Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project 365: Day 54 - Blue Toys

I've always wanted to take a picture of the kids toys that are all the same color - so here's blue.

Project 365: Day 55 - The Kids

Not the best picture, but I love the expression on their faces.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Project 365: Day 49 - Baby's First Starbucks

Two pictures for today!

Project 365: Day 48 - My Friend Dee

I met with my Dee at Starbuck's yesterday and I still hadn't taken a picture for the day, so she graciously let me take her picture.

Project 365: Day 47 - Carne Asada Burrito

My husband made me Carne Asada burritos for Valentine's Day - Yummy!

Project 365: Day 46 - Blue Sunset

I've obviously been forgetting to post my photos here to my blog, but I've still been taking them. This was the view from the Space Needle when we went this past weekend.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Project 365: Day 45 - The Happy Couple

For Valentine's Day, I told my husband I wanted him to let me take our picture, so here it is!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Project 365: Day 44 - Playing the Piano

My husband can just sit down at the piano and play something out of thin air. He has no training and yet, can just play - oh how I wish I'd been born with this talent!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Project 365: Day 43 - Kiwi

The assignment this week in the Digital Photography School was fruits and veggies, so here's my fruit. Several other people did kiwi, and I did not look at them until after I posted my shot, and my husband said the others were better. *Sigh* Well, while I was taking this, I was yelling at my daughter to not touch the kiwi (I had the plate on the floor by the window to get as much light as possible) and my knees were killing me from kneeling on the floor. Oh well. Better luck next time.

Project 365: Day 42 - My Daughter

I'm feeling uninspired right now with my photography subjects, so here's one of my fall-back subjects. It's been very hard to take a picture of her because she wants to touch the camera, so she's constantly too close to me for the camera to focus.

Project 365: Day 41 Toothbrush

I did take this on day 41, but just have had trouble with uploading until now. I was feeling so uninspired, but my husband encouraged me to take at least picture, so here it is!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Project 365: Day 40 Kissing

I know they'll thank me later on for this picture! Haha!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Project 365: Day 38 Superbowl

This was my first time making a collage in Photoshop. Sometime when I have more time, I'll post recipes.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Project 365: Days 36 and 37

This is today's picture. These are the ingredients I'm using to make a new dip tomorrow.

went to my husband's work party last night and we played Roulette. The lighting was really bad and I didn't want to lug around my DLSR, so I took this picture with my husband's phone. Now I wish I taken my big camera.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Project 365: Day 35 - My Blanket

I know this picture is not that exciting, but I want to take some pictures of my bedspread, blankets, and pillows. I imagine them all put together in a collage, so I here's my picture for today - have to start somewhere.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispies

I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen's version. Her version requires boiling sugar water and I wasn't patient enough for that. The recipe required that the sugar mixture get to 235 degrees, and I knew my mixture was at 205, but it wasn't rising anymore, so I thought, well, that's it. Guess what? It made for a soggy, gross crust. I don't have much luck or experience with candy making or boiling sugar, so I decided to redo the crust part of the recipe as a regular Rice Crispy crust.

For the crispy crust

2 1/4 cups crisped rice cereal
13 marshmallows
1 tablespoon butter

For the chocolate peanut butter layer
5 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate icing
3 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72 percent cocoa), coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons butter

Make the crispy crust: Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

Put marshmallows and butter in a medium sauce pan and melt over medium heat. Stir frequently. When the marshmallow butter mixture is melted, pour over the cereal. Stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides).

Make the chocolate peanut butter layer: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.

Make the chocolate icing: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled chocolate peanut butter layer and spread (actually, I found it easier to jiggle the pan around until it coated smoothly, avoiding the risk of picking up any of the peanut butter layer with it) into an even layer. Put the pan into the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the topping hardens.

Cut into 16 squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 4 days.

Project 365: Day 34 - My New Zumba Shoes

I love Zumba, so I bought myself some dance shoes. I love them! They have no tread on the bottom so it's easier to pivot and such.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Project 365: Day 32 Rice Crispy Crust

I'm making peanut butter chocolate rice crispy. There are three layers, and I only got around to making and photographing the first layer today. Anyways, here's the first rice crispy layer. Not very interesting by itself, but oh well!