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Archive for March 2013

Snow Day Wedding | Langdon Hall | Teaser

Monday, March 18, 2013

I really can't wait to have everything finished up for you two!

Kitchener Waterloo Maternity Session

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Definitely one of the loveliest bellies I've been blessed to capture!  Shalyn, thank you so much for braving the snow and letting me capture this amazing stage!

Parmesan & Garlic Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas | Recipe

This is definitely one of the best recipes I've found on Pinterest :)).  The recipe itself comes from a food blog called OVENLOVE.

Most weekends, we have friends over to play D&D and I tend to throw on the table some preeeetty questionable snacks (lots of chips, chocolate and whatever loaf I've baked...which usually has chocolate in it ;)).  Needless to say, I'm pretty darn excited to make these now, perhaps in place of just one of the less healthier options....hey, at least I'm willing to start somewhere!

In all seriousness, these chickpeas are amazing - especially if you get the roasting correct.  My only recommendation would be to let them roast a little longer than the suggested 40-60 minutes stated in the recipe.

For the recipe, straight from OVENLOVE and featured on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, please see below:

Parmesan & Garlic Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

* 2 cans of chickpeas
* 2 tbsp olive oil

* 1/4 c parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced garlic), 1/4 pepper, 1/2 tsp seasalt.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Drain and rinse both cans of chickpeas and spred out on a parchment-paper-covered baking sheet.  Roast for 40-60 minutes*, or until chickpeas are nice and crunchy (* I needed to roast mine for an additional 20 minutes before they were fully roasted).
3. Once out of the oven and while still warm, toss together with olive oil and seasonings.


30 - Day Portraiture Project | Day 1

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Recently, I was able to have a few photographer friends over for dinner (SUCH an amazing group of girls). Reigning Queen of Project-365, Mandy Blake, happened to ask whether or not I use our home as a backdrop for taking lifestyle portraits of the girls/family.  After answering "no" and doing a mental slap to the forehead (a very hard one at that), I immediately realized that not only was I not taking advantage of shooting in our home, I wasn't even taking the time to capture the girls or our family life, aside from what I take on my trusty Blackberry.  

I don't have nearly as many photos of the girls (as well as of our everyday family-life) as I would like, so I've decided to start my own 30-Day project capturing them, as well as the little things, around our home. Hopefully, this will help inspire you to capture your family and not to take for granted the little moments, as they are fleeting.

This was breakfast at our place this morning.  Eggs and bacon + homework and physics...

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf | Recipe

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

* 1/2 butter, softened
* 3/4 c. brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 3-4 spoonfuls of Greek yogurt
* 2-3 over-ripe bananas
* 2 c. flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1/4 salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease pan of choice (I used a bundt pan).
2. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add each egg, one at a time.  Add Greek yogurt and bananas and mix until combined.
3. Sift together flour, b. soda, and salt and add to wet mixture.  Combine well.
4. Bake for approximately 55 minutes (or until fork or toothpick inserted comes out clean :)).


Early Morning Gaming

Perhaps I should have time-stamped the above image (yup, these two little squirts were up at 6:45AM, and ready to go! And please excuse the graininess.  It was, after all, 6:45! ;)).  The girls are super-excited to have two other little ladies to game with and can't wait for their next sleepover!