A Year of Living Breadfully – #4 – Scones


Scones. Lots and lots of scones as my daughter took them to school for an event. I started with this recipe and then made a few adaptations after reading a few differences between British and American scone recipes.

From internet reading, it appears American scone recipes have more sugar and butter in them as they are often eaten on their own or with butter. According to the internet British scones have less butter and sugar as they are often eaten dressed up with preserves and clotted cream. These differences may or may not be true, but it made a little sense and added up to the differences in scones I have personally tasted on both sides of the Atlantic.

Knowing that these scones were headed to school, and that there would not be preserves or clotted cream, I decided to make them just a little bit sweeter. I opted to use 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1/4 and I also added in 1 cup of currants.. They were also sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

All in all the scones were delicious, and disappeared in a flash.

A Year of Living Breadfully continues with so many breads to explore.





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Baby Kisses – Newborn Baby Photography – Red Deer, Alberta

Today I am sharing a post from my other blog, http://www.debrahunter.wordpress.com . I thought it would be a nice change to share some of my studio photography from my business Hunter Photographics. This image is from a recent shoot. I like how the sepia tone adds warmth to the image of the mother gently kissing the baby. The square format also adds to the visual interest.

Debra Hunter - Canadian photography, art and handmade

baby photography - hunter photographics - red deer ABThis is an image from an order I am currently working on. This studio session was filled with beautiful baby and family photographs. I always love interactive poses that show connections between the subjects being photographed.

Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics


Business, family and baby photography in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

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FINALLY finished painting the studio (finally!)

studio portrait 3 blogWell I never thought it would happen but I finally finished painting the studio. “Finally” should be written in capitals,  in bold, underlined and perhaps printed in the color red. I swear it took an eternity and a half to finish. It is a big space. It does have high ceilings. But to make things even better it was an absolute joy to paint the floor with the smelliest oil based paint known to man in an unventilated area. Layer after layer after layer of sticky, smelly paint. It is no mystery why I don’t repaint this area every year or two.

Previously this area was painted in dark blues, so the light earth tones are a significant change. Updating is good. It makes you rethink how to light and shoot your subject.

This is one of a handful of images shot to test the studio area. I have a few more shots in this post on www.debrahunter.wordpress.com . I also tend to post samples on my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca and on my Facebook page if you are interested in seeing more work.

Test Tube

test tube 1 blogThese test tube images are part of a project I am currently working on. It was an interesting shoot as each image was very different; there was no way to predict the shape the swirling color would take. Backlighting provided the definition and punch needed to shoot the clear glass object.

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Little Flower

"little flower"The last few days I have been shooting a bit in the studio. I have been concentrating on a bit more classical child portraiture. A look that is a little more timeless. The real challenge is to shoot children that are all dressed up but to make them look natural. This little girl is a princess at heart, which makes the task quite easy. She actually told me she is going to be a fairy princess when she grows up; pretty exciting stuff!

I am a big fan of black and white. I love the simplicity. In this portrait the little touch of color softens the portrait and adds to the sweetness of the little girl.