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:
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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I just had to get this Family Amsterdam Session up after my facebook post the other day. The Jacobsen family was such a joy to photograph. I’m always excited to hear the word “twins” no matter how old they may be! These guys were super fun because we played 101 questions the whole session and to be honest…I kind of loved it. They are destined to be super smart kiddos and the whole family are lookers. Don’t take my word for it. Have a peek. And if you’re interested in having your own Amsterdam Session be sure to contact me as Spring is just around the corner! I’ve already got bookings in April but a few more weekends to fill up until then!
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Having a glum and grey Sunday morning? Well this is one post you are going to either love or hate me for. But I should warn you to go and collect some eating utensils to place neatly besides your keyboard (or mobile device if you’re on one now) and perhaps a cloth napkin to lap up and drool that may occur. If you haven’t heard the coolest thing trending right now is BREAKFAST. Yes, Breakfast has made it’s way back in to our lives, stomaches, and hearts here in Amsterdam.
There are a number of really great places to grab a delicious well made coffee and a breakfast that doesn’t just consist of Dutch Pannekoek here in the city and this is one that you should most certainly take note of. Kerkstraat 59 is an old fashioned New York styled diner with an open kitchen and super friendly staff. If you’ve ever eaten and sipped the mouth watering, juicy Margaritas at it’s neighbor Los Pilones, you’ll want to stay tuned as this Cafe doesn’t just serve coffee and tea with your breakfast. They pair perfectly with some of the more savory dishes but this foodie photog has to admit I got a little chocolate cake on my hand (and unthinkingly licked it off) and it was to die for! I should have added that it paired perfectly with the delicious Cava I had after. I promise I don’t drink and shoot. So what’s your favorite Breakfast place in the city? Don’t answer that till you’ve tried this one!
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Following up with my last personal blog post for the Dear Diagnosis blogathon I’d like to share Julie Flygare’s Narcolepsy infographic. This is a great thing to have a quick look at and if you click the image you can see Julie’s video explaining everything.
To me, Julie is very brave. Narcolepsy is a complex disease and debilitating disorder that at times can be difficult to explain. In some ways it would seem to be easier to just hide it away and make excuses (like being klutzy or tired, or blame it on the Dutch weather change) but by being more open and honest about it we can avoid those cliché 80′s misconceptions and help others with Narcolepsy get an earlier diagnosis!
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