Ashley and Matthew are such a sweet couple! They met a little over 4 years ago through mutual friends. After a couple years of knowing each other, they started dating and this past December, Matthew proposed to Ashley at Grand Central Station in NYC! So romantic and sweet… She is a 911 Dispatcher and he is a Maryland Firefighter/Paramedic.

They’re planning a wedding for this coming October and even though their jobs usually lend to unique schedules (like working on Christmas!), they will both have off on the special days of their first holiday season together as a newly married couple.

They are so cute and comfortable together. They call each other “dear” and love and support each other more than anything… They love to camp together and travel wherever they can in their pull-behind camper, whenever they have the opportunity.

They decided that Codorus would be the perfect place for their Engagement Session and I couldn’t have agreed more! Matt was stoking his perfectly-made campfire when I arrived, and Ashley was serving him sweet tea in a mason jar. We just hung out around the campfire, took a walk down to the lake, made s’mores, and got to know one another… It was so relaxing and fun! It felt so good to be photographing in the warm sunshine, too…

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Hanover Pennsylvania, Engagement Session, Campfire, Engaged, Codorus Park, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.comCan’t you just hear the delicious “CRUNCH!” of those s’mores??
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Hanover Pennsylvania, Engagement Session, Campfire, Engaged, Codorus Park, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
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Congratulations to Ashley  and Matthew! Can’t wait for their fall country wedding this year and so excited to be part of it!

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homemade hot cross buns, king arthur flour recipe

Hot Cross Buns take me back to Easter at my grandmother Onie’s… She would have them displayed perfectly on a silver tray along with the rest of her classic and elegantly decorated tablescape. Springtime reminds me of playing with Jesse in the yard as kids and being told not to dirty our Easter clothes with grass stains..

I decided to make King Arthur’s recipe this year, with all organic ingredients. I am excited to make them again next year but experiment with the ingredients. I used whole milk where I think skim might be better to use since it’s not as heavy as whole. I felt as though my dough could have risen a bit more. They’re a little dense and I’d prefer them to be a little more flaky on the top and airy in the middle, so I need to look into what will make that happen! But they were still delicious…

I couldn’t find currants, as much as I wish I could! If only I lived closer to a Wegmans… Instead, I used a combination of dried cranberries, golden raisins, and finely chopped dried apricots. The color combination of those fruits together in the bowl as they macerated with the Captain Morgan was gorgeous! Like little jewels…

Make sure you get the INSTANT yeast from the dairy section, not the yeast that is in the baking section at room temp. You want the kind you won’t need to activate in warm water and sugar first.

What are some of your traditional Easter recipes??

BUNS

  • 1/4 cup apple juice or rum
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, 1 separated
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

TOPPING

  • 1 large egg white, reserved from above
  • 1 tablespoon milk

ICING

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons milk, or enough to make a thick, pipeable icing

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 10″ square pan or 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Mix the rum or apple juice with the dried fruit and raisins, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave briefly, just till the fruit and liquid are very warm, and the plastic starts to “shrink wrap” itself over the top of the bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Note: If you worry about using plastic wrap in your microwave, simply cover the bowl with a glass lid.
  3. When the fruit is cool, mix together all of the dough ingredients except the fruit, and knead, using an electric mixer or bread machine, till the dough is soft and elastic. Mix in the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.
  4. Let the dough rise for 1 hour, covered. It should become puffy, though may not double in bulk.
  5. Divide the dough into billiard ball-sized pieces, about 3 3/4 ounces each. A heaped muffin scoop (about 1/3 cup) makes about the right portion. You’ll make 12 to 14 buns. Use your greased hands to round them into balls. Arrange them in the prepared pan.
  6. Cover the pan, and let the buns rise for 1 hour, or until they’ve puffed up and are touching one another. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  7. Whisk together the reserved egg white and milk, and brush it over the buns.
  8. Bake the buns for 20 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool.
  9. Mix together the icing ingredients, and when the buns are completely cool, pipe it in a cross shape atop each bun.
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What better way to spend a cozy winter day at home together than baking Chocolate Chip Cookies? These two met online and got engaged over the summer last year. They live an hour apart so when they spend time together, Mary says they try and pack as much in as they can! :) From planning their wedding to playing games, reading, cooking and baking, and going on walks… They are so supportive of each other and make each other smile… you know, those giddy almost newlywed smiles…

They were so inviting and welcoming when I arrived to Brendan’s country home. They had their ingredients ready and were ready to start baking! They made some fresh coffee for us to enjoy while we spend the afternoon getting to know each other and anticipating that oven ding indicating the cookies were done! Oh man, they smelled so good!

Here are a few of my favorites from my time with them a few months back!

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So many laughs and sweet smiles!
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Engagement Session, kitchen, home, chocolate chip cookies, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland, Maryland Photographer, Engagement Photos, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Engagement Session, kitchen, home, chocolate chip cookies, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland, Maryland Photographer, Engagement Photos, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Engagement Session, kitchen, home, chocolate chip cookies, Kirsten Smith Photography, Maryland, Maryland Photographer, Engagement Photos, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

They are planning a wedding at Mount St. Mary’s University this coming summer! They’re so easygoing and adorable together… it’s going to be a wonderful day and I can’t wait!

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Prep time: 30-45 min
Cooking time: 60 min
Serves: 8 (1 slice each)

CRUST
I use Martha Stewart’s standard crust recipe, which I love. This isn’t necessarily a healthy crust, given the fact that it has white flour and sugar in the ingredients, but you could make this quiche crust-less (just be sure to spray your dish before adding in the ingredients!) or use another recipe that involves cauliflower, almond flour, or anything of the like. 

2 1/2 cups of organic white flour (I use King Arthur’s)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 sticks of cold butter cut into dices
1/4 cup cold water

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl using a mesh strainer. Be sure to well-combine them so you don’t have an uneven mix.

Then, cut your sticks of butter into little cubes with a sharp knife. It’s very important that the butter is chilled (not frozen, but very cold) so that it doesn’t completely melt the moment it enters the oven. This helps make your crust become flaky!

Add the butter cubes to your dry mix, and using a pastry blender, combine the flour/salt/sugar mixture with the butter until a course mix forms. You could also use a food processor for this which would actually be ideal.

Next, add your cold water into the course dough mix until the crumbles combine and stick together. You don’t want to over-combine this because your hands will begin melt the butter, but just kneed it together with your hands until a nice dough disc forms.

Generally it’s good to chill your dough before rolling it it. I placed my dough onto saran wrap, sealed it up, and chilled it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. But you can leave it overnight if you wanted to pre-make the dough. But I just decided to pop it into the fridge while I sauteed my veggies and then took it out a couple minutes before I was ready to roll it out.

Um and by the way… if you want to use store-bought dough, go for it! They also have pre-made gluten-free dough!

FILLING
You can use pretty much anything to make a quiche as far as the veggie ingredients. Don’t be afraid to try new combinations of ingredients. I just happened to have all of these ingredients in my fridge so I wanted to use them before they went bad. We don’t generally eat much dairy but every once in a while a richly decadent cheesy quiche is simply where it’s at…..

Note: I always eye-ball my ingredients when cooking and just sorta feel things out along the way, so these are merely estimates as far as quantities go. Feel free to try this or that and substitute with what you have instead. I’d love to hear from you with any suggestions or versions of this recipe! Don’t forget to taste as you go! It’s so important (except for when the raw eggs come into play of course…)!

2 tbsp butter or so
2-4 tbsps olive oil or so
1 yellow or white onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
4 cups uncooked spinach
32 oz. of sliced button mushrooms
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
1/4 cup sherry wine
5 eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup cream or dairy milk
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 slices of crispy cooked bacon
1-2 thinly sliced Roma tomatoes
5 good sized fresh basil leaves

In a nice big sauteé pan, melt your butter and olive oil. The olive oil will ensure that the butter will not burn. I always season my pans too, so add in a little sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper too. Then add in your chopped onion and sauteé until the onion is translucent and slightly caramelized. Sprinkle a touch of garlic powder over the onions. I like to use garlic powder as well as fresh garlic because the powder gives a different layer of flavor that I really like. You can remove the onions once the seasoning has combined with them and set them aside into a bowl.

Then, add a tbsp of oil back into your pan and cook your spinach down. It isn’t necessary to cut your spinach before cooking it down. You’ll find that spinach cooks down substantially. Season with a little salt and pepper, and then once it’s cooked, add the spinach to your bowl of onions.

Now it’s time to cook down your mushrooms. Add a tbsp or so of oil back into your pan, and add in your minced garlic. Only cook this for about 30 seconds until your oil is fragrant because you don’t want to burn the garlic. Add the sliced mushrooms in. Similarly to the spinach, the mushrooms will cook down as their moisture is expressed. I like cooking mushrooms until they’re caramelized and almost crispy around the edges, so I leave them in the pan for a good while and stir occasionally. As they cook, season them with the red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and some salt and pepper. Once they start to stick to the bottom of the pan, pour in the sherry wine to de-glaze, which means you’re loosening all of those delicious brown bits of flavor from the pan. Stir and let the sherry cook out and into the mushrooms for a few minutes… I’d say about five or so until you don’t see any more liquid. Dump your shroomies into your bowl of onions and mushrooms! Mix this all together and it’s time to assemble!

ASSEMBLY
Preheat oven to 350° while you assemble your quiche. 

Roll your crust out (flour your board and rolling pin, etc…) and place into a 9″ pie pan. Trim the edges off along the glass edge with a knife, and then crimp your edges however you so desire. Make a few fork holes in the bottom for air ventilation.

Next, you’re going to want to combine your egg mixture. Crack 5 eggs, one at a time into a separate small bowl first in case you get a bad egg – you don’t want to spoil your entire mixture with the one egg. Whisk them until they’re well combined. Then add in one cup of sour cream and whisk that until it’s also well combined in with the eggs. You can also add about 1/4 of ricotta in if you’d like. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Whisk in about 1/2 cup of cream or milk. Set this bowl aside for now.

Now it’s time for your layering! Spoon a heap of ricotta onto the bottom of the pie pan (obviously your crust is in at this point), and spread around until it coats the bottom. This is your bottom later.

Then, sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese.

Next, add an even layer of your spinach, onion, mushroom mixture.

Pour in about 1/3 of your egg and sour cream mixture until it covers the mushroom layer. Feel free to take a fork or spoon and wiggle the ingredients around a bit so that the egg mixture seams down through to the bottom crust.

Add another layer of mozzarella cheese, then the rest of your veggies, and then the rest of the egg mixture. If you don’t have enough liquid to cover the ingredients, simply mix another egg with a touch of cream or milk and pour in until the pie pan is full. But this was what I used and it turned out perfectly. The eggs will expand and cheese will melt, so your quiche will be just fine and if you see some of the ingredients popping out, that’s OK!

Finish with a touch of the mozzarella, and sprinkle your crispy bacon pieces on top! Finish with adding your sliced Roma tomatoes in a circle or two so each piece gets a slice, and then finish with an even sprinkle of fresh basil….. Oh my gosh I’m so hungry now just thinking about it.

BAKE
Place your quiche into the oven, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. Check it every 15 minutes or so to check it’s progress. If the top looks done, shake the quiche and if the center is still jiggly, you need more time. Mine took about an hour in our gas oven. Each oven is different so the cooking time will fluctuate.

Quiche is great served warm or room temp, even chilled! So once it comes out of the oven, feel free to enjoy it!

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Tag your quiche photos on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #kirstensmithrecipebox! I’d love to see how yours turned out! :) Thank you so much for reading!

 

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It feels like yesterday that Rosie was born and I was heading over to the Nash’s to photograph their sweet adorable family but no…. that was a year ago! They have grown so much and are adorable as ever! Rosie reminds me so much of Wes when he turned 1! It’s such a blessing to have the opportunity to capture families each and every year… I love when I get to go over and spend time with them because are just so fun! Wesley is much more comfortable with me and loves to see his picture on the back of my camera after I’ve taken it. Rosie is so sweet and easy going, looking up to her big brother and sisters and cool as a cucumber. And then of course Dakota and Avery are the fairest princesses in all the land… They were at school during the first part of our session. Wes, Rosie and I snuggled in the living room while Amanda walked to the end of the driveway to greet the girls.

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These are the sweetest big sisters… They’re so close and so funny, theatrical, sweet, fun, girly, everything precious little girls entail – they are!Family Portraits, Family Photos, Baltimore, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, Cake Smash, Kids, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Cake, One year old Birthday

Gah! Don’t you just want to pinch his cheeks and kiss his little face??? Such a cutie pie!
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Sweet sister secrets…
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Look at those beautiful blue eyes!
Family Portraits, Family Photos, Baltimore, Maryland, Kirsten Smith Photography, Cake Smash, Kids, www.kirstensmithphotography.com, Cake, One year old BirthdayTowards the end, it was time for Rosie’s cake smash… Amanda is always preparing cute ideas and fun things for the kids to do while we shoot. She made Rosie’s cake too and it smelled divine! After Rosie spent some time smashing by herself, it was time for all of the kids to join in! There was icing absolutely everywhere… Luckily her floors were hardwood! It was between everybody’s toes and fingers and in ever nook and cranny…
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And then it was bath-time for everyone! :)

So much love to this family! Can’t wait for the next time we’re together!

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  • Tammy Nash - What can I say, Kirsten, you do a fabulous job taking pictures of my lovely grandchildren! My grands are so special and I am truly blessed to be their “Grammy Tammy”. I will want to get one of each of these. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

This 2016 year is going to be a very memorable one for Christina & Cory! Not only did they just get married this month, but they are also expecting their little boy this May. This beautiful couple was so amazingly sweet to work with and get to know, and I’m so excited for the two of them! They are both smart, gentle, and so caring for each other… I hope you enjoy a few favorites from their winter Engagement and Maternity Session!

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My parents purchased their land from Sharon just shy of 30 years ago and she has been our neighbor for just as long. She is one of the coolest ladies I know. I’ve always been in love with her house, the openness of the layout, the cozy feeling of the arched doorways and bookshelves, and the geranium garden she has growing in her bedroom (literally, there is dirt on the ground inside!) and not to mention the tree she has in the center of the house!

She’s a glass artist and has done commissions for people, corporate and non, all over the state and probably even the country. My mom used to help her in her studio when I was in school and I would remember being there after getting off the bus and swinging on her swing out in the yard that looked out over the woods and what seemed like the entire rest of Manchester… Feeling like nothing else mattered except for how high I could get over the tree tops.

Sharon has the kindest soul and such a warm friendly face. She is calm and endearing and has a heart of gold. We couldn’t be move overjoyed for her when she found her Charlie… An artist from Washington DC who fell in love with her from the moment he saw her.

They met online, and after talking for some time, he came up to her house for lunch. She was showing him her property, and as he tells the story – he couldn’t help it, he had to dance with her in one of the vast open fields… And the rest is history.

They share the love of art, expression, color, and creativity together. I loved seeing Charlie’s creations and paintings around the house, perfectly complimenting what Sharon has created.

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Sharon and Charlie turned one of their bedrooms into their dinner space. Three long tables were joined at the ends. She made the centerpieces and hand-painted pine cones, attached them to stakes, and placed them into the arrangements. Photo place cards were set around for all who were in attendance. and there were twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling and wrapped around the tree trunks! It was absolutely beautiful.
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Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

They also took tree branches and tightly wrapped little copper wired warm LED lights around each limb, secured it into a base, and hung dried fruit and various ornaments from them. This was their alter for the ceremony… It was magical!

As they greeted each guest, each began to grab a drink and mingle until everyone was there and it was time to begin the ceremony…
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Guests brought side dishes and a pot luck dinner…
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One of Charlie’s creations! I love this!
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Sharon’s sister and Charlie’s best friend stood with them… And Mark, Sharon’s grandson who Jesse and I used to babysit, escorted her down the aisle…
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They spoke their tender vows and we all said a reading together… It was just beautiful. I’m so glad we had a few minutes to pop outside for a few shots! How adorable are they??
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

After a few speeches and an absolutely delicious dinner, it was time for cheesecake and song! Charlie picked up his guitar, as did Mark, and we spent the remainder of the evening singing old Bob Dylan songs and enjoying each other’s company…
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com
Cozy Winter Wedding, At Home Wedding, Hobbit House, DIY Wedding, Kirsten Smith Photography, www.kirstensmithphotography.com

SO unbelievably blessed to know this dear couple! Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs! We were honored to be part of such a perfect day.

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