December Photo-a-Day Challenge 21 & 22

22. "Tradition" Cranberry Crisp Candy by courtneyec90
22. “Tradition” Cranberry Crisp Candy, a photo by courtneyec90 on Flickr.

December Photo Challenge, Days 21 and 22, “Peace” and “Tradition”.

I think this photo of a pine at sunset is very peaceful. It is a great example of natural beauty in Arkansas!

This Cranberry Crisp Candy is a tradition at my house. We make it every year around Christmas. It combines great sweet and savory ingredients for a perfect combination of flavors – with a slight crunch from Rice Krispies!

Here’s the recipe:

1 package vanilla-flavored almond bark (or white chocolate almond bark)

2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

3/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

3/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Combine dried cranberries and almonds, set aside. Melt almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl, stir in Rice Krispies and half of the cranberry-almond mixture. Spread on to parchment-lined baking sheet (candy should be about 1/3 inch thick). Sprinkle remaining cranberry-almond mixture on top and press in slightly with your fingertips. Let cool and set up completely. Break into small pieces. Enjoy with a cup of tea of coffee!

December Photo-a-Day Challenge 16 & 17

16. "Present" B&W by courtneyec90
16. “Present” B&W, a photo by courtneyec90 on Flickr.

December Photo Challenge days 16 and 17.

For day 16, I chose this B&W photo of a present with a lovely silvery bow.

For 17, I took this photo of a spruce tree in my yard at dusk. I love the slight bokeh effect of the lights combined with the colorful horizon.

December Photo-a-Day Challenge 12. “A Beautiful Sight”

December Photo Challenge, Day 12. “A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.” While it is most definitely winter, there is no snow in sight here in NW Arkansas. So, I found this tree instead. It is overgrown with some type of fungus, backlit by the setting sun on brown oak leaves. I really like the texture in this photo, and the color palette.

December Photo-a-Day Challenge 5. Today’s Temperature

December Photo Challenge, Day 5. This day is supposed to cover “today’s temperature”, which hovered around 57.

Tonight’s sunset was beautiful. This photo was taken with the HDR Painting setting on my Sony Alpha. I think it really added depth to the color range of the photo. Enjoy!