Fun at the Fair!

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Earlier this week, I posted about the amazing selection of fried foods we tried last weekend at the State Fair of Texas.
Today, I’d like to talk about animals.
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Namely, freaky looking rabbit-like animals like these ones. I have no idea what they are called.
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Giraffes, which River really liked.
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Goats that became so interested in a cute little blonde girl wearing an Aggie cap…
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That they came over and stuck their heads through the fence to get a closer look at her.
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Of course, she had to reward him for coming to say hello.
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She liked him so much that she poured her entire cup of feed into the shovel to feed him.
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He was one happy goat.
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River got a good look at the rest of the animals…
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There was this little guy, who looked strangely intriguing.
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And miniature horses that liked to cuddle with each other.
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And, finally, zebras! They were so cute!
While we’re at it, let’s talk about rides.
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Crazy, swinging rides that you will never, ever catch me riding.
Heck, I’m even a wuss at Six Flags.
And games…
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Super-fun games where cute little girls win fun little prizes.
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River really liked the game with the duckies.
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She liked the swan ride. Her daddy, however, didn’t like the fact that he had to pedal them around the pond. :)
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But I think the carousel ride (the horsies!) was her favorite.
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By the end of the day, she was all tuckered out.
And so were we.
Oh, the fun we had at the fair!
River had a blast at the petting zoo and riding the carousel at the State Fair of Texas!

DFW Maternity Photographer

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This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to take maternity photos of my sister-in-law.
This will be her second baby — a little boy, due in January.
The first go around (with River) she didn’t have photos taken. So, I wanted to be sure to get some this time!
We headed to the Dallas Arboretum to try to get some fallish pictures. It was a fun (but exhausting!) day, and I think we got some good shots.
Enjoy!
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The whole family — it was hard to get River to smile.
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I love these next few of Alex against the stone wall.
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The purple belly is so fun!
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Isn’t she gorgeous?
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This shot reminds me of Notting Hill.
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There were lots of sailboats out on the water.
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Love her reflection in the water!
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River likes to play on Mommy’s belly.
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Her personality really shines through here.
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Of course, River wanted to play with the blocks…
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River and Mommy
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Such a wonderful family.
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Andy was being silly and put the pumpkin in his shirt. River didn’t quite know what to think…
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She loves Mommy’s belly, though.
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So does Daddy.
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Now everyone has a belly! :)
Thanks for looking!

Maternity photoshoot with my sister-in-law, Alex, and her super-cute family! Can’t wait for baby pumpkin seed to be born!

Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner

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I recently had the chance to attend the Appetite for Inspiration cooking event sponsored by the Texas Beef Council.
DFW bloggers descended upon the Viking Cooking School in Dallas to learn how to prepare some simple, family-friendly beef dishes from Chef Richard Chamberlain, a local celebrity chef.
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Chef Chamberlain prepared a couple of dishes right before our eyes.
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First up was the Beef and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Syrup.
Oh my goodness it was yummy.
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Chef Chamberlain talked about the benefits of eating beef when it is prepared in a healthy (and yummy!) way.
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The Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy was so tender and juicy. It’s definitely being added to my recipe rotation.
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Soon it was time to don our own aprons and head to the kitchen to test our skills!
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We were divided into groups and assigned a recipe to prepare. My group’s dish was the Mojo Beef Kabobs.
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I’ll share the recipe with you in a later post, but this was the end result. It was really peppery and yummy!
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We were proud of our dish. I think it’s really pretty, don’t you?
Here are some of the other dishes:
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Farmer’s Market Vegetable, Beef and Brown Rice Salad
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Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers
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Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
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Chipotle Sloppy Joes with Crunchy Cole Slaw
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Of course we had to try all of that delicious food!
And boy, was it yummy!
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Here’s me and Chef Chamberlain.
It was a wonderful experience with a great group of women. It was a lot of fun!
You can see more photos from the event on my Flickr page.
**Disclaimer** This event was hosted by the Texas Beef Council. I was not compensated for this post. Attendees received goodie bags with aprons, recipe books and other fun beef-related items.


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