Monday, January 30, 2012

Gee, I Think I Overbooked my Weekend!

This weekend I had just about every waking daylight moment booked.

Starting with an all day Mini Valentine Session on Saturday, followed by a University banquet that night I was due to shoot.

Then, on Sunday I had a family session of four and then another families newborn shoot. For someone that also has a full time job and kiddos this was pushing the limits.

I have started the editing process and thought I'd share a few of the Valentine's Day sessions with you! If you don't see your child here please don't worry. I have not got to everyone just yet.

This sweet little man was a dream to work with!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chad Styles aka "little man"

Ok- So I just stumbled on this on yahoo's home page and had to share. If you know my little guy and his "dance" moves, this will make you laugh even more!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jo, Jeff and the Grandkiddos!

We have been having such great weather for the past few weeks.

And luckily I have been able to shoot a few out door shots.

This was a couple trying to catch a few pictures with their grandkids.

Such a great idea.

Time goes by so very fast.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Ok, so this is not a "Fat Free" soup. Nor, is it ready in 20 minutes. But the time you put it's totally worth the effort.

Ingredients you will need:

1/2 Cup butter
1 finely chopped onion
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1/2 sliced carrots
1/2 pound fresh sliced mushrooms
3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
6 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups cooked wild rice
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 Cup slivered almonds
3 Tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
2 Cups half-and-half


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in the onion, celery and carrots and saute  5 minutes.

Add mushrooms and saute for 2 more minutes.

Then add flour and stir well.

Gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly, until all has been added. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer.

Next, add rice.


Salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground pepper and salt.

Add almonds.

Allow to heat through, then pour in the half-and-half. Let simmer for 1-2 hours. {note: do not boil or your roux will break.}

Enjoy {smile}


I will be linking up to all these great sites today! Stop by when you get the time.  Tuesday at The Table - Tasty Tuesday - Tempt My Tummy

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas Recap, somewhat!

Not sure if posting about Christmas is "acceptable" at such a late date. But, hey lately late has been my middle name... So fitting as it happens to rhyme with Kate!

We had a very blessed Christmas with family and friends. So thankful that yet another year has passed and we have all been healthy and well enough to get together.

However, we did have our share of some exciting times. Ryan, threw out his back and spent much of Christmas drugged beyond coherencies. It provided some comical moments at his expense. Thankfully by New Year’s he was feeling worlds better.

Ryan found this grungy, fabulous, to die for chair that we hauled to my wonder working upholstery diva. I decided to take one of the wingbacks from my pair to have a leg repaired. Only to watch it fly out of Ryan's truck on the HWY half way there. Thankfully no one was injured, except my chair. It celebrated New Years in the dumpster. Sniff, sniff. But this one lived and I can't wait to get her back!

We rang in New Year’s Eve grilling out steaks, enjoying the unusually fabulous weather. Friends were over and I stepped away for a few minutes only to hear Ryan say "I think I see flames out the window"! Our gas grill was a blaze. I quickly turned off the gas removed the steaks. Ya, don't mess around with meat at our house. And still the fire grew. Running back in to grab the fire extinguisher, a gift from my neighbor after I caught the brisket in our oven on fire when we first moved in 7 years ago. I slid and bone bruised my tail bone. Ten days later and I still squint and set very slowly. Needless to say the fire extinguisher did the job. And left quite a mess for me to clean up. Lesson learned, it's best to clean out your grease tray located just under your grill.

Lastly, scenes of Caddy Shack have been taking place in our yard. Moles, golfers, R-O-D-E-N-T-S whatever you want to call them have claimed our yard as there new turff to conquer. A visit to my local Co-op has had the neighborhood kiddos all over to watch. As I drop lighted bombs and arsenic pellets into well over 20 mounds! They set with loaded BB Guns in anticipation of "shooting" one that might pop its little head out. We are still at war but I can see that they are preparing to raise their white flag any day now.

Awe, who new home ownership could be sooo exciting! It's going to be a great year!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HannahKate V.DAY Mini Session

valentine's day mini sessions are here! sessions will take place on saturday, january 28th in norman(address will be emailed once your session is booked.) $35 includes the 15 min sitting fee and 4 digital files with print release. emailed to you in a zip folder. each sitting can accommodate up to 3 people.
set up will be photo booth style with vday theme background and props. these sessions are not just for kids, couples are welcome! please email me with any specific questions you may have! spots will go fast, so please book asap.
You may book a session by going to
and click on contact.
i will also be offering sheets of wallet cards for your kids to hand out in class!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dillon Class of 20212

This was the sweetest {coolest} kid I have had the privilege to work with lately.

Love that this is the exact guitar, and case, that his grandpa took with him to WWII.

Then there was his electric...

So serious...

With a great sense of humor.


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