We’re quickly approaching hot temperature days in Northern Virginia and if you’re like me, I’ll be on the hunt for a cool and refreshing summer drinks that are family friendly. For those that know me, I love to cook and experiment to find a new family favorite. After purchasing and tasting several store-brand limeades, I always walked away with a discouraging after taste and a sense of disappointment. Disappointment always leads me to the kitchen to create and find something I will like, and my family will love.
Here in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland the weather has been brutal. Today, the kids were released early from school because of the cold temperatures and freezing rain. The College Football National Championship game coming on tonight and it’s a perfect time for some quick cookies.
I usually bake these cookies when I want something sweet yet quick to bake and eat. Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop to form balls of dough, and they’ll bake into gorgeous, perfectly round cookies every time.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, and the family Christmas tree is decorated it’s time for some holiday treats. The holidays are an exciting time for many families and it's usually a time where many families come together and bake. The aroma of cookies, pies, and cakes are everywhere. One of the most significant parts of the holidays is getting out old family recipes and reminiscing on the treats our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers use to cook and bake. As a military family, I’m always looking for ways to recreate that feeling of being home; biscuits and apple butter can't get any closer. The biscuits can be prepared and eaten during breakfast or for dinner with a meatloaf and mashed potato meal.
In my free time, cooking and baking are some of my favorite things to do. My go to thing to make is homemade biscuits (recipe may be found here). Those warm steamy little pieces of bread...oh my gosh. And during the fall and winter, I like to make apple and/or pumpkin butter to accompany those biscuits. Both butters are simple and easy to make and are an excellent food item to have and eat during this time of year.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.