November 24, 2014

Harvest Breakfast Braid

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. It's all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze.

This beautiful Harvest Breakfast Braid is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! Layers of sausage, apple, and havarti cheese make for the perfect sweet and salty combo. Then it’s all topped with cranberries and pecans in a sweet orange marmalade glaze. Make this ASAP!! :)

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Harvest Breakfast Braid

Enjoy!! :)


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Exploring the medieval city of Regensburg and the Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

Today I am sharing the final two days of our Danube River Cruise. We spent them in the medieval city of Regensburg, Germany, and the Bavarian town of Nuremburg. The central square in Nuremburg is home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market! Scroll down for photos of these beautiful towns, and for some of my favorite foods we found in Germany!! :)

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

First we cruised into Regensburg (pronounced like “Reagan’s Burg”). Regensburg is one of Germany’s largest and best preserved medieval cities.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

These unique measurements on the door to Old Town Hall indicated the average height, shoe size, and arm length of a resident of Regensburg.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

The first settlements in Regensburg date all the way back to the Stone Age!! The stones pictured here are from the original construction of the Porta Pretoria, a gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. They still stand after almost 2,000 years!

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg was filled with hidden, colorful alleys and fun shops.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

There were quiet courtyards for reading.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

And gorgeous window boxes everywhere!!

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

This is the stained glass inside the Dom St. Peter. 

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

That afternoon we were window shopping down the narrow, cobblestone streets and came across a bustling bakery. It smelled so good we had to go in. We picked out a popular German pastry called a “Streuseltaler”. It’s a sweet yeasted cake loaded with streusel and drizzled with sweet vanilla glaze. It was amazing!! Definitely one of my favorite things we had on the whole trip!

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

For lunch we went to the the historic Wurstkuchl, a 500 year old kitchen with a charcoal grill selling homemade sausages topped with sauerkraut and their famous sweet Wurstkuchl mustard.

The medieval city of Regensburg, Germany

The Bratwurst roll was SO good!! Another one of my favorite things we had on the trip.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

The next day we arrived in Nuremburg, Germany.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

We had the afternoon to explore this historic Bavarian town.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

I loved walking up and down the Weißgerbergasse in Old Town Nuremberg.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market! Photo via Stephanie

It’s one of the few streets that survived the heavy air raids on Nuremburg during WWII, making the Weißgerbergasse one of the best preserved streets in all of Nuremburg.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market! Photo via Stephanie

With 22 half-timbered artisan townhouses along this cobblestone street, the Weißgerbergasse is home to the largest collection of historic homes in Nuremberg.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

The Weißgerbergasse is also known as Tanner’s Lane. In the Middle Ages, this street was filled with skilled leather makers and tradesmen. The historic homes here testify to the affluence that could be attributed to the art of leather making. Today the Weißgerbergasse is populated with quiet cafés and boutiques.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

I’m in love!

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

In the center of Nuremburg, on the bank of the river is the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. It was founded in 1332, and was one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Lepers were kept here away from the other patients.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

Just down the street is the year-round Hauptmarkt, Nuremburg’s famous market for gingerbread, and home of Germany’s most famous Christmas market.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

In the center of the market is the Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”) built between 1352 and 1362. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept inside this church.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

The star attraction of the market is the Gothic “Schöner Brunnen“, which literally translates to The Beautiful Fountain.

The Bavarian town of Nuremburg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market!

Nuremburg was such a beautiful, historic town. I loved every second we spent here.

Thank you so much for following along on our Danube River Cruise! After the cruise we went to Munich for Oktoberfest!! Stay tuned for our adventures in Munich. :)

See more posts from our cruise!

And be sure to check out Stephanie’s posts from our trip!! :)


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If you’re looking for a point & shoot camera that takes AWESOME pictures (like a DSLR) but is as small and portable as your phone, let me show you some pictures I’ve been getting with the Sony DSC RX100M III.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here’s what I love about this little camera. It’s got great focal length — you can zoom in really far to get close-up shots, but you can also zoom out really wide to fit a whole lot into the picture. It’s got a 24-70mm f/1.8 lens. Yes, this point and shoot camera goes all the way down to 1.8!! That means INCREDIBLE background blur. Seriously. Just scroll down and check out some of these pictures. If you want a better understanding of what those lens numbers mean, check out this post.

Also my favorite feature of this camera is the WiFi function!! You can send photos straight from the camera to your phone, immediately after you take them. No more waiting to get back home to a computer! The camera creates its own WiFi, so you do not have to be on a WiFi network to get the pictures on your phone!! So cool. You can share them immediately to Instagram, Facebook, email or whatever!

You can use this camera in full manual mode if you want. You can also shoot in Aperture priority, Shutter priority, or it’s got great preset scenes like action, macro, and food. Ninety-nine percent of the time, though, I shoot in Superior Auto. On the dial it looks like a camera with a plus. The only other setting I use is, sometimes, rarely, I’ll change it to the food preset scene. Everything else (and most of the time food too) is shot in Superior Auto. So it’s super easy to just literally point and shoot!

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

 

First I’ll show you some pictures that I took that are straight out of the camera, no editing (except for resizing for the blog). Then I’ll show you some pictures my friend Stephanie took that I edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ll even tell you how I edited each picture. Here’s exactly what I do in Lightroom and exactly what I do in Photoshop. Scroll down for more details on each photo.

Also, If you ever wonder what camera I used to take a photo here on Kevin & Amanda, you can click on any picture to see the camera, lens, and settings I used.

Here is a link to this exact camera on Amazon.

 

Photos Straight from the Camera (No Editing)

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

This photo was taken outside on a sunny day in Superior Auto mode. LOVE the background blur here!!

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here’s a photo that was taken with the flash on. The french toast was a little dark, so I decided to see what it looked like if I popped the flash up. Not bad!

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

This camera performs AWESOME in low-light. This was taken in a dark restaurant at night.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Another nighttime food photo. Gorgeous bokeh.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

This restaurant was super, super dark, and I still managed to get a decent picture of the mini chocolate tart. Another bonus is the background blur here. The table was not super pretty, but you can’t tell thanks to this amazing 1.8 lens!

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here are some scenery shots in Deer Valley, Utah. Again, this was shot in Superior Auto mode. From the close-up, low-light, awesome bokeh photo above, to this wide-angle, sunny day, everything-in-focus landscape shot, Superior Auto can detect and perfectly capture every situation.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Another view of the mountains and fall colors at Deer Valley Resort.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here’s a nighttime shot on the football field in Auburn.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

And here’s a photo I snapped of our house.

 

Photos with slight editing in Lightroom / Photoshop

This next set of photos were taken by Stephanie Parker of PlainChicken.com. Stephanie introduced me to this amazing little camera. We traveled together this summer to Sweden, Amsterdam, Budapest, Austria, and Germany. She got some AMAZING photos with this tiny point & shoot camera while I lugged around my huge Canon 70D DSLR and 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Now, I love this setup when I’m at home, but when you’re traveling, it’s so nice to be able to get great, fast photos without having to carry around a huge camera.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here’s how I edit my photos in Lightroom. Most of the time I just add a little Fill Light and Vibrance.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

I adjusted the Fill Light slider here to make that reflection pop!! Also adding Vibrance will make those blues so, so blue.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here’s an example of how wide this lens will zoom out. I could not fit this entire monument in the frame with either my Canon + 24-70 lens OR my iPhone 5S.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

You can shoot in RAW or JPG with this camera. Stephanie always shoots in RAW, and you can get some AWESOME sunset photos with slight editing in Lightroom. This photo was taken in Superior Auto, and all I did was bump up the Fill Light and Vibrance in Lightroom here.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Same for this photo. Again, for more information on Fill Light and Vibrance, check out my Lightroom tutorial.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

I have been super impressed with the clarity of this camera. Every shot is razor-sharp, no matter the subject – people, food, or landscape. Here’s one token “people picture” to give you an idea. :) This is Stephanie and me at Oktoberfest in Munich this year.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

Here are a few more food shots. My only “dislike” about this camera is that you can’t get the camera really close to the subject. The camera just won’t focus if you try to get too close. To get as close as possible, you have to have the camera all the way zoomed out. I only really notice it when taking pictures of food. But obviously you can still get some awesome shots with this camera! Check out the next two photos below.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

This was taken inside with no natural light.

This camera takes pictures as good as a DSLR but is as small and portable as your phone. Check out the AMAZING bokeh on this tiny point & shoot camera! Plus instantly send photos to your phone, no WiFi needed!! Click the pin for more info on this camera.

And this was taken in a dark restaurant at night.

So those are just a few examples! If you’re looking for a new camera to get some great holiday photos this year, check out the Sony DSC RX100M III. I also got a couple memory cards (it takes regular SD cards) and this extra battery set to go with it. If you’re traveling, you’ll definitely want to have an extra backup battery with you, just in case.

Here is a link to the exact camera model I have.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. Happy shooting! :)


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