Cooking and Photography

January 28, 2009

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If you have been hanging around this blog for any period of time, it will come as no surprise that two of my biggest passions are cooking and photography!! I love them both and if I don't have a camera strapped around my neck taking pictures of my kids, I am standing at my stove trying out new recipes.....then grabbing my camera and taking pictures of the food....so I guess they are kind of working hand and hand.

So let's start with the cooking.....

I love spending time with family and friends and enjoy having people into our home so that I can cook for them. There is something so fulfilling about being able to put good food out on the table that my friends and family enjoy. I come from a long line of Italian women that love to cook and feed others, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I caught the bug. It really kicked into full gear after we moved into this house. I am taking my cooking up to the next level and have moved out of my comfort zone trying new things. I spend a lot of time in our kitchen....it is my favortie room in the house, and in my mind, it is the heart of our home!!

This morning I came down to my computer and found an email from DENISE, who asked if I could take some pictures of my kitchen and send them to her. They are in the beginning stages of re doing their kitchen and she has been trying to collect some ideas. Of course I was happy to do it{you know me, any excuse to use the camera}so I quickly snapped some pictures of my kitchen.

I have shared so many of my favortie recipes here on the blog and while doing so, you have all caught glimpses of my kitchen from time to time, so I thought instead of emailing them to her, it would be fun to post them here and let you all behind the scenes so to speak. Our kitchen may not be your taste or style, and I know there are many kitchens out there that are far more beautiful, but it works for us.......and keeps me in there doing what I love to do.

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Now on to obsession number two.......Photography!!


Guess where I am heading this weekend???

Yes, this is the big Photography Workshop Weekend and I am so excited, I kind of feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to arrive....I have really been looking forward to this class and getting to meet THIS very lovely and talented lady in person.

I am flying out tomorrow and mixing a little business with pleasure. I have a client to meet up with Thursday afternoon and then all the excitiment begins.......while down there, I will also be meeting a few other bloggy friends and family members......that is a surprise.....you will just have to wait to see who I have the pleasure of meeting up with!!

Unfortunately, THIS wonderful friend won't be making the trip......We both were signed up for the workshop and have been talking about it for weeks. She is very sick and has doctor orders to stay in bed for at least the next seven days.....I am so crushed that she is not able to attend, and can't imagine how heart broken she is about it. If you have a minute, pop over to her blog and wish her well.....she could use some cheering up:) Missy, I will be thinking of you all weekend.....get better soon!!

Okay....I am off to pack and then I am out of here first thing tomorrow morning and probably won't be around until Monday or Tuesday....wish me luck.....and get ready, I am thinking I will have lots of pictures to post and stories to tell!!

A special thanks to Pat for sending me on my merry way while he holds down the fort here at home.....you are the best honey and I will miss you all:)


75 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

Lisa -- I can just feel the excitement in this post! You are going to have sooo much fun this weekend. I can't wait to hear all about it!

As you already know, Chef Daddy and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your kitchen. I especially love how you mixed the white cabinets and cherry wood in it. I am drooling as I type this!

Have a safe trip! I will miss our nightly chats!

Jboo said...

Oh Lisa -- your kitchen is gorgeous!! But -- do tell-- where's all your junk? My counters are covered in school papers, mail, recipes, stuffed animals, etc!!

Wish I could go along to your photo workshop. I'm sure you will have so much fun and learn so much. Remember, it's nice to share -- so I will be expecting you to share your knowledge when you return. Have fun!

janet

Denise said...

Thanks for the pics! Your kitchen is beautiful! I will e mail you with what I am going to be doing. (it involves me painting my wood cabinets...ugh!) Kim is helping me and would love your thoughts as well. Have a wonderful weekend...can't wait to hear all about it~

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Okay.. I wish I could go with you..
You are going to have SOOOOOO much fun...
Can't wait to see the photos you come home with...
Hugs..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE your kitchen.. I wish I had a HUGE kitchen like that..
BEAUTIFUL..
Hugs..

Lucy said...

Lisa, Have a WONDERFUL time!!! I know you will! Sounds like so much fun. Can't wait to see your pics when you get back.
Lucy
P.S. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

Kam said...

I think you're kitchen is beautiful! I too have noticed glimpses and wondered what the entire room looked like! It's lovely.

I hope you have the best time ever this weekend!
Safe travels my friend!

Meredith Teagarden said...

Lisa,

Your kitchen is stunning! And I love your photography, as always`

Gail said...

Your kitchen is stunning Lisa and reflects so much of you...both beautiful on the inside and outside. Love how you mixed the white and wood.

Travel safely, can't wait to hear about the workshop.

Kate said...

Safe travels to you...and have fun!!! Your kitchen is lovely..thanks for sharing pictures of it! And the picture of Miss Sarah...just beautiful...so sweet!!!!

I can't wait to hear all abot it!!!

Kate

Shelly and Family said...

Lisa...Praying you have a SAFE and WONDERFUL trip to GA! I just know you will! Can't wait to see what you have learned...like there could be anything lol ~ I think you do an amazing job at your photographs and don't need any classes lol, but it never hurts to learn a little more...

As for oyur kitchen ~ O.M.G.!!!! I love it!!! Getting me very excited about seeing ours!

Call me or drop me a line once you get home! Luv Ya!

Amy said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous!:)

Have fun on your trip! I can't wait to see and hear all about it.

God Bless,
Amy:)

sandra said...

Beautiful kitchen! I LOVE it!

Mari said...

Your kitchen is the kitchen of my dreams! I'm jealous of your photo's! I can't do anything about the kitchen, but maybe sometime you could do a post on your pictures. Like - do you use photoshop or what and how do you get the blurred dark edges on some of them?
Have a great time at the workshop!

Our Complete Family said...

Lisa~
Your kitchen is amazing! I don't blame you for wanting to be in it cooking, baking and creating away. I'd be there a lot, too!

I know you will have a blast at the photo workshop and I truly can't wait to see what you learn!

Have fun, be safe and enjoy your special Mommy time away!
Hugs, Les

Kerry said...

Oh Lisa! Have a wonderful time. I am so jealous, but can't wait to see your photos and hear about all that you have learned.

Have a blast. Hugs

Felicia said...

It's absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for bringing us in to your home. Have a great time at your workshop.

M3 said...

Oh my gosh I have kitchen envy!!! You kitchen is just beautiful.

Will you give D a huge hug for me at your workshop? I would so love to meet her in person.

Briana's Mom said...

Your kitchen ~ phenomenal! So pretty!

I wonder who you will be seeing in GA? ;)

Headmeister said...

I have 5 seconds to comment before having to tend to my kiddo, so all I can say is: Holy shit - nice freaking kitchen! lol!!!! (ps - cooking and photography are two of my favs!!!!!)

carolinagirl said...

I am so jealous of you, and I am not afraid to admit it!!! :) I LOVE your kitchen. The photos came at the perfect time! If we do get to buy the house we have under contract, the kitchen will need to be updated. There are hardwood cabinets there now and corian countertops so it's not horrible, just not what I want.

Have a great time! I would love to do something like that. I have never taken a class, but would love to do so. Be careful and enjoy yourself!

Sonya said...

I absolutely love your kitchen, it is beautiful! I would love to be better at cooking for others and entertaining, but I do not feel self confident when I do.

jennifer said...

I'm so jealous. You are going to have a great time. I can't wait to hear all you learn.

Darlene said...

Oh my GOSH...if I had your kitchen I think I would LOVE to cook!!!! It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

Kayce said...

Your kitchen is just beautiful! I too love my kitchen and it just makes cooking so pleasurable! Have a great time this weekend, sounds like tons of fun!

Michelle said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous, Lisa!! I could always tell that from the pictures, but thanks for giving us a full view. No wonder you love spending time in there!

Have fun this weekend. I'm so sorry to hear that Missy can't go. I know she has to be so disappointed. Take lots of pics and post, post, post!!

Special K said...

Are you kidding me? That kitchen is gorgeous. I love it.

PS. Have fun on your trip.

sara said...

WOW!!! Your kitchen is AMAZING!!!! Seriously, right out of a magazine! Southern Living at Home - I don't know, but I might even like to cook in there!!! LOL!

Very jealous of your photography time this weekend! Please come & share what you learn :) Well, at least some of it! And have a GREAT time!!!

Patricia/NYC said...

First, your kitchen...GORGEOUS!!! Now that makes me want to leave the city, get a house with a REAL kitchen! lol! Just beautiful!! I can understand why you call it the heart of the home...that gorgeous-ness filled with delicious meals! YUMMMMM!!!

Have a WONDERFUL time this weekend!! It sounds like so much FUN!! ENJOY!!

The Golf Widow said...

Wow have fun. I'm Jealous! Of the photography fun and your beautiful kitchen!

Be safe and have a blast. Can't wait to see all the great pictures to come!

Natalie said...

Whoo Hoo! I bet you get to meet my dear sweet friend Ivy! I hope you do. If so, give her a great BIG hug for me. (She by the way loves your blog). I think you need to add that you do a great job at writing too.
Well, have fun doing what you LOVE!!!

Natalie

Belinda said...

Lisa your kitchen is just beautiful! How fun to go to a photo workshop! cant wait to hear all about it!
safe travels!
B

Dawn S. said...

have so much fun!!!!!!

ps
I am moving in!

day by day said...

Your kitchen is just beautiful!!!

You are going to have such a fun week-end....can't wait to hear all about it!

Enjoy!!!

Jennifer said...

Lisa,
I am so excited for you! You are going to have a blast, sorry about your friend getting sick, that stinks! I wish you a safe trip and lots of fun things to share next week. I will miss ya :)

P.S. I lOVE your kitchen!


Jen

delucchi family said...

Wow, amazing kitchen Lisa!! I hope you really enjoy this weekend and have a fab time and learn loads that you can then come and share with the rest of us :-)
How exciting!!
Lots of Love
Jules
xxx

Steffie B. said...

Have a blast.....can't wait to see pictures....

Lisa said...

First of all...I love your kitchen! It is absolutely beautiful. I can see why you would be in there all of the time!

I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to hear all about your weekend! Yippee!! : )

Sherri said...

Have a fun, safe weekend. I can't wait to hear all about it and see the pics.

Your kitchen is stunning. It's warm and welcoming and I'm sure it's seen lots of good times.

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Dita said...

I sipped my coffee looking at your gorgeous kitchen and it was just like I imagined it...stunning! It is definitely my dream kitchen since I like to cook too!

I am thrilled that you will be going to the workshop and meeting your friends. Enjoy the time you spend there!

kris said...

So wish I could be there at the workshop!! Your kitchen is gorgeous!! I am not a great cook, but the photography thing- well, that would be my whole career if I had the business sense for it! Have a blast!

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

Oh I so love your kitchen Lisa!!!

Have tons of fun this weekend - can't wait to see the photos you turn out after the workshop! You're a wonderful photographer.

Best,
Rebecca

Debz said...

YOur kitchen is amazing.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Looking forward to hearing all about it!

a Tonggu Momma said...

People who hang yellow curtains in their kitchens have excellent taste. I'm just saying. Oh, and goodness me, look! How did those yellow curtains get in MY kitchen?

Have a blast this weekend. I'm so sad for Missy - and you! - that she is unable to attend. But I know you will have a blast anyway, just slightly less of one.

Marla said...

I LOVE your kitchen, it is totally my style.

And you know I absolutely can't wait to hear all about the workshop!!

Pixel Fairy Princess said...

You think that you are excited (wink wink :D)

Send Cyber Ladybug hugs until tomorrow :D

;D

Dawn said...

Lisa,

I absolutely love your kitchen~~it is beautiful!

Have a wonderful time at the photography shop! Can't wait to see all the pictures!!

Dawn

OHmommy said...

I can't wait to see your pictures now! Have a BLAST.

Jennifer said...

Your kitchen is beautiful!!!

I bet you make some great meals in that kitchen!

Good Luck with your workshop this weekend. Have a BLAST!!!!

Can't wait to hear all about it.

Jen

Lisa and Tate said...

just what i love... cooking and photography!! LOVE you kitchen!

Have a great time at the photgraphy workshop.

Michaela said...

Enjoy your Georgia get-away! Have fun!
Best wishes,
Michaela

Shawnstribe said...

Hope you have an awesome weekend.
So sorry Missy is poorly and you two won't meet.
Have a great time
xxx
s

Norah said...

I love your kitchen. I think it is just perfect to spend a few hours in cooking..with a glass of red wine..kids doing homework...all that fun stuff!
I hope you have a wonderful time over the weekend and share some of what you learn, please?? : )

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen is lovely !
Enjoy the workshop, your photography is wonderful and really shows beautiful detail.I agree, cooking and photography are just the best !

Polar Bear said...

Oooooo...
I LOVE your kitchen. I would love a new kitchen. It is on the list after China!!

Have a wonderful time at you workshop!!

Colleen said...

Your kitchen is just lovely!!! I can see why you spend so much time in there! It really is fabulous!!!
Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to hearing all about it!!

EllieNat said...

No wonder you enjoy cooking so much! You get to hang out in that wonderful kitchen!

Have a wonderful time at the photo workshop!

Jo said...

Have a fabulous time. In case you haven't noticed, I am in need of a few classes as well!:) I can't wait to hear about all that you learned. So sorry your friend couldn't join you.Fitting some girl time in would have been such a sweet bonus!

Love the kitchen!

Jo

Sue said...

Your kitchen rocks!! Gorgeous. I only wish I had that much space! I can see how you would enjoy cooking and spending time in there.

Have fun at the workshop. I can't wait to hear all about it..share some tips.

Sue : )

Sandy said...

Love the kitchen - we're in the process of drawing up plans right now. Enjoy your weekend - learn lots! Hope your "box" arrived safe and sound!
Hugs!

operationtigerlily said...

Nice!

Casey said...

How exciting!! You are going to have so much fun.. I really need to take a photography class. I keep putting it off but this might be the year! Have a fantastic time.

And your kitchen!! I don't cook... but LOVE it. We just looked at a house today that had a very similar design in its kitchen. Love the tiles and the island. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing...

Missy said...

Lis, while you are learning about photography and having a blast...I am sitting on my computer posting awards and couldn't leave out my girl. Come by when you get back in town.

Missing you all SO much!!! : (

Call me when you get back, so we can chat!!! Love ya!

Liene said...

Love your kitchen. I have a big one but am I envious of your amenities and the tile! It's so pretty.

Colleen said...

Love the kitchen!!! I hope you are having a wonderful time...I am signed up for the May class in MI and I can't wait to get all the details from you : )

Alyson and Ford said...

Love your kitchen!! Ours has so much clutter! Your's is beautiful...

Have fun!
Alyzabeth's Mommy for 4.5 Months!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Gave you an award.. hope you are having fun..I know you are...
Hugs..

Ivy said...

Hi Lisa,
I can't wait to see and hear what you learned! I am excited that you are soooooo excited! What a great way to spend some free time, doing what you love!

Well, safe travels and blog here soon.

Your kitchen is fabulous! I would even learn to cook in a kitchen like that:))

Hugs,

Ivy

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh do tell how the photography workshop went... I am SO obsessed... I can't help myself...
I love, love, love the kitchen... I would love to cook more and try stuff but our kitchen puts anyone off cooking...
Sorry I don't drop by as often as I wish... I am so busy with work etc I have had a dose of 'shingles' too... oh lovely... I am posting sometime tonight... take care

Marla said...

Dying to hear about the workshop!!! :)

Kerry said...

OK- need to hear ALL about your weekend. Just can't wait.

Hugs!

Laura said...

Hope you had fun. Can't wait to hear about your weekend.

Laura

CC said...

And when are you going to invite me to enjoy your rockin kitchen????

Becki said...

Beautiful kitchen! What a great idea to put plants INSIDE a cupboard (not sure if they are real or not?). Thank you for sharing. Becki

jenbusymom said...

I'm totally catching up on back reading so I already know you got to meet Jen, how cool was that! Very cool of Pat to give you this wonderful opportunity!

I love your kitchen too, and I actually had to show Andy these pics too because other than the size you have to work with and the white cupboards, it seems with our new kitchen almost completed, we have many similarities! Can't wait to show the pics once it's done!