Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gardens

Travel Thursday


With the weather starting to warm up... I'm craving grandiose parks, gardens, and beautiful old architecture.



Taken in the gardens of Vizcaya Mansion in Miami.



Happy Traveling!!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Orange Poppyseed Loaf

Good Eats Wednesday

I have many cookbooks that I have been eager to dive into... and now that I have a little more time, I'm excited to start. So here is an Orange Poppyseed Loaf that I have baked from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book from the bakery in NYC.


This loaf is super delicious and extremely moist. You can see on my handwritten notes that I have also tried the lemon version which was equally as good, but there are some variations in the ratios on sugar and such. Also, I didn't make the glaze in both instances and thought it to be extremely delicious without...

Orange Poppyseed Loaf

1 whole orange, washed well
1 cup sugar
3eggs
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) of butter (melted)
2  1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4  teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon poppyseeds
Mix wet ingredients in a bowl, and mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Fold the two together.
Bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes.

 
*I used only one stick of butter.
If you opt for the glaze see photo for recipe.

**I just have one recommendation for the recipe which calls for the whole orange or lemon to be pureed in a food processor, but the white part of the orange and lemon can make it a tad bitter, so it may best to grate the zest, then cut the fruit and then puree the fruit minus the seeds.

Bon appetit!


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photo Collages

This is My Tuesday


Since I pull out my camera for a ton of little things, many shots don't often make it to the blog, so I thought I would share some random photos with you from the past two weeks.

Going clockwise:

1. The brunch I promised to show you. Healthy whole wheat french toast and egg whites (p.s. I totally disregarded my wheat allergy and suffered itchy rosy cheeks for the day - it was worth it).
2. Architecture shot around my building.
3. Our little cat Boots relishes in his few moments outside each day. He's our little Bengel Tiger...
4. From yesterday's post... as I watched my camera began to slide on the tripod... or maybe I was practicing my surprised expression.
5. Rocks from the beaches of Wales. Still have them from one of my first European excursion at 16... shot them for my Set of Three for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.
6. Fresh dough about to go in the oven for breadsticks with oregano. See the finished product HERE.
7. Balcony railing and shadows.

&

Here are my shots of the Supermoon. Better way late than never.
The first one was as we were driving slowly and I was pretty much sticking my head out the window to attempt a shot as the moon rose over the water. It was so cool, we saw the whole thing, but could not find parking in time! But I did manage to get the second one with the tripod directly from the sandy beach!


Question for bloggers: Which method do you use for collaging?
I've been using Picnik, but it seems to crash my internet all the time. Now I use Picasa.
Just curious about your preferences.

Happy Tuesday!


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Little Straw Hat

Fashion
& Announcements


Hat - Target.
Blazer - Miroa.
Tan ruffle tank - Miroa.
White lace cami tank - Charlotte Russe.
Leggings - Xhiliration at Target.
Shoes - Antonio Melani.
Purse - Louis Vuitton.


After kind of a blah week and much encouragement by my significant other reminding me that Rome was not built in a day... I wanted to share some good things happening in social networking land that lifted my mood.

1.  Being listed as Blogger of the Week on Gypsy*Diaries blog!
2.  PHOTOgraphy Getaways featured on Bonjour Romance blog!
3.  Being listed in the #Polyvore Daily under #fashion.
4   My friend Kori at Blonde Episodes is having her book published... I'm so happy for her!

To share some good news...
Congrats to Marie from All things Marie who won last week's Tulip photo card set giveaway
and a packet of wildflower seeds for spring!

Also, if you are interested in the Louis Vuitton?
I'm selling it!
$165 USD - Used, but real and in pretty good shape.
Normal wear on the strap, but no rips or tears-- a treasure to own!
Email me: nicoletterenee@hotmail.com
I will sell to the first person who responds and will send you an invoice via Paypal.

Have a super day!


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Photography



This week has been quite busy, so most of these photos were taken some time ago, but new material to the blog.

1. Decay (old/abandoned).
Petrified Wood in Arizona.

2. Groups of Three.
I did make time to take this pic today... guess it could also count as #5 "Me time". :)

3. Kitchen (consider a self portrait for this one).
Well this one was from Thanksgiving, checking on our turkey!

4. Things that make you go "Hmmm".
When I was wandering in Gruyeres, Switzerland I encountered
 some workmen lifting this piece of art with a crane. Hmm...

5. "Me" Time.
My best "Me" time is when I'm exploring new land.
Lake Maggiore, Italy.
 
Participate in Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley Sisk at Ramblings & Photos.



 
 
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BlogAway with HomeAway

Travel Thursday


Have you heard of HomeAway's BlogAway contest? For each month through September they are offering amenities for a one week getaway to bloggers who have been blogging consistently for the past three months. This month March 14-30 they are offering a week to London during the Royal Wedding to one lucky blogger!


Visit their site to see the rules to enter.

Naturally, I don't really want You to enter, because I want to win! But I think the point of having bloggers enter is to spread the word, naturally... so here is my entry below.


I believe I should win... because aside from witnessing history, and my birthday being 20 days apart from Prince William's. (Mom remembers being pregnant the same time as Princess Di, and watching the Royal Wedding from her tv - how cool would it be to say I was there for new royal couple's wedding!) Also, I would love to return to England to visit my dear friend Sheila who is in her 70's and lives in a little cottage in Harborne.  Since we met in Switzerland 4 years ago through traveling with Cosmos, we've chatted on the phone twice a week about life and movies. (She's the one who once worked for Coco Chanel, as you may have read about Here.)  But also the trip would mean I would get to investigate the English countryside to offer a new PHOTOgraphy Getaway, which couldn't get any better than villages with thatched roof cottages!

Photos by Nicolette Fisher.


Happy Traveling!


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Little Herb Garden

Good Eats Wednesday


I've started my indoor container garden this week, and have been enjoying the addition of lots of fresh herbs in my meals. Not to mention, I light candles in the evening and turn it into a little evening Zen garden.

Basil

Rosemary
Oregano


I'm not the only one who's been enjoying the garden!

xoxo,
nicolette


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Imperfection

Photography


When I was working on Sunday's Scavenger Hunt post for "Imperfection". I came across some old photos I took a few years ago in Las Vegas as I was waiting for the Zumanity show to start. The photos were taken with a very slow shutter speed and I disregarded the thought of ever using them, but somehow could never delete because I thought they turned out kind of cool. Now, I think they are kind of artisic in a goth sort of way. So they've been sitting around in my archives wondering if they will ever have there day. Today feels like the right day. :)






Have a super day!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tiptoeing Through Tulips

Belle Inspiration
& Giveaway



The Belle Inspiration March issue is out, and with that my "Tiptoeing Through Tulips" article as well! If you follow Photography Getaways blog or on Facebook, you may have seen my mini mag already with the article... if not, here it is...



After viewing the article and pictorial, if you are interested in any of the tulip photos as a set of cards, some of the card sets are now available on the Photography Getaways shop page!


But.... here is your chance to win a set of 5 cards!
Have you prepared for spring yet? Planted your garden? Well, if not I will be giving away a bag of wildflower seeds as well as a set of 5 tulip cards to one lucky winner!!

Ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment and follow via Google friend finder.
2. Follow via Bloglovin'.
3. Follow on Twitter and tweet.
4. Follow on Facebook.

Good luck!


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