out just what i wanted to test out. this rainbow chard tart with rosemary almond meal crust from roost jumped out at me.  not only is it gluten free and easy to make dairy free, but the recipe also called for chard, which i never know what to do with and had just received in our csa box.  it was meant to be.  and who am i to turn down a delicious sign like that?

i’m happy to report it came out perfectly.  the herb-specked crust was crumbly and buttery and the savory, not-overly-eggy filling was a perfect complement.  adam gave it two thumbs up, which is always a good sign.