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Premier Protein Coffee 2SP

Coffee. We try to live without it but it's just so hard to avoid! Instead of using those extremely sugary creamers, I've been enlightened by some my fellow Weight Watcher Ambassadors that ditch the chemicals and add a Premier Protein instead! AND they have a bunch of different flavors. Chocolate and caramel are my favorite, but the have banana, strawberry, and vanilla. 

INGREDIENTS

  • Any flavor of Premier Protein, I used chocolate (2 SmartPoints™)
     
  • Brewed coffee, hot or cold whatever you prefer

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • STEP 1

    Brew coffee/espresso
     
  • STEP 2

    Add whatever amount of Premier you feel comfortable with. I like it sweeter so I add more!
     

Serving size: 1 cup, 1-2SP depending on the amount of Premier added

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Pepperoni Pepper Pita Pizza 9SP

Dare you to say that 5 times fast! 
When all I want is a quick, easy pizza this is my go to! You can really customize it with whatever you want, tonight I needed to use up some bell pepper. Thinking next time I'll do some pepperoni and pineapple. Weird I know!! But that sweet and savory, I just can't get enough.

INGREDIENTS

  • 13 slices, Hormel Pepperoni, Turkey (1 SmartPoints™)
     
  • 1 Pita, Pita Bread Factory Pita Bread (4 SmartPoints™)
     
  • 1/3rdc. Kroger Cheese, Mozzarella, Finely Shredded (3 SmartPoints™)
     
  • 1/4c. Private Selection Marinara hearty traditional sauce (SmartPoints™)
     
  • Mushrooms, sliced
     

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350, spray a foil lined cookie sheet with cooking spray.
     
  • STEP 2

    Place pita on cookie sheet and layer sauce, cheese, meat, and desired toppings.
     
  • STEP 3

    Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pita begins to turn golden brown.

    Serving size: 1 Pita - 9SP
     

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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Walnut Oatmeal 8SP

Oatmeal. Never cared for the stuff plain, but marry them with pumpkin, brown sugar, and walnuts?! I DO! Even though it's pumpkin this dish totally reminds me of a staple at our Thanksgiving dinner table; candied yams with butter, brown sugar, walnuts, and of course toasted marshmallows. This is literally that dish's healthier friend. 

1 serving: 8SP

INGREDIENTS

  • 10gm Chopped Walnuts (2 SmartPoints™)

  • 12 cup Pumpkin puree, canned is fine  (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 2 12tsp Pure Cane Sugar, Golden Brown (2 SmartPoints™)

  • 12cup Oats, 100% Whole Grain (4 SmartPoints™)


    INSTRUCTIONS

  • Step 1

    Combine oatmeal and 1c of water, cook according to package directions. 

  • Step 2

    Once hot and cooked thoroughly, add pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

    Serving size: 1 bowl, 8SP

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Chicken Pot Pie 7SP

I remember eating Marie Calendar pot pies with my mom as a child, and OH MAN were they decadent. These lightened up versions are the best, you still get the crispy crust and all the same flavor. This recipe is from Weight Watchers 5 Ingredient 15 minute recipes magazine. 

4 Servings: 7SP per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Olive Oil,  (3 SmartPoints™)

  • 1 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (7SmartPoints™)

  • (2) 12oz Green Giant Steamers Broccoli cauliflower carrots and cheese sauce (12 SmartPoints™)

  • 34 cup Clear, Chicken broth  (0SmartPoints™)

  • 18 cup All Purpose Flour (1 SmartPoints™)

  • 5 sheets Athens Fillo Dough, Phyllo Pastry Sheets THAWED
    (4 SmartPoints™)

  • Cooking spray
     

Instructions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425. Coat 4 ramekins (1-2c size) or custard cups with cooking spray

  • Step 2

    Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and add to pan; sauté until done. Add frozen vegetable packs, cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in 1/2c broth, and bring to a boil. Combine 1/4c broth and flour into a small bowl. Gradually add to chicken mixture reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 

  • Step 3

    Place 1 phyllo sheet on a large cutting board or work surface (cover remaining dough to keep from drying); coat phyllo sheet lightly with cooking spray. Top with 1 phyllo sheet, and coat with spray. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets. Lightly coat top phyllo sheet with cooking spray. Cut phyllo layers into 4 rectangles using a paring knife. 

  • Step 4

    Spoon 1 cup chicken mixture into each prepared ramekin; top each with a phyllo rectangle. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake at 425 for 10 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown.

    Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pot pie, 7SP)

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Pumpkin chocolate chip Banana Bread 7SP

Oh goodness. 
Have you guys ever seen those beautiful "muffin tops" from grocery stores? They looks like big soft muffin cookies. THEY ARE SO GOOD! Heat them up in the microwave and they are to die for, but definitely not waist friendly. :( 

BEHOLD--
I have created something similar in taste & texture but way better for you! Hooray! I was making these to use up the excess bananas in my kitchen (no seriously, about 12 of them from myself and the boys co-worker who wouldn't eat bananas with spots) and struck gold. If you're doing Weight Watchers it's about 7SP for a slice. 

 

10 Servings: 7SP per serving (slice) 

10 Servings: 7SP per serving (slice) 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (25 SmartPoints™)

  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar (17 SmartPoints™)

  • 1/2 tsp table salt (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 1 large egg, beaten (2 SmartPoints™)

  • 2 large egg whites, beaten (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 2 large bananas, ripe (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 2 tsp Kirkland Signature Organic coconut oil (5 SmartPoints™)

  • 1 cup Pumpkin puree (from can works too!)  (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (0 SmartPoints™)

  • 60gmToll House Original semi-sweet morsels (16 SmartPoints™)

     

Instructions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, add coconut oil. If not completely melted microwave until clear. Add bananas to coconut oil and mash. Once mashed add beaten egg, egg whites, and pumpkin puree.

  • Step 2

    Mix all dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture until combined, add chocolate chips until distributed evenly though mix, batter will be thick.

  • Step 3

    Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes. Slice into 10 slices and enjoy!

    Serves 10 (Servings size: 1 slice, 7SP) 

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Trying something.... a little different

So. I've been extremely busy with my new adventure. At the beginning the year I started back up on Weight Watchers. It's worked for me in the past so knew I could count on the program to work again. Needless to say I'm down 93 pounds and I still have a bit to go! I was chosen to be 1/50 people throughout the country to be part of their Ambassador program. We get products before anyone and also help bring our community together. This program has us working closely with the Weight Watchers social media team. So naturally I've been experiment with food photography and it's been so fun! I've done some product & packaging photography in college and also worked closely with a company who delivers food in Seattle. 

Needless to say, you might be seeing a lot more food/styled photography around these parts.
Get hungry, get excited!

xo

Kayley

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Birthday Month!

My, oh, my. August has been a busy one!! 
The end of Summer is near and I don't know about you, but I'm extremely sad about it. There's nothing better than all the happy people here in Washington enjoying their yearly dose of Vitamin   D. You can almost feel the rush of fitting in every summertime activity before Fall starts and it can be a bit chaotic! Birthdays in our family are a plenty with my niece on August 21st and my Mom August 22nd.
We celebrated my Mom's by going to the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim hidden around the Olympic National Forrest where you drive through and feed loafs of bread to the animals. They animals literally come up to your car, slobbering all over it naturally, to snatch a piece of bread from your hands. It can get a little intense when you drive through the buffalo area, since you are requested not to stop because the buffalo can ram your car and cause damage. I think they do this on purpose when they stand in front of your car preventing you from moving. Buffalo need their bread too!! 
Also made my August birthday girls a deluxe vanilla caramel cake. Yum! Makes me want a slice right now... yes at 8:30 in the morning, don't judge!

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San Fransisco

San Francisco was a blast! Flew down on Friday to spend the weekend with my sister to celebrate her and her having my future niece/nephew. I'm DYING to know what she's having but we just have to wait until this little one is born. 

We stayed with my sisters childhood friend Jen, who is SO amazing. Her design aesthetic is impeccable and she's her own boss! Which is so inspiring. She lives in this quaint house in the San Fransisco Hills about 20 minutes out side of the city. 

Jen was needing some more photos for her professional pages, and I was so stoked she asked me. Just walking two blocks away from her home we found the most beautiful scenes to take her pictures. Check them out below! :)

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Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions!

They came and went way too soon! Got a chance to take pictures of some amazing families yesterday, despite the weather doing what it wanted to do. If you've never been to Bob's Pumpkin Patch in Snohomish GO NOW! They have the cutest stables with a toy tracker racetrack, kettle corn, roasted ears of corn, a country store full of canned items harvested from their farm (I highly recommend the peach salsa), and of course two HUGE pumpkin patches. Definitely a popular spot on a Sunday morning/afternoon. 

Started the day off with the Clark Family! Peyton is newly three and is beyond adorable. Stopping to enjoy some muddy puddle jumping, and a quick snack break to eat his Bob's Farm apple. These guys were so much fun to work with and believe it or not, the rain held off for our session until the very end, they must be magic. 

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Senior Portraits!

It's that time of year where everyone who you though was permanently 10 years old, is not, and they're suddenly graduating High School. That's how it felt for me yesterday when I had the opportunity to take senior pictures of one of my gorgeous nieces.

Seems like yesterday I was taking pictures of her in a beautiful velvet dress for Thanksgiving. But that was 11-12 years ago and now she's finishing her final year of High School and graduating in June! 

Jasmine chose a skate park in Everett because one of her favorite activities is long boarding, so cool! Plenty of different spots at this location, you almost forget theres a skate park 100 feet from you. 

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Oregon

I've taken a few trips down to OR to visit Grandma in Springfield, but driving on 101 up the Oregon coast is just a beautiful experience. We went down on a Monday and woke up bright and early on Tuesday to drive back up to Lynnwood. Catching these small farm downs at sunrise was absolutely breath taking. Thanks to my new 50mm 1.8 lens, these images were all taken in a moving car. Gotta love that shutter speed!

Ps, we just won't tell Kris I snuck that last image on this blog post ;)

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Evergreen State Fair

This is the summer of fairs for me. Evergreen State Fair in Monroe in August, September Kris and I are going on a mini road trip down to Salem Oregon for two days to see what their state fair is all about. And last but not least, the Washington State Fair at the end of September. 

Nothing says "stay a little longer summer" like trying to cram as much summer as possible into two months like visiting three fairs. The Evergreen Fair didn't disappoint, well, besides the weather. My Mom and I decided to go on a rainy dreary Monday which actually worked out to our benefit. It had barely any crowds which made it so much more enjoyable and no lines! Plus my favorite part is the animals which were in a covered barn. 

Nothing better than sweet little baby piggies and goats!

 

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Blog's been quiet

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Blog's been quiet

Not on purpose, life just took over and I just ran with it! Been working for a company where I get to take pictures of kiddos 9-5 and it's been a blast enjoying all various ages. Not having any kids this job sure does prep you for what every stage of life has in store. The sweet newborns who know nothing more than sleeping peacefully, to 6 month olds who start their ventures on sitting up on their own for the first time, and who can forget those cheeky two year olds. 

Needless to say I've been busy. But lately I have been taking time for myself and fulfilling my creative needs and taking on more freelance opportunities and let me tell you, it's been a blast! Shot my first Cosplay model (Costume Play) in a deep green Edmonds Wa. forest. What I think was the most fun was she was dressed in bubble gum pink and looked slightly dollish. Not to mention she was a trooper wearing heels and hiking in the woods! I'll add a picture to this post so you can see. 

Slowly generating referrals for my fun creative time off, while attempting to enjoy the last few weeks of this beautiful summer weather. Visited Springfield Oregon to see my Grandma (Mother's Mother) and shot some beautiful Mckenzie River pictures that need a blog post all on their own. 

K

 

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Mighty O' Doughnuts!

Oh man, this was a fun one! Doughnuts first of all? YUM. VEGAN doughnuts? Even more yum. Not to mention upon entering there was the cutest chocolate lab puppy who greeted me with tail wags and wet kisses. 

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Healeo

Smoothies and juices are a little out of my comfort zone. It's a different culture that I wish I have had the experience in before going to this shoot to fully understand exactly what I was about to shoot. BUT the great thing is I learned so much just from talking to the owner of Healeo (in Capitol Hill) and getting a little insight onto how fresh fruits and vegetables really impact our health and all their benefits. 

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Araya's Vegan Thai Cuisine

There's nothing more I love than capturing the beautiful display of vegan thai food. Especially when the cooks make it look as good as they do! Another photo shoot brought to you by Caviar (www.TryCaviar.com). 

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Christmas Creek

I never grew up with a real tree for Christmas. It was the familiar smell of plastic pine for my family, so to take these family pictures at a farm was a breath of fresh air, literally, it was like 24 degrees the air was pretty fresh. 

I've never seen such a well behaved 7 month old! Baby R was on point for pictures and did sooo well. Didn't even shed a tear when it was his turn with Santa. 

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Caviar Food Shots

I started doing some freelance work for a great company called Caviar. They were  born in San Francisco now expanding to Seattle and Manhattan and in need of some food pictures! Their company has a great concept so definitely check it out and help support new start up companies. :)
TryCaviar.com

Here's some pictures from a great restaurant called Satay, located in Wallingford Washington.  
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Calidora headshot fun

I had an awesome opportunity yesterday to photograph five of Calidora's finest practitioners. They were extremely easy going and fun to shoot. Here's a few sneak peaks!  

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