All is quiet

December 27, 2011

We had a wonderful relaxing Christmas with family, including Christmas Eve dinner with the in-laws and then Christmas Day up in Maine with my sister.  We arrived in Maine just as the snow began to fall giving us a white Christmas.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, friends and food.

Jake at Willard Beach, Cape Elisabeth, ME

Taken with Instagram then applied some HDR toning.

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Willard Beach, Cape Elisabeth, ME

Taken with my Canon (as usual)

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My Home for the Holidays

December 22, 2011

With 5 weeks until my due date we are sticking pretty close to Boston for Christmas and New Year.  No air travel for me, but my forced grounding has really lead me to appreciate and love my home even more.

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Our home all decorated for Christmas

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Beautiful 1927 American Flyer train, and 1940′s Aquarium given to me by my dad.

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Charles Street of Beacon Hill, just outside our door.

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3 days until Christmas!

On this day of the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year, I am reminded of the strange cold beauty that can be winter.  Although we have yet to see real amounts of snow here in Boston (of which I am TOTALLY okay with) the long shadows that start early in the afternoon, bare trees, and lichen colored grass have a bare beauty of their own.

My friend Jessica Sutton totally exudes that white blonde, winter chic, Scandinavian style.  Here she is from a quick photo shoot we did yesterday.

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P.S. Also thinking of my friend Gabrielle who is back in her home country of Sweden for the first time in 3 years this Christmas.  Merry Christmas girl!

I have gotten a few requests for the White Chocolate & Peppermint Bark Recipe from the previous post.  It is super easy.  I order my chocolates and peppermint from Cake Art in Atlanta http://www.cakeart.com you can order online or call and order via the phone at 770-493-1505 but you can probably buy them lots of places.  That is just where my mom always gets them.

Ingredients
• Ck Products – Merkins 1 lb. White Chocolate
• Ck Products – Candy crunch Peppermint Red & Green 1lb

I typically use 5lb of white chocolate per 1 lb of peppermint.

Instructions
• Use a double broiler to melt the chocolate. I don’t have one so use a 2 inch or so deep pan with some water.
• Heat the water to almost a boil. Then place a 2 quart pot in the pan of water.
• Place the white chocolates in the pot (I only heat up about 1 1/2 lb at a time).
• Stir until the white chocolate until smooth and creamy.
• Pull off stove and stir in peppermint
• Pour the chocolate onto a cookie sheet
• Place cookie sheet into freezer for 10 min (line the cookie sheet with wax paper helps)
• Break into pieces and eat or share :)

I hope this helps.

Sarah

For as long as I can remember, my mother has made white chocolate candies for the Holidays.  In particular, white chocolate & peppermint bark.  The stuff is to die for…we are talking crack addictive level goodness.  Old roommates, office colleagues and friends would begin to ask me if my mom was sending the chocolates sometime right around Thanksgiving.  Without fail, that tin full of homemade candy would arrive shortly thereafter.  This year I decided to try my own hand at making my Christmas favorite to share with many of my new wonderful clients and friends.  Thankfully I had a batch of my mother’s on hand to taste test compare.  One burnt batch and 2 1/2 pounds of white chocolate later, I had the whole double broiler thing down to successfully melt chocolate.

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Being Blonde

December 12, 2011

I had the pleasure of filming and editing a collaborative video project with the Jeffrey Lyle Salon and Radiant Republic and I am thrilled to get to share it.  For those in the Boston area (or planning on coming to town in the near future) go over to Radiant Republic as well for an AMAZING giveaway featuring some free hair color from the man himself…Jeffrey Lyle.  The Jeffrey Lyle Salon has recently been featured in the likes of Elle and Allure as best of the best in Boston salons.  His beautiful and serene space makes the whole salon going process a pure pleasure…Espresso, coffee or tea upon request, fabulous music (none of that thump, thump typical salon stuff) and a cool staff that really knows their hair.

Check out our video!!!!

 

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The pretty people of Jeffrey Lyle Salon, there to make you pretty.

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Some stills from our shoot.

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Santa’s Coming!

December 6, 2011

I know him. I know him.  Truly, I do.  I got to have a super fun photo shoot yesterday with kiddies, cookies, milk and the man himself…SANTA!

While I haven’t had the feeling of a hangover in months (one of the perks on not drinking and pregnancy), Monday mornings are still tough, especially after a weekend of fun, friends and hot breakfasts at home.  I had a wonderful time, cooking breakfast each morning, getting our tree, decorating the house, hosting/attending a progressive dinner party, and having a sweet baby shower thrown for me by my dear Boston girlfriends.  After all that holiday fun, Monday morning comes as a rude awakening even to the most sober.  So back to work and just counting down the days until next weekend’s leisure mornings.

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Instagram photo

Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes (I used this recipe from here)

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk or almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
Preparation:

Preheat griddle or large skillet (if electric) to 375 F. Grease lightly with oil. Griddle is ready when small drops of water sizzle and disappear almost immediately.

Mix dry ingredients together; add egg, milk and butter or margarine, beating well after each addition.

Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto hot griddle. Cook 1 to 1½ minutes, turning when edges look cooked and bubbles begin to break on the surface. Continue to cook 1 to 1½ minutes or until golden brow

Voila!  Gluten free, high protein pancakes.  Top with strawberries, maple syrup, Nutella, whatever.  I like making extra and saving them in the refrigerator as little power pellets to go through out the week.  I think they still taste great cold with nothing on them.

I still want to try these Paleo pancakes.

 

The other week got I to make full use of my new studio space as I photographed a look book for the newest collection of Samantha House jewelry.  Her pieces are totally lust worthy and decadent.  We had such a great time with our model Jessica and playing with dramatic lighting in the studio.  These are the collaborative, creative types of photo shoots I live for.

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Out takes of the jewelry form the shoot…

Once When I Was Very Young

December 1, 2011

While I was back in Atlanta last week, I went through some of my old childhood things which had been stacked in my room for months.  Call it nesting, but I realized the next time I would be back in my home town, I would have an infant in tow and all sorts of pack n’ play, diapers and stroller type, baby gear.  Also, my mom saved EVERYTHING, so there was much that needed to be gone through.  I am so thankful she saved so much because I found this little gem from my 4 year old preschool class…

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My name is Sarah

My favorite color is periwinkle and midnight blue. (Wow, I was very specific…I think they were my two favorite crayon colors.)

My favorite pet is a horse. (Don’t worry, this isn’t the Real Housewives.  I did not in fact have a horse.  I just always wanted one.)

My favorite toy is my French doll. (Not an actual doll from France.  Just one with a fancy dress so I called her Frenchie.  Did I mention I was sophisticated?)

My favorite T.V. program is The Dukes of Hazzard.  (Again, sophisticated and who at that time didn’t like the Dukes of Hazzard?!?  I am showing my age.)

My favorite food is carrots. (What?!?!  I must have been trying to impress the teacher.)

I want to be a cowgirl and an artist when I grow up.  (I love this.  I now have my own studio and am doing the thing I love…next up, I am moving to Wyoming and becoming a cowgirl, I guess.)

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