Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Crockpotographer Series: Part 1 - Chicken Divan and Survival

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows my obsession with crockpots.  I still don't know how families with busy lives survive without one!
Here's the deal, there is nothing normal about this photographer's life and I'm going to assume you are quite busy as well. Two boys that play travel soccer, coaching varsity soccer at the high school level and running a full time portrait and wedding business  - it MIGHT get a little busy in the fall. So I thought once a month or more, I would share how I survive...crockpot style. Thus...the Crockpotographer Series. Get on board.

My crockpot and I keep family fed and sanity in tact.  Apparently, everyone needs to eat every day. EVERY DAY! So as a photographer who is out at weird hours, I still very much pride myself on family dinner time consistently.  It might be a little later than normal, but I do want it stress free and a time where I can listen to about weird things that happen in elementary and middle school ;)

Enter Crockpotographer series 1.  CHICKEN DIVAN (family fave!)
This was not a recipe for the crockpot but I made it one :)
1. 1 pound of chicken breast.  (I put it in raw, but you can boil or grill it first)
2. 1 family size can of cream of chicken soup
3. 1 cup mayo
4. 1 brick of sharp cheese
5. 1 cup of milk
6. 1tsp curry powder (I use more)
7. 1 bag of frozen broccoli
my hard core group of athletes.

I just throw it all in there. Set it on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a foodie. I do not have kids with allergies nor are we fighting weight issues, so my recipes are what I like to call a healthy balance of normal, edible, semi-home cooked food.

There is nothing better than coming home to a house smelling of dinner and knowing all the prep is done? Well, that just makes a happy crockpotographer.

Got a recipe you want to share for the crockpot?  I would love to know! Email me at  Include your recipe, name and where you are from.
Let's all survive winter in delicious style!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Do You Know What The White Home Is?

It's that time of year where I can get so focused on what I have to get done that it's hard to realize there is a world going on outside of photography and weddings and high school seniors ;).  We all get stuck there sometimes, the point is to get unstuck at some point.

A little email jolted be out of my seemingly superfluous tasks this morning  and pointed to me back to my heart.

The White Home

The White Home provides a safe house and a future for boys that are victims of child sex trafficking.  Love146, as always, is an organization close to my heart.  It's dark nature is hard to comprehend sometimes.  I think we all tend to think of young girls as the only victims of this disgusting crime, but statistics are creeping in that tell us, boys are becoming more of an "entity"

The White Home tugged at my heart hard... (below pics might tell you why!)

So here's what we are going to do:

Of course you can always donate directly. BUT! if you share this post, we will donate $30 every time it's shared!  Here's what happens..
$30 will provide the boys safe transportation for a year. 
$50 Can help feed the boys 3 meals a day.
$150 can help send a boy to school for an entire year!

We are also going to take 10% of all our high school senior sessions and donate. So thank you for all those who have booked and will book. There's always a great reason to work together!!!