Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs aka “Fancy Dogs”

  Mmm, sometimes you just need a good hot dog off the grill!!!!!  We have been without a kitchen since July, so we have grilling, crockpotting, and cooking in an electric skillet and toaster over. 

  I have been loving the Hebrew National Hot Dogs, they even go on sale once in a while!  I know hot dogs aren’t good for you, but at least this brand has no corn syrup, nitrates, or extra fake yucky stuff.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs aka “Fancy Dogs”

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Description

Because sometimes you just need a Hot Dog with a little extra class…

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces, weight All Beef Hot Dogs
  • 4 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Thinly Sliced In Strips
  • 8 slices Applewood Bacon, Thick Cut
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 8 whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns
  • Toppings: Your Favorite Slaw, Ketchup, Mustard, Onions, Sauerkraut, Relish
Preparation

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Slice your hot dogs down the center, but not cutting through to the bottom. Press cheese strips into the sliced opening of the hot dogs.
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Wrap with a piece of thick cut bacon, use a half a toothpick at the start and end of the bacon to hold during grilling.IMG_3028
Grill over medium heat until bacon is cooked through, and cheese is melted. Remove from grill and set aside.
Butter hot dogs buns. Place on the hot grates until nicely toasted. Serve hot dogs with your choice of toppings.
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Dig in!

~T

Fancy Hot Dogs

4&Blue: Your Life, Stylized.

  I am so excited to be going into business with my dear friend, Kalene from Blue Muse Photography. We have been shooting together the past few years, helping each other out with big shoots and weddings, but now it is official…we are going into business together.

  We both will still keep our client base and do regular shoots alone, but anything stylized, wedding or engagement related from here on out, is shot together. Everything is more fun with a friend!

  We are now taking Weddings for 2015, but slots are limited!  We would love to help you plan your dream wedding and get all the detailed shots your heart desires on your big day.

  This is Emily, she and her mom had a neat idea, do a shoot in Mom’s wedding gown……

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Meet Malcom and Amy, they decided to do a Trash The Dress Anniversary shoot.  Her motto?

Remember the moment, forget the rules.

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This is Jeff and Natalie, their romance spanned across the US, as they communicated long distance through their relationship.  They will be getting married this year in Cali.

We loved that they were so open to our ideas for this shoot!
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4 little Ferguson’s Wedding

    You never know what the weather will do where we live, and this particular fall day, it was SNOWING! 

  This outdoor wedding just got a whole lot more interesting. 

  The bridal party and bride and groom were total troopers, tramping around in the mud.0002 (1) copy0020 (1) copy0008 copy0015 copy0016 copy0041 (1) copy0088 1 copy0124 (1) blue sky copy0044 copy0072 copy0185 (1) copy

 

  The groom’s family, and his friends, are AVID hunters. In fact, the brides gift to the groom was a handgun, so we were sure to get some gun shots for them, as requested.  Pretty neat! And don’t worry, we were very careful! :)

 

 

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  After much prayer, and last minute location decisions, the Sun came out just in time for ceremony. Sonshine, anyone?  Praise the Lord!
Good thing too, because not only did the brides parents build a GORGEOUS outdoor sanctuary, but she had a big entry planned for her groom!

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The wedding was amazing, and their first kiss was shared on the altar!  True love, God’s way.
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  Due to the bad weather, we had to miss all of the couples part of the shoot, so Kalene and I drove back another day to wrap this session up. It was actually really nice to shoot without the pressure of the wedding ceremony start time looming.  706 1 vintage copy715 v copy716 copy724 copy733 copy714 copy738 vintage copy765 copy772 copy773 copy786 copy794 copy815 bw copy820 vintage copy

4 little Ferguson’s Photography: Newborns and Babies

  I don’t photograph newborns often, but once in a while I try my hand at it.  This is an area I will not continue in, it’s just a lot of hours of work, and with me being an outdoor photographer, it does not lend itself to newborn photography!  These babies sure made me wish I had a studio though! :) 

  We just worked in front of my fireplace in the living room since it was such a cold, wintery day.  The girls cooperated beautifully!
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This next set of photos is for a little doll named Emmy.  

You met her and her family when I shared their Splatter Paint Maternity session, followed by her newborn shoot:
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And because she has cried adorably every session end, here you go…..
I simply adore crying photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Em

 

A ”P” Party for P-Man

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   We decided for Paxton’s 4th birthday, we would have a “P” Party, after the funny thing that happened last month.  Like I said, not really a full fledged party, but a themed celebration none the less.

You may have read his statement on facebook:

Paxton: “Mom, you call me P-Man because I pee a lot.”
Me: {snort} Um, no buddy, I call you P Man because your name starts with the LETTER P!
Paxton: “OH.”

Boy, glad we cleared that up!

   We were at my moms most of the day, due to us having no kitchen.

  Here are the photos from Sunday:

Presents
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Police Gear, remote control car and sheriff set from mommy and daddy.

  The car and bopper hands came from the other kids.
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  They wrapped up some of their own favorite toys from the playroom closet for him to have.  party 3

Nana made us a yummy Chicken Salad for lunch with Potato Sticks. party 4

Mmm! I have blogged this one before!  It’s a family fav. Click pic for recipe!

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  That afternoon sweet Nana fixed us a P snack:
Punch, really fruity water…amazing!  Party picks, pretzels, pineapple and pepper slices.
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We skyped Papa Clay and Grammy Drea, then headed to supper. Paxton picked PIZZA, how fitting! party 7

We were thankful Grandpa and Grandma Cottingham, and Great Grandma could join us too.  party 8

Back to Nana’s house for Pie
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All of a sudden, there was a knock at the door. 

A special surprise for Paxton via his Uncle Dan and Aunt Gena….

A Convertible ride around the block in their 1964 Chevy Impala!

Eeek! SOOO fun! :)
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They have had this car forever.  I road to my first fireworks in this car, as a little baby.party 11

After Paxton was done with his solo ride, we all piled in.party 12

It was the Perfect ending to a perfect P Party day!
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Oh, and just this VERY moment, I remembered I bought a Pinata on the clearance rack for $3 last month, planning to fill it with stuff from our candy basket and mini toys for his celebration….rats!

 

~T

Happy Birthday, Paxton! This Is Your Life

  I am pausing Photo Week today to share This Is Your Life….

  Paxton is the only Ferguson child whose entire life is captured on this blog.  He grew up on here before your and my eyes, so today let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of those cute moments and funny firsts.  You can click on the titles to go to those posts if you’d like. We sure had fun reading through all of them!

  This weekend was his 4th birthday!  He was so proud to be a BIG BOY.  We threw a little “P Party”……

  Now, this was not a darling, themed, letter P party, with pinterest worthy decor. Ha! No time for that!  But it was a fun celebration none the less. :)  I will share that tomorrow.

  Now a walk down memory lane!   

The Story of Paxton

  Paxton’s healthy birth was truly a miracle and gift from God….Our Father in Heaven even nudged people we didn’t know, to cover our pregnancy is prayer, and only He knows the extent of His covering on Paxton in the womb as He fed and gave Him oxygen when my body could not.

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A Big Day in Paxton Land

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First Food

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First Avocado

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First Snow

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Paxton’s Latest

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Paxton’s Pool

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6 Month Photo Shoot

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Paxton and The Trampoline

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Some Paxton Firsts

 

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First Date

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The Many Faces and Places of Paxton

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First Haircut

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A Tank Party for My Tank

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Paxton’s 18 month Photo Shoot

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2nd “First Snow”

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Oh Pax! No no!

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Paxton’s Monkey Party

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Paxton is 2!

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Corn On the What!?

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Paxton’s Born Again Birthday

Paxton is 3!

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Paxton is 4!

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Scrolling through these photos makes me tear up! He has changed so much these past few years.  Good bye baby face, hello big boy.

Love you to the moon and back, Paxton Clay!
~Momma