Thursday, December 31, 2009

it's about spirit

Found a great video that the director shared w/ me from his submission to the Nikon Festival (Your Day in 140 Seconds or Less)

The theme of the video is about the inspiration that can be found even in ordinary circumstances and that in giving back / sharing to the world - magic is created.
via David

All I can say is this guy's got vision! I love the shots & the visuals he has created. Check it!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

font o' the day

It's called pee pants script! ha! (Very Napoleon Dynamite-esque)

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

carmel/pecan chocolate dessert


1 package (1 lb 3.8 oz) Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
20 caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
1 egg, beaten
1 cup broken pecans
3/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
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1. Heat oven to 350°F (if using dark or nonstick pan, heat oven to 325°). Grease bottom and side of 10-inch springform pan with shortening. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, water, oil and 2 eggs until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in pan.
2. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until puffed in center and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream and the caramels over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Stir small amount of the hot mixture into beaten egg, then stir egg back into mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in pecans. Spread over brownie. Refrigerate uncovered at least 3 hours until chilled.
4. Run metal spatula around side of pan to loosen dessert; remove side of pan. Transfer dessert on pan base to serving plate. In chilled small bowl, beat 3/4 cup whipping cream and the powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon whipped cream in 12 dollops around edge of dessert. Cut into wedges to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Stir 3 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour into dry brownie mix. Use 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup oil and 2 eggs. Bake 45 to 55 minutes.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

christmas/birthday wishlist

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photo inspiration

I'm getting ready to shoot my brother's band ( in a few weeks, (well, hopefully, if I can get them all together at once!) Here are some images I'm looking at for inspiration in photographing the whole crew!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

intermix finds

be sure to use the $50 Off Promo Code ( 50GIFT ) which can be used to purchase ANYTHING on their site!

grapevine pom scarf from intermix: $48

empire crystal bustier dress from intermix:

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009




1.5 cups of crushed iced

2-1 ounce shots of espresso *read below using coffee as a substitute

3/4 cup of milk

3 tbl. of sugar (more or less depending on preference)

*optional whipped cream in a can or freshly made and chocolate syrup

*If you don’t have an espresso machine, use 3/4 cup of double strength (strong) coffee mixed with 1/2 cup of milk and increased crushed iced amount by 1/4 cup.


Blend all the ingredients except the whipped cream in a blender for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and top off with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate syrup. Best served with a straw. Enjoy!

*Prepare everything the same as a regular Frappuccino (recipe above) except reduce sugar to 2 tbl. and add 2 tbl. of chocolate syrup. Enjoy!

**Other Variations**
*Use splenda, flavored coffee syrups, or flavored coffee creamers for a portion of the milk. For a richer beverage, use half and half, or heavy cream for a portion of the milk.


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

baked crab cakes w/ cucumber/taragon emulsion

Baked Crab Cakes
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Freshly Chopped Parsley
1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Egg
1 Pound Fresh Lump Blue Crab
1.Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F. Grease a baking sheet or line with foil.
2.Combine bread crumbs, baking powder, parsley, mustard powder, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning; set aside.
3.Stir together mayonnaise, butter, Worcestershire Sauce and egg until smooth.
4.Gently fold in crab meat, then gently fold in bread crumb mixture until well blended.
5.Shape mixture into 12 loose, heaping crab cakes and place onto prepared baking sheet.
6.Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes per side until golden brown.

Cucumber & Tarragon Sauce:
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, use leaves only, discard stems.
2 tbs. fruity olive oil (Spanish, Greek and Turkish Olive Oil)
1/2 c. cucumber water:
•1 English Cucumber, skin on, 1/2 tsp. salt, & Juice of one half lime
•Rough chop cucumber.
•Place in food processor with salt and lime juice.
•Pulse till cucumber bits are the size of rice grains
•Pour pulsed cucumber into a fine strainer positioned over a bowl. Let drain in
refrigerator 3-5 minutes.
•Retain strained water
--Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix till an emulsion forms
(Note: In a blender this will happen in a few seconds; in a processor it might take a few

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

personalized stationary DIY

make your own stationery

What could be more personal than creating custom stationery for a special friend? By choosing specific paper colors, embellishments, and adding their name you are honoring their personality and creating a one-of-a-kind gift. A stationery set can be as simple as a collection of note cards and envelopes, but by adding other letter writing components like labels and pens, or personalizing the stationery with rubber stamps, you create something truly unique.

To take it over the top include a custom return address embosser plate – an easy and elegant way to add a return address to envelopes. Finally, be creative in your presentation – put all of your stationery items into an adorable suitcase, or organize them inside a linen folio.

Here are some things you might need:
Flat cards & folded cards
8.5″ x 11″ text paper
Return address embosser plate
Rubber stamps – try alphabet rubber stamps to add a name or monogram

Paper Source colors: chartreuse & pool

via the Paper Source blog

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Monday, October 19, 2009

etsy finds

some fab handmade finds from
cashmere cape
Also, check out the Custom Portraits By EmmieBean
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy, and celebration. the hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is the sweetest creation

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Friday, October 09, 2009

check it: my etsy shop!!!!

sierra PRINT: Custom Printing & Design, specializing in Wedding and Event Invitations and Collateral

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

urban art Berlin-style

El Bocho - urban street artist from Berlin, Germany

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check it: the Avett Bros.

If you don't know the Avett Bros., get to know them!!!!

Check the hootenanny section at the end, a kind of total freakout, in a good way!

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

poolside dessert table

I adore this Hamptons birthday dessert table form Amy Atlas (whose blog I recently discovered & absolutely luv!)

See more here

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