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Much thanks to the Bride’s Cafe for featuring Bethany + Ben’s engagement session!

Red + Green Chicken Chili | Foodie Friday

This is a recipe that I made up last night! I sometimes like to not follow a recipe and just throw things together that I think taste good! Thankfully, all the things that I threw together seemed to taste great! Chris and I loved this! We will definitely make it again! Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

1 large or 2 small chicken breasts, quartered
1 TBS cumin
1/2 cup onion
4 gloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (7 oz.) chopped green chills
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 can rotel
2 cups chicken broth

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 4 hours or until chicken is done. Shred chicken. Serve with sour cream, cheese and avocado slices.

Puerto Rico | A Wedding + A Vacation

I was blessed to be able to spend a part of Christmas in Puerto Rico! Both of Chris’s grandparents moved from PR to NYC many years ago, but they still have family there, so it was amazing to be able to experience the culture with them! Aly (Chris’s cousin) and Adam were married, but we had several days to enjoy the island, the festivities and family! I wanted to blog about the entire experience, so I am sharing a few from the wedding and also a few from our sightseeing trips! I hope you enjoy!

This is one of my favs that I took from the whole trip!

Chelsea + Brandon | Richmond Wedding Photographer

I was SO blessed to be a part of Chelsea + Brandon’s day! They were surrounded by people who loved them dearly, and it was clear! I have shot weddings that were smaller in size, but this one felt the most intimate. It was a day for Brandon and Chelsea to become one, and for them to show how much they loved each other and God. You may remember their engagement session from a few months ago! There were so many special moments through out the day. I hope you enjoy my favorites below!They all called this their “band pose.” They all wanted to do a picture that looked like “an album cover.” This was the result!This was Chelsea’s mom’s bouquet when she got married!!!Definitely a favorite!!!I LOVE it when couples do a First Look! Not only does it give them an intimate moment to be alone before the ceremony starts, but they also end up with so many more images!!!! I had a ton of time to get so many great images of the two of them because they did a First Look! Brides-to-be, this is definitely something you should consider! We headed over to the church where Chelsea’s parents got married to capture some images there! How special (hint hint, this is one of those special moments I talked about earlier!)!! Ok, this is my new ALL time favorite!!! Gorgeous, you two! Chelsea, you are beautiful! Look at that model face!This place is incredible! Loved it!!!Ok, let me introduce you to Kaitlin and Scott! I am shooting their wedding this June! Be sure to keep a look out for them! :) They are so cute, right?Love this exit!!!!

Chocolate Meringue + An Idea | Foodie Friday

I am so bad about blogging about personal topics! And this is my attempt to get better; so you should appreciate that! :) I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I LOVE to cook. I mean, I really do love to cook! It was something I was really looking forward to when I got married! I was so excited to be able to make meals for my husband! The life of a college student, living on the dorm, and only getting to cook when I went home on a break was not enough! Well (and here is “the idea” part of the post), I decided to make every Friday, “Foodie Friday,” and I can talk about cooking! I thought of starting a separate blog for cooking, but decided that this was something I could share on here as well! For all of you out there trying to better your cooking skills, or just looking for new recipes, I hope this helps you out! Some of the recipes I will share are ones I got off of other websites, but some are recipes that I made up myself!

I tried out a chocolate meringue pie this past week, and it was delicious! I found the recipe off of Taste of Home, which is my favorite recipe website! You should definitely make this! :)

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  • In a saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt; gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir about 1 cup of the hot filling into the egg yolks. Return to saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour hot filling into pie crust. For meringue, immediately beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until stiff and glossy. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing meringue to pie crust. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Yield: 8 servings.

 

 

Sneak Peek: Chelsea + Brandon