Saturday, November 28, 2009

Little Christmas Girl! {Fraser Valley Toddler Photography}

what a fun shoot....after it was over, we got to have a play date!





and for fun:


Friday, November 27, 2009

Well, November is speeding by... {Fraser Valley Baby Photographer}

...and boy is it ever WET. enough rain already. The boy and I are slowly turning the house into a Christmas scene...lights are on (gasp!) and some decorations are up! Gingerbread cookies are being baked and consumed at a high rate of speed and the knitting needles are clicking away...

...and so is my camera!


Another little cutie that I newborn photos of....nothing marks the passage of time like a growing baby! The photo of her and the chair in the bottom right has to be one of my favourites!

Monday, November 16, 2009

November? really?

What happened to this year?! It certainly has gone whizzing by!
My boy and I continue to grow...him in height and me in belly...the newest peanut will be arriving in just over 3 months...hard to imagine! We are excited, the boy keeps patting my belly...not that he knows what's in there and what that will mean for him and his future!
Anyway....

Remember this cutie? Well, she's almost 9 months old now! She is such a pretty baby...those lips and those eyes! A heart breaker for sure! She was a lot of fun to shoot and I had my assistant (the boy) keeping a watchful eye from the other side of the baby gate...

She always has the cutest little hats! I love these pics and am having a great time editing them!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baby Boy Gray



oh my! This boy is SO cute!! I could've just kept him...but then I'd be more tired than I already am carting around a one year old and a 5 month pregnant belly!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pumpkin Scones!

These are REALLY really good.
I got the recipe from here. (I used the recipe near the bottom of the page)

The changes that I made are in the icing mostly. I only made the first batch of icing, divided in half. I used the first half to glaze the scones, then added a pinch of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of 1/2 & 1/2 to the second half then drizzled on the scones - I had more than enough for all of them...so, I think the 2 batches of icing is WAY too much!
I've made these twice. Once like regular scones, and once in yummy bite size mini scones in a mini muffin tin (if you're using the mini muffin tin, 10 min in a 425 oven is long enough!)
Enjoy!


Pumpkin Scones

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg
6 tablespoons cold butter

Plain Glaze
1 cup plus 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk

Spiced Icing
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
pinch ground cloves

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger in a large bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half-and-half, and eggs.
Cut butter into cubes then add it to the dry ingredients, until it is the texture of cornmeal or coarse sand.

add dry to wet ingredients, combine (don't over work)

drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet (parchment lined or greased) - 1 -inch thick

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes


While scones cool, prepare plain glaze by combining ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Mix until smooth.

When scones are cool, use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.

As that white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by combining ingredients in another medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Our littlest fish


On Tuesday, I got to have a sneak peek at the newest member of our little family. Andrew was with me, and his eyes were huge when he heard the heart beating and could see him/her wiggling around on the screen. Can't wait to meet this little bean in mid Feb ♥

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Chicken Corn Chowder















This chicken corn chowder was very good. I found the recipe in the May 2004 issue of Everyday Foods. You will find the recipe below. I have only made some minor adjustments! I added legumes to mine, if you are using dried, make sure you boil and boil em first! Or else they are crunchy!

Chicken Corn Chowder
2 tblsp butter
1 small onion - diced
2 stalks of celery - thinly sliced
2 tblsp corn starch - (use flour if you don't have any cornstarch)
1/2 cup of half and half cream
3.5 cups of milk * if you don't have cream, use 4 cups of milk *
1/2 left over cooked chicken (I used a whole store bought/cooked chicken - Bella got the bits I didn't use)
2 cups of 1" cubed cooked potatoes - the kind that hold their shape when cooked, like red skinned ones. sweet potatoes or yams would be good added to this too!
1 cup cooked carrots.
1 can of corn (I would use the PC blue menu no salt added but I had 4 pc's of fresh cobs, and that was plenty!)
1/2 cup of legumes (precooked - so canned might be best)
pinch of cayenne pepper, coarse salt, ground pepper - to taste

1. melt butter in pan, add onion and celery - cook over medium heat 5-7 min.
2. add cornstarch - stir for one min.
3. add milk/cream - bring to a boil, stir occasionally.
4. add potatoes, corn, carrots and cayenne
5. season with salt and pepper
6. bring to a boil again
7. reduce heat to medium, simmer for 5 - 7 min.
8. butter up some toasted crusty bread for dipping!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

What the heck?

I am trying to learn about "automated queries" I don't actually know what they are, but when I try to view my blog, Google politely tells me my computer or network might be sending them out. I've tried their suggestions, but am still unable to view it... or any other Blogger blog. but I am able to access it through the cached feature of Google search. So, while I wanted to post some great recipes and photos, I have to try and fix this instead....
Annoying to say the least.

Edit to say: It appears that all is right with my blog world again....yay!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sweet Chelsea


A while back I did some newborn pics of sweet Chelsea. Well, she's now 4 months (!) old and was back with her big brother for some more.
Here are a couple sneak peeks from the session!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day pt 2


I was just sitting here drinking a hot chocolate (**shudder**) and reading a blog {Whatever}. The entry was about Father's day and what she remembers about her Father and what her kids will remember of their dad and their childhood. It made me start really thinking about my dad, and what do I really remember about him?

- his laugh, deep and hearty.
- the smell of paint thinner and plastic buckets used for cleaning his paint brushes.
- washing our dogs in plastic buckets
- running out to greet him after work, shouting 'can I check in your lunch box???!!!' - he always had a sweet snack he never ate.
- watching hockey with him all flaked out.
- cowboy boots
- cowboy hat
- blue button down shirts
- black slacks
- old spice
- bad jokes
- making me a trailer for my bicycle to tow my beloved Sam (stuffed animal) around - it may have been the first bike trailer ever!
- frying polish sausage and kielbasa up in a cast iron pan
- camping & cutting wood
- being small and begging him to pick me up and rock me, over and over. so soothing.
- checking out my first car
- trying to teach me golf in the yard
- his kilt
- mostly, I will remember his music. His fiddle playing, singing, guitar playing.

My dad died when I was 17. He may be gone, but I still hear him almost everyday.
literally.
in my car.
I am lucky enough to have copies of cassette tapes made in years gone by of my Mum, Dad, sisters Deb (sadly, gone now too) and Lisa and various other family members...not to mention random bits of everyday life - me, as a whining, 10 year old on Christmas Eve. And in an effort to keep the fiddle music present in my life and have my own sweet boy fall asleep to the same music and laughter and commotion that I did, I play these tapes in our day to day journeys and adventures. They are becoming the soundtrack for my boys babyhood, and when I hear them in the future, I will be reminded of my youth and of my boy as a baby.
Happy Father's day.

Happy Father's day


To my sweet boy's dada.
My own dad.
To all dads.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Sweet boy

As much as I love {LOVE} photographing other people's sweet babes. I cannot help but love photographing my own the most. (it would be wrong to feel otherwise...right?!)
I have recently made changes to the privacy settings on my boy's photo blog. I've done so for a couple of reasons.
1. He is losing that generic 'baby look', really becoming his own little guy.
2. I don't want to hear about, or read about, or see my boy's photos being used without permission. Read what happened to this blogger to get a better idea of what the heck I'm talking about. It's my job to protect him from any weirdos lurking out there. corporate or otherwise. That is also the reason for the (more visible) watermark on them too.
That doesn't mean I won't be sharing photos of him here from time to time...in fact, I think I should do just that right now!

He's growing so fast I can hardly believe it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oh Boy...am I tired!

but it's SO worth it! I finished up editing and putting together the online gallery for these 2 cuties...



I LOVE doing this, and I get so into it, I forget about the clock and that the sweetly sleeping baby doesn't care if I'm tired - he's going to want to play and eat and crawl and eat stuff he shouldn't be and pull himself up on things he shouldn't. I promised him that I would take him to a drop in playgroup today (as if he'd know if I changed my mind) and we're still going to go...I'll just need coffee when I get there!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Where does the time go?

It's been a while since I posted here... I've been busy living life, enjoying my sweet boy and the beautiful summer-like days that are here.
I've also been shooting.
A couple months ago, sweet baby Natalie was here for a newborn shoot. She's now almost 3 months!! Well, today She and her adorable big sister Maddie were BOTH here for a session. What a fun time! Both girls are just beautiful.
Here are a couple of sneak peeks! (Click on each photo to view larger)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Mothers Day

A few days late? Perhaps. Yesterday, I did my first "Mother's Day" function ever with my boy. We went with his Great Gramma and had a Mother's day tea at her residence. We were served Tea or Coffee in pretty little bone china tea cups.

I had coffee, 4 cups of it. It must of been decaf, because it did nothing for my tired state. He had milk, which did nothing for his tired state either. He hates to miss ANYTHING...what a tired little man. (his 2nd tooth has popped out, and he's looking adorable!)

We were also served Blueberry Chocolate cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries on top, drizzled with raspberry and white chocolate sauce. It was Amazing, and it was all I could do to keep from 1) licking the plate. 2) asking a lady across from me for the rest of hers that was going uneaten. Along with the yummy cheesecake was a cute tiny flower pot with alysm in it. I will be planting mine in the garden and will be reminded of this sweet day all summer long!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Strawberry Coffee Cake Minis

Seriously. I cannot begin to tell you how GOOD these are. The recipe is from {here}, and you can find it below too. The recipe is actually for a coffee cake, but I decided that little minis would be MUCH cuter (and I was right!) I had some strawberries that I needed to use up before they went bad, so a quick search, then this gem of a recipe. It's SO easy....(would I bother if it wasn't? HECK NO!)
In fact, it is SO EASY, I made some on Sunday, and then I made some on Monday morning. I've eaten an embarrassing number of these....I won't say how many...but over two days, it's MORE than 6.
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I got this AWESOME (prop) basket at a yard sale on Sat for $1. I thought about painting it white, for about a minute! but I love the look of it....Today the babe and I were at one of our fave 2nd hand shops, I found a prop that I've been wanting for while! it's THE cutes baby scale...complete with "nursery scale" written on it. I Cannot wait to do another newborn session and use this sweet thing! Pics to follow I am sure!
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ok, onto the (modified) recipe portion of this post!

Strawberry Coffee Cake Minis

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt - (I used salted butter, so I omitted this)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced

Topping:

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

Optional: Nuts - I used walnuts in these (well, except for the 4 I sent to {Cindy}, I don't think likes nuts) SO GOOD!


- Sift together the 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.

- Add milk, egg, and melted butter; beat 2 minutes.

- Spoon batter into a greased or paper lined muffin tin.
- Top with sliced strawberries.

Prepare topping:
- Combine 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle crumb topping over the strawberries.

375° for about 25 - 30 minutes.

Let them rest about 3-5 min

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is today Monday?

Because it sure feels like it should be. The boy slept most of the night, he woke once just after 1, which I'm not surprised at, because he wouldn't eat his supper... That kid HATES wheat cereal... I guess I'll be making more baby food then. He LOVED the turkey, carrots and peas. Super easy to do too. YesterdayIn an effort to quell the chorus of "you need to baby proof" I am always hearing, I moved my computer. {Let me just say, I hate cleaning... I love the way it looks after, but the real reason I HATE it so much (besides the actual chore of 'doing') is because I can't seem to process in my brain WHERE the heck I put stuff... seriously... I am going on day 2 of my search for my Win xp disc. } I am now looking out over the deck towards the mountains... I love this view. I had the computer here before, but the cords and crap were more than I (we) could stand. This time, I've arranged it so most of the cords are gathered and bundled behind the tower, out of baby boy view and grasp. It only causes (photo editing) trouble when the sun is pouring through the window in the early morning.
I can also watch the fence progress from here. My fella has been working like a donkey building it after work. It'll be nice to let the dog out and not have to go with her to make sure she stays on this side of the road. There were 2 guys working like donkeys on it yesterday...Scit, {Cindy's} fella, so good of him to help :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

sweetness


I feel SO lucky to have this sweet thing. I can hardly believe he's ours. He's currently sprouting a wee tooth, and he's been his usual sweet self. in fact, he's been wonderful...he slept through the night last night.. the whole night. it was bright out when I woke up at 5:30 this morning. As soon as I can get him to show is tooth, I'll be sure to let ya's see it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Frames...lovely lovely frames


This one was $2.95 at a "not really a dollar" store. I think I should've bought a few...they would make very cute baby gifts.

I love this one, but it took me the LONGEST to fill...I got it from my SIL for Christmas at least 4 years ago...I guess I was waiting for the perfect subject!

This one I got from my MIL..I like that it stands on it's own.

I'm making progress...I still have some frames yet to be filled, but it seems these were the hard ones to fill...because they were multiple openings and odd sizes...but I LOVE how they look.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Love in Bloom

I love the romance of spring time. The feeling of rebirth and hope that only springtime can bring.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry biscuit crust

This is TOTALLY easy to make, and it's so good...Seriously, all you need is leftovers, and if you don't have left over turkey, then one of those cooked supermarket chickens works great too (you could have the supermarket chicken tonight, and make this tomorrow with the leftovers!) The recipe is waaaaay down at the bottom.

I've had a camera tragedy...I know I've whined about this before...and I'm going to whine about it again right now! the AF (auto focus) on my FAVE fave fave lens (50mm) is no longer working... well, it IS work...really really hard at focusing...but can't lock on to anything...sigh...and if it DOES lock onto something, I couldn't tell you what it sees, because there's NOTHING in focus... I can still use it in MF, but it's a LOT slower. Anyway, moving on... (for now)
The boy and I were out and about dropping off the disc of this cutie... seriously... I don't think this little beauty could get ANY cuter??
While we were out, I stopped at a "not really a dollar" store. I found a super cute little frame with a matte cut out that spells BABY...and for $2.95, I couldn't resist. I am trying to print and hang more of the photos I take of my sweet boy, his lovely dad and other photos I take. This initiative is a direct result of a nice lunch I had yesterday with a really nice couple that I met through the local baby drop in. I was asked if I printed many of the pics I took or if I mostly left them on the computer... I don't print nearly enough of them...I have lots of empty frames (what else do you give a photographer??) and they are the CUTEST frames ever!! I love getting frames, but I guess it's like the "mechanic has the worst car" thing. so, in the interest of filling those wonderful frames I am in the midst of printing pics of the boy and our daily happenings. and a cute pic I had to share that I am printing for sureHe just looks like such a little boy here.
ok, onto the recipe (what you've ALL been waiting for, right?)

Turkey Potpie
  • 1 Pkg of cream of veggie soup mix (made following directions on the back)
    I'm sure you could use a regular can of "cream of veg" but my fella is lactose intolerant, so I use the pkg, so I can use "his" milk.
  • left over turkey or chicken, shredded - about a cup and a half (or 2)
  • add turkey/chicken to soup
  • spoon into ramekins or oven proof dish

    make biscuit crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (I never add this...the butter has salt!)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup of left over cranberry sauce

    for nice light biscuits, don't over mix, handle only as much as needed to mix the dough.
  • mix in cranberry sauce
  • form 1/2" thick biscuit to fit over ramekins (lay on top of ramekin, not in the soup mix)
  • bake at 450 for about 20-25 min or until biscuit is cooked through.

enjoy!