Posted on January 26, 2012

I still have a few handmade Christmas gifts that I haven’t shared yet. I blogged over at The Trendy Treehouse about possibly making this gift for my husbands secretary and I was so pleased with how it turned out. I also bought some enamel paint and made a monogram mug to go with the little bag. Helen told me that she really liked the gift and planned on using the bag for her Bible (it really is the perfect size for a Bible and a notebook). I also made the same thing for my best friend Julie but it didn’t make it through the mail….ugh! bummer! I will have to make her another one and TAKE it to her personally!



Posted on January 25, 2012

We had a dinner guest last Friday. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had anyone over for dinner. I was very excited to cook up a big meal and try some new things. I know that having guests for dinner for the first time is not the time to try new things…but I guess it’s okay when you know the “things” will work. I made our standby pork tenderloin in the crock-pot (1bottle teriyaki, 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2Tbls lemon juice, 1 tsp garlic powder and onion powder, cook on low for 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours (i recommend low and slow)). I tried a new appetizer and a new way (to me) of doing green beans and we also had baked potatoes. I also made a DELICIOUS dessert (but didn’t photograph it) if I may say so myself. So here’s a little random cooking post on my photography blog. Naomi kept saying that “the kids needed a paper to tell what they wanted”. I said “do you mean a menu?” and she said yes, so she wrote out what we were having! So sweet. And our dinner guest is the one who brought the beautiful yellow tulips from yesterdays post! so sweet. I’ll post the “recipe” for the green beans and the appetizer by the photos of them! Hope you can have a dinner party soon and make some delicious food that you only make when having company! I know I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Appetizer: Garlic bread with tomato slices, basil and mozzarella cheese. Cook the bread at 475 for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes, basil and mozz cheese, put back in oven till the cheese melts. I cut the bread before cooking it all but you could probably cut them in half afterwards too. This was DELICIOUS and I will totally be making this again sometime…hopefully soon!
IMG_3236-125Pork Tenderloin!!

So I just cut the ends off the green beans, cut the strips of bacon in half and rolled about 6-7 green beans in half a piece of bacon. Lined them up in my baking dish and then sprinkled some brown sugar, salt and pepper over the top. I put it in a 350 degree oven for about 20minutes. Temp and time varies I guess. I just eyeballed it. These were really good too!

What delicious things have you been cooking up lately?

Posted on January 24, 2012

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.  ~Author unknown


Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown

IMG_3255-144 These flowers brought a smile to my face.
Hoping I could help you smile today!

Posted on January 23, 2012

{Jackson, TN child photography, family photography}

I couldn’t believe it when Micah asked me to take his picture with his sisters before church on Sunday. I couldn’t believe it when Hannah willingly sat down with her brother and sister and had her picture taken. I couldn’t believe that everyone got along, had a great time and actually enjoyed a quick mini photo shoot before church. It was SO cute because Hannah would sit down next to them, I’d take a few pictures and then she came over and looked over my shoulder to see the image on my screen. She gets it. I know that she gets more than I give her credit for but its just fun to see what she gets. She would then go and sit down someplace else, thus all the different arrangements of the kids. I took a bunch of photos in a span of 5 minutes and got some great snapshots. It was pretty dark so I had to use the flash! So don’t judge. Really would love to invest in a lens that would allow me to NOT use my flash! Are these BEAUTIFUL portraits that will win me accolades? By no means. Are these portraits that will grace the covers of magazines? Not a chance. Are these snapshots of my kids at this point in our life that I will treasure forever. ABSOLUTELY. Here are a few of my favorites…and then some pretty good outtakes after the good ones!IMG_3276-165-2


LOVE this one. Hannah’s like, who are you people!

I told them to squeeze close together…not exactly what I meant!

Make sure to take pictures of your kids when the moment strikes.

They may be grainy, have flash shadows, and not prize winning portraits. But they will be cherished and treasured for YEARS to come!

Posted on January 22, 2012

{Jackson, TN child photographer}

When I saw the theme at i heart faces this week I knew exactly which photo I was going to use. This is from my session with Sara Grace. This sweet little girls LOVES books and we made sure to include some books as props in her session. She really enjoyed reading about horses while I was snapping away. I love that my kids feel the same way about books…it’s an incredible blessing. I can’t wait until they can read by themselves so they can learn many many new things.

TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six.
Open your child’s imagination.  Open a book.  ~Author Unknown


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