Meaghan Barringer Photography: Blog en-us (C) Meaghan Barringer Photography (Meaghan Barringer Photography) Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:31:00 GMT Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:31:00 GMT Meaghan Barringer Photography: Blog 120 80 Copycat Noodles & Company's Chicken Veracruz Salad Copycat Noodles & Co Chicken Veracruz SaladCopycat Noodles & Co Chicken Veracruz SaladCopycat Noodles & Co Chicken Veracruz Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • Lettuce (I like romaine and baby spinach)
  • Chili lime chicken (we use this recipe)
  • Chopped tomatoes (Aldi has some amazing sweet yellow cherry ones that work really well in this salad!)
  • Chopped red onion
  • Oven roasted corn (recipe below)
  • Real bacon bits
  • Crispy French fried jalapeños (I was able to find them at Walmart near the canned vegetables)
  • Cotija cheese
  • Guacamole (Aldi makes good guac)
  • Cilantro
  • Ranch dressing

Oven Roasted Corn:

  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


To roast the corn, heat oven to 375*F. Mix corn, oil, and seasoning in a bowl and spread on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Toss all salad ingredients and serve!

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Our DIY American Girl Wardrobe I've been looking in stores and on Pinterest for a simple wardrobe solution to my daughter's growing American Girl doll collection for a while now without much luck. So last night my husband helped me transform a 13" 2-cube shelf from Target and the result is PERFECT! Sharing in case anyone else is needing an idea....

What you need: 2-cube 13" organizer shelf (we used one from Target), a 1/2" oak dowel rod, a drill, and a hand saw.

Before beginning any assembly, measure about 2.5" below the top of the shelf and mark the center where the dowel rod will insert. Drill a 1/2" diameter hole about halfway through the depth of the shelf's side piece, the repeat on the other side piece. Cut the dowel rod to a length of about 15.5" (you can trim more off if that is too long depending on the exact depth of your holes). The shelf from Target comes with pre-drilled holes at 1/4 and 3/4 of the way down so you can purchase additional shelves if desired, but we decided to just use what would have been the middle shelf and widen the preexisting holes to put the middle shelf lower at the 3/4 spot so it was more stable. If you don't want to do this, you could just buy the add on shelf and put it in at the end. Lie on piece on its side and put all the pieces together and finish assembly as directed.

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Our Pinterest Kitchen It all started with Pinterest. You've probably seen them - the entertainment centers converted to play kitchens.

I had shown a few pictures to my mother, so early one Saturday morning she texted me to tell me about a $15 entertainment center that she had found at a local yard sale. It really wasn't what I had in mind initially, but for $15, I just couldn't pass it up. It ended up being just right for what we wanted to build.

Truthfully, I had very little to do with the whole process other than to pick the colors and dictate what I really wanted the thing to look like; my husband, David, did all of the hard work. He'd never really done any kind of carpentry or big projects like this before, so he did a lot of learning throughout the whole process. We ended up stocking his tool shelf along the way, too! I'm really impressed with how well he managed this project, even if it took so long to finish.

Now, after almost two years and around $300, it is *finally* complete. I am so in love with the kitchen - It is easily my favorite of any of the converted kitchens I've ever seen (and honestly, it's better than the real life kitchen in our house!)

Here is the final beauty, and some progress pictures during its construction!

Below was the original entertainment center. You can see my 5'7" mother standing beside it for size comparison. It's pretty large compared to a play kitchen that you'd buy in a store!

The first thing David did was gut the shelves and rearrange the structural framework to resemble something more like an actual kitchen set up. Then, he cut a circular hole for the sink and drilled slots for the faucet, which is an actual $25 faucet from Lowe's. The sink bowl was a $5 metal mixing bowl from Walmart. Lydia likes the way things clang around in the sink - it can be quite noisy!

Next, he installed a thin particleboard backing to whole left side since the original backside had a giant hole. We considered having an actual look-through window, but we knew that the finished kitchen would eventually be placed up against a wall so there was really no point in spending all the extra work. He also bought some circular wooden pieces from Michael's and planned to paint them to look like electric burners, although he ended up scrapping those toward the end and making more 3D square ones to resemble a gas stove instead.

We purchased two battery operated lights from Lowe's to put on the ceiling to allow for better light. Unfortunately, the batteries only last for a few days, even when the lights are turned off. So they don't get used very often. Everything then needed to be primed. He used an electric sander to sand down all the surfaces between each coat so that the finished kitchen would be really smooth, like what you see at the store. The painting and sanding was probably the most time consuming part.

I wanted the kitchen to be really bright and colorful, so I chose this amazing Robin's Egg Blue/teal-esque color. The pictures really don't do it justice. It is such a fun color! More painting and sanding - I think there were at least three coats of paint to get it just right.

The second biggest task was installing a ceramic tile backsplash. This was something David had never done before, so it was quite the learning process. He did a fabulous job, though, for the first time! It's a little hard to see in the pictures since it is white with white grout.

We also found a $0.99 laminate floor tile at Lowe's to use as the "granite" counter top. It had a sticky backing so all he had to do was peel it off and press it on, although he did glue it down for reinforcement. It looks pretty authentic. He also decided to use a piece of leftover wood to build up the stove and set it apart from the counter. David used some pieces from the original cabinets and purchased some additional wood pieces to create the oven and fridge doors. They also had to be painted and sanded. The original entertainment center was a bit warped and not totally level, so the door pieces aren't perfectly square. They still open and close smoothly, though, so I don't mind at all. It's hard to tell by looking at it anyway. David had to cut the square out of the oven door. He has always planned to put a piece of plexi-glass in there, but I really don't care at this point. Lydia is plenty content just shoving food in the hole, so we'll probably just leave it open.

The oven knobs came from ebay - they are actual oven knob replacements for a real oven. They weren't exactly cheap, but we hadn't really seen anything at Lowe's or Michael's that would have worked well. We found the fridge and oven door handles in the kitchen hardware section at Lowe's (it is a really good thing that Lowe's is literally a 30 second drive from our house. I'm pretty sure that David went there at least 100 times or more during this whole project!!!) ‚Äč

We had a shelf leftover from our first apartment that has never been put up in our new house. David drilled some hooks at the bottom of it so it could be used as a pot rack. I had a picture of a garden printed, then we put it in a picture frame and David used some square dowel rods from Michael's to create the window look. My grandmother graciously made us these amazing yellow curtains, but we can't seem to hang them up in a way that doesn't block the whole space. I'm not sure if we'll use them or not - maybe some day.

At the end, David carved out the gas burners and glued a bunch of wood pieces together. They were a lot more work than the circular electric ones he had initially planned to make, but they look pretty realistic. And they are the perfect size for her IKEA pots.

Lastly are the baskets for food - if you've never been to The Container Store, you've got to put that on your bucket list. They have some pretty fabulous items, and these wire baskets fit the space perfectly. Plus, they're super cute.

Lydia absolutely adores her kitchen, and even though it was pretty time consuming and costly, I just love the way it brightens up our playroom. It's the perfect toy for encouraging creativity!

Walmart sells small silicone kitchen utensils that match the color of our kitchen quite well. And they are just the right size for little hands!

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Mini Sessions and Church Directory... A few months ago, I was asked to take all of the pictures for our church's updated directory. I agreed, and it has been quite an undertaking! I've really enjoyed getting to know many of the congregation's members a little better (and put names to faces - since I am quite terrible with names). The project is almost finished, and I am so pleased with the results. This is really going to be a great directory. As one of the options, I opened up some mini sessions. Here are a few favorites from the mini sessions and from the church directory sessions:

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The Tea Party So I came across a picture of a child having a beautiful tea party on Pinterest, and decided that I absolutely needed to reproduce this while the cousins were in town. We had originally planned to take the pictures at my in-laws' house, but by the time I arrived that morning, the sun was already way too bright and the light was not ideal. I was SO disappointed!! Then, my sister-in-law had a genius idea to walk down the road to a neighbor's house where there was a beautiful weeping willow tree. It was so perfect!! This may be my new all time favorite photoshoot, ever. The results were absolutely breathtaking. Here's my favorite:

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VB Family I've known this family for years and was honored when they asked me to take their family photos. They turned out beautifully, and I had so much fun taking them! Here is a few from our evening:

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Happy Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to my beloved husband, who is such an amazing father to Lydia. Love you both so much <3

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Samantha & Dennis So a few years ago, I made the decision to stop doing any kind of wedding photography. As a full time physical therapist, it was just too time consuming for me to work my regular job and try to maintain a wedding photography business. Plus, I've always found weddings to be stressful - you really only get one shot. You can't "re-do" a wedding if the client hates the pictures! So that was it.

But last weekend, I was a bridesmaid in my cousin Samantha's wedding. It was held at an amazingly gorgeous venue near Springfield, IL. Both of my uncles (one being the bride's dad) are excellent photographers and they were the ones taking pictures at this wedding. They let me play with their cameras for a bit during the wedding, and it was so much fun! Since I wasn't the one in charge, it was much less stressful. So here are a few shots I took.  But don't get your hopes up too high... I still don't foresee any more wedding photography in my near future. At least not for now ;-)

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Lydia's New Hat My crazy little daughter loves to get dressed up. She's quite hysterical, really. So I found this amazing little hat at Target and simply couldn't pass it up. I then had a little impromptu photoshoot at the entrance to our subdivision and holy smokes - she totally rocks this hat. No really, does anyone have the number for a good agent? (I'm kidding, mostly...)

Special thanks to L's Aunt Rebekah for helping to make this session AWESOME!

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Sweet Baby Samuel I've known Allie for a really long time, and was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her absolutely adorable new son, Sam. He was SUCH a good baby the whole time I was there - wide awake and super snuggly! He is going to be a heartbreaker for sure. 

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St. Paul Lutheran Confirmation 2015 I was honored to photograph our church's confirmation this year. God's Blessings to these confirmands!

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Lydia Charlotte, 18 months old Our beautiful daughter has brought so much laughter and joy into our lives over the past 18 months - she has such a silly, warm personality that always makes us smile. My mom and I took her to the Gardens at SIUE for a few fun pictures and the result was basically breathtaking. I adore this sweet girl and love the way these turned out!

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Sweet Baby Jacob Kimber and I have been friends since high school and have been able to follow her growing family since she and Ryan were married in 2011. Now they welcome sweet baby Jacob, and he is such a handsome little guy! Here are a few favorites from their recent family photo shoot:


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Megan, Class of 2014 Senior pictures are one of my favorite subjects, and this girl made my job SO easy. She was a total natural in front of the camera - she just isn't capable of taking a bad picture. What a beauty! Congratulations on your graduation, Megan!

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Joshua, Class of 2014 So hard to believe that one of my youngest cousins, Joshua, will be a senior in high school this year!  I had SO much fun taking his senior pictures!  He is such a talented, caring guy... I'm so proud of the classy young man he has become!  

LOVE this picture!!

Congratulations, Joshua!!

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Ball Family I seriously haven't had this much fun in a long time! These kids are absolutely adorable and we had a blast during their photo session. I love the way these turned out!

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Gebke Family A coworker of mine asked me to take pictures of her HUGE family last weekend to celebrate her grandfather's birthday! I was amazed at how such a huge family was so tight-knit and came together for an event like this. I had a blast getting to know these guys!

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Bowers Family These pictures might just be some of my new all-time favorites. This is such an awesome family, and they are certainly blessed by these two girls!

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Seriously... this next picture definitely makes my top five favorite photos, ever.


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Caleb, Class of 2013 Hands down this guy has one of the best smiles, ever. He made my job super easy! Check out a few shots from his photo session. Congratulations on graduation, Caleb!


I love this series of pictures... definitely a man's best friend







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Langendorf Family I've known members of this family for years, and I was very honored when they asked if I would take pictures of their family in honor of their 80th birthday!  Despite the cold, windy weather, I just loved the way these turned out:




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