Fairy wings, lazy days, and memories….

I haven’t blogged in awhile.  Life has finally calmed down a little after the holidays, and it feels as if we are just waiting for the spring to arrive. When it gets warm we spend most of our days… and some of our nights out in the back field.  I am longing for the flowers, the warm sun on my face as I drink my morning coffee, dinners on the back porch, and my favorite… the warm summer breeze that comes through at 5pm every single evening.  Until then… I will enjoy our wood heat, warm meals simmering in the crock pot all day, and the sound of the kids feet pattering throughout the house.

Little Miss Mae Photography - 01/28/2013 - 1:30 pm

I love how her little toes overlap! Too cute!

sleepingwillow - 01/28/2013 - 1:33 pm

lol, yes… I never loved them on myself… but I sure think they are cute on her.

Rickie - 01/28/2013 - 1:41 pm

I love her toes!!! <3 She really is such a beautiful little girl Hannah! You really capture her magic in your pictures. I hope you and the family are doing well. I miss you. :)

Debbie - 01/28/2013 - 1:43 pm

I have told you over and over again all these months, what a special gift you have, how beautiful your children are. And how big your heart and blessings are to all of us. We will probably never meet, since I am on the East coast,but each and every day, your pictures touch my heart, and bring me alittle magic, of fairy land and child memories. Your family is truly blessed, with the legacy that you are leaving them, with photos that are “priceless”. You Hannah, are one talented, amazing, beautiful, special and loving young lady, who has touched thousands of lives. Thank you for sharing with all of us, your very special gift. (I could only pray, to even leave alittle bit of that to my grandkids). May God continue to bless you each and every day. Hugs and blessings and love always…

Homemade Peppermint Patties…

These are a favorite holiday treat around here, and I hope they will be in your home too.  My youngest calls them “Santa Patties”, and for a nice change for Santa, we leave these out for him instead of cookies. 😉

What you will need:

  • 28 ounces of Sweet and Condensed Milk (Two 14 ounce cans)
  • 9 Cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Pure Peppermint Extract (Depending on minty you want them)
  • 1 Package of Candy Coating, or two bags of chocolate chips (depending on what you want to dip them in)
  • two tablespoons of shortening
  • crushed candy canes for topping (optional)
  • Red food coloring (optional)1. Pour your sweet and condensed milk into your Kitchen Aid or a big mixing bowl.
    2. Add your powdered sugar two cups at a time.
    3. Add your peppermint extract
    4. Blend until mixture resembles a dough like texture.
    5. Spoon out dough and roll into ball and then flatten into a disk onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
    6. Place cookie sheet in freezer for 30 minutes to chill dough
    7. Once dough is chilled, put your chocolate or candy coating into a microwave safe bowl and melt down according to packaging instructions. I always add a tablespoon or two of shortening.
    8. If you are using a white chocolate, add a few drops of red coloring and stir until it is the shade of pink you are wanting.
    9. Using a fork, drop the dough rounds into the chocolate and flip over to get both sides, then place on your cookie sheet again.
    10. Sprinkle crushed candy cane over chocolate while it is still wet to help it stick to each patty.
    11. Freeze patties until chocolate covering is hard, then place in an air tight container for storage.
    12. I keep mine in the freezer until I am ready to package them for gift giving:)

    Now… wait until the kids are in bed and hoard a handful just for you to eat. 😉

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Homemade Lemon Bars…….. Yes. They are DElicious.

One of my all time favorite desserts:)

You will need:

  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (best from juicer, but not a must) – In juicer I used two large lemons to get this amount.
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pulp (from juicer- or if you do not have one grated lemon zest works)Preheat your oven for 350.  Prepare two pie pans with coconut oil (or butter spray for non-stick).  Blend two sticks of room temperature butter until it is creamy and whipped-like.
      Add your two cups of flour, one cup at a time and blend again.Add your 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and blend again.Scoop out of bowl with rubber spatula and spread into the bottom of both of your pans evenly. Then place in preheated oven for 18 minutes or until starting to brown.Put your 2 1/4 cups sugar in your mixing bowl.
    Add your four eggs to the sugar and blend. Add the remaining 1/4 cup flour and blend. Cut your two large lemons and remove seeds.
    Juice all lemon halves in your juicer {Or hand squeeze them if you do not have a juicer}.Measure out 6 tablespoons of your fresh lemon juice into your mixture and blend.If you used a juicer, use two heaping tablespoons of your pulp (make sure there are not seeds in the pulp you scoop out) Or if you are not using a juicer, you can just grate your lemon peel and add a tablespoon instead. Blend again.Your crust should be just about done if not done already:)
    Then pour your lemon filling into each crust and bake for 20 minutes. Top with powdered sugar when done!  (I like mine brown around the edges and solid in the center). 
lorena - 12/18/2012 - 1:06 pm

These look Ahhhmazing!!!!! yumm!

Chasing Fireflies…

“If you catch a firefly and keep it in a jar, You may find that you have lost a tiny star. If you let it go then, back into the night, you may see it once again star bright.” – Lilian Moore


Mary Lopez - 11/29/2012 - 3:17 pm

Love your dreamy photography, its like a story book

Lori Waddell {Kennesaw GA photographer} - 11/29/2012 - 11:35 pm

Oooh, I love this session….just beautiful!!!

Anne Long - 11/30/2012 - 7:49 am

Your photography gives me warm and fuzzy reminders of how i hold my own childhood memories in my head…and thats exactly what i want pictures to capture! Absolutely beautiful!!

Jennifer - 02/14/2013 - 6:23 am

Oh how I wish we had fireflies here in Colorado. They are such amazing little creatures!

sleepingwillow - 02/14/2013 - 8:44 am

You could Jennifer :) In the magical land of photoshop. 😀