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Best family, baby, wedding, engagement, pregnancy {& some lifestyle} photography of 2013. What a grateful year for so many reasons!

When creating the “best – of” spread, I couldn’t help but feel VERY thankful for so many reasons in my career. Each client that I had the honor of photographing this year, picked me. They chose me to create tangible keepsakes for their family – For their family to pass down from generation to generation. Some are lifelong friends, some are 2nd, 3rd and even 4th returning clients, and some are new; and for that, my heart melts and I am grateful.  Very grateful.

I chose this path to build this business because it is my passion. I still get nervous before each photo shoot {Weddings more than portrait sessions, for obvious reasons}. I still meticulously prep an hour or two before each photo shoot. That attention-to-detail involves cleaning my lenses, my camera, my camera bag, visualizing what to do with the family, kid or bride. I get my Americano coffee, my water and my walnuts and energy bar. And, I’m off.  I think this routine works pretty great, right?

Thank you to each and every one of you that trusted in me and my passion. Again, and again. I am so honored to be your go-to-gal for your joyous memories. Hope to see you in 2014 and beyond! xoxo, Patty

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Organic Roasted Sweet Potato {+ Carrot} Soup Recipe

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A lot of you salivated over my roasted sweet potato soup {photo} I posted last week on Facebook, so I thought I’d share the recipe that

I have adapted over the past few years. I have perfected the soup by combining a couple of exact recipes into one and I use the below as my own; it’s simply amazing. Especially if you garnish with sauteed, sliced mushrooms {yumma-yum!}.

This soup is one of my favorites in the winter months…. Did you know that sweet potatoes are LOADED with Vitamin A?

I would LOVE to hear if you made this and what you did to perfect yours to your-taste. Comments are always welcome!

Organic Roasted & Curried Sweet Potato/Carrot Soup

 Ingredients {all organic}:

  • 4 – 6 cups chopped sweet potatoes (I ‘75%-skin’ these since most of the nutrition is in the skin)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • apple, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons, mild curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon & ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 6 – 8 cups light vegetable broth (you can add the 6 cups first, then the rest to your ‘taste’ or consistency)
  • Sea salt or  Pink Himalayan salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 can of Organic coconut milk {I use the canned, Native Forest kind, it has a BPA-free lining, awesome!)

 Garnishes: Mushrooms, fresh thyme or cilantro

I LOVE to sauté about 1lb of organic sliced mushrooms and place on top of the soup. It adds an extra texture and is oh, so good! You can also use sliced sautéed portabellas.

– Cilantro or Thyme are great to chop up and use as a final garnish.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot, over medium heat. Add the onion, and curry powder, cinnamon and oregano; stir and cook until the onion softens, add the garlic at the end, making sure not to burn or brown the garlic.

Add your broth and coconut milk, cook on low heat while your veggies roast.

Sweet Potatoes, Carrot + Apple: Chop up & place in a roasting pan, season with salt, pepper and about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast at 425 for about 40-45 minutes or until soft and done.

When roasting ingredients are done: Add them to the broth/coconut milk mixture. Mix with a hand-mixer – I use the Cuisinart Hand Mixer – works like a charm. {If you don’t have one of these, you can use your blender in batches}. Be very careful mixing since the soup is very hot.

Cover the pot and bring to a simmer.

If soup is too thick, add more of the veggie broth until it’s at the consistency you like.

Season with salt, to your liking ~ I don’t add any more pepper at this point.  Top with mushrooms and cilantro. Or mushrooms and Thyme!

Enjoy! xoxo Patty

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