Book giveaway!

December 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Its the first day of December, we’re past Thanksgiving so I can officially start celebrating Christmas! Yay!

And since I’m in the holiday spirit, I want to start by giving away a copy of my book Addictions!

Giveaway

To be entered in the giveaway here’s what to do!

1. Like Nutmeg Imageworks on Facebook: Click here & like!

2. For another entry, pin this post on pinterest using above image!

3. Comment below letting me know of your likes, shares and pins!

Winner will be announced on Nutmeg’s Facebook Page Dec. 13th, 2013. However, if you don’t want to leave it to chance, order by tomorrow (Dec 2nd) and get 20% off by using the coupon code: BOOKEND20 Click the image below to see a preview of the book or order your book 20% off!

Addictions cover

*Only available to be shipped within the US.

Biscoff Ice Cream!

October 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Mmm….Biscoff.

I was recently introduced to Biscoff Spread. Oh my.  I’m quite thankful to friends who give me random food items and ask if I can make something creative from them. Because then I come up with things like this. And I like this.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Biscoff spread, here’s the short story. Its a spread made of cookies, cookies that are crispy and deliciously cinnamon flavored. Thats all you need to know.

Ice cream is pretty easy to make…. well, as long as you have the ice cream maker. I personally love my Kitchen aid ice cream attachment for my stand mixer. But I’m sure any kind will do the trick. Heck if you don’t have one, this will make the tastiest, most dense holiday drink you’ve ever had! And now I’m thinking this recipe could use some alcohol….I’ll get on that! But for now….

 

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Biscoff Ice Cream

1 cup half & half

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup sugar

5 tablespoons biscoff spread

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon (pinch) coarse salt

1 cup (give or take) crushed biscoff cookies

 

1. In a medium sized saucepan placed over medium heat, combine all ingredients except for crushed cookies. As mixture heats, continue stirring to prevent burning on the bottom of the pan (I’m a fan of stirring with a whisk, but whatev.)

2. Bring mixture to 170 degrees (if you don’t have a candy thermometer, get mixture hot and steamy, but do not let it boil.) Take off heat and set aside to cool down.

3. Refrigerate mixture a few hours or overnight.

4. Churn ice cream according to your machine’s directions.  When ice cream is almost finished churning, add crushed cookies (reserve some for sprinkling on top) and churn for an additional 2-3 minutes to mix.

5. Eat immediately for super soft serve, or for traditional ice cream, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve with fresh Biscoff cookie crumbles.

 

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Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Oh yes, fall is indeed for baking. SO MUCH BAKING. I love it, and this time of year, it seems like not a weekend goes by when my kitchen doesn’t smell of the amazing spices of fall. Anyone else feel me? Well I’m here to help! This is a fool proof recipe. Oh yes. I know loads of people who tell me they don’t like butterscotch, ignore them. Ignore them and shove these delicious cookies right in their face. They’ll love ‘em.

In all seriousness, this is one of my most requested recipes this time of year. It also makes an appearance in my book, Addictions!

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The first time I made these cookies was about 3 years ago right around this time of year. Believe it or not they started off as a coconut chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. But since it was fall, and I’m always game to rework a recipe, I nixed the coconut, replaced the chocolate chips with butterscotch and threw every fall spice I had in the mix! I scaled the spices back a bit, but I think they still came out deliciously fall!

BUTTERSCOTCH OATMEAL COOKIES:

1 + 1/2 CUPS AP FLOUR

1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

1 TEASPOON COARSE SALT

1 TEASPOON CINNAMON

1/4 TEASPOON ALL-SPICE

2 STICKS BUTTER (ROOM TEMP)

1 CUP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR

1/2 CUP SUGAR

2 LARGE EGGS

1 TEASPOON VANILLA

2 + 3/4 CUPS ROLLED (OLD FASHIONED) OATS

10 -12 OZ (ABOUT 1 BAG) BUTTERSCOTCH CHIPS

 

1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES.

2. IN MEDIUM SIZED BOWL, WHISK TOGETHER FLOUR, B. SODA, SALT & SPICES. SET ASIDE.

3. WITH MIXER ON MEDIUM, CREAM TOGETHER BUTTER & BOTH SUGARS UNTIL LIGHT & FLUFFY.

4. MIX IN EGGS ONE AT A TIME,THEN VANILLA.

5. WITH MIXER ON LOW, ADD FLOUR MIXTURE IN 2 BATCHES.

6. SLOWLY ADD OATS, THEN BUTTERSCOTCH CHIPS.

7. REFRIGERATE DOUGH FOR 20-30 MINUTES IF POSSIBLE. THIS KEEPS THE COOKIES FROM SPREADING TOO THIN IN THE AS THEY BAKE.

8. USE 2” ICE CREAM SCOOP TO DROP DOUGH ONTO NON-STICK OR PARCHMENT PAPER LINED BAKING SHEET, SPACED AT LEAST 2” APART. BAKE COOKIES FOR 12-13 MINUTES, OR UNTIL EDGES BEGIN TO TURN GOLD.

9. LET COOKIES COOL ON A WIRE RACK. DEVOUR RUTHLESSLY.

 

See, now that wasn’t so difficult. And now you have delicious cookies just in time for all the fall festivities. Enjoy!

 

Cobwebs & Studios

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Its ALIVE! Yes, just like our pal Dr. Frankenstein, I plan to revive this little guy. My blog I mean.  Time to clear the cobwebs, bring it back to life, and any other halloween metaphors I can’t come up with right now. Oh halloween, you made me want candy corn….and I don’t have any candy corn. Soon. *note to self: do halloween themed concept shoot.

Ok, this is absolutely not a halloween post. I’m just excited to be reviving this blog and I’m getting carried away. I want this to be a place for me to share my adventures in food and photography! Such a random niche profession, but hey, I’m sure someone out there can find my musings, well….amusing?

Onward & forward. A lot has happened since we last had a good chat, the biggest thing is my new studio space! Its glorious. Truly. I’m so blessed to be sharing this space with a couple other talented photographers and artists, its truly an inspired place to work and create! It took a few months to build the space out, but its finally finished!

Studio_0063Buildout was tons of fun. Four artists, bringing all of our ideas together about what would make a perfect studio space for photographers and graphic designers. Its tough to get 4 creative people to decide on one plan, but we managed. And I’m so glad we did, because each one of us had a hand in making this place what it is!

*Shameless promotion: So if you’re insanely jealous at this point, and somewhat local to the St. Pete area, I urge you to check out our website! http://www.artistloft66.com We are currently accepting members to the space! Have a look, I’ll wait….

In the meantime….

BEFORE

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AFTER

Oh yeah, and then there’s this little diddy. Filmed this when we first got the space up and running before it was fully furnished. But I still love it!

Addictions is available to order!

April 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

FINALLY! I’ve finished the book, gone back & forth with the printers & I’m finally happy with the finished product! A few people have already gotten their early versions, but now I’m happy to announce that it is available to everyone! And right now, all the proceeds will be going towards the new studio! I’m embarking on a new adventure with other creatives & starting an artist co-op space! Pretty exciting stuff! Won’t you help my dream come true?!

A note about the price….I wish I could give this to everyone for 5 bucks (because thats about all I make per book sold). But unfortunately since I could not afford to buy a large amount of books upfront for less, I’m having to go through a company called Blurb, which is a print on demand company. Its wonderful that they can print books one at a time as the orders come in, but unfortunately that means they cost a smidge more to produce. So hopefully if sales go well enough for this book, I can bring it to a real publishing company & do the second book at a better price point!

But for now, I’m pretty excited & very proud of my book. I hope that you enjoy it so much that you decide to buy 20 for your closest friends & family :) A girl can dream, right?!

You can get to the book from my website

Or directly from the Blurb ordering page

Or by clicking the image below!

Addictions

 

Photoshop Goodness Series pt 1

February 20, 2013 § 3 Comments

Intro: aka: part to skip if you’re in a hurry or don’t want to hear my mindless drivel…

Photoshop & I have been an item for about 3 years now. In all reality, I probably do spend about as much time editing photos & working in the Adobe program du jour than I do with my husband! [ Side note, I'm known to exaggerate slightly. ] 3 years doesn’t sound like long, because it isn’t, but thats the beauty of photoshop, every one learns at their own pace. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the program at my first photography based job [ Photo Reflections in Newport News, VA ] where I was dubbed the “Image Artist” and most of my job revolved around photoshop, retouching images, photo restoration, creating marketing pieces, a little bit of everything… So I was able to pickup my ps skills rather quickly just due to the fact that I had to use it every day, and it seemed like every day I would learn something new to add to my arsenal.

On my first day at that job it took about 2.5 minutes with the program & a wobbly wacom tablet to realize that I was hooked & wanted to master this program! Now 3 years later, I’m pretty pleased with myself (why else would I be writing a blog post about it?!) but still consider myself FAR from an expert….not sure that I’ll ever get there, there is always something new to learn! Also, I’ll never be an expert because of paths. It’s just one thing I’ve never needed to touch & never wanted to. But hey, even superman had his weakness, right?!

Moving on…I want to teach! I love photoshop & I love helping others learn! I feel many people are intimidated by the sheer size & capability of the program. There IS a lot to learn, but rome wasn’t built in a day people! Tool by tool is how I learned, and its how I want to teach you! Thus I’ve created the series “Photoshop Goodness!” I want to help others while simultaneously indulging my sense of showing off what I know….its a balance. But I really hope that I can help out a few lost souls in desperate need of shortcut skills, color balancing techniques, selections, masking, composites, restorations, anything & everything (except paths, I mentioned that right?)! So if you have anything in particular that you have been dying to figure out or learn, let me know! Send me an email or a message below & I’ll do my very very best to get to it, maybe even do a post on it!


Part 1: Shortcuts

In life, not always the best motto….In Photoshop, a necessity for a my workflow! In my college days I had a professor who was obsessed with shortcuts in Microsoft Word & before we wrote a single paper he held an entire class on keyboard shortcuts to help us become more efficient at writing. At first it was just irritating, I wanted to do things the usual way, the way I had been doing them for years! But I had to do what I had to do, so I learned them. I’m guessing you know where this is going….when I got used to the shortcuts, I loved them, never looked back.

So naturally when I started working in Photoshop years later, I had the same mentality. Quicker is better. Less time on the computer means more time shooting & working on other aspects of my business. And it truly helps my workflow, not having to look at the toolbars, or move my curser up or over to a menu item, helps me keep focused on the image & really is much quicker! Its a pain in the butt to learn, so don’t try to memorize everything, just pick 2 or 3 that you use on a regular basis & try to incorporate those into your workflow, the rest will come with time.

So today’s post will be short & sweet, I want to share with you a PDF I made a while ago for some friends/clients who wanted to learn more about photoshop. Its all of my favorite shortcuts with explanations. It is by no means a comprehensive list (not even close!), it is simply something I add bits & pieces to whenever I figure out a new command or shortcut that I can use with my work. So take a look, download, use however you like! And if you’ve got some good ones that aren’t on my list, let me know! Put it in the comment section down below & I’ll add it!

ps. I’m pretty sure all these are good for CS4-CS6. Aaaaand they’re for a Mac keyboard. If your using windows, I think you just replace command with control…I think? Anywho, enjoy & good luck!

Click here for my PDF!

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Addictions

January 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

I know you’re tired of hearing my empty promises of a recipe book thats “just around the corner!” or “almost finished!” but I’m truly working to finish it up right now & I’m making the commitment to release it in early february! To show that I’m not just all talk & no show, I’m releasing the title & cover to you right here! You may have already surmised the title from my post title, but just in case….

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Yep, the book is square, how about them apples? I’m a fan of the square format & the spreads create a lovely ratio for my images when opened. I almost didn’t use this photo, it is just too familiar to me, but some goading from a friend & a few other opinions swayed me. So now you know, there it is! But thats it for now, trying to keep at least a few images secret, but my desire to post everything I shoot on FB is squashing my secretive efforts!

Some specs on the book thus far…its a 7×7 square format, softcover, about 70-75 pages, nothing huge. A full spread photo for almost every recipe. I think I’m around 30 recipes? Which might not seem like a lot, but I gotta tell ya, coming up with those recipes, testing them, tweaking & testing again takes forever! But hopefully you’ll find them to be 30ish quality recipes!

I’ll post more about the ordering process soon. As much as I would love to order hundreds & sell them directly so that I can package them adorably & hand letter each package & yata yata I’m trying to keep the cost as low as possible for you! So you will be able to order directly from the printing company. More on those details later…

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