Day 101 and 102-Lovely Shots of Nature

 

I jinxed myself by bragging about my 100 days into Project 365. I should have knocked on wood because I am total slacker! Here are some shots from this weekend. I need to invest in a tripod because I really wanted to photograph the apple splashing in the water.

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Day 95-Red

Colorado still amazes me with the bipolar like weather patterns. Yesterday, the high was 84; today, the high was 48! It has been awesome change; however, I probably should have checked the weather sooner and found some gloves! I have officially located my gloves, scarves, hats and snow boots, just in case it snows this week.
I know this seem like it has nothing today with today’s photo, but it does! Today was the first day in months that I craved a hot beverage. While my friend was searching for soup, we stopped by a tea house and found the coolest looking tea cup. I think it looks very manly, but that’s just me!

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.