Choc Peppermint Slice 250g plain sweet biscuits* 100g butter, chopped 1/2 cup (125ml) sweetened condensed milk 2 x 35g Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars, chopped coarsely Chocolate topping 200g milk eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 2 teaspoons vegetable oil *I used Marie biscuits Grease19cmx29cm slice pan; line with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides. Process 200g of the biscuits until fine. Chop remaining biscuits coarsely. Stir butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Combine processed and chopped biscuits with chocolate bar in a medium bowl; stir in butter mixture. Press mixture firmly in to pan; refridgerate, covered, about 20 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, make chocolate topping; spread over slice. Place back in the refrigerator until firm before cutting in to 24 squares. Chocolate topping Stir ingredients in a small heat proof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Taken from: Biscuits, Australian Women’s Weekly, 2010, ACP Books, Sydney
Clinic Check Up Day! I was quite nervous before the clinic appointment as I had noticed my daughter’s hip felt like they were clicking when she kicked around. I had never noticed this before. I was so worried we had gone backwards. Was it possible to go backwards??? I started to count up the times I let her go for ‘just a little bit longer’ in her brace free hour. I began to feel guilty. I also had a few questions for the specialist today as well. I had planned on writing them down but in my concern for the new clicking, had forgotten to pen them. When we went in to see our doctor he entered the room wearing quite a serious face where he has previously had a smile. My heart sank. He said he had just had a look at our ultrasound and there hadn’t been any progress. I was instantly relieved as I knew he hadn’t yet seen our latest ultrasound. We had to get them done externally this time as I was unable to get to the imaging appointment at the hospital. I quickly explained this to him and handed over the images. He had a […]
Introducing Luca. This newborn shoot was booked in quite a hurry as Luca is already 4 weeks old (oh how time flies when you are on the rollercoaster of New Parents!) when his mother got in touch for photos. While we weren’t able to get some of the ‘typical’ newborn photos on the day, it was still such a lovely photo session. The final images were very well received by his parents which is what drives my passion for photography.
I love family and toddler photo sessions. I always ask parents to bring along a favourite toy or two if their photo session is at a location other than their home. It is those aspects of their childhood that I want to capture as well. It is these less formal photos of the children going about their daily lives or with a special toy that I feel will be treasured just as much, if not more, than the more posed images. NB: Some have the faces cropped out or I deliberately chose images without faces as they are from old photos and I haven’t obtained permission from their parents to post the photos on my blog.
Ah, newborns. Master F was a tiny little one. This photo session was his first time out and about since getting home from the hospital and he handled it all so well! Newborn feet will always be my favourite part to photograph. He was so alert at times, soaking in the sights. Other times he slept so soundly.
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) As we near the end of ‘Healthy Hip Awareness Month’ I thought I would share a little about our hip baby and hip dysplasia. Olive is now 3.5 months old and has been in her Dennis Browne Brace/Bar (DBB) for a little over 5 weeks. I knew very little about DDH until two months ago. Being our second child, I knew the Community (or Child and Family Health) Nurse was rotating our daughter’s legs in the hip joint to test for ‘clicky hip’ when she was one week old. I didn’t know what a ‘clicky hip’ indicated. The nurse told me that she wasn’t too sure on one of her hips. It wasn’t clicking each time but didn’t feel quite right and she recommended I get them looked at again in the drop in clinic in a week or two to see if it is still present. The nurse said the right hip was the concern. When I went to the drop in clinic, the nurse there felt the left hip was the concern. At the advise of two Community Nurses but still unphased by what ‘clicky hip’ actually indicated, we went to the […]
**Throwback Thursday** This photo session was a lot of fun but I had completely forgotten about it until I was cleaning up my computer files the other day. My brother was on university exchange in Oregon, USA in 2012/2013. With a bit of travel at the start, he was away for approximately seven months in total. He didn’t shave while he was gone as he wanted to grow what he affectionately referred to as his ‘exchange beard’. He was under strict instruction from our Mum that it was to be shaved off upon returning home but we had some fun before the clippers were plugged in! His appearance with the beard made me think of the proud, bearded men in portraits from the 1800’s. That was the inspiration behind these images. Obviously, a proper 19th Century gentleman would wear a tie but we didn’t have anything suitable on hand. Again, not totally true to the style/era as I am sure a proper 19th Century gentleman would have clean fingernails! My brother is a forester so the softness and cleanliness one would associate with a gentleman of that era is just not there. I hope you enjoyed viewing the little ‘costume’ photo […]
By now, followers of this blog will be aware that I love the rain. So here are a few more pictures with a ‘rain’ theme however this time, the rain has ceased but the evidence of the downpour is still there.
**Flashback Friday** This is a huge flashback. All the way back to 2010 and the first family portrait session. A big thank you to Jen, a colleague, for inviting me in to her home and giving me an opportunity to take photos of her and Ashlee. It was a great learning experience at the time and looking back at the pictures now, I can see even more aspects of my photography that I have improved on. I don’t dislike these images but they reflect my skill level at the time. I will share some of my lessons with you and would love to hear your critique as well. It is always good to go back to older photo shoots to either reinforce something you have learned from that photo session and to critique the images to improve your photos. These images appear in the condition they were provided to Jen and Ashlee back in 2010. The above image was more of a casual one and not posed. While I quite like this one – and did at the time – I do feel it is a bit awkward in its composition. It is a bit heavy on the right and […]