The BEST Refried Beans


Yes – I love Mexican Food!  But I’m so picky about refried beans… it can make or break a restaurant for me.  Canned refried beans are NOT good… I have tried every kind and never liked any of them.  After I made these yesterday, I will never be buying canned beans again and now I don’t even have to run out to my favorite restaurant to get ones I love.  These are easy and fantastically yummy.

1 package (3 cups) of dried pinto beans

6 chicken bullion cubes

1/2 of a white onion

Garlic salt

3 tbs butter

In a crock pot, put in 3 cups of dried pinto beans, and fill the crock pot almost to the top with water.  Add in bullion cubes, and cut an onion in half (peel the skin off of course) and put it in the middle.  Sprinkle garlic salt across the top and then cover and slow-cook overnight or for about 8 hours.

Drain the beans (but keep the liquid), into a large bowl and add in 3 tbs of butter.  Using a hand blender blend the beans to desired consistency… I like leaving them a little lumpy, but smoothing tastes great too.  Use the remaining liquid to add in about 1/8 cup and then add more to get them to the consistency that you like them best.

They are AMAZING, hope you love them too!


Styled kids for the best portrait sessions.

Timeless children’s clothing can make a huge difference in how their portrait sessions turn out.  The best part about styling your child’s outfits with a timeless look, is you will be able to hang the images on your wall indefinitely and they won’t ever seem dated.  You will focus on your child and it will give the images a more artistic feel.

Here are just a very few of my favorites for timeless children’s clothing – only to be used as a guideline for when you are planning your child’s wardrobe for their photo-shoot:

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I’m a traveler, not a tourist.

A-travelerThere is a separation between a tourist and a traveler. A tourist is someone who travels for pleasure… and while I derive pleasure from traveling, the purpose is quite different for me. I am a traveler because I CRAVE the unknown, so I claim either traveler or globetrotter to be a better definition. I like the butterflies I get from going somewhere that I know little or nothing about – places where don’t speak the language. I like walking the back streets and areas of town where you don’t see a Starbucks. And I am a people watcher… finding a restaurant off the beaten path or a little boutique hotel is where my fun is. Taking in a culture makes me happy – and staying at home makes me antsy and uncomfortable if I am there too long.

Now I do talk some about having a vacation on a beach and not doing anything -But I don’t think it would last long, unless it was on an island that I could walk the shores without many people around.

I am a photographer of people – so much happier photographing in new and unusual places on our planet, meeting new people, smelling new smells (good or bad), and breathing air in as many places as I can in my lifetime.

I enjoy creating travel lists of places I want to go and explore… How about you? If you are a traveler… what’s on your short list?

Then and now.

I’m beyond excited when I get to photograph a newborn of a wedding I photographed years earlier! I just can’t stop grinning ear to ear… and this little lady has some of the most amazing parents and family that I’ve ever met. Shannon & Jon had their wedding in Mexico 6 years ago when I toted my own kids with when they were only a year old and my youngest Jace was only 3 months old. So this wedding was a little extra memorable for me too.



Fall Family Days 2014

It’s been over 7 years now since we started Fall Family Days. Every year we set aside two days at one or two locations in the Denver/Boulder area where families can come to me for some great fall family portraits. They are extra special because we hand-pick locations that we know will photograph amazing for family photographs and always of course hope for maybe a few fall colors as well, or at least a fall feel to your images. This year we are styling the family sessions even more to make them the best family portraits you’ve had yet!

Fall family days is September 13th & 14th, 2014 this year. Locations aren’t disclosed until you book, and each day is a different location.

If you would like to know more, please e-mail to grab your fall family spot or call us at 720-566-9770 so that we can book your date/time. Always special pricing for this weekend that you don’t want to miss!

SESSIONS ARE VERY LIMITED. We book in the order we receive your calls and e-mails and then when session times are booked we keep a wait list in case there are any cancellations too.

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My boys: Jeanine Thurston

My boys: Jeanine Thurston