Happy Birthday

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This past weekend we celebrated mr.’s birthday with a Piñata, tiny cake, and incredible friends. I can already tell this next year is going to be a crazy one :) 

Austin Take 2 

Yes, we were back in Austin again. I think I mentioned before that I adore Austin—and I did not complain about another weekend there. This time we floated the river (no pictures shown), spent time shopping, and eating at our favorite restaurants. If you want some Austin recommendations you can look at "My Quick Guide to Austin".   

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Resort Life

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This past weekend me and mr. went to his work offsite at horseshoe bay resort. We had a great time lounging by the pool, practicing our putting, and spending time with friends. 

Hand Pies

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I have wanted to make hand pies for the past couple of months. I’m glad I finally found the time make these! Below is the recipe :)  

Ingredients

PIE CRUST

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 oz.cream cheese
  • 2 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 tspsalt
  • 1/4 cup milk

PIE Filling 

  • 3 cups diced peaches
  • 1/4 cupsugar
  • 1/4 cupbrown sugar
  • 2 tbspcorn starch
  • 1 tsplemon juice
  • 1/4 tspsalt
  • 1 tbspcinnamon
  • beaten egg
  • more flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. FOR THE CRUST: Cut butter and cream cheese into half inch cubes and freeze for 20 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar and salt to combine.
  3. Add butter and cream cheese cubes from freezer and pulse until small clumps form.
  4. Add milk and pulse again a few times until dough forms. Press dough together to test. If needed add another teaspoon of milk until the dough holds together when pressed.
  5. Turn out dough onto a floured work surface. Gather the doughy pieces and knead together. Shape into two 1-inch thick round disks. Cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.
  6. TO ASSEMBLE: When dough is chilled, dice peaches and stir filling ingredients together.
  7. Remove dough from fridge, unwrap and roll out dough on a floured work surface or parchment paper until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out pie shapes from dough and remove scraps. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and fill the center of each circle with a spoonful or two of filling depending on size of your shapes. I used a 5-inch round bowl for these.
  8. Brush beaten egg on the edge of each cut pie circle. Fold up like a taco and press seams together starting at the bottom and working up until you have a crescent shape. Lay on one side on parchment lined baking sheet and crimp edges with a fork.
  9. Refrigerate prepared pies for half an hour before baking and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Before placing in the oven, brush each pie top with beaten egg and sprinkle sugar. If you cut out letters, attach them with a bit of egg wash first.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and transfer to a baking rack to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm or store for up to two days. P.S. I would totally eat these warm with some handy vanilla ice cream, too.

Source: Bakerella.com 

Rangers Baseball

Knight Family: Mckinney Texas

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4 day old Jaxon was practically perfect to work with. He slept the entire time, making it simple to capture these beautiful moments. Congratulation Lindsay and Paul!       

Quick Guide to Austin, TX

Although I don’t live in Austin, I’m a big sucker for this city. I pretty much try to go every chance I get. Below is a quick guide to my favorite parts of the city. 

Favorite Hotel: The W Hotel (make sure sure get their oatmeal, the caramelized bananas are amazing!) 

Morning Activity: Shopping on South Congress (Best men’s shop: STAG, Best women’s shop: Maya , Favorite Shop: Big Top Candy Shop)

Lunch: Home Slice Pizza (You may want to put your name down before you start shopping on south congress, the wait can sometimes be over an hour.) 

Afternoon Activity: Barton Springs (This natural water spring is the perfect way to cool off on any summer day)

Dinner: Hopdoddy (although this restaurant has now expanded to Dallas it’s still fun to eat the original location)

Dessert: Lick Ice Cream (Artisan ice Cream that may change your life)

4th of July

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This years 4th of July was spent in Austin Texas. We went with a couple of our close friends and had a blast. 

Andrew & Katherine: Dallas TX

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I had a great time photographing Andrew and Katherine’s wedding. Its always fun to be apart of someone’s special day. Above is a sneak peek of their wedding photos.  

June

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June was filled with traveling and enjoying the start of summer. I loved being able to spend time with family, and do a little sightseeing. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer, we still have a few more trips coming up! 

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