Friday, January 3, 2014

Inner Warmth Peanut Stew

This is my favorite dish at the Great Dane Brew Pub in Madison. A friend gave me the recipe -- it's great for these cold winter days!

This is the time of year when everything slows down for wedding photographers -- at least for me, since I don't take weddings from November-March. The Christmas orders are finished and last year's albums are delivered, and now that we're back from visiting family over the holidays, it's time to revamp the website and plan for the next season.

It's also a great time to prepare warm, savory dishes like this!

Inner Warmth Peanut Stew
(Recipe from the Great Dane Brew Pub in Madison, WI - Executive Chef Matthew L. Moyer)

1/2 c olive oil
2-3 lbs. butternut or acorn squash - peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 c garlic, minced
1/2 c fresh ginger, minced
1/2 T pepper
1 qt. tomato juice
20 oz can diced tomatoes (or use fresh tomatoes)
1/2 T salt
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 c peanut butter
Cooked rice

Saute squash, onion, garlic, ginger, and pepper in oil until the ingredients start to soften.

Add tomato juice, tomatoes, and salt.

Simmer until squash is tender.

Add the cilantro, then the peanut butter.

Mix well.

Simmer until thickened into a nice stew.

Serve over rice.

(The recipe says this serves four, but our family of four enjoyed leftovers for days!)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Crocheted quilt

My mom crocheted this beautiful blanket! It's too pretty to use!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Insect ID

Inspired by this story of a woman who has patiently catalogued more than 2600 species in her garden, I've started photographing and identifying some of my own. Here are a few photos I took yesterday with the macro lens.

So... anyone want to help me identify these? Genus and species would be lovely :-)

Thanks to wolfpix on flicker, I now know the following two shots are of the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula.

Thanks to Zozu9 on flickr, I now know that this insect is a cucumber beetle, aka Diabrotica undecimpunctata:

I'm thinking this one (below) might be Agapostemon virescens?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Katrina and Hao

Katrina and Hao were married at the beautiful Grace Episcopal Church on the Capitol Square yesterday. They're a fun couple surrounded by loving family and friends, and they had a beautiful wedding day. As usual, we'll have all their photos posted in their password-protected viewing gallery in a week, but here's a sneak peek at a few of our favorites....

Katrina got ready at the Madison Club, their reception venue.

Hao's first glimpse of Katrina in her wedding dress.

First portrait together, overlooking Lake Monona.

A stroll through the Capitol grounds on the way to the church...

And WOW these guys can jump!

Walking to the church with the wedding party...

And formals in the courtyard.

Hao walked down the aisle with his parents...

Katrina walked with her father...

And the ceremony was beautiful and touching. Hao's best man translated the entire service!

A picture-perfect kiss (Eric took this shot)

And the guests greeted them with sparklers!

First dance

Mother-son dance

And possibly the start of a new tradition? The mother-in-law-and-daughter-in-law dance!

Katrina and Hao, we had a fantastic time and we wish you great happiness as you begin your new life together!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Crystal and Adam

Had a great practice e-session out at the Arboretum today with Crystal, Adam, and my photographer friend Ania Fields! Crystal and Adam are such a cute couple; they really energized us and inspired us to try some new ideas. I'm thrilled with the results and I hope you like these, too :-)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Susie and Tyler

Some of our favorite wedding clients have been -- strange though it may sound -- couples who are already married! Several times over the years we've met couples who had a civil service and then later wanted a wedding, too. Susie and Tyler are just such a couple. They were married in a civil service and had a reception for her family in California, and then they came to Wisconsin to throw a party for Tyler's side of the family.

They wanted lots of photos of the two of them together and we were happy to oblige :-)

This first one is my favorite, and it's now featured on my website at Tyler and Susie held the ceremony and reception at Wintergreen, but we were so close to Taliesin that we decided to head out there for photos. We didn't have permission to go on the Taliesin grounds, but we created some great photos on the right-of-way:

Then Susie, a native of Southern California, declared she wanted some photos with corn. It's Wisconsin, right? So we headed across the highway...

... to the edge of a corn field :-)

While we were crossing back across the highway, the Taliesin shuttle pulled up. The driver leaned out and told us we should take photos by the waterfall up the road. I replied that we couldn't trespass; Tyler and Susie hadn't done the paperwork required to do photography on the Taliesin grounds.

"I was in the service for 20 years," the driver said, looking meaningfully at Tyler in his dress uniform. "If they give you any trouble, just tell them the bus driver said it was all right."

No one gave us any trouble :-)

And I wish I could say that I took this gorgeous photo of Susie on her way back into the reception venue, but it's Eric's!

I love the stonework and wood of Wintergreen. It's really a lovely setting for the first dance.

Thanks for choosing us to document your special day, Susie and Tyler!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alyssa and Wendell

Wow, what a celebration last night! Considering that Alyssa and her family are some of our favorite people here in town, that most of Wendell's guests flew in from New York, and that the venue (the War Memorial in Milwaukee) was a stunning lakefront location, we knew this would be a wedding to remember.

UPDATE: The slideshow is online! Watch it here to really get the feel for their day!

First we met Wendell and his family and friends for portraits.

Alyssa got ready in a room overlooking the lake.

Alyssa thought of every detail... and Eric was there to capture it while I was upstairs with Alyssa and her family and friends. (A note to engaged couples -- having two photographers makes a huge difference in the coverage we're able to provide!)

The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable!

One of my favorite photos ever :-)

Wendell and Alyssa booked their venue two years ahead of time -- and you can see why. (Thanks to Eric for getting the amazing wide-angle shots and overviews).

We took some formal (and not-so-formal) photos after the ceremony...

And then the party began -- and what a party it was!

Thank you so much, Alyssa and Wendell, for inviting us to share in your joyous day! We'll have all your online proofs and slideshow ready in about a week!