Friday, July 27, 2012

Quote of the Day

"There were, at this very moment, half a dozen books lying neglected in her bedroom, for she knew quite well that if she read them she would only be in possession of yet more information about herself, and with even less idea of how to use it."
--Doris Lessing, Martha Quest 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I am a jumble of passions, misgivings, and wants. It seems that I am always in a state of wishing and rarely in a state of contentment."

--Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Monday, July 16, 2012

Eating Gluten-Free on the South Shore: The Inn at Bay Pointe

Located in a beautiful marina, set back from busy Washington St, The Inn at Bay Pointe is a lovely place to enjoy a meal. What sets this place off from the many other sea-side restaurants in the area is their willingness to adapt their meals to suit their gluten-free diners.

While gluten-free I have eaten there twice; first, a decadent scallop and lobster risotto and then an incredibly light, flavorful bouillabaisse. Although they don't have a separate gluten-free menu, the diner can discuss what they are interested in with the wait staff and they can then speak with the kitchen to determine if, and how it can be made gluten-free.

scallop and lobster risotto 


Aside from their gluten-free-friendliness, their other meals look to die for. A family favorite is their lobster macaroni and cheese, which boasts enough whole lobster chunks to feed a small family. Their clam plate is similarly large, served on a platter at least a foot wide and the lobster special features a 2+ pound lobster, baked, boiled, or broiled. If you do plan on patronizing the Inn at Bay Pointe, however, get there early! As they do not take reservations, the wait is usually an hour + long.

Nota Bene: The Inn at Bay Pointe in no way has sponsored this post! I assure you, they have no idea who I am.

Quote of the Day

"It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Several years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others."
-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
-Alice in Wonderland

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

"The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book."
--Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photographing Fireworks

A few words on photographing fireworks... 

1/20th, f/2, ISO 2500

In order to capture fireworks like you see them, you really need to find the correct shutter speed.

 Too slow and you'll get blur and smoke, but too fast and you'll only get tiny dots in the sky. 

My shutter speed was 1/20 for these pictures. 

I was holding the camera so I couldn't keep the shutter open as long as I'd like without getting picture-ruining blur.

For bigger more exaggerated fireworks, bring a tripod!

1/20th, f/2, ISO 2500

Quote of the Day

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-in which case, you fail by default."
--JK Rowling

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quote of the Day

"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly."
-Paul Coelho, The Alchemist

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Happy Belated 3rd of July!

Around here, the 3rd of July is a holiday in itself. We're treated to bonfires, fireworks, and fantastic parties on the beach. Our Fourth of July was a little more mellow and I'll fill you all in soon!

Here is a cookie pizza decorated to look like a flag! So good! For the recipe, see here. For a gluten-free version like I made, substitute regular flour for gluten-free flour mix containing xanthan gum. I used Jule's Gluten-Free. Let cool in the fridge to avoid it becoming dry.