Saturday, February 25, 2012

Flashback - 2007

This was taken in July 2007 on the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Mile 0. Brings back some *amazing* memories for me.  My mom always dreamt of doing a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, and in 2006 we started the planning process.  We went with Canyon Explorations for our trip (I HIGHLY recommend them!!).  After a year of planning/prep, 6 of us (family and friends) started our 6-day journey down the Colorado River - minimal-footprint camping, canyon hikes, paddling, swimming, culminating with the 7.5 mile hike OUT of the canyon (in July...114* by 10 a.m. - yikes!) 
Grand Canyon. Mile 0. Right below Lee's Ferry.
I am not a photography expert by any stretch of the imagination. I enjoy experimenting with my camera settings.  This photo, however, was a case of right place, right time, right light, etc, etc.  One of my favorites, I got an 8"x10" made, matted and framed it, and it now hangs on my bedroom wall.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Super Cupcakes - not for the faint of heart!

I don't want to bring up bad memories (a.k.a. the Super Bowl - from a Pats fan's point of view...) but I had to share these cupcakes.  I brought them to a friend's Super Bowl party and they were a huge hit! I found the recipe in the Worcester Telegram and HAD to try it out. 

Click here for the recipe.

Beer cupcakes with whiskey frosting
I used an oatmeal stout in the cake, Jack Daniels in the frosting, and topped the cakes with a variety of treats - M&Ms, pretzels, peanuts, chocolate-covered cookie dough, and bacon. (Yes. Bacon.)

Monday, February 20, 2012

New adventures...!

Hi there!  Welcome to my blog and thanks for reading!  I am new to the "blogosphere," so bear with me. (:  I love to photojournal my life and adventures, both in and out of the kitchen.  I LOVE to cook, and try new recipes, and I love to try new adventures.  Stay tuned for more posts, pictures, and treats!