Monday, August 31, 2009

Just how I like 'em!

FULL of sass....

And giggles....

And smiles....

And cuddles...

Mom had such a great idea! We went around and took pictures where they hang out everyday of the week, by where they live! And they live in a really moving and shaking and hip part of town! Thanks, Melissa for a fun shoot!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Naughty or Nice? Boudoir Special

Date: October 3, 2008
This is an ALL inclusive price!! Here's what you get:
  • 1 hour session (2-3 wardrobe changes) in a luxury suite at a Dallas hotel (email me and I'll tell you which one)
  • 20 page 5x7 custom album (complete with custom cover) featuring 20 - 35 images chosen from your online gallery
  • refreshments

Please email me to book your session and find out more details!


Edited to add: If you can't do October 3rd, but would still like to do it, email me and let me know so we can possibly schedule another date! Also, chat it up with your friends and book back to back time slots!

Holiday Card: Trifold

This the last of the holiday cards! There are 5 5x7 front and back templates - Flourish, Snowflakes, Angelic, Traditional, and Behavior Pendulum, and 1 5x5 Trifold. (Please note, the 5x5 trifold require additional postage.) You can also make any of the 5x7 templates (front of back) into a photo card, which prints like a picture. Let me know if you have any questions!

(inside flap, back, very front)

(inside right, inside middle, inside left)

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

Thank you to Tina Parker with My Lil Creations for the great holiday templates!

Holiday Card: Traditional

Traditional, Front:

Traditional, Back:

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

Holiday Card: Angelic

Angelic, Front:

Angelic, Back:

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

Holiday Card: Behavior Pendulum

Behavior Pendulum, Front:

Behavior Pendulum, Back:

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

Holiday Card: Snowflakes

Snowflakes, Front:

Snowflakes, Back:

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Holiday Card: Flourish (Sneak Peak)

It's that time of year again - Holiday Cards!!! (This year I'm starting early! I learned my lesson last year!)

This year each holiday template come with a matching gift tag for your gifts! Buy 3 packages of 25 greeting cards and receive a 50 pack of matching gift tags FREE! Or they can be purchased for only $12 dollars (with photo card or greeting card purchase). Please see my website for pricing on cards!

This is the first of 6 templates.

Flourish Front:

Flourish Back:

Gift tag, Front:

Gift tag, Back:

More luxurious holiday cards to choose from coming soon! Please stay tuned!
Please note: My last weekend to book a Holiday session is November 23rd! (If family is coming in town and you'd like to schedule something while they are visiting, please email me to check availability.) ALL holiday cards must be ordered before November 30th!

Mull Family

This was a fun family shoot. But here a couple of my favorites of the boys!

Baby brother, Jack!

Big brother, Nicholas!

And a shot that showed some brotherly love!

Thanks, Kim for bringing the family out!

D Family

Kylee Rose came for a visit and was full of smiles the moment she arrived!

Kylee (and her family) are obviously big Eric Carle fans! Grandma MADE that blanket!

I love this picture!! Mama said she was doing this in a sono picture in utero! SOO cute!

Thank, Kim and Kyle! Your have a beautiful little baby girl!

Golding Family

One of my friends purchased a gift certificate for a baby shower gift honoring this cute little guy's mama.

The tall(ish), dark and handsome big brother!

He couldn't stop giving his baby brother kisses! He was so sweet and gentle, and Baby Chase loved it!

Thank you, Amanda, your boys are precious! (And thank you, Crystal for a great gift - if I do say so myself!)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chicken Salad Recipe

Like always, I find something I like and make it into the ground! My latest offense, North Shore Chicken Salad. I first tasted this mixture of deliciousness when I was working at Children's. One of the dietitians brought it to a pot luck and holy moley, I was in LOVE! Another dietitian said really loud during the lunch, I'll never forget, "I love the way this feels in my mouth!" To which all the other dietitians laughed and replied, "That's called mouthfeel!" So bottom line, it has great mouthfeel, which is a dietitian tag word, so you might not totally appreciate that story, but I thought it was so funny!! It also has great color, so its presentation is beautiful!

OK, here's the original recipe online.

But here's how I make it, mostly the same, but with just a couple modifications. And I always make a big batch, so you could totally half this and be set! But it's a little bit of work, so I like to get my money's worth, so to speak.

6 chicken breasts, boiled and cubed
2 boxes of long grain and wild rice, cooked
2 bell peppers, red and yellow
4 green onions, chopped
1 bag of shelled edamame* (or two bags of edamame that you have to shell yourself)

*You could substitute sugar snap peas, cut in half. That's what the original recipe called for.

Dressing**, mix all in a blender:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2-3 garlic cloves
couple squirts of dijon mustard
LOTS of salt and pepper

**I usually don't use all of the dressing, there might be a little left over, but 1/3 cup each doesn't seem like quite enough. So just use enough to wet it all. (You'll be adding a few more things before serving, so keep that in mind, it will soak up a little more dressing. You can use any left over on chopped tomatoes and cucumbers as a side on another day.

It's good to let this all sit in the fridge and let the favors mix together, but if time is of the essence no big deal!

Before serving, add:
2 avocados, cubed (if you quarter, then peel the skin off, it's easier to cube)
3/4 - 1 cup roasted pecans, chopped (bake for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees)

I think that's about it. By the time it's all done, it takes about a good hour! This is my rule of thumb in the kitchen because I hate exact measurements, when in doubt, more is better - i.e. more pecans and more edamame, NOT salt. I always under salt because I'm scared to over do it, which can obviously ruin a good recipe. Plus, people can add that at the table. I know Hubby always does, and I NEVER take offense. (Read NEVER with sarcasm!)

Y'all let me know how it turns out!