Merry Christmas from Sputnick and Prissy Claus

In honor of Christmas (and just because it’s cute) Sputnick and Prissy got all dressed up to have their Christmas pictures taken.

As I’ve said before, Prissy isn’t one to like clothes, but she was still in the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy the pictures below and I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful, happy and Merry Christmas!

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Nikon D7000!

Every Christmas my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and my family all switch having Christmas dinner at each of our houses.

This year we are having it at ours, which is super exciting!

What’s also super exciting is that my parents decided to open presents last night.

Apparently I’ve been good all year (yeah, sure) because Santa was good to me this year! Haha.

D7000

I got a Nikon D7000, which is a HUGE upgrade to the camera that I’ve been using, the Nikon D3000.

I immediately took a quick few photos of my dogs (of course) and here are the pictures.

Most of these are barely edited whatsoever, which is something that is so nice, because on my D5000 I had to constantly edit out noise, sharpen, adjust contrast, etc.

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Pumpkin Dog Treats for Upset Tummies

In an effort to find a quick way to help my dog, Sputnick, with his upset stomach, I came across a recipe for pumpkin dog treats.

Pumpkin is supposed to naturally soothe upset tummies for dogs, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The result, is a treat that both my dogs really love and get excited for, upset tummy or not.

Here’s how to make them:

 

You will need

  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I used a whole cup)
  4. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the ingredients until a ball of dough forms. Roll the dough out to about 1 inch thickness. Then cut them out into whatever shape you want. I went the generic bone shape.

 

Put them on a greased sheet pan and into a preheated 350 degree oven. Let them bake 30-40 minutes, or until hard.

These are the super yummy, tummy soothing treats that your dog is sure to love!

Flightless Bird and My Biggest Editing Secret

This evening, while cooking with my mother, our dog outside started barking.

And not just barking, but going crazy!

I figured that maybe someone was outside near our yard or something, so I went out to check on things and found a little visitor.

This little guy was our visitor.

He couldn’t fly so he was just hopping around tormenting our dog.

When I seen it, I ran in and got my camera really quick because I LOVE to do animal shots.

He was very brave and let me get very, very close to him before he would scatter a few feet away.

On this picture, I decided that I wanted to do a faded sort of look.

So, I decided to use The Pioneer Woman’s actions for Photoshop Elements.

The Pioneer Woman, if you didn’t already know, is one of my biggest inspirations in the photography world.

She started out by taking pictures of her kids, husband she calls Marlboro Man, life on her ranch and food.

She started her own blog, which was my biggest inspiration to start my own, and has since started her own tv show on The Food Network.

Ree Drummond, which is her real name, is very good at her photography.

So, she decided to add her own actions to her blog an they are available to download for free!

In the picture above, I used the Sharpen This, Boost and Faded actions.

Actions make life for a photo editor easy breezy, because they do all the work for you!

Here is the link to download the actions for free! – Photoshop Actions

Here is the link to Ree’s blog as well! – The Pioneer Woman