Weekend Plans & Brown


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Happy Weekend! I am always glad when the weekend is here.

Time to get some fresh air and enjoy the fall weather

Tree in green parkOk, I really don’t love fall because it means that winter is coming but I’ll pretend the seasonal changes just stop with fall.  And that winter won’t ever show up.

And yes, it does get chilly here in the winter.  We don’t walk around with swimsuits on while rollerskating along the beach, Three’s Company style, which I think is everyone’s mental image and impression of SoCal.

I plan to go for a few nice runs

San diego street with palm trees

Do some at-home yoga

black yoga mat on hardwood floorI have little desire to go to in-studio yoga classes the past few years because at home yoga is on my own timetable, and I can do my own flow and what I want to work on.  And oh yes, it’s free.

I’d like to make some new soup versions because they’re easy, make planned leftovers, and I use the dump-it-all-in recipe “technique”.    Whatever I have on hand, more than likely, will work.

Maybe something along the lines of

Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup

Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup ingredients, mrs dash and puree
Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup in four bowls

Crockpot Vegan Chili (can make in a crockpot or stovetop and I actually think the stovetop is easier/faster/quicker cleanup but the crockpot works if you’re a set it and forget it fan)

Crockpot Vegan Chili
Crockpot Vegan Chili

I need to make another batch if for nothing else to take new pictures

Brown food (or any softer, not much texture, or ‘comfort food’) is just not that pretty.  Well, at the very least it’s harder to photograph it in a pretty way.

I wrote a post on Not So Pretty Food with food styling tips and some book reviews

I tried my best with the Spicy Baked Blacked Beans with Vegetables from earlier this week

Spicy Baked Blacked Beans with Vegetables

But I’d still rather just have dessert

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (Vegan, GF)

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake BitesBrown desserts trump brown beans any day for me.  I contributed this recipe to Marcus Samuelsson’s site.  He won Top Chef a couple seasons ago but I didn’t even know that at the time.


1. What are your weekend plans?

I’ve got work, workouts, family time, cooking time, catch up on housework time, and maybe a little time with my DVR for some mindless tv!  Real Housewives or Top Chef Just Desserts anyone?

2. What’s your favorite Brown Food?  Do you think certain foods are harder to photograph than others?

My fave brown foods would be Fudgy Nutella Brownies


Just chocolate desserts, in general

Such as…

No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

And I think desserts, in general, are just easier to photograph.

Thanks for the Case of Odwalla Bars Giveaway entries, too

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  1. Some foods are definitely harder to photograph than others … there are some foods that will never look pretty.

    The last brown food I ate was PB.

  2. Loved the Three’s Co reference ;-)

    My favorite brown food would have to be chocolate. Of course ;-)

    I find that photos of savory brown food look much better with a sprinkling of green, such as chives or parsley, on top and/or on the plate. Not that I’m a photo expert by any stretch, but that seems to help my low-tech photos of such food. You’re right-It’s tricky to photograph such foods.

  3. I agree that a big part of desserts’ appeal is how they look–it’s just easier to make them look attractive–and given all the unpleasant associations that ‘brown’ can trigger, chocolate’s a pretty good antidote!

    So many people are saying that Fall is their favorite season but I’m with you–it’s not mine. When I lived in CA and there were persimmons and dates, early fall/late summer was one of my favorite times of year but high summer still rules…

    I think those black beans and veggies look gorgeous–especially with the elegant brussels sprouts…

  4. I think the food looks great, brown is good ! Any ideas for biscoff spread, biscoff crispy rice treats. I know you will know what to do. Right now I’m eating it on rice cakes.

  5. My very light wallet has called for some at-home yoga lately, though I’m actually hoping to take on a part-time front desk job at my local studio in exchange for free classes!
    And brown food is the WORST to photograph… chili, carrot soup, pumpkin oatmeal… yuck. It’s so frustrating sometimes!

  6. I love fall…here in Texas it means that we’ll finally have some relief from the heat! The soup looks wonderful for this coming season!

  7. Hmm….chocolate and coffee are both brown. While coffee technically a food, I drink so much of it, it might as well be. That’s a draw.

    I jut posted yesterday about how soup is hard to photograph. But, unlike you good photographer bloggers, I don’t care. :D

  8. My weekend plans got completely derailed when a personal crisis hit, so instead of a fun girls night dinner, a great long run, a great date night, and some blogging work, I had to do crisis intervention over large margaritas (not my choice, but sometimes, you just have to…i nursed my one large marg while listening to angry rants), a lot of deep conversations (which are fulfilling in their own way, but just now what I’d planned), and still a long run and some blogging.

    I love colorful food, and am a sucker for pretty food, though taste trumps everything. Brown food I love includes a good tofu dish, chili (a brownish-red so it sort of counts), veggie burgers, falafels, my pre-run date+lemon+coconut oil concoction from Thrive, juice that’s heavy on the tomato, and coffee! Always coffee!

    I agree that certain foods are hard to photograph. I don’t have the equipment that you use yet – such as an SLR and photo editing software, so I rely on colors and contrast for good pictures. That said, I think with the right light, setting, and editing any food can look delicious. A brownie is about as plain as it gets and yet, I’ve seen a lot of good brownie photos.

    Keep posting about photography!

    1. sorry you had a crisis pop up and food photography as Ive blogged about is only somewhat about the camera or the editing…the biggest part is lighting, food styling, and composition. High resolution cameras will only capture horrible styling, bad composition, or poor light…in better quality & higher resolution :)

      1. That’s why I have enjoyed your posts about your classes. It’s helping me make the most of my point and shoot (which has manual function but a fixed lens).

  9. Comfort food is SO hard to photograph. Dark chocolate is definitely my favorite brown food!

    Plans: cooking a vegan birthday dinner for my parents tonight!

  10. hahaha you make an excellent point about brown foods not photographing well! :) They’re just not super appealing, huh? But that vegan slow cooker chili looks AMAZING…yum!

    My weekend plans include my friend’s bachelorette party at a country bar and my grandfather’s 70th surprise birthday party!

  11. ALL of these meals and treats look FAB!! Thank you as ALWAYS~

    Weekend plans, work, hair cut, be with my husband and doggies. :)

  12. Happy weekend to you too Averie! Now you got me thinking about making some chili next week since the weather is starting to get cooler.

    D and I are going to LA Live in DTLA today and we are taking a different approach by getting on the Metrolink train instead of driving and getting stuck on the 5fwy plus paying for parking once we get there. We got a weekend pass for $10 good from Fri night until Sunday and with free transfers to the Metro trains and buses in LA. =)

  13. I just pulled your Magic 8 layer bars out of the oven – they smell amazing. I can’t wait to take them to a party this afternoon. :)

  14. Brown foods definitely seem like they would be hard to photograph, unless they’re chocolate ;)

    I think one of the hardest things I tried to take a picture of was pasta with alfredo sauce. It had a bit of a color contrast since it had black pepper in it, but I didn’t have any fresh parsley or anything else to put on top. I think that would have helped. Of course, I was just playing around, so I wasn’t that concerned. But foods that are uniform in color definitely seem difficult!

  15. We have actually been having heat here this weekend too….but its muggy!! I love SoCal!!

    I’m working on building the new site up, going shopping and have a PARTY tonight!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!

    Have a nice weekend!!


  16. I have mixed emotions about fall, love the cooling temps, apples, pumpkins, and turning leaves. But not sure I’m ready for the months of rain and freezing temps that will follow. I need to try more at home yoga, one of my goals once my running schedule slows down.

    1. Shopping with sisters, running, chores, gardening, and hopefully time to work on my site.
    2. Any raw chocolate dessert I think. :-) Yes, expecially shinier foods that can freak out marco lenses.

  17. I feel the same way about yoga – I know it’s important to the yoga community and sphere that classes get students in them and the like but my free-one-student-only-“studio” in my living room cannot be beat.

  18. I’ll be adding a few fall touches to our home. Then working in my studio. I’m so happy I found your blog. I’ll add you to my blog roll. Be Well, and hugs, Katherine

  19. I love how clean and gleaming your floors are!!! And this title cracked me up, for some reason. :-) Have a great weekend, Averie!

  20. Super busy today.
    1. Boot-camp
    2. Sonoma County Book Fair, which I must leave early so I can…
    3. Work at the Kaiser Health Fair. The Y will have an obstacle course set up for kids.

  21. Favorite brown food? I have to go with chocolate. brownies, choc chip cookies, something along those lines.

    Right now it is 33 degrees so yes it got cold quickly here — but it is supposed to be 80 degrees by the end of next week — MN cannot make up its mind as to what season it is.

  22. LOL – 3’s Company Style. I loved that show! Planning to spend most of the morning cleaning then spending rest of afternoon with friends. Right now it’s a chilly 56 degrees but thankfully warming to 80. Have a great Saturday!

  23. I loe that plate with ribbon going through the edges! How cool :) You are making me crave chili…like BADLY! My mom always made chili for us ALL the time but my boyfriend hates beans:( I’m making my own batch next week for sure!

  24. Am I seeing some savory recipes in a post? What a change! ;) Averie, all your food – dessert or not- looks so great! I admire how often you eat with natural and whole ingredients.. and your talent to photograph them so Well! Your pictures are wonderful.

  25. My weekend plans are a lot of schoolwork and hopefully getting a little time to unwind and relax from the week. I’m totally with you on the at-home yoga… although I get free classes at the studio I teach at, I’m always doing podcasts at home on my own time!

  26. desserts are prettiest to look at, too, imo! and you’ve got some drool-worthy photos in your collection, averie!
    fave brown foods: choco chips, pb, and most cereals (stretching the definition of brown, here, to include beige/cream!).
    this weekend: work, work, work, grocery shopping and jersey shore viewing! all good!
    “…at home yoga is on my own timetable, and I can do my own flow and what I want to work on. And oh yes, it’s free.” -> perfect with what i was thinking about the last few days. thanks for listing the positives of non-studio yoga!