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navigating your way around

In case you have only been viewing this site via a mobile device and perhaps missed some of the details not featured in that format, I thought I would share them in a blog post.  So you could have a visual.  First off, there are a ton of options for finding information.  In addition to several buttons at the top of the screen (Home, Portfolio, Links, Subscribe, Contact), there are many helpful links at the bottom as well.

search by category

Such as the ability to search by category.

monthly archives

Or sift through older posts.

monthly archives

You also have the option of searching for specific information with this button.

general search button

You will also find links to my five most recent blog posts and to my camera and other equipment that I use.

5 most recent posts

my main equipment

The icons featured at the top of this [bottom] section will take you to some of my favorite places to visit on the web.

other fun places to visit

Midway down, you will find links to help you find me Facebook and Pinterest. (You will also find a “slide-out tab” on the upper left side of the page with a tab marked “MORE INFO” – that’s how to find me on Twitter.)

social networking sites

You will find general information about photography sessions and pricing here.

other links mid page

You can even click on the link pictured below to subscribe to my blog feed, so you don’t miss out on any fun promotions or other news.

subscribe to receive updates

And if you are new to this blog and want to learn a little more about me and what I share here, click on the link pictured below.

first time visitor

Lastly, I am very excited about this latest feature…

printing recipe

Whenever I post recipes now, you can simply click on the “Print” button to get a properly formatted recipe to slide into your E-Mealz binder. How’s that for slick?

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love is in the air


In the form of yummy treats and Valentine’s Day decorations.


Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are some gift ideas for your honey:

1. This sweet pair of mugs from Barnes & Noble:

love mugs

2. Valentine’s Day Barbie.


Did you even know there was such a thing?

3.  How about this heart-shaped tea cup and saucer set?

tea cups

4.  This Rhinestone Heart Journal caught my eye as well.

rhinestone journal

5.  This book entitled, “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.”

great dates book

Looking back through the list, I guess it’s really more what your honey could get you because pretty much only women read this blog.  And I’m quite sure your man will not want a Valentine’s Day Barbie.  In that case, you could make cookies.


Jam Rings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • JAM FILLING (ingredients & recipe below)


  1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with 2-1/4-inch cutter and place half of them on baking sheet, spaced well apart. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out the centers of the remaining cookies and remove, then place the cookie rings on the other baking sheet, spaced well apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then brush the cookie rings with beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the jam filling, place 4 Tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread the filling over the whole cookies and top with a small amount of warmed jam (you'll need about 5 Tbsp. of seedless raspberry jam to have enough for every cookie). Place the cookie rings on top and press gently together.
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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

Welcome to our first edition of 5 Fun Things Friday on the new blog! [You’ll find older editions by clicking HERE.]

1. While I don’t normally use a stylus for my iPhone, I might if I had this one!


Click HERE for purchasing details.

2. Big Bang Theory enthusiasts will love this one:

soft kitty, warm kitty

It even sings “Soft Kitty” when it’s paw is pressed! Click HERE to learn more.

3. This new 8×8 “love” album from Creative Memories.

8x8 love coverset

Click HERE for details.

4. Kozy Shack Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding.

kozy shack

I found it at Cub Foods. You can zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to serve it warm.

5. My teen is a huge fan of ZigTech shoes and recently discovered that you could customize your own pair.  (Check out my design below.)

my design

Just click HERE and scroll down to the lower right of the screen to begin.

Happy Friday!!!

Jodie McLagan - February 3, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Hi Tina – I love the new website! Checked out the “Soft Kitty”, watched the short video clip – hillarious! But, I have a friend who might actually enjoy “Soft Kitty”. Is the bread pudding tasty? Blessings on your day ~ Jodie

Tina - February 3, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I sampled my first cup yesterday; heated it up & the caramel was a little watery (vs. gooey). Aside from that, it tasted just like homemade!

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quick & easy curls


In a recent 5 Fun Things Friday post, I’d shared a similar curling wand.  One that would have cost you your first-born child.  The Remington T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand on the other hand, will not :)  I found a great how-to video that shows just how quick and easy it really is to make a full head of curls:

A fun way to change things up a bit.

Kelli - February 2, 2012 - 6:25 pm

she’s so cute!

Now I have to buy it! Thanks for sharing Tina. :)

Tina - February 2, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Can’t wait to see your curls, Kelli! BTW, it gets SUUUUPER hot. If your hair curls easily, you’ll find you won’t need the highest setting like the gal in the video recommends. I set mine in the middle and the curls stay ALL DAY without a stitch of hair product.

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