Since we are nearing the start of a very busy photography season, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite locations around the Mankato/Saint Peter area that you may, or may not, be aware of! For this weeks #FavoritespotFriday, I’m sharing a few photos from the Lake Washington County Park.
Located in Kasota on the north corner of Lake Washington, this park is a fan favorite for its year-round beauty, as well as the many different background options provided in one space. Rolling hillsides, lush greens, the rustic bridge, as well as a lakeside option- all located within a very small walking distance ( especially for those little legs).
Ready to book your session at Lake Washington or another great spot in the area?
As of today (5/18/2020) the stay-at-home order has been lifted and Minnesota photographer's are back in business!
This is great news for me -- I miss your face!
Although we are back, things unfortunately aren't the same as they were in March and some changes must be implemented. Lucky for us, it is pretty easy to keep you and I both safe during our session. For some reassurance, here is a cute little chart of safety information:
HOW TO MAKE & DECORATE WITH ROYAL ICING
With all that is going on in the world right now, we all need a fun distraction and a relaxing way to pass the time. I have had many friends and family ask about the sugar cookies I've been doing in my spare time. I figured now was the perfect time to do a little tutorial so you all can join in the fun with me! I am by no means a professional, but I have learned from my many mistakes and want to share that with you all. I am also an extremely anxious public speaker, so bare with me on the videos.
Below I have posted two videos; one on how to make royal icing and another on how to decorate with it. I have also written my recipe for both my sugar cookies and royal icing. I hope you enjoy!
Stay joyful, stay healthy & happy baking!
Royal Icing Recipe (double batch):
2 lbs confectioners sugar (sifted)
6 tbsp meringue powder
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla if you prefer)
12-14 tbsp of warm water (rough estimate, you will need to slowly eyeball this)
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
Double Batch Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 - 1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs , room temp
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp pure almond extract
2 tsp pure butter extract (You can change up the extracts to your own preferred tasting)
I will do a video next time I do them on the instructions, but if you decide to go for them before then it's pretty basic:
Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Mix butter & sugar on high until creamy. Add eggs & extracts, mix. Add dry ingredients, mix.
Seperate dough into 4 sections. Roll 1/4 in thick onto parchment paper. Refrigerate for 2 hours (up to 24 hours max) covered with parchment paper.
Cut & bake cookies COLD! This is KEY!
Bake at 350 for 11 min (time may need to be adjusted for your oven, start with one cookie first to test).