Saturday, December 22, 2012

Vintage Baking

I spent the cold and blustery snow day indoors, baking from my thrift store find, the 1975 Better Homes and Gardens "Homemade Cookies Cook Book".  Something inspired me to make a prety little video instead of just doing the usual endless step by step process photos, so here it is. A lil 4'ish minute long how-to video to follow along with. The recipe is below!

Recipe from 1975 Better Homes and Gardens "Homemade Cookies Cook Book":
Chocolate Chippers
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
     (I used 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips here)
1/2 cup broken nuts
     (I used walnuts)

Cream together shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla till light and fluffy. Thoroughly stir together flour, salt, and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture. Blend well. Stir in chocolate and nuts. Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cool.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kelly Moore 2 Sues Bag!

I feel like I have been on the eternal search for a camera bag. Especially now that I have weddings to capture about 3-4 times a month all year round, I really NEEDED the perfect bag. If you haven't looked around my blog enough, you can check out the wedding cinema I do *here*!

I've had the big bulky camera bag, that in the end was just too annoying to deal with, you have to stack lenses between layers of velcro pads, (and it wouldn't sit on a flat surface unless laid down). I've also had a small similar version of that bag that held only the camera with a small lens attached. I've used a bag that was a cute and rectangular brown leatherette, but it did not have enough storage pockets. I've tried the usual rectangular boxy camera bag with lots of pockets, but alas... it was ugly and still not enough. Lets not talk about how I was using a purse that was not intended for camera gear for the past few months.  Also, being 5 feet tall and tiny also has its drawbacks when dealing with large heavy balance throwing packs.

So over the past year or two, maybe three, I have found myself pausing to swoon over the lovely camera bags that Kelly Moore has to offer. I figured that, as a person who has been a photographer for nearly 6 years, and who officially has been doing only photo/video related things for a living for the past year, and ShoFilms weddings for almost a year and a half, it was time to invest in whatever bag that I wanted, and whatever bag that would keep my precious gear safe. I decided to go with the 2 Sues bag in mustard.

Finally, a mustard camera bag to call my own.

Here is my main wedding set up, and everything I was hoping to be able to fit in the 2 Sues bag.
5dii with lens and monopod mount plate attached, a 35, an 85, lensbaby, charger and extra battery, phone, wallet, biz cards, advil, keys. I also have a bag of memory cards, but that's what the posey pocket on the back of the camera bag is for!
Happily everything fit! I definitely had a small amount of room to spare (for chapstick, snacks, etc), and I could totally carry my iPad comfortably if needed. Overall, without giving it a run through a wedding yet, I am pretty pleased with how it fits everything and how it feels on my shoulder. Loving how inconspicuous it is, as well! I would use this as a regular everyday purse in a second.

I am so looking forward to taking this out on it's first wedding, and I will be sure to update how it's working out for me! But I'm not going to lie - I totally want to pick up something from Jo Totes as well. Oh, and the day that someone invents a cute monopod holster, I'll be first in line! Ha!

Whats your favorite camera bag?


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Lazy Saturday Morning

This morning I made some simple pancakes and added nutmeg and cinnamon. I sandwiched them up with layers of butter and pumpkin butter, and served them with two crunchy bacons that I cooked on our good ol' george forman grill. (My favorite way to make bacon, when we are too impatient to cook it in the oven!)

Then I did a little online window shoppin on and!  Trying to decide between yellow or mint... or I could just YOLO, or something, and have both. Loving these dainty little rings. The dino feet look like birdy feet to me.
Also, I tried out a new app called bubbleframe. Hence the bubbly photos above! (It's free all weekend and pretty fun!)

Last but not least, here are a few sneak peeks of our mini vacation adventure in Bobby Mackey's Music World in Wilder, Kentucky and King's Island in Mason, Ohio!
Do you see anything ghosty?
View from the "Eiffel Tower" of King's Island

More posts coming soon, including a full vacation post and a post about my last few awesome thrifting hauls!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Zucchini Bread & Muffins

I've always been a big fan of zucchini bread, so I have no idea why I waited this long to make some!

Now this recipe is good, but I think I need to track down the family recipe... I can't remember if it was my aunt or my grandma who made it, but I need to get it!

Here is my version, adapted from here:
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 table spoon sour cream
3 cups flour
2 cups zucchini, grated
1 cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds because I had them
frozen and chopped and ready from making macaroons)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour bread pans.
Beat eggs in large bowl, until foamy.
Add sugar, oil and vanilla, mix well.
Add cinnamon, salt, soda, and baking powder. Mix well. Add sour cream.
Add the flour and zucchini alternately, mixing well after each addition. Fold in nuts.
Bake for about 20 mins for muffins, 35-40 mins for loaves.

This recipe makes a TON of bread!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Realistic Print Crush!

I have been falling in love with the sprinkling of photos or realistic illustrations I have been seeing on clothing lately. I want to see more and more and I think it would be pretty darn awesome to have my own photo or two printed on dresses! Seriously, could this picture perfect trend be any better?! Photo and dress nerds everywhere, unite!

Here are three of my favorites!
Eva Franco's Change of Greenery Dress from ModCloth. Lust!

The Crepe Myrtle Shirtdress from Anthropologie. I die. My favorite of the three.

The Pretty Pan-sy Dress from ModCloth. Love that collar!

Have you spied any other sharp shootin' printed duds from other stores? I'd love to see them!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Weekend Replay!

Went to find a glass bowl for a dessert, ended up thrifting all these treats!
When did strawberries get so huge?!

thanks for the inspiration, Paula Deen!
Pinterest reminded me we used to make these burger coookies all the time when I was little!
Andrea's niece is a Dance Recital Princess!
How was your holiday weekend?


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Red, red, red!

Just wanted to take a minute to say I'm a red head again! I can never stay away for too long. I'm always hopping back and forth between various blondes and various reds. Lucky for me my hairdresser is a master highlight artist and easily turns red into blonde whenever I want! For now though, I think this red will be here for a while. Its a "coppery mahogany" now, and I might experiment with berry reds and bright reds later.

Also, I got this cute dress!

That's all for now! Check out some cute pictures from the other day from a photo date with Andrea (with my new lens) HERE and HERE!

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