Friday, January 27, 2012

Ice + Snow = Beauty

Hello, Friends! :)

It seems like it's been a long time since I last posted. Why? Well, I am officially half way through 8th grade and there's a lot that happens at the end of the quarter/half. Luckily, I have this beautiful day off from school to sit back and relax. :D

Now to some pictures!
 Let me just say this now... I'm in bokeh heaven. Sounds crazy, I know, but the depth of field in all of these photos truly astound me.
 I think this snow was one of the prettiest this year so far. Not like we've had a lot of snow, but it was really pretty.
 The ice stuck on all of the branches on the trees and it was beautiful.
 ^Probably my favorite picture! The snow and the ice on the pine tree makes for a good picture.
 I remember from last fall when I was sad that I couldn't take pictures of flowers anymore. Well, this is my new macro photography. Trees full of snow!
 As you can probably tell, I used about the same edit on all of these photos.
Snow can be truly amazingly beautiful, right?

How's the weather where you live? It's lightly snowing right now where I live. :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies {how we really make them}

 This is supposed to be a fun post, so even if you don't want to make the recipe, I added a lot of fun little things that we all obviously do. Oh and just a heads up, I added a lot of smiley faces and other funny faces. :D To start, turn on the radio and grab your ingredients.

  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips + maybe some more ;)
I forgot about the sugar...whoops! :P
 1. Mix margarine or butter, sugars, and egg.
2. Grab flour without making the hole worse... :P
3. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
It looks like a teaspoon, but it really is only 1/2 a teaspoon.
4. Stir in chocolate chips
5. Turn up the radio because your favorite song is on.
6. Grab a little bit of the cookie dough.
7. Eat it! {unless your parents advise you not to}
8. Grease your pan.
9. Put teaspoon full of cookie dough (or is it batter?) on your pan.
10. Put in oven
11. Set timer for 8-10 minutes (I realized that less time worked better...)
12. Start pan 2
13. Take cookies out of the oven, put pan 2 in the oven, set timer. 
14. Take cookies off of pan and put on a towel. 
15. Take out your camera and shoot some picture of these beautiful creations that you made. :)
 Ohing and ahing yet? Just you wait!

16. Finish the rest of the cookies. Change radio station... we can't listen to country the whole time! :P Turn off oven
17. Grab the milk out of the refrigerator
18. Check expiration date (we all do this, just admit it)
19. Now get a glass and pour your milk.
20. Grab the cookie with the most chocolate chips... and again, we all do this.
21. Take a bite
Look's amazing, right?
22. Take a sip of that cold milk of yours. And smile, because it's pure deliciousness!

Let me know if you tried the recipe! Recipe from "Betty Crocker's Cookbook" with a few revisions.

P.S. No photos are edited.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sister Session

 Last Saturday, my cousins came over and we had a photoshoot at the park! I absolutely love how the pictures turned out! They were awesome!

 Left: Rachel, Right: Becca. They are sisters.

 Haha, that's kinda awkward, but really cute.

 Oh my goodness! The leaf is in focus and Becca isn't! I love it!

 I love that picture!


 It was a really windy day, but absolutely beautiful!

 Those white specks? That would be snow!

 They both wore scarves with Columbia sweatshirts! :D

 And then my brother ruined the picture! Haha!

They took a few of me, but I was always looking weird.

 Sun flare!! The sun was awesome! Golden light!

We are all kids sometimes, right?

They are SO cute, aren't they!?!

I am very proud of that picture. I posted it on my photography blog. I love how my brother is in focus, but my cousin isn't. :)

I took a TON more, but those are a few that I edited and like.

Do you have a favorite? I like them all!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Day has Passed

Yesterday was the day.

The day I was{supposed} to be done reading the Bible.

Yes, I'm a little sad, because it's always fun to say you've read the Bible in one year.

But I've come to realize something.

It's not how long it takes you to read the Bible that matters. It's the fact that you are reading the Bible.

I may not be done reading the Bible, but I'm perfectly content with that.

Have you read the whole Bible?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Candy Cane Madness

Last weekend, I took a bunch of pictures of a candy cane and my Bible. It was really fun!

 Sorry for the photo dump! I really like how they turned out and I hope you do too!

Have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!