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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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It's that time of year, and I'll be spending my time with family and eating lots of delicious food. I will not be checking email over the next few days but anything received will get a reply next week. Hope you all have a great holiday!

For all my dedicated blog readers, I've decided to share my recipe for the best EVER sweet potato casserole. I promise that if you make this correctly, everyone will love it.

INGREDIENTS:
• 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes (I mash canned yams with the syrup drained off)
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 4 eggs, beaten
• 1/2 pint heavy cream
• 1/4 pound butter, melted
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 cups mini marshmallows

DIRECTIONS:
1. Butter one 2 quart casserole dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. In a mixing bowl, mash the sweet potatoes; combine with sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, spices, coconut, marshmallows and cream. Blend well, and spread evenly in casserole dish.
3. Bake 20 minutes.
4. Prepare the topping by combining the butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Mix until crumbly, and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
5. Bake an additional 10 minutes.

**note: When cooked, the casserole will be moist but firm, similar to a souffle consistency. If it is still runny then it is not fully cooked. You may want to test around the edges for doneness before adding the topping because it is easiest to add additional cooking time at this point. Once the topping is on, you can cook for longer but will need to cover with foil so that the nuts don't burn.
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Norris Dam State Park, Norris, TN

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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I've been busy shooting and processing, but here's a quick post of some recent bridal photos I did with elegant Miss Meghan (AKA Mrs. Drake).

Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs

Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
  
                          Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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I am currently working on sessions and orders up to October 27.
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Chattanooga, TN

Monday, November 19, 2007
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I photographed an engagement session this afternoon in a t-shirt. Although it started out cloudy, the day turned out to be pretty nice. This same day two years ago was nice too but a bit cooler as Miller and Nathan said their vows in an outdoor ceremony at sunset. The couple got ready at Chattanooga's historic Read House Hotel before walking across the street for their ceremony in Miller Plaza. The reception was held in the Waterhouse Pavilion on the plaza.



Toon/Foutch Wedding Anniversary November 19

The Krytal Hamburger Eating Championship was held the same day, and we ran into the contest winner Takeru Kobayashi in the hotel lobby. He ate 67 Krystals in 8 minutes!
Toon/Foutch Wedding Anniversary November 19
The plaza and pavilion:

Toon/Foutch Wedding Anniversary November 19

Chili peppers were used in decorations (the theme continued with the food as guests were served an elaborate burrito bar).

Toon/Foutch Wedding Anniversary November 19

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Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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Knoxville has gotten a little rain this week, but it didn't stop me from photographing Emily and Clay's wedding portraits in Cades Cove yesterday. Although the forecast called for showers all day, it cleared up just long enough for our photo shoot. The wet ground wasn't helpful, but the rain did keep away the crowds and give us some nicely overcast skies. Here are a few favorites.
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs

Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
Clay and Emily's Couple Session Photographs
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