Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Lasagna Rollup

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There are times when I am browsing Pinterest or the internet and I come across something (a photo, graphic design, headline, etc.) that grabs my attention. This recipe is one of those times. I was looking through Pinterest for ideas and I found this one. This recipe is by far not my own, though I made a few tweaks. It is a really great recipe. I’ll admit it’s a bit time consuming so make sure you have time to make it. It’s worth the trouble though. I promise.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 8-10 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 14 oz shredded, low-moisture part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 – 4 medium Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/6 inch thick slices)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish (I didn’t use fresh. What’s in the spice cabinet will work too.)
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, recipe follows
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Here’s What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to directions listed on package to al dente. Drain pasta (Don’t rinse with water) and align lasagna noodles in a single layer on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  • For filling, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg white until well blended. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Mix in 12 oz. of the Mozzarella cheese and season with black pepper to taste. (I went heavy on the pepper.)
  • Place 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle and spread into an even layer, going from one end of the lasagna to the other. Align 4 thin tomato slices over cheese mixture then sprinkle basil over top.
  • Snugly roll lasagna noodles to opposite end. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Align lasagna roll ups, seam side down in dish. Top each roll up with about 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 oz. shredded Mozzarella. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes.
  • (In place of the marinara sauce I used 4 tablespoons of olive oil and heated it with minced garlic. Once the rolls were in the baking dish, I generously covered everything with the oil and garlic and baked as directed.)
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions to hot oil and saute about 3 minutes until soft, adding garlic during last minute of sautéing. Pour in crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and allow sauce to cook for about 25 – 30 minutes (which will allow some of the water in crushed tomatoes to evaporate) while you prepare pasta and lasagna filling (you can freeze or refrigerate left over sauce in a small airtight container for later use, adding fresh basil if desired).
  • Enjoy!

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In celebration!

This is month Hannah and Harley will celebrate its one year anniversary as a blog! For those who are already following us, thank you! You are already entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks! (Make sure your email is up-to-date and accurate. That’s how I will notify the winner.) Actually, because you are a loyal reader you are already entered into the drawing twice!  From now through the end of the month those who start following this blog will receive one entry for the gift card. Good luck! :) To follow Hannah and Harley, enter your email in the space provided called “Follow Blog Via Email.” Yes, it’s that easy. If you already have a WordPress account, simply click the follow button.

The Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Here’s hoping this day you are surround by love and joy.

This post is a great idea for a quick last minute dessert or gift idea for the brownie lovers in your life. I choose to use a brownie mix because I hadn’t had any in a long time. You can use a cake mix, cookie mix, or whatever baked good you choose. The point is you are making something sweet for your sweetie(s)!

Here’s What You Need:

  • brownie (cookie or cake) mixture and the ingredients listed on the box
  • icing of your choice (I went with butter cream icing for the photos)
  • sprinkles or small candy (something colorful)

Here’s What You Do:

  • follow the directions on the mixture (make sure to let your baked good cool)
  • add icing (be generous with the icing!)
  • add toppings for decoration
  • enjoy!

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The Anniversary!

Hannah and Harley proudly celebrates its one year anniversary as a blog today!

It’s fitting the anniversary is today, the day before Valentine’s Day. I think my first post was intentionally not on Valentine’s Day, but I can’t be sure. As people prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day and seeing as today is important for Hannah and Harley, I thought I’d share some photos of the furry, four-legged, love of my life and a few things he’s taught me along the way. Enjoy the photos. Most are snapshots with my phone.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Harley:

  • He’s a beagle.
  • He loves to roll in the grass even though he’s got really bad allergies.
  • He likes to wear sweaters in the cold weather. His favorite sweater is the green one.
  • He’ll do anything for a treat!
  • He recently learned to how “shake.”

Here’s What You Need to Know About Having A Dog (in case you were wondering):

  • Owning a dog = love.
  • There will always be laughter and love in the home with a dog around.
  • A little hug goes a long way.
  • Long walks are good for everyone (as long as it’s not 10 degrees outside.)
  • Treats aren’t just for dogs. Finding the little things in life make all the difference in the world.
  • Snuggles are awesome. Blankets too!
  • All you need is love.

In celebration!

This is month Hannah and Harley will celebrate its one year anniversary as a blog! For those who are already following us, thank you! You are already entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks! (Make sure your email is up-to-date and accurate. That’s how I will notify the winner.) Actually, because you are a loyal reader you are already entered into the drawing twice!  From now through the end of the month those who start following this blog will receive one entry for the gift card. Good luck! :) To follow Hannah and Harley, enter your email in the space provided called “Follow Blog Via Email.” Yes, it’s that easy. If you already have a WordPress account, simply click the follow button.

The Camera Question

This is an example of a point and shoot camera (the red one) and a DSLR.

This is an example of a point and shoot camera (the red one) and a DSLR.

As freelance photographer I get this question all the time: “I want a new camera. What do you recommend?”

I follow it up with a question. “Well, what do you want the camera  for? What do you want to take pictures of with this new camera?”  The responses vary from pictures of my __________ (kids, pets, flowers, etc.), but it’s always followed by a long pause. A hesitation. It’s usually one of  two things: they weren’t expecting me to ask a question or they hadn’t given any thought as to why they wanted a new camera.

For most, a new camera is only a new camera. When you ask a photographer what camera do you recommend it’s like asking a movie critic what movie to watch or a chef what’s for dinner. We need more information to answer it properly. With that in mind, I’ve created a few tips that will help you pick out a new camera. These tips are based on conversations I’ve had over the years. I’ll still be more than happy to provide a recommendation, but these tips should also help you narrow down your choices and help you make a more educated decision.

1. Seriously. Why do you want the new camera?
Be honest. Do you have a baby on the way and want to capture all the wonderful and cute memories? Perfect. New puppy? Sounds good. Are you simply replacing a broken camera? Knowing why you want the camera will help you figure out the options on the camera.

2. What kind of camera do you want?

Admittedly, you are asking me so you don’t have to give this question any thought. I recognize that, but that’s not how I roll. We are going to talk to this out. Why? Because I’m the photographer and I said so! All joking aside, there is a purpose to talking it out. There are several types of cameras and in order to give my best recommendation I need more information.

Let’s talk type. In its basic form there are two kinds of mainstream consumer cameras: point and shoot and DSLR (digital single-lens reflex). A point and shoot is just what it sounds like. You point at something and you take a picture of it: point and shoot. DSLR are the digital versions of cameras with mirror reflective abilities as well as removable lens. (A removable lens is always the rule, but it is the majority.)  The single lens reflex refers to the components on  the inside of the camera where a mirror captures the image and reflects the light to the viewfinder. In the past, the light that image captured was exposed to film creating a negative. Today, that mirrored image is converted into a digital file. The DLSR provides a higher level of control in regards to light, shutter speed, and other variable settings compared to a point and shoot. (There’s new technology that doesn’t require a mirror and allows for the same type of controls and speed capabilities as the DSLR.)

How much control do you want over the camera?  If you’d rather let the camera do the thinking and really just want to take pictures at parties and social gatherings then a point shoot is probably more your style.

Do you want to change settings? There are higher end point and shoots that will allow to change and control some settings. But if you answered yes to one or both questions below I do not recommend point and shoots cameras. Period.

Are you going to be taking photos in low light environments?
Are you taking any action shots?

Now that you’ve figured out the type let’s talk price.

3. How much are you willing to spend?
If you plan ahead and think this through you will be better off in the long run knowing how much you can or want to spend. We are all guilty, myself included, of spending too much on an item. By setting a budget you keep from over spending, falling for a sales pitch, or settling for the wrong camera.

Once you’ve determined your budget and the camera you want.  Research it. There are plenty of sites that offer deals on cameras. If you’ve got the time, try to avoid purchasing it from the first place you look. I know it’s easier said than done. On large purchases like this, do some price compairisons.  It will be worth your time.

If you will ask yourself these questions you will be better informed and make a better decision about your new camera. I hope these tips have helped a little bit. Knowing what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it whether it’s a camera, a new car, or the latest gadget for a Christmas present will always make you a better consumer.

In celebration!

This is month Hannah and Harley will celebrate its one year birthday as a blog! For those who are already following us, thank you! You are already entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks! (Make sure your email is update and accurate. That’s how I will notify the winner.) Actually, because you are a loyal reader you are already entered into the drawing twice!  From now through the end of the month those who start following this blog will receive one entry for the gift card. Good luck! 🙂 To follow Hannah and Harley, enter your email in the space provided called “Follow Blog Via Email.” Yes, it’s that easy. If you already have a WordPress account, simply click the follow button.