A little over a year ago, I began doing short food segments on a local television station.  When I received that first email, asking if I’d be interested, my first thought, was ‘no way’!  It was so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t imagine being in front of the camera.  Much to my surprise, I’ve actually come to enjoy these segments.  Talking about good food is fun!  Usually, the segments revolve around cooking for kids and families with recipes that use simple, seasonal, whole food ingredients.  Only recently, did it occur to me that it would be fun to share the segments here.

For this latest television installment, I was asked to share a recipe for families to enjoy, while celebrating the men in their lives this Father’s Day.  After a brainstorming session of dessert possibilities, I landed on German Chocolate Cake Sundaes.  A delicacy inspired by my own dad with his love for both German Chocolate Cake and ice cream.

German Chocolate Cake Sundaes

German Chocolate Cake Sundaes


  • 2 pints chocolate or vanilla fudge swirl ice cream
  • 1 bottle caramel sauce, or homemade
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup wide flake coconut, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the coconut and pecans in 2 separate baking sheets.
  3. Toast the shredded coconut for 5 minutes and the pecans for 10 minutes, until the edges of the coconut start to brown and the pecans are fragrant.
  4. Remove from the oven.
  5. Let the coconut and pecans cool.
  6. Coarsely chop the pecans.
  7. Scoop the vanilla fudge swirl ice cream into individual sundae bowls. Top with warm caramel sauce, toasted coconut flakes and chopped pecans. Serve immediately.

In the last week, there has been a palpable shift in our household.  End of the year activities, such as picnics and field trips, a peak in baseball and soccer games along with playing outside among friends until the last possible minute, before being called in to wash away the grime of a day fully played.  This shift of lightness and activity can only mean one thing…summer is near.  We are on countdown to the end of the school year….only 5 more days to go.

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Today, I am over on, The Creative Mama, with the latest installment of our Food Photography 101 series.  We’ve covered lighting, lenses and styling to this point.  Now we move onto my favorite part of food photography, telling the story of food through images.  Come on over, and learn who inspired me to move beyond photographing a beautifully styled plate to sharing more about the process of a recipe coming to life.

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Hello?  Anyone out there?

It’s been awhile, right?  Thankfully, just like old friends, I’m sure we’ll be able to jump right in where we left off.

While I’ve missed this little space, life away from my laptop has been wonderfully full the last month…birthday celebrations, Easter, book projects, photography projects, putting in our garden, soccer, baseball and good family time.  It’s times like these, when life takes over, that I find myself with countless ideas and inspiration.  As much as it seems important to be connected to our world (fb, IG, internet, blogs etc.)  I also believe in the importance of disconnecting too.  Just like everything else, it’s about balance.  And isn’t that the ongoing challenge?

On to the pictures!

Here’s a little peak into what the last month has looked like and what we’ve been up to…

garden markers


We got our garden going during Spring Break, planting seeds for daisies, zinnias, sunflowers, French Breakfast radishes, arugula, salad mix, green onions, snap peas, beets, kohlrabi, asparagus bulb and rhubarb (for next year).  At this point everything is growing!  It’s been fun going out to the garden each day to see what is sprouting from the dirt.

To mark where we planted, we made garden markers out of old silverware, writing on the handles and sticking the tines of the fork into the ground.

Magazine posts


I had the privilege to shoot the cover for the Spring Issue of Edible Omaha that was released in April.  It is by far one of my favorite magazines.  If you aren’t familiar with them, check out Edible Communities.  Many major cities have a similar publication, highlighting local foods, farmers, chefs and food artisans.

Much to my delight, I was also in the spring issue of ‘Go Gluten Free’ magazine, sharing images for a popsicle recipe.

just run

just run2

Spring running season has meant 2 half marathons for me and a 5k for my middle boy.  He was a part of a boys running group this spring that culminated in a 5k with all the elementary schools in our community.  From the beginning, he told us he wanted to run it on his own, and he did just that.  As a parent (and runner, myself) I had tears and goosebumps watching him run so strong and cross the finish line.

A bitter cold kept me on the treadmill for much of the winter this year, making it a relief to finally get to spring races.  First up was Rock the Parkway in Kansas City.  It was half marathon #8 for me, and my dad came along to spectate the run.  While the warm, humid morning and rolling hills kept me from a PR that morning,  the bigger takeaway was the lesson in perseverance.  I had hoped for a nice PR in this race, and it just wasn’t meant to be.  Instead, I walked away knowing that when things get tough, and you don’t think you can take another step (or climb another hill) you have to dig in, take a deep breath and finish.  This lesson proved to be valuable as I headed into the Lincoln Half Marathon 2 weeks later, where I got the PR I was aiming for.  Next up…working toward that elusive sub-2!

kitchen scenes

In the midst of all this, I’m also shooting a cookbook project.  This has meant weeknights of recipe prepping, a messy kitchen and weekends of starting early and shooting through the day.  While the light in my kitchen is wonderful, it doesn’t really get good until after 11:00am.  Sometimes, you just have to go to the light if you want to make things happen a little earlier.  My oldest snapped this pic on one such morning of early shooting.


Does anyone else snap pics of things they love, while browsing on their phones?  These particular quotes (mostly found on Instagram) have been running through my mind lately.  Just like spring, I’ve been feeling an awakening to create and to continue to build a life working toward what I love, surrounded by the people I love.

So that’s what the last month has looked like, some of the highlights anyway.  I still have so much I’m looking forward to sharing, as we continue to move into spring and summer.  Our local farmers’ market opened last weekend, and we’ve been trying a new co-op that I’m loving, of course there will be more garden updates and CSA recipes to share too.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, continuing to visit this little space.  Have a great weekend!

After a whirlwind, wonderful weekend in New Orleans, I’m itching for spring more than ever.  I flew down Friday to photograph a cookbook, and was greeted by blooming wisteria and azaleas, green grass, gorgeous old oaks and warm sunshine.  It was exactly what this Midwestern girl needed.

Food Photography

While I can’t say too much about this current project, I can tell you that the book I photographed last summer, The Best Homemade Lunches on the Planet,  is on pre-sale now, and will be released in July.  My kids have been loving the recipes from this book, it has added to much variety to our lunch packing routine.

The Best Homemade Lunches on the Planet

For today, I’m over on The Creative Mama sharing my installment of our series, Food Photography 101.  Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a little about how to take pictures of food and the tricks and tips I’ve picked up along the way.  Come on over!

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