after the storm

after the storm
After the storm, this little one started to drink the rain gathered in the ribs of the fallen saguaro.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

blueberry muffins for Sunday...

I have made these blueberry muffins for years. They are WB's favorite and our kids like them too. I don't like blueberries. I love to photograph them but for some reason, I haven't liked them since I was a kid. When they came out of the oven, I wanted to take a photo. I took several but none of them were really what I wanted. I needed to wait for different light. This afternoon, the light was right. I wanted a bite out the muffin for the photo so I took one. Then something strange happened. As my kids used to say, "My taste buds have changed."

It looks like WB may have to share.

Blueberry Muffins

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries (or a few more)

In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then milk, and vanilla; beat until nearly smooth. In small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to milk mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be lumpy). Toss berries with 1 tablespoon of flour; fold into batter. Spoon into 12 greased muffin cups. Bake in preheated 425° oven for 25 minutes or until evenly golden brown. I usually take them out at 23 minutes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

an anniversary picnic...

We met when I was thirteen. We started dating when I was fifteen. We were engaged when I was eighteen. We were married when I was nineteen. He is my anchor, my love. We went to the mountains to celebrate.

A too quick hummingbird greeted us. The air was a perfect cool respite from the desert.

It still makes me so happy to see that ring on his finger.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

trying to get back to normal...

It's been a long time. I am trying to get back to normal life again. I did a simple outside table with a bit of "I deserve it, don't I?" shopping. Fruit plates are from West Elm.

I like simple even when the heat isn't my excuse.

The plates are a little stylized and maybe hard to see in my photos. This is an orange.




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