Saturday, February 5, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt, Vol. III

1. Window
Window 2

Window 3

Both windows are from the Connecticut State Capitol - a BEAUTIFUL building constructed in 1878.

2. Page 25
Page 25

Alex: What are you doing, Mom?

Me: Making One-Bite Pecan Pies.

Alex: Why?

Me: So I can take a picture of them.

{Big pause}

Alex: You mean you're making something just so you can take a picture of it?

Me: {huffy} Well, the challenge is Page 25. What did you expect me to do?

I'm slowly beginning to understand why my children think I am crazy.

Here's the recipe for One-Bite Pecan Pies:
Beat together:
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter

1 c. flour
Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until chilled.

Preheat oven to 375. Divide dough into 24 balls. Press onto bottom and up sides of mini-muffin tin to form shells.

Beat 1 egg lightly.
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
3/4 c. finely chopped pecans

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cups and cool. Melt 3 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate and drizzle over mini pies.

(Recipe from Kraft's Food & Family magazine...back when it was free. It's such a great publication for quick, easy recipes, though, that it might be worth a paid subscription!)

3. Quote
This is not a new photo. I took it in December when we visited the Museum of Natural History in NYC. And the quote really doesn't mean that much to me, but I love the photo.

This quote is courtesy the Connecticut State Capitol.
Quote 2

Qui Transtulit Sustinet: He Who Transplanted Still Sustains. As a transplant to this state, I'm diggin' this motto!

4. Activity

Michael and Alex (#35) have been part of the Upwards sports program for a few years now. I was worried we wouldn't be able to continue the program up here, but it just so happens my town has one! Although the kids' practices have been a bit sparse because of all the snow, we are in the middle of the season. Both kids have really shown some great improvement this season. Considering that the first time Alex got on the basketball court a few years ago, she apologized when she stole the ball from someone, she has come a long way in being aggressive!

5. Water
I had hoped to go out and photograph a lovely waterfall. Or a lonely river with its icy banks. But honestly, it has just been too cold and yucky to go out. So this iPhone shot from the kids' basketball practice last night is the stand-in until things thaw out around here a little.


Theresa said...

Great photos!

I have done things just so I could take a photo for my blog, as well!

Brownie said...

You are an inspiration with the photos!

I have lagged behind in my photo taking. I worked all day yesterday on the psych unit - and I was just too tired to do anything!

That water bottle picture is very good!

Ashley Sisk said...

I love all of your pictures - love those windows and I love that you started baking as a result of the prompt. Love it.

Christine said...

all so beautiful but the first image is quite breath-taking!!!

i want to thank you for your sweet comments & i have left a little award for you at my place ::

happy weekending!!!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

I knew we reached a turning point in our marriage when Jason walked into the kitchen to see me standing on a chair photographing some food on the counter...and he didn't ask me what I was doing. He knew it was for the blog. ;)

Great photos!

Style Attic said...

Mad love for stained glass windows! I love how you just threw that recipe in there as well :)

deb duty said...

I don't think you're crazy. I do a lot of things lately just so I can take a photo! The one-bite pies look so yummy! Love the beautiful window photos too.

tsinclair said...

I love the capital, what a beautiful building.
And I will remain silent on Alex's statement. :-)

@nnie said...

Great pics of the capital! And you know I love the basketball pics. And I have to admit that I've never made something to take a picture of it; however, I totally respect and admire that kind of devotion!

kbreints said...

Beautiful windows! ...and I love your quote picture.

julie said...

LOVE all your shots! Love the 2nd pretty!

Mommy2Four said...

I love stained glass windows! Wonderful!

Nukke said...

Beautiful windows, delicious pies !

Phoenix Peacock said...

the second window shot is breathtaking!

misc.alaina said...

great photos - love what you did for page 25!

Gretchen said...

Great photos... love the second window shot... and those One-Bit Pecan pies look scrumptious! =)

Ky said...

You're photos are AWESOME!!! I may just have to follow you. Love me some good photos!

Anonymous said...

You are so funny! I love the fact that you MADE the recipe ON page 25 =) I had my laugh today thanks!
And the water photo is nice!