Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pear Packages - Project 52 Week 4

I went on a Girls' Weekend and one of the ladies made the Pear Packages (not the official name, but I don't know what they are called).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Apple Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream - Project 52

Some friends of my husband's re-gifted one of their Christmas presents to us. It was two jars of homemade canned apples, all ready for an apple pie, a deep dish pie pan and a recipe for a crumble top. I thought this was perfect for my Project 52. The only trouble is, I'm having trouble deciding which version of the same picture is better. The above photo looks great on my laptop screen, but when I looked at it on the desktop computer screen, it looks awful.

This version, we'll call it #2, looks great on the desktop and grey and boring on my laptop. What's a girl to do? I need your vote! Do you  prefer the first or second picture (or none at all - wait, don't tell me if that's the way it is.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Frozen Berries and Peaches - Project 52

I'm not sure if this will be my official food shot for the week, but I wanted to take a picture of something without baking something that I would eat within 24 hours. So here's a healthy treat that I got to eat after trying to make a good photo of it. I learned a couple new tricks in Photoshop to help with the lighting. It is very dark here and food photographers usually use natural light, so I actually went outside to take this shot. It's a very gray day here, and below is my straight-out-of-the-camera shot:

I still have lots of trouble with the composition of the picture and setting up a delicious looking shot as far as what pretty napkin or plate would enhance the picture. Lots to work on. I was inspired by a food photograph  I saw in Pioneer Woman's Food Photography contest. Here's a link to Whisk Kid; I've browsed it today and have found excellent photos (and I have the same camera equipment as her), delicious recipes and good writing.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe found here.
  • Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In double boiler melt chips and add heavy cream, mix until smooth take off of heat.
  2. In mixing bowl cream together sugar and cream cheese until smooth, slowly add chocolate mixture. Mixture will thicken up as the chocolate cools.

The recipe says it makes enough for 24 cupcakes, but I only had 12 to frost and used all the frosting for those  12. This frosting is delicious and not sugary. An adult frosting that kids will eat too. I will definitely be making it again. For the cupcake, I used Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Devil's Food cake mix. Yum!

Monday, January 10, 2011


I'm so glad my Project 365 is over. Now I can take pictures whenever I want or not take pictures at all and not feel bad about! Wait, but what about learning more and keeping my photography skills alive? I think I'll do a Project 52, which is one picture a week. In my loftiest of goals, I want this Project 52 to be all food photos. Wouldn't that be great to end 2011 with 52 nice food shots and recipes? I really want to focus on the food shot and make it as nice as possible as opposed to snapping a shot while the dinner cools and my family is waiting for me to join them at the table. My first photo and recipe are coming! Stay tuned.