Of Fruit and Early Mornings – Friday October 24, 2008

This fruit thing has really taken off. I polished up this pitcher that Lois bought at my grandparents estate sale. No one seems to know where it came from. It has no significance as far as sentimental value but it really makes a statement of it’s own.

I stayed up pretty late last night doing some editing and finally decided to call it quits. Well, wouldn’t you know, I woke up extra early this morning and decided to get and do something useful. I immediately thought of apple muffins and then remembered that we had only 1 egg in the house. There goes Murphy’s Law again. The rare occasion that I have plenty of time to do some baking and we have 1 solitary egg in the house.

So I pulled out this recipe I got from my friend Sonya (who I believe might occasionally drop in here). It is a delicious Apple Streusel Muffin recipe. I had to cut the recipe in half, due to the lone egg. I got a total of 6 muffins out of it.

Since I had the inspiration last week to buy sausage (take that, Murphy!) so I made some sausage gravy served over hominy. Anyone else eat hominy? Love that stuff. Sometimes we toss it with crumbled fried sausage and the pour tomato gravy over it.

Anyway, does anyone want to come eat some fruit with me? We have plenty and the grapes are getting kind of ripe. I invited 2 of the high school girls over this evening in case they want to practise some still life shots for student convention next spring. Never too early to start. I believe one young lady got hers printed the day they left for convention.

And yeah, as to where these were taken, we have this 400 year old castle around here (best kept secret ever) and the walls are all cracked and stuff, and it’s got beautiful old furniture in it. And it was such beautiful spot that I had to go back and revisit it with fruit in tow. Kidding, kidding! In all actuality, these were taken somewhere in my house. See if you can figure out what piece of *furniture* the fruit is setting on!!

I have this flash, that is 20-25 years old, for my camera and this is the third camera I’ve used it on and it’s still working fine. I bounced it off the ceiling for nice indirect lighting. Love to bounce the flash. Great fun! (Okay, the geek is leaving now.)

The muffins:

Apple Streusel Muffins
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped apples

Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk eggs, butter and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and fold in apples. Fil muffin tins 3/4 full.

1/3 c. brown sugar
1 T. flour
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. cold butter

together for the streusel topping. Sprinkle it on top of the muffin batter. Bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and the drizzle with icing:

3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1/2 tsp. butter
1/8 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt

I love Pampered Chef’s chopper. It took me about 2 minutes to peel, core and chop 1 medium apple, which makes almost exactly 1 cup.


The batter is quite thick. Only stir it until it’s mixed together. This is before the streusel topping.


Fresh out of the oven:


Mix the icing ingredients together in a ziploc bag. Snip of a tiny bit of the corner and use it as a tip to drizzle it over the muffins.



Yup. They’re really good. Eat them warm and you don’t need anything else on them. But butter and homemade jam is really good too.

Oh yeah. And you might want to see my new fruit pictures. I must say I really, really like them. They’re edited out the wazoo but this is art.

11×14 crop:

Fruit C color 11x14 B

16×20 crop:

Fruit C color 16x20

20×40 crop (different shot):

Fruit D color 20x40

Chocolate version (somehow I think the color versions are much better):


fruit C 16x20

Okay, I goofed something up with the sizing so I’ll have to re-upload them later. Sorry about that!

Fonts – Thursday October 23, 2008

Okay, I am a font freak! Yeah, I know. Pathetic. I love shopping for fonts.

There is something so rewarding in finding the perfect font for the occasion. I’m also highly picky about what fonts should be used where. But don’t let that scare you. That’s just one person’s opinion.

Here’s a rule of thumb, though, for anyone using fonts. If you’re designing a card, brochure, bulletin or flyer, please keep the font use to a dull roar. One title font that can be as ornate as you want it, provided it fits the occasion. And then one text font for the main body. Use italics or bold if you want.


Of Men and Of Women – Wednesday October 22, 2008

Last week was a busy, busy week. It was not only a busy week but a full week. Sounds redundant, I know.  There were good-byes we didn’t want to say and they didn’t want to hear. Supper with old friends, wherein their was much female laughter and chatter, and chatter and laughter, to the puzzlement of some and the amusement of others (men, that is).

In honor of Pastors Appreciation, the youth group worked on one yard and started on another before the sun disappeared. It’s amazing how much work can get done when many hands are busy. I told them our yard isn’t landscaped yet but I didn’t hear any takers.

Heard a very good sermon on Sunday by Jason on Men and Women and being “created in God’s image”, all tied in with the glory of God and headship.

This week has been a little quieter, with two evenings at home already, the better to get rid of my cold. Tonight we are going out to eat for my dad’s 72nd birthday, and tomorrow evening supper out for a friends birthday.

I feel much better and even got creative last night. Tried something completely new for me. I decided to try something for an assignement and here’s what I got. I want to find some old crockery or old dishes and try some more later. Got Fruit?

fruit color



Canvas #1 – this layout is for a canvas. The white line shows approximately where the front of the picture will be. The outside part will be wrapped around the frame.

fruit canvas 2 to1  


Canvas #2

fruit canvas 2 to1 b


Tell me which you prefer of the color on the canvases. The first one had more of a tan background, the second a green. I can’t decide which one I like best.


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And this is for Ginny: If I drive past your house and honk my horn, and no one is there to hear it, did I really honk? Miss y’all bunches!!!

An Announcement or Two

So … occasionally someone asks if I sell my photos. I will gladly do so. I would love to eventually get a website up and going but I’m afraid that will not be a priority this year. So, here are the prices that I charge for the wall prints and canvases. If you have any questions, please send me a message.

Sale Prices  

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Also, I’ve started a different blog for my portrait photography. If you’d like a link to that, drop me a message.

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And …. we are very excited to have some long-distance family returning stateside after four years of service in Liberia. If you’d like to drop by and see my niece Vicki and  Kelly’s sites, these are probably the final ones from there. If you visit, please be kind and leave them a comment.

Wednesday October 8, 2008

Ahhh! Finally some fall weather. It feels great in the evenings, although the days are still kind of warm. Sunday a week ago Wendy and I took a picnic lunch down to Jekyll. The weather was perfecto and a worth-repeating event.

But alas I had forgotten to take my camera along so there are no new beach shots. I did do some local stuff since the golden rods and black-eyed susans are begging for some attention. So I succumbed.




bless the lord

black eyed susans2


taste and see

I entered the lot next to us. Entered would be the proper term since it it shoulder high in weeds and brush. Fine place for a snake to hide. There are cute little lavendar flowers that are on long, stemmy plants. They close up at night and reopen in the daylight.

open mouth

There were little creepy crawlies there as well but I think they are pretty harmless.

roller coaster

This one knew some 4Him songs.

roller coaster 2

roller coaster 3

This one was struggling with coordination.

roller coaster 4

When I left the field I discovered I had some “custom embroidery” on my skirt from the friendly and somewhat clingy weeds.


There are some wild grape vines nearby with deliciously sweet grapes on them. Guess the wild vines are good for something!



The cotton was screaming for attention too. Here’s a little science class for you. The cottom blooms open as white on the first day. The next day the are open as a pink flower. On the third day the are a reddish color. By the 5th to 7th days, the are drying up and falling off, making way for the boll to develop. Below you have a new flower, one that is dying, and a boll that is developing.

cotton bloom




These two were having a conversation.


Adios and have a blessed day!