Homemade Pesto! Super easy…

That’s right! Homemade. Pesto. Easy. Seriously! First, I bought a basil plant in the store where I buy my produce. It was on sale for $2.99. It was full with leaves when I purchased it, but I let it grow for about another week. It sucked down tons of water everyday! Isn’t it pretty? It smelled awesome and was such a pretty green.

Such simple ingredients! That is it! Pine nuts are expensive, so see if you can buy them when they go on sale. It will make your cost per portion go way down!

Put them all in the blender and wham-o! Deliciousness!

Here is the final product with the poor naked basil plant plucked clean. I’m trying to keep it alive and make it grow leaves back. Any tips?

Ah, and now the pesto on whole wheat pasta! Mangia!

Rice Krispie Treats – July 4th Style

OK, well this post is a little delayed, but I made these Rice Krispie treats for a July 4th get-together. They didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted (more on that below) but, they still went over like gang-busters!

Making Rice Krispie treats can be REALLY easy if you know what’s coming. If you are not prepared or used the wrong tools, you end up with a sticky mess (but still very delicious)! The first challenge is melting the marshmallows without burning them or the butter they are in.

You have to keep a CLOSE eye on them…and when they are almost all melted, just keep stiring until all the last bits are completely melted away.

Then add in the Rice Krispies and carefully stir together (trying not to fling the cereal all over the kitchen) until all the cereal is nice and coated with the marshmallow goo!

Next, dump the mixture int your dish and here is my TIP! Put a tiny pit of water on your hands and QUICKLY press down the mixture into the dish. If you work too slowly it will start sticking to your hands! If this happens go ahead and eat those yummy bits, then wash your hands and try again! Do not, I repeat, do not try and use a tool, like a spatula or plastic wrap to press down the mixture. It doesn’t work and is messy! How yummy does that tray look! I could eat a whole batch!

Because these treats were for a party, I wanted to make them festive! The plan was to use these white candies I had leftover from another dessert project. I had only a few, but it was JUST enough!

I put them in the microwave and melted in approximately 30 second increments until they were all melted.

These were my other fun tools!

This picture was supposed to be halfway through the process. First step was to dip the treats into the white candy. CHECK! Then sprinkle with blue sugar. CHECK!

Next step was to color the left over white candy with red food coloring and drizzle it all over the treats! Below you can see me adding the red coloring.

That is where it all went wrong! HAHA! I kept adding more color to try and get a pretty red color (not pink) and I guess I added too much color because the candy seized up and became HARD! Some sort of strange chemical reaction.

So, onto plan B: I just added red sugar to the blue sugar that was already there! And, voila! July 4th Treats!

Parker’s Pictures is LIVE on Yelp!

I am so excited to announce that Parker*s Pictures is live on Yelp! And I am even more excited to say that I already have a few awesome reviews from some of my fantastic clients! Love you guys!

Clay and Lydia – San Diego Wedding Photography

You may remember Lydia and Clay’s engagement session. They recently got married at Carlton Oaks in Santee, CA. It was a great day and I am so happy to share the photos from their special day!

I was giddy when I saw Lydia’s awesome red shoes! I adore when brides wear shoes other then white!

I couldn’t decide which “make-up” photos to show, so I decided to show them all! Lydia, you are so beautiful!

This was taken juuuuust after the make-up artist was done and Lydia looked into the mirror. She loos so FIERCE! I love it!

Lydia’s Grandma was so cute! She was running around getting the girls food and making sure everyone was fed. Here, you can see her lacing up Lydia. What a sweet lady!

Our first look at Clay and his groomsmen. Clay, you look like 007! Give it up for the real bow-tie! Love it! Photo taken by my assistant, Joel.

This is what the boys get to do while the girls spend all day getting beautiful! Also taken by my assistant Joel.

We had to get the bridesmaids to shield our precious bride as we went to the ceremony site. You can see her hiding back there if you look hard!

This amazing photo of the mother of the groom and mother of the bride was taken by my equally amazing assistant Joel!

Their ceremony was performed by Bethel. She is so sweet and made their ceremony so personal!

This little one was conked out…too cute!

I think this photo is my favorite from the whole day! It was just as they pulled back from their first smooch as husband as wife…you can see all over their faces how happy they are! Ahhh, love!

Had to throw in this fun one of their bridal party!

Clay and Lydia were awesome…they were so happy after the wedding, they just would look at each other, smile and kiss! It made my job nice and easy ; )

I think this one belongs in a golf magazine somewhere!

Work those shoes girl!

“Speeding” back to the reception!

Remember the place setting cards I told you about? You can see how Lydia used them on the top of her gift boxes.

Click the image below to see Lydia and Clay boogie! This was just as they came in and were announced for the first time. They are too cute!

Their first dance, so romantic…

It was so sweet, Clay was singing the words to their first dance song to Lydia as they danced.

I love Lydia’s “bouquet toss face”!

Thanks to you both for trusting me on your special day! I hope you had a great honeymoon!

Vegas Baby!

Vegas Baby! Oh, how I love Vegas! Which is honestly kind of strange because to know me, you wouldn’t think I would be the kind of person to love Vegas. I think I love the idea of people not judging me for staying up until all hours of the night/next morning!  : )  Last time I was there, I took out my camera and tripod for a little night shoot. This first photo was my fav of the bunch! Yeah, it’s a little obvious, but I don’t care! (Click the photos to see them larger.)

If you’ve been to Vegas, why do YOU love it?

Product Shoot Live Online!

You may remember the product shoot I did for Forward Footwear. I am so excited to say that the have put the shots on their website! Have a look!

Then I received a bit of more fun news! Forward Footwear used one of my shots to show off their business when they ran a group coupon with The Daily Save.

It is so exciting to see my work out in the world!