Monthly Archives: September 2012

It’s A Cupcakery!

I mentioned I was busy working on some freelance photography work about a month ago.  I had several projects in the works and this cupcakery was one of them.

It was such a pleasure to work with these fun-loving ladies and their unique cupcake designs.  They have sweet and savory flavor options and they’ve dubbed each cupcake with a name.

To read more about their story, go HERE. 

Food photography is such a passion of mine, and I am grateful for the chance to explore it.  Plus, food samplings after a shoot are always a nice bonus!

If you are local, Alter {Egos} Cupcakery will be hosting a booth at the Guthrie Green Sunday – September 30th – from 10am to 2pm.  They have promised a special treat to all their Facebook fans who stop by and see them.  So, like their page and show your support for this lovely local business!

Have a food project in the works and need a photographer?  Contact me HERE with any questions up your sleeve.

Mmmmm…you have no idea how hungry I am after 3 days of no solid food. :)

I’m 4 Teeth Lighter…

Well, I’m 4 teeth lighter these days.  Wednesday was the day of my wisdom teeth extraction, which has been the biggest cause for my absence the past couple of days.  Sorry about that.  I always have these well-meaning intentions, like blogging during surgery, that somehow never come to fruition.   I wonder why. :)

They had to move my surgery to a different day last minute, {something to do with all of my teeth sitting really close to nerves} which totally threw my plans for a loop.  Thank the Lord for really kind friends who pitched in to help, since Steven had a conference the day the surgery got moved to.

Meet Sarah…

My nurse for the day and designated driver…and personal photographer.  She was the best.  Seriously.  You always wonder if someone will still want to be friends with you once they’ve seen you at your worst.  And I’m relieved to report, she is still standing!

Leanne watched all of my kids for me {overnight!} and gave me a welcome break from the schooners and their antics…pre-surgery and post-surgery.   Thank you so much for all of your help, Leanne!

I’m assuming surgery was a success since my mouth is on fire and I can feel stitches in there.  I can’t talk hardly at all and I’m still partially numb {maybe that’s a good thing?!}.  I’m on day three and I can’t fathom eating anything I can’t just swallow quickly.  I’ve never slept so much in my life.  Seriously.  I’m not a huge fan of sleeping, but this.  This has kinda wiped me out.  Here’s some scenes around our house lately…

1./ jamba juice.  that’s all i can say is a good thing about getting this surgery done.  best excuse ever to splurge on some smoothies.

2./ house.  we’re going to be moving again here soon and just reminiscing about leaving this rental house we’ve come to love so much.

3./ notes.  i have not been able to talk, and the funny thing is, we’ve had some big decisions needing to be made in the past couple days since the surgery.  steven and i text and i write notes down on paper.  single most non-effective form of communication.  but in a pinch, it works!

4./ desk these days. usually i’m working on the computer: blog posts, photo editing, researching, etc.  but these days i’ve got pinterest, downtown abbey, and a note to my hubs going on at my desk.  it’s a welcome break.

5./ magazines.  i’ve had the dearest friends drop thoughtful things like soup, lip balm, magazines, and treats for the kids off at the house.  thank you, everyone for your offers of help!  we love you all!

6./ medicine.  my body is like clockwork.  i cannot go past a 4 hr stretch yet without pain medication.  i hate that.  but it hurts real bad y’all.

7./ my den.  since we’re moving, we moved the couch to our second living area, so i could rest on that couch, be near steven, and watch movies together on netflix.  it’s been really nice i tell you.

8./ natural.  trying to go the healthy route with this surgery and drink my nutrients.  emily brought me this berry smoothie and i’ve been sipping on it all morning.  that’s my breakfast!

9./ snuggles.  i had serious withdrawal when he spent the night at leanne’s.  keller is my bud.  my little shadow.  he’s gotten a little too rough on more than one occasion and unintentionally hit me right where my empty gums are.   that doesn’t feel pretty.  let me tell you.  but he’s just so darn cute. okay, maybe a little ornery.

i just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have offered to help our little family out this week.  you are all so appreciated and we love each and everyone of you!

be back later on today with another post, once my medicine kicks back in. :)

Pumpkin Yogurt Snack Cake

P+B Honey Recipe Swap @ Annapolis

It’s Tuesday!!!  Which means it’s recipe swap day.  I was so thrilled with the turnout last week and loved perusing through your blogs.  Keep em’ coming!

Here are the featured recipes from last week…

Click the titles to be directed to the recipe.  Thanks for linking up, Susanna and Jordan!

tabouli salad chocolate chip cookies

And today I’m sharing an autumn recipe.

You cannot ever go wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese.

Pumpkin Yogurt Snack Cake

Yield: 9 squares


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil {I’ve never even heard of that.  I used olive oil instead.}
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (regular or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×9 baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt and mix well.In a large bowl, whisk the grapeseed oil and sugar until combined. Add the eggs, yogurt, vanilla and pumpkin and mix until fully incorporated.

Add in the flour mixture and stir to incorporate the dry ingredients.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Source: Bake Your Day

And you should know we dolloped ours with whipped cream cheese.  And if I had had heavy whipping cream on hand, I would have made this to pour on top.  I’ll go ahead and add the recipe below for you…

Whipped Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream, or more depending on texture

In a bowl, whisk cream cheese vigorously until it smoothes out. Add in sugar, vanilla and cream one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. This glaze will be a bit thicker (almost like a thin frosting), so add more or less cream depending on your desired consistency.

Source: How Sweet It Is

Oh. my. gosh.

SO good.

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