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cranberry scones | Esther Pederson Photography

October 10th, 2013

Scones are one of my most favorite indulgences. I usually only eat them while traveling, though. In addition to my usual latte, I grab one every time I go through the airport coffee shop. But, when I woke up this morning, and it was dark, raining and snowing sideways, cold and dreary, I thought to myself….this seems like a good morning to bake something warm and yummy. I immediately thought of scones, since I’ve been eyeing them on foodgawker the past week. And man, what a good idea it was. These were quick to bake up, and so easy I may just have to make this a monthly treat for my family (and me too!). The great thing about this recipe is the versatility of it. You can add just about any dried fruit or flavor your heart desires. Next time I’ll add about a tsp. of orange zest to this one. Or perhaps try a blueberry lemon flavored scone. Strawberry? Yum!! Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try. I recommend it!

Simple Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 TBPS unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (I used craisins)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To your food processor, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix. To that, add the butter. Pulse until the mixture forms a flaky texture. Add craisins, sour cream and the egg. Pulse until the mixture forms a dough ball. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat the dough into a 7-8″ circle, about 3/4″ thick. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar. Use a sharp knife and cut into 8 triangles. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1″ apart. Bake until golden, about 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.scones


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Scones are one of my most favorite indulgences. I usually only eat them while traveling, though. In addition to my usual latte, I grab one every time I go through the airport coffee shop. But, when I woke up this morning, and it was dark, raining and snowing sideways, cold and dreary, I thought to myself….this seems like a good morning to bake something warm and yummy. I immediately thought of scones, since I’ve been eyeing them on foodgawker the past week. And man, what a good idea it was. These were quick to bake up, and so easy I may just have to make this a monthly treat for my family (and me too!). The great thing about this recipe is the versatility of it. You can add just about any dried fruit or flavor your heart desires. Next time I’ll add about a tsp. of orange zest to this one. Or perhaps try a blueberry lemon flavored scone. Strawberry? Yum!! Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try. I recommend it!

Simple Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 TBPS unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (I used craisins)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To your food processor, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix. To that, add the butter. Pulse until the mixture forms a flaky texture. Add craisins, sour cream and the egg. Pulse until the mixture forms a dough ball. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat the dough into a 7-8″ circle, about 3/4″ thick. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar. Use a sharp knife and cut into 8 triangles. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1″ apart. Bake until golden, about 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.scones

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bringing out the best | Esther Pederson Photography

May 9th, 2012

I was asked to do a shoot for our local hospital, which in turn had ideas of turning these photos into posters to hang up and send out to area villages. Excited? Yes!! I knew I would be working with someone fun, gorgeous and so laid back. We chatted about our ideas and visions for the shoot, and in the end, came up with this. Sherri in her element, bringing out the best. What better way to capture her free spirit and beauty than with something she loves to do. I smile at the images we captured, they make me so happy. As I was shooting away, I kept telling Sherri, “this is it, this is just what I love to do, capture the beauty in our every day life, especially the village aspect”. And while this may be a staged shoot, this still captures that tradition I hope to always carry on and teach my own kids. Anyway, here is a taste of our life here in NW Alaska.


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I was asked to do a shoot for our local hospital, which in turn had ideas of turning these photos into posters to hang up and send out to area villages. Excited? Yes!! I knew I would be working with someone fun, gorgeous and so laid back. We chatted about our ideas and visions for the shoot, and in the end, came up with this. Sherri in her element, bringing out the best. What better way to capture her free spirit and beauty than with something she loves to do. I smile at the images we captured, they make me so happy. As I was shooting away, I kept telling Sherri, “this is it, this is just what I love to do, capture the beauty in our every day life, especially the village aspect”. And while this may be a staged shoot, this still captures that tradition I hope to always carry on and teach my own kids. Anyway, here is a taste of our life here in NW Alaska.

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oh raz | Esther Pederson Photography

September 11th, 2011

We were in Anchorage for a week for a little vacation, shopping, visit with friends and family, the state fair, and other stuff. It was nice to be away for a while. But in the back of my mind, I had all my clients and their proofs that were waiting to be edited on my computer at home. Yes, work piled up when I was gone. But I’m back again, so I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. And just to stay sane from all that editing, I had to edit just a couple images (Yes, two…that’s all I allow myself right now!) for myself. The first morning we were there, we got to pick some of Auntie Tween’s raspberries from her backyard. Oh, so yummy! The kids had a blast. I did too, snapping photos and eating the fruits of their labor. :)


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We were in Anchorage for a week for a little vacation, shopping, visit with friends and family, the state fair, and other stuff. It was nice to be away for a while. But in the back of my mind, I had all my clients and their proofs that were waiting to be edited on my computer at home. Yes, work piled up when I was gone. But I’m back again, so I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. And just to stay sane from all that editing, I had to edit just a couple images (Yes, two…that’s all I allow myself right now!) for myself. The first morning we were there, we got to pick some of Auntie Tween’s raspberries from her backyard. Oh, so yummy! The kids had a blast. I did too, snapping photos and eating the fruits of their labor. :)

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blueberry delight | Esther Pederson Photography

April 4th, 2011

Blueberry delight is one of the favorite desserts (if not THE favorite dessert) of people here in Nome. Especially after the blueberry season we had last summer, I’m sure this dish is being made all the time. I know I’ve had it several times this winter already. But as I thought about it… I was pretty amazed that I had not made it myself yet. One, because if I did make it, the pan would likely bypass my tummy and go straight to my hips. :) But I decided to give it a go yesterday and I’m so glad I did. It was delicious last night, and even better tonight. There’s something about that walnut/butter crust with the cream cheese and whipped cream center melded together with the blueberry filling………..it is pretty much heaven on earth! And if this photo doesn’t do it for ya, try making it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean! Have a great week everyone.

Blueberry Delight

1st layer
1/2 cup butter
1 cup walnuts- chopped fine
1 cup flour
Mix together and press into a 9×13 greased pan. Bake for 15 min at 350 and cool completely.

2nd layer
1 cup powdered sugar
16 ounce cream cheese
*Cream together the powdered sugar and cream cheese*
Fold in 8 ounce cool-whip.
Spread over cooled crust.

3rd layer
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
4 TBSP cornstarch -dissolve in water before heating
Bring mixture to boil and add 3 TBSP raspberry jello.

Boil 1 minute
Quickly stir in 4 C. blueberries

Add berry mixture on top of cream cheese layer.

Stick in the freezer for a bit and add the final topping right before serving.
Top with 8 ounce cool whip and sprinkle blueberries and chopped walnuts (optional). Freeze any leftovers.


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Blueberry delight is one of the favorite desserts (if not THE favorite dessert) of people here in Nome. Especially after the blueberry season we had last summer, I’m sure this dish is being made all the time. I know I’ve had it several times this winter already. But as I thought about it… I was pretty amazed that I had not made it myself yet. One, because if I did make it, the pan would likely bypass my tummy and go straight to my hips. :) But I decided to give it a go yesterday and I’m so glad I did. It was delicious last night, and even better tonight. There’s something about that walnut/butter crust with the cream cheese and whipped cream center melded together with the blueberry filling………..it is pretty much heaven on earth! And if this photo doesn’t do it for ya, try making it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean! Have a great week everyone.

Blueberry Delight

1st layer
1/2 cup butter
1 cup walnuts- chopped fine
1 cup flour
Mix together and press into a 9×13 greased pan. Bake for 15 min at 350 and cool completely.

2nd layer
1 cup powdered sugar
16 ounce cream cheese
*Cream together the powdered sugar and cream cheese*
Fold in 8 ounce cool-whip.
Spread over cooled crust.

3rd layer
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
4 TBSP cornstarch -dissolve in water before heating
Bring mixture to boil and add 3 TBSP raspberry jello.

Boil 1 minute
Quickly stir in 4 C. blueberries

Add berry mixture on top of cream cheese layer.

Stick in the freezer for a bit and add the final topping right before serving.
Top with 8 ounce cool whip and sprinkle blueberries and chopped walnuts (optional). Freeze any leftovers.

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fresh | Esther Pederson Photography

March 6th, 2010

Most of the fruits we ate in Hawaii were locally grown. They were fresh, juicy, unique and delicious. There was plenty of opportunity to support the locals, as there are markets all over the island selling produce. Mmmm! For those that said a prayer for my little guy, THANK YOU! I really appreciated all them, as he is doing much better. He is now at 100% (he normally runs at 110%) :) So, just one more day I think, and he’ll be normal again. Time to be on high alert again………oy!


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Most of the fruits we ate in Hawaii were locally grown. They were fresh, juicy, unique and delicious. There was plenty of opportunity to support the locals, as there are markets all over the island selling produce. Mmmm! For those that said a prayer for my little guy, THANK YOU! I really appreciated all them, as he is doing much better. He is now at 100% (he normally runs at 110%) :) So, just one more day I think, and he’ll be normal again. Time to be on high alert again………oy!

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{3} fingers old | Esther Pederson Photography

February 2nd, 2010

Sienna turned three on January 28. I still can’t believe how smart and big she is getting. I remember so well the day she was born. It was one of the best days of my life. She is my helper and my side kick. We do almost everything together, and I can’t imagine life without her. Here are just a few images from her special day. It was a cupcake themed birthday, and I made these awesome cupcake ice cream cone desserts and totally forgot to take pictures of them. They were a big hit and I highly recommend making them for any special birthdays you might have coming up. Here’s the link to see what I’m talking about. cupcake cones The actual birthday cake was made using Wilton’s Giant Cupcake pan and the liner for the cake was made out of chocolate. It turned out awesome and was so easy. I followed instructions from here. Overall everyone had a fun time and I *think* the desserts went over well. I think even more fun for me was making everything with Sienna’s help. She is quite the little baker/cook when she wears her apron. It’s SO cute!


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Sienna turned three on January 28. I still can’t believe how smart and big she is getting. I remember so well the day she was born. It was one of the best days of my life. She is my helper and my side kick. We do almost everything together, and I can’t imagine life without her. Here are just a few images from her special day. It was a cupcake themed birthday, and I made these awesome cupcake ice cream cone desserts and totally forgot to take pictures of them. They were a big hit and I highly recommend making them for any special birthdays you might have coming up. Here’s the link to see what I’m talking about. cupcake cones The actual birthday cake was made using Wilton’s Giant Cupcake pan and the liner for the cake was made out of chocolate. It turned out awesome and was so easy. I followed instructions from here. Overall everyone had a fun time and I *think* the desserts went over well. I think even more fun for me was making everything with Sienna’s help. She is quite the little baker/cook when she wears her apron. It’s SO cute!

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32 pecans | Esther Pederson Photography

January 22nd, 2010

Birthday’s are always celebrated pretty big in our family. Everyone gets together to eat yummy food and play games (this year it was the Wii, instead of the traditional pin the tail on the walrus, reindeer, etc.) lol. Boy the times have changed! My brother turned 32 this year. His lovely wife made an awesome german chocolate cake that even my non-chocolate loving brother-in-law had a piece. Yes, it was that good! After some fun wii games, it was time to open presents. Nora (his wife) had an awesome idea of “pick one of three envelopes, and that’s what you’ll get.” I don’t know about everyone else, but I was on pins and needles. How to choose? What about the other envelopes? Was he not going to get the other 2 gifts? Ahhhhh, choose wisely Nate!! Anyway, I captured the moment he opened the first envelope. *Drumroll*………………………..A week long fishing trip with his cousin to Kodiak, Alaska!! I mean, could it get any better? For fun he opened the other 2 envelopes to see what he missed out on. Well, let me tell you, he didn’t miss out on anything, because Nora decided that he’ll probably just get everything anyway! LOL. The other two envelopes included a gift certificate for a 1 hour massage, and a range finder (hunting accessory). Amazing gifts in and of themselves, but let me ask you this. What if he picked the massage first and later found out that he missed out on the fishing trip? I’d like to see what his face would have looked like then. :) Love you Nathan. You are a special part of our lives and seeing you interact with your niece and nephews just makes me have a deep sense of pride that I am your sister. I know Dad would have been proud of you just like we all are here on earth! xoxo.I caught this moment after we got home from the party. Every night when I brush the kids’ teeth, we sing the Happy Birthday and God’s Blessings song to someone. Sienna got up on the sink and was brushing her teeth and sang the whole song to “Uncle”. It was really sweet.


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Birthday’s are always celebrated pretty big in our family. Everyone gets together to eat yummy food and play games (this year it was the Wii, instead of the traditional pin the tail on the walrus, reindeer, etc.) lol. Boy the times have changed! My brother turned 32 this year. His lovely wife made an awesome german chocolate cake that even my non-chocolate loving brother-in-law had a piece. Yes, it was that good! After some fun wii games, it was time to open presents. Nora (his wife) had an awesome idea of “pick one of three envelopes, and that’s what you’ll get.” I don’t know about everyone else, but I was on pins and needles. How to choose? What about the other envelopes? Was he not going to get the other 2 gifts? Ahhhhh, choose wisely Nate!! Anyway, I captured the moment he opened the first envelope. *Drumroll*………………………..A week long fishing trip with his cousin to Kodiak, Alaska!! I mean, could it get any better? For fun he opened the other 2 envelopes to see what he missed out on. Well, let me tell you, he didn’t miss out on anything, because Nora decided that he’ll probably just get everything anyway! LOL. The other two envelopes included a gift certificate for a 1 hour massage, and a range finder (hunting accessory). Amazing gifts in and of themselves, but let me ask you this. What if he picked the massage first and later found out that he missed out on the fishing trip? I’d like to see what his face would have looked like then. :) Love you Nathan. You are a special part of our lives and seeing you interact with your niece and nephews just makes me have a deep sense of pride that I am your sister. I know Dad would have been proud of you just like we all are here on earth! xoxo.I caught this moment after we got home from the party. Every night when I brush the kids’ teeth, we sing the Happy Birthday and God’s Blessings song to someone. Sienna got up on the sink and was brushing her teeth and sang the whole song to “Uncle”. It was really sweet.

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my simple dinner | Esther Pederson Photography

December 5th, 2009

So…….instead of feeling sorry for myself in this cruddy weather, I snapped a few shots of dinner last night, indoors. Yes, I do have options! I was reminded of this from a fellow photographer friend who can find art in just about anything. Thanks Sharon! Anyway, here’s my quick and easy dinner, pizza and a salad. YUM. The most simple ones are often times the best and most comforting.blog2


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So…….instead of feeling sorry for myself in this cruddy weather, I snapped a few shots of dinner last night, indoors. Yes, I do have options! I was reminded of this from a fellow photographer friend who can find art in just about anything. Thanks Sharon! Anyway, here’s my quick and easy dinner, pizza and a salad. YUM. The most simple ones are often times the best and most comforting.blog2

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Strawberry Bruschetta | Esther Pederson Photography

May 16th, 2009

Reader: Oh no, not another recipe!! Me: Oh Yes!! Another recipe!

Well, by now you can probably tell that I’m obsessed with photographing beautiful food. This one is no different. My mom made this dessert for my sister’s birthday the other day, and it was way too scrumptious not to share! I will definetely be making this dessert this summer. It’s nice and light and creamy and crunchy and delicious! Yup, all that bundled up into one. Perfection right?

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Strawberry Bruschetta Yield: 20 Servings

20 slices French bread, cut 1/4″ thick
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon
1 container (8 ounces) cream cheese spread
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds (optional)
Additional powdered sugar (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bread slices on baking sheet. Brush butter over bread slices. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over bread slices. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, zest lemon to measure 1 teaspoon zest. Juice lemon to measure 2 teaspoons juice. In a small bowl, whisk cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth.

3. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread slices. Top with strawberries. Sprinkle bruschetta with almonds and powdered sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.


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Reader: Oh no, not another recipe!! Me: Oh Yes!! Another recipe!

Well, by now you can probably tell that I’m obsessed with photographing beautiful food. This one is no different. My mom made this dessert for my sister’s birthday the other day, and it was way too scrumptious not to share! I will definetely be making this dessert this summer. It’s nice and light and creamy and crunchy and delicious! Yup, all that bundled up into one. Perfection right?

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Strawberry Bruschetta Yield: 20 Servings

20 slices French bread, cut 1/4″ thick
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon
1 container (8 ounces) cream cheese spread
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds (optional)
Additional powdered sugar (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bread slices on baking sheet. Brush butter over bread slices. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over bread slices. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, zest lemon to measure 1 teaspoon zest. Juice lemon to measure 2 teaspoons juice. In a small bowl, whisk cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth.

3. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread slices. Top with strawberries. Sprinkle bruschetta with almonds and powdered sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.

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I’m back and in action | Esther Pederson Photography

May 13th, 2009

After a week long trip to Anchorage we are back and happy to be home. However, we had a great trip! It was filled with bbq’s, shopping (lots of shopping), visits with family and friends, a trip to the camera store to try out my dream lens!!, and more bbq’s! The weather was perfect the first few days we were there. Sun and warmth was just what we all needed! And now that I am back in Nome, I will definetely be updating on a regular basis again, so check in and see what I’m up to. Life without internet for a week was different, but it sure was a good break! Here are some glimpses into our trip. Happy Tuesday!

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After a week long trip to Anchorage we are back and happy to be home. However, we had a great trip! It was filled with bbq’s, shopping (lots of shopping), visits with family and friends, a trip to the camera store to try out my dream lens!!, and more bbq’s! The weather was perfect the first few days we were there. Sun and warmth was just what we all needed! And now that I am back in Nome, I will definetely be updating on a regular basis again, so check in and see what I’m up to. Life without internet for a week was different, but it sure was a good break! Here are some glimpses into our trip. Happy Tuesday!

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