Tuesday, March 26, 2013

beautiful kate

in the weeks, months and years i guess...has it really been 2 years already...since we relocated for my sweet, wonderful husband to go back to school, i have taken a break from photography. a break from my business. and sometimes even a break from my beloved camera. there are some months i take more photos with my smart phone. a little sad but true.

so recently i was honored and overjoyed to be the photographer for my sweet friend tammy t's daughter kate. we had a long session to celebrate her upcoming 16th birthday. kate has always been one of my favorite models (along with her wonderful sister sam). i can't believe she is turning 16 and i can't believe how she just gets more & more beautiful. here are just a few of my favorite photos from the day:

i love you kate.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

cookie #12: butterscotch brownies

-1/4 cup butter, margarine, shortening or vegetable oil
-1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
-1 egg
-3/4 cup flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/2 cup coarsely walnuts

heat oven to 350. if using butter, margarine or shortening, melt over low heat. remove from heat; stir in sugar until blended; cool. if using oil, just blend oil and sugar. stir in egg. measure flour by dipping method or sifting. stir flour, baking powder and salt together; blend in. mix in vanilla and walnuts. spread in a well-greased square pan, 8x8x2. bake 25 min. do not over bake. cut in bars while warm. makes 18 bars about 2 1/2 x 1".

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
of course there are bunches of cookie recipes from my beloved cooky book that have become family favorites. and ok, so there have been some recipes that are just so-so but this is the first one that is a real fail. perhaps i'm judging them too harshly. the texture is nice, that really good fudgy brownie texture. but i was hoping for a better butterscotch flavor i think. not my favorite...not at all. sorry betty.

Monday, March 4, 2013

etsy treasuries

as a little girl i used to organize my crayons & markers by color for fun. everyone did that right? and then when i achieved a driver's license i started shopping for fun and then organizing my closet by color.
since joining the world of etsy in the fall i've found a another snappy new past time, creating etsy treasuries. in case you don't know, an  etsy treasury is "an ever-changing, member curated gallery". i think it's my love of color coordinating, organizing and SHOPPING that makes creating etsy treasuries so super cool!
here's a bit of my etsy window shopping so far...
i can clearly see how this new hobby might get me into some trouble but i'm also finding some really spectacular stuff!