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Ore-OMG Little Pies

Posted in Awesome Recipes with tags , , , , on December 18, 2011 by Mayday Pictures

Picture of OreOMG Little Pie

How to Make OreOMG Little Pies

This is an easy recipe for beginner cooks who want to make a delicious treat.

The good thing about this recipe is that it’s pretty flexible. You can add or remove like ingredients or change portions based on the number of cups your have available in your cup cake pan.

So let’s start with the ingredients.

36 Oreo cookies (1 package)

40-ounce container of creamy peanut butter — It’s important to note the deliberate specification of the peanut butter container…the size matters because you will be using the lid as a cookie cutter for the pie crusts.

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 refrigerated pie crusts — I like Pillsbury, and they normally have good coupons in the newspaper.

So first, you need to pull your pie crists out of the oven so they can get to room temperature. (It’s much easier to work with at room temperature) Next, you should preheat your oven to 350F.

Start by unrolling your pie crusts. Utilizing your peanut butter top, cut out as many 4 inch rounds as possible between your two crusts. Place one in the bottom of each of your cups in your cupcake pan. You can make it with the entire side covered with pie crust, or just the bottom. Either way is good.

Next, you’ll want to start adding about a teaspoon of peanut butter to the top of several Oreos. After you’ve completed enough to have two in each cup, you’ll need to start making stacks of two so that you have two portions of Oreos and two portions of peanut butter per stack.

Batch of OreOMG Little Pies

Delicious and Easy OreOMG Little Pies

After that, start placing the stacks in the pie crust-lined cups.

The next part is the most tedious. With the remaining pie crust, cut 1/4 inch strips to be used to top each pie. Use your own judgement as to length.

Place in a weave-like design on top of each pie. Dress with melted butter and sprinkle generously with granulated sugar.

Then comes the oven.

You can bake em for about 25 minutes and they should be ready to go. Make sure the tops are slightly browned. Let them cool before removing them from the pan.

They can be served alone or warm with a tiny scoop of ice cream to garnish.

Enjoy!

How To Take Pictures Of Christmas Lights

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on December 17, 2011 by Mayday Pictures

Christmas Tree with Christmas Lights by Mayday Pictures

How to Take Decent Pictures of Christmas Lights

First let me start with this: Don’t give up when you find you’ve snapped several pictures and none have turned out. It took me years to figure out how to actually capture a picture of my Christmas tree. I’m self taught, so don’t hate.

I figure other people have come across the same problem–where they take all these pictures of holiday decorations and neighborhood Christmas lights, but when they get home, realize they are all blurry. This post is dedicated to sharing what has worked for me with respect to taking good pictures of Christmas lights.

So, the most important aspect of this whole how-to is to make sure you turn your flash off. Using your flash defeats the whole purpose of capturing a pretty, glowing-like Christmas light picture. Regardless of which tips you take away from this tutorial on how to take pictures of Christmas lights, turning your flash off will be the one that you’ll utilize in every instance. If you don’t have a really great quality camera, turning the flash off will at least allow you to have the glow effect in your picture.

The following are what I’ve found to work for creating clear pictures of pretty glowing Christmas lights:

Turn the ISO to 200, or the lowest setting your camera is capable of. Again, make sure your flash is off. When you use the flash, it offsets the glowing effect of the lights, so the effect of your final image isn’t as lovely as it could be. I like to use this setting when I am taking a landscape picture from a good distance. Make sure you have your camera in a steady position, or else you’re likely to create a blur. If you don’t have a tripod, you can use the self-timer feature on your camera so you’ll have time to re-gain steadiness before the picture is captured.

Another method that has worked for me is to turn the ISO up to 1000. Once again, make sure you aren’t using your flash. If you are taking a picture of a Christmas tree, where you happen to be standing pretty close to the object, having the ISO set at 1000+ makes it much easier to capture the picture without having to utilize a tripod.

I generally like to practice being able to hold steady so I don’t need to rely on a tripod. With this method, though, you’ll typically spend much more time trying to get that “money shot”. If you do it this way, the money shot is definitely worth it.

If you have found an easy way to take good pictures of Christmas lights, please share your methodology below in the comments section.

Happy Holidays From Mayday Pictures!

Posted in Orphan Posts, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by Mayday Pictures

Happy Holidays - Mayday Pictures

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