Happy Fall, Y’all! I’m Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy, and I live deep in the heart of Texas. Austin, that is. I love to share anything that promotes fun memories in the family, along with photo tips for the budding photographer. Today I’ve got a cute little Fall/Halloween treat to make with the kids that they will surely love. I know my kids did. Best of all, it’s suuuuuper easy and quick, my favorite! It’s great for any get togethers/parties, or just to make at home with the kids. I call it my Chocolate Cup Pumpkin Patch.
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I am so happy to welcome Kristen back to The Idea Room today. Kristen was a regular contributor here and many of you may remember her awesome Photography Tips she shared here. Kristen is a great friend and I am always honored to have her share her wisdom and creativity! Be sure you head on over to her site and check out her fun ideas, projects and amazing photography!
Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you. I am so excited to have Kristen from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke sharing some Pumpkin Muffins with some yummy additions as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!
Hi, I’m Kristen, and I’m so happy to be back here at The Idea Room! I used to contribute weekly photography tips , then got overwhelmed with life and needed to pare down. Amy’s blog introduced me to the exciting online world, and I continue to LOVE her and what she shares with all of us. I’ve been blessed to get to know her and her family on a personal level, and am very impressed with the love they have for each other. Someone to look up to, indeed. I blog at Capturing Joy all about life, the things I make, and the pictures I take. Come on over and visit sometime! Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I look forward to making every Fall, Moist Pumpkin Muffins, and I added some extra yumminess for the first time to share with all of you.
Let me start by saying these moist pumpkin muffins are delicious without anything inside. I just wanted to get creative and add 2 of my favorite cookie ingredients: craisins and chocolate chips. Strangely, I don’t like raisins a lot, but I LOVE craisins! When I first was introduced to these muffins 5 years ago, I couldn’t believe the deliciousness.
I just love a picture of orange batter…
I decided to make a batch of mini muffins (24) as well as standard size muffins (12) and then had enough for a mini loaf, too!
My girls helped me, and I had them place craisins on top so they would show through the cooked muffin nicely.
I like to be able to see the texture.
Oh my goodness, they turned out so delicious! I didn’t realize the most delectable pumpkin muffin could get any better!
Can you see the shiny moistness oozing out of these pictures? Heaven, I tell ya.
Moist Pumpkin Muffins with Craisins & Chocolate Chips
1 1/4 cup oil
1 can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 small pkg. vanilla pudding powder
1 Tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more)
1/2 cup craisins (or more)
Bake at 325 degrees, muffins for 20 minutes, full loaf 1 hour. Oven temperatures may vary, stick a toothpick in the center to check for gooey-ness.
They were fantastic right out of the oven, but I prefer my baked goods chilled, so I pop them in the fridge and fully enjoy the texture of the craisins and chocolate chips. I promise, you can’t go wrong with these babies, definitely a crowd pleaser! I’d love to hear if you make them;)
Thanks so much Kristen! I am so lucky to consider her a friend. I have enjoyed having her in my home a few times and have her take our family pictures! Love learning from her and being inspired by her as a friend! Be sure to head on over to her site for some amazing photos and fun ideas! –Amy
In other news…Remember when I shared a fun craft night with Poppy Seed Crafts? Well neither one of us realized at the time that we had scheduled the craft night on the same night as women’s meeting where we meet and listen to some of the leaders in our church. So…we debated back and forth about what to do and have received some questions about whether we would change it.
Ultimately, we decided to change it so that more of you could come and join us and we could attend the meeting. So sorry about that big snafu! A huge oversight on our end. The new date is pending but should be sometime in the later half of October. We will do another post and update you on the new time. We are also honoring the giveaway. The winner is Megan Buhler. Send me an email Megan and we will get you hooked up! [email protected]
So if you registered and are unable to make the October night, we will refund you your fees completely. So sorry for all the craziness. I hope some of you will be able to join us.
Dear Idea Room readers,
It is with heavy heart that I must bid farewell to my regular photography tips and techniques series on here. I LOVE Amy and her blog…it is what got me all excited about being crafty a year and a half ago…but, I have had to slow down a bit from my fast forward mode, and this was the first thing that I thought of to do that. Even though its only twice a month, I spend many hours on each post. I would still love to come back occasionally, so let Amy know if you have a specific photography need!
My own blog has taken a life of its own as I post about my sessions, workshops, and my e-book. I will post occasional tips and tricks over there. You can also join me on facebook where I share full size landscape images once a week on Facebook Freebie Friday. As a farewell, I wanted to offer my favorite Idea Room readers a big discount on my e-book if you have not purchased it yet, or have been thinking of purchasing it for a friend. On my site, for just 24 hours, it will be available for half off–$5. Discount paypal button will be in my footer on the right at the very bottom of my site, it says Idea Room discount, $5.
Don’t forget about the master list that I made a few months ago with the summary of all of my posts here. I keep meaning to update it, but click for Past Photography Tips with Kristen Duke here to see the list. Don’t cry, friends, it will all be o.k. ;) Amy continues to have some of the best content on the web, I will still be checking in!
Photography is such a passion of mine, and I think it is so wonderful that so many people see value in a beautiful photography vs. just snapshot. It IS attainable. You can have beautiful portraits of your family. Be patient with yourself, and if you have questions…just google it…there is SO much out there on the web (maybe too much, it can be overwhelming). It has been such a joy for me to hear feedback from all of you that my simple explanations have been beneficial. I am not a book learner, so I did my best to explain things in the non-book-way! Now go keep documenting those unique moments in your families, enjoy the candid moments, and record the people you love in a way that will bring you back to this precious time later in life. It is important, and you will be thanked later!
Hello Friends! How is the photography coming? How have you improved in the past year since these posts have come out? For a link list of what I have already covered, go here. I’m so excited, I get to go to Utah next week and see Amy (of this here Idea Room), attend a wedding, hold a workshop, chat with my grandparents, along with a few photo shoots. If you are near San Diego or Houston and want to attend my workshop there, contact me ASAP! This week, we will discuss organizing outfits for your family reunion portraits. Summertime is upon us, and I would venture to bet that 90% of us are having a little get together–family reunion style. Inevitably when we get together with family, we take family portraits. If you don’t, then shame on you! Just kidding, but I am a big fan of that idea. Believe it or not, I LOVE planning outfits for family portraits, but having a group of 10 or more does get a bit complicated…but it doesn’t have to! I will give you my special formula for seamless group photos. First, start with a color palette. I say to pick 3 colors, then have a neutral for a freebie. In our case, we used neutrals, so had white as our freebie. Neutrals can be denim, khaki, gray, white, or black…but just pick one of those. Here is our color palette we came up with:
For more color inspiration, I’ve recently seen on Pinterest designers grab color palette’s from home design and nature:
Check out more at Design Seeds for some major eye candy.
Once you have selected your palette, each family has to coordinate their outfits first with themselves. Here is my family below. I used our selected colors and found something for each person that would go well with the others. It’s a bit of a puzzle, I tell ya. Even looking at this now, I’m not a fan that my husband and older son are wearing something identical, but with my hubby holding the baby (and yes I think of that when planning outfits), it isn’t as noticeable, and I knew they wouldn’t stand together in the big group shot.
Then my older brother worried just about his little family (had no idea what we were wearing). I love how my sis in law threw in a scarf for her teal pop! Teal is a little harder to find for boys, but it
isn’t necessary here.
Then my younger brother and his fam… Love that my sis in law threw the teal in with a skirt to not just give the pop of color to the top half of the group. I believe my nephew has a onesie turned around backwards (I’ve even done inside out). For pictures like this, you won’t see the back.
Then my youngest bro and his wife did great, hers is a dress….
I did have to oversee my parents though. My dad came out with a teal shirt along with my moms teal shirt and I said…"Um, no no no….wear the gray." He had both shirts ready, and we were at their home, so it worked.
Then we got all together for the group shot, and check it out! The main thing I worked with is separating myself, my mom, and my sis in law that had dominant teal on top. (I had just run in the picture–not my favorite photo sessions when I have to set up and run and corral the group that is my family).
I LOVE the way it turned out! Do you??? Just for funnies, here is our family silly shot. Always gotta have the silly shot.
So if you are planning a family reunion this summer, plan to get a group shot, and apply these guidelines and I know it will be great! Let me know how it turns out, too!
I have had lots of people ask me about doing a post on something I have already done. So I thought I would make a catalog of all the posts I’ve done so you can check the back entries. Maybe Amy can post a link to this post by my logo to easy access it in the future.
Here we go:
Anatomy of a Shot–The taking and editing of a silhouette shot
Bokeh–That Christmas-time light/circle blur
Cameras and lenses–whats in my bag
Candid shots–suggestions on how to get great candid images
Capture the details–look for the little things
Capture the scene–not just a close up
Coaxing kids to smile–suggestions on how to crack a smile with little ones
Color pop–enhancing your images
Creative Angles–look at one situation from different angles and capture it
Creative, sneaky shots–become a spy and get cool shots
Cropping an image artistically–think outside of the box
Decorating with Portraits–why I think it is important to display pictures around your home
Dragging your shutter–creative shooting with a slow shutter
Focus–changing your focal points for creative photography
Food Photography–Some examples of food I have photographed and tips
Having your family portraits taken–How to select a photographer and planning outfits
Halloween photography–tips on capturing those fun costumes
Inspiration is everywhere–look around
Knowing your camera–ISO, f-stop, and aperture tips
Location scouting–looking for great spots to photograph outdoors
Make your own backdrop–creative suggestions to change up a background
Panning–following a moving object
Photoshop Editing and using actions–processing images creatively
Photoshop head swaps–having a little fun
Photoshop merging images–also self portraits
Photoshoping Racoon eyes–tips on how to lighten the darkness that often appears under eyes
Pose yourself in a flattering way–Story of how Amy and I met and tip on personal posing
Pose–to pose or not to pose
Self Portraits–do something fun and different
Starting a photography Business–A long list of things to do to start and maintain a photography biz.
Take your friends camera and get shots of them in it at birthdays and events–lets help each other out!
Valentine’s photo ideas–few tips on gifts and games
Water pictures–Slow down and speed up your shutter for creative shots
Hope that helps! If after looking through this, you still have questions, let me hear ’em!
Also, there is a live chat tonight at 8 pm EST over in the Blog Frog Memories in Motion community.