Oh life is good when you are in a hot air balloon, especially for clients of Mary Beth’s Photography! The process of my custom sets doesn’t happen overnight (admittedly, sometimes inspiration happens overnight), but the process of developing your custom set starts the moment you book a session with Mary Beth’s Photography.

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We meet in person or on the phone for a consultation about what you are looking for from your session – from basic questions such as indoor or outdoor to more specific such as, what makes your child happy, what are they into right now that we need to capture in your life, what are your nursery theme colors, is there a family heirloom or momento that you want to incorporate into your session.

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Once we have this discussion, I start to search and research and bring your vision to life. Have I told you that I love what I do?? šŸ™‚

If you could have a custom set, what would you want? Leave a comment on my Facebook page?

Augusta GA Newborn Photographer | Hot Air Balloon Featured Session | Mary Beth

Find out more about how I am ā€œCapturing Lifeā€™s Beautiful Momentsā€ in my All Natural Light Studio and On Location as the Augusta GA Newborn Photographer and Augusta GA Family Photographer in the greater Augusta, GA area by visiting my website www.MaryBethsPhotography.com.

If you saw my blog post last week, I mentioned making a candlelight dinner for the ones you love. This recipe for Valentine’s Day Cake Balls is the perfect dessert to go along with a special meal. However, before you READ the recipe, I recommend that you NOT cancel that gym membership, however there is NO calorie counting on this one…. You know, it is only Valentine’s Day once a year!!

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I saw these advertised on the cover on Family Circle and I just had to try them. Boy, was I not disappointed AT ALL. These little cuties are so very tasty. We made a special icing for them by buying the white chocolate melts and adding red food coloring – a Valentine’s treat for the ones you love! And, listen, if all else fails, call Dana from Dolce Delights by Dana for her famous Oatmeal Pies!!

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Valentine’s Day Cake Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf cake- we used Entenmann’s pound cake loaf
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 white chocolate bark to melt
  • 1 chocolate bark to melt
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Red Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Take loaf cake and break apart into fine crumbs in bowl.
  2. Use Ā¼ cup frosting and put into loaf cake crumbs and use fingers to mix together.
  3. Create small balls and place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place tray in refrigerator for 15 mins .
  5. Melt chocolate in microwave- melt barks in increments of 1 min. and mix in between- 3 bowls of chocolate – 1 regular chocolate and 2 bowls of white.
  6. Drop 3 drops of red food coloring in one bowl of white chocolate that is melted and mix to make pink.
  7. Take skewers and put in cake balls and twirl in chocolate of choice. Place on parchment paper and decorate with sprinkles. Repeat till all cake balls are covered and decorated. Let air dry and then eat!! Yummy!!

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Find out more about how I am ā€œCapturing Lifeā€™s Beautiful Momentsā€ in my All Natural Light Studio and On Location as the Augusta GA Newborn Photographer and Augusta GA Family Photographer in the greater Augusta, GA area by visiting my websiteĀ www.MaryBethsPhotography.com.

Valentine’s Day is so much fun when you have a family. While it is traditionally a day for those people who are in love, I have loved celebrating Valentine’s Day with my children.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate the month dedicated to LOVE!Ā Ā What do you do to make Valentine’s Day special?Ā  Leave it on my Facebook page!

1. Between February 1 – February 14, make hearts everyday to post on your children’s door with reasons why they are unique and important. Put them on their bedroom door at night so that when they wake up each morning, they can start their day feeling special.

2. Send letters to grandparents to show them appreciation.

3. Surprise your husband (or family) with a candlelit dinner at home and avoid busy restaurants.

Augusta GA Newborn Photographer | Valentine4. Make heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.

5. Make personalized Valentine’s Day cards to pass out at school.

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6. Make chocolate covered strawberries.

7. When you have dinner, go around the table and tell each other why you appreciate them.

8. Place an order for a Dolce Delights by Dana for Valentine-themed oatmeal pies with sprinkles! YUM!

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9. Help your children make an “I love you because” book for someone special.

10. Play songs about love by creating a “Valentine’s Day” playlist.

Find out more about how I am ā€œCapturing Lifeā€™s Beautiful Momentsā€ in my All Natural Light Studio and On Location as the Augusta GA Newborn Photographer and Augusta GA Family Photographer in the greater Augusta, GA area by visiting my website www.MaryBethsPhotography.com

Oh the cold weather is a special treat to me here in South Carolina (AND SNOW the other week!) – AMAZING! All of this colder weather is making me want to be warm and cozy (you know… standard turtle neck wear!), but it is also making me want to make cozy, warm food for me and my family.

Augusta GA Newborn Photographer | Sausage Tortellini Soup || Mary Beth

Enter the MOST DELICIOUS Sausage and Tortellini Soup. This amazing crockpot recipe is a family favorite and goes so well with crunchy bread or biscuits. If you have any leftover, it is great to reheat, too! Do you have any crockpot recipes you love in the winter? Post your recipe on Facebook

Augusta GA Newborn Photographer | Sausage Tortellini Soup || Mary Beth

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup { Crock Pot Recipe }

Ingredients:
1lb mild italian sausage
1 large onion- chopped
2 carrots- sliced
4 cups chicken broth
Ā½ tsp dried italian herb seasoning
Ā½ tsp salt
Ā¼ tsp pepper
1 zucchini- quartered and sliced
1 can 8oz tomato sauce
1 can 19oz tomatoes in juice chopped
1 pkg 10oz tortellini

Directions:
1- In a large skillet cook sausage until browned and crumbled.
2- Add all ingredients into crock pot except tortellini and zucchini.
3- Cover and cook for 3-4 on high or 6-8 hrs on low.
4- Add zucchini and tortellini to slow cooker 20 mins before it is finished cooking.
5- Serve and enjoy! šŸ™‚

Find out more about how I am ā€œCapturing Lifeā€™s Beautiful Momentsā€ in my All Natural Light Studio and On Location as the Augusta GA Newborn Photographer and Augusta GA Family Photographer in the greater Augusta, GA area by visiting my website www.MaryBethsPhotography.com

Sweet Baby V came to my studio for her newborn portrait session and she was just a little love! <3 She slept the whole time and has the most amazing hair!! I loved how these turned out and love being able to provide different custom sets for my clients! Welcome to the world Baby V!!2018-01-22_0005.jpg

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