How to Tie a Scarf

I’ve been working on a big post, and part 1 is coming soon. Until then, I’ll post this which is some what of related.

Eileen Fisher has a great how to video for those of us who’d like to figure out how to tie our scarfs in complex fashiony ways.

Plus how great are all the scarves on the site! Which reminds me, I should show you my scarf collection someday. Who’d like to see?

Dinner Tonight: Turkey Burgers

Raise your hand if you’ve given up on turkey burgers?
Because you need to cook the meat all the way through it’s very hard to get the inside done before the outside is burned up, right? And forget grilling them on the barbecue, they’ll fall apart when you turn them.
Yeah me too. Until I had a small eureka moment. Sear the outside then bake until done!

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs Or 3 egg whites
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes

At this point if you want to opt for a little more flavor by adding herbs, finely grated onion, or cheese go for it. I thought we would keep it simple this time around.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Form the turkey mixture into 4 large or 6 small patties.
Heat a griddle or large non stick saute pan on medium high. Spray with cooking spray.
Cook the turkey burgers for about 2-3 minutes on a side. Remember you want to just get a little color the main portion of the cooking time will happen in the oven.

Move the burgers onto a sheet pan, cover with foil and place in the oven for about 10 minutes,
or until you get a reading of 165 degrees on a digital thermometer inserted in the middle of the burger.

Rest the meat for at least 5 or so minutes before serving to allow all the juices to re-absorb.
This is the rule I follow for all protein. The larger the piece of meat the longer the resting time.

Serve on a toasted bun with your choice of fixings.

Ahhh, much better right?

Halloween Advent: Day 28

4 more days till Halloween!

I have a confession. I haven’t carved pumpkins yet this year! We usually wait until the last minute and then carve like crazy. Mostly because we hate to see our poor Jack’s mushy and droopy due to unseasonably warm weather in Oregon in October.
I really love these patterns form Janice Nadeau and Design Sponge! I’m going to have to try it out!

How to: Take your own headshot

Recently I’ve had need of a new head shot. My old one looked…well how do I put this? My old head shot looked too young.

Shut up.

I admit that in the 10 years since the last was taken, life has “done stuff” to my face. Also, my hair.
It would be weird to have a photo of blond, 31 year old, me on my splash page and then red head, 41 year old, me shows up. Right?

The self snapped photo in the mirror, while charming for buddy icons and such, aren’t very professional looking.
Same goes for the “arm’s length” style snap shot. You should save that one for your Facebook page

Hiring a portrait photographer wasn’t in the budget so I did it myself!
You can too! Here are some tips and tricks I learned in my attempt.

I’m assuming you have or can borrow a digital camera.

Open a window
I took my picture near an open window to utilize the natural light. Natural light is better than any studio light in my opinion.

Charge up and make room.
There’s nothing more irritating than running out of battery life or “film” right when you’re all set to take your photo. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of charge and room on your CF/SD card.

Get your ya-ya’s out!

Everybody feels self conscious when taking a photo.
If your camera has a self timer that lets you choose how many shots to take, set it at about 10 shots or more. Take a lot of pictures. This lets you check your lighting, goof off, make faces, crack yourself up, and just generally relax.

You have to send the crossed eyes, fish lips one to your Sister.

Still feeling a little stiff? Turn on some music, think of a dirty joke, tape a picture of a tranquil mountain lake next to the camera, whatever it takes to get you to stop making that “say cheeeeeeese” face.

Here’s me, testing different places in my house checking the lighting, testing backgrounds, making stupid faces.

To photoshop or to not photoshop?
Go ahead! Make your teeth a little whiter. Zap that pimple. Smooth out a few of those crows feet. I would however caution against over processing your photo. Too much tweaking can be obvious and make your face look plastic. You are lovely just the way you are!

Not too shabby if I say so myself.