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adventures in lighting

I had a session yesterday morning that I typically would have cancelled.  Not only was it pouring rain, but it was so dark at 10:00 am you would have sworn it was bedtime.  But I have been looking to be challenged…

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And challenged I most certainly was without a speck of sunshine, flash, or reflector of any kind.  Can’t say I’d do it again in such extreme conditions… BUT I did learn a great deal about how far I am able to push myself and my camera.  This family was a complete JOY to work with and their beautiful home had huge, gorgeous windows – it would have been even more fun to play with a little sunshine in the mix.

Be back later with a few more from this session!

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butterscotch crunch [ice cream] cake

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My hope is this will be just one of many new frozen desserts featured this summer. In fact, I’m making it a mission to create something fancy at least once a week. 🙂 What sets this ice cream cake apart is the made-from-scratch crumbled cookie crust.

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There’s even oatmeal involved, which of course makes it healthy. Ice cream is sandwiched between layers of cookie crumbles and butterscotch caramel sauce… which is almost like eating cookies dunked in milk as it starts to melt.

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The perfect ending to a hot summer day. The recipe is below.

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Butterscotch Crunch Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 gallon butter brickle, butter pecan, or vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Pat mixture lightly into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool 10 minutes. Sitr nut mixture to crumble. Cool completely.
  2. Spread half of the crumbs in a 13x9x2-inch pan; drizzle about half of the ice cream topping over crumbs in pan. Place ice cream in a chilled large bowl; stir with a wooden spoon to soften. Spoon softened ice cream carefully over topping-drizzled crumbs, spreading ice cream evenly with the back of a large spoon. Drizzle with remaining topping; sprinkle with the remaining crumbs. Cover and freeze at least 6 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving. Cut into 24 squares.
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she’s having a baby | minnesota maternity session

I recently had the pleasure of working with this sweet, sweet couple.

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Jeri and Justin are expecting their first child.  A boy.

beautiful momma-to-be

I wanted to photograph the couple in their home “pre-baby”- snapshots of their life as it is now.

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Capturing them in their element.

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What I found was a home full of tenderness and joy.

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Anticipation and love.

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A few more of my faves…

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Thank you again for allowing me to capture such a precious moment in your lives! I can’t wait to photograph you in your “post-baby” element. 🙂

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adventures in kittysitting

adventures in kittysitting

My sister asked a neighbor friend and me to take turns watching her kitty while she vacationed in another country.  Popping in once, every other day for the duration of the trip?  No problem.

Or so I thought.  That was until my kitty nephew got really, really sick on my watch.  Moaning and repeatedly vomiting bile.  I called the clinic and was told to bring him in ASAP.  That was Wednesday.  Scrambling to get the cat into a kennel, trying to make arrangements for my son to be picked up from school, waiting for two hours at the clinic while they ran tests.

Unable to reach my sister.

Needless to say, this has been an extremely stressful week.  After a brief stay at the kitty hospital, he was sent home with a daily regimen that included two capsules, one GINORMOUS pill, and two vials of liquid painkillers.  EACH DAY.  Holy smokes.  My every other day visit turned into multiple visits per day.  And those visits were now battles.  Here’s a clip of what it was like anytime I approached him (turn your volume up to hear his groaning protest):

Thankfully, I was finally able to reach my sister and she decided to cut her trip short.  Just in time because now I am sick.  🙁  [When it rains, it pours.]  Hope to be back to regular posting soon!

Sharon Kilde Bloch - May 14, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Tina,
You are a blessing to so many. I can understand Stacy cutting her vacation short because her kitty is like a child to her. Your Mom has talked about her kitty before. I did not realize how big. My my!

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that time of year

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Been tied up with several things this week – last day of bible study, childcare duty, helping my sister with a kittytastrophe (which I will explain later), and getting ready for my son’s Confirmation.  A literal blur.  Which always seems to happen as we approach the end of the school year.

As a reminder, there is no faithbooking crop this month.  The crops will resume in June (6/9 to be exact) – just let me know if you’d like to reserve a spot!

Be back soon…

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