Fun with Cameras and Tomato & Spinach Chicken

Hello friends — happy Friday!

My haircut yesterday was a success! :) I seriously feel about a million times lighter. Thanks to the blog, I knew that the last time I got my hair cut was… December?!?! Oooops :)


Yay! It’s also nice to post a picture of myself when I’m not in workout clothes all gross and sweaty with my hair up ;) Ladies — if you’re in the DC area and looking for a new stylist, go to Tami at Lux Studios in Bethesda. She’s awesome! :)

Matt came over for dinner last night and we made quite the delicious feast:


Yum! This was really simple and delicious.

Saucy Tomato & Spinach Chicken

(serves two)


  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • Few huge handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1/2 C black beans (optional — rinsed and drained)
  • 2 servings cooked brown rice (or whole wheat pasta)
  • Cracked pepper and Chili powder to taste



1) Start by tossing the chicken, garlic, and olive oil (plus some cooking spray if your pan tends to stick) into a pan on medium/medium high heat. Sauté until the chicken is fully cooked.


2) Once the chicken is cooked, add in the can of diced tomatoes, stirring until mixed.




3) Next, add in a few huge handfuls of fresh spinach — don’t worry about adding a lot as it will cook down! Stir until fully wilted — this will only take a minute or two.


4) Next, add in the black beans (optional, I just had some I needed to use up) and whatever grain (already cooked) you want to use — we used two servings of cooked brown rice, but cooked whole wheat pasta would also be good!



5) Since the grain was already cooked, just stir it around until it’s all mixed (you can cook it longer if you want more of the liquid to boil off), then add some cracked pepper and chili powder to taste.


I like it saucy ;) Enjoy!


Super easy and delish. Yum!

Matt is obsessed with my new camera now, too — we love the satisfying “click” sound it makes when you take pictures! So professional ;) We had some funny photo shoots while cooking, heh. Love this picture!


My hair defies gravity. No big deal ;)

I’m not knocking point and shoot cameras, though! While I’m loving the food photos (and flower pictures!) my DSLR camera takes, I do still love my point and shoot for traveling and outdoor photos. It was what I used in Austin last weekend since it’s so much easier to carry around! Plus, all the great photos on my “Photography” page were taken with my point and shoot. I even have a page all about How to Take Better Photos with a Point and Shoot.” Check it out! :)

I’m off to work — have a lovely day!


  1. 1

    I was originally going to comment that Harris Teeter is one of the things I REALLY miss about D.C., but then I saw your beautiful kitchen! pretty :)

  2. 2

    Great recipe! It’s so crazy how tiny spinach looks when it’s cooked. Thanks for the salon rec too, I go to Progressions up in North Bethesda but it’s always good to have a backup place on hand. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. 3

    Hahah that last pic of you is great. I want a new camera!

  4. 4

    Love the hair! Such a healthy and colorful meal :)

  5. 5

    Your hair looks awesome!!

  6. 6

    Your hair looks amaze!

  7. 7

    Ooh, I love your layers!

  8. 8

    I love your haircut + that picture is awesome :)

  9. 9

    Seriously, that kitchen?? A-mazing!! ‘Nuf said. :)

  10. 10

    can i have your hair?! i love it!

  11. 11

    Love the new haircut!!! Super cute!

  12. 12

    Great hair! And great gravity-defying shot!

  13. 13

    Your hair looks beautiful! I am secretly jealous of all those people with cameras that make the professional click sound. Someday, someday…

  14. 14

    You should check out this app–it’s easy steps to take the best photos with your dslr ;) and even though you have a palm, it’s still useful from your itunes library (i think!)

  15. 16

    Your hair looks great-nothing like a haircut to make you feel shiny and new. And I want to make that dish for dinner. What jeans are you wearing btw? I like them…

  16. 18

    That chicken recipe looks sooo good…and easy! I love tomatoes and spinach. The hair looks so bouncy and fresh. I love getting my haircut – just picked up that purple shirt at Gap last week :)

  17. 20

    Great hair and great food! Wonderful combination… :-)

  18. 21

    Your hair looks gorgeous :)

    Plus that soups looks fabulous though I’d skip the chicken and maybe use some tofu!

  19. 22

    is that your kitchen? it is beautiful!!

  20. 24

    You look GORGEOUS!!! Having a hair cut makes you feel soooo good!

  21. 25

    Anne, your hair is gorgeous!! :)

  22. 26

    Your hair looks great. I actually am looking for a salon in the Bethesda area (parents live in Bethesda, wedding is in DC) for my wedding. I might look into that place.

    • 27

      You should! I assume she does wedding stuff. The salon is really cool b/c each hair stylist has their own room, complete with a hair washing station, chair and mirror set up, blow dryers, etc. So it’s just you and the stylist the whole time – very nice and relaxing!

  23. 28

    That looks great!

    ps. I love your new haircut!

  24. 29

    Love the haircut! Looks great :)

  25. 30

    Your hair looks gawjuss dahling! ;) Love it..and the gravity defying awesomeness of that picture!

  26. 31

    Could you be any prettier? You make me sick. ;P

  27. 33

    I love your blog and have been reading it for awhile now. I just started my own so come check it out, I could use all the motivation possible

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    Lauren Crews says:

    ANNE….I LOVE your new haircut. I am not so knowledgable on blogs, but I love reading yours. and PS…I am looking to buy a DSLR cam as well. Did you go Nikon or Canon? I would love some feedback. Hope all is well with you. We need to catch up one of these days soon. xo

  29. 37

    Wooooooow – your hair looks GORGEOUS, Anne!
    Thanks for sharing the chicken recipe, it looks awesome :)
    Wish you a terrific weekend!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  30. 38

    Ooh I am saving this recipe! And I love that lightweight feeling from a new haircut :)

  31. 39

    Fun, fresh summer ‘do!

    Is that YOUR kitchen? LOVE!

  32. 40

    your hair looks amazing!

    thanks so much for the recipe, just bookmarked it – along with the bbq chickpeas one, thanks!


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