Kristine & Cody

I met Kristine about 3 years ago in the office where I work. We’ve worked together for the last 2 years and let me tell you, there are many days where heads would’ve rolled had it not been for my friend Kristine. She’s awesome. She and Cody got married in June on her grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. How cool is that?? However, that day happened to be a Tuesday. SO……they did a small family ceremony on that day and they are doing a big family and friends ceremony and reception tomorrow! I’m honored to get to document both days. Here is a sample of what their June ceremony was like. It was a beautiful day and the ceremony was so sweet. Make sure to check out her gorgeous ring…Kristine & Cody

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The YOU of A

This week my youngest brother moved into his dorm room. While we are very much the same in many ways, we are at the same time very different. He is going to a school where his freshman class is 6,000 people. My whole school was less than 1,500. He couldn’t wait for us to leave so he could go meet people and start his college experience. I made move in day last ALL day. And I cried when my parents left. Joseph did not. His room is much more simple and my room was…not. His:

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Mine:

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But really, all I could think about was how much has changed in the last 8 years since I started college. My closest friends became my “high school” friends (while several of them are still very near and dear to me) and my group of college friends became the girls I still need on a bad day or for something exciting. Facebook was brand new and now it’s for all of us “old people”. I had no way to know that the 4 years I would spend at JBU would be 4 years that I cherish.

8 years from now who knows where we will be. Actually, I can guess…we will be celebrating as Dr. Joseph Massey graduates from medical school.

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The Braschler Bunch {Sneak Peek}

A few weekends ago I did some family portraits for our friends the Braschlers. More specifically, Nick, Valerie, and their two kids – Caleb & Caitlyn. We all went to JBU together and Valerie’s sister-in-law happens to be one of my dearest friends. Valerie is also a blogger. You can check out the Braschler Bunch here! It’s always fun hanging out with the Braschler fam, even if when I come over Caleb only wants to know where Joe is. Here’s a sneak peek at a  few of the images…

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Yesterday was Joe’s 27th birthday. He doesn’t like to make a big deal out of birthdays so it was very low key. Example: dinner was frozen pizza! (At least it was Digiorno) I got him something for his exhaust (I couldn’t begin to tell you what) and the 5th season of Burn Notice.

When I asked him if he wanted a cake he said he wanted chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I was thinking, ok, I probably need to get a grandma’s recipe. He said nope, I want the Happy Birthday Jesus cake my mom makes! (Backstory: on Christmas Day my mother-in-law would make a birthday cake for Jesus) Turns out this cake is from a box and canned frosting! Love it! So, I make the cake. I frost the cake. We load up and head to my parent’s for the weekend. Halfway there I look down and my cake has split right across the top! Birthday fail. Oh well, it still tasted good!! Lesson learned: don’t rush the cooling process. Be patient.

Another year older, another year closer to 30.

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Baked Ziti and The Bachelorette…

I have an addiction to The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise. I have been watching from the first season. I can’t help it. That being said, my friends and I get pretty into it. We text during each show and are always appalled at the choices they do or don’t make on the show. I enjoyed watching Andi this season and was pleased with the guy she chose. Although Chris the Farmer is still my favorite. Here’s hoping he’s the next Bachelor!

This last Monday was the finale and I just so happened to have Baked Ziti on the menu for this week. It is easily one of our favorite meals. This recipe makes a 9×13 pan and can feed us for a week! We’ve had it twice for dinner and I’ve taken some for my lunch and there is still a bit left. It also heats up just as good in the microwave as when it came out of the oven. It is a bit involved but is quite easy.

Baked Ziti

Ingredients:

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  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 1 chopped onion (I omit the onion)
  • 1 lb ground beef (we use deer)
  • 2 – 26oz jars of spaghetti sauce (My mom uses Newman’s, I use Prego)
  • 6 oz sliced provolone cheese (I use the whole package…shhh don’t tell!)
  • 1 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella (or more….whatever you feel is necessary)
  • grated parmesan cheese to top it off

Make It Happen:

  1. Brown hamburger. Once the meat is browned, drain if necessary. Then add sauce to the meat and let simmer while you do the rest.DSC_1672
  2. Cook pasta.DSC_1685
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, put a bit of the sauce in the bottom of the pan, maybe half a cup? and spread it around to keep the noodles from sticking.
  4. Spread half of the noodles into the pan.DSC_1690
  5. Cover the noodles with the provolone cheese.DSC_1692
  6. Spread the sour cream over the top of the provolone. (I use a metal spoon and spread it like you are icing a cake. Don’t pick up the spoon and it is pretty easy.)DSC_1694
  7. Cover the sour cream with half of the sauce.
  8. Add the remaining pasta.
  9. Cover the pasta with the mozzarella.DSC_1695
  10. Spread the rest of the sauce over the top and top with parmesan.DSC_1697
  11. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.DSC_1712

Here’s a helpful tip…while the ziti is baking, DO THE DISHES!! There is nothing better than pulling the pan out of the oven and knowing the mess is already taken care of. And if you’re really good, you can talk your husband into taking care of the plates. Enjoy!!