Portraits II

A few shots from a portrait session with my friend Maggie. We had a hard time finding a place to shoot that had sufficient light (without shadows but also without direct sunlight) and provided a neutral background. Thankfully, with digital photos it’s easy to play around and try lots of different things. Here are some of our favourite shots from our photoshoot!

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Mini cake donuts: A baking adventure

My family knows that I am delighted by fun kitchen gadgets and baking ware. Years ago, my sister gifted me with a mini donut pan to bake donuts, and I recently re-discovered the fun of it!

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I hadn’t used the pan in years, but decided mini donuts would be the perfect thing to bring to a potluck I had been invited to. I found a recipe online for mini sour cream cake donuts that sounded easy enough. The recipe yield was 20 minis, which I figured would work well. I briefly considered doubling the recipe (THANK GOODNESS I DIDN’T), but decided that 20 would be enough. As I read the recipe I thought to myself: “That seems like too much flour for 20 donuts…”, but I shrugged it off. As I began making my dough, I thought again: “That’s a LOT of eggs for 20 mini donuts…” but I foolishly continued following the recipe (and the proportions) to the letter.

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By the time I portioned out the dough to the first pan, I realized the magnitude of my mistake… Each donut mould only requires about a tablespoon of dough, and I had a huge bowl to get through and only one 12-donut pan. Every round took about 9 minutes to bake in the oven, and 5 minutes to cool in the pan. I ended up baking for HOURS.

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I ended up with over 70 minis (minus the ones I ate as I went along). The good news was the donuts were delicious, and I was greatly amused decorating them in different ways. I’m also very glad I had a potluck to bring these to, because there is no way I could eat 70 of those on my own! Note to self: trust your baking instincts…

 

 

 

Belated birthday post

Happy birthday to me! I filled this day with some of my favourite things, reflected on the past year, and thought about the year ahead. I am grateful to be alive and excited about the possibilities that the upcoming year holds.

And… I can’t wait for an excuse to make these chocolate cupcakes with Baileys buttercream frosting again… they are sinfully good!

Cheers to being one year older and wiser.

Small delights

“A multitude of small delights constitutes happiness.” — Charles Baudelaire
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Some days, I like to buy myself flowers. For me, this is an expression of self-care: I like flowers. I like how they make my apartment feel feminine and bright. I like how I am greeted by their soft scent when I first walk in the door. I like how they remind me of the magnificence of nature. And I like that I buy them just for me and just because I enjoy having beauty in my life.
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Rain or Shine

As summer heats up, I have started a noble quest: to find the best ice cream in Vancouver. Here are some photos from a recent escapade to Rain or Shine.

There were two things that stood out for me about this place. One, they offer ice cream flights – 4 kid-sized scoops for $9! And two, they have a great selection of seasonal flavours.

We had Strawberry Jam Swirl (seasonal), Coffee Toffee, Malted Milk Chocolate with Honeycomb, and Cracked Mint. We were hard-pressed to pick a favourite… I guess we will have to go back!

Portraits

My favourite thing to photograph tends to be food and flowers – vibrant, static things that are easy to work with while I fumble around with camera settings and framing to get exactly the shot I want. But last month I was asked to shoot some portraits, and it turned out to be rather fun. Thank you to my lovely models for playing along and being patient with the process. These are some of my favourite shots from those sessions.

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