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Clarity Magazine

Clarity, The Magazine

As of last week when the first issue came out, I'm now a recipe and food photography magazine contributor! Yep. CLARITY is a new digital bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for photographers that will include a section in each issue by my very own self with a recipe and the behind-the-scenes kinds of things relating to food photography. Because those are the kinds of things I like. Did I mention that the magazine covers things like lighting, Lightroom and Photoshop, and making the world better through Photography + includes 9 videos and a 30-minute podcast? That's a nice little deal if you ask me. Buy Now!


The Storyteller, The Book

Wow. What a read. After finishing this book this summer at the cabin (sorry to hold out on you this long), I felt this strong need to do something to learn more about the Holocaust. My sister had also just read a book about the Holocaust so we decided to book a trip to Washington DC to visit the Holocaust museum this winter. Jodi Picoult has always been one of my favorite authors, and this is by far the best book of hers I've ever read on so many levels. Go girl.

Skillful Cook's Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese

Fall-Ish Mac and Cheese, The Yums

I love when I remember old recipes and then become re-obsessed. Mac and Cheese. Cheesy butternut squash sauce. Salty bacon. Sweet apples. Caramelized Onions. I looove this one.

Woman holding hands with a young boy.

Carpe Season, The Blog

Go visit Carpe Season immediately. Seasonal recipes, pretty photos, hil-ar-ious Liz. This is the most fun blog and hey! Bjork and I got to meet the authors and blog-keeper-uppers Eric and Liz last week. They are just as smart, funny, and kind in person as they seem on their blog, plus they suggested that we meet at an Indian restaurant, which wins everything. It was so refreshing to meet them and I want you to keep their blog bookmarked. Expect great things.

A woman holding up an Opal apple.

Opal, The Apple

The golden, crispy, perfectly sweet Opal that is (in my mind) rival to the Honeycrisp. Okay, cool.

Several frames with pictures in them.

BirdieGoGo, The Etsy Seller

This is where I got my superfun distressed cream collage of frames for my photo wall of the kids from CSC. It's not totally done yet and I'm planning to redo it after we move (perfectionist much?) but I've had so many people ask me about where I got those frames, so go check her out on Etsy if you like em.

A girl smiling while standing next to a purple heart with a message of justice, love, kindness and humility.

Word, The App

I just downloaded this a few weeks ago and I am enjoying it so much. Pktfuel designs these images based around scripture and then they are paired with short little devotional messages. You get a new one each day and you can't skip ahead because they only release one a day, which somehow makes it more like a game and therefore makes me love it even more.

Quiet by Susan Cain: A New York Times Bestseller.

Quiet, The Book

The tagline here is “the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.” Nonfiction generally puts me to sleeeep, but you guys. This one is good. The irony here is that I could talk about this book for hours, and Bjork can confirm that. I find all the research about personality types and tendencies towards certain behavior so so interesting. What I'm learning has significant ramifications for how I teach, how I think about business, and how I understand the ways of my introverted husband since I'm more on the can't-stop-talking end. Good brain food, peeps!

Peace chalkboard.

Sacred Made, The Shop

This is a place where you can buy pretty things to hang on your wall that will remind you of what's important in this life. We have this little Peace print hanging on our bedroom wall and it's so perfect. I really appreciate that the girls behind Sacred Made shop 1) create really sweet designs, and 2) care about people and the greater world. Go check out their site.

Road with homes.

Our New House, The Place

It's tiny and old and foreclosed, on a perfectly cozy tree lined street, barely a block from one of our favorite lakes, and even though we're not moved in yet we go “visit” it a few times each week. Currently we are doing home inspections and appraisals and all those other deep-house things that I politely ask Bjork to handle in exchange for some freshly baked cookies, but we are *hoping* that when that's all said and done, we'll be moving into the #yumsweethome in November. Yeah, I hashtagged it. There is a little bit of very mild renovation that needs to happen, so I'm seeing a few house posts in the p-o-y future!

Hope you all have a cozy fall weekend, because IT'S JUST SO COZY LATELY. I'm just finishing up with conferences aka the most strenuous week of my year so my weekend looks like sleep, eat, and repeat. Winning.

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    I absolutely LOVE Jodi Picoult and have read most of her books, haven’t read that one though and am looking forward to doing so1

    I discovered adding squash to mac & cheese last fall and it is oh, so good! Thanks for the reminder.

    Congrats on the new house, can’t wait to see pictures. And congrats on the magazine gig, that’s awesome and well-deserved!

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    I love this list and I LOVE that you included Liz’s blog on there! I recently discovered her awesomeness and can’t get enough 🙂

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      Heather! You would love her. Well, you already do love her, but I’m just reconfirming. 🙂 When are you headed to Minnesota next??

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    I’m so happy you gave a shout-out to “Quiet” – it completely validated the feelings and attitudes of a lot of people in my life, and I say this as a fellow can’t-shut-upper.
    And yay for you on the house! You’ll be able to spend Christmas in your new house, that’s pretty exciting!

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    I love reading Holocaust books. Thank you for recommending this one. Putting it on my list. By the way, there is a really nice Holocaust Museum (and its pretty large due to the large Jewish population) here in MI…just saying…ya know in case you ever want to travel..give a few photography pointers, cook together 😉

    Congrats on the new adventure with Clarity. I bet that is going to be a lot of fun. I just subscribed to a few photography magazine and Food Blogger Pro (yah!) after I finished Food Bloggers Tax Guide so I am ready to get my learning on. I am coming from iPhonography and point and shoot so I have much to learn. Photoshop and I don’t get along very well as I am a Corel/Jasc user and seem to make things harder than I should. I am slowly getting the hang of Lightroom though so thats a plus.

    I am so happy that summer is over and its oven season. Time to make the best comfort food ever and your “Mac and Cheese” looks delish. It’s been ZipList. I need to get serious about some fall recipe creations, especially since its about time to go pick the pumpkins and other squash/gourds from my cousins patch and start canning, puree and baking.

    I’m so excited for your new house!! Yah!! How exciting! And especially excited to see future posts! Good luck on all that paperwork stuff and congrats!

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    I just downloaded the Word app, and also found a new blog to read. Carpe Season looks like a great blog. I can’t wait to read more of it. Thanks!

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    Ahh…first home to own. We’ve been in ours for nearly 20 years now and plan to sell in a couple of years…to finance our retirement home overseas. It’s an exciting time.

    While I don’t visit POY much these days for reasons best left unsaid, I do hope to take advantage of your helpful how-to-take-photos-and-succeed-at-blogging subscriptions. Great stuff. I’d rather give you money rather than pioneer woman any day!

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    Congrats on the new house! I have made your Mac & Cheese in this list – YUM! And I started following you on Pinterest – DANGEROUS!!!

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    I absolutely loved “Quiet” – wow! I think it should be required reading for anyone who works with children, has children, might someday come into contact with children…! I know the book speaks to a wider audience than just those people, but that “storyline” is what spoke to me most. Glad you enjoyed it!
    And so many congratulations on the new & exciting life ventures!

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    Major congrats are in order!

    First the new recipe/photo job! How fun, that mag sounds so awesome and like something I would really enjoy!

    Second, the new house! YAY! I can’t wait to see photos. It sounds so cozy and perfect! Good luck with all the inspections!

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      I remember when you told me about the Enneagram test with you when we Skype-talked way back when… it was kind of a catalyst for some personality “research” for Bjork and I! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    I love this list and I LOVE the Word App! I just discovered it recently. The images are beautiful and great to share with friends! The devotions are fantastic as well and it always starts my day off right! Thanks for sharing!

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    Wow…glad to hear you like the app! We’re incredibly grateful for your sharing it with the world too! Thank you!

    Jesse (pktfuel.com)

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    Congrats Lindsay on the new house! We purchased a bank owned home 3 years ago. It was a painful process as the bank was difficult, but since the home was empty, I used to walk in the backyard, park in the driveway and dream of the wonderful things I would do with this home, or just pray….we had made some huge leaps as family to make this house happen and in the end it all worked out. Now when a project pops up that is a must do, I remember how much we wanted this home, and that things happen one day at a time. Best of luck to you. May you make this new house and HOME, which I am sure you will!