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April 1st marked a very important day for me.  10 years ago I started this business and really had no idea what an incredible journey this would be.  Along the way I have met some amazing people. 
 
Those who have trusted and believed in me from the very beginning.  There were times I doubted myself, my talent, my abilities to keep pushing forward but with each new session I am reminded that I have been
 
given this gift not for something I can physically take away but that which I can give to others–memories that will truly be cherished for a lifetime, no matter how cliche it might sound.
 
With each new year comes motivation to take my creativity and passion to the next level.  I am so excited for what 2017 has in store and I cannot wait to be a part of capturing these precious moments
 
for you and your family for the first time or once again. 
 
To celebrate, I am offering some pretty sweet deals.  If you missed my newsletter that went out on Friday be sure to Subscribe for these very special offers.  As always, newsletter subscribers
 
are always the first to receive these notifications.  All new opt-ins between Monday April 4th and April 15th will receive this month’s special newsletter.  Session specials expire on April 15th so be sure to check ’em out before it’s too late!
 
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Where does the time go?  Ladies, doesn’t it seem that while you watch somebody else’s pregnancy that it goes by in the blink of an eye meanwhile your own pregnancy seemed to go on for 40 years and not 40 weeks?  And your own children growing up so fast yet some moments or phases seem to never end.  They say the days are long but the years are short and I’m really truly now getting to realize just how true this is.

I was lucky to have my beautiful niece come for a milk bath session last month.  She just turned one on March 9th and I cannot believe a year has passed since the day I got to hold her in my arms at the hospital.  Happy Birthday Ms. Vivien! 

xoxoxo

 

 

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  • March 16, 2017 - 1:27 pm

    Mich - Precious <3

  • March 16, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    Sarah Fecko - Such an innovative idea…beautiful!!

  • March 17, 2017 - 6:09 pm

    Isabel - Stephanie,,, these are just lovely!

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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