It's with a heavy heart that I write this obituary for Photographs & Memories. For those of you who have been wondering where I've been the last month, here is what happened:
One faithful morning, I was looking through my Google + account and noticed a lot of photos on my account from years of blogging. I didn't want people (and potential future employers) to be able to see the photos (there were even some photos I had erased from the blog there), so I erased all the photos on my Google + account. No harm done, right?
Wrong. That was a bad idea.
Later that night when I went to post to my lovely blog, I noticed something out of the ordinary: ALL MY PHOTOS FROM MY BLOG WERE GONE. Replaced by an ugly circle with a line through it.
I. Was. Devastated.
I quickly tried to recover the blog by plugging in my hard drive (which has ALL of my photos and which I was planning to back up any day...) and discovered another lovely sign that was out of the ordinary: "IMAGES CORRUPT". All of them. corrupt. Apparently my hard drive was formatted for PC, not Mac, so all the images from the past year that I had been storing on it were gone. GONE.
There were tears. Lots of tears.
So, not only did I lose my little baby child of a blog because without pictures it's pointless (I mean, it's called PHOTOGRAPHS and memories for a reason...), but I had no way of replacing them because my photos were gone. As you can see, I tried to resuscitate the blog a little, but my heart was damaged from this loss and I felt like I couldn't go on.
After weeks of stumbling around feeling like there was no purpose (at least no creative purpose anymore), I decided to end this journey. I have met so many amazing people through this blog and I truly cherish all that I have learned and shared with you.
HOWEVER, don't go yet, because I am excited to announce that I am not gone from the blogging world, as I've started a new adventure over at Snap Happy, a blog dedicated to recording life’s wild and precious adventures (sound familiar?). However, this outlet will focus less on me and more on photographing the world around me. I'm excited to embark on this adventure as I hope to have a more structured blogging schedule and be able to grown and develop my photography more through this platform.
Please PLEASE make sure to check out Snap Happy (it's still a work in progress but getting there) and make sure to come back and visit me again!
Sometimes it's hard to not get caught up in planning for the future and worrying about what you need to get done. But if you don't enjoy and celebrate the little moments, you'll find yourself just going through the motions and not living in the present. It's nice little reminder on this gloomy & wet Monday morning and definitely my words to live by the next couple of days.
Give me lots of plaid, babies, and a chocolate cupcake and I am a happy girl! Colin's birthday was filled with giggles, bubbles, and a big ol' chocolate grin, which pretty much made my whole day. Happy first birthday Colin!
You see here this adorable little babe? This is Colin, and a few weeks ago I had the fortune of photographing his first birthday party, which his crafty mother made into a fully on farm hoedown. It was amazing, really. Martha Stewart would be proud.
I wouldn't necessarily call these things cookies- they aren't very cookie-like shaped and they crumble like crazy, but man, are they DELICIOUS! As probably realized by the super creative name I named them, these babies contain oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips, and I don't think I have to try to explain to you how heavenly that mixture is. PLUS they are gluten free. Oh yeahhhh.
Disclaimer: this recipe makes around 45 LARGE cookies so I advise cutting the recipe in half if you don't want to store half of the recipe in your freezer (which isn't such a bad thing in my book).
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
1 and 1/2 stick of butter
1 and 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 and 1/2 cups of gluten free oats
3 cups of "extras" (I like chocolate chips, but you can also substitute for nuts)
Set oven to 350 degrees
Cream together the sugars and butter
Add in the peanut butter, baking soda, vanilla and mix together
Add the eggs and mix together
Add in the oats and extras, mix together
Start to ball dough into cookies on cookie sheet (the dough might be crumbly but try to pack it tightly)
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until they are lightly brown on the bottom (bake for less time if you want them chewier).
Try not to each 10 of them in a row.
That's it! They are SUPER easy and seriously delicious. Enjoy!