Sunday, October 19, 2014

photography | apple picking

Apple picking is always one of my favorite fall traditions (I am sure it is for you too)! 
There is something so much better about an apple when you pick it right from the tree. 
And I just love to spend an afternoon out in the country, on a working farm... always so fun! 
I have already made a big apple crisp and soon I plan to make crockpot apple sauce
It is the beginning of all those wonderful fall flavors... yummm!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

recipe | pumpkin spice frosted cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 stick butter, softened
½ cup coconut oil
1 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon all spice
2 eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla
8 ounces pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and coconut oil until well mixed and creamy. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in the pumpkin puree. Gradually mix in the flour until all is well combined.
Drop a spoonful of dough two inches apart on to a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10  minutes. Move cookies to a wire racks to cool completely.

Cinnamon Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ stick butter, softened
¼ cup light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
1-2 Tablespoons milk
2-4 cups powdered sugar

Mix softened cream cheese and butter until it is smooth and creamy. Mix in the brown sugar and
cinnamon. Mix in the vanilla and milk. Finally, gradually add in the powdered
sugar one cup at a time, until it is the proper consistency.

The frosting goes so perfectly on these cookies. They are amazing!

I am so happy it is time for fall baking!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

photography | goodbye summer

Today is the first day of Fall and like most I am so excited for this season. But before I get too Fall-crazy, I had to share some of my favorite summer photos! It has been a great summer! The flowers in my yard grew better than most summers, due to more rain than usual. I love the hostas, cosmos, and the sunflowers/weeds that grow wild in the fields around my house. Flowers are what I miss the most after summer. And my other favorite thing is the amazing summer skies, there is something so special about them... I have probably taken too many photos of sunrises and sunsets this summer, but the sky is always so mind-blowing to me, it is so grand and it never looks the same... I can't get enough! That last photo is of a sunrise I woke up to one morning at the beginning of September. The only editing I did to the photo was cropping... I am always so amazed at the beauty God gives on this earth.

I hope you had a lovely summer too! 
Now, I am ready for a beautiful new season...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

an engagement session & a wedding...

This weekend, these two are getting MARRIED!! 
I am a bridesmaid in the wedding, and kind of a second photographer. I have been friends with Brittney since 2001 and I am so happy for her and Tanner. They are perfect for each other! I took these photos over a month ago... I can't believe the big day is here! So exciting!!
There has been a lot of planning and crafting over the past few months. I made the "love" banner (pictured above) and another banner for the "candy bar" at their reception that says "love is sweet". My sister and I decorated mason jars for the guests to drink from at the reception and take home with them. I designed the tags and printed them and gave them lacey corners to make them look "country" cute. I love the way they look tied on the jars, so I had to share a picture of them too!