Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Baby Shower for Carol

Today I attended a baby shower for one of my relatives.  She is having a girl, so everything was pink, pink, pink!  She is due next month and seemed very excited to become a mom.  The first thing all the ladies did was eat!  The table of food was filled with finger sandwiches, pasta, shrimp tapanade, cookies with pink icing, various mini cupcakes, pink Hershey Kisses and shot glasses filled with whipped cream and fruit. 

After having some finger foods and getting a slight sugar rush from the cupcakes, we played two games.  For the first one, they passed around a jar of Q-tips and each guest had to guess how many were in the jar.  I was only off by 75!  For the second game, someone walked around with a tray of fifteen different baby items such as shampoo, teething rings, washcloths and so on.  Then we had to memorize everything we saw and write them down.  I did terrible and only remembered a few things. 

Then the mommy-to be unwrapped all her presents.  She passed around each item and we all oohed and awed over all the precious girl outfits and the super soft blankets.  Then it was time for everyone to head home. 

We wish Carol and her family well as they will soon welcome their daughter into the world. 

A Senior Portrait Session- Lane

A couple weekends ago, on a sunny Sunday in April, I did some Senior Portraits.  I had been watching the weather forecast all week and the Sunday I was planning on taking the pictures said nothing but rain and thunder.   So imagine how happy I was to wake up to a bedroom filled with sunlight.  It turned out to be a beautiful, spring day and the portraits turned out well.  I shoot mainly on location and rely on the natural light to carry me through a shoot.  Check out the Senior Session of Lane below. 


Check out my website to see more Senior portraits.  If you are a Senior or know someone needing Senior pictures taken, see my contact info.  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Nutella Blondies

These blondies are amazing.  If you like Nutella, chocolate chips and brownies then you'll love the taste of these.  The recipe I used called for a 9x13 pan and I used a 9x9.  So guess what?  My Nutella Blondies turned out extra thick and gooey.  Imagine a cake size brownie with a super crackly top, then a soft, moist and chocolatey center, almost like a souffle.  The difference between blondies and brownies is blondies use brown sugar and usually chocolate chips and brownies us cocoa powder for that rich dark flavor.  This was my first time baking blondies and I've always wondered what made them different. 

Nutella Blondies


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy and creamy. Beat in the vanilla and eggs. Add in the Nutella.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth the top.
5. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  The original recipe said to bake for 40 minutes but since my blondies were in a smaller pan and therefore thicker, I added about ten minutes to the total baking time.  Let cool and cut into squares to serve.  I found this recipe on the blog, Kirbie's Cravings.

Nothing beats a warm, gooey blondie with Nutella, especially with a glass of milk and if you're feeling wild, a touch of ice cream.