Monday, December 14, 2009

Claiborne: Her Superhero Name Would be "Bat Dog"

Need I say more?  Just in case I do: Claiborne's adorable huge ears make her look like a cute-as-a-button  bat!  She's definitely a member of The Big Ears Club.  The biggest ears ever.  So cute.  If you've instantly fallen in love, as I'm sure you have, Claiborne is available for adoption through Stray Rescue.  Click here to ask them about her.  I know from experience that she's loads of fun in the park!

Monday, December 7, 2009

C is for Cookie...which is not good enough for me.

I don't care what letter "cookie" starts with.  All I care about is eating them.  Right now, I am sitting on top of Cookie Mountain.  I baked a dozen vegan chocolate cookies this evening (a lot for this household, as we don't normally have that many goodies around--I have no control over my sweet tooth when they're present), and I'm pretty sure this is the best batch I've ever, ever, ever made.  I used the same recipe I always use, but this time the cookies came out fluffy and baked so evenly.  Here is the one difference in what I did: I used a baking stone instead of an aluminum pan.  A few months ago Joe bought a stone because he got into baking bread.  If you haven't written your letter to Santa yet, you should totally ask him for a baking stone.  I don't care if you only bake cookies (or scones, or bread) once a year--you NEED one in you artillery.  I mean, check out how golden brown these suckers turned out!


Perhaps now you have the Cookie Monster song in your head.  Here's a link to the video for your further enjoyment.

In other deliciousness news, Joe made some awesome food over the weekend, including, but not limited to, a white bean soup and adzuki bean salad.  The soup warms my tummy and makes my taste buds smile.

And the salad is just damn good. Yum, radishes!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Suni and Dane: Engagement Portraits With a Dash of Cute!

How have I lived in St. Louis my entire life and never been to Laumeier Sculpture Park?  When wedded-to-be couple Suni and Dane chose the location for their engagement portraits I was excited to photograph at a new place.  To my delight, the park was not only scattered with a ton of cool sculptures, but also had beautiful wooded walking trails.  Bonus: we had unseasonably warm weather to play in.  Double bonus: they brought their adorable little pup, Dash.  Triple bonus: Suni and Dane are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet.