March 27, 2012

Hello, My Pretty...

Hello everyone. Well, if you've had a yearning to see some pretty pastel cups and rosy pink flowers, then today is your day, since that what I have cookin'. 

Last week I made a stop at one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie, where I spied these turquoise beauties. They have a stamped pattern and a crazed, crackly finish and, let's just say, they called out my name.  Can't you just see yourself sipping a tasty drink from one of these?  Me too...along with something delicious to nibble on, of course.

Since my mind spends a lot of time focusing on photography, props and the like, I knew these cups would be perfect for some photos. I paired them with some ranunculus, which is one of my favorite springtime flowers.

As I started styling everything, the petals began to fall from some of the blooms.  I often find that when I just let things evolve naturally with my photos things seem to turn out better than when I give it too much thought. Do you find that to be the case for you too?

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who left their condolences on the passing of my grandpa.  Your kind and thoughtful words mean so much to me. I've gotten a little behind in my visiting, but I hope to be around soon.

I hope you're all having a good week thus far.

xo  Tricia

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March 12, 2012

Going Bananas

One fruit we always have on hand at our house is bananas...monkeys love 'em and so do we. With every trip to the grocery store, I hear the words, "Don't forget the bananas, Mama!" coming from my little girl's lips.  She can eat them one right after the other.

I decided to make some banana muffins last week after I went to see my favorite hair-do girl, Sarah. While she was cutting my hair, we chatted about our usual things...little tidbits of our lives, what was happening on the Bachelor (hmmm, who will he pick?!) and of course, the topic of food. She said that she had just made a loaf of banana bread the day before and that it had turned out quite tasty.

Well, after I got home from getting all beautified, all I could think about was making a banana something or other. Eventually, I decided muffins sounded good, so I went to work putting together a recipe and my little banana-loving girl was right there, eager to help with the baking.

We were a good team, her and I, since the muffins turned out pretty yummy. I did a mix and match sort of thing...some were filled with delicious chocolaty bits and topped with walnuts, while others were plain with a dollop of some sweet cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • walnuts, chopped

Mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugars and butter and then add the eggs, vanilla, sour cream and bananas. Beat on low speed until everything is combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Line muffin pan with paper muffin cups and fill each section 3/4 full with batter. Sprinkle tops with chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 18 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Well, I hope you all have a good week. I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately which is why I haven't been around much, but I'm hoping that everything will be better next week. So until then...