Merry Muffins

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Recipe from King Arthur Flour Cookbook. ¬†You can find it here on their website, although the web directions very slightly. You can fill the muffin liner to the top, they don’t really spread.

I plopped the blueberries into each liner instead of mixing them into the batter, since my husband prefers chocolate chips to any fruit–so he gets special muffins. ūüėČ

The Streusel topping is in the cookbook as well. If I recall off the top of my head, it’s 1/2 cup flour, 6 tbs of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, 3tbs of soft butter, pinch of salt, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, all mixed together with your fingers.

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Pizza Perfection

baking, bread, cheese, cooking, food, Food Styling, Instagram, italian, photography, pizza, Uncategorized

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I was on Instagram the other day, when this delicious looking Pizza popped into my newsfeed. I knew what I was doing this weekend!

Luckily the recipe went up on Little Lady Little City on Friday. (Check it out here!)

I was intrigued by this recipe because it contained honey in the dough, as well as some seasonings that I never put into dough before. I used Raw Honey, and substituted one cup of White Flour for Whole Wheat. It cooked up beautifully. I used Spring Form Pans coated in Olive Oil to bake mine.

I used Organic Tomato Sauce doctored up with some Onions and Garlic Salt, as well as Green Peppers and Oregano and Basil on top. Mine were at 425-F for 25 minutes. Next time I might do a minute or so less. My oven is quirky to say the least. I think I’ll also add a little more salt next time, since all seasonings are to taste.

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Ready for the Oven

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Tada!

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Note the bottom of the Spring Form Pan. It makes it easy to Cut!
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Yummm. Hope over to Little Lady Little City to get the Recipe and make your own fresh Pizza!

Cupcakes-The party essential

baking, chocolate, Cupcakes, Decorating, food, Food Styling, natural light, Party, photography, Sweets

I offered to bring dessert to a party this weekend. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time to bake, so I put the cupcakes together on Monday, and then froze them until Friday night when I decorated them for a Saturday party.

I cheated. I used store bought cake-mix and icing. I also had a spastic moment, and set my oven to the wrong temperature. I caught it after a couple of minutes, but my cupcakes had already risen too quickly. I turned down the oven, and prayed they would taste okay. Turns out, making them rise too fast made for a fudgier (yes, that’s a word) cupcake. I’m no scientist, so I don’t know why exactly, but they tasted great, and everyone was raving about them.

I pulled out some piping tools and tried to get fancy with the decorating. When I started to run low on icing, I switched to sprinkles.

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P.s. I also have an AMAZING new Nikon D7100. I’m in Heaven. It was an incredibly generous gift that I am beyond thankful for!!

Homemade Pizza

baking, cheese, cooking, food, italian, photography, pizza

Dough Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water
1 Package ( 2 1/4 Teaspoons) of Active Dry Yeast
3 1/2 Cups of White Flour (Or bread flour if you have it)
2 tbsp of Olive OIl
2 teaspoons of Salt
1 teaspoon of Sugar

Instructions: In a large bowl of a heavy duty mixer (I use a Kitchen Aid) Add the warm water and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until dissolved. Using a dough hook, mix in Olive OIl, Flour, Salt, and Sugar. Mix until dough is smooth and elastic. Coat a bowl in olive oil, and roll the dough through it until coated. Cover with Plastic Wrap and let sit in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. (about 75 degreesF) I put it in my oven on warm. I waited about 1.5 hours, for it to rise. If you do this oven trick, let the dough cool before handling or it will be very sticky and hard to manage.

Putting the Pizza Together: I used 2 Springform Pans, coated lightly in Olive Oil, and spread the dough until it covered the bottom. Poke holes in the crust, and coat lightly in Olive Oil. Pop in the oven at 450 Degrees F for about 5-8 minutes. Just enough to lightly crisp the rust.
Spread Pizza Sauce in a thin layer on the Pizza Crust.
In a sauce pan, put half of a Chopped Tomato and small Red Onion in a little Olive Oil, and coat with Garlic Salt and Pepper.
Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, until onions slightly caramelize.
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Experimenting with Props

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I have some pretty dishes that I received as wedding gifts. I decided to pull some out to use as props for my pictures. This is what I came up with.

I put Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream in a Bowl, (The surprisingly didn’t care for the flavor…not as red velvety as Cold Stone’s Version) and then topped it with Strawberries and Pink Sugar. The Ice Cream Melted pretty quickly, so I focused on the berries for this experiment.

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Instagram

food, Food Styling, Instagram, photography, Social Media, Travel

I admit it. I’m “That guy” (well, girl) the one who takes pictures of their food and posts in on all social media for everyone to see.

Taking a photo with your iPhone is much more discreet than pulling out a DSLR to snap a quick picture of your food before you chow down in a public place.

Some of these photos take me back to a particularly fun time: Cappuccino in Italy with my husband on our honeymoon! Chocolate Chip Pancakes at The Stack after going to Mass on a Sunday morning. Those pancakes were quite the experience with fresh whipped cream…..mmmm. I need to go there again.

Being able to instantly share those kind of moments with all of your friends is fun. It’s like a modern day postcard saying, “Wish You Were Here!”

Chocolate & Sea Salt

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Cookie Pile

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Playing with Depth of Field

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I took these photos of some cookies I baked the other day. You can find the recipe on my other blog, here.

I’m happy with the first photo, the lighting is good. The other two are a little too grainy for my liking. I think my ISO was a little too high…But I like the Depth of field.

I like that I can find flaws in my pictures, because then I can find ways to improve them. I’ll be more aware of my settings the next time.

I want to experiment with more food styling for my next project. Check out this amazing Pinterest board of food styling. I had to follow it as soon as I found it.