This beautiful family took advantage of my Christmas mini-session offer. We staying in one location with a shorter session. Everyone…including the dog….had a great time. Their family connection is wonderful and it shows in their portraits….Take a look.
Yesterday, I photographed the most beautiful 10-day old baby boy. As I was cleaning up after the shoot, Harry came in to investigate. And so, he found himself on the hot seat.
Harry, age 3. A bit more dignified. A tad bit calmer. A little hairier. And ever on the look-out for food. Or a walk. A good boy.
It is the end of January and we have sickness and fever in our house.
Normal life has stopped and our world has condensed into a bubble of rest, Kleenex boxes and lots of water with lemon. I have juggled my work (thank goodness what I do something that offers me some flexibility). I have cancelled weekend plans. Even Harry, the dog, has waited patiently without a walk for two days through the worst of it.
But despite these changes, this week has been incredibly grounding. Time feels slower. We focus on rest and health. Naps happen when the mood strikes.
And I am reminded that this IS what life is about.
Happy New Year! And oh how happy I am to say this.
Though it had many blessings, 2013 was a tough and difficult year here in our home. We look forward to 2014 with hope and health and belief in new beginnings.
To celebrate, Phoebe and I have created something new for this year. Instead of sending traditional cards, we offer you this little video.
And in lieu of postage and paper costs, we will be donating to two different charities: The Battersea Dog and Cats home – in memory of Sam, whom we miss every day. And…to the Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal – because we have so many blessings in our lives.
We hope you enjoy our video card as much as we enjoyed making it. This is my first foray into video (I know…it took me long enough! ) There will be many more to come.
Happy New year! May this year bring happiness, abundance, health and adventure. Thank you for sharing in our lives.
To watch click HERE
This is my very first gluten-free Christmas. Yes, last year, I made a few gluten-free treats for Phoebe. But MY Christmas had all of the traditional Christmas cookies, turkey stuffing, Christmas pudding and (my favourite) mince pies.
At first I was a bit daunted at the thought of my favourite traditional holiday without all of the traditional food. But I have started to discover a whole world of new food that is absolutely delicious. Here’s to starting new traditions…one recipe at a time.
Orange Coconut Date Truffles
Healthy, great for gift-giving and very simple to make. Enjoy!
20 dates – chopped and soaked in boiling water for 2 minutes
1 cup dried coconut
3/4 cup ground almonds
1Tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
zest of 1 orange
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine everything but the dates in a bowl. Mix together well. Briefly process the dates in a blender or food processor until sticky. Add dates to the bowl and mix well. Everything will stick together. Form into small balls. Store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
And speaking of traditions….Rudy, our elf is back doing his job…reporting nightly into Santa and cheekily getting himself into all sorts of crazy places during the day. Here are just a few of his recent resting places:
As I look out the window now, the skies are grey, the trees are bare and the fields have that special winter-green colour. And…wow! I realise it has been nearly a month since my last post. As is usual, the run up to Christmas is especially busy in the studio. But with some wonderful sessions…I enjoyed it all.
Here is one I loved. A gorgeous frosty morning. Lots of autumn colour. A beautiful family with a little girl with curls, shining eyes and buckets of personality. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with them!
You may have noticed, it’s been a few Friday’s since I’ve shared something from our kitchen. I’ve been wonderfully (and crazily) busy with lots of photo shoots. I can’t wait to share those with you…but now, it is time for a snack.
Next week is American Thanksgiving and these muffins fit this holiday perfectly. They are so healthy, I would eat them for breakfast. Or they are perfect for snack.
PUMPKIN CRANBERRY MUFFINS
Paleo, very low sugar, gluten & wheat free, dairy free. Yummy and moist too.
2/3 cup mashed pumpkin (or butternut squash)
1/4 cup grated carrot (I used the carrot remains from my morning juice)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons of chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen) (and perhaps extra for sprinkling on top)
Blend all the wet ingredients (except for the cranberries) together in your mixer. Whisk all the dry ingredients together to break up any lumps. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Add the cranberries. Spoon into a muffin tin lined muffin papers. Bake at 170 C / 350 F for 30-35 minutes.
Today was the November fayre at Phoebe’s school. I made these and took one in for her. Kids were everywhere eating chocolate Santas and licking huge colourful lollipops. Phoebe never glanced their way. In fact, I had to stop her from eating the paper casing!
If you try these, let me know what you think.
Christmas is coming and Santa’s workshop is busy! Remember, I offer gift vouchers in any amount towards sessions or portrait products. Let me know and I’ll whisper for you into Santa’s ear…
Are you planning to give portrait gifts to your loved ones at Christmas? Please remember the following order deadlines:
4 December for any canvas and bloc orders.
13 December for any print orders.
I’ll be back with more festive updates. In the meantime….have a wonderful week!