a soup to nuts post—literally!

How often do you literally MEAN that phrase when you say it? (Does anyone say it besides Menard’s commercials?)

A former boss of mine makes THE BEST SOUP. And she has shared some of her favorite recipes from time to time. This recipe is a delicious chicken noodle soup. And, it’s super easy to make. (If I can make it, anyone can.) If you click on the recipe image, it will enlarge a bit. But if you have trouble seeing it, let me know. Oh, and there is a ton of garlic in the soup. So if you are a garlic fan, you’ll be in love. If you’re not, then not so much.

I’m always practicing my pet photography. This time inside the house using a flash to supplement less than ideal lighting. Of course you know my favorite dog! And through lighting and post processing, I made a distracting background disappear. I also wanted to use one of my supposed lower quality lenses. Let’s just say I have this love/hate relationship with what is supposed to be a “better” lens. So I’m experimenting with some of the lenses in my camera bag, putting them through their paces in real life shooting situations. (Today we’ll be doing some urban shooting since it’s supposed to be a lovely and sunny 40 degrees today. If you’re subscribed to Sweet Clover Pet Photography blog posts, you’ll be seeing that one soon.)

this is my sock that I chase after they throw it

And now the nuts part. Ok, the more I think about it, I don’t think there were any nuts. But there were dowels and hex screws—close enough! A few weeks ago my husband put together a 5’x5′ IKEA cube. I wanted more storage space for books, Sweet Clover Pet Photography business stuff, and miscellaneous things that needed a home. I thought it would be fun to take some quick shots during the process to share with you! (I just wish you could have seen that floor/wall area before I moved out the old bookcase. But I wasn’t going to move it all back in just for a “before” photo.)

the supervisor standing proudly in front of his project



ps – Let me know if you try the soup and how you like it!



About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.


  1. It’s cool to see how your office! Must be excited to build your own space to work, I would love to be able to do that one day. 😀 Thanks for the recipe.

  2. i love that picture of mulder! i think it looks so much better than the ones of Hades because its crisp, clear, and – while i dont know how much monkeying around you did with filters and post-production – it seems effortless and untampered with. i think ultimately that’s what makes the images of mulder so lovely. they have that “perfect right out of the camera” feel to them.

    Sometimes less is more!

    also, aren’t those shelves so darn helpful? I adore mine.

    • I’m seriously considering selling that lens. I won’t lose much on it because it is popular. There was enough post on this shot, but it started out crisper to start with. I’ll do another practice session with Mulder, using the same lens and flash set up like with Hades. See how that goes.

      As for the Cube – I wish the other side of my office looked as organized. You won’t get a photo of that! 🙂

      • You’re talking about the tamron? What’s wrong with it? It’s supposed to be an excellent lens, according the reviews. ok, it’s a FX, so the zoom range it’s quite made for your camera.. But the quality has to be very good.

  3. Nice to see your office!!! Your new boxes look good. And I like the baskets in it. (I’ve them as well:)
    About the soup: sounds simple indeed. But, as far as I know, you can’t buy cans with chickenmeat here!

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