workin’ it: sweet styling for

photo(64)Sometimes I forget to share the pretty things I do at work, and that is a cryin’ shame! Take last month, for instance, when the opportunity arose to art direct, prop and style a shoot featuring new spring dessert recipes for

Dipping into my personal stash of vintage linens and china (in addition to spending the better part of a day in Betty’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g prop room!) resulted in some really lovely textures and contrasts. And I can’t emphasize enough how wonderfully talented the people behind the cameras are in the General Mills photo studio. From the photographers to the food stylists to the photo assistants and support staff, everyone is on top of their game and on top of that, so incredibly NICE.

Below are a handful of the resulting shots from last month. If you want to peek at the recipes, just click the recipe names or images! And get a hanky ready for goodness sakes, as drooling is likely to occur.

Fresh Raspberry Almond Tray Tart: An unbelievably delicious and versatile dessert. I already know this baby will be my go-to potluck/holiday dessert this summer! It is so good.

fresh raspberry tray tartLemon Cake with Irish Breakfast Tea Frosting: Infusing the meringue with tea adds a unique, earthy dimension to this shortcut cake.

teacakeCarrot Cake: Straightforward and simple, this cake is a classic Betty recipe, packed with carrots, spice and all that good stuff.

carrotcakeGolden Caramel Cake: This classic beauty doesn’t need much in the way of dressing up. Perfect in crumb, color and taste, the ripple of homemade caramel takes this cake over-the-top.

cake1And finally, a re-shoot of one of Betty’s most popular chocolate-chip cookie recipes. I’ve shared this recipe with at least a half-dozen friends in the last few months. They may not look crazy-fancy, but damn do they taste good!


Photographer: Chuck Nields
 Food stylist: Sharon Harding
 Prop styling + art direction: yours truly!

I’ll be sharing a few more peeks from fun projects I’ve worked on for Betty soon. Just this week we wrapped a two-day shoot that was honestly one of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on. It was a grueling week, but the resulting shots are straight-up adorable!



Disclosure: During the day, I work as Senior Editor on via MSP Communications.

new year, new projects: decking out my office

I didn’t make any new years resolutions per se, but sprucing up my office is definitely a task I want to tackle this month. I’ve never had a cubicle job before last summer and I gotta be honest, it’s been an adjustment. Sitting still in one place and tap-tap-tapping for eight to nine hours is hard, but I’m set on making it a little easier this year by filling my space with things that are me. My eyes have been peeled for goodies at the thrift, but here are a few odds ‘n ends that’ve have caught my interest around the Internet.

1. Plastic Canvas Alphabet 2. Bruuuuuuuuce!  3. My daily dilemma 4. Vintage 1961 Scout Convertible (my dream car!) 5. Golden Girls Faces

1. Julia Child quote, designed by Rae Alexis 2. Why Not? Lino Print (I think this all. the. time!) 3. Cubicle Sweet Cubicle Counted Cross Stitch 4. Heavens to Betsy Gold Foil Print 5. Lady Juggler Mid-Century Modern Print

1. Vintage Pink Magazine Office File Organizer 2. Teak Desk Trays 3. Orange Scotch Tape Dispenser 4. Kitten Book Ends 5. Delfonics Pencils

What do you all surround yourself with to stay inspired? I’d love to hear!