Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cereal Cookie Recipe aka Breakfast Cookies

I mean if you add cereal does it make it a breakfast cookie?

I did actually cut a lot of sugar out of the original inspiration recipe so maybe that counts for something, either way, this is my favorite go to snack cookie recipe.

1 cup flour
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup cereal (we used honey bunches of oats)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips (or half chocolate chips half cranberries)

bake 350
14 minutes or longer for crispier cookies.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Propagating Monstara Plants + Growing my Indoor Garden

I just found out you can propagate Monstara plants! I didn't realize for some reason, and as my plant was growing out of control, outgrowing it's space, I realized I needed to thin some leaves.  Since I'm still learning about plants, I took to google, and found out you in fact can simply slice below the node on the stem and place it in water.  Over time roots will form and you can transplant, in fact since this photo above one of my stems has sprouted a new leaf in her tiny glass bottle.   They have been in their water filled jars for about a month now and I will probably leave them in there a couple more weeks just to establish strong roots before replanting in a small container.

I'm so excited that I can start to grow my own plants around my home instead of having to buy new ones for each room.  In my perfect world I own a small boutique selling plants, crystals, all things herbal and healing and do henna out of that space.  So maybe now that I know how to do this, that is one step in my perfect world. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Palo Verde Flower Essence.

Most of the flowers on my tree are gone, but if you're in the Phoenix area and you have a palo verde tree still blooming, did you know they're edible?
I kept thinking about how delicate the flowers were wondering if they were edible and thanks to technology I was able to google and find yes, in fact they are edible, you can add them to salads or candy them on cakes and cookies.  I however made a flower essence with them. 
There were quite a few tiny bugs in the flowers when I harvested them so I picked them from the tree left the jar out for about an hour and asked them all to leave, the few remaining ones trapped in the bottom were released after I picked all the flowers out of the jar one by one and placed them into a new jar sans bugs. 
After clearing the bugs off I topped with vodka to extract the flower essence, I covered with wax paper then sealed with the lid, I stored it in my cupboard for about a month and strained the flowers and was left with the essence.  I'm excited to integrate it into medicinal and spiritual cocktails.
What do you know about the plants growing in your front yard? are they edible?
I'd love to hear more if you know of other uses for palo verde flowers or bark.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Newborn Session.

I'm trying to get in the habit of posting more of my professional photography work here on the blog.  I might move it to a freestanding space later or maybe on to my site at but I sort of like mixing it in here with all the other things I do.  

Anyway, when my friend Anna had her baby I offered her an in home session, so when she delivered her adorable baby boy, we made plans for me to come take pictures.  They had just moved into their new home and hadn't even been home from the hospital more than a few hours before I showed up to take these pictures.  I love fresh photos because babies change so much in just a week or two and mom's bodies return to more 'normal' I love documenting the newness of it all so fresh 24 sessions are definitely the way to go if you're up for it mamas!
// I've been trying to master my edits to look more like film.  I love the convenience of digital but if I had a choice and unlimited funds I would photograph on Kodak Portra 400 forever for everything, so I used the lighting and colors inspired from previous work to set this to the style I was hoping for.  I love how they turned out but if you have editing advice I'm all ears.
// this might be my favorite image ever from this session. Partners take note feed your postpartum women. 
Thanks again, Anna, I love you and your sweet family.