Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blackburn Family Sneak Peak

I've decided that this is the barn that never fails.

Everyone seems to be drawn to this location and I can see why.

Any session here is almost guaranteed to be beautiful!

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Meet the Blackburns.

Check out their precious lil' boys.


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Meet Luca.

He loves his Dad. He loves his Mom.

And. . .

I think he loves bubble gum!

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Meet Enzo.

He loves to stand.

He's tiny.

He's very loved!


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Meet Mom and Dad.

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They're goofy.

They're funny.

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And. . .

I can tell their best friends!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Zucchini Bread

When life gives you a zucchini. . .

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make zucchini bread!

This bad boy is from my garden!

One thing I like about squash plants is how big they get.

Makes me feel like a successful gardener.

Here's the recipe I used:

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Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
3/4 c. oil
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. peeled and grated raw zucchini
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Beat eggs until foamy. Beat in oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.

Beat in grated zucchini. Sift flour with salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder.

Beat into first mixture, then, fold in nuts if desired.

Turn batter into 2 well greased 9X5X3 loaf pans.

Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees for 60-75 minutes or until loaves test done.

Makes 2 loaves

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lewis Family Sneak Peak

Once upon a time, there was a little girl. . .

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who was cute as could be.

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She was so darling. . .

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that her parents couldn't stand it!

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They decided. . .

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that they would love this little girl to death!

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They also knew. . .

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that this girl was special because. . .

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this girl, was there's!

Thanks for such a wonderful session!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Cupcakes

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My littlest one has a birthday on the 4th of July which makes it easy to decide on a theme. I love making cupcakes for kid's birthdays. They are so easy to make and are easy for the kids to eat!

Last year, we had a BBQ at our house and invited friend's over for Zoey's b-day celebration. I made these cupcakes into a flag:

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This year, I decided to make some more cupcakes, but thought I would try to make a red, white and blue cupcake mix.

All you need is:
white cake mix
red and blue food coloring

First, you make the white cake mix as directed.

Then, you separate it into 3 equal portions. I put them into separate 3 bowls.

Put red dye into one bowl, blue in the other, and keep the last one the same.

Last, I line the muffin pan with cupcake holders and scoop spoonfuls of each color.

After. . .you get something like this:

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I also made toppers that I got from Poppies at Play.

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Everyone loved them! I wonder if I will be able to come up with some new version of cupcake every year?!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fourth of July Framed Stitchery

I wanted to make some decorations for the 4th of July but was definitely pushing it with time.

At Joann's, I always look at the seasonal decorations and for each season, they are selling framed stitched sayings. And each time, I always pass it up thinking, "Oh I can do that!" but then never do it. This time, I actually did it!

Yay me!
(Don't you think we each deserve a cheer for ourselves every now and then?)


Instead of free handing it, I printed out some sayings onto paper.

I then used a light box and a washable pen to trace onto the fabric.

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I chuckled to myself when I printed out the "Born in the USA" saying because I am the only one in the family who wasn't born in the USA. I am an American citizen, though, so that counts!

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Happy Fourth of July!

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