Ethan & Courtney - Timberline Barn - Buffalo, Missouri

Ethan & Courtney

Timberline Barn - Buffalo, Missouri

 

I met Ethan & Courtney when I did their engagement session.  I actually met Ethan when he was very young, but then we are getting into age things there......  

I have photographed Ethan's family and extended family numerous times for weddings and family sessions.   So I knew his side of the family fairly well.   When I first met Courtney, she was very quiet, almost shy.  She was beyond sweet and it was obvious, Ethan was head over heels in love with her.   

Their wedding was at the beautiful Timber Line Barn in Buffalo, Missouri.  Its literally a barn that has been converted to do weddings in the middle of southwest Missouri.  Its in the middle of nowhere.   They have an outdoor and indoor area for weddings.  They have lots of barn country decor items already there to use or you can decorate with your own items.  

The families were great people.  Down to earth nice people.   The day was perfect.....

 

Congratulations Courtney & Ethan. May you have many years of pure happiness.  Always remember they love you had on this day!

Macaron or Macaroon Cookies

I think a lot of stock photographers have photographed a macaron cookie at one point.   I had never heard of a macaron until I got into stock photography. I was immediately drawn to how pretty of a cookie they are.  They come in all colors and flavors, with garnish without. They were a fun cookie.  

I found a recipe and attempted it and...then went on the hunt to buy some.  I had to try them and........I just had to photograph them!   

0812untitled-91522016 copy.jpg

So what is a macaron cookie and is it macaron or macaroon?

In 1533 the macaron was born in Italy by the chef of Catherine de Medicis when she was wed to Duc d'Orleans who later became the king of France in 1547 as Henry II.  The term macaron and macaroni both mean fine dough.  They are primarily made of almond flour, sugar and egg whites.  They started out as just cookies.  

At the beginning of the 20th century, they became a sandwich cookie.  Pierre Desfontaines had the idea to fill them with chocolate panache and make a sandwich out of them.  

 Pastel colors seem to be the favorite color choices.   Round form has been its main shape even though other shapes have been experimented with.  A dollop of the meringue like batter is put on parchment paper then baked.  Then frosting or jellies are added and made into a sandwich cookie.  

The macaron cookie is one of the most coveted cookies in France, particularly Paris.  Served in tea salons, a child's treat, Valentines and Mother's day and so on.   They still haven't caught un solidly in the United States.   Some stores carry them frozen which they do freeze well, even though I have a feeling many French chefs would grimace at this thought.    Fresh macarons can be purchased many sellers on Etsy. 

Soooo macaron or macaroon.....Macaroon is a cookie made up of coconut primarily.   Macarons are the cookies in these photographs.  In some countries, they mean the same thing, but in the United States, they are two different cookies.   

0812untitled-9186-Edit2016 copy.jpg

All photographs are available on most of the stock agencies listed in our about me page.  If you need help finding one or need a print of any of our photographs that are not listed on our Fine Art link, just message us.   

 

Healthy Oatmeal Walnut Muffins

0813untitled-92102016 copy.jpg

I like simplicity and not a lot of complicated ingredients.  In my area, its hard to find some of the more exotic ingredients.   Since I've started my getting fit journey, I am always looking for recipes, then tweaking them to lower the fats and sugars.   48 pounds down since April, I think I am finally doing it right.  

The chocolate shakeology drinks have drastically helped with my snacking.  I was a total chocoholic, but the shakes pretty much stopped that.  Every now and then I get a craving for a sweet.   Things like these muffins, let me have a snack without blowing my workouts and healthy eating for the day.     

Nonstick cooking spray
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large bananas, mashed
3 Tbsp. raw honey
2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1½ tsp. baking powder
1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
¾ cup chopped raw walnuts
¼ cup raisins

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Prepare twelve muffin cups by coating with spray. Set aside.
Combine eggs, extract, bananas, and honey in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine oats, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium bowl; mix well.
Add oat mixture to egg mixture; mix well.
Add almond milk; mix well.
Divide oat mixture evenly between prepared muffin cups.
Top evenly with walnuts and raisins.
Bake 26 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

This is a very flexible recipe. I modified it from the original one by Beachbody. I have made it twice now. If you are a shakeology person, you can add a scoop of chocolate shakeo to it for some chocolate kick and to up the vitamin/mineral. You can also top with any nuts, cranberries or even dark chocolate chips. They really are good! I love cinnamon so upped that to 3 TB.   My parents love sugar, anything sweet, they loved this recipe.  They couldn't get over that there was no white or brown sugar added to it.    You can lower the honey easily and still have a good flavorful muffin.   

0813untitled-92032016 copy.jpg
0813untitled-92242016 copy.jpg

I am studying foot photography.   It used to be a photo wouldn't be shown to anyone other than for critiquing. Now I am actually showing some of them so feel free to critique photos.  All food photos shown here are available for sale on our stock distribution sites. 

Interested in Team Beachbody -- Join my team, would love to help some more folks out!