first anniversary glitz

i wanted to wear sequins for our first anniversary, and found a stretchy dress with my husband's mother days before we left for our week away

i also discovered the beauty of the panoramic shot with a clandestine harmonica player in the french quarter

and the chance meeting of a sofa and flash photography in front of a walking tour of tourists

funny what a nice evening out with the love of my life brings out in me


i really enjoyed documenting my first year of marriage using photography, to the point that i think i may just carry on the project without posting many of the images until many have been amassed

i'm astounded by how many bad maternity photo shoots i've looked through

the cliches that are abundant. i want to document myself differently, including morning sickness

which has been abundant in my experience


biographical documentary shots house interior

my husband and my aunt helped me locate the tools to get into the house, so i was able to complete the series of shots i had hoped to replicate, and see the house for what feels like the last time in any recognizable condition


new biographical photography project


this is a series i've been hoping to do since last year, when i realized it had been 25 years since i had gone around my grandparent's house with a camera handed to me by my mom (at 12 years old). she asked me to document my perspective on a property where i'd spent many summers. some of those snapshots include my 12-year-old handwriting complete with hearts for dots over the i's

a few years after the property was sold, there was a murder suicide in the house where we spent so many wonderful nights, where we watched afternoon cartoons with my grandfather (even the ones we weren't allowed to watch at home) and where i remember finding a mouse had eaten a santa clause i had made of cake icing and left out on the counter in the kitchen

being pregnant, and considering how this property shaped much of my aesthetic and childhood, i was happy to revisit those spaces that were so magical to me and my imagination, and know that even if they hold completely different memories for the community, the world i invented there cannot completely disappear


wheat-free dairy-free quiche

i've had morning sickness for months, which has transformed into an issue with acidity that also makes me vomit. second trimester is not turning out to be any easier really, but i'm just keeping the end game in mind

with my already challenging dietary restrictions it has gotten really hard to find any foods that my body isn't going to reject completely, which sometimes brings me to tears. it's hard to feel responsible for the health of another when i can't keep food down

enter this quiche

i have made my fourth quiche today in the last couple of weeks. it reminds me of one my mom used to make for my brother and i when my dad was out of town. it's a super versatile recipe, so you can make it vegetarian, gluten-free, whatever adaptations need to happen for you are (hopefully) easily included

wheat-free dairy-free quiche
(adapted from this recipe)

preheat oven to 400 degrees


2 cups milk of your choice (i used rice milk)
1/3 cup rice flour
1/3 cup oat flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp oil
4 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1 sauteed onion
approx. 1 1/2 cups sauteed spinach
as much or little of the meat of your choice, i used deli ham
feel free to add cheeses, mushrooms, other veggies etc. 

mix the milk, flours, baking soda, powder, oil eggs and salt and pepper in a bowl. sauté the onions and spinach, or whatever veggies you're using. spread the veggies and filling items into their baking dishes

add the wet mix to partially cover the ingredients

i have found that this usually makes about two quiches in a typical pie plate

bake for around 35 minutes, depending on your oven. make sure a knife is clean when removed from testing the middle

right out of the oven it's a little more scramble-like, but when reheated in the toaster oven it slices up perfectly! the flours all settle to the bottom and form a crust-layer and the edges crisp up a bit