Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty- Cantaloupe Fruit Salad

In the summertime for food options something cool and refreshing always foots the bill and this fresh fruit salad will not only cool you down it makes for a healthy treat! 

Ingredients Three whole  cantaloupes washed and scrubbed  Fresh summer fruits (e.g. kiwis, peaches, strawberries, grapes, blueberries), washed and cut or separated into bite-sized pieces. Mint (optional) Happy Eating!    Image and Table Styling By Smarty Marty 

Ingredients

Three whole  cantaloupes washed and scrubbed 

Fresh summer fruits (e.g. kiwis, peaches, strawberries, grapes, blueberries), washed and cut or separated into bite-sized pieces.

Mint (optional)

Happy Eating! 

 

Image and Table Styling By Smarty Marty 

Portfolio & Perspectives Location Annoucement!!!

We are so excited about our up and coming Portfolio & Perspective Workshop! Over the weekend we announced our location. This perfect loft studio with amazing natural light has our mind going over board with all the creative possibilities!!! If you are photographer or event stylist looking to build your portfolio this interactive workshop is perfect for you! 

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Taco Tuesday with Turkey

This week meal is a classic Taco Tuesday... with Turkey and all the delicious fixings!!!

 

Taco Tuesday with Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) package ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Directions Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne together in a small bowl. Cook turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder mixture and water. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir cider vinegar and brown sugar into the skillet. Simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl. Recipe from Allrecipes.com  Images and Styling by Smarty Marty 

Directions

Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne together in a small bowl.

Cook turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder mixture and water. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Stir cider vinegar and brown sugar into the skillet. Simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com 

Images and Styling by Smarty Marty 

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Cabbage & Sausage Packets

This week's special recipe is a mix of vegetable and your favorite smoked sausage for a great mix to your weekly food planning! 

cabbage and Sausage Packets

Cabbage & Sausage Packets

Ingredient Listing

1 lb. Turkey sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces (or your favorite smoked sausage)
1/2 head of cabbage, cut in 1/4 in wedges
15 small red and white potatoes, quartered
1 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup garlic butter
salt & pepper to taste
4 ice cubes

How to Cook

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
Cut four 18 x 12 inch sheets of foil. 
Divide the cabbage, potatoes and onion over the foil sheets.
Add 1 ice cube to each mound.
Evenly divide the sausage between the packets and top with garlic butter 1 tablespoons per packet, salt and pepper.
Seal each packet well and place in oven for 50 minutes.
Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Images and Styling By Smarty Marty 

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Smarty- Turkey Tostadas

It's Tostadas Tuesday... and Smarty Marty gives you here take on this delightful dish! 

Quick and easy meals for your family... This one Prep time of 25 mins! 

Ingredients: 1 package (20 ounces) lean ground turkey 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon canola oil 3/4 cup water 1 envelope taco seasoning 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained 12 tostada shells 3 cups shredded lettuce 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend 1 cup chopped tomato 1 cup cubed avocado Directions: In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, taco seasoning and hominy. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through. On each tostada shell, layer the lettuce, about 1/3 cup turkey mixture, cheese, tomato and avocado.Yield: 6 servings. Recipe - Taste of Home 

Ingredients:

1 package (20 ounces) lean ground turkey

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 teaspoon canola oil

3/4 cup water

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can (15-1/2 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained

12 tostada shells

3 cups shredded lettuce

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 cup chopped tomato

1 cup cubed avocado

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, taco seasoning and hominy. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through.

On each tostada shell, layer the lettuce, about 1/3 cup turkey mixture, cheese, tomato and avocado.Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe - Taste of Home 

Remembering Yesterday- Jade's Roaring 20's Dinner Party!

Flappy Dresses, designer head gear.. feathers pearls and boas all the details for a special 20's theme birthday celebration.  The year was 2012 and in true style Jade Ladson invited us to a intimate dinner party with friends at Brio! Fun Food & Lots of Laughter as we celebrated Jade.  We enjoyed great conversation, dinner and  delicious desserts All guest came dressed in their best 20's gear! 

roaring twenties custom decor The Kustom shop

Jade is always planning something fun and amazing for her friends to celebrate with her! 

Details Details Roaring twenties theme birthday dinner party
Roaring twenties theme birthday celebration

Cheers to a great celebration! 

Planning & Styling By J. Ladson Weddings

Speciality 20's theme Decor by The Kustom Shop

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty - Classic Shrimp Boil

Today's Foodie Tuesday is Smarty Marty's take on a classic Shrimp Boil! 

Getting all your ingredients together 

  • 2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 4 ears corn, husked and snapped in half
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)
shrimp potatoes garlic butter

Directions

Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves. Add the Old Bay, garlic and onion. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine and add to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes. 

Add the potatoes to the pot and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes. 

Meanwhile, slice along the back of each shrimp through the shells; remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add to the pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl and are just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp and vegetables with a slotted spoon or skimmer to a large bowl. Add the butter and about 1 cup broth to the bowl and toss until the butter is melted. Transfer the shrimp and vegetables to a platter. Serve with the remaining broth, lemon wedges and hot sauce, if desired. 

shrimp corn potatoes

Photography By Smarty Marty

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Kale Salad

A quick and easy salad for summer meal time! 

 Smarty Marty's take on Kale Salad! 

Preparation and Ingredients 

  • Combine the kale, almonds, apple, and Cheddar in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, salt, garlic and olive oil. Add to the salad, and toss well. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top, and serve.
kale Salad

Salad Complete Serve with your choice of dressing! 

Kale Salad Complete

Images By - Smarty Marty 

Remembering Yesterday- Celebrating my official Mother's Day

On this day 17 years ago... my world changed and I no longer was living just for me... now I had he :) today we celebrate the birth of my first son Nasim! Today we took a walk down memory lane and I came across some of our images we had taken over the years when we would go into the photography studios which were never a great joy. In those day going to the studio required you to make sure you all were groomed and dressed and for baby make sure they are feed and had their nap. So by the time we arrive at the studio and wait in line... 

Then we discovered the mall studio quick fast and in and out in less 20 minutes pictures back same day and the price was great! 

Nasim the Dream

4 Months old! 

When I first began my journey in photography my goal was to be the in and out in studio sessions! It all begin when I made the investment in my first camera in 2006 and set up my backdrop and offer friends and family sessions for the price of $25! We would be shooting for hours and they would leave with tons of pictures and some prints printing off from my ink jet printers. Reflecting on these moments with my son lets me know the journey we have been on... Today he rarely will take pictures, but will shoot behind the scene images and now studying social media marketing for small business! 

Happy Birthday to My Son! 

4 Months old! 

Nasim the dream

7 months old!

nasim the dream

3 years old! 

January  2017

January  2017

Jaxon & Harper 5th Birthday Celebration

It's always thrilling for us to grow up with families and their children. We were excited to captured these special moments as these two adorable twins celebrated their 5th Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday Jaxon & Harper! 

So you wanna be in pictures... Contact us today for your next celebration!

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770.272.2420 

Foodie Tuesday -Smarty Marty's Independence Day Meal Idea!

Happy 4th of July! On this date lots of folks are enjoying family food and later today fireworks! 

So to get your taste buds watering we are presenting this scrumptious summer meal to you! 

Chicken Wing Kabobs! 

These creative kabobs can be placed on the grill for a delicious non tranditional treat for the 4th! 

chicken Wing Kabobs

Image By Smarty Marty! 

Your Dream gift - Waiting for you...

My Gift To You! 

Your gift for you Kustom kreations

Last year during a chat and chew meet  up with a few of my friends I gifted each one of them with a gift box and scallop paper. Explaining to each one of them that I desire to give them a gift of their hearts. Not really knowing what that is for each one of them the small gift box and scallop paper represented that for me. I also gifted myself with the box as well. With careful thought when I think of desires of my heart I write it down and place it in the box. 

I explain to the ladies to open up their boxes in about six months to see the manifsetiation of their gifts. 

gift boxes with ribbon My gift to you
chat and chew with the ladies

So my gift to all you all today is If you were to receive the desires of your heart what would it be.? Download our gift card here!  Write down your desires place it in your box (create you a pretty box using ribbon and other crafty stuff) Take your time on gifting yourself and I suggest opening up to see what you've manifested in about 6 months! 

Your gifts will manifest

Download Your Gift Request Cards

Directions: Download the File Print off File and Cut

If you choose you can use a paper punch and colored paper to create fancy scalloped gift requests (as seen in the image above) 

Remembering Yesterday- Octavia's Baby Shower

The year was 2009 and we had just began our journey of creating custom party supplies. Blue and brown was the baby shower trend and we were super happy to create custom party supplies for our good buddy and friend Octavia! 

We were so excited to create these custom details for the party! Including the game sheets and our homemade maternity dress form! 

baby shower blue and brown kustom supplies

We did a complete blue and brown setup including the mother to be chair... 

baby shower blue and brown party supplies

Delicious Delights 

baby shower food Angela's catering

The mother to be was so excited and surprise to see the complete setup of the shower 

baby shower baby blue and brown custom party

Mother to Be posed with several of the guest from the party! 

baby shower baby blue and brown

Custom Party Supplies & Set up -The Kustom Shop! 

Catering by Angela 

Photography by - Kustom Kreation Photography 

Foodie Tuesday- Smarty Marty Presents Turkey in The Summer

We are excited about this colorful summer meal that would be delicious delights for lunch or dinner for a summertime specialty.  

This week's meal is a Baked Turkey leg with a side salad and corn on the cob.  Simple and Delicious! 

Great way to have a turkey dinner all year around 

Great way to have a turkey dinner all year around 

Images from Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday- Smarty Marty take on Jamaican Escovitch

Are you ready to get your taste buds roaring...

 We are here again for another Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty this week dish is 

Jamaican Escovitch

Jamican Escovitch Prep Food

Here is your Ingredient List: 
2 pounds whole red snapper (about 2-3 fish ) or any white fish – cleaned and scaled
½ cup vegetable oil or more as needed
1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
½ teaspoon ginger
2 sprigs thyme
1  bay leave
½  red bell pepper, thinly sliced
½  yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1  yellow medium onion, thinly sliced
1  medium carrot Julienne

1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon Jamaican all spice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Scotch bonnet pepper, pierced or replace with ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1  lime
¾ cup malt vinegar ( sub red wine vinegar)
add
Freshly ground white pepper
 

Instructions:
Season fish with salt and black pepper and fry for about 5 minutes each side.
Dry fish with paper towel and pan, set aside
Cut and chop vegetables and put aside.
Put vinegar and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil, allow to reduce slightly
Add carrots and let simmer for about a minute
Add red and green bell peppers a simmer for a minute
Add onion and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent
Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir
Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top.

Jamican Escovitch

Images By Smarty Marty ! 

Remembering Yesterday- Wii Dance Party for the Kid in You!

They Year was 2011 and Wii was the hot video game system making way with all of the fun dance games to get you grooving. So this year for my birthday I had decided to invite friends over for some food fun & games. WII... 

This was our Snack Food Bar... we had a variety of little snacks... pretzels, chips, cheese puffs, cookies and more... 

Will Dance Party

Beverage Bar... and the children were trying to pour their own drink from the beverage dispenser

Wii Dance Party

We have multiple TV's and game consoles set up to provide areas for everyone to get their dancing in. 

Wii Dance Party

We were jamming trying to keep up.... 

Wii Party Dance
Wii Party Dance

Our Fun Photo Booth! This was set up to be able to take pictures with all the guest

Will Party Dance Photo Booth Fun

Photos with all the party people! 

Will Dance Party

Wii Party Decorations and Setup By - The Kustom Shop

Foodie Tuesday- Smarty Marty take on Chicken Salad

We are super excited to be coming back to you for Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty!

Each Tuesday we are going to be sharing great Food ideas with great display with you. 

Here we have a delicious Chicken Salad for a Tuesday! 

Fresh Ingredients Great Food in Minutes

2 cups chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 2 celery ribs, chopped 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 1⁄2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt (regular or Greek) salt and pepper 1 tablespoon chives, chopped Combine chicken, celery and chives in a medium bowl. I use bone-in, skin-on chicken breast that I season with salt, pepper and garlic and roast at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Discard the skin and bones and cut into cubes. Add mayo and yogurt and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a whole wheat bun or scoop onto a bed of lettuce. Images By Smarty Marty! 

2 cups chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 1⁄2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt (regular or Greek)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chives, chopped

Combine chicken, celery and chives in a medium bowl. I use bone-in, skin-on chicken breast that I season with salt, pepper and garlic and roast at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Discard the skin and bones and cut into cubes.
Add mayo and yogurt and stir to combine.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on a whole wheat bun or scoop onto a bed of lettuce.

Images By Smarty Marty!