I have come to realize that baking is a lot of fun for me, cooking is fun most of the times, and writing for the blog is a lot of fun. I have also come to realize, however, that taking pictures of the food I make is not the fun part for me. It's a very frustrating part of food blogging for me, because I am not as good as I would like to be at it. But see what I am up against. I mean, it's hard to compete with any of these girls:
Photography is a hard game to play, and unfortunately there is no specific equation on how to take food photos well. There are so many ways that it can be done, and I have yet to find what works for me. I do however, have the desire to learn. I know that photography is the obstacle I have to overcome in order to become the best food blogger I can, and I plan to work hard at it so I can.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Now I am the first to admit that these photos are not the greatest, but I decided to buck up and use the photos I took yesterday to examine them and try to make them better in my editing software. I am glad I stepped away from it yesterday and came back today with a fresh eye. I am not as happy with the photos that I could be, but I'm much happier than I would have been yesterday.
While the photos might not be extraordinary, the dip is awesome. I thought it would be a good time to post it with the big ole game coming up this weekend, and have a "slightly" healthier alternative than cheese dips. And, its like eating dessert after all, and who doesn't want that?
I used reduced-fat cream cheese in this, but if you aren't looking for the healthy version, feel free to use full-fat. Serve this dip with sliced apples, pears, or any other fruit you see fit.
makes about 1 cup dip
- 1 (8oz/225g) block reduced-fat or full-fat cream cheese, to preference
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tsp sugar (less or more to preference)
- Apple slices, or other fruit, to serve
- Place all ingredients in a food processor, blender or small bowl with a electric whisk and mix until fully combined
- Place in serving bowl with plastic wrap over it, and place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be made a few days in advance