Fancy-Pants Spider Webs And Zero Tomatoes

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on August 26, 2014

We found a really big spider among our tomato plants. Big spiders are nice and all, but one of these days I’d really just like to find some tomatoes among our tomato plants. 20140822_Corn_Spider_01The Argiope aurantia and its fancy-pants web.

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*Odds Are -Barenaked Ladies

Yurt Dreams And Koz’s Namesakes

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on August 25, 2014

In the name of fundraising and such, my coworkers and I put on our craftiest pants and made some quilt squares for the Rock for Love auction. The theme was dreams, which was easy-peasy because of course my dream is very much to build a yurt.

Three years ago my life was forever changed when I stumbled into a yurt home in some Alaskan forest. Since then my days are filled with yurt dreams. Initially I planned to build a yurt from scratch, but given my track record of building things, I’m mostly planning on buying a kit from a site like this one or perhaps this one.

(Or maybe one day I’ll learn how to not drill in reverse and actually be able to build one from scratch.)

Plus tonight I just learned that Shelby Farms has its very own yurt. My yurt will look like the Shelby Farms yurt, except minus the televisions. And also minus probably 93% of the furniture. My yurt will also have a loft, a fire place and perhaps a hammock. Duh.


Me, my square and the office orchid hard at work, clearly.

In other news, Dustin and I discovered that Koz the Kitty shares his name with saxophonist Dave Koz and this NOLA restaurant.

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*Wildest Moments -Jessie Ware
*Hide -FKA Twigs

Sno Cones, One Direction And Goodbyes

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on August 17, 2014

Mira moved to New England last week, which is a total bummer because who will be my #1 spider-fighting partner in crime? Needing to lament her move, we did what we usually do and dissolved our grief by eating a lot. Mira and I started our friendship with $6 Vietnamese buffet (Pho Binh, anyone?) and decided we might as well close our little Memphis chapter with another cheap Memphis favorite, Jerry’s Sno Cones.

Jerry’s serves its Sno cones with ice cream. Really. Seriously. Is there a more brilliant Sno cone business model in existence? No, of course there’s not.


 Thank you, Elisa, for introducing us to Jerry’s. And also for your GPS, because no amount of Google mapping could ever have prepared me to navigate that route.


 Why get one flavor when you can get a million?

20140809_Jerry's_Sno_Cones_03Mira’s One Direction secret is finally out for the world to know. Fun fact: I missed One Direction’s visit to Lima by mere weeks.

Thank you Chloe for the music. It’s beautiful.

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*Elysium -Bears Den  

Coping With Disaster (A Food Post)

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on August 13, 2014

[Shameless plug: I wrote a sort of funny post about my flip phone and indignation toward change for the Without Boxes blog. You can read it, if you'd like. And maybe comment on it. I wouldn't complain.]

I recently discovered my heart rate was a whole 12 bpm faster than it had been last month. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I pride myself on having a nice, low heart rate, so this was a pretty big shock. There seemed to be only one way to handle this disasterous news, which was to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devil’s Food Cheesecake and eat the grief away. Of course.

The frosting alone had three sticks of butter. I won’t tell you how much the rest of the layers had.

(OK, two and a half sticks.)

Be still my heart.

(But not that still, because there’s a chance that five and a half sticks of butter will actually do that to you.)

20140727_Triple_Layer_Cheesecake_01This is what three sticks of butter and little else looks like.

20140727_Triple_Layer_Cheesecake_02Cake, pre-frosting. I’m not ashamed to admit that this was my dinner five nights running.

On a healthier note, I took some photos of Green Breakfast Frittata Cups for work. They were delicious.

20140805_Green_Breakfast_Frittatas_01Frittata is likely healthier for you than a three-layered cheesecake. Like, you could probably eat this for dinner for a week straight and be OK.

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*Waste Of Time -MØ

Thanks, Food

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on July 16, 2014

My work (the ever-wonderful Church Health Center, see below) runs a cooking class, which is nice for a plethora of reasons, but there are two that directly affect me:

1. I get to photograph food.
2. And then I get to eat the food.

Thank you, Sammie, for making food that is both aesthetically-pleasing and tasty.


Open-face veggie sandwich


Watermelon “steak” salad, which isn’t even really steak! How fabulous is that?? Be still my watermelon-loving heart.



The fabulous Church Health Center serves uninsured and working Memphians through its medical and dental clinics, gym, farmers market, cooking and nutrition classes and more. You should probably look into it. Or, if you have a second, check out Antony Sheehan’s blog and read the CHC president’s thoughts on leaving England, joining the Church Health Center and Gangham style. Thanks Antony. And no, that is not going to leave my head for the rest of the day, no matter how hard I try.


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*Nuit 17 à 52 -Christine & The Queens

Playing For Change And Overall Envy

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on July 2, 2014

I am currently seeking freelance writing/photography gigs. Think I’d be a great freelance fit for your company or publication? Shoot me an email and let’s talk! Live in Memphis? Let’s meet up!

Trip to Levitt Shell with Mira to watch Playing For Change!


Overall envy was experienced by all. Or at least by me. Whatever.

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*Dusty Fruit -The Ruby Suns


Panzanella’s Just A Fancy Word For Salad

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on June 25, 2014

I started a new job recently. Most of its responsibilities don’t require photographing, but occasionally I’m allowed to sneak into cooking classes, like this one for peach and corn panzanella salad, to take some photos.

(I had to look up the definition of panzanella, by the by. Using the words panzanella and salad together might be a bit redundant, but who knows. Besides, the salad is rather scrumptious.)




Peach And Corn Panzanella Salad 6 servings
Courtesy of the Wellness Center

*1 mini loaf of crusty grain bread
*Olive oil
*1/4 tsp. salt
*2 ears of corn
*2 medium tomatoes, chopped
*3 peaches, chopped
*15 oz. cannelli beans
*1/2c low-fat feta cheese

1. Pulse bread in food processor or chop coarsely
2. Heat a little oil over medium heat. Add bread and salt. Toss until crispy (about 3 minutes).
3. Place corn (with husk) in microwave. Cook for 30 seconds, flip to opposite site, cook for 1 minute. Cut corn off cob and put in bowl.
4. Add tomatoes and peaches. Mix.
5. Drain and rinse beans. Add.
6. Add bread and 2 tbs. olive oil. Toss.
7. Add feta cheese and serve at room temperature.


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*Resurrection Fern -Iron & Wine

I Cannot Afro Dance (Adventures With Mira)

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on June 24, 2014

Once upon a time, I met Mira through Volunteer Odyssey This was swell for a variety of reasons. For one, Mira likes nonprofits, community change and all that nonsense. Let the nonprofit gabfest commence.

Mira is also something I’m not. Mira is a planner. Planners are excellent people to be friends with. With planner friends, you usually wind up doing awesome things like spending your Saturday trying to Afro dance over at the Water Tower Pavilion and failing miserably.


This girl did not fail at Afro dance. Perhaps this is because she was the instructor.


Chalking things up. Go, Mira, go!

20140608_Afro_Dance_07Right before the storm set it.

Thanks to Axel for the music.

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*Just Jammin’ -Gramatik

Memphis Farmers Market 101

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on June 12, 2014

I recently decided a good way to spend the wee hours of Saturday morning would be by volunteering at the Memphis Farmers Market. Well, actually Sarah over at Volunteer Odyssey (who has kindly introduced me to several incredible Memphis nonprofits) suggested the market; I just picked the time. I’m here to tell you it was a fantastic choice.

Here’s a deep, dark secret: I love getting up early. You know, once I’m actually out of bed. It’s the whole getting-out-of-bed part that’s hard. Sometime after sleeping through all five alarms, I jolted awake at 5:38 a.m. and made a mad dash over to the market, barely making the 6 a.m. call. Whew.

Let’s start with some fun facts.

1. The downtown Memphis Farmers Market is hosted out of the Amtrak station.

20140607_Farmers_Market_07Perusing the market in the early hours.

2. Gale is a whiz at the credit card reader. I am not.

20140607_Farmers_Market_06Gale also has Instagram and several blogs. Working my flip phone is an immense challenge and I can barely keep my one blog under control. I plan to stick by Gale and learn her secrets.

3. SNAP/EBT cards are accepted at the market. Whaaaaaaaa!

20140607_Farmers_Market_04Just plain ol’ regular tokens. The SNAP ones, which are only worth a dollar a piece, look mighty similar though.


I think that’s it for fun facts. Here, have some produce.




Music courtesy of Anne.

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*Saint Claude -Christine & The Queens

Container Park, Nevada, And Big Slides

Posted in Uncategorized by katfranchino on June 10, 2014

Vacation to Nevada with Erica and Russell! I’d never been to Nevada before and was desperate to see the Bonneville Salt Flats over in nearby Utah. Unfortunately, Utah’s a little farther away than I anticipated, so we settled with a trip to Container Park. Much of Container Park is made from old metal shipping containers. Also, there’s a playground with a  30 foot slide.


Here’s a praying mantis.


And also a list of rules we were keen to follow.


Russell and Erica



20140531_Las_Vegas_Container_Park_02Also, here’s some side of a building.
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*For Emma (a cappella) -Bon Iver


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