Thursday, April 23, 2015

photography | lilac blooms, part two

This morning, I enjoyed a cup of hot tea on the deck, smelling the lilacs and taking more photos!
They are still so beautiful. I wish they would last forever.

Oh, I just never get tired of these little beauties...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

photography | lilac blooms, part one

Lilacs are my favorite!! These are from my favorite lilac bush in my backyard.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

photography & thoughts | new life has come...

"But new life is only possible when the old life dies. There is always death before resurrection."
 //  quote by Emily P. Freeman, from her book, A Million Little Ways  //

I am currently reading A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman. I am only 32% through it on my kindle, but I can already say how good it is! The quote above came at such an appropriate time, as it is almost Easter, and I have been thinking a lot about Christ's death and resurrection. Also, lately I have been going through the SheReadsTruth Lent study, which has really helped me to focus my thoughts on Christ over the past 40+ days. The older I have gotten the more I have enjoyed Easter for what it truly represents. In Christ alone, Him taking our sin to the cross, we are washed clean. In Christ alone, His resurrection, we can know that we are free from death and sin.
In Christ alone, new life has come and there is hope!

fyi... I took these photos last week, when I took an afternoon trip to the zoo. I really enjoyed looking around for all the little bits of spring popping up. This is such a special and beautiful time of year!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

photography | march snow

These snowy shots were taken back in mid-March, thankfully not today!! That morning, I remember waking up to these big snow flakes covering all the tree branches and of course I had to go out for photos. I was really happy I did because the wind would blow the flakes off the branches and with the sunshine, it was really pretty! Now that April is here, the trees have little buds and baby leaves growing (YAY) but I figured I better post these snowy photos now, or else I wouldn't at all. Even though I definitely have "spring-fever", but I can still appreciate the beauty of snow!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

recipe | mint brownies

I made these brownies for my Bible study group tonight! Obviously, because chocolate and mint are perfect together and I thought they would be fitting for today, since it is Saint Patrick's Day!
I did sneak a little taste before packing them up for tonight and they are amazing!

Recipe: Mint Brownies

To make the Brownies...
1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)

3/4 cup White Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Andes Mints, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper. 
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add both sugars and mix. Remove from heat. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Then, mix in the flour,cocoa and salt, until well combined. Fold in the chopped Andes Mints. Pour mixture into baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes.

To make the Mint Frosting...
6 tablespoons Butter, softened
2 tablespoons Milk
3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
Green Food Coloring

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and half of the powered sugar until fluffy. Mix in the milk and peppermint extract. Then, add a cup of powdered sugar at a time, until the frosting is the right consistency. Finally, mix in drops of green food coloring until it is the desired shade of green.

Frost the brownies once they are completely cool.
Sprinkle the top with even more chopped Andes Mints.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

design | new prints in shop

I have been in the mood to design prints lately... So I have listed a few new designs in my shop! 
You have the option of an 8 x 10 print for $16 or a 11 x 14 download for $8.
I also have several of my photos listed and even some of my hand-knit items.

(FYI... The first two designs above actually have a white background, but for some reason blogger (or something I can't figure out) is making them gray. The last print actually does has a very light gray background, it is not white. If you know why it is doing this, I would love to know how to fix it... To see the most accurate colors of each design view each listing in my Etsy Shop.)

Monday, February 23, 2015

photography | snow days...

The last couple of days have been "snow days" where I live... everyone loves a snow day!
Days filled with reading, movies, baking, games and of course, playing in the snow... 
Today and yesterday have been all of that for me!

My dog is not a fan of water (she despises baths) so it has always been funny to me how much 
she loves to run around in the snow. As you can tell by the photos, she likes to eat snow and
get it on her nose... haha! I so love her cuteness and playfulness in these shots!

These next photos were actually taken yesterday, when the storm was at it's worst.
Church was cancelled and it was too cold and blowing snow to spend much time outside.
We only lasted about 5 minutes and my dog was far more interested in staying inside...