One of the most commonly asked questions I get here on the blog is what kind of camera do I use? For the majority of my photos I use my Nikon D90x with a 17-55mm 2.8 lens or my 50mm 1.4 lens. That is a lot of camera for most people and a lot of money. It’s actually a lot of camera for me and it is really too big and bulky for traveling, especially with the 17-55 lens.
My daughter Tessa Leigh is getting ready to do a study abroad so we have been looking for a nice compact camera for her to take along that still takes great pictures. One she can pop in her purse. When Staples contacted me and asked me if I’d like to review one of their products I jumped at the chance to check out some of the cameras they offer online. They have a great selection and after some research and talking to others I decided on the Canon Power Shot SX260HS. It is 20x and is a great compact size and takes great photos.
I decided to give it the ultimate food blogger test and use it for one of my posts. I normally shoot in manual and this camera will totally shoot in manual but since most people shoot in auto I wanted to see how well it would do in auto mode.
I tell people that the real secret to great photography whether it is food photography or people is your light. Finding good natural light and turning off the flash is always the first tip I give people. So I shot all the pictures in this post with Tessa’s new Canon PowerShot in the auto setting with the natural light in my kitchen. It was a dark and dreary day here in the NW so I put that camera to the test for sure! See for yourself how it did! Staples has a great line of digital cameras.
I decided I need to give St. Patrick’s Day a little attention. I actually still have my Valentine’s decor up and hopefully this weekend will get the Easter/Spring up. I don’t decorate for St. Patrick’s Day but wanted to give it some recognition here on the blog so today you are getting some yummy mint cookie brownies full of lots of green.
I love mint and these brownies are packed full of it! Mint flavoring, mint chips and mint Oreo cookies!! The recipe uses a box brownie mix. Use one of those extra fudgy ones! I used Betty Crocker. The brownies have a swirl of marshmallow fluff with mint flavoring and green food coloring swirled through it. Just use a knife to swirl the batter in an S shape.
Oh and then they are sprinkled with a nice covering of broken up mint Oreos!!
For other brownie goodness check out these:
- 1 box of fudge style brownies (I used Betty Crocker)
- water, oil and eggs called for on back of box
- 1 jar of marshmallow creme
- 3/4 tsp. mint extract
- green food color
- 1 C mint baking chips or white vanilla baking chips
- 20 mint creme filled chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1/2 C butter
- 3 C powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp milk
- Mix together brownies according to directions on box and put into a greased 9 x 13.
- Mix together marshmallow cream, 1/4 tsp mint extract and 4-5 drops of green food coloring.
- Drop 4-5 large tablespoons of marshmallow mixture on top of brownie batter and use a knife to swirl the matter. Make an S shape.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
- Make butter cream by combining butter, powdered sugar and milk.
- Melt mint chips in microwave.
- Add melted chips and remaining marshmallow mixture into buttercream along with 5-6 drops of cream food coloring and 1/2 tsp mint extract (or to taste)
- Frosting brownies.
- Break apart cookies and sprinkle over the top of frosing.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker