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How Tu-esday: Make a hungry light box!

22nd January 2013

Like most people, my house isn’t properly set up for a photo studio so like to improvise! When I need to take pretty straight forward product shots, I end up making friends, in order to help me build a light box! Its a simple and cheap way to create clean and evenly lit shots. Heres how you can make one too.

You’ll need these things to make both the friend and the light box:

To make a friend, just cut and paste like so:make the eyes and teeth, and hold them off to the side until later

Heres how you make the light box:Lay the cardboard flat. Cut along one panel of the box using the ruler as a guide to keep the cut from veering too close to the fold of the box.

Repeat that process 2 more times so that only one cardboard panel is still uncut.

Tape up the box. By now, your box should be able to fit your Totoro, like so.

Cut three of the flaps off of the box

Tape the tracing paper to 2 insides of the box, and one on top of the box. This way, to take nice overhead shots (like these), all you have to do is lift up the flap and shoot straight down!

Cut the poster board to the width of the box, and tape them from the back board up, out.

Now bring your friend out into the bright sun that would usually cast shadows on your subject, and try feeding it to your new friend. I bet he’ll eat all the shadows and (if its yummy enough) your subject, too!

Look how quickly he ate my Jello!!! 3 shutter clicks and the whole thing was gone.

How Tu-esday: Ham and Gruyère Pop Tarts

8th January 2013

Ok, to their more of a “turn over” than a pop tart, but pop tarts are just such a fun breakfast food that I these deserve that title, anyway!

I was in a bit of a bind when Christmas came out of nowhere this year, and I had offered to contribute a dish to a family full of cooks. Christmas eve is no time to brave the grocery store, so I used some things sandwich essentials I had in the refrigerator, along with some pre-made pie crust that I like to keep in the freezer. With this, I put together with what has now become my new favorite hand held meal!

It was so easy to make, that I didn’t even know how to take photos of the short process, so I drew it out instead!

Some great things about these ham & cheese pop tarts:

  • it takes nearly no time to make, for a ton of people
  • instead of baking them right away, you can freeze the pocket and thaw/ bake it on a later and lazier cooking day
  • you can add lot of things other than just ham and cheese. (examples: mushrooms, peas, bacon, macaroni!!)

To make about 15 of them, you’ll need these things

*You’ll also need a baking sheet and some parchment paper, but I forgot to add that doodle. Ooops!

Now, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and follow the instructions on how to make some pop tarts:

grate the cheese, dice the ham, and roll out the doughCut the dough into rectangles. Pile some ham and cheese in the middle of one rectangle of dough, then stack another rectangle on top of it.Seal the pop tart by pressing along the edges with the tip of a fork.

Separate the yolk from the egg, and lightly brush the egg white on top of the pop tart. (It’ll give it a nice glossy toasted look in the end.)

Place the pop tarts on a parchment lined baking sheet, and put them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve them with a little whole grain mustard and pat yourself on the back because you’re totally a baker, now!

How Tuesday: Make A $400 Book

21st February 2011

As much as I love my iPhone, I seem to misplace and drop it to the extent where that must look pretty questionable. I don’t do well with phone cases, so I made a new home for my phone out of an old book.

for this project, you will need:

  • a phone
  • a hardcover book that is larger than said phone
  • a pencil
  • paper glue
  • a pencil
  • a piece of ribbon
  • an Xacto knife
  • a brush or sponge of some sort

place your phone where you plan on it being planted

trace the phone with a pencil

cut into he outlined area, a few pages at a time

continue cutting into the pages, being aware that as you get further into the book, the pages are going to try to shift your alignment.

So make sure that you’re pages are aligned, by making an L shape with your book before cutting

cut until your phone becomes flush with the book

then start gluing. Starting from the back of the book, place some glue on the page and even it out with a brush.

This helps make sure that the pages don’t get wet and wavy because of the glue.

on the last full page, glue only around the edges and attach a ribbon. Since its right below the phone, the ribbon helps pop the phone out of the book. Not to mention that it really works like a bookmark, while gluing the pages. Every couple of pages of gluing, press the pages together to make sure that everything is properly aligned. The ribbon is a good marker that helped me remember where I left off.

Let it dry overnight, and then you have the worlds most overpriced book!

Oh-reos

22nd April 2010

A while back, I promised to transport a pile of treats to a friend for his birthday. Now, if I were meeting up with someone for a cup of tea or a visit to grandmas I would bring something like biscuits or scones. But for a celebration you need icing!!! Unfortunately, getting anything frosted from point A to point B in mint condition is nearly impossible unless I plan on lugging some oddly shaped piece of Tupperware back home….a chore I am not fond of.

So I went on a hunt for a tasty transportable treat and stumbled upon this recipe for homemade Oreos! I’m not a huge fan of Oreos, but these cookies have changed my mind. They were so fun, quick, and easy to make that I want to bake them all of the time.

For the cookies, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and follow these directions:

stir together all of your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar)

Then add in butter. Mix with mixer on low until it forms a dough.

Then add in the egg and continue mixing until a thick batter is formed.

mmmmmmm

Roll a rounded teaspoons worth of dough into a ball and place onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper

Lightly flatten the dough balls with the palm of your hand, so that they bake more evenly

Stick these suckers in the oven for 9 minutes.

Transfer them to a tray and let them cool while you make the icing!

For the icing, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening (at room temp)
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter (at room temp)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

mix butter and shortening together on a low-speed

While mixing, slowly add in the sugar and vanilla.

Mix until the slew of ingredients turns into a magical delicious frosting!

Scoop the icing into a ziplock bag, and cut a little corner at the bottom of the bag to squeeze the icing out of. Or you could use a pastry bag, if you’re the pretentious baker type.

Find two cookies that are the same size and follow these photo directions (this is my favorite part!):

WOO!

I think they’re best eaten at room temp, but if you plan on transporting them then I suggest sticking them in the refrigerator for a while so the icing can stiffen up for a short trip.

These things are so tasty, that it will make that box of Oreos want to find its favorite Elliot Smith album and a glass of milk to drown in.

All photos by: Chloe Rice

Special guest hand appearance by Laura

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