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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Photoshoot for Lexi!

I had a great time with my friend Sonya the other day photographing her little girl, Alexis!  They turned out so CUTE!  Here are a few of my favs!  Click Here to see the whole gallery!  (172 photos!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Grocery Coupons anyone?

Does anyone know of the best site for grocery coupons?  Please comment here for suggestions or your experiences with these sites!  That'd be really helpful!  I wanna start clipping coupons!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Cactus!

My Christmas cactus is in full bloom and looking so pretty!  I gave it a fun little photo session the other day!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Red Velvet Cheesecake!

17 Oreo cookies, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp sugar

3 pkgs (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp baking cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 bottle (1 oz) red food coloring

1 pkg (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place a greased 9-in springform pan on a double thickness of heavy duty foil (about 18 in square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

2. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Tip: google ideas on materials to use on the bottom of your pan for easy removal of your cheesecake to place on you cake plate.

3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, buttermilk, cocoa and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in food coloring. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 inch of hot water to this larger pan. Tip: This is called a 'water bath' and it prevents your cheesecake from splitting and cracking.

4. Bake at 325 for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.

5. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings

Monday, December 05, 2011

Photoshop'd Peacock!

This peacock is one of my old favorite photos. I played with it in Photoshop for several hours playing with the colors! I had so many versions but this ended up being my favorite!  © Tiffany Richards.




Another product that actually does what it says, and WORKS! I have tried so many bathroom cleaners that are suppose to remove the soap scum that makes your glass shower door looks so foggy and gross. Some of them work okay, but this CLR Bath & Kitchen cleaner REALLY does work! My shower doors look like NEW!! I picked it up from Walgreen's for $5.89. Amazon seems to be selling it for $33.99 (why?) Sheezz, a little pricy! But, I'm sold cause this product WORKS! 

Ha! I know this is really random kind of post, but sometimes I get excited and want to share some good news!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Glitter Polish

You know how when you see a bottle of the prettiest glittery nail polish at the store....? Then you get it home, you shake it up really good and get yourself ready for some shiny sparkly sweetness for your nails? You get a really good helping on your brush and spread it over your nail? 1 stroke, 2 strokes, 3 strokes....  and then your like 'what the...?'  Now you have on, basically, a clear polish with like 3 specks of glitter dust randomly appearing on your nail as if by accident? Like some dust from your craft table accidentally got into your clear nail polish?  LOL

Well, I finally found some glitter nail polish that really looks just as good on your nails as it does in the bottle!  Sally Hansen Gem Crush.  This shade is called Big Money (2 coats).  Perfect for New Year's Eve!!  Hooray for products that live up to their advertising promises!

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Puppy Chorus!

The girls, Emma and Francie sing along to "Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas"  Do any of you remember this movie?  My sister and I loved it!

After I uploaded that video, I was checking it out on my big screen and the girls couldn't figure out what in the world was going on!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Isabelle's Sweater

She'll let me put her sweater on as long as she doesn't have to lift one paw to help!
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