Tis the Finale

This season only. And though fall is not near its end. It is nearing the end of the beauty. Its starting to get colder. Drier. Gloomy without rain. Windy so the leaves are falling. But what gorgeous sunrises. I was stuck inside all week at work so no way to capture any of those. Maybe in the morning. Beautiful afternoons. Still warm enough to drive with the window down. And I love being able to bundle up under the covers at night. I sleep better. finale2I drive by this tree every day on my way home. I finally went back today and captured it with some sunflare. Not exactly how I saw it in the car, but it’ll still do. I went and grabbed my niece for a little walk around her block.

finale1It did have some lovely leaves up close.

finale4She even got some leaf crunching in, after I steered her away from the grasshopper she was playing with.

finale3On the way back to my brother’s newly acquired house, we passed this house. I would love to have this front yard/path. It is just lovely. I will have to remember to go check it out in the spring all colorful.

Nurture Photography/ Fall 2013


Photo Story Friday

Favorite Photo Friday


Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he?


I got Mr B this hat for Christmas, two years ago I think. He has worn it off and on. He forgets about things, even if they are his favorites. He has recently decided to name his hat Fluffy. If you recall he was also wearing this hat in the picture I used for Orange the other week. I also used a picture of him wearing Fluffy for my hat prompt for the Divas and Dreams Challenge.

bren n fluffyThe other day he came home from school. Someone kept pulling on the “horns” and had pulled one loose. Luckily his Nana can sew and fixed Fluffy up good as new.

Graveyard Cupcakes

My first paying cupcake job. Otherwise known as graveyard cupcakes.

I made funfetti cupcakes.funfetti

Then I frosted them.funfetti2I sprinkled them with dirt and stuck in these spooky plastic skeleton hands. funfetti3

Graveyard Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcake Ingredients  (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I use salted)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sprinkles (I used Halloween)

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In medium mixing bowl add the first 5 ingredients and stir together using low speed on mixer. Enough to get them nice and combined.
  4. With mixer on low, drop in butter, a few cubes at a time continuing until all butter is in and mixer resembles coarse sand.
  5. Add eggs one at a time on low speed.
  6. With mixer still on low slowly pour in milk and vanilla. Turn mixer to medium and beat for 2 minutes until batter is smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Fold in sprinkles by hand. Careful need to make them bleed into batter too much.
  8. Fill liners 2/3 full (about 1/4 cup batter) and bake for 15-20 minutes until centers are set and toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature (I used salted)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if desired)

How to Make

  1. In a medium mixing bowl,  whip butter on medium high speed until nearly white and very fluffy, about 7 – 8 minutes, frequently scrapping down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add in powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until blended.
  3. Increase speed to medium and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 – 6 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Spread over cooled cupcakes (I colored mine purple first).

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Graveyard Topping

I didn’t have Oreos in the house so instead of going to buy some I crushed up some Brownie Brittle. I then heavily sprinkled this eatable dirt over the freshly frosted cupcakes and stuck a plastic skeleton hand (washed in hot water first) in each cupcake. graveyard

Half went to the soccer party with the Mummy Cake pops and half were added to other cupcakes for my nephew’s birthday.


Nurture Photography: Brown

brown6There is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!

- Percy Bysshe Shelleybrown1Down along by the river there is an area they call an Open Air Space. There is a giant duck pond, complete with these lookout spots. Lots of trees and grasses. Some swings, ditches, bridges and even some buildings. I love to go there this autumnal time of year and take lots of pictures. It never gets old. Blue skies and mountains in the background. Yellow trees. Brown is never hard to find in these here parts of New Mexico but it doesn’t always look as good as it does in the fall.  brown5

brown3Brown buildings are in abundance. Being as stucco (or adobe) is a staple out here.

brown4I was trying out Kristi’s leading lines. Maybe the tree is too yellow but the telephone pole is brown.

brown2boardautumn photo challenge,   Friday Photo Journal    Photog Show and Tell

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11/3

Dress Up

dress upMoe wanted to be Loki more than anything. And daddy had to be Thor. My sister-in-law did a pretty good job. Just look at those horns.


candyI had made cupcakes bake in September for Mr B’s soccer game for his birthday. The game was cancelled. So I froze the cupcakes and made these mummy cake balls, using a candy corn buttercream I had made.




spooky5My parents’ neighbor always sets up a spooky courtyard on Halloween. Complete with mummies, dummies and him hiding amongst these creatures. Many a scream has been heard from this porch, not knowing there is a living man amongst the dummies waiting to scare everyone. This was a new addition to his decorating.


orange2They had Moe’s birthday party a week early. Mr B had decided he loves this hat. But even more is the orange nose disguise. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this picture upload on the computer.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

October Photo Heart Connection

oct photo heart

This picture is so reflective of the boy Mr B is. He’s 10 now. With the attitude of a teenager. Boy am I in trouble. Every once in awhile he will stop and let me take his photo still. Although, I think he was sitting on this train and I took his picture anyway. So calm and quiet. The boy I love with all his craziness.

Nurture Photography: Purple/Spooky


Kim Klassen Mosaic Template - TapedTrue story. My sister-in-law doesn’t consider herself to be creative. Mee’s costume is cute. You should’ve seen my nephew’s.

purple spooky
purpleWhat’s Halloween without your black dog walking around with a purple witch toy?

purple cupcakes


spookyMore about these cupcakes later.


autumn photo challenge,

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Monday was a bad day. I stuck out the whole day at work because I had to but by the time I got home I had a migraine that sent me to bed. I was in no mood by Tuesday either to finish my Scavenger Hunt. But I wanted to finish it no matter so here I am at least posting the prompts. :)

ChangechangeMy failed cupcakes from when I was going to take them to Mr B’s soccer game for his birthday. The game was cancelled so I froze the still eatable cakes and made them into the mummy cakepops.

Your Mood Todaymood todayCalling my weird “soul mate”



Depth of Fielddepth of field

Nurture Photography: Red/Snapshot

red 2The lands are lit with all the autumn blaze of golden-rod, and everywhere the purple asters nod and bend and wave and flit. Helen Hunt


red 1


I love this gate. I have taken many pictures of it. My perspective of it changes each season. Each year. But I never stop loving its look.

red storyCan you guess the red backdrop?

autumn photo challenge,

The Hummingbird Express

The Hummingbird Express

One colorful mailbox


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