Holiday Mini Pumpkin Pies

My hubby and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Atlanta away from family (located in Florida). Unfortunately, Stephen had to work… so to make things special I decided to bake! I normally wait until Christmas to bake my annual sugar cookies… but I couldn’t resist! I found this amazing recipe and decided to give it a go!

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Ingredients
For the Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 5-6 tablespoons cold water
For the Filling:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
For the Topping:
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Click HERE to follow the baking instructions.

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The crust was so light and flaky and the pumpkin filling was Oh-So-Good! With the Christmas holiday quickly approaching definitely give this recipe a try!

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What is your favorite dessert during the holidays?

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Natalie - These look amazing! Absolutely delicious!

Urška Majer - These looks delicious!

Krystle & Derrick | Engagement

The story behind Krystle and Derrick’s proposal story was so romantic. Now I am a sucker for love and family – but this proposal took the cake!

Derrick planned for a weekend out of town. The excuse to get Krystle on board to go out of town was to go watch the Lakers play in Salt Lake City since Krystle is a HUGE Kobe fan. So naturally, Krystle began to pack. Once they finally got on the road, Derrick had told the disappointing news that they weren’t going to Salt Lake City – but continued to drive to their actual destination. They finally arrived to Chateau Elan and Krystle was simply elated! Little did she know Derrick had arranged for Krystle’s family, who traveled from Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, Alabama, Nebraska, Washington DC, Texas and Georgia, to be present when he finally got down on one knee.

Derrick even included the waiter in his surprise proposal by “under cooking” Krystle’s steak and upgrading their dinner table to the rooftop of Chateau Elan. Once on the rooftop, a door opened and all of Krystle’s family began pouring in – surprised and confused Krystle began to cry. That is when Derrick got down on one knee and proposed to Krystle!

It was simply amazing how Derrick got all of Krystle’s friends and family to be in town to witness their love and commitment to each other…

(without her knowing – might I add):)

I am so excited to be photographing their wedding next year! Congrats again you two!

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I am definitely a fan of her skirt!

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Looking forward to next year!

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Laura - Beautiful session. You can see the happiness in each and every image!

Natalie - These two are the cutest! Seriously! I love that tulle skirt at the end!

Lauren R Swann - Those outfits!! They’re so cute!! Love this sweet session, Janelle!

Renee - Oh my, that is one sweet proposal! I got chills!

Chris Nichols - Beautiful couple! Great engagement pics!!!

Emmaleigh Nikole - gorgeous pictures and amazing skirts!!!!!

Abbey - Girl, you captured this couple beautifully. LOVE!!!!

Amanda Adams - Her confidence absolutely SHINES in these images!!! These two are adorable together!

Sharon - Simply beautiful and I didn’t cry..Now, I can’t promise you I won’t next year..😊..Krystle, I am so very proud of you and Derrick..The love that you two share just radiates..❤

Gwen Easter - Beautiful pictures. You two make an enchanting couple. The love pops off the screen. Deacon & Sis Foundoe would be so proud of you. I wish you & Derrick the very best of everything and never let your love fade.
Congratulations,
Gwen Easter

Cynthia Moore - Beautiful!!!!

Urška Majer - Such gorgeous couple!

janice - Love the picture they are wonderful keep the love for one another you can see the love you both have is going to be great and my god bles you many more happy years together can wait tell next year 😘😘

Jennifer & Keith | Married

You may remember Jennifer and Keith’s engagement session, well I photographed their wedding last August and I was so excited for their wedding day! It was such a beautiful day and both Jennifer and Keith was surrounded by family, friends and lots of love.

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Their wedding colors were lavender, silver and white. The combination of the 3 made their day absolutely beautiful! From the smallest details to the wedding decor – everything was color coordinated and I was in heaven!

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Jennifer’s wedding dress, necklace, and birdcage veil was custom made by Erica Angeline of La Maison De La Bridal. Her style was definitely one of a kind!

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Gorgeous!

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I loved the fact that they had an intimate wedding and their children was their wedding party!

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Cheers to the future!

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Wedding planning/coordination: Jan McBee of La Fete Weddings

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Jackie Phillips - WOW! What a gorgeous wedding! Her shoes and her dress!! amazing!

Natalie - This wedding is absolutely stunning! Wow! I love the bride’s dress!

Lauren Swann - What a fun and gorgeous wedding! Her dress is perfect!!

Kathy - That raindrop wall is AHMAZING. The portraits in front of it are beautiful! Also, your detail shots are on point! :)

Renee - What a beautiful wedding! You captured their happiness + joy so well!

Brooke - The detail shots are stunning, and their portraits are beautiful – so classic!! Congratulations to Jennifer and Keith!!

Caitlin - what a gorgeous wedding! they are a stunning couple!

Jessica Haley - Gorgeous!! You did such a great job with the groom’s details and I love her lavender dress!

Emilia Jane - OMG her dress is EVERYTHING!!!

Vicky Christophe - Amazing quality of photography, I really love the overall consistence of tonality through the whole set of images.

V Christophe - Absolutely beautiful work! Love it!