Sunday, December 1, 2013
I must be getting terribly old because the days, weeks and months just seem to fly by; it's hard to believe that the last month of 2013 has arrived. But indeed it has and so it's time to truly get into the festive spirit -- the holiday decorations may hit the stores in September, but I don't think of it as being Christmastime until December.
I have a vast collection of vintage Christmas images I've collected over the years, including the one above, originally a business-themed Christmas card. I'll try to share several of them here as we count down to December 25th. I love all vintage images, but the Christmas ones are so special. I hope you like them too.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The calendar has changed, it's now autumn, and I think that must trigger some sort of subconscious urge to bake. Leslie made a yummy-looking pie and I've been thinking about pumpkin bread. Thinking about it, even bought a tin of pumpkin, but instead I found myself in the kitchen early this afternoon, baking raisin bran muffins.
I know they're healthy and one of those good-for-you foods, but that's not why I bake them. I happen to think raisin bran muffins are delicious! The recipe I use is the only one that I consider a success -- using natural bran instead of bran breakfast cereal is the key, I think. You can find my recipe HERE, at Food.com (formerly Recipezaar, which was a far better site), where I have several of my recipes stashed online. Hover your mouse pointer over my name (it's just below the recipe title) and you'll be able to click on a link to see all the recipes I have posted there.
A bag of natural bran is very inexpensive, although it can be a quest to find it in your local grocery store. In various stores I have seen it located in the baking aisle, with the breakfast cereals, with the oatmeal, and in the natural foods/health food area. I recommend you stash it in the freezer for long-term storage.
I've been doing some other cooking over the last few days, no pictures though. If you visit my boards on Pinterest, you'll see a new one called "Glad I Pinned It!!" and that's where you'll see a pin for a wonderful stovetop macaroni and cheese I whipped up a few days ago, as well as some yummy chickpea patties I made yesterday.
The above image is definitely a little artsy-fartsy for a food photo, so here's a more normal photograph of today's bran muffins. As you can see, I don't use paper liners in my muffin tins -- I find they rise higher without them. I just spray the pans with Pam. I missed hearing the timer and so this batch was in the oven about a minute or two too long; they're still yummy and tender, but the exteriors did get a wee bit overdone. Next time I'll set two timers!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Back in July, I took a tremendous amount of photographs in Chicago.....this afternoon found me revisiting those photos, inspired to have a look at my own images as I flipped through Scott Kelby's excellent "Digital Photography" books. I own Digital Photography: Book Four and currently have volumes One through Three out of the library. I'll be purchasing those three books soon; I want to own them all.
One thing led to another and next thing I knew, I was in Photoshop CC and having a go at the above image. On this visit to Chicago, as well as my last back in 2010, I was drawn towards the entrances to the downtown El stations. I find them visually fascinating.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Poor Tippi. Every single time I experiment with the camera -- trying new settings perhaps, or checking out a new lens -- it seems that she always finds her way into my viewfinder. My latest excursions have been only as far as the back deck as I fiddle with depth of field (the combination of the aperture plus the focal length chosen on the lens (if it's a zoom lens, you don't have a choice on a prime lens) plus the distance you are from your subject -- back in my film days this was all committed to my brain and so I'm now forcing myself to dredge up the memories). As I photograph this and that on my deck, changing aperture and stepping close, then stepping back, Tippi is right there beside me through it all. So how can I resist taking her picture?
As you can see from her expression, she really does wish I would find some self-control and stop pointing the camera at her!
Not going to happen..........