Purple

I am part of a group of photographers called “Cities in Color Project”.  It’s meant to inspire us to get out and take creative pictures of objects of a certain color each month.  This month’s color is purple, so yesterday I went back to the greenhouse to see what I could find.

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It’s a fun group to be part of, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a particular color, especially in the middle of winter.  The greenhouse, however, can always be counted on to provide interesting and colorful subjects.

I’m not sure yet which color March is going to be, but stay tuned!

Beautiful End to January

I’m a bit late, but happy new year!  I hope 2016 has gotten off to a great start for you.  Today’s weather was unusually sunny and warm, so my husband and I went out for lunch and a walk in the local park.  Here are some pictures I took.

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I hope you enjoy your weekend!

2016 Calendar

If you’re in the U.S., I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Our Thanksgiving was full of delicious food and great company.  I made this caramel cheesecake from Tartelette and it was so good!

My 2016 calendar is ready!  Below are the images I’ve chosen.

If you’re interested in ordering one of my calendars, please contact me at theprojectboard@gmail.com and I’d be happy to work with you!  Price depends on your preferred size and quality of the calendar.

A look back at my calendars for 2013, 2014, and 2015 is also available.

I also wanted to take some time to include a brief description of each picture. All were taken in 2015.

  1. January – this is a tree in our neighbor’s yard during a snow storm.
  2. February – this is a scene I came across while out for a walk as the snow was melting during a warmer winter day.
  3. March – taken in my garden with my macro lens.  I added a photo filter because the original turned out too pastel-looking.
  4. April – taken at my parents’ house with my macro lens.
  5. May – also taken at my parent’s house, but I used my high aperture lens for this one.
  6. June – picture of a luna moth in my yard.
  7. July – flower in my garden.
  8. August – from a flower garden where I work.
  9. September – trees outside of a building near where I work.
  10. October – a foggy morning at my house.
  11. November – a display outside one of the shops downtown.
  12. December – Christmas decoration on my mantel.

    Thank you for visiting!

Autumn Nature

It’s been a lovely autumn for us this year.  Sunny days and above average temperatures have allowed me to get outside and enjoy the colorful scenes.

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How have you been enjoying your autumn?

Zucchini Bread Recipe

I didn’t wait long after the start of fall to make some zucchini bread.  This recipe is a combination of recipes I’ve seen online and one that my mother-in-law gave to me a few weeks ago.

IMG_0181Ingredients
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1.75 cups of sugar (most recipes call for 2 cups, so you can add more if you’d like)
– 1 tsp. salt
– 2 tsp. cinnamon (sometimes I add 3 tsp if I want more of a cinnamon taste)
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– 1 tsp. baking powder
– 1 cup of oil (I used 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce to reduce calories)
– 3 eggs
– 2 tsp. vanilla
– 2 cups of grated zucchini

Directions
Pre-heat the oven to 350F.  Mix together dry ingredients and add oil, eggs, vanilla, and grated zucchini and stir until combined.  Pour batter (about  2.5 cups each) in to two greased bread pans and bake for 55-70 minutes.  Bread is done when toothpick comes out clean.  I leave mine in for 70 minutes.

Then, share with friends
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Or keep them for yourself.  Enjoy!
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Freelensing

This is a little embarrassing, but I just read about freelensing for the first time a few days ago. Freelens is when you disconnect your lens from your camera and then hold the lens up to your camera at an angle.  It can create really interesting images.  I still need a lot of practice, but here are the images I took around my yard.

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If you’ve taken freelens pictures, what do you think of this technique?  Do you have any tricks or tips?

On a side note, I’m really loving all these fall colors!

3 Year Blogiversary!

I created the project board exactly 3 years ago today.  I’d like to highlight some of my favorite posts from the past year.

Click on the picture to be taken to that post.

  1. Autumn Leaves – October 3, 2014
    October2. 2015 Calendar – December 10, 2014January
    3. Coffee Chocolate Cake – January 11, 2015

    Coffee_Cake4. My Starter Story – January 18, 2015
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    5. I Made Bread! – January 19, 2015
    IMG_633426.  Foggy Day – March 10, 2015
    IMG_64217. Refinished Buffet – July 14, 2015
    Buffet1_words8. Moths and Butterflies – July 25, 2015

    moth9. Morning Light – August 28, 2015
    IMG_976010. I Opened an Etsy Shop! – August 30, 2015
    CongratsDots1You can see the highlights from my first and second year of blogging are also available.

    Thanks to everyone who has followed me over the past three years!