A Photo a Week Challenge: Fresh Baked

Fresh baked bread

I love baking (I actually have a cooking blog, though sadly it’s been a while since I posted a recipe there). A few months ago, I found a really good and easy bread recipe that I no longer need the recipe to make. So, in a first (and probably last) for this blog, here is the recipe to go along with the image:

Homemade white bread
  • 2-1/4 C hot water (115-120F)
  • 2-1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3 Tbl sugar
  • 2 Tbl vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbl salt
  • 6 to 6-3/4 C flour, divided
  1. In a large bowl, mix water and yeast. Once yeast has activated (clumped together and starting to smell yeasty), add sugar, oil, and salt. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, and mix well. Add the additional flour one cup at a time until you have a nice, elastic dough
  2. Turn dough out on hard, floured surface (I use my wooden kitchen table) and knead for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Oil a large bowl and put dough in bowl, turning once to oil both sides.
  4. In a warm place, allow to rise until double in size (1 to 1-1/2 hours). Punch down and divide into two greased loaf pans.
  5. Allow to rise again until double in size (about 1 hour). Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 33 minutes or until golden brown and hollow sounding when you tap the top.
  6. Remove from pans to cooling rack. You can brush top with melted butter, if you like that sort of thing.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURE FOOD AND BAKED ITEMS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Pie or Pi (March 14)

pie_nmp

In honor of Pi day on March 14, this week’s challenge is all about pie (or pi). Bring out your pies: fresh fruit pies, pumpkin pies, mincemeat pies, any pies. I love baking pies, and my husband loves eating pie. Fresh peach and raspberry is one of his favorite. As we are starting to come out of winter here in Utah, this picture is a fond memory of last summer and the bounty of the fruit orchards and raspberry patches that abound in our fair state.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF PIES (OR PI).

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers

In August, I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding reception that featured a cake with this amazing cascade of blue-purple roses.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers.

Sylvain Landry’s Challenge: Depth of Field

This is the first of Sylvain’s challenges that I’ve been able to join. I’m very excited for this one. I’ve included many photos I’ve posted before along with a new one. I hope you like them.

For more from this challenge, visit Sylvain Landry’s Challenge: Depth of Field.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fresh Fruit

Peach raspberry pie

With summer in full swing here in the northern hemisphere, farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands are popping up everywhere you look. Our local Costco has started getting peaches in at a reasonable price and berry purchases have gone from the frozen aisle to produce. Yay! One of my husband’s favorite homemade pies is fresh peach. When I made this one, he asked me to throw some fresh raspberries on top of the peach filling. It was delicious! I’m so glad he suggested it. (After that, we tried apple and raspberry pie. I highly recommend both to anyone who likes to make pies.)

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOTS OF FRESH FRUIT.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Incredible Edibles

Dino cake with dino cupcakes

My niece recently had the cutest baby. When we threw a baby shower for her, we ordered a cake from my husband’s cousin, who is a professional baker. I told her the mother-to-be loved, loved, LOVED dinosaurs, and this is what she brought us. It was almost too adorable to eat. Fortunately, we got over that pretty quickly, because the cake inside this amazing design was amazing in it’s own right (chocolate cake with chocolate truffle filling). As a bonus, you can also see the Lego Millennium Falcon and fighter in the background that my sister and her son put together. So, fellow shutterbugs, it’s time to make us all salivate with joy over your food findings.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOTS OF FOOD ALMOST TOO AMAZING/PRETTY TO EAT.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Switzerland has a wonderful breakfast dish called Eibrot (egg bread). It’s like French toast, only you break up the bread into bit-sized pieces. My grandmother’s parents immigrated from Switzerland, and I grew up eating this wonderful stuff but calling it something else (that I don’t even know how to spell, so I haven’t tried).

Eibrot

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken.

*Disclosure: This picture is from my recipe blog, so even though it doesn’t have my usual watermark on it, I did take this picture and it is my property and used here with my permission.