Polka & Bloom Wedding Embroidery

I embroidered this for my sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law’s wedding last month. I hadn’t worked on an embroidery in a while–it was so nice to pick up the needle again!

This beautiful pattern is a design by Polka & Bloom. I’ve admired her intricate work for a while and am so glad I finally had reason to buy one of her patterns. This was a lot of fun to embroider, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

I paid particular attention to the text because Lerin works in printing, so I wanted it to be perfect! But I had never done so many satin stitches and don’t really ever want to again!

A Family of Four

I had a quick portrait session with this beautiful family a couple weeks ago. Seriously–look at them! They are all gorgeous. I had so much fun, and their [extremely adventurous] boy was making me laugh the entire time.

Lunch with Tilly

On the way home from Houston after Chris and Lerin’s wedding, Joseph and I stopped for lunch in Spring so I could see my dear friend Victoria. The last time I’d seen her was actually the night Joseph and I got married, but I still call her my “bff soulmate” because she’s the closest friend I’ve ever had.

We met each other when we were chemistry partners in high school. We were awful in the lab, but it allowed us to bond over our mutual love for Harry Potter. We gave each other a variety of nicknames–I was normally Luna or Uhliska (a kind of joke ugly spelling of my name that I ended up finding endearing), and Victoria was Tilly (I think because it seemed British to us? I remember it was inspired by a girl featured in Teen Vogue).

I’m so glad we finally managed a time to have this long-overdo catch up. We had Vietnamese food for lunch and then went for frozen yogurt. Victoria is just as lovely as always!

Chris & Lerin: The Wedding

I’m struggling for words here. Lerin and I first met in 2000 and became instant friends. Neither of us expected I would marry her brother seven years later. In fact, we’re all still getting used to the way this worked out.

I’m so happy I got to join her family in celebrating the marriage of such a wonderful couple. I’m looking forward to a lifetime of holidays and family gatherings together (plus annual Creepy Couple Portraits). Chris, you and I really did marry into the greatest family in the world!

While the ceremony was tender and traditional, the reception was pretty wild. Hours and hours of dancing, with and without costumes.

The Best Use for Your Stand Mixer

Yes, your stand mixer look beautiful on the kitchen counter, but maybe you’re like me and don’t use it nearly as much as you anticipated? We could make constant batches of cupcakes or pies, but that might not be the best idea. I found the solution: make whipped cream.

Seriously. Fresh whipped cream is more delicious than you could imagine, and having a stand mixer means preparation is ridiculously easy. I am constantly whipping up (haha) batches on the fly. Keep a jar of whipping cream in your fridge, and you’ll be surprised by how often you finding yourself using reaching for it.

There is no need to ever buy store-bought whipped cream if you have an electric mixer of any sort, but especially a stand mixer. You add three ingredients, turn the mixer on, walk away, and come back to a bowl of white heaven. Eat it with fruit, pancakes, hot cocoa, pudding, or by the spoon. You can even pipe it through a pastry bag for a nice shape!

Prep your mixer by cooling the metal bowl in the freezer for a few minutes.

Our three ingredients: whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla.

Attach wire whip.

Begin beating on medium until stiff peaks form.

You’re done! It’s that easy. Now eat it off the spoon or sample it with every item in your house. Store the rest in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Fresh Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Set metal mixing bowl in freezer to chill for a few minutes (though this doesn’t always happen in my house–I just don’t have room enough in my freezer!).

Add whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Beat on medium until stiff peaks form.

You can also spice it up if you want: add a couple tablespoons of a flavored liqueur, 1/2 teaspoon citrus peel, or 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of extra sugar.

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