Day 29-It’s Like Fire

I never feel well rested on Monday; you would think a weekend of relaxing and catching up on things, I would be ready for Monday morning.  However, that is not the case. If only my weekends were three days, then I would probably want four after a while!

While taking a pictures of the lights yesterday, I noticed that the moving the lights created an almost fire look to the lights. I think the moving lights creates an amazing photo. Anyway, happy Monday!

Day 26-Crazy Friday…

You know those weeks that go so fast that you cannot even remember what you had for lunch? I am having one of those weeks. Hopefully, my weekend will be blissfully slow!

To end my very zany week, I decided to have some fun with photoshop. Usually, I stick to adjusting the lighting and contrast, but last night I decided to take some of previous photos and make them completely different. I am think these photographs would make some really awesome art if I painted the pattern!

Can you guess what items are in these photographs? I think the first one is very obvious!

Day 25-Masquerade

Lately, I keep taking pictures of random things around my house. Everyday, I find something new that I think would make an amazing photo. This project is definitely opening my eyes to different possibilities!

I really wanted to practice using my eraser tool in photoshop, and  here is the product of my practice! I love this mask; the details are incredible. I did not anticipate how much gold detail the mask had; it took some time to color!

Sunshine Award

The biggest thanks to Marcy for the Sunshine Award nomination, I am excited and happy that she enjoys reading my blog! Her blog: For Your Good Health is amazing, if you haven’t read it, then you should.

The Rules of the Sunshine Award are 1) Accept the award; 2) post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link; 3) answer the questions below; 4) pass the award to 10 other blogs providing links to their blogs; and 5) contacting them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Questions:

1. Favorite color? – Hard to pick one; I love all colors. This is a total cliché, but I have to say pink!

2. Favorite animal? – I do not have a favorite animal, again I cannot choose. All animals have a special place in my heart. I do love farm animals: pigs, cows, goats, etc. and I love cats and dogs as well (In particular, I have a soft spot for Jack Russell Terriers and tuxedo cats!)

3. Favorite number? – 3

4. Favorite drink? – Arnold Palmer. Alcoholic: Stout or just a dark beer.

5. Facebook or Twitter? – Facebook, only because I do not have Twitter.

6. What is your passion? – Baking, photography, cooking, eating, reading, writing, painting; there is probably much more but those are my priority choices

7. Giving or getting presents? – Giving, I love seeing people’s face light up when you give them a present when they least expect it.

8. Favorite pattern – gingham because I like the way it sounds.

9. Favorite day of the week? –Sunday, crossword puzzles, coffee, and sleeping late (9:00 am is late for me!).

10. Favorite flower? – I love white flowers particularly peonies, hydrangeas, and roses.

My nominations for the Sunshine Award:

  1. Aisling Jennings Photography
  2. Bucketlist Publications
  3. My Days in Focus
  4. Simple Pleasures
  5. Books and Bowel Movements
  6. The Redneck Rosarian
  7. Push Me Out To Sea
  8. Nonoy Manga
  9. Leanne Cole’s Photography Field Trips
  10. My Photography Blog

Congratulations to all the bloggers I selected; I love reading your blogs. I find them very inspiring and beautiful!

Day 24-Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are really the child of cookies and cupcakes, they are a combination of the best parts of cookies and cupcakes!

I discovered this recipe for red velvet whoopie pies in 2010, and  made them for a White Elephant party. I had never made whoopie pies or had even tasted one at that point. Lets just say, I was impressed!

Whoopie pies (one of my friends calls them: cupcake tops!) are the greatest things ever, a mix between a cookie and cake with a soft, gooey, sweet filling, plus the name is just so fun to say!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, recipe courtsey of Mowielicious:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp red food colour paste

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two baking trays with baking paper or silicone mats.

2. Whisk together the butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, blend the red food colour paste with the cocoa powder

3. Whisk in the egg until completely incorporated, then add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix in the red cocoa powder mixture.

4. Fill a piping bag and pipe 5cm rounds onto the lined baking trays.

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when touched. Allow to cool before filling with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine the cream cheese, butter,in a large mixing bowl and blend for 2 minutes.
  2. Add salt, vanilla, orange zest and juice, blend to combine.
  3. Add confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time. Once all sugar is added mix for 2 minutes.

Day 23-Finished Product

Procrastination should be my middle name, really it should. Usually, I wait until the last-minute to finish something, and if there is no pressure to do a project, I never complete it. However, this weekend I finally painted some art for my new apartment. No deadline, I just wanted to do it. I am saying it is the result of making my bed in the morning. I read an article last week that studies show making your bed makes you more productive. So, I tried it. I have been consistently making my bed for about two weeks, and it seems to be working.

Productivity is flowing! And, I bought two blank canvases to paint this weekend. I could not get a good photo of the art straight on, but I like the off-center, weird photos better.