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he was lying at the bottom of the stairs

I stumbled upon this scene last weekend:

he said he died

And when I asked the child what happened, he told me he’d died.

Died?” I asked.

And he responded, “Yes… of boredom.

StaceyD - October 5, 2012 - 2:05 pm

What is on the kid’s head?

Tina - October 5, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Head gear! He has to wear it 12-hours a day to help fix his mouth…

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apple pie bread

I whipped this up some time ago and it was SO VERY YUMMY.  With it being apple season and all, I thought you might like to try it as well.

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You won’t regret it.  The printable recipe is below.

Apple Pie Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping [below]

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar until combined. Add buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour and salt; beat until combined. Stir in apples, nuts, and raisins.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle Streusel-Nut Topping over batter. [Streusel-Nut Topping: In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour. Cut in 3 Tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.] Bake for 60-65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.
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alison | minnesota senior portrait photographer

This is Alison. We met a few weeks ago when she, her mom, and sister made the trek out to my home in Rosemount for a stunning high school senior portrait session.

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The weather was beeeeautiful with just enough wind to add a little spark to the images.

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As fun as it was for me, Alison had her hands full.  🙂

For the last couple of years, I have been dying to use one of the local flower fields as a session backdrop.  It seemed the flowers were always gone by the time a senior girl was in my midst.  But not this time.

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And wouldn’t you know?   Alison had THE PERFECT top for it [totally unplanned] – a sure sign that SHE was meant to bring this image to life: 

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LOVE IT!   Here are several more from our time together:

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Have a wonderful senior year, Alison!!!

Lori - September 26, 2012 - 9:48 am

Absolutely beautiful!

Tina - September 26, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Yes, she most certainly is. 🙂

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fifteen

15

Our oldest turned 15 today. He takes his permit test next month and soon will be DRIVING.

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Crazy.

Happy 15th Birthday, Emilio!!!

Jane Vega - September 24, 2012 - 10:48 am

Tina,

Wow! It is crazy that 15 years has gone by so fast! Just as the pictures here show, Emilio has always been adorable (from a totally unbiased auntie), but he’s become such a handsome young man.

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everyday family session | lakeville, minnesota photographer

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I recently had the opportunity to photograph a very special family gathering. The kind that only happens once or twice a year. Siblings, spouses, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends…

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From different parts of Wisconsin. And Florida. [And, of course, Minnesota!] It’s not always easy for EVERYONE to gather in one place. At the very same time.

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When Caarin contacted me about the session, it sounded like the perfect backdrop for an Everyday Session.

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And that it was.  I simply hung back and watched them reconnect.

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Play.

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And enjoy a meal together.

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Here are several more of my favorites from the day:

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Things I will remember about this day:

– the icing pranks and your refrigerator is running
– the flower crown that even I got to wear 🙂
– the seemingly effortless way in which the family pulled this picnic together (everyone had a role and played it well)
– Charlee and Coltrane… TOTAL sweetness
– watching the little “princess” and her auntie… they had a special, special connection
– the silliness with Grandpa
– hearing that the pictures I took of Grandma with her brother and Grandpa with his sister were THE VERY FIRST taken together in a long, long time

This day and these moments will be treasured.  Thank you SO VERY MUCH for allowing me to capture your day!

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