Monthly Archives: May 2011

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes!

Last week or so I wrote a post called Holy Sweet Tooth! where I shared a link with 33 delish looking cupcake recipes.  Well!  I baked a batch of #32 for a lunch/baby shower celebrating my very preggo friend who is about to give birth to her second child.

This is the recipe that I followed and it was really quick and easy.
I did adjust the cook time from 20 minutes to 17 (because my oven tends to run a little high).
I might try checking them at 15 minutes next time because I thought they were just a touch overdone.

Verdict:

Very tasty…..and the pregnant lady had three, so that’s proof enough that the recipe doesn’t suck.  🙂
I really liked the addition of the graham cracker crumbs to the the batter.  It definitely gave it a different texture with a more dense and large crumb.  Don’t expect that fine and fluffy texture of a boxed mix, because that’s not what this batter yields.  The frosting is super easy (aside from juicing those teeny tiny key limes) and it was SO YUMMY.
Here’s how mine turned out!  That photo was taken right before I shoved it into my mouth.

NOTE:

It’s very tricky to make citrus curls for garnishes from teeny tiny key limes.  I don’t recommend it…it was messy and my fingertips were fearful as I worked at them with a very sharp knife.  If you want to garnish these with curls, I would use a regular lime.  Also, cut your garnishes the day you plan to present them.  Overnight they started to shrivel and dry out and by the next day began to turn brown and harden.
 Here’s a video on how to make citrus twists…he uses a lemon, but you can substitute a lime here.  There a few other methods you can find on YouTube, but I thought this one seemed the easiest.
Happy baking!
xoxo, Jenna
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The Girl Who Levitates

I found this link via Twitter and just loved what I saw….had to share it!

Natsumi Hayashi has a passion for levitation.  Always equipped with her camera, she travels her streets of Tokyo capturing images of herself jumping.  Passers-by may wonder about the “weird girl” repetitively jumping, but she carries on in her quest for the perfect levitation shot.  I simply love this idea.  I’ve posted the two that I liked the best, but do check out the link to see twelve more really fun photos from her levitation series.
Enough procrastination from me….MUST get back to working on an art instillation piece.  
xoxo, Jenna

Little Monsters

In April of this year, Lady GaGa came to Orlando to perform at the new Amway Center.  I was unable to go to the show {sigh}, but I did create some Little Monsters.

This was the most fun to make, however, I looked like I fucked a unicorn as I was covered H to T in glitter.
I’m still finding glitter all over my house and outside almost two months later.
I could do crazy hair & make-up all day long.
I’ve never seen anyone as excited for a concert as this girl…she is a mega fan

 

Needless to say, these creatures had fun….and so did I.  I’m absolutely looking forward to the next opportunity to costume someone up!
xoxo, Jenna

Holy Sweet Tooth!

Before I learned to cook, I learned to bake and baking became one of the great loves of my life.  I love sweet.  I love rich, buttery, chocolaty fatty goodness.  You can try to pull a low fat or sugar substituted baked good over on me, but I will most likely notice the lack of calories and splendor.  A Facebook friend posted the beautiful link of Ming Makes Cupcakes the other day and my excitement could be measured in “Mmmmmmmm’s”

Here are a few that really caught my fancy and I’m going to try to make some soon….

If you decide to try any of these delectable beauties, do let me know how they turned out.
Happy baking!
xoxo, Jenna

Vivian Maier

I don’t remember how I learned of Vivian Maier, but somehow at the end of last year, her work found her way to my computer screen and I’ve been smitten ever since.  Not only did I find her photographs captivating, but the story of her rise to fame is wonderful.  She was also a nanny, just like me, and I suppose that attracted me to her as well.  Sadly, she never lived to see her work adored by so many, or maybe it’s better this way as she has been described as a fiercely private woman.  Here is a selection of my favorites, but her website has so much more and they are all beautiful.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Quotes and photos via www.vivianmaier.com with supplemental photos via the John Maloof collection/blog and the Jeffrey Goldstein collection.

Self Portrait




“An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Vivian bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she would comb the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. By 1956 Vivian left the East Coast for Chicago, where she’d spend most of the rest of her life working as a caregiver. In her leisure Vivian would shoot photos that she zealously hid from the eyes of others. Taking snapshots into the late 1990′s, Maier would leave behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives. Additionally Vivian’s passion for documenting extended to a series of homemade documentary films and audio recordings. Interesting bits of Americana, the demolition of historic landmarks for new development, the unseen lives of ethnics and the destitute, as well as some of Chicago’s most cherished sites were all meticulously catalogued by Vivian Maier.”

This is my favorite.  It’s like she’s trying to hide this moment of self inflicting pain.  I imagine that she’d rather break her pinky than be there.  It makes me think of this great quote that Glenn Close’s character says in Dangerous Liasons….  
“When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork into the back of my hand.”
“A free spirit but also a proud soul, Vivian became poor and was ultimately saved by three of the children she had nannied earlier in her life. Fondly remembering Maier as a second mother, they pooled together to pay for an apartment and took the best of care for her. Unbeknownst to them, one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments. In those storage lockers lay the massive hoard of negatives Maier secretly stashed throughout her lifetime.”
A lot of her shots are of a voyeuristic nature.  I like the idea that this moment was captured and that they might never know.

…and a sense of humor

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.”

Capturing the glamorous life…

…and the not so glamorous life.

Catching people at their smirkiest…

…and focusing on a person’s idiosyncrasies. 

The happy…

…and the sad…

…or the sleepy…