December 30, 2008

Shooting

I've been shooting a lot latley, hopefully I will relaunch my web site within the next week!!

December 17, 2008

December 13, 2008

Vote

Hey If you have time, I'd really appreciate if you went over to jpg mag and voted for my photos! Thanks.


December 11, 2008

Christmas Songs & Cookies

Tonight I made brownie cookies again! We can't get enough around here. I played Christmas music and decorated our tree also. I love the specialness of the holidays.

December 8, 2008

Printing

I took Lena's class in Fort Green last week and made some fun stuff. These will be christmas gifts.



December 5, 2008

Fudge

Today I bought a jade plant for our apartment, had some grapes as a snack, and made my favorite fudge. It's a secret recipe, you can email me if you want it. Also cute shoes my boyfriend ordered online came today.


December 1, 2008

Birds at Home

After a nice long vacation in Upstate New York, it's nice to be home in Brooklyn again.

November 24, 2008

Post Card

Downloadable postcard: 'i scream for you!' designed by my boyfriend and I. Carte Postal. Print on thick stock. Trim marks included for 4"X6" card. Let me know if there are any problems.

November 20, 2008

Recipe Book

I've made a small cook book of the cupcake recipes to send to a close friend.

November 18, 2008

Yellow Cupcakes With Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until completely combines. Slowly add flour alternately with milk. At end of addition batter should be smooth. Divide between 2 pans.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a rack and cool completely before frosting.

For a 9 x 13 pan - Baked at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 38 minutes.
(Alternately line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes)

Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:
1 lb confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 - 4 tbs milk
Pinch of salt

Instructions:
Blend 1/3 of the sugar with the butter. Add the vanilla, 2 Tbs of milk, and the rest of the sugar to the mixture. Gradually stir in more milk until desired consistency is reached.

Yield: Frosting for a 9-inch two-layer cake, or very generously for a 9x13 sheet cake.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Follow recipe above, alternately adding 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled. Add more milk if needed.

Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
6 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
Pinch of salt

Blend butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix on high until creamy about 1 minute.

Yields: 3 Cups



Yellow Cake

November 14, 2008

November 13, 2008

Mornings

My mornings are pretty routine. A glass of O.J., a slice of toast, & the most amazing coffee we brought back from Spain this summer. A simple breakfast, now weekends are a whole nother story.

November 10, 2008

Post Cards

I'm sending my mom some blank postcards to draw on. I hope she enjoys them.

November 8, 2008

Clinton Hill Rainy Day

The farmers market was a bit empty today, probably because of the rain. It's a nice day to stay inside and cuddle up with warm drinks and good movies.



November 7, 2008

Fall

On my walk home from work yesterday, I found these leaves. New York City's fall is a little later than the rest of the state. I plan on doing something fun with them.

November 6, 2008

Cake

Today is the birthday of one of my very best friends. She lives across the country in Portland, OR. I miss her, and ever year I look at the photos I took of this Red Velvet Cake I made for her birthday a few years ago when she came to visit me in New York.

November 4, 2008

Brownie Cookies

Ingredients
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water, melt 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter. Stir until smooth. Set mixture aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat chocolate mixture and sugar on medium speed until well combined, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs, and mix until completely combined. Beat in vanilla. Add flour and salt, and beat until just incorporated. Stir in remaining 4 ounces semisweet chocolate.
Using an ice-cream scoop about 2 inches in diameter, scoop dough into balls and place about 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are set and centers are still a bit soft, 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer parchment and cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Makes 16.

I make these for my boyfriend often, he loves them.


Trading Photos

I just received two wonderful packages in the mail. Their contents are both very beautiful. Thank You Jen & Erin.


November 3, 2008

Shooting

After a long hiatus, I am beginning to shoot more, in preparation for a redesign and launch of my photo website. These are images I have been working with.



New Beginnings

This space online will serve as a sketchbook or collections of my ideas, words and projects.