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October 28, 2012

life lately {seattle & utah}

last weekend we took a quick trip back to seattle to visit mark's high school on homecoming weekend & to watch his 2002 soccer team get inducted into the charles wright academy hall of fame! when mark was a senior, his soccer team won the state championship so we thought it would be cool to be there for the ceremony. while we were in washington we took a trip up to seattle, hung out with mark's best friend & his family, spent time with john & ann {mark's parents}, went to a great breakfast in downtown tacoma, ate TONS of delicious grapes, took some naps & watched a few movies. it was really a fun weekend & it's always nice to get out of town, even if it is only for 3 days :)

below are some pictures from my iphone of what we have been up to lately...

October 26, 2012

lindsey + paul {family pictures up provo canyon}

i had a great time taking pictures of lindsey & paul a few weeks ago up provo canyon at an awesome, wide open field. they decided to have some family pictures done before the holidays rolled around & {as paul stated} to document the last time they were "thin". these two are starting to prepare for a baby! lindsey is pregnant & i couldn't be happier for them.

fortunately for this family i think we took these pictures during some of the last good days with the fall colors. during the past week there have been a few storms that have already brought snow in the mountains! i can't believe it was only a month ago that i was complaining about the heat & now i can't go outside without a jacket. oh, the joys of utah. 

anyways, enjoy paul + lindsey's wonderful pictures!

moutain and field engagements
mountain and field engagements
mountain and field engagements
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah
moutain and field engagements utah

October 25, 2012

{recipes}: zucchini & chicken enchiladas

lately i have been making new dishes that i find on different blogs & a few weeks ago i stumbled upon zucchini & chicken enchiladas. i love zucchini and enchiladas so i was curious to see how they would turn out. mark & i are also counting calories right now and the fact that one of these enchiladas was only 116 calories was a huge plus! i was pleasanly surprised when i took my first bite. they were delicious!! i paired them with some black beans and called it a meal! a few friends have tried this recipe since i first made it & loved it as well.

zucchini & chicken enchiladas

4 medium zucchinis
8 oz cooked, shredded chicken
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp oil
1/2 c diced green bell pepper
1/2 c died green onions
3 crushed garlic cloves
1/4 c cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder {this is what makes the flavor amazing!}
1 tbsp water
salt & pepper to taste
red enchilada sauce {i used canned sauce but you can also make your own}

  • cut zucchinis in half and scoop out the center, creating a boat. save the centers because you will be using it!
  • boil a large pot of water and place the hollowed out zucchini boats in the boiling water for 1 minute. 
  • preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • add the oil to a large fry pan. then add the peppers, green onions & garlic. cook for 2-3 minutes until tender. i like to add some salt & pepper at this point. then add the zucchini you scraped out along with the cilantro. cook for 4 minutes. next, add the spices and water and cook for another minute. finally, add the cooked & shredded chicken to the pan and cook for another minute. taste your mixture & determine if it needs a bit more salt or pepper.
  • take a pan that has edges and pour 1/4 c enchilada sauce on the bottom. then place the zucchini boats on the pan. fill each boat with about 1/3 c of the chicken filling. then pour 2 tbsp of enchilada sauce over each boat. next, sprinkle 1/2 ounce {or any amount you like, really} of cheese on top of each enchilada.
  • cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes & then i like to take the foil off and continue baking until all of the cheese is melted and the ingredients are completely heated through {usually 20-25 minutes}
recipe adapted from {}

October 15, 2012

maddy + neal

lately i have been doing mentor sessions with my friend paola {an awesome utah photographer}. she has been teaching me so much about the art of photography & has really opened my eyes to a lot of details in photographs that i had never noticed.

after one of our sessions, paola set up a practice shoot for me where i would be able to apply some of the things that i had been learning. for the shoot we used maddy & neal, a fabulous couple who happily volunteered! & because it is autumn in utah there is really only one place to go to take pictures - up the canyon where the trees stand tall all around you & the colors are breath taking. we drove up past the sundance resort to a little secluded road where we all just walked & talked while  making time for the occasional picture. towards the end of our shoot, as we were strolling around on various trails, we came aross a beautiful group of horses. it was a great way to end the evening!

October 11, 2012

sister shoot {maryclaire & madi}

i would like to introduce my good friends madi & maryclaire! these gorgeous girls are sisters & best friends. we thought that a little sister shoot would be a fun idea & something that their mom would just love. {you can never get too many pictures of your children, right?} we decided to stay local & wandered around center street in provo & found some pretty fun little spots.

there were SO many great shots that it was hard to narrow it down. they are such beautiful girls & take great pictures. thank you ladies & enjoy!

{& of course we made time for some dancing...}
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