Mac & BOO-ger

   I realize that in my half-witty attempt to make this meal Trick or Treat and Fall Fest Appropriate, I also spelled the word: Booger.  As in, the nasty things that come out of your child’s nose and ends up only the Lord knows where. 

  SO, make sure when you read this, you read it like……..


Ah, you scared me!!!!

Followed by the ‘ger’ of burger. Mk?   Work with me here, people.

  So, Destiny first had this recipe at Aunt Lucy’s house and went NUTS over it! 

  Honestly, it’s a little too Hamburger Helper-ish for me, however I can see how this simple comfort food would be such a hit with kiddos!  Mom too, as it comes together very easily and only gets one pot dirty!  Should be a fast supper before you head out tonight!

Mac & Burger

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  • 1 pound Hamburger
  • ½ whole Onion, Chopped
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 box {about 3 Cups} Elbow Macaroni, I Did Whole Wheat
  • 1/4 cup flour 
  • 1 cup [or More] Milk
  • 2 cups Shredded Velveeta

Preparation Instructions

Prepare macaroni in a large pot, according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cool water.
In the same large pot, now empty, brown hamburger with onions and salt and pepper to taste. Drain. Sprinkle flour over beef and add milk and cheese. Stir to thicken, adding more milk as necessary to maintain a creamy consistency.
Add in rinsed pasta and stir well, adding MORE milk as needed here to create a nice moist, cheesy dish.

Serve hot with steamed mixed veggies and applesauce. 

Have fun and be safe tonight!


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I am also blogging over at Marathon Mom for a Day 2 iPhone post…..drop in and say hello! 🙂


Healthy Habits at Marathon Mom

 Talking about Healthy Habits this month at Marathon Mom……

Guess what I felt led to share?

Yup, Dear Mom on the iPhone!


Bad phone habits plague many a home and dinner table, and not just mom, dad and children, too.  It is my hope that this message, will be received as the Check Point it is.  And if just one person today, sets their phone aside, and instead engages with their family, then its mission has been accomplished.

Come see me!

Hugs, T

Photo Week: I DO, Shooter 2

  I love to second shoot weddings!  All the fun of a wedding, without the heavy responsibilities of running a smooth schedule that day, or the 2 months of editing afterwards!

Here are several weddings I have been blessed to Second Shoot:

  The Smith Wedding, a beautiful picture of young love!  High school sweethearts saying I do.

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Nisly Wedding: This sweet bride had to move all her photos and the entire reception indoors because of HORRIBLE winds that were causing the metal tables and chairs to blow away outside.  That beautiful smile never once left her face, even in the midst of changing plans.

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The Wilson Wedding:  When you let love go, and it comes back to you, it’s yours.  This couple has a sweet love story, and it all points back to a God who honors obedience.

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  That concludes photo week, sorry I was so behind on sharing! I will try to do better now that we are caught up.  🙂

Hugs, T

Photo Week: Happily Ever After

  I love a good wedding!  The dress, the flowers, the details. More importantly, capturing someone’s big day for them in all it’s glory, the Covenant made before Christ and a crowd of witnesses.

   My friend Melissa and I go way back to High school days.  We hated each other at first, HATED…….how does that happen?

Sigh. High School girls are so catty!  Needless to say, we became close friends, went to the same college, and she was in my wedding!!!!!

    What an honor to shoot her Engagement session last winter, surprise her by attending her Florida beach wedding this Spring, a total God thing since we were driving back from Fl that weekend anyways, and photograph her Kansas reception this summer!

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  Look at these cutie pies, my second shooter Miss Joy got photos of!  Love when my family can be at the event with me! 🙂

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  This next wedding was for a friend from High School, it was at the same location as Dale & my Vow Renewal.  She had it decorated so beautifully, and the weather was just perfect!

  I did their engagement too, so lets start with that:  I love how Brooks proposed using the Word of God!!!!!!!  He bought Alicia a new Bible for Christmas, then tied the ring to the bookmark tucked in Proverbs 18, where it says “He who finds a wife, finds what is good, and receives favor from the Lord….” 

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And their beautiful big day…..

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And they all lived Happily Ever After…..

  Because they built their marriage on the foundation that lasts forever,  Jesus Christ.




Photo Week: Families

   Family shoots are always full of excitement, from messaging back and forth about outfits, to praying for good weather and happy kids!

  This family came from far and wide for a get together. I am glad they decided to get family photos while everyone was in town.  They were so fun to work with!  And yes, two of these boys are twins, and one is a cousin close in age.  They are such HAPPY babies and at the go-go-go stage, too!

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  I was just about to cancel this rainy day session, when a family dressed in red, white and blue came in the drive.  Their sweet faces and cute outfits made the shoot seem sunny, despite the grey clouds above us. 

  While we were at it, we went ahead and took little Graham’s 4 month old photos.  You may remember this sweet Mommy from her snowy day maternity shoot with big sister, Isabelle.

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  I have been taking the Silsbee’s photos since I started shooting 2 1/2 years ago.  They were one of my first clients, before I even knew what I was doing.  {not saying I do know either! haha} I love that they trust me to photograph their little girl growing up, and their precious family too.  Dale and I were in Sunday school with them as daters-turned-newlyweds.  It’s been fun to watch their love mature and grow.

  Michele came to me with a beautiful idea from Pinterest.  But as with all things on Pinterest, its harder then it looks.  I later found out there is actually a heart hand app for this shot on your phone that tells you exactly where to line up your arms for each photo.  That wouldn’t have helped us for this shoot, but it was still interesting to know how they did it for pinterest.

  I have to say, I am pretty stinkin’ proud that we did as good as we did, just guessing how it would look in the collage afterwards.  See, they are making a big heart!

  Last I heard, this was being made into a big canvas for their room.   AWESOME! 

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  And that concludes Family Day on photo week! 


Photo Week: Sweet Wittle Bebe’s

  It’s BABY DAY!  And it makes me say things like “Sweet Wittle BEBE’s!”

Sorry. I just can’t help myself.

  2 darling 12 month olds, a 4 & 8 month session for baby Lila and Emmy Nisly’s big debut and newborn session.

  First up, some of my ORIGINAL newborn clients, Mazie & Jonah.  I absolutely adore this family!  How fun to capture the big 1 year shoot……

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  This sweet little gal comes from a long ways away to see me!  And her mom pays me in amazing Cupcakes from her cupcake biz!  Needless to say, my kids LOVE when they come to town!  🙂 Tee hee

Lila at 4 months

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Lila at 8 months

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  This is the 3rd Birth I have been blessed to photograph, and it never fails to move me to tears. 

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  Photographing newborns has always terrified me, but as I grow in my photography, I grow in bravery too.  Now I love it!  (I will just never be one who spends 5 hours propping them all different ways…..) Short and sweet is my motto!  Oh and within 10 days or not until the next milestone. They are just not sleepy enough after that!

  Remember the Splatter Paint Maternity shoot?  Here is Emmy, their daughter…..

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    Moving right along in the progression of family, tomorrow is SIBLINGS!


Cream Cheese Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Bread

   A family from church was super sweet to share some of their frozen fresh pureed pumpkin with us, and I was dying to try it out. What better use than PUMPKIN BREAD?!

Note to self: Learn to puree fresh pumpkin next Fall!  WOW, big difference!

  You will notice that this recipe calls for Cinnamon Chips. Word on the street is, that you cannot find Cinnamon Chips except at Christmas time.  Because I learned this tidbit last December, I had Dale buy me extra bags.  However, if you did NOT stock up on Cinnamon Chips, never fear, this bread is decent without them as well.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Cream Cheese Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Bread



  • 1-¾ cup Flour
  • 1-½ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Or Pampered Chefs Cinnamon Plus
  • 1/2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoons Cloves
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree {or Canned if you must}
  • ½ cups Butter, Melted
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten
  • ⅓ cups Water
  • ½ bags {10 Ounce Size} Cinnamon Chips 


  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, add in pumpkin, butter, egg and water, mixing until just moistened. Stir in Cinnamon Chips.
Pour all but 2 cups batter into greased and floured 9×5 loaf pan.
Pour cream cheese mixture over pumpkin batter; top with reserved pumpkin batter. Cut through batter with knife several times for swirl effect.
Bake at 350* for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes, remove from pans.  

*Note: my 4 mini loaves turned out MUCH better than my one large loaf.  It was terrible to get out!

  Ya’ll this bread is UN-STINKIN-BELIEVABLE!  We are gaga in love with it around here, it will be made again, and soon. 

Hugs, T