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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Yields 10
Greek Lemon Chicken soup minus the addition of eggs.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 cups chicken broth
  2. 3 cups cooked chicken breast, diced or shredded
  3. 1 large carrot, diced
  4. 1 vidalia onion, diced
  5. 1 large celery stalk, diced (reserve celery leaves and chop)
  6. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 1 lemon, zested and cut into 5-6 thick wheels
  8. 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  9. 1 cup Israeli couscous
  10. 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  11. 1/4 cup chopped chives
  12. 12 mint leaves minced
  13. 3 Tbsp. feta
  14. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to warm 8 qt. sauce pan. Add the carrots, celery and onion and cook over medium low heat until onion is translucent. Add garlic, crushed red pepper lemon zest, some salt and pepper and cook slow and low for roughly 5 minutes. Add chopped chicken, stir to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes until chicken gets lightly browned. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling add the couscous and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering about 8 minutes until couscous is al dente. Turn heat off, add lemon slices parsley, chives, mint, celery leaves and feta. Let it sit for roughly 10 minutes and serve warm.
Notes
  1. First time I made this I used a rotisserie chicken. I have since used chicken breast cooked in the Instant Pot. Use chicken any way is easiest for you!
  2. When storing, remove lemon wheels otherwise leftover soup will be too lemony.
  3. Instead of incorporating feta into the whole pot you could serve it crumbled on top of individual soup bowls for more of a taste impact.
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective
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 Because it’s a cold, rainy day and who doesn’t like a little comfort food?  I made these gems today and they really hit the spot!

Enjoy!

xo

Cheesy Cauliflower "Bread" Sticks
Serves 4
No carb cheesy goodness!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 2 garlic cloves minced
  4. 1 tsp. onion powder
  5. ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  6. Pinch of dried oregano
  7. ¼ grated romano cheese
  8. 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  9. Salt & Pepper
  10. 6 leaves of basil, gently chopped
  11. White truffle oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower. Rice the florets in your food processor. Place in large bowl and microwave for 8-10 minutes. I did it uncovered so it didn’t retain any moisture. This way you don’t have to wring it out! Add 3 beaten eggs, garlic, onion powder, romano, half of parsley, half of mozzarella, salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Spread mixture on parchment covered sheet pan. Cook until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Add the rest of mozzarella until bubbling.
  3. Finish with the rest of the parsley, basil and a drizzle of white truffle oil. Serve as is or with homemade tomato sauce.
Notes
  1. **Because I tend to cook with fresh parsley in so many recipes I always have it on hand. I usually buy 2-3 heads at a time, wash, thoroughly dry, de-stem and then food process until finely chopped. I then store in a ziplock bag in the freezer, flat so it doesn't freeze into a giant ball. Ready to go whenever you need it!
  2. **Crush the oregano between your palms to "open" up the herb and bring out its real flavor.
  3. **My go to jarred tomato sauce is Raos.
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  • January 24, 2017 - 10:09 pm

    Sara - Love this, can’t wait to try!

I will say it again and again.  I LOVE MATERNITY SESSIONS!!  There are so many ways to shoot them so even if you’re not sure about showing your belly or ready to bare it all it is SUCH a remarkable time in your life that I feel it is so important to capture this time.  You will not regret it, promise!

It’s winter and there’s snow on the ground but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside for part or even the entire shoot!  I am here to help you pick the perfect outfits indoor or out.  The best time to schedule your maternity session is around your 7th month.  To learn more about booking your maternity portrait session click here or give me a ring!

I never tire of photographing this beautiful mama and her growing family.  Thank you for trusting me and braving the waves! xoxo

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  • January 11, 2017 - 10:25 am

    Emily - Such a beautiful setting and time of day!

  • January 11, 2017 - 10:27 am

    Yvonne - SO beautiful! Incredibly romantic and pretty.

  • January 11, 2017 - 10:46 am

    Alisha - These are beautiful! Love the colors!

  • January 11, 2017 - 10:52 am

    amy s - What a stunning couple!
    She is absolutely beautiful pregnant – and these pictures just capture their joy!
    I LOVE the beach setting and the tones are to die for!

  • January 11, 2017 - 11:46 am

    Brianna Dunn - I love maternity too. It’s my favorite. This session is stunning! What a dream!

  • January 12, 2017 - 1:45 pm

    Morgan Ellis - These are amazing! I love the tones and the movement of the water!

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Can we talk?

I’ll be honest, 2016 was an off year for me.  My head didn’t feel totally in the game and I knew I needed to take a step back.
A bit of a creative reprieve while I did a little soul searching.  I took on fewer shoots so I didn’t feel like by the end of the fall season I was
completely lacking of anything artistically I could give to my clients or physically and emotionally to my family.  As with any new year,
I think that we all feel that push to be and do something better than we were capable of the year before. I feel that right now.
I’m ready not only in my mind but in my heart. I cannot wait to create more, to let inspiration manifest into something so beautiful it takes my breath away—any hopefully yours.

“Whenever you are creative beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul”—Alice Walker

And with that I say, HELLO 2017!!!

Here’s a look at some memorable moments in twenty-sixteen.  Unfortunately I couldn’t them all into a two minute and fifty second video but hopefully these will make you smile!

xoxo

 

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  • January 4, 2017 - 9:35 am

    Debbie L - Here’s to a great upcoming year! Beautiful photos.

  • January 4, 2017 - 9:54 am

    Lindsey - Your work is stunning!

  • January 4, 2017 - 10:06 am

    Nicole - So if 2016 was an off year for you then I am impatiently waiting to see what 2017 has in store for you because this highlight reel is intensely beautiful.

  • January 4, 2017 - 3:59 pm

    Aly - Wow! This video is absolutely beautiful! So gorgeous!

  • January 8, 2017 - 2:38 pm

    FroGirl - I must say that your work is simply amazing! Every image is just clean and pure; capturing the natural beauty in the models and surroundings. I normally love producing black and white images, but after looking at your work it has opened my eyes to a new world of photography. For someone starting out, do you have any suggestions on what you should and should not do when shooting?

It surprises me every year.

The year flies by and I wonder how it is that it’s *already* the week after Thanksgiving and I’m behind on pretty much everything.  Yet here it is, November 29th and I still haven’t photographed my boys for our Christmas card.  I truly believe I work best under pressure which is probably why I continue to procrastinate like I do.  But that doesn’t mean inside my mind is a-swirl and it feels a tad out of control.  

So. Much. To. Do.

This blog?  Fugettaboutit.  There are many beautiful sessions just waiting to tell their own story here.  Like this one photographed October 2015 (yep—that’s how far back I’m still bloggin!).  I have so much fun photographing lifestyle sessions like these.  Doesn’t hurt when mom has a light filled artist studio up on the third floor.  Looks like Ms. Paige might be taking after her mom in the talent department.

If you missed out on getting an outdoor session this summer or fall, alternatively it can be really fun to cozy up in doors and do a lifestyle session with your little ones.  Snuggles, bubble baths, whatever feels true to you and natural.  To book your family portraits this winter you can inquire at info@bellinipics.com

And, don’t miss this behind the scenes video of this session….

Enjoy!




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  • November 29, 2016 - 3:56 pm

    michelle - too stinking cute. What a great space on the third floor. <3

  • November 30, 2016 - 7:28 am

    Tabatha - Holy cow, I can’t handle all of this cuteness!!! Gorgeous work!

  • November 30, 2016 - 7:45 am

    Jennifer Georgette - What a beautiful little girl. These are such stunning images and I’m sure the family will treasure them for years to come.

  • November 30, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Daisy - These are gorgeous! I just love your work.

  • November 30, 2016 - 8:59 am

    Shannon Horton - Oh my goodness, the lighting in these is gorgeous! Such a beautiful little girl!

  • December 1, 2016 - 1:17 pm

    Emily - These are SO cute. Love those bath time photos!

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