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Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes {Alexandria photography}

In addition to photographing people, I occasionally like to photograph while I’m cooking.

During Steve’s 3rd deployment back in 2009/2010, I decided to focus on myself for the year and taught myself to cook and bake. Before Steve left, he bought me a Le Creuset french oven so that inspired me to use it to its full potential. I did everything from braise meats to bake bread in that thing!

I was always intimidated by crepes ever since watching a cooking competition on TV (I think it was Top Chef)  and the chef was having the hardest time making crepes. I thought if he couldn’t make one, how was I supposed to ever succeed in making one? So, I never tried–until today!

I had a huge tub of ricotta cheese that I was trying to figure out how use it up aside from lasagna and manicotti. I Googled what to use it for breakfast and a recipe for blueberry lemon ricotta crepes came up. I already had everything I needed to make it except for a crepe pan, but a regular frying pan worked out just fine. I did poke a hole in one of the crepes as I was flipping it since the frying pan was a few inches bigger than a crepe pan so the filling spilled out a bit, but it was still delicious!

Needless to say, crepes will be making their introduction into the Schwab household on a regular basis from now on. Even the little one approved :)


Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes from Southern Food @ About.com

Ingredients:
Crepes

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Blueberry Lemon Filling
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar combined with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation:

Crepes: In a blender, blend 2 eggs with milk. Add the flour, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar, salt, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour into a container, cover, and refrigerate let stand for 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 12 hours.To cook, heat a lightly buttered 7″ or 8″ crepe pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter in the hot pan and swirl the pan so the batter coats the bottom of the pan. Cook until the edges begin to brown. Carefully lift with a thin spatula and flip over. Cook for a few seconds, just until lightly browned. Place on a plate and repeat with remaining batter. If you will be storing the crepes for a short time, separate the crepes with small squares of waxed paper.Heat oven to 350°. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish or spray with cooking spray.In a bowl, gently combine the ricotta with the beaten egg, powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice. Fold in blueberries. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on a crepe; roll up gently, burrito style, tucking ends in to keep the filling from leaking. Arrange the filled crepes in the prepared baking dish; brush with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake for 20 minutes.

 

Summertime Giveaway! {DC metro area photography}

Summertime is almost here and is one of my favorite times of the year! Vacations, beaches, my birthday–what’s not to love (other than the humidity, sweating, higher gas prices…lol). My all-time favorite thing is a great GIVEAWAY!

Here is your chance to win a free photo session at the location of your choice, a full session CD, and a 20″x30″ gallery wrapped canvas with a UV protective coating featuring the photo of your choice! All you have to do is upload a photo of your favorite (or least favorite) thing about summer here.

Entries for the giveaway ends on May 29, 2012, at 3pm EST. One entry per person and the winner will be chosen at random. The session must take place by July 15, 2012. Photos from the session will be ready to proof a week from the session and the photo for the canvas must be submitted by July 31, 2012. Travel fees may be incurred if more than 30 miles from 20876 (Germantown, MD).

And if you haven’t done so yet, “like” my Facebook page to stay up to date with specials and see my latest works & sneak peaks!

I have a confession…

…I stink at blogging!

Thank you to everyone who purchased an Amazon Local voucher for my business back in October last year. I hit the ground running and have met so many wonderful people and families. I really wish I had the time to keep up with blogging, but I was just SO busy! I’m hoping to start blogging again soon though.

Until then, you can see my most recent works on my Facebook page. “Like” my page and you’ll always be up-to-date on what I’ve been doing :)

In other news, I am MOVING! Thankfully, not too far–just to the other side of DC on the Maryland side. My husband, who is currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA, is being stationed at Fort Detrick, MD, this summer so we’re now looking for a place. We’re thinking Germantown/Gaithersburg/Rockville so I can still come to my old stomping grounds for photo session.

Thanks for being patient with me.

Lots of posts to come!

Living Social (via Amazon Local) featured my photography business the weekend before Halloween so to say I’ve been busy is an understatement! I’ve been running around all over VA, DC and MD and meeting many wonderful people from newborns to senior citizens (and many 4 legged friends, too). I love it! I even started drinking coffee to stay up with the weekends since I can easily shoot 15+ sessions from Friday-Monday. And when I’m not out and about taking pictures, I’m at home editing, posting and prepping CDs to be shipped.

It’s been hectic, but I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. And I’m so thankful for my husband, Steve, who has always been so supportive of me and my dream. And to add to my craziness, I locked my keys in my car today! Thankfully, roadside assistance came quickly and took literally 2 minutes to retrieve my keys which were on the front seat. Once things settle down, I will be blogging about all the great sessions that I’ve had so stay tuned!

I ran my 2nd half marathon – {Niagara Falls, ON}

Hi everyone! Just a week ago, I was running 13.1 miles by Niagara Falls on the Canadian side–my first post-baby race. My husband, Steve, and several of his friends were running the full marathon which apparently is the world’s only international marathon. It starts in Buffalo, NY, and crosses into Niagara Falls, ON.

I would be lying if I said I trained for this race, but with it raining SO much in Virginia, I just made too many excuses to postpone running for another day. During my stay at Niagara Falls, it was either rainy or cloudy EXCEPT on race day! It was sunny with blue skies with a rainbow by the falls–it was so beautiful, but by the end of the race, I was hurting so much that I could barely walk out of the hotel room for dinner. I only snapped a quick picture of it with my camera phone as I ran by.

I got to play tourist and did the Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Journey behind the Falls. I also ate Tim Bits and ketchup chips for the first time.

Here are some photos from my trip and next time, I will DEFINITELY be training since it took six days before I could walk without pain, even with an ice bath post race.

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Matt & Lorie – {Auburn engagement session}

I met up with Matt and Lorie at their home to do an engagement session around their community since it had a really nice walking trail and a lake. They were really fun and easy-g0ing–even after getting locked out! Lorie was in the middle of trying to climb up the shed to their porch on the second floor when Matt luckily found the key…phew! They will be getting married next week at the Chantilly Country Club on their one year dating anniversary. I can’t wait to photograph these two then!

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Jeremy 14 days old – {Alexandria newborn session}


I love seeing the babies of the maternity shoots I did earlier before they entered the world. Mellie had maternity shoot in August and just had her baby last month–a baby boy named Jeremy! This year seems to be the year of the boys–he was the fourth newborn I’ve photographed in two months and also the fourth boy. He was so sweet and slept for the most part–until it came time to take pictures! The lil’ guy just wanted to stay awake, but eventually did get sleepy. And as soon as I passed the naked Jeremy back to Mellie, he pooped and peed–I planned it perfectly…lol.

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Leo 2 1/2 weeks – {Alexandria newborn session}

My friend, Fran, had her second baby–a boy named Leo! I was so thrilled to finally meet him since she gave birth right before I left for a trip to MA so I had to wait until I returned. He was a big boy–born at 9lb., 7 oz. and with a full head of hair. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a small case of baby fever every time I work with newborns, but with a seven month old at home, that quickly snaps me back to reality. But in the mean time, I’m enjoying every moment that I work with someone else’s sweet bundle of joy.

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Kajuana & Kyara – {Meadowlark Botanical Gardens mother/daughter session}

I met up with Kajuana and Kyara last week at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens last week during that week where it rained everyday with a cold front. They were looking for a fall feel to their photos though the temps made it feel more like winter! Even though there were some scary looking clouds overhead, there was no rain thankfully. The trees were still fairly green, but we could see the colors making their way. Kyara even suggested a few ideas for pictures such as her mom and her skipping hand in hand. They were so much fun to be with and photography!

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Ethan 14 days old – {Alexandria newborn session}

A few weeks back, I got to opportunity to photograph another sweet newborn, Ethan, and his parents Aaron & Laura at their home. My lovely assistant, Roxie, accompanied me on this photo shoot since I have a LOT of props and equipment especially for babies!  I absolutely love when clients have suggestions and want to use their own props so I was thrilled when we were able to incorporate a violin case into the session that belonged to Laura’s grandmother. Laura herself is an private instructor of several string instruments and included her viola bow in the picture as well. Aaron also had some input and had some Redskins paraphernalia to add into the mix. I will be photographing Ethan several more times for the next year so I look forward to our next session!

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