Posts Tagged 'nature'

Emily & Oreo Truffles

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This is my cousin, Emily. She bought this sweet new pro-grade Canon, and let me help her break it in one day. It was raining, and there were mosquitoes as big as my fist hiding near the creek.

As an added bonus, I’ve posted the recipe for the Oreo truffles I did for Wades’ grad below. I always think of Emily when I make them because she made the first I ever had.

Thanks, Em! You’re beautiful, and if people don’t tell you that enough, then I am really sorry, because it is so so so true.


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emily dress 1      mad grad 2

Oreo Truffles

Adapted from everywhere

1 package Oreo cookies (about 30)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks

10 ounces almond bark or vanilla candy coating (alternately, you could use melted chocolate chips with a 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil for dipping)

Pulse the Oreos in a food processor until finely ground. Add the cream cheese chunks and pulse until well-combined. Scoop the mixture into small balls and roll until they are smooth. At this point, you can stick the truffles on candy sticks if you like. Set the truffles on a lined baking sheet, cover and freeze for at least a half hour.

Melt the candy coating in a bain marie or in the microwave, being careful not to scorch it. If you want to stir in food coloring at this point, you can do that. Dip each truffle in the coating and gently shake off the excess coating. Place the truffles on wax paper, sprinkle and let cool until hardened. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Favorite Shots: It’s Probably a Compliment

Nighttime? Waterside? Flash? Lace tights with boots? Film grain?

Probably should start shooting for UO, I guess.



Favorite Shots: How Does This Happen?



Sessy’s Senior Pics

She is just a bombshell, no? Easiest girl to shoot evaaaa.

Lovin’ it,


Favorite Shots: Little Prophets


So you know how in the Bible there are books that are classified “Major prophets” and “Minor prophets?” I just found out that the only reason there is a distinction is that the major prophets (Isaiah and Jeremiah) wrote more. Their prophecies aren’t necessarily weightier; they just had a lot of talking to do. So they get the distinction of being a big deal. They are in the major league of prophets, if you will.

I also found out recently that my school has what we call the “little prophets.” Every winter, these flowers called snowdrops pop up in one corner of the yard while it is still cold. They are portending spring! They are a symbol of hope for the coming life, right in the midst of all death of winter.



“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not…But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53: 2-5

Pipe Dream #8: To Not Be “That Chick With The Camera”

I don’t like labeling people. Besides an occasional Myers-Briggs test that lets me totally put you in a box, I strive to avoid it. In case you were wondering, I am an ISFJ. Feel free to read the profiles here and here and judge me accordingly. I won’t mind. I already know I’m weird. :]

One label that I really want to avoid, though, is the “girl with the camera” stigma. I don’t want to be that girl that is always snapping pictures and doesn’t stop to really breathe the air, or appreciate beauty or have a real conversation with someone. If, amazingly, I’m doing something social on the weekend, say, I want people to remember my face and not the lens of a D90.

On the other hand, I really like remembering where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and who I’ve seen. Some moments deserve to be captured, even if it means stepping out of real-time life for a minute.

Here are a few snapshots of my past few weekends. Oh, but I live a merry life filled with galas and society! Sort of.

A few of my cutie pies from study.

Tegan’s birthday cupcakes for Anna. Sew pritty.

Mini gingerbread house-making day.

A view from the path. So much potential.

I’ll try and keep myself on the DL,


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