Peach Pie

Best peach pie ever. Will ate practically the whole pie (don't worry not in one sitting...but in one weekend...hehe). 
I love that pies allow for some creativity when it comes to the crust. And this buttermilk crust is to die for! Recipe at the bottom of the post! 

For the pie crust:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup buttermilk, cold
1-2 tablespoons water, cold
1 large egg, beaten, for the egg wash
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on top of pie

For the peach filling:

8 cups sliced peaches, skin removed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3-4 tablespoons cornstarch, depending on how juicy your peaches are
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: 

1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the cubed butter and toss to coat. Dump the mixture out onto a clean surface and use a rolling pin to roll the butter into thin sheets, combining it with the flour. Use a bench scraper to scrape the rolling pin and to bring the mixture back into a pile as necessary. Continue until all of the butter is incorporated into the flour. Mixture will be very flaky. Return mixture to the bowl and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill the butter.

2. Remove from freezer and add the buttermilk. Use a spoon and then your hands to stir the mixture until it comes together into a ball. If mixture is too dry, add the water a tablespoon at a time. Divide the dough in two and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

3. While the dough is chilling, make the peach pie filling. In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Gently stir until mixed well.

4. When ready to roll out, let the dough rest at room temperature for five minutes. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a rough 13 inch circle. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Transfer dough to pie dish. Fill pie with peach filling. Repeat with the second disk of dough. Cut dough and make a lattice over the filling. You can also leave the circle intact and cover the filling completely, cutting a few vents with a sharp knife, but I went with a lattice top for my peach pie.

5. Fold the edges of the top and bottom crusts together and use your index fingers and thumb to pinch into a pattern. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

6. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven for 45 minutes or until the pie is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Let the pie cool completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting.

Note-you can use this same pie crust to make apple pie, berry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, etc. Use your favorite filling!

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Lemon Lavender Cake

Life can be crazy, you guys. I find myself getting so caught up in work a lot of the times, that I forget to slow down and enjoy the other things I love doing. I recently discovered that baking is one of those things. I love the patience it takes and the way it forces me to slow down and just enjoy the simple things. Fridays have become my day of rest (right before the craziness of the weekend begins). I turn the record player on, put on an apron, and bake. It's relaxing, soothing, and well...delicious.

I have decided to document the different things I bake each week, starting with my first baking adventure--Lemon Lavender Cake. You can find the recipe at the bottom of the post! 

Cake

1 cup unsalted butter--room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbs lemon zest
juice of 1 large lemon
1 generous tsp dried lavender buds

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time fully incorporating after each

addition. Stop and scrape down the sides with a spatula and resume beating until the mixture looks like

buttercream frosting. Meanwhile…in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice and buttermilk together. With the mixer on low, alternately mix in

the flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour, in 3 additions. Do not over-mix, just allow the ingredients to come together. Stir in the lavender. Pour into 2 loaf pans that have been coated in pan spray. Bake at 325 F for approximately 50 mins. Check for doneness after 40 minutes. Cake is fully baked when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.When cool, pour glaze over

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs cream
Juice of lemon (more or less to your taste)
Stir together and pour over cooled cake.

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Anniversary Trip | Chicago

Travel. I think it should be the sixth love language. If it were, it would definitely be my number one. I love traveling. Even more than that, I love traveling to cool places with Will Scott. 
For our anniversary trip this year (we took it about a month early), Will and I decided to take a trip to Chicago. We have a few good friends that live there and thought it would be fun to visit them as well as explore a bit (well, a lot). 
I had been to Chicago a couple times before, but this was definitely the most fun and the most exploring I've ever done...and I am totally infatuated with this city. Granted, we were there in the summer and the weather was absolutely perfect, never being above 85 and sunny the entire time...but I'm kind of in love. 
Although I loved exploring downtown, going to the Art Institute, and doing all the "touristy" things, I would have to say my favorite part was wandering around Lincoln Park. The houses in that area are stinking gorgeous, and we felt like we had stepped into a movie. We even found this quaint little coffee shop squeezed among the houses and stopped for some espresso...perfection. 

Our trip was absolutely fabulous and made for some good quality time for Will and me. I'm so thankful for these days we had to spend together and the fun memories we made. 

Ahh...Chicago, you may have a little piece of our hearts. 

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Shot with: Mamiya645
Film: Portra400
Scans: PhotoVision

Bonnie | Senior

It's been way too long since my last post! With senior season approaching, and the booking of 2015 seniors, I thought I would share some senior sessions I haven't had the chance to blog yet. 

First up is Bonnie! This girl is such a sweetheart and oh-so-gorgeous. The dresses she chose for the session were absolutely perfect with a great mix of pattern and texture. I had such a blast getting to photograph this precious soul! 

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The JCP Office | Before and After

Several months ago I shared our Living Room before/after with you guys (and of course our living room has already changed since then due to my inability to keep things the same!). Today I am sharing the before/after of my office! 
When it came to my office, I wanted it to be a place that I would feel inspired when I was in it. Being a creative, my workspace needs to fuel that. When we first moved in I had just used the decor that I already had. Just recently I decided to completely revamp my office and make it something that I absolutely love. 
The room was an incredibly unappealing color of yellow when we first moved in. That was the very first thing to go (that and thoroughly cleaning the carpet).
I have my dad to credit for the awesomeness that is now my office. He planned out and built a built-in "L" shaped desk and amazing built-in shelves. I can't even tell you how appreciative I am of that man and his handy work. He helped make my space a dream come true. 
Wanting a fresh and clean look, the color scheme for my office is whites, grays, with splashes of natural brown and gold (of course!).
I am completely in love with this space that is now my office, and with a view of the backyard, I can make sure Rigby isn't getting into mischief! 

ENJOY!

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Decor: 
Desk Chair: Joss and Main, Sheep Skin: IKEA, Leather Chair: Target, Side Table: Target, Floor Lamp: Target, Containers on Shelves: Container Store and Antique Shops, Frames: Target, Rug: West Elm, Filing Cabinet: CB2, Desk Lamp: Anthropologie

Chris | Los Angeles | Film

I love LA, y'all. No secrets about it, if it wasn't so expensive, I would move there in a second. From the weather, nature, and beaches to the cool vibes, restaurants, culture, and coffee shops...swoon. BUT...on top of all that, my way-cooler-than-me, super smart, creative, talented brother lives there, and a three day visit never seems to be enough time to catch up and get a glimpse into his life. 
Chris took me to his architecture studio at UCLA so I could capture him in his element, and despite the crazy messes of projects, drawings and materials, I loved it. In fact, that's what made it awesome...knowing that pretty fantastic things are dreamt up and created there. 
We also (of course) did a good bit of zipping around on his motorcycle to explore other places of LA like the old LA zoo and LA river and Arts District. But one of my favorite things was exploring underneath the Santa Monica Pier. It was freezing, and windy, and awesome. 

It's no joke that I have the coolest brother of all time. I am so grateful that our relationship has stayed a strong one even with the massive amount of miles between us. This guy is a blessing, and I'm so thankful that he let me into his everyday life for a few days.

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Shot with: Mamiya645
Film: Fuji400h and Portra400
Lab: PhotoVision Prints

Naomi | Senior

I can't get over how gorgeous and sweet this girl is. Seriously y'all, I had so much fun photographing Naomi a few weeks ago. There is just something so joyful about this time in seniors' lives, and this girl radiated just that -- joy

Naomi is going to be attending Northeastern State next year where she will also be playing soccer like a champ. I'm so so so excited for this sweet soul and all that she has ahead of her! 

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