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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  My sister-in-law Micaela introduced me to THIS very cool iPad lap desk.

lap desk

2.  THIS RCA wall plate USB charger would be oh-so-very convenient.

wall charger

3.  Saw THIS the other day and thought it would be SO COOL to have at a graduation party.

go plate

It’s called the Go Plate.

4.  I found all sorts of DIY inspiration on The Cottage Nest.

cottage nest

My new favorite blog.

5.  THIS Brookstone pool float looks dreamy.

pool float

And would totally be, if not for the sticker shock.  [ouch.]

Happy Friday!!!

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a la carte items {mahogany drink coasters}

the stack

As I mentioned earlier, I am in the process of introducing several new a la carte items available to photography clients selecting a print package or digital collection featured HERE.  This 4-piece mahogany coaster set is $50/plus tax, uniquely customized with images from your session.

custom coasters

Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or simply want to showcase your session images in a special way, the mahogany drink coasters are a stylish option.

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sweets for my sweeties


I realize this is not your typical Valentine’s Day treat.

apple slicesfinished cake

But at least the apples were RED.  [Well, at least they were when I began!]  The recipe is below.

cake plate

Upside-Down Toffee Apple Brownies


  • 8 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • scant 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 2 apples, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • TOFFEE APPLE TOPPING (additional ingredients listed below)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a shallow 9-inch square baking pan. To make the topping, place scant 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 4 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until melted. Pour into the baking pan and arrange one apple (cored and thinly sliced) on top of the caramel mixture.
  2. To make the brownies, place 8 Tbsp. butter and 1 cup of brown sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and apple pie spice - fold into the mixture. Stir in the 2 grated apples and nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until firm and golden. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto plate. Cut into squares.
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tess - February 15, 2012 - 10:13 am

Looks very yummy!

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date your mate

Tony and I have made it a priority these last couple of years to date. Between tending to the kids’ needs, working, and keeping up on household tasks our marriage was low on the priority list.

We were married after all.

Tony and I busily pursued our own interests as well. And all was good… for two roommates perhaps. You see, we realized that after years of neglecting us – very little of us remained. [I believe many at this point simply chalk things up to “growing apart” and decide to leave the marriage in continued pursuit of separate goals.]

We had a wake-up call of sorts and worked for more than a year to rebuild what was lost.  In all honesty, it was the best thing that ever happened to our marriage.


Because we now truly know how to communicate, working together instead of against each other.  We now understand what it means to make marriage (and each other) a top priority.  And through the thick of it, we rediscovered all of the wonderful things that brought us together in the first place.

And so we date.


And run errands without the kids.

gas stationin cart

And sneak off for lunch (or breakfast or dinner or a treat) now and again.

the two of us

And have made having fun with each other more important than having fun with anyone else. So… if you are married but feeling very alone this Valentine’s Day.

date6 cycle

Don’t give up hope!  The best part of your story may be yet to come.

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hearts | i heart faces photo challenge

chew on thisI hope you get something yummy from your Valentine.


Greta - February 13, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Adorable and well composed! Made me smile.

Ruthie - February 13, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Aww! She is a cutie!

Saun - February 13, 2012 - 9:11 pm

hahha too cute :)

Jeni - February 14, 2012 - 12:33 am

This is so adorable!

Jodie McLagan - February 14, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Hi Tina, What a cutie pie! Happy Valentines day!!


Michele Q - February 14, 2012 - 7:20 pm

What a cutie!

Heather - February 14, 2012 - 7:41 pm

SO stinking adorable!

serline - February 15, 2012 - 3:59 am

So sweet and cute!

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