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In the Kitchen | Martha Stewart’s Spicy Cheese Biscuits

Marlin’s been sick with a terrible headache since last night, so this morning I decided we’d stay home and I’d make one of his favorite breakfasts.

This is my favorite recipe from my copy of Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. It’s her spicy cheese biscuits and they are perfect for breakfast, brunch or a side for dinner. Or for curing headaches (hopefully). They’re quick, easy, and they’ll keep really well in the freezer if you want to make extra. Let me just save you the time. You’ll want to make extra.

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The spicy secret of this is the smoky sweet paprika mixed with the dry ingredients and sprinkled over the top just before baking. If you wanted to get really brave, you could add a little cayenne pepper, but I prefer the paprika. Also, the red flakes add a beautiful pop of color!

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My favorite part? The cheese of course! The recipe calls for gruyere, a yellow Swiss cheese, but you can use whatever you have on hand, cubed or shredded so it mixes in well. This morning I used a mix of a sharp cheddar and my personal favorite, pepper jack, which goes well with the spicy flavor profile.

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The recipe also calls for heavy cream, which works beautifully. I don’t always keep cream around, so in a pinch I’ll use plain soy milk. The catch is to use less than the amount of cream the recipe lists, because the soy milk is thinner than cream, so if you use the same amount, your mix will be too watery. I used just under a cup here, where it asks for 1 1/2 cups of cream.

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Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or just until they’re golden brown on the edges and cooked all the way through.

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These biscuits are heavenly all by themselves, straight out of the oven while they’re still hot and steamy when you open them. But the possibilities of sides you could put with them are endless.

Hopefully they’ll put a smile on Marlin’s face and have him feeling better soon. Happy Sunday! Now go make these!

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The Inevitable…and why I need more skinny jeans

The past week or so has been pretty exciting. Ever since I decided it was time to tell the world that I want to be a wedding photographer (did you hear, by the way?), it’s practically been spilling off my tongue to anyone who will listen. I’m amazed at the change in where I am now from where I was the day before I told my secret. Since the new year, I’ve joined three online networking groups for photographers. I’ve met six or seven new photographers in Austin and I’ve got a coffee date this week to meet another new friend. I’ve been offered the opportunity to shadow/second shoot for one (yes, I will be following up with you! We’ve got to make that happen!). I have an invitation to coffee with my own wedding photographer, Leah, who thankfully has been nothing but supportive and encouraging. I have business cards.

Yes, I’ve come a long way from the girl who two weeks ago spent night after night studying the sites of wedding photographers wishing that I could do what they do. I’m at the very beginning. I’ve got a long, long, way to go, but I’m on my way.

More proof? I’m headed to WPPI and Showit United next month in crazy Las Vegas, and I’ve learned some of the most valuable events and meet-ups aren’t on the calendar, but typically happen at a moments notice and if you’re not on Twitter or Facebook, you’re going to be out of the loop. Well hey, if I’m going to make the trek all the way to sin city and invest the time, I do not want to miss out. So I did the inevitable…I traded in my archaic, dusty but trusty old cell phone for one of these things.

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Not really by choice, mind you, but for the $0.99 deal AT&T was offering, I couldn’t pass it up. And I have to admit…it’s kind of neat. Don’t tell my husband I said that. This now makes a MacBook and two iPhones in our house. Are we hipster enough to own this many Apple products? I think I should go invest in a few more pair of skinny jeans, just to be safe.

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White Family Christmas | Austin Family Photographer

I couldn’t wait to take these photos for one of my favorite families, and of course the morning we woke up to meet it was cold and raining outside. I’m a natural light photographer; I don’t have a studio, so instead I have to have a Plan B. I’m so thankful these guys were flexible and willing to drive all the way into town and venture out into the rain with a toddler and without knowing where we would end up shooting. They have so much fun together that it doesn’t matter where they are or what the background is. Their joy is undeniable.

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The rain slowed down for a few minutes so we stepped outside and got as many as we could before it started again. Little T, you’re such a trooper for posing in the cold!

I love this one below. In the frame I took just before it, they were both looking at their son, and in this one I caught them smiling at each other. I love spending time with people who are so in love!

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I’d like to personally be there one day when you guys show this one to T’s first girlfriend.

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We quickly moved inside and had a nice warm, dry place to shoot, with much thanks to the Renaissance Austin Hotel .

I love this tender moment between Mom and son. Krista, it’s so clear how much you adore him. How lucky this boy is to have you as his mother.

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Oh, and this one, too! Krista, I could shoot with you all day. Your expressions are so genuine and your happiness is contagious. I love how the real you just shines through the camera.

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Let me just say here how much I admire child photographers. Those little ones are so fast and their expressions are always changing, it’s a real trick to get the one you’re looking for. But man, when you get that genuine smile, it’s so worth it. Little T Man is in his Papa phase right now; you can just see how much he adores his dad.

Again, thanks to the Renaissance Austin for the lovely tree in the front atrium!

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Adorable baby reading a book? Makes my heart melt!

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We’ll end here because it doesn’t get much better than a father/son moment. Thank you so much to the lovely White family for always trusting me to let me capture your life and growing family on camera. It’s an honor and a privilege, and you’re so supportive of me, I can’t thank you enough. We just love you guys!

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Sneak Peek: The White Family

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Sneak Peek: Austin Kite Festival

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A time for every purpose…

Lately I’ve been following the blog of Katelyn James, an uber talented photographer in Virginia, and I have to admit that as much as I love her work and the personality she shares through her stories, I’ve been blaming myself for not following a similar path. You see, Katelyn is fresh out of college with a successful photography business, living her dream. The day she graduated she officially became a full-time photographer and business owner because all through college she had been working as a photographer and building her venture, little by little.

When I was in high school, the father of a friend used to tell me that if I ever wanted to start a photography studio, he would invest the money to get me going…that’s how much he believed in my talent. I always laughed and shrugged it off, because the concept was never real to me (I had never even conceived that I could run  my own business) and I didn’t have the confidence to believe that I really had that much talent. But as you can tell, I never forgot it either.

When I went to college, I put aside my far-fetched daydreams and decided to focus on the responsible path…you know, the major that would realistically get me a job when I graduated. Essentially I put aside my camera and my naivete  and forgot about the investment offer back home. Instead, I spent my time studying what I believed would make others proud and working my tail off waiting tables just to keep my head above water. It was a job that I hated, and I was miserable. I didn’t see it then, but my creativity was completely drained and I was far, far away from the girl I’d always known myself to be. It would be a long time before I would realize what was missing in my life.

So when I read about Katelyn and the confidence she had to do something she loved and was smart enough to know she didn’t have to wait, I just want to kick myself and I wonder why on Earth did I not spend my time doing that. Why didn’t I think to photograph for a living when I was in college? Why did I spend my time doing something I hated, making barely enough to get by? Why did I think that I had to graduate before I could do what I wanted? It never even crossed my mind! I was saddened by all the time I felt I had wasted by being distracted.

The book of Ecclesiastes says that “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.” I realize now that college just wasn’t my time. They say it’s supposed to be the best time of your life, and yes, I am thankful for the experience and the memories, but I am even more thankful that my best days are still on the horizon. What matters is not the time that I can’t get back anymore, it’s not the time I spent missing this important thing in my life. What matters is that I found it, because not everyone does.

Katelyn, thank you for being such an inspiration at such a young age. We’ve never met, but I’m a huge fan of your work and you’ve helped me to learn a very important lesson about comparing myself to others. I know one day I will understand the timing of it all, but for now I am blessed to know that I have rediscovered my passion, because I have been looking for it for such a long time.

 

Okay, so there was a bright side to waiting tables in college instead of being a photographer. I met my husband! That made it all worth it.

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