Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Cup from Italy

I had another homework assignment for my photography class.  Below is what I turned in for my assignment. The instructor wanted us to show a picture using a fast shutter speed to freeze action.

My husband poured water into the cup while took the picture.  I had a friend purchased me the cup when he went to Italy.

Monday, February 3, 2014


I took these pictures of my son over the weekend.  I started taking pictures in raw and jpeg.  I wanted to compare the two files.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Homework Assignment

For my photography class, the instructor ask for all the students to bring in one 4x6 picture.  I took several pictures of my daughter.  I have narrowed it down to two pictures.

Manual Mode
Shutter Speed 1/160
ISO 100

Manual Mode
Shutter Speed 1/250
ISO 100

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Christmas Card Photo

I think this picture below is going to be on my 2014 Christmas card.  We had a little snow yesterday.  This picture was taken with my iPhone.  I really did not want to take my Canon out in the cold weather.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kali and Photography

God has opened the door for me to learn photography.  Below is a picture I took of one of our dogs, Kali. She decided to rest in the sun at the base of a tree.  This is her favorite spot. 

Manual Mode
Shutter Speed 1/160
ISO 100

Monday, September 23, 2013

Banana Nut Bread

I got this recipe from http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,174,144187-255202,00.html and adapted to use as vegan.

Banana Nut Bread


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs-use 1 tablespoon flax seed meal and 3 tablespoons water for each egg (2 tablespoon flax seed meal and 1/2 cup warm water)
  • 1/4 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)
  1. Cream together butter, egg replacement and sugar until smooth.  Add bananas and vanilla; beat well. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.  Then add dry ingredients to the wet.
  2. Bake at 325°F for about 1 hour or until golden brown.  I make some adjustments with baking time in my oven.  I baked my bread at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Then I cut the stove off and let it finish cooking for 5 more minutes.
  3. For every egg in the original recipe, use 1 tablespoon flax seed meal and 3 tablespoons water. Whisk them together and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. It will get gummy, just like eggs.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I took this picture in the manual mode on my camera.  It is of a waterfall in Birmingham, Alabama at the Botanical Gardens.

I love this picture.  It was one of my first pictures freezing action with my Canon. I took more without the blurring effect where the water was more distinctive.  I have been working on learning manual operation of with my new camera.  You control every aspect of the picture instead of the camera automation. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

German Chocolate Cake

I found this recipe searching the Internet.  I saved the recipe in my recipe app without saving where I found it.  If you search for the title of the recipe you will find several sites with Vegan German Chocolate Cake recipe.

German Chocolate Cake

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c. strong cold coffee (use water if you don't have coffee)
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 c. almond milk mixed with 1 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 3 tsp flax seed, mixed with 4 Tbs. warm water

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one sheet cake pan.
In a mixer, combine the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix on low until combined.
Cool your 1 cup coffee, mix your 1 cup almond milk with 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and combine 3 tsp flax seed, mixed with 4 Tbsp. warm water.  This was the first time I used flax seed as a replacement for eggs.  I was really pleased.
In a separate bowl, mix the coffee, oil, vanilla, and almond milk/vinegar mixture. Set the mixer to low speed and pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the egg replacement and mix again for 1 minute. The cake batter will be really thin. I was concerned that it would not firm up.  Resist the urge to add more flour.  I had to really fight the urge to add more.  Pour into two cake pans or one sheet cake pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
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This recipe is a save.  We all loved the cake.  You will need to find a recipe for the icing.  I made a great icing/sauce.  I am sorry to say I am not sure how I did it.  I mixed a little vanilla, powdered sugar, almond milk, cocoa powder and vegan butter in a bowl.  The chocolate sauce was great with the cake.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chicken Coop

Several times a year we have to clean the spider webs down from the chicken coops.  The webs get thick around the vent openings and interferes with the air flow.  Plus, I do not like my head in spider webs when I am gathering eggs.

The chickens watched me as I was cleaning around their coops.  I would have let them out but we had a hawk wanting a snack.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies

I found this recipe searching the Internet.  I saved the recipe in my recipe app without saving where I found it.  If you search for the title of the recipe you will find several sites with the same recipe.

Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies
  • 1/2 Cup Earth Balance at room temperature
  • 3 oz. Tofutti cream cheese, at room temperature -3 oz. is about 1/2 cup
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup mini chocolate chips-optional
  • 1 Cup Oreo cookie crumbs
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and well-combine.

    Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until the ingredients are well-combined.
    Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated.
    Stir in the mini chocolate chips with a spatula. The chocolate chips are optional. I found that the chocolate chips really took away from the taste of the cookie.
    Break up your Oreo cookies with a food processor to equal one cup.  Place the Oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Scoop the cookies into about 2 inch balls. Then roll the dough in the cookie crumbs. Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet.  I flattened them some. If you want a thicker cookie, do not flatten. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and cool on a cooling rack.

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    This recipe is a save.  We all loved the cookies.  This is a great cookie recipe for Christmas.

    Monday, September 9, 2013


    Yesterday, we heard two of our dogs barking.  They usually only bark when someone comes up the drive.  My husband and I were at the kitchen window looking at the dogs and down the drive.  We did not see anyone.  We both looked back at the dogs.  We noticed that they were barking at something near them, and then we saw it.  A snake was heading towards our house.  It was 20 feet from the house coming down from a hill in front of our window.

    As soon as my husband saw the snake he went running for his shotgun.  While still watching the snake at the window, I yelled for my daughter to get the dogs in the house.  At one point, I thought the snake was heading toward my son's car.  I knew my husband could not shoot it under the car or on the driveway.  My husband made it outside and killed it before the snake moved from the grass area.

    It was a 4 foot timber rattlesnake with 11 rattles.

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Our Fat Pig

    Emily is my daughter's Chihuahua.  My daughter has trained and spoiled our little fat pig.  She is not suppose to be on the couch.  She has a pink dog bed and blanket.  As you can see she got on the couch to take a nap.

    We do not over feed our pig table scraps.  We have a dog bowl of dry pet food outside for all the dogs.  Emily over feeds herself. 

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    A New Look

    My husband has a new look.  He has had a beard for almost thirty years.  The younger children have never seen their father without a beard. Whenever my husband brought up the idea of shaving his beard off the children would discourage the idea.  Today was the day my husband decided to shave his beard.

    Under his beard he has a small brown spot on his cheek.  No one could see it because it was hidden by his beard.  A couple years back he had it checked by the dermatologist.  The dermatologist indicated it was fine.    However, the small brown spot looked like it might have gotten a little larger.  My husband made an appointment with  dermatologist.  In order for the dermatologist to get a good visual of the brown spot, my husband decided to shave his beard.

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Garden Spiders

    We have numerous Garden Spiders on our property this year.  I am not sure why we have so many.  Everywhere we walk we see or walk into a web.  It freaks me out to step into a spider web. When I do step into one I start do a flaying dance to get it off of me.  

    The female Garden Spiders are bigger than the males. The female is black with orange or yellow markings. The legs are mostly black, with red or yellow portions near the body.