Coming Soon: Goldmine Mini Sessions

After a long and eventful year we are are gearing up for the holidays with the ones we love. I don't know about you but 2015 has been packed full for us and sometimes it's fun to take some festive photos to commemorate. So we are throwing some Christmas mini-sessions over here on Goldmine! We have only 12 slots available so contact us to book your spot. Just bring yourself and your favorite people in festive wear, and we'll provide the styling, props and Christmas cheer.

You and your loved ones! Including but not limited to: spouses, 
children, grandparents, puppies, hamsters, neighbors.

30 Minute Mini Sessions
$130 per session
10 Hi-Res Digital Images
Photos by Christina Hussey
Styling by Megan Forbes of GMJ

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

In a fun studio setup here in Charlotte

Why not?

We still have slots available, so contact us at 
or text/call (478) 213.6308 with any questions!
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Eating In // Coconut Cake

Originally I made this cake for a client who loved coconut but didn't love coconut flavoring (same here). My goal was to make it heavy on the coconut flavor as natural as possible. Luckily for me, coconut products are everywhere these days. I took full advantage. If you love coconut, you should try it. I made it for my grandpa's 80th birthday because coconut is his favorite. Apparently his mother used to make coconut cake by hand shredding a fresh coconut. I'm thinking I'm going to have to try that next time. 


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp 
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp 
2 cups sugar 
5 eggs, room temp 
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3 cups AP flour, plus more for dusting 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup canned coconut milk 
4 oz sweetened, shredded coconut 
For the icing: 
2 sticks of butter, room temp 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/4-1/2 cup coconut milk 
1 lb. powdered sugar 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, then line them parchment paper. Grease them again and dust lightly with flour.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. Add the vanilla and mix well. 

3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the coconut milk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the 4 ounces of coconut with a rubber spatula.

4. Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and smooth the top with a knife. Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the tops are browned and the batter should be set.  Cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.

5. For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, vanilla and coconut milk on low speed. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until just smooth. 

6. To assemble, place 1 layer on a flat serving plate, top side down, and spread with frosting. Place the second layer on top, top side up, and frost the top and sides. To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Serve at room temperature. This cake actually tastes really nice the day after, too. 

Recipe: Megan Forbes
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Playlist 14 | Autumn 2015

It's that time of year again for a new playlist. Stream it herrreeee. As always, thanks Megan for putting these tunes together! 
- Christina
01 | Sun Medallion - King Tuff
02 | Psychic City - YACHT
03 | The Way I Feel Inside - The Zombies
04 | Henrietta - Yeasayer
05 | Instantly Blank (The Goodness) - Blood Orange
06 | Corrina, Corrina - Bob Dylan
07 | Only Memories Remain - My Morning Jacket
08 | Hey Moon - John Maus
09 | Swingin Party - The Replacements 
10 | Agoraphobia - Deerhunter
11 | Would You? - Richard Swift
12 | The Repeated Sodomy - The Radio Dept
13 | Waves - Bahamas 
14 | This Time Tomorrow - The Kinks
15 | How Can You Really - Foxogyn
16 | Over The World - French Kicks
17 | Space Song - Beach House
18 | It's You - Robert Schwartzman
19 | Body - Bassh
20 | Sentimentalist - Sondre Lerche
21 | In The City - Caveman
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