Autumn Reflections

One of things I look forward to in September is our last tour around the lake, to take in the autumn reflections. Here’s the view from our dock, and you can see that some of the leaves have already fallen off the tallest trees. It happens so fast …

autumn, {keeping with the times}

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We were the only people on the lake … and it was absolutely incredible. The photos don’t do it justice.
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Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night

~Hal Borland~

 

Old Fashioned Zucchini Bread

Autumn’s definitely in the air; geese are honking, leaves are turning colour and falling, and the days are quickly getting shorter.

All summer long, I cook most of our meals on the barbeque, and dessert? Well, when we had it, it was usually an ice cream treat of some kind.

But now … things they are a-changin’. With cooler temperatures comes my urge to bake. First up … zucchini bread! and when I make zucchini bread, I immediately turn to my mom’s recipe.

It’s basic, and it’s tried and true. Hubby say it’s his favourite …

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But first I had to play with some photos. I’ve been using LR to process and “print to file” and, oh.my.goodness. I am completely bowled over with the ease of it all, plus the template feature is a godsend!

Thanks to Kim for her clear instructions, I’ve left PS for LR once again. I’m going to turn into a template-making photo bomber! Now, I know this is old hat to many of you, but I’ve been a slow learner when it comes to LR … I was am such a PS lover.

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I thought about combining zucchini and carrots, but decided to leave that for another day … I think they make a pretty addition to the photo though …

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Fresh eggs …

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Make sure to serve your zucchini bread with a glass of cold milk … and don’t forget the pretty, photogenic straw!

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So here’s my basic, tried and true, zucchini bread – enjoy!

Old Fashioned Zucchini Bread
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups zucchini (grated)

Instructions
  1. Mix together oil and sugar in a mixer.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  3. Sift together flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and baking powder. Run it through the sifter 2 or 3 times.
  4. Add flour mixture alternately with grated zucchini, blending until smooth and the zucchini is evenly distributed.
  5. Pour into two loaf pans lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 325F for 1 1/4 hour. I used very dark pans so I reduced the baking time to 1 hour. Test with a toothpick, when it comes out clean, the loaves are done.

Notes
Makes 2 loaves.

I also have a recipe for Zucchini Quinoa Bread which is really quite yummy!

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Organic Photography

This week in Be Still 52, Kim showed us how to create organic photography that is both earthy and moody, and she so very kindly provided us with the perfect LR preset to help us in our quest.

I’d been planning on baking up some zucchini or carrot bread, and I had some brown eggs … hmmmm … I never buy brown eggs, but last week, for some unknown reason, my hands picked them out of the grocers refrigerator, propelled by some strange force … the compulsive photographers force, perhaps?

Organic Photo Shoot

Organic Photo Shoot

I’m certainly a novice at this type of photography, but I find that I really love the style. So, for inspiration, I’ve created a Dark, Moody Food Photography board on Pinterest. I’ll be adding lots more to it in the days ahead.

But the really incredible news for me is that I created this completely in LR! OMG – I never thought I’d see the day. But with Kim’s wonderful and timely help, I did it. I can’t thank her enough.

Now I’m off to bake that zucchini/carrot bread! Oh, but first! Check out my newest venture – my newsletter! I sent my first one out on Tuesday and I received some pretty positive feedback – it’s like me, writing a note to friends … sign-up form on sidebar …

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