Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I love Fall...


...and i love decorating for Fall.
Here are a few signs of Fall around our house...















Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kirk Cameron is cool...check out this video...

Chore Duty.

We have quite the little helper.
We find that if we have her clean things she is happy.
I'm not sure the driveway really needed to be cleaned...
but who's going to argue? Not us...

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Beautiful Day.

A few weeks ago I had the privilage of shooting a gorgeous wedding in Wichita.
The Church was perfect.
The weather was perfect.
The bride and groom were fun.
It was such a pleasant day...all NINE hours of it!
Yes, it was a long day and i was exhausted when i got home, but i captured so many beautiful pictures that it was well worth it to add to my portfolio.
I had a hard time choosing which to post, so if you really want to see more, you can head to my Facebook business page.

(*pictures are not in order, so i'll go backwards...)


The reception was held at the Crown Uptown.
Let me just say BEAUTIFUL.
Collin and I even had time to sit and relax and enjoy a WONDERFUL buffet of yummy foods, cake and punch. Collin is my 'grip' (photographer's term), which basically means he carries my bag and hands me things, so i think he was more than excited for a BIG meal!



We headed to the Wichita Downtown Park after the wedding.
Can you guess what we rode in to get there? (scroll down)





The Bridesmaids.



The Groomsmen. Aren't they a studly looking bunch? :)



Meet the Groom.





The PARTY BUS! And yes, i got to ride in it...
An interesting experience for a 8 month pregnant woman ;)




St. Thomas Aquinas was the church. Beautiful!


The Bride.













This is one of my favorite pics.
And there you have it. A busy, but rewarding day! I think the best part of being a photographer is seeing the images after they have been finished and knowing what has been accomplished. Today the mother of the bride specifically called me just to say waht a wonderful job I did.
So sweet.
That makes it all worth it :)









Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Craftshow.

This past Saturday I went with a friend to the Hillsboro Craftshow.
This is officially only my second year to go, but i can guarantee you i will be
going every year from now on if schedules allow!
I think i like the browsing more than the buying.
My favorite booth from last year called 'Vintage Details' was there again, so I bought a couple of items to add to my 'red' collection. Give me a booth that has unique & stylish antiques and the colors black and red and I'm there!




This is actually a framed chalkboard. Love it!!!

Very Cute!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Encouraging Word.

I came across these verses today in my quiet time. They encouraged me and I hope they encourage you...

"As for God, His way is PERFECT
The word of the Lord is FLAWLESS.
He is a SHIELD for all who take refuge in Him.
For who is GOD besides the Lord?
And who is the ROCK except our God?
It is God who arms me with STRENGTH and makes my way PERFECT"

2 Samuel 22:31-33

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yummy Pizza Crust.

I have been making homemade pizza lately because #1) I always have the ingredients and #2)you get more for your money. I came across this bread machine recipe for Pizza-Hut like pizza crust, and i would have to say it is not far off in taste from the real thing-minus the grease :) So, if you have a breadmachine, you like pizza, and you're willing to make it instead of order in, try this recipe out! I don't know how you couldn't like it!

•1 1/3 cups water
•2 teaspoons sugar
•1 1/4 teaspoons salt
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•2 tablespoons cornmeal
•3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•1/4 teaspoon onion powder
•1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

*put the ingredients into your machine in this order: water, olive oil, sugar, salt, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast. I also added in some extra basil, italian seasoning and parsley (dried cheap stuff).Set machine to 'dough' setting, which take appox. 1hr and 20min.

*When the dough is finished, spread into two greased 9x13 pans OR a LARGE pizza pan (this is what i do-i love thick crust!). Let set for 10-15 minutes (it will rise a bit).

*Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400. After the dough has set, spread a 'thin' layer of pizza sauce on the dough and stick in the oven for 5 minutes. This helps the baking process along. Then, set your oven back to 360-365. Pull out the half baked crust and spread remaining sauce and desired toppings on and bake for appox. 20 minutes. Another hint: I brush the edges of the dough (crust) with butter after I turn the oven down.It makes for a really soft golden crust.
ENJOY! Because we sure did! Another bonus: This recipe makes enough that there is a whole meal for the next day too-at least in our family :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nebraska Wedding.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilage of shooting my cousin's (groom) wedding in Nebraska.
It was a gorgeous day and a beautiful wedding. Here are a few portraits from their day...








Friday, September 11, 2009

Ever Wondered How to...

...Can tomatoes? Well, since I've done SO MUCH of it this summer, i thought i would give you a glimpse into how it's done...in my kitchen anyways :0)

FIRST...
you start with gathering your tomatoes. This picture is random, but shows the comparison in some of our tomatoes this year. The tomato on the left is the regular size of a tomato and the one on the right is a Brandy wine Tomato-they get HUGE! I know this pictures doesn't do it justice...





SECOND...
Score the tomato lightly (cut a small line around one side)and place into boiling water for 30 seconds. When the peel starts to break away from the tomato where the line has been cut, that means they're done. Quickly place the tomato(es)in a container of iced water for a minute or so. This (i don't have a picture) just stops the cooking process of the tomato.





THIRD...
Peel away the skin, cut out the center core, squeeze out some of the seeds and begin chopping. If you're just canning tomatoes, you can leave the pieces fairly large. For salsa or other sauces, cut the pieces smaller.





FOURTH...
Let your cut tomatoes drain in a colander to rid of excess juice. This process is mainly for salsa and sauces so that your end product isn't too runny.





FIFTH...
Pack tomatoes, or cooked salsa (that's a whole other recipe)into jars leaving about one inch at the top. For canning tomatoes, if you have any excess juice, pour that into the jars as well. Place canning lids (which need to set in HOT water for 10 minutes before putting on)on each jar and screw on ring tightly (sorry-forgot pictures of this!).





SIXTH...
Prepare your canner by filling it 1/2 to 3/4 full of HOT water and bring to a consistent boil. This can take up to 30 minutes depending on your burner size and size of your pot. Once the water is boiling, set the jars in the rack and lower it into the boiling water. Let cook for 15-20 minutes.







SEVENTH...
Set your jars on a towel on the counter. You will know they have sealed when you hear a 'popping' sound and the lids don't bounce back when you poke in the middle.





AND that's how you can tomatoes! I'm sure that was a really boring post for some of you, but it gave me something to blog about! :0)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ode to Luke.

Ava loves singing this song to Luke and now that he's not here during the week, she thought it was time he hear it again...


video

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ava Is A...

CUBBIE! And she's so proud of it!






I can't wait to see what she learns this year!

Too Many...

TOMATOES!

This is what i have already canned...




This is what's in the fridge...




This is what's in the freezer...




And this is how many i picked today!



I think i'm going to be canned out by the end of gardening season. Is it almost over?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Simple Reminder...

...that God takes care of us. He is in control. He knows what's best for us. He loves us. What more could we ask for?

video

*song credits: Ava and her beautiful voice & Junior Asparagus from Veggie Tales :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vintage Rocks.

I found the cutest website called The Vintage Pearl. You should defiantly check it out for great gift ideas for moms, grandmas, daughters, etc. They are a little pricey but oh would i love it if my hubby gave me something from there. I guess I'll have to hint... :)