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Spring is here, everything is blooming! My all time favorite seasons in the Netherlands (Spring and Fall) are all about change it seems. Change means new life and growth which also describes everything in my life and business at Melody Rae Photography at the moment and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’m slowly coming out of my “New Mama” cocoon and am more than ready to fly!

No really. Sporting my Mama jeans and dying to get behind the camera (much like a hyped up dutch kid that’s overdosed on stroop waffles and waiting to get on the next roller coaster ride at Eftling), I headed out to photograph this beautiful family that came in all the way from Alaska! I couldn’t love the results more! Armed with his trusty digger we hit the feilds for an unforgettable family session that I am so thrilled to share with you!

Not many people can say that they’ve gotten to “fly” over the Tulip feilds but this little man can! And while it was very sunny during our session it was also crazy windy! Something people tend to forget despite the Netherlands being known for it’s windmills. Even I was nearly blown away and lost my breath a few times but little man was such a trooper! I guess it’s not hard to do when you’re surrounded by such beauty and love!

 

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I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite moments from this super sweet session. It’s so great to be back and I have so many exciting things planned, I just can’t wait! Be sure to stay tuned for the coming announcements and I’ll leave you with this one last photograph. I really ought to post some of the blooper photos that don’t make the cut because well they’re just Hilarious! I nearly died! How cute it he? I mean really!?

So, if you’re looking to stop and “smell” the flowers and have your own fun family session, be sure to contact me so I can send you a welcome guide and we can start planning your own custom family session! Spaces are limited!

 

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I can’t believe how fast a year can pass! I met this little cutie when he was just turning one and you may recognise his super star mom as the International Blogger extraordinaire from Finding Dutchland. It’s so amazing and wonderful to watch my littlest clients grow! This is one of the sweetest families I’ve ever photographed. They make their own fun and I’m some times not sure if they’re really just a normal family or members of their own fairy tale living in Dutchland. Or in the case of these photos, in the beautiful nature surrounding the historical Chalet Helenaheuvel! Enjoy a few snaps from the session:

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There’s nothing more exciting then getting ready for the day you get married. As a photographer, I’m almost too excited to sleep the night before so I’m not sure how brides, grooms, and parents manage it. A wedding day should be the funnest, happiest day of your life, and some days are just meant to go so perfectly! Danny and Sylvanan’s wedding was one of them! Here are a few of the fun highlights of them getting ready and having a first peak at each other before their lovely cerimony and reception:

 

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I can’t believe we’ve already been back home here in the Netherlands for over a week! Everything feels like such a blur with work, jetlag, and 3 more wins for the National Dutch Foetball team! Some mornings I need some incentive to get out of bed and since I just spent 4 weeks in the US not cooking I’ve been feeling a bit out of practice. I’ve also been craving blueberry pancakes around the clock. If it were just once, I’d let it go but it seems nonstop that I’ve been thinking about blessed blue berry pancakes! Long gone is my low carb diet that I was adamant about keeping before I left on our trip to visit family. Well if I’m going to be bad, I might as well:

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Bad to the BlueBerry Pancakes and Syrup Recipe


 

These are not your easy pour thin pankcake batter mix. These are light and fluffy, buttery, melt in your mouth with a fruity, blueberry citrus after taste! Best made for the whole family or visiting friends.

Blue berry Syrup

  • 3 cups of blueberries (rinsed clean)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 ripe lemon (washed well)

Toss blueberries and water in a small sauce pan and begin to warm on medium high heat. If you have a masher, mash those berries! If not, you can improvise with a fork. Let simmer for 15 min continually stiring.

Grate the lemon with a grater. I normally start getting my pancake batter together at this point.

The next part really depends on personal preference. If you don’t mind your blueberry syrup being chunky with real pieces of  blueberry in it, go ahead and toss in the lemon peal you grated and cup of sugar and give a stir.

If you want a smoother consistency, once the 15 min is up use a hand sieve to take out the large pieces of blueberries and set aside.

Cut, and squeeze in half the lemon. You can also juice this to avoid the lemon seeds falling in.

Let it simmer on low until it’s a nice thick texture. Let it cool and pour into a mason or air tight jar. Keep up to a month in the fridge or 3 months frozen. Don’t forget to leave some aside for your pancakes!

Fluffy in your face Blueberry pancakes

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbs of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon os falt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk or buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of vegitable oil
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margerine
  • 1/2 cup overflowing of blueberries (rinsed clean)

In a large mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and butter. Use a hand mixer or stir well with a hand whisk. Add in the blueberries and stir again. If you pulled out the blueberries from the syrup, this is a great time to add them in as well!

Pour by 1/4 cup full on to a hot pan or pancake griddle. It’s thick batter, so you’re going to need to use the back of a spoon and rub around once to form a nice circle. After small bubbles start forming it’s time to flip! Cook until the other side if golden brown.

Serve warm with butter and topped with yummy blueberry syrup! You’ll thank me! ;)

 

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