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Photo taken by me  with a 35mm Film camera, Bond Falls, MI October 2010

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Apps for Pictures on iPhone

I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone because it is always with me.  I know that there are a number of photo/picture apps out there for the iPhone.  What are your favorite photo apps or the apps that you feel are worth using.?

Please let me know with a comment below!

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Outfit of the week – New Work Dress

I have to admit I’m a little nervous with this post because instead of a fashion board, it’s an outfit that I’m wearing.

The dress is comfy, fits great, and looks professional enough that I can wear it to work…. Once the weather warms up and stays above 35 for more than 2 days.

Dress pic 1

I was wondering if my husband would ever take the picture.

Dress pic 3

Dress (Maurices) | Bracelets (Pura Vida ) | Heels, Necklace and Earrings (Mine)


Pepper, he insisted he to be in pictures

Pepper and meNow that his picture is being taken, he doesn’t look so happy.

The bracelets I have on are from Pura Vida, I wear these 2 whenever my brother is deployed.  The are very durable, I’ve had them on this time about 3 months straight.

Maybe I’ll do more outfits instead of fashion boards, if it gets warm out.

Pictures taken by my husband, Adam.

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It’s a bit snowy out

It’s winter in Wisconsin and we are finally getting rounds of snow at least once a week.  Here are some pictures from the snow falling this evening.  They are all from inside because after an hour and a half (normally 30 minutes) drive home I really didn’t feel like going back outside.  If I end up working from home tomorrow, I’ll try to get outside and get some more pictures.  Enjoy!

Snow melting on the window

Snowy tree and road

Snow in tree

Snow on balcony

Snow on balcony 2

Keep warm!

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Shortbread Cookies

I made these cookies about 2 weeks ago when it was -25 outside.  I really wanted something sweet to eat and did not want to go out, so I decided to make some cookies.  Of course I did not have all of the needed ingredients for most cookies, i.e. no milk or eggs.  But I did have all the ingredients for shortbread cookies!  here is the step by step of my cookies I made.

Here is the recipe in short, you can view the entire recipe here on Martha Stewart’s Website

1 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sifted sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Making shortbread cookies - set up
There is a section of the recipe for dipping the cookies in chocolate but I was too lazy to do that to all of them 🙂
1. Start with soften butter.  Please make sure it is softened not melted like I did.  I was too impatient for the butter to ‘soften’ and tossed it in the microwave for a bit too long.
Making shortbread cookies - melted butter
2. Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt to the soften butter and cream with a whisk.  Since I have melted butter this really didn’t cream, it kind of mixed together, sort of…
Making shortbread cookies - butter, sugar, vanilla, salt
3. Add in the flour and mix it up.
Making shortbread cookies - flour
4. Chill in the refrigerate for a short time.  The dough becomes very hard really quick.  If you leave it in the frig for more than 30 minutes, you will have to let it sit out for about an hour to be able to remove the dough from the mixing bowl.
Making shortbread cookies - mixed
5. Roll out the dough and cut shapes.  Ya, I forgot to take pictures of this until almost the end.
Making shortbread cookies - cookies cut
Ducky Cookies!
Making shortbread cookies - ducky cookies
6. Place your lovely shaped cookies on a baking sheet and cook for about 18 minutes at 300 F degrees
Making shortbread cookies - ready to bake
7.  The slightly golden cookies.
Making shortbread cookies - cookies baked
8. And all the cookies cooked, minus the ones I kept eating.  You have to do quality control on each tray!
Making shortbread cookies - all cooked
9.  Enjoy a cookie or two, I did dip these in chocolate, with a wonderful warm drink!
Perfect afternoon snack
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