This was another one of my favorite sessions last year. From the minute we hit the sand, we hit the ground running. Play, laughter, hugs, waves racing, it was so much fun. The very best part is that we captured joy, laugh lines, hand holding and cuddles. My favorite kind of session.

beth fletcher photography, client spotlight, indiana, indiana dunes, session spotlight, valparaiso

March 19, 2019

session spotlight: the downings do it right


Homemade crescent rolls are a great introduction into working with bread. The outcome is a fluffy and buttery, melt in your mouth bread that doesn’t require butter smothered on it or really, a meal cooked along side it. (as we learned the other night when the kids discovered them. An hour before dinner.) The first […]

bread, dinner, gold star recipes, home life

March 18, 2019

will the Real Crescent Rolls please stand up?


It’s meal plan day…this week is a bit more chaotic for us, so I’m planning for an easier week with simple recipes. Sunday – Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Skillet (this recipe is OUTSTANDING. A wonderful kick, everyone, even the fussy one, loved it! Gluten free, too!) Monday – Homemade Pizza Tuesday – Pasta Fagioli […]

gold star recipes, home life, menu planning

March 17, 2019

on the table


I’ve decided to share a bonus recipe with you this week, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. So, drop everything that you’re doing right now and run to the store. Don’t forget to wear shoes. Oh and grab your driver’s license, too. Because this cake is made with dark beer. This recipe is one of those […]

gold star recipes, sweets

March 16, 2019

Chocolate Stout Cake


Recently I’ve been asked how I do it all. The simple answer is that I don’t. I don’t do it all. In fact, YOU, my friends, asking me the question…YOU do more than me. I don’t volunteer. Because I don’t have time. I’m too busy at home, baking, having dinner with my kids, picking up […]

being a mama, home life, writing

March 16, 2019

doing it all


18 years ago, this sweet girl entered this world, weighing just over 4 pounds. Through the years, her quiet, kind demeanor has graced lives that are lucky enough to be surrounded by her. I’m one of the lucky ones. Jenna is my niece and I’m her favorite aunt. Well, she’s never told me that I’m […]

client spotlight, indiana, session spotlight, valparaiso

March 15, 2019

session spotlight: jenna’s senior session


Once upon a time, cake and shortbread had a child and named her scone. She was not too sweet, but not bland, a little crumbly but perfectly perfect with a cup of coffee. Eventually, her family grew. Orange scones, lemon scones, chocolate chip scones, pecan scones, they were a happy bunch. And then last week, […]

home life, my own recipes, sweets

March 15, 2019

Simple Maple Walnut Scones


Across the Table is a feature on my website where I sit down with people who I’ve met that I want to share with you. Sometimes we’ll be hitting up our favorite local coffee shops and sometimes I’ll be meeting with people over Facetime. This is a feature I’ve wanted to do for years. I […]

across the table, and company, good people

March 14, 2019

Across the table with Jennifer Connelly


There is something magical, and surprisingly, easy about making your own salad dressing. The plus side is knowing what exactly you’re consuming and being able to adjust flavor, if you need to do so. Really, the only downside is that you can’t let it sit in your fridge for months and months, but that’s because […]

dinner, gold star recipes, home life, meals

March 13, 2019

Creamy Caesar Dressing


I know what you’re going to say…”Beth, WHY WOULD WE MAKE SPAGHETTI SAUCE? JARS ARE SOLD EVERYWHERE FOR LIKE A DOLLAR.” Don’t lie to me, you were saying that in big ol’ capital letters. So, just hear me out… It’s easy. It tastes better. One batch can make enough for three boxes of pasta. No […]

dinner, gluten free, meals, my own recipes

March 12, 2019

Spaghetti Sauce, you’ll never be the same