Monday, November 07, 2011

new/old camera treasure!

Months ago I picked up an old camera at the local Salvation Army store, and just now got around to Googling it, and what a treasure!  It's a Zeiss Ikon, Super Ikonta 530/2
Thanks to Mike Elek at Classic Cameras, I have access to a manual and lots of lovely images of my camera!

There was a roll of film in it when I got it, and now I know that only six pics had been taken.  I got the film developed at Cooper's Imaging in Norwichtown, CT--very nice people! I brought the negative home and scanned it into Photoshop to see what was there.

I like the rose the best, and the last one of the trees and barn next, but have no clue where they could have been taken.  The Cooper's guy said the roll (Kodak Vericolor III, 120) was probably from the 90s,  and one of the images has an above ground pool in the back--behind bushes and a railing (#4).

I bought a new roll of 120 film and armed with the manual from Mike Elek's site, I'm going to learn how to use this really cool piece of German engineering!

Monday, September 05, 2011

My Challenge Blog...

So, I've officially created my Virtual Bakery, a dream  that just needs visualization, and a bunch of money, to come true.  This first baby step is the creation of it's own blog, where I'll post pics of the results of the challenges I'll try in The Daring Bakers monthly challenges.  The first one is for September, and is Croissants, using the recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two. Julia Child and Simone Beck.

I'll also post more baking pics there as I practice new recipes and techniques. The challenges will tell me if I'm ready to go for it and make RowanTree a reality!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More cake! ...and Daring Bakers!

My latest adventure is with l'Opera Cake. It's French, and so delicious it can make me cry!

The recipe was online, and it's basically the one Dori Greenspan uses in her fabulous book Paris Sweets (which I immediately ordered from Amazon), and she adapted it from one made at Dalloyau, a shop on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris.

It consists of layers of joconde (an almond sponge cake)drenched in espresso syrup, then spread with a generous layer of espresso flavored French Buttercream--something that, once you've tasted it, you may never go back to the stuff you make with shortening and powdered sugar, for sure!--then more cake and syrup, then ganache, more cake and syrup, then a glaze made of melted chocolate and clarified butter blended into something unbelievable!

So, now I'm on a joconde journey. I'm going to try at least ten different combinations of this scrumptious cake and fillings and glazes--how can I not?

My search for Joconde led me to The Daring Kitchen and I joined right up to face the challenges put to Daring Bakers there! I can't wait for the first one!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes!

I've been so busy baking, that I haven;'t had time to blog--I even have a new smartphone, but I'm not quite 'smart" enough to blog from it yet--soon!

Meanwhile, I've uploaded all sorts of pics of cakes I've been making to my fotki site, click here to see them!

This one is an almond cake with Raspberry Buttercream, and lemon lettering, and toasted almonds on the side.. The hummingbird was done freehand.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What tarot card am I?

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


IMGIRL is the winner of my OWOH giveaway! I've e-mailed her and just waiting for a reply!

Congratulations to all winners and bloggers in this fun event!

Monday, January 31, 2011

One World, One Heart Final Giveaway Event

This is the final year this event will be held, so I had to join up again.

I'll be giving away two 12" quilt blocks SIMILAR to these two--the colors and fabrics will be different as they are scrappy quilt blocks I haven't made yet! The patterns will be the same, and the fabrics will all be quality quilt cottons, prewashed and carefully sewn.

I'll make it with preferred colors if possible if the winner has made a preference in his/her comment.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

One World, One Heart--Final Event!

It's starting Monday, 1/30 so check back here to post your comments again this year--my giveaway will be posted on Jan. 30 so you can leave your comments and hope to win!

This has been and is a great bit of blogger social networking--visit all the creative and artistic and crafty bloggers who link in, and see how wonderful the world is!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I'm hired! I have three good jobs now, all adding up to one full time, which is great. It works perfectly into my ADD, since every day is something different, and I have so many new things to research and develop and learn--from Microsoft Word and Excel and Quickbooks, and a big list of other interesting programs in the secretary job, then general cooking and menus and recipes for the cooking dinner job at the monastery, and then there's all the baking!! I love baking!

Nuccio's Italian Market is a NY style Pizzeria, with a deli and market on one side and a bakery case I get to fill daily--well at least the three days I work there. There's another woman working there, too, who has been there a year+ and basically has the experience in how this particular bakery case needs to be filled, and I'm learning it gradually, since I'm only there three mornings Thurs, Fri and Sat.

January with all the new snow we're getting has slowed things down a bit, but I can work in the kitchen doing other prep if there is no baking to be done, so it's ok. I'm also going to try to enter some cakes in the CT Cake Competition in February. It's a busy time for me! YAY!