Okay…on a totally random tangent…I’m obsessed with making banana ice cream. Trust me, you’ve never made ice cream like this before! You just slice a very ripe banana and lay it out on a tray. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours and put the slices into a food processor. Pulse for about a minute until it literally turns into ice cream. It’s super healthy, except when you put in a scoop of nutella, but we won’t tell anyone about that.
Speaking of random! Here’s a mish-mash of cute kids I photographed over the last few months!!
Tilapia has to be one of my favorite fish to cook with. I’ve haven’t always loved fish, so the light texture and non-fishy taste is wonderful. One of my friends told me Costco has great frozen tilapia, so I gave it a try and must say it’s so worth the trip to Costco…especially compared at what I’ve bought at the regular market. Anyway, the other day I tried out this new tilapia recipe, and…winner, winner…we’ll be having this again!
I’m not sure what I liked more…the fish or the tomatillo salsa! I would totally make the salsa by itself. It tasted so fresh and had a kick, but not too much that the kids couldn’t eat it.
I couldn’t find canned tomatillos (like the recipe called for) at my regular market, so I bought fresh tomatillos in the produce section and boiled them in water for a few minutes and it worked perfectly. Maybe that’s why it tasted so fresh!
This is a perfect weekday recipe…it was super easy to pull together and I served it with a salad, cilantro rice and some black beans to round things out.
To prepare salsa, combine the first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Set aside. To prepare fish, combine flour and cornmeal in a shallow dish. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white in a shallow dish, stirring well. Sprinkle both sides of fish evenly with salt and chili powder. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip fish in egg mixture; dredge in flour mixture. Add fish to pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
When I photograph my three children, they inevitably end up on the ground. A simple hug gets a little drawn out and the next thing I know everyone ends up in a huge giggling pile. I’ve come to find out my kids are not unique. When siblings get close the lines of affection are blurred…and I say this from my own experience!
Let me show you what I mean…
I love how the younger siblings are usually just along for the ride. They look up to their big brother or sister and ‘okay if this what a hug feels like, I’ll take it.’
And here we go again…
I jokingly say a hug from a toddler is also known as choking. But, I was the older sibling, so I’m sure I did my fair share of ‘hugging.’
There’s not much else to say about these super cute girls in their super cute dresses, so I’ll just leave you with some super cute pictures!!
It was actually pretty chilly the day we did this photo shoot! I’m so blessed to have really sweet models that are so easy to work with and enjoy this whole girly process of trying on dresses for the camera.
I had fun with all the props and this is when I tried out the idea of pinning hearts into the trees…which showed up again in my Valentine mini-sessions. I’ve been using them in various colors and they are just so whimsical and sweet.
I thought I’d switch gears a post a birthday party that I photographed awhile back. My friend Laura knows how to plan a party. She loves details…don’t we all! Her little guy was turning two and is currently obsessed with trash cans. If you’ve had a 2 year old, you know how they get onto an idea and it’s their absolute favorite thing. He loves going to throw things into the big bin and moving them around of course.
All the neighborhood kids brought their trashcans and Laura had a craft table with supplies for the kids to decorate their trashcan and have a parade for all the adults. Such a clever idea and Hudson loved it!
The party decorations were simple and quirky cute. Lots of bright colors and galvanized buckets or trashcans.
I love planning food for the kids at a party and this adorable packaging for the pb&j sandwiches had the adults grabbing them!
I also love decorating the water bottles and this just a simple duct tape on mini-water bottles. And a colorful straw doesn’t hurt.
The birthday boy was really into moving around the trashcans!
I bought this galvanized tiered serving platter from Crate and Barrel after I saw hers. I love the way the cupcakes pop on it!
The photo booth was set up on the side of the house and Laura made the tassels, etc. from tissue paper to go with the bright poppy party colors.
Such a fun party filled with some really great ideas!
Another adorable family that I’ve been photographing since the twins could barely sit up on their own. I love watching them grow and their big sister is just as sweet as can be.
This was the first time the whole family participated in the shoot and I love the way the photos turned out. We got a bit of everything…my personal favorites were of the girls laughing. Once one started giggling, they all couldn’t help but join in!!
Here are the twins together…it’s amazing how they can look so different, yet be so similar. (Although as they’ve gotten older I feel like they look more alike. Twins intrigue me…it’s so neat to see the bond they have.
Oh the blogging that gets done when the kids are back to school and my workload backs down a bit! I’m also able to spend more time in the kitchen. I love trying new recipes…it happens just about every week…but I also have favorites. This Parmesan Chicken and Rice is quickly becoming a recurring favorite. It’s one of the those one-pot-wonders that you love on busy nights. I also hate doing dishes, so it’s good for that too!
The recipe calls for sliced mushrooms and I love mushrooms, so it’s perfect. The kids…not so much. My little secret is using kitchen shears. After the dish is cooked, I cut up the chicken and the mushrooms into tiny pieces. When you use kitchen shears it’s really quick, I promise. That way the mushrooms kind of blend in the with the chicken and I can sneak them into the kids’ diet.
You gotta love Trader Joe’s for their ‘2 buck chuck’ (Charles Shaw Chardonnay for those of you who don’t live near a Trader Joes). I also love love love their brown basmati rice. I’m not a huge fan of brown rice, to be honest. I can never get it to cook correctly at home. I usually end up with a starchy mess. But, this basmati rice cooks perfectly and has a really nice earthy flavor.
Clients will sometimes ask when they meet me if I really cook every night for my family (the kind of stuff I post on the blog). The answer…as much as I can. BUT, tonight is a great example of what sometimes happens. Brent had a dinner meeting, so I took the kids to Pizza Hut to collect on their Book-It pizzas and I ate leftover winter vegetable soup. SO not glamorous. I would say that I cook about 5 out of 7 nights. I really like it and if I’m busy I’ll do easy dinners like this or use my crock pot. I’ll share as much as I can, but sometimes I’m cooking too fast to remember to take pictures!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup uncooked instant rice
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, and mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned. Add wine, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
Stir in rice and broth. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and parsley.