Goodbye Holidays, Hello 2013!

As always, the holidays were crazy for me. Baking, new PR freelance gig, photography for Help Portrait and clients – busy, busy, busy!

Now that the holidays are officially over, I’m actually looking forward to a normal schedule and spending more time on photography. I also am excited to use my three new backgrounds: A grey tie-dye muslin, a scarlet/velveteen and a purple/velvet canvas. Now for models to practice with…

Anyway, 2013 is a wonderful time to document your family with portraits, to treat yourself to a glamour photography session, for a new couple’s shot… The possibilities are endless! Email me via the contact page for more information!

And check out my work from Help Portrait here: http://www.facebook.com/KellieWorksPhotography?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.399584536778319.87788.382926461777460&type=1.

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Mummies and witches and pumpkins, Oh my!

So I’m usually a big fan of Halloween. It’s actually kind of funny because I hate scary movies, I don’t visit haunted attractions and I don’t get trick-or-treaters at my house…

Anyway, I was sick over the weekend and the weather Hurricane Sandy brought to Ohio has been dismal, so I haven’t had any projects to get in the spirit. Last night my husband convinced me that I should at least bake a little something for the holiday. We had the stuff to make sugar cookies and a batch of icing, so….

Of COURSE that led to a full-blown trip to the store to buy Halloween Funfetti Cupcake mix, stuff for another batch of icing, candy eyes, fudgestripe cookies and kisses for witch hats, etc.

Three hours later my table was covered in orange, brown, white and black icing, but I’m glad I took the plunge. These treats are pretty darn cute and it definitely made my Halloween a little better!

Check out the photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100123033347490.2244052.50900860&type=1&l=ce7a1ba4bc.

Lemon and Green Tea Cupcakes? Oh yes!

I tried another new cupcake flavor this weekend – Lemon and Green Tea!

The basis for this recipe came from a new cupcake cookbook my best friend got me for my birthday a couple weeks ago. I was a little unsure about a recipe with so much lemon and no milk, but I’m happy with the way they came out. AND they are pretty!

Check them out in my Facebook gallery. It’s public, so you should be able to see them!

Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100112515116110.2242543.50900860&type=1&l=13d3ed0a52.

Two new recipes: Sweet Potato, Apple Pie cupcakes

I tried two new ‘from scratch’ recipes this week – Sweet Potato Cupcakes and Apple Pie Cupcakes. Both were for work, which is probably for the best, because God knows I don’t need to eat them all…

Although I will say that, on these particular recipes, I wouldn’t have minded having to force down all 24 cupcakes.  😀

So the Sweet Potato Cupcakes I made Sunday for a coworker’s 33rd anniversary. She likes this special cupcake place downtown, Abby Girl Cupcakes, but they were closed Monday, so I took this project under my wing. I had a Sweet Potato Cupcakes at Sugar Cupcakery in Milford a couple years back, so I thought I’d give this a go. They were pretty awesome – except that they were like cement in the liners and, when I told people they were Sweet Potato they looked at me like I had three eyes.

Keeping with the cinnamon theme, I decided I’d try Apple Pie Cupcakes for our potluck tomorrow. I know people at work are probably super sick of cupcakes, but they are so easy to make when you know a group will be eating them! It’s so hard to make an actual cake or pie and have to worry about piecing it out for everyone.

Anyway, this recipe called to caramelize apples and bake them on top of the cupcake batter. It was a little bit of a pain, but totally worth it. These might be the best cupcakes every, especially with the cinnamon flourish. YUM CINNAMON! I actually remembered to take photos of these little guys. Check ’em out!

How it all went…

First of all, sorry it’s taken me a few days to get this post together. The Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue event I took photos for and baked dog cookies for and did the public relations for was Saturday!

Anyway, the event went wonderfully. The turnout was a little low, but everyone who came had a wonderful time – and lots of people brought their great pets!

I want to thank Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, especially Emily and Carol, for putting this event together and for letting me be part of it. I hope I can work with this wonderful group again soon.

Here are just a couple of the photos I took at the event, including one or two of the dog cookies: http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.998970194070.2239922.50900860&type=1. The album is public, so you should be able to see it!

Operation Dog Cookies

So I’m volunteering with the Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue event this weekend and I offered to bring dog cookies. I think they’ll be fun to make – as long as they roll out and cut OK without cracking! Hopefully everything goes OK and I get them all baked tonight.

Check out the recipe below. I’m definitely going to be buying wheat flour, flax seeds and spelt flour for the first time. Hope they are just tucked away in the organic section!

Have you made dog cookies? Do you have a puppy-safe recipe to share?

I’ll post some photos of the cookies tonight or tomorrow!

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour, or as needed

2 cups spelt flour

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

¼ cup flax seeds

2 ½ cups warm water

½ cup natural peanut butter

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine wheat flour, spelt flour, oats, and flax seeds in large bowl. Stir in water and peanut butter. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in more flour as needed until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut with small cookie cutters into desired shapes, and place ¾ inch apart on greased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 40 minutes. Turn oven off; leave biscuits in oven until completely cool.

Louie’s Legacy event this weekend

A few weeks ago, a co-worker asked if I’d be interested in helping Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue promote their upcoming community festival. I’m always game to loan my skills and time, so I agreed!

I put together a release filled with all the wonderful happenings and had a fantastic time meeting the great people who make this rescue such a successful organization.

The event is from 2pm to 6pm this Saturday at Kennel Resorts in Milford/Miami Township. If you’re in town and can swing by, I’d definitely encourage you to do so. There will be a sponsored dog walk, vendors, demos, special events, raffles, silent auction and FREE stuff. And, best of all, the proceeds help to rescue, rehab and rehome pets in the Cincinnati area.

In addition to the release, which you can read on my Public Relations page, I’m also going to bake special dog-friendly cookies AND take pet/family portraits at the event. It will be a great opportunity to have a fun picture with your pet! I will be emailing the photos Sunday to everyone who had them taken. Rather than have a fee for these photos, we’re asking people to make whatever donation they can. Please help us raise money for this great organization!

Contact me or leave a comment if you need any additional information! Thanks!