What I Ate Wednesday – Photog Shenanigans

Mornin’ folks! Happy coffee o’clock!

I thought it would be fun to share a day of eats that revolved around my ever-changing photography schedule. It was ridiculously sunny this past Sunday and with an extra set of hands to wrangle hurricane chickpea, I was able to get two yummy recipes photographed. Score!

I’ve heard stories of some bloggers not quite eating the dishes they make, simply tasting them and passing them along… and though it may mean my jeans fit a little snugger after testing a mac and cheese recipe several times, I’m not going to not eat it, ya know? My love affair isn’t just with the process, it’s with the food! So in honor of that,  here’s a little behind the scenes action of what went down as I stuffed my face before, during, and after my day of foodie photography:

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

[breakfast] I started the day with a giant mug of bulletproof coffee, a glass of water, and the remainder of my toddler’s uneaten scrambled eggs. Some mornings I’m ravenous but for some reason a few bites of eggs and my buttered coffee were enough fuel to get me though a little early morning baking. By the end of my first test run of a new carrot cake recipe I’m working on, I was starving.

After snapping a few photos of the completed dish [I try to photograph each test batch if I can!] I promptly sliced the end of the cake off and shoved it into my face. Moments later I found P and chicken little in the kitchen licking the bowl of icing. Their sugar rush was hysterical and after a good laugh-workout I hopped back into the kitchen.

[lunch] Since I’m not hardcore enough to test two cakes in one day I penciled round 2 of carrot-cake-palooza into the schedule for next week (I can’t waiiiiiit!) and got started on my next dish, which would double as lunch for Paul and I:

Carrot and Beet Salad

Who has two thumbs and managed to get her beet-loathing husband to eat them again?

This gal! Oh yeah!

We also tapped into another slice of carrot cake because IT’S CARROT CAKE!

Bar Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


As you may have guessed we left no room for snacking. I get burnt out if I try to fit too much “work” into one day [yes even super fun ohmygosh-I-love-my-blog work!] so I whipped up an old classic for dinner.

Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Homemade Spinach Sauce

[dinner] Though I tossed it into a teeny bowl to take a photo, [small things are notoriously easier to photograph!] I had made a giant pot of penne pasta with mushrooms, mozzarella, and my infamous spinach sauce that you can find in my Shrimp and Grits a Ya Ya recipe. I topped the dish off with some fresh parmesan and a hearty sprinkling of parsley and promptly face planted into the dish. It’s pretty easy to toss together with the sauce recipe but I can write it up recipe style for you guys if you prefer, just let me know.

P and I were a little shocked at how much my one and a half year old was able to throw down. She normally isn’t a huge mushroom or spinach fan but she straight up anihilated it. I basically won Sunday. Where’s my gold star? I’ll take it in cookie form if I must.

Or cheese.

Penne Pasta with Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Homemade Spinach Sauce

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Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

That carrot cake looks amazing!

Coco (@Got2Run4Me)

OMG, that cheesey picture! drooooool

Emily @ Life on Food

The carrot cake looks amazing. It seems odd to be ready for carrot cake with all of the snow outside my windows still but we are moving in the right direction. Maybe make some cake will do the trick.

Taca @ A Side Of Dessert

OH MY! How amazing does everything look! That carrot cake has me drooling already!

Juli @1000lovelythings

I love carrot cake. Like really really love! Can’t wait for the recipe! And this cheese perfection sends me over the edge right now!
I can’t really see the point in trying recipes and then don’t eat the product. Sure I pass on stuff to my taste testers but the biggest part is always for my husband and me! The joys of food blogging!


    Exactly! I’ll share a little with friends and such but I mostly cook for my family to eat and I’m a sucker for squirreling my favorite away in the freezer for fast-food on a busy day!

Michele @ paleorunningmomma

I’m not the best with sharing my food, so all my recipes are mainly eaten by me, although my kids and husband are all over any treats of course 🙂 The carrot cake, wow, just amazing!

Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections

That carrot cake! WOW! I love the shaved carrots on top!


CHEESE! All the food looks great! That salad especially …and the cake! Obviously.

Kate @ Kate Lives Healthy

That beet salad looks amazing! I’ve been meaning to pick some up and make a dish with them. A salad sounds perfect!


Total drool over that carrot cake!


Everything you make always looks so good! Do you use a light box for all your photos or just natural lighting?


    I really need to get my photog series up and running eh? Thanks Giselle! I use natural light 99.9% of the time with varying intensity [I’ll still shoot if its overcast or gross out and occasionally will chase the light outside and shoot out there!] — It makes a huge difference in my photos <3


      I was wondering the same thing – your photos are always so beautiful! I’m pretty sure I have never seen a photo on here that didn’t look absolutely delicious 🙂

      And oh my word the carrot cake and that pasta! I know what I’m making for my husband’s birthday dinner and dessert next month haha. Actually, I have never seen carrot cake here in the Netherlands so I can’t wait to see your recipe 🙂 🙂 🙂

Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

the cheese melting off your fork and that pasta… yummmmmmmm!

Dana | fresh simple five

Yum!! The pasta you made for dinner looks delicious! Cheesy noodles with some veggies thrown in is probably one of my favorite meals ever. 🙂

Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

I’m happy to help with the cake testing, just so you know. And I’d be SO proud if my child was a good eater. I hope to be able to say that one day when I have kids. 🙂 Happy WIAW!

Marnie @ SuperSmartMama

I am a big carrot cake fan, too, and notoriously picky about my cake (must have the right ratio of frosting to cake; layers preferred!), but I only eat occasionally as sugar in large quantities drives me over the edge! I wish I had more time to put into photography…I was on such a good run with improving my skills, and now they’ll have to be put on hold a bit until my little pumpkin gets a little older!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

That cake! Gotta love it!

Alysia @ Slim Sanity

I was just saying that I needed more pasta in my life…spinach and mushrooms are my favorite veggie additions!

Rachel {the avid appetite}

wow that carrot cake looks so good! i can’t wait to see your recipe 🙂 all of your photos are always beautiful!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Carrot cake is one of my all-time favorites! My grandmother made it and to this day it’s the recipe we use in my family. I’m totally open to trying yours though… will you deliver in person?


I couldn’t not eat what I cook!

Well – it does help that I’m not developing cake recipes – I am specifically writing about things people can eat all the time – and if that means we eat tomato soup 3-4 times in one week, so be it… LOL (OK, I try to space it out better than that – except for CSA vegetables, which I have to grab when available.)

That spinach pasta looks great. I love taking one idea and then doing different things with it – that’s what it’s all about.

Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

Your pasta dish looks AMAZING. I find for some reason that I have a hard time venturing outside of marinara sauces but that dish makes me think I need to step outside of my comfort zone. I’m glad your friend is helping you with the WIAW posts this week so you can have a break!

Teresa Young

That carrot cake looks so amazing!!!


This is totally unrelated to carrot cake (although I can’t wait for the recipe) … but I just saw a news item about a helicopter crash involving Marines – we’ve never met so I hope this isn’t strange – but is everybody chez Jenn & P & chickpea ok?


    I got the news this morning… I can’t breathe worrying about those families but we’re okay here. Thanks for checking up on us Claire <3 It means the world to me!


Two recipes in one day?! Gosh you are good!

Amy @ Amy M4gic

I had been planning on making some oatmeal cookies today, but now you have me thinking about carrot cake (my favorite)… Might need to start thinking in an oatmeal-carrot-hybrid sort of way… Happy WIAW 🙂


Everything looks awesome!


Oh. My. Gosh. Eat. All. The. Cheese. That cheesy pasta pic just killed me a little. So jealous!

Melissa @ Deliciously FIT

I LOVE carrot cake, in fact it’s probably the only cake that I like. My son requests it everywhere for his birthday!


That salad. :O!!!!
I seriously love your photography! Super inspiring!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

You know how people say slow clap…..

I’m bloody cheering like a looony. That carrot cake is 100% plausible for breakfast. Trade you plastic and cheerios?

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

Everything looks too good for words!

I will say this…if you ever need an extra taste-tester..I volunteer as tribute!!!

Also I made carrot cake from scratch once and it took for.e.ver.


You had me at cheese porn. The carrot cake with a middle layer of icing didn’t hurt either. 🙂

I love coffee and I love butter so I need to know more about this bulletproof business. How does it taste? What’s the ratios, and why do people do it again?