Monday, December 9, 2013

Kelamie on film

Remember this pretty evening? Well, Jesse and I took some photos of Kelly and Laramie (celebrity couple name - Kelamie) also, but since they were taken with film, we didn't get to actually see them until this past week. Film is a tricky and difficult medium... sometimes the pictures are so beautiful they make you giddy, other times it's all disappointment when you finally get those film scans back.  These ones were somewhere in between. Kelly and Laramie themselves were lovely of course, and the night couldn't have been more beautiful.

Jesse and I both love film photography, but it's definitely a skill to be cultivated. It's nice to have sweet family who are patient with us when we want to practice on them:)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lemon curd

Yes, the word "curd" doesn't sound like something super appetizing to eat, but hear us out. We made lemon curd, also sometimes called lemon butter, and it was delicious. Here's the recipe:

2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
In a saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks and the whole eggs until combined. Add the lemon juice, zest, and a pinch of salt and mix until just combined. Add the sugar and whisk until combined, then set over medium heat. Add the butter pieces and stir the mixture constantly until all of the butter melts and the mixture thickens and reaches about 170 degrees.
Remove the curd from the heat and pour into a fine mesh sieve set over a clean glass bowl. Use a spoon to help push the mixture through the sieve. Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe adapted from here.

In my opinion, the best way to eat it is a spoonful at a time, right out of the jar. ^^

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Autumn in Bozeman

A while ago (and by 'a while ago', I really mean 'two months ago') Kelly and I and our sister-in-law Meg went out for an afternoon with cameras in tow, determined to find some pretty fall leaves to photograph.  

We had one of those falls here in Bozeman where the cold snap hits early, causing a lot of the leaves to just kind of turn brown and fall off before they ever get a chance to change into pretty colors.  It was a wee bit disappointing, but we managed to hunt down a few trees that were ever so beautiful and take some pictures.  Even in a not-so-perfect autumn, we live in an incredibly beautiful place!

Blurry baby belly! ^^

And yeah, we finished with the best chai ever from Rockford Coffee. It just tastes like fall:)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Golden hour

It was a beautiful fall evening and Karen and Jesse wanted to practice some film photography with me and Laramie as their subjects. (Perhaps we can show some of those pics in a future post.)  We also used the opportunity to snag some photos of the expecting couple.

Yes, I realize his eyes are closed, but I loved it that way for some reason. ^^


 Gorgeous Blackmore Peak with the autumn trees in the foreground. ^^

Friday, October 4, 2013

An adventure walk!

We had been promising our nieces all summer to take them on an "adventure walk," but things just kept getting in the way.  We finally made it happen as the last of summer was leaving us.  The day we chose happened to be chilly and rainy, thus all the hoodies you see in the photos! Despite the weather, it was a lot of fun, and it even warmed up a bit toward the end of the afternoon. 
"We're on an adventure walk!!"  (Yes, I made them say that.) ^^
What is an adventure walk, you ask?  Well, before our walk Kelly and I made little checklists on clipboards of items for them to look for along our walk... things like a berry, something round, something fuzzy, a stick to roast marshmallows on, etc.  We gave them little tote bags to collect these things in. Also, we had them take photos of certain things, such as something blue, and themselves with their aunties:)  We also made the super cool pink "Adventurer" banners you see them rocking in these photos! ^^
Snacks were involved... both healthy and unhealthy.  What are aunts for anyway? ^^
Eating a carrot with no front teeth = difficult. ^^
Eating a pixie stick with no front teeth = easier. ^^
(Side note:  Kelly and I could not stop laughing about how this little one looked like a mini Grim Reaper in all our photos because of her black hoodie.  Maybe you had to be there. She's the cutest thing ever, even when she does look like the Grim Reaper!)

Group shot!  We have big plans to try to make this, or some variation of it, an annual tradition.  It was fun and -bonus!- nearly free!