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photography workshops for 2015

The Everyday Photographer Workshop

I began offering the Everyday Photographer Workshop early last year to help beginner and amateur photographers understand how to use their cameras.  Not only do attendees receive personalized instruction for shooting in manual mode, they learn how to create powerful images and meaningful artwork for their home and loved ones.  The workshop covers all of the basics – lighting, aperture, composition, depth of field, ISO, lenses and other equipment, post-processing, and the concept of storytelling photography.

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It also includes breakfast treats, lunch, and some sort of dessert-in-jar.

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There’s also a workbook and other goodies to take home.:D

If you are interested in signing up for one of the 2015 workshops, a deposit of $50 will hold a spot with the remaining balance of due the week before.  You will find workshop dates and other details by clicking HERE.  If you have any questions, let me know!

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oatmeal triple chip cookies

It’s been all sunshine and rainbows over here these last few weeks.

NOT.

Between griping about my health issues (you can add ‘popcorn hull stuck to the back of my throat for more than a week’ to the list) and the start of school, everyday life has been sort of meh.  Then we received the sad news that one of my son’s friends had suffered an unexpected loss and my perspective changed.  Even while going through ick, we can be a blessing to others going through ick of their own.

A fact I am no stranger to [click HERE for details].

So we made cookies and a few other things to share.  To be a blessing.

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Exactly what was needed.  If you would like to whip up some of your own, it makes a rather large batch.  The recipe calls not only for dark chocolate, butterscotch & white chocolate chips but maple extract and pumpkin pie spice as well.  I wouldn’t make any substitutions.  They are the perfect fall cookie.  The printable recipe is below.

Oatmeal Triple Chip Cookies

Yield: 48-60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup each butterscotch, white & dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In mixer, combine butter and shortening (beat for 30 seconds on high).
  2. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Beat until combined.
  3. Beat in flour.
  4. Stir in oats and baking chips until combined.
  5. Refrigerate dough overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Drop dough (and slightly flatten) by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 8-9 minutes or until light brown.
  9. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transfering to wire racks to cool completely.
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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  Provisions by Food52 is my new favorite place to shop.  Check out these ADOOOOORABLE spiced sugar cubes:

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Perfect for a big bowl of oatmeal.  Or Mike’s Hot Honey:

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Spicy honey… sounds like heaven.  Or this Outdoor Net Food Cover:

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Perfect for picnics or graduation or covering pool snacks.

2.  When in Foam Coffee Stencils.

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Click HERE to find them at ModCloth.

3.  My favorite fingerless gloves for fall photo sessions:

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The open hand design makes adjusting my equipment super easy yet still gives me some warmth.  Click HERE for details.

4.  Already looking at calendars for the new year.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Click HERE to find them all.

5.  Ever have a problem that created another problem?  Mine started with a popcorn hull lodged in the back of my throat… which led to me consuming large amounts of salt water taffy to dislodge it.

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Now I can’t stop!  To make matters worse, the Taffy Shop has flavors such as Pumpkin Pie and Eggnog and Frosted Cupcake and Chili Mango and Candy Corn.  I need help.

Happy Friday!

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my movie list

I don’t even like to sit for very long so just the thought of laying low for several weeks after surgery is enough to drive me batty.  If I’m not doing laundry, working on pictures, or whipping up something in the kitchen what exactly will I do?

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And then it dawned on me:  I’ll watch movies!  The kind my family would never watch in a million years.  French films with subtitles.  Feel good flicks.  Documentaries.  Romantic comedies.

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Here’s my list so far:

The Fairy
Kings of Pastry
I Do
Populaire
The Names of Love
Heartbreaker
2 Days in Paris
An Affair to Remember
Potiche
Midnight in Paris
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Blue Like Jazz
Romantics Anonymous
Stories We Tell

Between Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and the library I was able to find ALL OF THEM!  Now I’m almost giddy at the though of hunkering down.:D

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summing things up {august}

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Our St. Cloud getaway.  Health issues.  Doctor appointments and surgery scheduled.  A very princess birthday party.  Munchkin sleepover and the Easy Bake Oven.

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Zucchini Bread.  PUMPKIN STUFF IS OUT!  Four senior sessions.  Cooking ahead for fall (i.e. freezer meals).  Purchased tickets to Paris!  Hired a photographer for family photos in Paris.  Movie Night with friends.  Band camp performance at St. John’s University.  Crafts Direct.  My last Princess/Superhero Session.  Hanging at the pool.  Visiting the new splash pad in town and running into this dear friend:

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Exciting future plans overshadowed by worry and fear.  Swept up in details, trying to work out details, feeling overwhelmed by details.

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Overall a distracted month.  Gonna practice some deep breathing here in September.

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