Fourth of July Pinterest Fails and Wins


Well… it’s been a year since I blogged, so I figured it might be time for a new post. Okay, okay, I’ll try to blog more in the future. But today, it’s Fourth of July and I needed to make some dishes to bring to our family event, so I decided to check out my Pinterest board and see what Independence Day dishes I had pinned. In true Brandi fashion I had pinned almost only desserts, and I found these delicious-looking hand pies!

Recipe from At the Picket Fence

Recipe from At the Picket Fence

And what’s even better? They are SUPER EASY! Canned pie filling and refrigerated crust? Easy peasy! Well… here are how mine turned out:

20150703_160825Nailed it! I think my problem was too much egg wash. I put it on the front and the back,which made them a little soggy and the back sort of stuck to the pan.

I still needed something to bring to the family event, so I turned to another recipe I had pinned. One of my favorites: Rice Krispie Treats!

Recipe from lil' luna

Recipe from lil’ luna

Thank goodness these turned out much better! Here’s my version of the Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats:


I think that one was a Pinterest win!

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4th of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes


I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! I made these cupcakes for last year’s festivities. Strawberry cupcake with whipped icing and fresh strawberries and blueberries on top! Yum! What are you making this year?

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Now That The Ice is Melted

Iced Branches

Now that the ice is melted and it’s nice outside, it’s easier to enjoy these photos I was able to take during the ice storms!


Field of Ice

I haven’t posted in the blog for a while, because I was busy planning for my wedding, which was June 7th. Now that that’s over, I’m hoping to get back at blogging, which means I have lots of older artwork I still need to post! I took these icy photos after the ice storms this winter.

Let's Go On An Adventure

This last one is for sale as a print in my Etsy shop. You can buy it here. As always, if you’re interested in prints of any of my other photos, just ask and I’ll be happy to make a custom listing for you! Pricing will be pretty similar to what I have in my shop, depending on what it is you want.

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Alex Greenshpun Photography

"Why I Wake Early" by Alex Greenshpun

“Why I Wake Early” by Alex Greenshpun

It’s been a while since I’ve featured another artist. I’d like to get into doing that again! This is a feature on Alex Greenshpun Photography.

"The Tiny Sir" by Alex Greenshpun

“The Tiny Sir” by Alex Greenshpun

Alex recently won a contest on deviantART with the theme “Cats and Dogs.” She won with the above photo, titled “The Tiny Sir.” I can see why! It’s an adorable cat and a great photo! I love how the eyes really stand out.

"Happy Days" by Alex Greenshpun

“Happy Days” by Alex Greenshpun

Alex is a photographer from Israel and she has many beautiful photos featuring nature and animals.

"You Talkin' to Me?" by Alex Greenshpun

“You Talkin’ to Me?” by Alex Greenshpun

You can find Alex on Facebook, deviantART, and her website

"Round and Round" by Alex Greenshpun

“Round and Round” by Alex Greenshpun

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Panda Speed Drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Sleepy PandaI created the above character for my business, Dorky Dino, where I design cute critters and make them into a variety of products. I thought people might like to see how I create my designs, so I recorded myself making this one in Adobe Illustrator. Take a look at the video to see how I made it!

Once I finished the design, I got it printed onto acrylic and then made it into a necklace, which is for sale in my shop!

Panda Necklace

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Pike’s Peak

Panorama from Pike's PeakI mentioned in another post that I had taken a trip to Colorado. Well I still have photos to share! The second place we went was Pike’s Peak. It was beautiful! Definitely a great opportunity for photos! Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay long because a storm started rolling in as soon as we got to the top. I did get some nice photos, though! Above is a panorama from the top, and you can even see a group of hikers who climbed the mountain! You can click the photo to see it a little larger.

On Top of Pike's PeakHere’s another panorama from the top of Pike’s Peak. You can see the train tracks in the foreground and the other mountains in the background.

Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceThis was after the storm started rolling in on our way down. The fog really changed the atmosphere, and these rocks formed a perfect frame!

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Art Progression from 2005 to 2013

Happy New Year! I’ve seen some artists posting their progress over the years, so I decided to join in! It’s interesting to see how my work developed over the years, and what I focused on each year. I had been drawing long before 2005, but that was when I first started posting my art online. 2005 and 2006 are so embarrassing to me, but it really does help me see how far I’ve come with practice!

The template I used is by Kamaniki on deviantART. You can download the template here.

Art from 2005-2013

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