Posted in Politics

Out of Focus: WPC

This week’s challenge, focus, was almost too easy! I do a lot of macro and/or food photography so focus is very important. I’ve had many a photo come out terribly, with the focus just slightly off or the depth of field just a bit too wide or too narrow. On occasion, though, as the prompt reminds us, sometimes an out of focus photo can be beautiful in it’s own way. Continue reading “Out of Focus: WPC”

Posted in Pastries

Chocolate Scones: Recipe

I do like plain scones, they are so versatile. But sometimes you just want chocolate. These chocolate scones don’t disappoint. They are still a nice, light, flakey scone without too strong of a flavor. It’s just that the mild flavor is mildly chocolate. They are delicious alone. Or with berries and cream, sort of shortcake style. Or with jam and clotted cream. Or–have I mentioned?–plain, perhaps with strong tea or coffee.

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Posted in Other, Politics

Stegosaurus

I’ve got a close friend who, among her many talents, is a software engineer. She build me a website for my birthday. It’s like index cards for recipes, but online and prettier! Plus you can’t lose a website. Plus she gave me a dinosaur origami book! Her birthday is a month after mine and the bar was set pretty high.

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Look at the blue belly! That took some skill to plan and sew (if I do say so myself).

I’d found a random fat quarter with dinosaur names on it at my local sewing store upstate and bought it. I knew I wanted to make something with it for her (we both like dinosaurs!) but I wasn’t sure what. A pillow wasn’t very exciting (and definitely not as exciting as a custom made website!) So I thought a dinosaur made of dinosaur fabric would be fun. Continue reading “Stegosaurus”

Birthday Cake

It’s been a while (my birthday is in April!), but here it finally is! I made a white confetti cake from Baked Celebrations (it’s their ultimate birthday cake cake). I did 1.5 times the recipe and made three 9in rounds rather than three 8in rounds, since I don’t have three 8in cake pans. Plus extra cake! It worked brilliantly.

I filled and topped it with chocolate buttercream based off a Martha Stewart recipe and then covered the whole thing with a ton more sprinkles!

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Covering the cake with sprinkles

How great is that for a birthday?! Continue reading “Birthday Cake”

Posted in Pics

Dandelions: WPC

I’ve recently handed in two term papers and, as if on cue, the skies darkened and the temperature dropped into the low 60s. So on top of the let down at the end of a hard year, I’ve got a sinus headache that won’t quit. Not that writing the papers, finishing the papers, or having this headache have stopped me from baking, they’ve just stopped me from blogging about it. So stay tuned for some brilliant baked goods (plus at least one crafty project). But in the meantime, here’s my entry for the latest weekly photo challenge: Evanescent. Continue reading “Dandelions: WPC”

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Earth Day and the March for Science: WPC

I admit I didn’t march in the Women’s March. I had a lot of homework and I’m not particularly fond of crowds or being up at 7 am on a freezing winter weekend. But I couldn’t resist heading to the March for Science. Not only was it being held at a more civilized hour and in my neighborhood, I’m a scientist (alright a political scientist–but my field employs the scientific method and depends on government grants too!)

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I’m so glad I went. Continue reading “Earth Day and the March for Science: WPC”