miscellany monday

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1. it's treat time! this is Serendipity's of NYC recipe and i about fell over when i found it. then i made it and went to heaven. a few notes: you can substitute almond milk for evaporated milk. it's not as smooth and creamy, but it's healthier and less fattening. also, i bypassed the double boiler (who has time for that?!) and just melted everything in a pot. - it turned out great!

Frozen Hot Chocolate, adapted from: Tasty Kitchen, here
3 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp hot cocoa mix
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cups white chocolate chips
12 ounces evaporated milk, divided
4 1/2 cups ice
whipped cream, to taste
mini marshmallows, to taste
combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler that is set over gently boiling water. stir often until melted and a smooth paste forms. add semi-sweet and white chocolate chips; stir. as chips melt, slowly stir in 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. stir until smooth. cool to room temp. combine chocolate base mixture, the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender. blend until smooth. pour into frosty glasses. top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate chips, if desired. enjoy! 
2. look at all that love. squishy face kisses rock our world. and this is just one of my new favorite pictures of them. there's more coming stat, just you wait.

3. trader joe's eggplant cutlets. cheap. healthy. delicious. easy. quick. need i say more??

4. took this beautiful family's pictures on friday evening. downtown Charleston doesn't disappoint.

5. i scored myself this fine assistant for the friday night family session. he was the best sherpa money could buy. only he was free. even better!

6. excuse the stinky phone photo... but this is worthy of a mention. and an invention. this is Hunter's own creation. he sure was thinking of us mama's. it's a RACECAR VACUUM!!! i said, "you mean it zooms around the house super fast vacuuming the floors?!!" he said, "yes!" then i kissed him and wished it were true.

7. shot a lovely church wedding on Saturday.  also, this is a phone photo. sometimes i am in love with an iPhone's photo taking. move over Canon. ; )

8. and one more. because i couldn't resist!

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  1. The pictures of you little ones are adorable!!! You have incredibly cute subjects to work with:)

  2. The photo of your littles is adorable. Your pictures always make me miss Charleston. You make it look so romantic. Then I remember that traffic and I come back to reality. ha! Happy Monday!

  3. I need to make that frozen hot chocolate ASAP!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Adorable pictures-what a cute family!

    Happy Monday to you, Carissa!


  4. pictures of the kids.......ADORABLE!

  5. Girl, you are a busy, busy photographer these days and I sure understand why. You take the BEST photos! Sage and Hunter are so adorable and make my heart smile every time I see their pics.

    The church steeple, how cool, with an IPhone. WOW!

    Sorry to have missed MM today but just got in yesterday and couldn't work it all in. See you next week my dear!

    Happy, happy week!

  6. Love those kissy face pictures--too cute!! We went to Charleston for the first time this summer--you are so BLESSED to live there--what a BEAUTIFUL city!! I fell in love with it!! I want to move!!

  7. Om my goodness! Those smooshy kiss pictures are precious!!
    And please pre-order one on Hunter's race-car vacuums for me! He's brilliant!

  8. Your frozen hot chocolate looks SO divine...I want now...thanks for sharing...great post.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  9. Gorgeous pictures! The frozen hot chocolate looks so yummy! I've had it at Serendipity 3 and it is perfect to share with a friend - so rich!

  10. Oh goodness those two are just precious! And that frozen hot chocolate looks divine!

  11. Of course you had to post that delicious frozen hot chocolate the day that I decide I need to start eating better and exercise!

  12. That squishy-faced kissing is just too cute!

    I can't believe TJ has 'eggplant cutlets' - they look breaded. I thought I came up with breaded eggplant on my own! hahahahaha I call them eggplant 'chips' in an effort to get teenagers to eat them. Pretty yummy, at least I think they are. If you can ignore that tiny, slight, very brief slimy-ness...


  13. Carissa,
    Now your gonna make me bust out my big can of Serendipity 3 Iced Hot Chocolate and make some lol! My friends recently went to NYC and they know that not only is that my remission gift to go there when I get in remission but Serendipity is one of my all time favorite movies sooooo they brought me back a big can of it from the actual restraunt whoop! whoop! On the can it says you can be an angel without alcohol or get a little devilish and add a bit of alcohol lol! I bet this recipe rings true to it I will look at the back of my can on the ingredients and let ya know lol! OK smooshy faces and all that cuteness is making me smile from ear to ear! I can't help but notice your camera strap lol! I know I'm wierd ha! So were did you get it? I love it, do tell ha! That's awesome Kelly came along to help with the photos! I have noticed my IPHONE takes amazeballs pics as well! I love that you are using your calling and shooting family photos and weddings! You are really good at it and seem to have an eye for scenery! Very proud of you girl and I miss you so very much!


  14. Your family is gorgeous! Love these photos. Also-- frozen hot chocolate seems divine! I must make!

  15. Did Trader Joe's get you with the eggplant sample too!?!?! I brought them home and Ben said he hated eggplant. Turns out he likes it just fine :) Did you top it with the marinara and parm!?!?! Delish!

  16. Goodness gracious Carissa, your kids are knocking me over again. Can I pleeeease come to your house and kiss their cheeks? I'll babysit for free!

  17. the frozen hot chocolate. yum.

  18. aaawwww, big fat sweetness up on this blog!! Love it..and seriously love his invention! He needs to take it to Dyson pronto to have them make it up.

    he's a genius!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

  19. you take amazing pictures!!! hadn't linked up in a long time so today was the day i started back up again! have a lovely monday!

  20. The frozen chocolate looks and sounds good! My son used to invent stuff too when he was young! Sooo cute! Patsy

  21. Thank you for the frozen hot chocolate recipe. And your darlings, oh my goodness. They are too cute!

  22. So yummy, and such sweet and beautiful photos! have a great week! xo Heather

  23. Lovely yummy hot/cold chocolate. Am going to try doing up a glass for myself.

  24. Seriously..cutest babies EVER!

    Your use of "sherpa" made me laugh OUT loud.

    I thank you!

  25. frozen hot chocolate, looks like i know what i'm making my daughter and her friends after school tomorrow:o

  26. question: for the frozen hot chocolate - you mention substituting the condensed milk at the top of the post for almond milk---but the ingredient list shows evaporated milk--there is a HUGE difference between these two ingredient.

    Which "milk" is the correct milk to use--evaporated or condensed?


  27. @kelli p - the recipe calls for evaporated milk. but, i did try it with almond milk instead of evaporated milk. it tastes good, just not as smooth and creamy!

  28. Lots of great photos this week to leave you smiling.

  29. Hi there! I found your website from Pinterest. That frozen hot chocolate looks amazing! :D But, as I was scrolling down I was admiring your family photos and I said to myself, that looks like Charleston, then I read that it was! I'm from Charleston (born and raised) and currently live in Columbia. Do you live in SC? :)



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