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ladue news feature

1-21-2015 | Uncategorized

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So excited to be featured in this week’s issue of Ladue News! Follow this link to read all about what they had to say, or pickup your copy (on newsstands until friday!)

Thanks to Ladue News for all your kind words!

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Breakfast in Asheville

1-21-2015 | Uncategorized

Last week we took a little family getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. It was so nice to getaway and spend some quality time with my two favorite guys. Sometimes its just so nice to recharge and reset your priorities (especially after all the craziness of the holidays!)

One of the best parts of our trip was probably… the food! Liam is completley obsessed with good food. We would wake up each morning and make Liam breakfast (he cannot go more than 5 minutes after waking without eating) and then head to some awesome breakfast spot in Asheville where Liam would eat breakfast #2, and Tim and I would enjoy delicious coffee and our first meal of the day. Breakfast is sort of a religion in the Dolan house so we take if pretty seriously, and the cafes in Asheville didn’t disappoint!

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Since I love to bake, I went ahead and whipped up a big pan of biscuits to hold Liam over until we could make it out of the house each morning. The kid loves a good southern biscuit. Add some homemade Honey Butter and he is one happy boy! At one point I looked over and he was literally scooping honey butter out with his hands and licking it off his fingers! He also ate a pint of blueberries so that makes it healthy, right?

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These Biscuits are super easy to make, and usually only take about 20 minutes. You will need:

2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 tbsp honey plus more to drizzle over biscuits after baking

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1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees

2. Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl

3. Cut the butter into small chunks (about the size of a sugar cube) and mix into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal

4. Add the buttermilk and honey and mix until the ingredients are combined (don’t over mix – you want the batter to be lumpy!)

5. Roll the dough in your hands using the extra flour. Be extra careful not to handle the biscuits too much! The more you handle the dough, the tougher your biscuits will be.

(Cooks note: Typically I would use a biscuit cutter to cut perfect biscuits, but since I was out of town and didn’t bring a spare biscuit cutter I just used a large spoon to scoop out the batter.)

6. Drop batter onto your pan leaving biscuits about 1 inch apart

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes

8. Drizzle with honey and serve warm with honey butter (just use a fork to whip some honey into butter – it’s delicious!)

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If you can’t tell from the photos, Liam is a big fan of these biscuits. But, if you’re like most people (myself included) and don’t want to spend your vacation cooking, I would definitely recommend a stop at Biscuit Head in Asheville. These biscuits were amazing. Like, life-changing amazing. I’m going to need to up my biscuit game at home because of these biscuits. They had the most creative breakfasts (Brisket Biscuits, anyone?) plus a butter and jam bar with the most delicious infused butters and fresh jams.  2015-01-21_0007

A few other favorites:

Over Easy Cafe - the best cup of coffee

Sunny Point - amazing crepes and vegan sausage

Early Girl Eatery - Friendly staff, and great for kiddos

Where to stay:

AIRBNB! I cannot say enough great things about our stay at this cozy bungalow near Biltmore Village. It was perfect for our little family and close to everywhere we wanted to be. Plus it’s so nice to have your own house (and kitchen!) with a toddler.

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2014 – A Year in Weddings

1-9-2015 | Uncategorized

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What can I say about 2014? It was a pretty wonderful year as far as weddings go. I met some truly amazing clients, and got to work with some of the most talented vendors in the industry.

But seriously, my clients were incredible.

The things you all dreamed up for your weddings took my breath away. This year reminded me how much I love what I do.

I love sharing your love stories. I love hearing all about how you met, and laughing at your hilarious best man speeches. I love capturing your Dad’s reaction the first time he sees you in your wedding dress. I love seeing you and your college friends dance to that one song that you are totally embarrassed to admit that you love, but after a few drinks you can’t stop playing on the party bus (I’m looking at you Miley Cyrus). I love crying when you dance your first dance as husband and wife, and then getting practically hysterical when you have your Mother/Son dance (all because of this guy). Above all, I love watching you start your journey together as husband and wife.

From the bottom of my heart – Thank You for a wonderful 2014!

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seniors – lauren

10-15-2014 | Uncategorized

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A gorgeous senior shoot at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

  1. Anna Hauer says:

    Wow, I really like your work! Great compositions and I how you make use of light and contrast.

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Baby William

10-13-2014 | Family

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I can’t handle the cuteness. It seems like just yesterday I had a new baby of my own, but now he’s ONE!

Welcome to the world sweet baby William! You are surrounded by so much love, and the best big brother (and puppy sister) ever!

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