Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's a Birthday

I had the privilege this weekend to capture some memories at a very special birthday party.
The party was a casual affair in the back yard celebrating with family from near and far. Normally the weather here in late August is fairly warm, probably still in the 90's, however Saturday, I'm pretty sure the high was barely 71. It was the coldest day I ever remember in August. It was chilly out there, but everyone was in great spirits & produced wonderful smiles.

Thank you for having me out to photograph your event. I will be in contact with you soon with more images for you to view.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've Fallen Behind

Well, iFailed.

My goal for a post a month this month, just isn't going to happen. But you can take advantage of this. Reserve a session by the end of this weekend (session must take place in September) & take 31% off your session fee!!!

Come back tomorrow for a little peek at what I've been up to.

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Now Booking

Just a few quick reminders & a couple notes.

Class of 2011: Book your Senior session soon to receive a special discount.

To celebrate your year-- I am discounting The Basics, senior session collection until Friday August 27th. 20% off and receive 11 of the Designer Wallets free!

You must book your session during the month of August or September to receive the discount. * E-mail me for full details!.

BLOG ONLY SPECIAL***1st 3 people to book the Top of the Class Senior Session Collection will receive a $200 discount!!!***


I seriously have some of the BEST clients ever. It's not even September & I'm booking sessions for Christmas/Holiday portraits.

Holiday Schedule: In order to guarantee your portraits for holiday cards you need to book a session prior to December 11th.

Appointments after 12/11/10 that need prints/products by Christmas will incur a rush fee of $25

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Darn weekends really mess up my blogging streak.

I will play catch up today (it's a recurring theme around here!)

Enjoy your Tuesday morning. I definitely am, although not real thrilled about being up at 6:30, it's nice to start the day with a little quiet time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesdays 10 Website Edition

10 websites I frequent:

Sweet Shoppe Designs




The Digi Chick

Digi Shop Talk

All Recipes

Local Newspaper

Various Digi-Scrap Stores (this will be a 10 things post soon)

Various (& by this I mean LOTS) crafts/foodie Blogs (so will this)

Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is the big day when I can find out how my fair entries did.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Finally a post for Monday

I finally, actually just now thought of Mondays theme for posting.

Misc Mondays
T's 10- on Tuesday or --- ??
Wordy-Wordless Wednesdays
T's 10 - on Thursdays --??
Food Fridays
Scrap with Me Saturdays
Sundays ??

WooHoo for progress, yes we celebrate the little things around here (even snack time is a big deal--tea party).
So far I've spent nap time catching up on blog posts from the weekend. This post will catch me up to date, 9 posts for August.

It's fair week so things might get a little wonky on the blog, or I could be super organized & get some posts ready Like that's going to happen. ;)

Happy Monday, we've had a little bit of a busy one so far. Brody had his 4 1/2 month check up, he's growing like an average boy should. Weighing today at 14 pounds 6 oz & measuring 25 inches long. He had to get shots today, which he did NOT love & he's spending the afternoon grumpy & restless.

Now off to entertain my little herd for a while. Leave me a comment letting me know what you'd like to see here on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Sundays. If I chose your idea, I'll send you a little something special. :)

A late Food Friday

If you're a regular you know that I love cooking/baking & have a rapidly growing, collection of cookbooks. If not, then you do now.

Last week I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, on a few new recipes.

One of my favorite sources for recipes is Taste of Home, I get 2 of their publications delivered through snail mail & occasionally pick up others from the store. Another place I visit quite often for inspiration & guidance is . It's like my insta-source, if I'm in a hurry & don't have time to search through the recipe box (which is actually a small kitchen cart).

This months issue has a little section on jams. The last time I went to the grocery store, blueberries were on sale (the big tubs), so I grabbed a few with this Luscious Blueberry Jam recipe in mind. (TOH Aug/Sept 2010, pg 49)

8 cups blueberries
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 pkg powdered fruit pectin
7 cups sugar
Basically mash blueberries, add lemon & pectin, bring to a roiling boil, add sugar, bring back to rolling boil, & boil for 1 minute, process into freezer containers, cool for 24 hours at room temperature & freeze.

Aside from a caution that says, this one splatters alot, so keep any little helpers out of the kitchen until it's off the burner. All I can say about this recipe is HEAVEN in a jar. It would be good on pancakes/waffles instead of syrup, tastes great on biscuits or directly off the spoon (I made extra on Sunday morning just to test it out), hubby took PB&J today, it's sooo yummy!


The next recipe is a bit of a shocker, I gave some away & they had no idea what they were eating (in a good way). It's a great way to use up some of that zucchini that is over abundant in the summertime. I'm not really a chocolate cake kind of girl, but there's something about brownies that are irresistible.

Modified* Zucchini Brownies
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cups white sugar
1/2 cup Splenda*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour*
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup margarine
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 8x12* inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Combine the flours, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched.

To make the frosting, melt together the 6 tablespoons of cocoa and margarine; set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, blend together the confectioners' sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cocoa mixture. Spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares.

These are so delicious, you'll never know that there is zucchini in them. ;) Shh... feed them to the kids & they'll never know either & will get some veggies in while their at it.

Last but not least on this Food Friday on Monday afternoon, is Martian Cookies. These are yummy. My first experience with them was last summer when I had zucchini overflow. I do make a few changes to the original though.

1/2 cup butter, softened*
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4* cups all-purpose flour
3/4* cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped pecans*
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips*
1/4 cup white chocolate chips*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. (Taste. I'm not really sure why, but tasting that butter/sugar mixture is one of my favorite things)

In another bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, gradually add four mixture to butter mixture, beat until well mixed. With a wooden spoon*, stir in oats, zucchini, walnuts & pecans, chocolate pieces. (I just use the large paddle on my stand mixer for this, because it's pretty thick dough & I'm not really a stir it in by hand kinda gal)

Drop by rounded teaspoons (I like to use an ice cream scoop) about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Happy Cooking!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Falling Behind

Dang it! I've fallen behind... I was really trying hard to post once a day this month. But never fear, I'll be back later today *technically since it's after midnight now* with a few posts to fill in the gap.

And maybe even a little give-a-way in celebration of 100 Facebook fans!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

10 Things Thursday

I actually waited until Thursday for this week's 10 things post.

10 Things--I accomplished today
1. Got a shower before noon (before 8 am even, that's a MIRACLE)
2. Gave the girls a Tea Party for snack time
3. Made Blueberry Jam (PS if you do this, it splatters ALOT)
4. An afternoon of quiet time
5. Baking
6. Baking some more
7. Baking even more
8. Used up all the zucchini I shredded (about 15 cups worth)
9. Took a few photos
10. Social Networked (lol)

So as you see, today I pretty much just baked. Probably 7 hours worth (give or take time to eat, feed the baby, hang with the hubby, do the dishes *more than once).

Have a great rest of the evening. I've got a busy morning planned, I'm finishing my quilt, since the girls are having a sleep over with Fum-Fum, it'll be quiet around here & I'll be able to stretch it across the living room. But first, I will finish this last batch of muffins & then sleep.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Not so Wordy Wednesday

Saturday we spent about 4 hours watching & waiting to watch air tankers land at our local airport for a fire that broke out. Here are some images I took during that time.

(with a little vintage-ish edit to it)

The ever serious boy.

My little Queen of Dirt (so hard to get natural smiles from her to shine through--she's such a poser anytime the camera is visible)

The little big girl--she's growing up so fast, more kid like & less toddlerish these days.

The Big One

and the not so biggish one.

Enjoy the day!