Thank you!

2018 was full of wonderful families. Thank you so much for trusting me with your family’s keepsakes. Capturing your family and most importantly the connection within has always been the goal of mine. Looking forward to documenting more of you! 🙂

Kmart Floating Frames

I love floating frames. I love that  I can be super creative with it or I can just keep it simple, and it’ll still give me a great result.  I was walking around Kmart the other day when I found them and I just had to buy some! So here’s what I did with it. You’ll need:

  • a floating frame  (I use 8×10 for this one)
  • a photo (smaller than the frame so you can show the space around it) or some photos
  • some ephemera or stickers. I use Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemeras for this one, but you can, of course, use others. They can be purchased from any scrapbook stores or Spotlight.

First thing to do is to place the photo. I use glue dot right in the middle to keep it in place.

Then, it’s time to decorate! I love layering so I just put the ephemeras around the photos. Be careful not to put too many, otherwise, you won’t be able to slip it back in. I don’t even use glue for the ephemeras and as the second glass will keep them all together.

That’s it! Time to slot them back in. Don’t forget to put the stopper back 🙂 So easy right?

Seriously Good Lasagna

Cooking never comes naturally for me. It is more like a survival skill that I need to have 🙂 Some days I feel like doing it, other days I just feel like making crafts instead. So I always try to find something easy and fast, but also delicious.

I’m going to share our recent favourite lasagna recipe, along with the secret sauce (my daughter pointed out that it’s more like she and I, because the boys in our family are not fans of pasta). This pasta is really good if you don’t like anything too cheesy. If you like cheese, then just add extra cheese on every layer.

So, here’s are the secret ingredients:

Not a secret, you say? Well,  I’m sorry, I just recently found out 😀 Just like its name, it is seriously good 🙂  I forgot to photograph the beginning process, but basically melt butter in a saucepan and fry onion until soft. Add beef mince (I used premium mince from Countdown) and cook until brown. Pour over Seriously good sauce. I also like to be sneaky and add some veggies on my lasagna. Usually, it’s either some courgette or sweet corn as they taste good with this meat sauce.

Once you mix them all, you’ll barely notice it’s there. 🙂

While waiting for it to simmer, prepare the Bechamel Sauce. I found that the sauce in the jar often too cheesy for my family, so I use a recipe that I found on the internet. It tastes amazing.

Here’s the complete recipe:

1/2 box of San Remo Large Instant Pasta

Meat sauce:

1 Onion
500 gr premium minced beef
1 jar Seriously Good Lasagna Sauce

Bechamel Sauce:

70 gr butter
1/2 cup plain flour
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions:

Melt butter in a saucepan and fry onion until soft. Add minced beef, simmer for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked.
Bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium pot until sizzling but not brown. Add flour and stir over heat for one minute. Add nutmeg and 1 cup of milk, stirring continuously until sauce starts to thicken. Add the rest of the milk and continue stirring it’s thick and smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Layer pasta, meat sauce, and bechamel sauce alternately. Top it off with mozarella and parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil, bake at 200 C for 20-30 minutes. Take off the foil, then reduce temperature to 150C and bake for 5 minutes.

It was so good I forgot to take a photo while it was still whole. Remember how I said my son didn’t really like pasta? He finished his meal this time. 🙂

 

 

How to have an awesome 4th birthday

  1. Be happy. This is your day!!
  2. Take family photos
  3. Take photos with your favourite people
  4. Look cute
  5. Explore the world
  6. Check out the birthday cake
  7. Make a wish
  8. Enjoy the rest of your dayHappy birthday, Savvy!

Jen & Kyla

My last session in 2016. Loved meeting these two. I had a blast photographing them!

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