When I first started blogging, I was always on the lookout for the perfect picture, that vignette that just beckoned to be photographed. Sometimes it was a storefront or store window, a booth in an antiques mall, a project or product displayed in a store, or even nature's beauty.
Slowly and steadily, my blog changed ... Pretty pictures, sometimes beautiful pictures, gave way to tags, ATC's and other artistic projects created for swaps and blog friends. My blog became a "crafting" blog instead of what I originally intended it to convey - a place for me to share all things that had captured my eye... "All Things Pretty."
So as I start the new year 2013, I am making a concerted effort to stay on the path of pretty, frilly, feminine, froufrou, girlie, romantic - all things that make me happy to be a woman!
Don't get me wrong; there will still be those occasional artistic projects to share, but the majority of them will be featured on my Flickr and Pinterest boards.
I've also started to edit the picture files on my desktop (how does one accumulate so many pics in a relatively short period of time?!?!?!?!?!) and will be featuring some long-forgotten gems that never made it into a post, but that truly deserve their moment in the limelight.
I'll start off with some photos taken during our trip to Spain last Christmas. Our daughter, Bianca, was living in Palma, Mallorca for a year and we thought it would be magical to visit her during the holidays. We were not disappointed!
I fell instantly in love with the beautiful island of Mallorca.
One of my favorite places to visit on the island was the local "farmer's" market "Mercat"... the colors, the smells, the people.... everyone was out doing their daily shopping for fresh produce, fish, legumes....
Europeans don't have the luxury of the huge refrigerators that we Americans are accustomed to, nor do they have the vast array of frozen and preserved foods that we consume. I love the fact that they eat so much fresh (healthy!) food and take the selection of their foods very seriously.
what we call "Jordan" almonds, in a gorgeous array of colors
all the fruits and vegetables were fresh, healthy, colorful...they looked like something straight out of a cooking magazine photo. You know the ones... where the "food" looks so perfect that it doesn't look real?
While in Spain, Bianca became a fig lover... there are many varieties easily available and the prices are very reasonable, compared to what we pay in the United States.
Did you know that figs are high in calcium and iron?
Not only are they delicious, but they are also low in calories and make a great snack.
Here are some serving tips:
Sweet, succulent fig fruit is best enjoyed as it is without any additions.
Fresh figs are a great addition to salad, in cakes and ice creams.
Dried ones can be added to soup, stews and to enrich poultry, venison, lamb meat.
Dry figs are excellent additions to muffins, cakes, sandwiches, pies, and cheesecakes.
Well, all these photos have made me hungry for some fresh fruit!
Stay tuned for more "forgotten" photos in the next few posts.