MCP Project 52 ~ Week 48

Week 48 Theme ~ Twinkle Twinkle

I worked on creating bokeh (a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image) in my photo this week.  It was a bit challenging at first because I am usually trying to get my images perfectly sharp.  The key word here is “trying”.  Instead, I was intentionally blurring my images.  It was a great learning experience.

Twinkle Twinkle


Here is the bokeh from the small ceramic tree that Mike’s Mom made and gave to his Grandma Alice many years ago.  It was passed down to our family and each year Sophia is in charge of placing the small plastic bulbs in each hole of the tree.  A single light bulb inside the tree illuminates the individual colored bulbs. 

Christmas Tree Bokeh


This bokeh was created by putting a piece of dark paper over my lens with a heart shape cut out in the center and then taking a photo of our Christmas tree.  I may have had better results if I had used a tripod, but I still like the effect. 

Heart-Shaped Bokeh

Project 52 ~ Week 47

Week 47 Theme ~ Water

You would think living next to the largest freshwater lake in the world that my “water” themed photo would be a no-brainer.  I also took the week off from work so I should have had time to drive down to Lake Superior and get a fabulous photo.  But I didn’t.  It was either too cloudy or too sunny or I was too busy preparing for Thanksgiving.  I ended up taking a photo of water dripping from a rose hip in the back yard.  It isn’t Lake Superior, but it will have to do.

Water Droplet
p.s. My previous two weeks of photos (weeks 45 & 46) were chosen and featured on MCP Actions Blog along with some other seriously cool photos.  You can find them here and here.

Project 52 ~ Week 46

Week 46 Theme ~ Over The Top

Banana muffin goodness bursting over the top of the muffin pan.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Muffins


Banana muffins are a favorite around our house.  To make them extra special I often add chocolate chips in the batter or in this case, sprinkled on top.  I also added nuts to one of the pans today.  I’m the only one in the family who likes them this way.  I also made a dozen with only chocolate chips so that I wouldn’t hear complaints.

As a bonus, here’s the recipe I use for Banana Muffin perfection.

Banana Muffins

Makes 18 Muffins

1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
2 cups Flour, Sifted
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 cup Sour Cream (low-fat or fat-free)
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
1/2 cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Beat butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Stir in mashed bananas.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.  Add flour mixture gradually, stirring after each addition.  Do not overmix.  Add sour cream and stir until mixed.  Pour into muffin tins prepared with cooking spray.  Baked at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until light brown around the edges and the center is set.

I’m guessing on the baking time as I never set a timer.  Mike always questions this, but somehow everything always turns out just fine.

Ready For The Oven