Caprese Salad and my new little friend

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. – Lewis Grizzard
This past Saturday, we made another visit to the Marietta Square Farmers’ Market. We went a little earlier in the morning, so the temperatures were just a teensy bit cooler. On that note, there happened to be a “Christmas in July” celebration going on in the square and the air was filled with Christmas tunes. Why is that so weird to me? Sweating and listening to “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” is just not right!
We didn’t have a shopping list, we just wanted to see what the day would bring. I love crafting menus at the market, that’s the best way. You never have to feel bound by a list and you get the opportunity to select only the brightest and freshest fruits and veggies. After browsing a little while, I kept thinking back to this fresh basil that had caught my nose while passing. Intoxicating!
Ding! I’ll swing back by the farm-fresh cheese stand and pick up some mozzarella and then browse some of these other stands until I find the perfect tomatoes…Caprese Salad. Yum!
We found these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, picked the night before. Tiny, plump and oh so good!
The nitty gritty:

All you guys usually see are the “pretty” photos. I thought it would be neat to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we get some of these shots…you might be surprised.
You see, Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder and I have given our house a little nickname, The House of Nap. Surrounded by large trees, our house is usually in the shade. The dim light always makes you want to flop on the couch and catch some Zzz’s. Don’t get me wrong, we love our house, it’s just missing one minor detail…natural light. So when taking photos, we have to get creative in order to get our subjects to look the way we want. Sometimes that even means bringing our dinner plate outside for a quick photo-op. 
When photographing the Caprese Salad, it was sprinkling rain outside so we came up with this idea:
If you are anything like me, at this point you have forgotten that we are talking photos and you want to know where I got that darling table. Well, this baby is one of my treasures from the prequel to the “World’s Longest Yard Sale.” (Trust me, much more to come on this topic.) This table has quite the personality. It’s kind of funny, I didn’t pick her out…she picked me out. Really!
I saw her and thought she was mighty cute. But let’s be honest, I live in a townhouse that likes to think she’s a big girl house. She really can’t hold much more.
I walked on. I finished browsing the other items, paid my bill and started loading things into the truck. There she was…just standing there, “You’re really not gonna take me home?”
Ugh, I’m such a sucker! I couldn’t just leave her standing there. So in the truck she went, and I paid my bill…again.
Photos by: KHJ & CMJ
While she still hasn’t found her ‘place’ in our house, she has definitely found her purpose. She knew I needed her even when I didn’t. She’s the perfect sized prop for our photo shoots, lightweight with a beautifully rustic look. How is it that pieces can just speak to you like that?

Posted 8/4/10, Topic: Blog

  • Kathy Graham
    August 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm |

    What a great post….would love to join you on some of the treasure hunts!!!!!

  • Gina
    August 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm |

    I think I am going to give up my lame blog and just become your number one blog fan! Love the salad. Love the table. Love the photos. Such a nice way to end my day, reading about your lovely findings. Now take your favorite AUNTIE to the Marietta Square Farmer's Market Sunday morning … or else!

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    Gina – Sadly, the Marietta Farmers Market is only open on Saturday mornings, but I would love for you to go with us sometime!

    Mom – Skip on up here this weekend and we can hit up the World's Longest Yardsale! It starts today and runs through Sunday. I am dying to go back. I can't stand not being there. I keep thinking what am I missing out on?!?

  • Tammy Lyn
    August 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

    Love your little table & was definitely eyeing it, 🙂 the caprese salad looks delish!

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    August 15, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    our house is soooooo dark too. my iso is always set on 1600 and one of the main reasons i want a new nikon for xmas (300s) b/c it has a higher iso. my mother's house takes the BEST pictures…that being said, i love this old, dark house of mine. 😉

  • Jessica@SewHomegrown
    August 17, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    mmm I love that salad – ah, I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a guest post on my blog – ??
    I love everything you do ,and I think my readers would enjoy a project or recipe from you. if you're interested, my email is

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