Easy Italian Stuffed Stromboli or Schiacciata Bread

Homemade stromboli or stuffed bread with broccoli potatoes garlic onions and mozzarella cheese along with a side of marinara dipping sauce.Looking for a different and super easy way to enjoy homemade pizzas?  Remix them, as tasty stuffed breads!  You simply make a homemade pizza as you always would, except you only put the toppings on one side.  After that, fold it in half, and slice 5-8 slits across the top so that the moisure will be let out as it bakes.  Leave out the tomato sauce, as you can dip the stuffed bread slices into the sauce instead.  They take the same simple ingredients, and turn them into something truly unique.  Try stuffing your breads with sauteed onions, garlic, broccoli, browned sausage, hamburger, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, potatoes, or any other veggies!  I fit two breads onto one round pizza stone, and used a 3 lb package of store-bought dough to save time.  The sauce is Trader Joe’s organic tomato marinara.  After oiling the pizza stone with some regular olive oil, I baked the breads on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.  This simple stuffed bread was so good, that I had to professionally shoot it for stock, and will be adding it into my monthly dinner rotation.

Does anyone know the difference between a stromboli stuffed bread, and a schiacciata bread?  Or are they the same thing?  My Italian mom always called these schiacciata breads.

PlanetPlankton.co.uk Watermark Logo Design

Occasionally, I take a break from editing stock photos to do a bit of custom freelance work.  I recently had the privilege of designing a watermark for the photography work of UK based artist Laura Storm.  Check out her amazing underwater and scuba photography at http://planetplankton.co.uk

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Do you need a custom watermark designed for your photography business?  Talk to me.  If you are interested in graphic design work of any time, including web banner advertising, corporate identity, logos, etc… please contact me for a quote.

 

2013 Best Photos and Favorite Images

Here is a short video wrap-up of my favorite stock images, photographs, and graphics that I’ve created in the year of 2013. Some of my favorite photoshoots included food, fitness, sports, and travel scenics.

It was a very crazy year for me, yet I still felt like I did improve in a few more areas of my photography.  We are all our own worst critics, however.  In the last few months I’ve actually lost a little bit of motivation towards my craft, and I find that spending the time to make this slideshow summary of the previous year has helped me to rebuild a little bit more of my enthusiasm toward my work.  Being a full time independent photographer might seem glamorous to some, but the real live working ones know this isn’t always the case.  We are talking long hours stuck sitting at a desk, staring into large glowing monitors, straining your eyes, sucking down lots of coffee, lacking physical activity, all while you develop carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists.  Every trade has it health hazards, and sadly capturing images is only about 5% of my job.  Self employment brings along a slew of other complicated factors, as you don’t exactly have anyone breathing down your neck to get the next project or task done.

The truth is, whenever you are in any career field, you will find yourself going through peaks where you absolutely love what you are doing.  Other times you’ll hit those “valleys” when your work feels repetitive, and maybe even boring.  Then you will hit periods where it feels like drudgery.  Its up to you, and only you, to force yourself to become interested in your own work again.  If you can’t keep on doing that, you might find yourself falling behind creatively or even in your overall productivity.  If you ever find yourself feeling this way about whatever you do, don’t give up.  Keep on pushing ahead.  Challenge yourself to something new that you might not have tried before.  Change up your approach.  At the end of the day, a job is a job, and all work will begin to feel like work, even if you’re doing something that you love to do.  The old expression goes, “Do what you love, and you won’t feel like you’ve worked a day in your life.” That can be true to a small degree, but in the end, I think even doing what you love comes with its own set of tasks that you can’t always afford to outsource or avoid altogether.  Dreamers can keep on dreaming, there are no 100% perfect jobs.  Brain surgeons have to put in the long hours.  Lawyers have to as well, and deal with all of the stress.  Auto mechanics have to break their backs to get at those manifold bolts.  Every job, no matter what you love to do, is going to come with its own challenges.  The important thing is to realize this, and to always remember that everything good will come with a little bit of sacrifice.

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Amazing XRAY Video of a Person Swallowing Water

Had to share this crazy video of a person swallowing some water on x-ray.  This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while!  Look at how the esophagus squishes it on down the tube.  Imagine if we all had x-ray vision like this?  The world would look like an entirely different place.  I wonder if there will ever be xray cameras?  Probably too much of a radiation hazard (ouch – the gonads, nvm).

Photography Masterclass Review

Photography Masterclass by Evan Sharboneau ReviewSo you own a nice camera; but do you want to be a master of the “DSLR domain”?  Read along, grasshopper.

Did you just receive a DSLR as a gift, and wish you knew the basics?  You will learn that and so much more, with Photography Masterclass.  Step by step, Evan will guide you through the ropes of your new digital tools so that you can not only become proficient with them, but also excel further than you ever could on your own.  This all-in-one package will take the guess work out of learning your new digital camera, and it will also open your eyes up to the basic photography principles that will soon become second nature to you.  Maybe you have been tinkering with your DSLR for several years now, but just can’t seem to break out of the rutt you are stuck in.  Either you don’t have enough time to truly understand or figure out what you’re doing wrong, or you just are missing something pretty important.  This is the educational training package you need to check out.

Maybe you found this post searching for Photography Masterclass reviews, because you were a bit skeptical.  Let’s face it, there are a lot of scams online.  Tons of people are trying to make a quick buck without fully providing a good amount of educational content for the price you pay.  The Photography Masterclass however, is different.  How so? Continue reading