My kitchen window herb kit has started to grow. I love tending to it everyday and watching the progress. I love these kits from The Simple Garden. I got mine at Crate & Barrel Outlet store. I love little things like this that add some simple cheery color.
December 16, 2011
December 12, 2011
I was sitting down at Panera bread on Friday night, having some soup, when I found a discarded current issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
I like a lot of BH&G's food images - lots of pretty, natural light in them, which I adore.
In the magazine is the most beautiful candy cane trifle.
I had bought a few boxes of candy canes earlier. It was meant to be. I used a box mix for the brownies, but I made fresh whipped cream. I will admit, I only made two. And I only had one bite. I can't have any ice cream due to diet restrictions. I was more interested really in photographing these beauties. I love the pop of holiday red with the white background and natural window light.
I am currently experimenting with using different types of scrims to diffuse bright sunlight. I taped some plain, white tissue paper to my windows for some of these photos. Inexpensive and it does the job. I think having white backdrop makes the color pop, and a little over-exposure gives them an airy look.
December 7, 2011
They are decadent and naughty, but so good. Ridiculously delicious.
I used the gingerbread cupcake recipe, along with the fluffy vanilla frosting recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book. The recipe makes enough to feed the freezer for a sweet treat at a later date.
The mini gingerbread men cookie cutouts need a lot of flour to cut out nicely - they are pretty delicate little babies.
Flour and powdered sugar has been flying through the air in the kitchen for the past couple days. I have made big gingerbread men, mini gingerbread men, and cupcakes. My kids had fun decorating and making them. Olivia always pulling up a chair to help and saying "me! me! me!" when I added measured spices to the mixing bowl.
We are having a beautiful sunny day today. It gets dark by 4:00 in the afternoon now, so I base my photography on a small early afternoon window now - and when the light is nice. I am getting to the point where I really am longing for a macro lens now - I want to improve my photography; it's the next step... time will tell on that.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Have you started your Christmas shopping or baking yet?
December 2, 2011
I walked into the front door after a moments run outdoors to the bare vegetable patch in my backyard. I was out there tossing the scraps from my veggie chopping - potato skins, carrot peels, onion skins, leek bottoms. I love feeding my soil - knowing that I am enriching it for planting in the spring.
The smell of fresh, simmering soup filled the kitchen.
I had been busy making a potato and leek soup that I read about in a Jamie Oliver cookbook.
I am in love with pureed soups. And leeks. And potatoes.
This one was a have-to-make. No question about it.
I love making a big pot of homemade soup. And knowing that I will get several days meals out of it. A little comfort for the weekend. Something fresh and natural. And something I know I can heat up in an instant and serve with some whole grain bread.
The potatoes make this soup very creamy, despite the fact it has no dairy in it. A stick to your ribs kind of soup. I am going to make this again and again. Here's hoping Santa brings me an immersion blender this X-mas.
I can't believe it is December now!
It's official - let the holiday baking begin!
P.S. You can find the recipe for this soup here.