Brionna, Class of 2011 – Murrieta Senior Photographer

•October 13, 2010 • 4 Comments

Please meet my gorgeous niece…Brionna! You have seen her before during this session I previously posted. Brionna is a very special young lady. She’s got a great head on her shoulders (as you probably already have noticed). She’s not only stunning on the outside, but she is incredibly sweet on the inside too. She also happens to know exactly what she wants as a career in the future. I personally love when people know what they want to do for a living and grow up working towards it! Brionna wants to be a NURSE. She wants to help others and I know she will make it happen & be the best nurse out there. 🙂

Just take a look at her session…she’s delightful, unique & very easy to photograph! I hope you all enjoy this session. It’s another favorite of mine.

Show her some “comment love” if you feel inclined to.

More of Brionna throughout the next few months!

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Murrieta Senior Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

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It’s Your Life

•October 8, 2010 • 7 Comments

On this gorgeous Friday morning I’m wishing you all the most fantastic weekend you can dream up!

xoxo

“You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says. It’s your life.”

~Ethan Embry

Coming Soon: Raul & Sylvia-Just Married!!! Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

•October 6, 2010 • 3 Comments

“Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?”

~Henry Finck

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

Tasty Tuesday: Double Beef & Cabbage Stew

•October 5, 2010 • 4 Comments

Now that it feels like fall again I had to break out some of my ideas for cold weather recipes! This is another slow cooker one that everybody is sure to love (although I am sure it would come out fine on the stove top or in the oven too).  It’s hearty with two kinds of beef, lots of cabbage, some potatoes & a deep robust flavor. You really are going to want to try this one!

Double Beef & Cabbage Stew

by Heather McCullah

Serves 6-8 people

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium to large head of cabbage

1 medium onion

3 medium large red potatoes

1 can beef gravy

1/4 can beef or chicken broth

1 tiny can of V8 juice or tomato juice equivalent

1 lb ground beef

1 pkg kielbasa beef

1 pkg spicy taco seasoning

3 tbsps minced or grated garlic

1/4 cup evaporated milk or 2% milk

3 tbsps dijon or whole grain mustard

1-2 apples

1-2 dashes salt

1-2 dashes pepper

METHOD:

1. Brown ground beef with 2 tbsps of garlic & spicy taco seasoning mix. Drain.

2. Rough slice the cabbage, onion, apples & potatoes.

3. Mix gravy, broth, mustard, v8 juice, 1 tbsp of garlic, evaporated milk, salt & pepper until combined. Pour this sauce over the cabbage mixture.

5. Slice the kielbasa. Place both the ground beef and kielbasa in the crock pot on top of the cabbage mixture & the sauce mixture. Cook on high 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with warm bread for dunking in the yummy sauce!

VARIATIONS:

Substitute the apples with 2 tomatoes cut into large chunks or omit the apples completely.

Use a light version of kielbasa turkey & ground turkey to lighten the dish up some.

A Personal Gift-Custom Animal Painting

•October 4, 2010 • 3 Comments

I received a gift of GIGANTIC proportions this weekend. I am speaking in both literal & figurative terms. Everybody who knows me knows how I feel about Big Z. My doberman…Zelda. She is a big part of why my heart continues to beat everyday. She is PURE LOVE at all times. She brings EXTREME JOY to my soul. Can you imagine my happiness when I received a beautiful hand painted piece of art featuring Zelda to put in my home? It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. She is so detailed and true to life in this painting! It’s almost a life size version of my King Size Dobie! Now I just have to find the perfect spot in my house for displaying this special piece of art. I cannot thank Alina enough for making me the most personal gift I’ve ever received. This is a quick snapshot taken with my cell phone (the one that fell in the bath a few weeks ago…yes, all the way to the bottom of the tub full of bubbles) but keeps on working. You’ve got to love the electronics of 2010!

I will share better photographs of this awesome painting when I find it a permanent home on one of my walls!

If you or somebody you know is looking for a custom drawing, sketch or painting you can find Alina along with samples of her wonderful artwork on

Facebook by clicking here.

She draws & paints animals, people & abstract pieces of art too. That’s TALENT!!! 🙂

Fall Family Session-Inland Empire Family Portrait Photographer

•September 28, 2010 • 4 Comments

I had the extreme pleasure of photographing a very good looking {:-)} and kindhearted family earlier this month! Patrick & Lizeth hired me for family photographs since their families were about to merge together with their very own marriage. We took lots and lots of family photographs in the most beautiful fall setting. I just loved the classic color scheme they came up with to wear for this photo session. It really went well with the fall leaves & nature setting surrounding them! Talk about one of the easiest groups of people to work with. This is just a sampling of the shots taken that day. Patrick & Lizeth’s wedding photographs will be up for viewing in the next few weeks so please visit here again soon! 🙂

Click on each photo to enlarge it. They’re worth it! 😉

Loved these three little ladies! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Inland Empire Family Portrait Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Easy Dressed Up Mocha Cupcakes

•September 27, 2010 • 4 Comments

I made these dressed up cupcakes last week and was happily surprised with how pretty they turned out. I used this awesome decorating tool from pampered chef that I bought years ago. It was so fun playing around to find the perfect look for these rich mocha sweet treats. 🙂

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Easy Dressed Up Mocha Cupcakes by Heather McCullah

1 box duncan hines cake mix (swiss chocolate flavor)

1 cup prepared coffee (cooled off)

1/4 cup of milk (1%, 2% or whole)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.

Fold in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (semi sweet are perfect). Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake as directed on the box.

Frosting:

1 tub cream cheese frosting

1 tub dark chocolate frosting

1/2 tsp instant coffee

Jazz up your store bought frosting by mixing a cream cheese flavored tub of frosting with 3 – 4 tbsps of dark chocolate frosting. Then add in 1/2 a teaspoon of instant coffee. Mix well. Decorate using a pastry tip or flat knife and add a few chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles for an elegant finish! I bought the little red rose candies at a local pastry shop. So cute huh?!

Variation:

Add in a tablespoon or two of coffee flavored liquer to the batter (before baking) & to the frosting for a really unique & rich flavor.