Jennifer’s Favorite Recipes

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Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
3 ripe bananas

Combine ingredients and cook for 1 hour in loaf pan at 350 F. It is as simple at that!

Date Cake

1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup sultanas/raisins
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 sugar brown
150g melted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

1. Grease 9″ circular pan
2. Put dates, sultanas, and soda in a bowl with boiling water and leave for 10 minutes then puree.
3. Combine the additional ingredients, stir in puree and pour batter into the pan.
4. Cook for 50 minutes at 350F

Carrot Cake

6 cups grated carrots
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. In medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir in raisins
2. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour two 10 in baking pans
3. In large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir in the wet mixture until absorbed. Stir in the carrot mixture and walnuts. Pour evenly into the pans
4. Bake 45 minutes until cake tests done with toothpick. Cool for 10 min before removing from pan. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in Quarantine….

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Teacher Appreciation Week

We have some ideas to make it special

Stay at home has given many parents a new appreciation (or enforced it) of their children’s teachers and all they do. More than ever, appreciating these hard-working folks (who ALSO may have children at home) is a challenge, but we have some ideas.

How To do Teacher Appreciation Week During Quarantine

  1. A Handwritten Thank You Note– Every teacher I talked to requested this, especially right now.  They can’t be with the kids to see the smiles on their faces or hear their “thank you’s” during the day.  So if the teacher is comfortable giving you their address have the kids draw or write them something and drop it in the mail.  That way they can handle it in whatever way they consider safe.  Or all the parents could put something together and mail it as a big book.
  2. Send Them Dinner– Grab them a gift card for GrubHub, Door Dash or any of the other services in the area.
  3. A “Thank You Parade”– If you are in the environment where the teacher’s house is known and nearby consider doing a parade with cars.  The kids can create posters and hang out the windows to wave and say “thank you” to their teacher.
  4. A Video Saying Thank You– If you or the teacher are not comfortable mailing something a video saying “thank you” would also be fantastic.  Or you can leave a thank you note in Google Classroom.
  5. A Note Saying What They Have Learned– In the same vein one teacher friend requested a note specifically saying what they have learned.  Some of the stories I have heard of how kids are in Zoom a teacher might really appreciate this.  They may not feel that all their messages are getting through.
  6. Digital Gift Cards– Here is a list of popular places that have easy e-gift cards
    1. Local Businesses– Any time you can support a local business make an effort.   Try to find a business near the school so in the fall when things go back to normal your favorite teacher can order in.  Or maybe somewhere they can get a hair cut, shave or mani/pedi.
      1. Starbucks– With all their drive thru’s still open Starbucks is a treat all the time.
      2. Target– I don’t feel like I need to explain why Target is great.  Your teacher can use it now or when they need a break.

New Service from Hartshorn: Gallery Walls for Your Home

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I think we can all agree that these times have brought home the importance of family. It has been a great honor to capture your beautiful families over the years and see those images hanging in your homes.

A conversation that often comes up with our clients is the idea of creating a gallery wall in their homes to include family photos throughout the years which could include wedding photos, grandparents and siblings and other special moments in your life together. I created a wall in my home and often head upstairs with a glass of wine to sit and enjoy the memories that these photos stir. It’s a huge project that many talk of but where do you start?

We’d like to help! Maybe some of you have a bit more time to tackle projects on the to-do list? Now is the perfect time to sort through images and identify the photos you’d like to display in your home.

I’ve created a package that includes a virtual consultation to select images, a walk through and measuring session to ascertain sizes and print styles after which we will submit a proposal that includes discounted pricing on prints plus framing and installation as well as a design fee. I will create the layout (virtually and to size) on your (virtual) wall and submit for approval. After production,we will schedule a delivery and installation date for when time and circumstances permit.


Send me a email at Jennifer@HartshornPortraiture.com to get started on your family wall!