Cooking with Mum

This weekend, my Mum and I really got into the Christmas Spirit and started making some delicious snacks for Christmas Day. We probably should have made these on Christmas Eve as more than three quarters of them have been eaten, by my brother alone…

If you would like the recipe and how-tos for these yummy treats, please visit my main blog.

This post is part of Point & Shoot – hosted over at the very wonderful and talented Lou over at Sunny + Scout. Please do take the time to go and check out the other great posts linked up there.


Friday Photographer: The Happy Shutterbug

Every other Friday, I feature one of my favorite photographers on Jem’d. If you’d like to be featured, make sure to comment with your website, so I can come and take a look!

Thea writes:

My latest addiction is taking photos. I have a Nikon D3100 and a Nikon S8000. I love them both so I switch and swap a lot! But…No effects…No filters. Here are my favorite shots. I plan to post a pic a day. Let’s see how that goes.

I think Thea’s shots are amazing, she posts everything from nature to Christmas decorations! Switching between a dSLR and a point and shoot camera, Thea proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun with photography.

Thea’s photo blog – The Happy Shutterbug
Thea’s personal blog – Do I really wanna blog?

The Church.

Shutter: 1/8
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 29mm
ISO: 800

I took this photo back in October, when my Grandparents were visiting the Husband and I. We took a weekend trip to a town called Hay-on-Wye in Wales where we visited this little church and were invited to take part in their Evensong service.

I remember the Husband asking me to get a shot of the church & grounds and I was having trouble as it was starting to get dark and I had a bad case of the shakes. Thank heavens there was a wall there to lean on, because I remember the shutter going and wondering when it was going to click shut again!

The Australian Nature

Shutter: 1/250
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/400
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55mm
ISO: 200

I never used to be a fan of going and looking at the bush. Or the countryside. Or nature in general. Now I love it because it’s not only a great opportunity to take photos but it connects me with my husband who is a huge nature-o-phile.

My family and I drove up to Bribie Island on Saturday to have a quick look at the caravanning and camping facilities so they could decide if they wanted to go there at Easter – we also did a 30km 4WD trek along the surf side of the island. Very bouncy and even a bit scary at times but it was great fun all the same.

This post is part of Point & Shoot – hosted over at the very wonderful and talented Sunny + Scout blog. Please do take the time to go and check out the other great posts linked up there.

A close up in time

It’s only recently that I’ve taken my camera off “A” – exciting times, right? I’m still only confident shooting in Aperture Priority mode but actually starting to understand it more and more.

Anyway, this clock lives in my room at my parents house. It’s driven The Husband and I nuts since Day One as it’s ticking is quite loud. So of course, the batteries are out and it’s forever ten past twelve, at least it will be until I leave and Mum puts the batteries back in.

Shutter: 1/4
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 35mm
ISO: 400