Friday, September 12, 2014

Video: On The Last Day

Urban exploring. Weeds and flowers. New life. Old life. Flight. Change.
We are all in the balance, and it's hard to be brave.

I went exploring. This is one of my favorite things I've ever created. Please enjoy it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Recipe Box - Shortbread Jelly Cookies

My favorite thing to do besides shooting is baking ... so I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. These shortbread cookies are super simple to make and extremely scrumptious.

 Shortbread Jelly Cookies

Ingredients For Cookies:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 butter, melted
1 large egg yolk
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons water (add more if dough is too dry)
Fruit jelly (I used homemade raspberry jelly but any kind will work)

Ingredients for Frosting:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter

 Combine the flour, shortening, brown sugar, melted butter, egg yolk and salt into a bowl and mix well together.
You should get a crumble mixture like the photo. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water and add it to the mixture. Only add one tablespoon at a time to make sure the batter doesn't get too sticky. 

Next roll the mixture into one inch balls. Put them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and take your pointer finger and gently press down into the middle of the ball. It will create a tiny indent you will later use for your jelly.

Once baked, take a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon and scoop the jelly into each shortbread cookie. Add the powdered sugar/melted butter mixture (optional) to add some sweetness and to finish off.  I always add the mixture in a ziploc baggie and then snip the corner to make pouring easy.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Travel Log - Mount Evans, Colorado

I've been a sick little thing lately so instead of sitting at home I decided it was time to pack up the car and go for a day trip to the highest auto road in North America ... leading up to the top of Mount Evans.

To say that I couldn't breathe would be an understatement given my sinuses unfortunate state, but it was worth the blizzard and the brutal winds. At 14, 270 feet it felt like I was above the world and above any weight on my shoulders.

The roadway is closed till next season as of tomorrow, Sep. 2nd but I plan to go back over the next month on some of the year-round open trails that surround the mountain landscape. If you love long hikes and live in the Denver area ... check it out.