The Holiday Season ~

I’m sure you are in the thick of the Holiday Season, just as most of us are this December. Fall disappeared in the blink of an eye and we now have snow in the mountains. I do love the change of seasons and can’t wait to get back up there and do a bit of snowshoeing. But I’m slowing down at the moment to enjoy the season. I’ve been working on a few projects and the above image is one of them. This idea has been in my head for far too long, so it was time to work it out into a photograph. This is a small structure made from recycled wood and old glass.  A bit of greenery was snugged up behind it with the tiny Christmas lights, a bird nest was tucked inside, and the steampunk bird perched on the vintage binoculars sits inside. I fussed with the lighting for a bit and added the snow in processing. All in all, it was an image that made me smile.

I wanted the bird to be the main focus so I chose the Lensbaby Sol45 to shoot with. It allows me that creative blur in the outer areas, helping to direct the focus on the colorful bird. This is a lens I turn to quite often.

A lovely surprise this season was to have my photography noticed by Williams Sonoma! If you happen to shop for Cannelé Molds in their on-line catalog, you will see my Cannelé photography. Have you ever eaten a Cannelé? They are a delightful tiny cake that fits in the palm of your hand. They have a crispy exterior with a wonderfully custard-soft interior. Cannelés originated in the Bordeaux region of France and eating a few of these in France is a memory I’ll not forget. They truly bake best in the tiny fluted copper molds ~ mine came from Mauviel via Williams Sonoma.

If you make these once, you will be making them again! The traditional recipe sounds a bit complicated, but just break it down in steps and all will go well. The reward of holding one of these tiny French delights and taking that first bite will be well worth the effort.

In other baking news, here’s an old family favorite ~ Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I’ve been baking these ever since my “bigs” were “little” and the adult kiddos still ask for them.

I have other news, but am sworn to secrecy at the moment, so it will need to wait. . .  In the meantime, I hope you have many powdered sugar days in December, I hope the season does not have you frantic, and I hope you can slow down to enjoy all those little moments that go rushing by.

One of my “hiccups” of the season is that my fairly new KitchenAid Mixer died. Seriously, it just quit. No beating, no kneading, no mixing, nothing. On the bright side, KitchenAid has been most helpful and a brand new replacement is on the way. When it arrives, I’ll just pack up the dead one in the new box and send it off to them with their pre-paid return label. They made it as less painless as possible, which I truly appreciate.

Hope to be back beating, kneading, and mixing soon!

Best of the season to you and yours.

Oh, just wanted to mention that our next workshop is open for registration! You can get the details here: Still Life Workshop


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