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Showing posts from April, 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 a…

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.

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. …