Friday, February 17, 2012

Millinery Style

Hats have always added pizazz to a woman's style but it has done much much more than that. A woman that wears a hat has an attitude, a swag about her. She has mystery and grace.

"Only women who are confident can pull off wearing a hat."
~Bette Bashwinger

"As soon as that hat touches your head, stand up straight, shoulders back, take a deep breathe and smile often and give an occasional wink, you will bring men to their knees."
~Bette Bashwinger

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sexy Red Velvet Sweets

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Then beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Onto a parchment lined sheet tray, drop batter using an ice cream scoop, forming 2-inch round circles.
Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
Spread the cream cheese frosting between 2 cooled cookies.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Click Click Boom

Photography has evolved a great deal since the days of film developing and disposable flashes. Today there is a gamete of photo apps and widgets to make your images unique and creative. Here are a few examples of some of my very favorite shots and the effects I used to enhance them.

The beautiful woman is my sister Nikki in 2007. The first picture is the original and was taken with a Fuji Digital camera. The image below was enhanced with Infinicam

This Mercury was taken with a Nikon D50, standard Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX lens. The first image is the original. The second image I used an app on my IPad called Photo Toaster.

This photo of bright green clump moss was taken in Hamburg Pennsylvania at Pinnacle Point along the Appalachian Trail. The image was capture with a HP Photosmart R927 digital camera. The first picture is the original and the one below was enhanced with a cool app called pixlr-o-matic.

Original image capture with an Iphone 3G when I was attending the 2011 New York Gift Show. Enhanced with PhotoShop app to crop and effects by Hipstamatic.