Saturday, March 3, 2012


In the boredom of my Saturday, I (photographer) decided to try out a new cupcake recipe. Aaaand, it was delicious! Because it contains fruit, I've decided that the recipe is super healthy, so I'm sharing pics with you plus the recipe, below...

Before the frosting...

Apple Banana Cupcakes:
2 c. flour                                        1 1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda                       2 eggs
1 tsp. salt                                        1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon         1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg            1 c. ripe bananas
2/3 c. shortening                         2 apples (peeled, cored and shredded)

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla and buttermilk. Beat in flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the mashed bananas and shredded apples. Fill each of 24 muffin cups 1/2 full. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes; allow to cool.

..and after!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dueling sanders - the update

Hey everyone! Just thought you might like to see a little update on one of our furniture projects... So, finally, here's the progress on "dueling sanders" a.k.a. the beautiful rocking chair that I'm refinishing.

So far I've sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and have finally resorted to stripping the rocking chair. Hopefully she'll be completely done soon, but here's a quick look at what's going on.

This is how she looked when we first found her.

It kind of looks like planet earth with all the colors she's been. We found white, black, green, blue, and more green.

If you really pay attention, she's got beauty on the inside!!