Friday Finds: Inspiration

Friday Finds … what did I find this week?

Well, I found two plaid flannel shirts at Superstore. What shouts “autumn” more than that?

friday finds

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Bright, cozy, classic.The colour of leaves. But I found lots of other things too.

Autumn Plaids, friday finds

Such as how much I love the photo processing and inspiration that I’m finding in both Start to Finish, and Be Still 52. In fact, last week when I saw Kim’s photo of a pear and some leaves, I absolutely knew I had to re-create the whole darn thing! Incredibly it has ended up as my new blog header! I’ve been trying to come up with a new idea for ages but was at a loss as to what to do.

My WordPress theme is set up with a rather (giant) space for a header and I have no idea on how to change it. It’s simply too complicated and risky for me to go into the html code and mess around. I’d be flirting with disaster.

Suddenly, I saw potential with my pear and leaves photo. I took it into Lightroom; toning, straightening, and cropping. Then I used the preset kk_darkmood and finally, sent it over to Photoshop.

What you see in my final header is a combination of four copies of this photo, merged and cloned to extend the white bead board. Here’s what I started with (after LR edits) …

KWTT Header

I’m pretty happy with it. I needed something that fit with the photography element of my blog but still had lots of white space.

I also want to thank Beverly (our sweet blogging friend) from Lavender Bleu … she felt the same way about Kim’s photo and we conspired together that we were going to re-create it! What an inspirational community!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday Finds at kimklassen.com

 

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Thanks to the Start to Finish class, I spent the better part of a day baking, photographing, and then eating these decadent Chocolate Truffle Cookies …

oh. my. heavens… be sure to put this one on your holiday baking list. They’re like a cross between a truffle and a snowball; totally down my alley.

But now the kitchen in an epic mess, I need to have shower to get all the cocoa off me, and I think I’ve gained 5 pounds. Egads, I feel like I’ve been up to no good.

Don’t let all that put you off. If you don’t want to eat them all, you could package them into little containers and give as gifts … (ahem) that’s if you don’t want to eat them all …chocolate truffle cookies

Photographic ingredients: chocolate, brown paper, and one kitchen utensil.

chocolate truffle cookies

chocolate truffle cookies

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So here’s the recipe for you. Please, throw caution to the wind and try making these. I don’t think you will regret it!

Chocolate Truffle Cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Coating
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup icing sugar.
  3. Blend in vanilla and melted chocolate.
  4. At low speed, blend in flour and salt.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
  8. In a small bowl, combine icing sugar and cocoa, roll cooled cookies in cocoa mixture.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Notes
*Recipe from The Best of Bridge

… now I’m going out for a very long walk.

Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush

 

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