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eating disorder documentary

I watched this HBO documentary [Thin] quite some time ago and found it to be one of the most accurate portrayals of what life is like for someone with an eating disorder.  Director Lauren Greenfield and Director of Photography Amanda Micheli lived at The Renfrew Center for six months, exploring every aspect of the inpatients’ daily lives. Amazingly, I found the documentary in its entirety online (after watching the video below it should bring you to the next one in the 11-part series).

Thin (Part 1)

You can learn more about my history with an eating disorder by clicking HERE.

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a la carte items {the iphone case}

wrap around case

I’ll be introducing several new a la carte items available to photography clients who select either a print package or digital collection featured HERE.  I LOOOOOVE showcasing my own images in beautiful, fun & unique ways and am constantly on the lookout for the best ways to do so.  As you might know from your own shopping experiences, photo products can vary greatly in quality, color & price.  All three of those characteristics are important to me as both a consumer AND photographer, making it a goal to offer clients products that I enthusiastically stand behind.  There are a lot of cheap imitations out there and there is nothing worse than spending money on a professional photography session only to end up with images and/or products that fall short of looking so.

how the case comes together

That being said, for only $60/plus tax these customized iPhone cases knock it out of the park (they are available in styles tailored to the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch). Not only would this eye-catching case make for a very special gift, it would be the perfect way to remember a high school senior session.  Or as a contemporary “brag book” for mom.  For more information in booking a photography session, just click on the contact button at the top of the page and fill out the form.

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navigating your way around

In case you have only been viewing this site via a mobile device and perhaps missed some of the details not featured in that format, I thought I would share them in a blog post.  So you could have a visual.  First off, there are a ton of options for finding information.  In addition to several buttons at the top of the screen (Home, Portfolio, Links, Subscribe, Contact), there are many helpful links at the bottom as well.

search by category

Such as the ability to search by category.

monthly archives

Or sift through older posts.

monthly archives

You also have the option of searching for specific information with this button.

general search button

You will also find links to my five most recent blog posts and to my camera and other equipment that I use.

5 most recent posts

my main equipment

The icons featured at the top of this [bottom] section will take you to some of my favorite places to visit on the web.

other fun places to visit

Midway down, you will find links to help you find me Facebook and Pinterest. (You will also find a “slide-out tab” on the upper left side of the page with a tab marked “MORE INFO” – that’s how to find me on Twitter.)

social networking sites

You will find general information about photography sessions and pricing here.

other links mid page

You can even click on the link pictured below to subscribe to my blog feed, so you don’t miss out on any fun promotions or other news.

subscribe to receive updates

And if you are new to this blog and want to learn a little more about me and what I share here, click on the link pictured below.

first time visitor

Lastly, I am very excited about this latest feature…

printing recipe

Whenever I post recipes now, you can simply click on the “Print” button to get a properly formatted recipe to slide into your E-Mealz binder. How’s that for slick?

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love is in the air

recipe

In the form of yummy treats and Valentine’s Day decorations.

valentine

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are some gift ideas for your honey:

1. This sweet pair of mugs from Barnes & Noble:

love mugs

2. Valentine’s Day Barbie.

valentine

Did you even know there was such a thing?

3.  How about this heart-shaped tea cup and saucer set?

tea cups

4.  This Rhinestone Heart Journal caught my eye as well.

rhinestone journal

5.  This book entitled, “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.”

great dates book

Looking back through the list, I guess it’s really more what your honey could get you because pretty much only women read this blog.  And I’m quite sure your man will not want a Valentine’s Day Barbie.  In that case, you could make cookies.

COOOOOKIES

Jam Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • JAM FILLING (ingredients & recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with 2-1/4-inch cutter and place half of them on baking sheet, spaced well apart. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out the centers of the remaining cookies and remove, then place the cookie rings on the other baking sheet, spaced well apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then brush the cookie rings with beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the jam filling, place 4 Tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread the filling over the whole cookies and top with a small amount of warmed jam (you'll need about 5 Tbsp. of seedless raspberry jam to have enough for every cookie). Place the cookie rings on top and press gently together.
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