31 Days of posting: 2014

I happened upon the Nesters 31 Days : a writing challenge, for October. I think I saw it on Feedly. Can’t believe I have never heard of it, she has over 1000 people join her. Anyone that reads my blog knows I am about finding fun and happiness thru the lens. Even if I create what I am taking the picture of. I decided to join this challenge and post every day in the month of October. Maybe I will even get a new picture taken every day to write about.

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Of course since I am posting pictures and words, I don’t know what I will post until that day, so I will be adding my links as I go. Come back again soon :)

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Day 31: Halloween and 64 Shades of Color: Blue Violet

Scavenger Hunt Sunday and a reminder


Keykey

Or no key. Or locked without a key to get in. Who’s got the key?

Triangletriangle2

Triangles are abundant in this one. The bottom of the umbrellas. The tops of the blades of grass. The peacock’s (or peahen) beak and her crown. Did you know they are part of the pheasant family? You can’t really tell by looking at a colorful male, but looks like it here. She was also playing hide and seek or something.

Favorite Wordserendipity

My favorite word is Serendipity. I love what it represents. How it sounds even. Happy accidents. This girl wore that beach hat so well that I couldn’t help but take her picture. That I caught her lovely smile was pure accident.

Celebrationprincess

I gave myself a 40 by 40 list to photograph before my birthday which is fast approaching. The reason we went to the Bio Parks yesterday was to work on this list which I still have like 1/2 of. Shame on me. Little Princess is on my list and when I saw this girl turn back at me I had to take a shot. I am going to say she was celebrating her birthday.

Bestbest2

This is by far the best shot of a flamingo I have ever gotten. I took my son, niece and nephew to our botanical gardens and zoo yesterday. Mr B said it was “the best day ever”. He says that a lot though, even at 11.

08 31 14_0854_edited-1The party starts on Friday!!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


Windowgrunge building

Squaresquare

On a square bowl. I made these cupcakes again, with some alterations and they came out better. Awesomely. Stay tuned for the revised recipe.

Picture-in-Picturereflections

See the building from across the street inside this building?

Curvebrendan2

I made this one black and white also, just to take the noise out. Look at the curve of his eyebrow. His eyes. His mouth. His hair even.

Patternpatterns

The clouds forming a pattern around the water tower, making it look like the clouds are coming out of it.

A Grungy Summer

I use grungy in the prettiest tense it can be expressed. More like grunge rock. Very awesomely run-down. In disrepair but with wonderful color still there.

abiquiRusty picnic cover. Abiqui Lake

rustic firetruckRustic Americana at its finest. If you look closely you can even read that it was from the Regina (NM) fire department.

yards shoppingShopping at The Yards, one cleaned up section of the dilapidated Barelas Railyards. It would be great to see them expand to other buildings like the old cotton mills did in South Carolina. I guess the part that was cleaned up was the former blacksmith shop where they fixed trains in the early 1900s.

barelasAn outside shot of one of the Barelas Railyard buildings. I loved the grungy colors of the structures.

grunge buildingAnother weary old building outside of the rail yards.

gmc2I’ve shared another view of this rusty GMC, but I notice that the colors of my grungy summer almost are all brown and teal/turquoise.

dead log bridgeThough the bridge looks like a rusty fixture, it is the downed tree and the weathered picnic table that had me add this photo.

I have found I like the rusty, old, weathered, grungy, antique, rustic and ancientness of this country. I know I had more photos I could have shared but this was my colorful summer. I am excited for fall and all the different colors it brings. Don’t forget, 64 Shades of Color coming Oct 3.

Little Surprises

I love when you load your pictures on the computer and you find little surprises that you didn’t see when taking the picture.

smoke stack

Don’t the clouds totally look they are coming out of that water tower? (Would have been really cool had they looked like they were coming out of the smoke stack.) And the mountains are abnormally green this year. They said today that New Mexico and Arizona are getting more rain from the tropical storms than any other state. Really good for us, as farmers were hurting around these parts.

64 Shades of Color

A party to color your world.

A crayon chosen each week.

Tell your friends and join along anytime you like.

If anyone knows how to make sharing buttons for WordPress, I could really use some help. Thanks.

Party starts on Oct 3, so I will be posting the first color soon.

Stay tuned…crayons

Also, see my new “vintage” follow along buttons in my right sidebar? Does anyone know how to make those into a horizontal bar instead of vertical like that?

I partied at:

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss
Simply Gloria

S’mores Pudding in a Jar

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I like the play of the light in this picture. Birthday boy and his “cake”.

Every once in a while I get extremely creative. Yesterday, after two soccer games and then lunch with the fam (these are never short excursions), I made my son’s “cake” for his little party. He doesn’t like cake or anything really. Other than Golden Oreos and Baskin Robbins soft serve vanilla ice cream. So for the last three years he has gotten a monkey bread cake. He does love his cinnamon and sugar. After making the cake, I proceeded to make homemade Marshmallow Fluff. Oh boy, it was a huge batch. I really didn’t need all of it. So half went in the freezer. Then I made chocolate pudding, sorry folks, it was out of a box. Put together these pudding cups and jars. Put together the treat bags and realized it was already past time for the sleep over to have begun and the only boy here was the one that came early. They had loads of fun anyway. They slept outside in a tent, and played until well after dark. Being boys.

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S’mores Pudding in a Jar (or cup)

You will need:

  • Marshmallow Fluff (I made homemade)
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding (I used the bigger box but it depends on how many you want to serve)
  • Milk
  • Golden Grahams cereal (or other graham cracker goodness) Update: unless you are going to eat these right away, I don’t recommend the cereal. It got really soggy. I will stick to Biscoff cookies
  • Milk chocolate to shave or chop (mini MnMs would work too)
  • Small jars (I used 4 bowls as well because I didn’t have enough jars here, the rest are in storage)

Marshmallow Fluff ingredients  (makes probably 30oz)

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, to taste
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla extract, to taste, or other flavoring

Recipe adapted from Bombshell Bling

Now this is the recipe I ultimately used but not exactly. I started off using a different recipe so I actually whisked the egg whites first, then added 2 Tbsp of sugar and beat again until peaks formed. Then I started following the recipe above. I only added in 2 cups of powdered sugar and no vanilla. And the stuff was excellent and a little less sweet than store bought.

How to Make (the way I did it)

  1. Whisk egg whites in a large bowl, on high, until light and frothy
  2. Slowly add in 2 Tbsp sugar and continue whisking on high until small peaks form
  3. Add in corn syrup and salt and whisk for another 7 minutes, on high. Mixture will become large and fluffy
  4. Add in the powdered sugar, 2 cups at first, on low and mix until just blended. Taste. Add more powdered sugar to preference.
  5. At this point you can also add Vanilla, or any other flavoring, but I didn’t, knowing I was layering it with pudding.marshmallow fluff_edited-1
  • Set marshmallow fluff aside (I filled up a jar with some first, knowing I would need it next weekend to make the Rocky Road Cupcakes for my niece).
  • Make chocolate pudding according to box. I also used the whisk attachment on the mixture, on low, because it hurts my arm too much to do it by hand. Set pudding aside.
  • Crush Golden Grahams into large chunks and fill the bottom of the jars. (I also like to use Biscoff cookies.)cereal
  • Layer pudding on top of the cerealpudding
  • Layer Marshmallow Fluff on top of the pudding
  • Layer all three again
  • Top with chocolate shavings and whole cereal
  • Chill. Serve. Enjoy. If you used jars these will keep in the fridge for about 5 dayssmores cups
  • I partied here: Whipperberry and Crafaholics Anonymous

Just Peachy

peaches

I love when a shot comes out perfect SOC. They look so good too. I have been inspired. I had so much fun following along with the crayon box color themes a few years ago that I am going to host my own color party. 52 Weeks of Color. Stay tuned. Party coming soon. Get ready to color your world.

Some Green Chucks

I could have sworn that the nickname for Converse was Chucks. Am I wrong? Every time I use that term everyone asks me what I am talking about.

When I saw this image pinned on Pinterest One Step at a Time Wall DecorI knew I wanted to try and replicate it. I had a 20×20 canvas sitting around, so there was no need to buy wood. With 4 different paint colors, I painted a wood effect on the canvas. wood painted

I then traced a pair of my dad’s shoes in the corner. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get them as big as the inspiration anyway. I knew I wanted the shoes a shade of green. The painting was for my son’s new bedroom, and I had already incorporated bright green into his blues in his old room. I painted the shoes and the soles and for the longest time left it unfinished because I didn’t know how to do the shoes laces. Finally it dawned on me to get puffy paint and found a “writer” that had the perfect tip. I just had to go over it twice to get them to be thicker laces. Then I used a silver pen to trace on the eyelets. green shoes

Mr B had wanted the shoes to be purple, so I decided to paint in the letters purple.finsihed shoe painting

I kid you not. One day Mr B comes home, after I painted the shoes but before I finished the whole thing, wearing green Chucks that Nana had just bought him. Not doing it because they matched but because they were on sale.bs green shoes

Once again, all these photos were taken with my iPhone. Not as good as I would have liked them to be.

Rocky Road Cupcakes

I was wanting to bake something. I have been in my parents’ house longer than planned (again). My friend at work was feeling blah and he once told me his favorite dessert is Rocky Road Ice Cream. Got me to thinking. Now I can’t believe I didn’t take pictures. I don’t know what I was thinking. For some reason I did take a few snaps with my phone so please excuse their quality. But I decided I would share the deliciousness of this cupcakes anyway.

Rocky Road Cupcakeschopped almonds

Cupcake Ingredients (adapted from Cookies and Cups):

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream (I used Lite)
1/2 cup hot water
I didn’t measure here but I would say about 1/3 cup chopped almonds and 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, instead of both I chopped up chocolate covered almonds and used about 3/4 cup

Marshmallow Buttercream Icing (adapted from Shaken Together):

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
One 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions for the Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Put cupcake liners in mini cupcake pans
3. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
4. Cream butter and sugar together in stand mixer (I actually did this with a hand mixer being as my stand mixer is in storage), beating until light, 1-2 minutes. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
5. In microwave or over a double boiler melt the milk chocolate.
6. Stir the chocolate into the butter mixture.
7. Add the flour mixture and sour cream in alternating increments, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
8. Stir until combined.
9. Slowly add in hot water and stir until smooth.
10. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 8-10 minutes until tops are set and spring back to the touch.
11. Cool completely on a wire rack.

I put 3 mini marshmallows on the top of each cupcake in the first pan. I don’t recommend doing this, they stuck to the pan and didn’t come out too pretty.rocky road cc

Make icing:
1. With mixer, cream butter and sugar.
2. Stir in marshmallow fluff and vanilla by hand until smooth and creamy.
3. Place in piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. (I always put the bag in a tall glass and then fill. This keeps the tops of the bag clean.)
4. Sprinkle tops with some more crushed almonds.

This icing was VERY good, I would make it again, and it looked nice and fluffy. But once I piped it onto the cupcakes nice and pretty, it ran off. So I ended up just spoon scooping it onto each mini cupcake.rrcc

As always, I took these to work, don’t want to eat them all. They were a hit. I will have to try to perfect that Marshmallow Buttercream though. Yummy. (And take more pictures next time.)

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