Resolutions and Reflections

by Jenn on January 3, 2014

in Photography

I’m not normally one for resolutions. I usually find the structure of putting a personal habit onto a calendar makes it work rather than the soulful introspection it was intended to be. But even still, I’m always up for turning over a new leaf, looking back at where I’ve been, and seeing if/what I want to change.

So what did I really learn this year? I learned to take myself less seriously. To blog less, and live more. To take fewer photos, and make more of them count. I learned to commit only to what is really important. I learned to take risks, and that when I am presented with a challenge, if I relax and trust myself, I will rise up to it. I got to see how an amazing publication, Simply Gluten Free, has grown over the past year, and see what kind of food writer I am (yes, shameless link plug, I am a paid contributor to Simply Gluten Free mag and therefore of course think you all should subscribe).  I’ve developed my artistic style more, and even when I couldn’t really see, I was still always thinking about light and shape – while I still have a long journey ahead of me, these will always be at the core of my being.

And with that in mind, I think it’s fun to reflect on my path over 2013 –

We hiked high up in the Alps:

And snowshoed with some photography friends in view of the stunning Matterhorn:

Matterhorn view from Riffelberg


I traveled to my favorite wine region in the world:



I rode the steepest cog railway in the world and discovered the joy of using my iPod for a camera:

Steepest cog railway in the world - Pilatus!

And let my breath escape me as I stood on top of the earth looking out at nature’s beauty all below:

Rochers de Naye

We walked by the lakeside in the summer sunshine:


I discovered the historic canals of Amsterdam:

Scenic Amsterdam along the canals

And of course, there was the wonder and awe that was Andalusia:

Peña de Arias Montana

And most importantly, the simple treasures of being home with those I love:
Willimantic River

FL Sunrise

And, we ate rather well this year too. We made a lot of naturally gluten free food – it is still my favorite way to enjoy life gluten free. But I did quite a bit of baking experiments as well, and some have been quite successful. Some of my favorite edible highlights from the year:

This grapefruit and mint salad – now that it’s winter and I can get grapefruits again, I’m as much looking forward to this salad now as when I first made it:

Grapefruit Salad

I also loved making this avocado “carbonara”, we still do this almost every time we cook GF pasta:

A very green carbonara

I officially mastered the art of the poached egg, and enjoyed many open faced sandwiches like these – which are a perfect use of toasted GF bread:

Open Faced Springtime Sandwiches

I baked my daughter her first birthday cake:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

And enjoyed the most delicious homemade ginger ale:

Homemade Ginger Ale

I learned that tarts are quite possibly one of the most beautiful foods to photograph:

Pesto Tomato Tart, Gluten free

And that sometimes my favorite food images were not planned at all:


I loved every bite of Jeannie’s naturally gluten free Spanish tortilla:

tortilla diptych1

And experimented with fresh truffle for the first time in my life:

Black Truffle Risotto


What will 2014 hold? One thing for sure, there will be change (the only constant in life is change, no?). Venturing forth bravely into the future unknown, I hope to continue to grow and develop, foster new and existing friendships, discover new secret joys of motherhood and family life, and of course, embrace it all over a table of delicious gluten free food. Will there be resolutions? I’ve not decided yet, but I think if I want to change myself, I’d rather just accept it and do it rather than tie it to a calendar day – what about you? Either way, no matter how you create your resolutions (or don’t), I hope you had a lovely new year and wish you all the best for 2014!


Rosa January 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

A wonderful year. Your pictures are truly beautiful.

This is a good resolution (mine too).

Happy New Year!



Jenn January 4, 2014 at 1:15 am

Thanks so much Rosa, hope you had a great new years!

Barbara | Creative Culinary January 5, 2014 at 1:17 am

Glad I didn’t miss this…I’ve been offline most of the week with moving as you know and I’ve missed a lot! Such beautiful photography Jenn; I love seeing you grow both personally and professionally and know wonderful things must be in store for you and your family. No need to resolve anything…you seem to be doing just fine letting it happen naturally!

Jenn January 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Aww thanks Barb! Happy new years!

Samantha Sinchek Photography | Cincinnati Ohio January 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

You make me want to travel and eat every time I see your beautiful photos! I loved that photo in Amsterdam, I really wish I would have been a better photographer when I went there!

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