Archive for February, 2012

Pipe Dream #89: To Not Go Back To High School

I like taking group shots. They are so fun to play with because you are dealing with more than one person. You can create a lot of interest. Example, one person jumping, kinda weird. Four people jumping, cool.

One thing I especially love about group shots: it is easier for me to capture a feeling of movement because you are working with people who are trying to relate with the people around them as well as the photographer. Candid group shots are precious.

Group shots are also really indicative of the relationship between the people in them. Body language is often more natural because the subjects are posing in relation to each other. Ha. Actually, not always true. If I was really on top of things, I would scan in and post a photo from my high school dance. Most awkward pose with a boy ever. We were so awkard that when the photographer (his mind obviously lacking inspiration after years of posing unfortunate high schoolers in obnoxious dresses and duct tape suits) told my date to put his hands around my waist, we just kind of stood there with my fists resting on top of his fists. Fists. For heaven’s sake. Anyway, maybe you had to be there.

Some people think that high school was the best time of their life. I don’t,


I Got It Right: Peppermint Patties

York Peppermint Patties. They sound English, but I have yet to see one here yet. They are also one of my favorite candies. I’m a sucker for peppermint and frosting if you couldn’t tell.


These were so good that though I had planned to leave them for the staff here, I ended up taking all 30 of them back to my room to “share.” Don’t worry, I did share them. But I didn’t want to very much.

And the sick part of these is, they are so easy that I have to actively stop myself from making them on a weekly basis.

Have fun without me,


Bonus picture:

Homemade Peppermint Candies

Adapted from savorysweetlife

1 can sweetened condensed milk

5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon peppermint extract

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

3 tablespoons shortening

Add condensed milk, two cups of powdered sugar, and peppermint extract to a large mixing bowl. Mix everything on medium speed using the paddle attachment until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is stiff but still pliable.

Roll 3/4″ balls of dough between the palms of the hands.

Press each ball down slowly and set the flattened disk on a flat cutting board or plate. Transfer peppermint disks to the freezer for no longer than 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, temper the chocolate coating.

Place chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, making sure to stir after each time until chocolate is smooth. Stir in shortening to thin the chocolate. Remove patties from the freezer.

Place a patty on the tines of the fork and dip in the chocolate until completely covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting each one on top of wax or parchment paper.

Allow the chocolate coated peppermint patties to completely set up. This can be done quicker by placing the patties in the refrigerator. The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch. Enjoy!

Favorite Shots: My Lip Gloss Is Poppin’

I like this song. I can’t help it. Once, I even got a drunk text about it. So obviously, it holds a dear place in my heart. These shots remind me of it. And they also remind me of the days when I had a point and shoot and I could take fun, flashy pictures all the time.

Here’s to the years,


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