This guy is awesome. I love how he came to me in his UPS outfit and said “Mom, will you help me with my cape and mask?” So serious but so much fun!  5 year olds are the best.

-KristineNoel

We had a great weekend in Galveston recently. The surf was perfect for boogie boarding, the sand was so soft and there was plenty of good company and nice conversation all the way around. Such a wonderful mini break from life in the big city!

Pointe West Summer Portraits

-KristineNoel

Type the following into Google:  “Best Cho…..”

Click on the first entry that comes up to fill your query…

And you will find the following:

 

The recipe is slightly adapted from Savory Sweet Life, only because I did not have enough brown sugar to follow it exactly…

It is also copied here:

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER!
Author: Savory Sweet Life
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 48 Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (originally called for 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (originally called for 1 1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups (12 oz) all-purpose flour *If at all possible, please weigh the flour
  • ¾ tsp. smallish-medium coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until it is nice and fluffy (approx. 3 minutes on medium-high speed on a K-5). Add both eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is fully incorporated. Finally add chocolate chips until well distributed. The cookie batter should be somewhat thick. Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough or use a medium cookie scoop and plop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown. Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Pick up the parchment paper with the cookies still on top and transfer to a cool non-porous surface. Allow the cookies to cool on the paper for at least 3 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Notes
*please do not use table salt, the sea salt gives the cookies a nice flavor and hints of texture. If you only have table salt, use ½ tsp. *When using sea salt, you will get small crunchy flecks of salt when you bite into the cookie. If you do not like this taste, go with ½ teaspoon of table salt. *I realized grocery stores sell bags of chocolate chips in 12 oz bags but this recipe really needs every last chip. Otherwise you’ll get cookies with only a few chips in each one and this recipe requires lots of chocolate to bulk the cookie up. You’ll need about 1½ bags.

I agree with just about everything in this recipe especially her thoughts on the salt… I love a little crisp hint of salt in chocolate chip cookies.  These cookies were flat, crisp and remarkably chewy on the inside.  Both Ben and I might, just might have had these for breakfast and might, just might have skipped regular sustenance while avidly eating these (for the full two days they were in the house).   I am also going with Savory Sweet Life in agreeing that these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  They really are great and so easy.

 

 

KristineNoel

 

 

A while back I had a small windfall.  Something to do with a birthday, the mail and a check.

To take care of something that had been nagging me a bit (e.g. wanting to see what it was like to shoot film with a medium format camera), I decided to buy a vintage Rolleiflex MX.  Like the camera Vivian Maier used, or Robert Capa, Diane Arbus carried.  I wanted to try shooting film again and seeing if I could get it “right”.   Not having the comfort of being able to look at the back of my digital camera and see what I missed or adjust and take another shot.

So I shot a few rolls, at the house, at the beach and on a plane.  I will start with a little series at home.  Utilizing that same window light that made me fall in love with taking pictures of my kids…So here is Chase on film, shot with my new old Rolleiflex MX.  The camera is around 60 years old.  It is heavy, well built and feels substantial in your hands.  I love how mechanical it is.  And to be frank I was pleasantly surprised with how the images turned out.  I was able to get focus right a at least some of the time in MANUAL,

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not making the switch to film total – though I did enjoy the experience.  I liked waiting to see how my images came out.  I loved that I loved the color of the images right away and I didn’t correct a thing in photoshop.  Maybe not a perfect first run – but enough to keep me coming back.  I am excited that I also have bonafied prints on their way to me right now as well!

I plan on shooting a roll of black and white next.  Though looking at my camera it says I am on frame 3… Time to use this little brick again. Vivian certainly would not have let this camera sit on a shelf!

KristineNoel

 

If only all my days were filled with such sweetness:)Happy Easter!

 

 

I am rediscovering my 100 mm macro lens… My other little lenses are in the shop.  Imagine sending them thousands of miles away… I hope they come back in one piece…

KristineNoel