family session | prentice family

Let me tell you, it is always a pleasure to photograph a family. But it is even better when the family is as amazing as this family is. I was lucky enough to know the mom since junior high, and she really is the most amazing person ever. And not to mention that their daughters are both as stellar as they seem. These girls were SO much fun to work with, and their dad is amazingly lucky to boot. Thank you prentice family for spending your afternoon with me, it was really a pleasure!

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I would love to photograph your family! If you are interested in a session, shoot me an email at teagan@teaganalex.com!

baking | pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

 

Fall for me means beautiful leaves, warm sweaters, hot chocolate and all things wonderful. One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin desserts. One of the favorites around here for fall is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. Chocolate and Pumpkin I can’t imagine another perfect match. Here is how I make my cookies.

 

1 1/2 c sugar

1/2 c shortening

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup pumpkin

2 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

chocolate chips

 

Start off by heating your oven to 350. Grab your mixer and let’s get to work. First we want to cream together your sugar and shortening. Mix these until they make a creamy mixture. Then add your eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. I use a canned pumpkin, one batch takes about 1/2 a can. So you could double it and use the full can. Mix these until they are well mixed. Then add your dry ingredients – flour, soda, powder, salt and spices. Mix until you get a sticky dough, this is more sticky than normal dough. Fold in your chocolate chips. You can add as much as you would like, I like to use milk chocolate chips and to make sure each cookie has at least 3-4 chips.

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Scoop out the dough into balls. I did them using a 1″ cookie scoop. They will be a bit tricky to get out, but be patient and work them out. I put 12 cookie on each sheet, and then slide into the oven. Bake them for 15 minutes. After they come out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack. You don’t want the bottoms to cook. Allow to cool and enjoy!


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And since they are so little try out two or three.. and of course with a glass of hot chocolate.FinishedCookies

maternity | gender reveal

As I had mentioned before I have a pregnant sister, sister in law, and myself. Three babies all coming in the next 6 months folks. It is about to get crazy up in here. My sister decided to do a gender reveal party with this baby, and of course I had to take a few shots. Besides who doesn’t want some cute photos of the mom, dad and soon to be big brother?

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My sister’s sister-in-law on the other side hosted the party and I have to say she is a great party planner. She had the place decked out in pink and blue, complete with an ice cream sundae bar. Yum!

Sides

 

She even had it complete with a girl side of the table and the boys side. Which to choose?!

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Of course I had to sneak a few shots of the kids who would let me take their picture, they are some cuties I have to say.

 

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Every one made their guess, including out of town family. It came down to a tie..

Toppings

 

 

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The votes were cast and it was time to cut the cake.. ITS A BOY! She is having another cute little stud, and I couldn’t be more excited for her.

 

 

 

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Congrats sis, can’t wait to meet your little man!




deal | mini sessions

So I have a lot of requests for photo Mini Sessions! I decided that for the next month I would offer mini sessions. They are only offered for a limited time, so make sure you jump on it!!

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Mini sessions are 20 minute sessions at one location and prices start at $50!! SCORE! Email me at teagan@teaganalex.com for more details and to book!

inspiration | pinterest picks

It is time for the monthly inspiration picks. I have been thinking I want to start something new to incorporate all the ‘pinning’ I do. So starting next month I am going to pick a pinterest recipe and try it and share with all of you. What do you think? Sounds like it could be fun!

 

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[via Rafael Mantesso]

Guys this is awesome. How creative and fun to draw in animations to your dog portraits. I think I might have to try this out on Jet, although I am not sure he will be as cooperative as this pup is.

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[via Motivated Type]

Another quote to add to the books. I love this one, I want to fall in love with a bazillion things, who is with me??

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[via Out of Towners]

Guys, I have baby on the brain. Planning and picking out furniture and clothes and blankets and what not, so of course I have to share this adorable nursery. I think I could have a baby live in that room. So cute!

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I need a pair of these sweats like stat. I have been living in sweats now for like 3 months and only get dressed when I really have to. Someone??

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On the prowl for fun christmas card shoot ideas, since the snow will soon be upon us I want to be prepared for all those cute photos!

Any fun things you have found on pinterest this month? I would love to see! Add me on pinterest here.

personal | provo airport

Airplanes

Every once and a while I find myself in a unique place and feel the need to really photograph it. Recently I went to the school with my husband, he is studying to be a pilot. His class room is an airplane hanger and the sky. Pretty nice view. So while we were there I asked if I could walk around the hanger and check out the equipment. These photos are what I found. 
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Neat place I think, and I will hopefully see more of them. Especially since I will be a ‘Pilot’s Wife’, maybe I can go behind the scenes. What places inspire you?

crafts | hexagon magnets


SuppliesRecently my sister in law moved into a new house. She has been a decorating fool and loves doing crafts. So she set up a craft night. The project she chose was magnets for her fridge. So here is how to do it, your supply list and of course a few photos :)

You need :

Sculpey Clay (Any color, we did white so we could paint it)

Magnets

Paintbrushes

Paint

Oven

 

Start out by warming up your clay. Just play with it, mold it and stretch it until it is really easy to move, takes about 3-5 minutes to this. Next roll your clay out. Shoot for 1/4″ thickness for baking. Next cut your shapes out, we chose hexagons, but you can do whatever shape you want. We did have a template, so if you know you want a particular shape have that ready. Lay them out on a cookie sheet, make sure they do not touch.

PrePainting

Heat the oven to 275 degrees. Once you have a full tray and the oven is warm, place them into bake. These need 15 minutes for 1/4″ thickness. They will be slightly pliable when you take them out, so make sure you allow them to cool fully. Once cooled, paint them whatever way you desire.

 

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Allow the paint to dry fully before preparing the magnet. Flip them over on their backs and apply a dab of glue. We used E6000 for ours to hold those suckers on. Allow 24 hours for the glue to dry before hanging them up. IF you don’t, the magnet will slide and won’t stay where you had previously placed it.

DryingGluing Once done you can seal with a top coat if you want, I chose not to because I don’t mind the wear and tear to show and I liked the matte finish.

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Then start hanging your works of art on the board! Is there any fun craft we should try next?

travel | disneyland

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There is something magical about Disneyland. I have always loved going there, even as an adult to recapture the magic that lives inside those gates. Maybe it has to do with my childhood and visiting there when things were very magical for me, or maybe it is just the experiences I have had there, but I love Disneyland. My mother-in-law has cancer and has made a great bucket list. One thing she wanted to do was visit Disneyland for the first time. So of course we said yes! So last October we travelled with her, to the land of wonder. (I secretly have to post this right now because I want to be at Disneyland, but I can’t go to amusement parks until April — thanks fetus.)

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We spent the days inside the park to the fullest, taking full advantage of the hours we could get in. I love going in October because the park is dressed to the nines with Halloween decor. And Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday so of course I was over the moon about being there.

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If you haven’t been during a holiday, you need to go! I haven’t been there during Christmas yet, maybe one day.. But they decorate everything, down to the streets and light posts. And during Halloween the villains rule the park, so you get to see charcters that aren’t normally out.

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Do you love the movie the Nightmare Before Christmas? It is a favorite of mine, I watch it every halloween, Disney turns the Haunted Mansion into the Nightmare Before Christmas ride. I will admit to riding that ride 4 times last year, and 3 of them were in a row. Yes I love it that much.

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My favorite rides in there are the following, so make sure you go! Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (even not during halloween), Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin, Goofy’s House, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Snow White’s Scary Adventure.

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Let me give you one of my best found secrets of Disneyland. Go to Space Mountain first thing, that one always fills up the quickest and Tomorrowland is one of the first parks you encounter. Second, ride all the ‘grown up’ rides during the day. The little kids aren’t likely to be in places other than Toon Town and Fantasyland. So when 7-8 rolls around go to those areas and the lines are SHORT. All the kids have gone home for the night.

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Now for California Adventure make sure you hit the following : The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Carsland, Soaring California, Monsters Inc Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and California Screamin. We rode California Screamin 5 times in a row. It was awesome! Visit Carsland both during the day and at night. However go there first thing in the morning, the ride Radiator Springs Racers always has the longest line. 


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What is your favorite ride in Disney? Do you have any tips?

 

baking | cherry cobbler

Tools

 

I have a small collection of recipes from my grandma. This one is a favorite and can be made any time of the year. It tastes like a cherry sugar cookie, pretty dang good. And not to mention that it is really fast and easy to make.

Here is what you need.

Filling:

2 cans tart cherries (1 qt), drained

1 cup sugar

1 tsp almond

1 1/2 TBS cornstarch

 

topping :

1 cup flour

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c shortening

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

 

Start by turning on your oven to 350. Grab a 9×13 pan, or one close to this size. Start with the filling first. Mix the cherries, almond, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. You need the cornstarch to keep the filling semi-thick. Otherwise it will be a runny mess. Pour your filling once mixed into the bottom of the 9×13 pan.

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Mix your topping ingredients together, they don’t have a certain order on this one. It should make a cookie dough consistency type dough, but slightly crumbly. Crumble or flatten out the dough to cover the top of the filling. This dough does expand a little bit, so having small blank spots are okay.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes. You want the topping to be lightly browned. Allow it to cool slightly, it tastes good when it is warm not hot. Top with ice cream or go for it straight. Try and have just one spoonful, I dare you!
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