Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was the perfect mix of getting out and about and rest and relaxation. Lets get straight to all the weekend highlights shall we!
Friday was International Coffee Day and I found out when I received this lovely package from the Vital Proteins team. As you know from my Friday Favorites posts I’ve been loving adding Vital Proteins collagen peptides or collagen whey to my smoothies. But if you’re not a smoothie person, an easy way to add collagen to your diet is by adding a scoop or two of plain collagen to your morning coffee. You don’t even taste it!
Tom’s game was Thursday night because of the jewish holiday on Friday, so it was nice to actually have him home at night, make dinner together, and catch up on some shows on the DVR. Then we were in bed by 10, party animals.
Saturday morning I was up early to head into the city for a Flywheel class. I always look forward to workouts that I don’t need to motivate myself to do, why I love group fitness! The class wasn’t too crowded, but I was still proud of myself for finishing on the Torq Board. Read more about Flywheel here.
After class my sister, her fiancé, and I went to Union Market for brunch. They decided on Ethiopian Bowls and I wanted something light so I had an Acai Bowl from Southblock, hit the spot after a sweaty workout.
And we all decided doughnuts were a good idea! I was so upset that by 11:00 AM B Doughnut was already sold out of the vanilla and chocolate filled so I bought a half dozen of a variety for Tom and myself to share.
The were SO good, probably one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. I was too skeptical to try their savory ‘Everything Bagel’ Doughnuts, but I think I’ll have to next time because everyone has raved about them.
Early afternoon I headed up to Bethesda, MD for a Food Photography Course I was invited to by Modern Market given by Rachel Lynn.
I recently bought a new camera but I’ve got no idea how to use it so this photography course was very good timing! If you’ve ever bought a camera then you know how expensive they can be – thankfully I bought a used camera and even had an eBay coupon I could use to lessen the blow to my bank account even more! But it wouldn’t be worth spending all this money on something I don’t know how to use so this is where Rachel helped me out.
Rachel talked about lighting. Natural light is best of course whenever taking photos. The gears on your DSLR camera and how to adjust them based on what you want to pop in the photo. Which is something I’m really working on. Even though it’s only three different settings to change; aperture, shutter speed, and ISO there are so many different variations.
Taking photos is an art form, finding the best lighting and setting up a shot can take some time and people want to capture significant and important moments, for instance, using a drone from companies like Dr Drone can help get those types of shots that basic photography cannot do so if you are hoping to make a mark on the photography world you may want to look into how you can incorporate it into your methods.
She also spoke about themes on Instagram and styling of photos. Something I know the average person probably pays no attention to. But I seriously consider the colors, content, and placement of every photo on my Instagram grid before posting.
And she also touched a bit on editing photos, which settings she typically suggests changing and the best editing apps to edit with. Overall I learned a lot from the course, and realized even though I’m by no means an expert I also knew a lot of photography tips too. It was really just great to meet and talk to other bloggers and DC influences. And take pictures with others who enjoy taking photos of beautiful food.
Modern Market was kind enough to host the course and provide us with the meals to shoot and share. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. You can check out some of our photos on their Instagram.
By the time I got back to Southern MD I was completely spent. I ate some leftover pizza and salad I took home with me, had a glass of wine, and watched the Real Housewives, #guiltypleasure.
Sunday was a pretty typically; yoga, laundry, grocery shopping, meal prep. I came back from the grocery store starving and made two sunny eggs with some avocado toast on a Food for Life Muffin.
I always forget some of you have asked for my weekly meals, so I’ll try to start posting them Mondays. After a few indulgences over the weekend here’s what’s on the Menu to keep things healthy this week:
Sunday: Peri Peri Chicken with rice
Monday: Sheet Pan Everything Salmon
Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas, I use this seasoning recipe
Wednesday: Tom’s Birthday! He didn’t request anything particular so I plan to make burgers. After reading this article I’m eager to try grounding the beef myself. And of course some cupcakes for dessert.
Thursday: Brinner aka clean out the fridge and throw some eggs with it
Friday: Go Eagles! Friday Football. I’ll probably just eat some leftovers.
Hope you have a great week!
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And that wraps up the weekend. Thanks to Meg for the Week In Review Link Up. You can read previous Weekend Highlights Here.
How was your weekend?
Have you ever taken a course in something your trying to learn more about?
What’s something on your menu this week?