Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mike and Vanessa's Wedding

I had a blast!  

Apparently I should be a wedding photographer in my spare time...

Congrats again De la Rosas!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A moment in the sun

Oh, how good it felt just to sit in the sun!  I had a moment to myself to dine al fresco and absorb the suns rays.  My skin welcomed them as a long lost friend.  
I had forgotten that I love to get my endorphins from Vitamin D.

It was lovely, and I plan on doing it again whenever I can.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Gingerbread Cupcakes and a moment of pause...

I can't even remember when I baked these.  That's how long it's been and how busy I've been.

I want to say somewhere in late January?  It's April.  OMG.


Life has been a whirlwind of working, moving, working, traveling, working . . .  you see the trend.

These cupcakes were a final ode to the holiday and winter season.  They were, in fact, delicious, though I can't fathom craving them now.  Oh well.  This would have been so much more appropriate in January . . .

Perhaps this is one of those perspective moments.

A chance to catch my breathe, a chance to restart, a chance to get back in touch with what is important.

Thank God for second chances.

Like these cupcakes.  I may have misread and therefore mis-measured the amount of baking soda for the recipe, therefore causing them to expand rapidly and spill over their baking pans and liners.  Yep, I did that.  Nothing a little glaze can't cover.  And I made up for it with the glaze.  Try a framboise butter glaze.  That's right, delicious and alcoholic.  And then some pink sanding sugar, which I affectionately call Barbie Sugar, on top, and ta-dah!

Okay, so you can kinda tell . . .

I'm not concerned.

So here's to being back in my own apartment after living out of a hotel room for most of this month!  And to Spring, and to rest!  *raises invisible cupcake*

*now wishes she had a cupcake*


  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

As for the glaze, I can't help you much.  Sometimes I just kinda wing it.


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 10 jumbo muffin tins with paper baking cups, and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. In a bowl, combine boiling water and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, ground spices, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light. Beat in the brown sugar until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, baking-soda mixture, and flour mixture. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of them comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cupcakes cool a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

     Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Compilation of Bird Nests

Before the leaves of Spring came I started noticing and photographing bird's nests.  They were exposed to the world from Winter's shedding of leaves.  They had a certain beauty to them.  Each intricacy was made with care to raise their young.  How special.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flowering Trees Pt. II

Dogwoods, Cherry Blossoms, and White Wisteria!!!

I'm in Production Week of La Dolorosa.  

Work all day, rehearse all night, sounds like a plan to me.