Snip Snappin’ Away

Hi friends! Sorry for the lengthy gap between posts, but the last several weeks have been very busy for me. I am officially working on my very first paid photography job! I can’t share any details yet, but I will say that it is extremely exciting and challenging. I tend to get easily frustrated when things don’t go the way I expect them to. Do you want to know what happens when I get frustrated and baked goods are involved? Here is an outtake from my photo shoot:

That is a misbehaving mini lemon pound cake on the floor. I threw it across the kitchen after many unsuccessful attempts at photographing it. Tim was kind enough to capture the incident on his camera. I would have left that pound cake there to die, but Tim gratefully devoured it. Luckily, I had a second mini lemon pound cake that cooperated fully!

And, here are a few photographs that didn’t make the cut, but I love them anyways:

I have one more photography project to go with this job and it all starts in a few weeks! After that, I am kicking it into high gear and finishing my cookzine! It will be roughly 50 pages of recipes, tips, silly nonsense, and craftiness. I hope to have it completed by late spring/early summer. Stay tuned for updates on my progress.

I hope everybody is enjoying the remainder of the winter season. It has been amazingly mild in the Pacific Northwest. We haven’t had much snowfall in the mountain areas so Tim and I haven’t had a chance to go snowshoeing yet. Crossing my fingers that we get a few trips in before spring arrives!

Cook, Photograph, Clean, Rep(eat)

Wow, summer is quickly fading into the forgotten world isn’t it? I am totally okay with that considering fall is my most favorite time of year. I realize summer will be sticking around a bit longer, but I’m still excited for cooler temperatures, clouds, and local apples.

It’s been awhile since my last post – with good reason… I’ve been mighty busy!! Amidst writing and testing brownie recipes for my book (and eating them too!) I had the absolute dandy pleasure of working with Isa Moskowitz for the last two weeks. My job was to prepare and cook recipes from her upcoming cookbook, Appetite for Reduction, and then help with setting up photo shoots and lighting, cleaning up afterward, and eating a bunch of the food that was photographed. It was hard work but also immensely enjoyable. I learned a lot about food photography from an obvious expert and also gained a fondness for her three kitties! You can check out the photos Isa took here and get psyched up for her book!!!! Everything I made was delicious. I am hopelessly addicted to the Green Goddess Garlic Dressing, the Tamarind BBQ Tempeh, and the Caulipots. Curious? Well head over here, and pre-order the book!!!! You can look forward to filling your tummy with goodness!!

With all the business in my life, I have found myself becoming increasingly tired despite healthy eating and exercise. I am getting plenty of sleep and cannot figure out why I am so drained of energy. I’ve taken to napping during the day which I used to avoid in the past. It’s frustrating! Any thoughts or advice?

Let’s see… What else? Oh! How about a sneak peek at a gluten-free brownie that will be in my book?

These are Gluten-Free Coconut Brownies. They are for serious coconut lovers only. It would probably help if you liked chocolate too!

What would your ideal brownie be? I’d love to know!