cupcakery!

Harnessing the creative power of my inner domestic feminine, I embarked on my maiden voyage in cupcakery.  What a blast!  I made an absolute mess, and it was awesome.  The cupcakes were pretty tasty (Martha Stewart’s “Chocolate Chip Cupcakes”), but had a fluffier, muffin-like texture due to the whipped egg whites in the batter.  The dark chocolate icing was very sweet and very delicious.  Good first attempt!

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Ben Durham, Conductor

I had the pleasure of photographing my friend, Ben, who is the Coordinator of Choral Activities at DeSales University (and the husband of one of my best friends, Megan).  Ben definitely had a James Bond flair during the shoot–the man’s got style, and the tux didn’t hurt–so I had a great time taking his photos!

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no. 33 – strawberry shortcakes

So in the interest of realizing my full potential as a woman, I’ve decided it’s time to make peace with baking.  I have traditionally been rather anti-baking, although I enjoy a delectable baked good as much as anyone else (and maybe more, if it’s a cupcake!).  I’m not fond of recipes when it comes to cooking because I like being free and creative, and often cookbooks just over-complicate it for me.  I don’t want to measure the salt and pepper I use to season the dish, for example.  But with baking, I think it’s going to be different.  The freedom comes in the precise amount of ingredients, and the creativity is more in the presentation or the substitution of ingredients, which I can get behind.

ANYWAY, here is baking adventure number one: Strawberry Shortcakes.  With the help and expertise of my dear friend Becca, we make some tasty cakes using a recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Bride and Groom Cookbook. (PS- I wish my kitchen wasn’t incredibly dark with yellow light.  oh well.)

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no. 32 – “Mmm…strawberries!”

If you are savvy enough to catch that quote, I applaud you (might help you if you read it in a British accent).  Anyway, here are some delectable strawberries from Fruitwood Orchards that I bought at the Princeton Farmer’s Market yesterday.

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no. 31 – stir fry!

 

My lunch: stir-fry with onions, mushrooms, snow peas, broccoli, and baby bok choy over warm cilantro rice.  Yes, please.

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no. 30 – wise young sage

 

I can’t believe it, but I’m actually growing something.  (Well, sunlight and water are…..I guess it’s the first time I’ve not prohibited something from growing.)  Isn’t it PURTY???

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no. 29 – home on the range

This was taken somewhere near Milltown, NJ.  I wanted to get some good shots of horses, but they were mostly inside or under faraway shade trees because of the heat.

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no. 28 – fresh press

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Yoga Man

First yoga photo shoot.  I absolutely love the art in yoga postures.  Let me know what you think, and feel free to pass on ideas for interesting angles or other asanas that might make interesting photographs.

(Dancer – Natarajasana)
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no. 27 – summertime at the o’leary’s

Like I said before, there’s always something interesting to photograph at Laura’s.

I love these so, so much.

Charlie!

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