First Day of School Photos

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell,
Brand new shoes, walking blues, climb the fence,
Books & pens…I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

  Love that song!  I will tell you more later, about WHY it is stuck in my head at the moment.  Pretty exciting stuff!

  So, school is back in full swing at our house.  For the first time in 6 years, our family is attending somewhere other than Central Christian.  Our family goes back 30 plus years at that school, but the Lord called us to a different school this year.  I will share more about that tomorrow, but for now, here are our first day of school photos!

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I can’t believe summer is over!!!!
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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. 

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  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