New Blogger - Meet my husband, Steven!

by Charlene Morton

In a few weeks, I’ll be attending the 20th annual Morton family reunion. A big part of this will be looking at photos of times past, of people still here and those lost. Photographs capture the moments in our lives that we don’t want to forget and are a gateway for our memories to take us back to loved ones past and present. I’ll see photos of my Dad’s boisterous laugh or my Mom’s thoughtful smile, and for a moment in time, they’ll be back here with me. I’ll see a picture of myself as a third grader at Smyrna Elementary and remember the walk to the library every week to read a new adventure of Babar or an Encyclopedia Brown story I hadn’t read yet.

I’ll see a picture of myself in a multi-colored jacket (that I can’t believe I ever actually wore) as a second grader, taking me back to the old Buchanan Elementary where you had to walk through the rain to get to the cafeteria. I’ll see pictures that take me back to the time my brother, Allen, and I snuck our two-year-old sister onto the school bus and darn near gave our stepmom a heart attack. 

Right now, sitting at this computer, I see my gorgeous wife on our wedding day and go back to when I first saw her in her wedding dress with her Daddy holding her hand, coming to join her life, heart and soul to mine. These tears are real. What is also real is how much better the pictures look from our wedding than the pictures will look at the reunion. Class pictures were an assembly line process where we lined up, fake smiled, and moved onto the next one. While they capture the point in time, they don’t capture a crooked smile, a laugh of joy, or the other delights of life that are the difference between pictures and art. They don’t capture landscapes and fall colors with those emotions.

This is what Charlene is so wonderful at doing for Peace Love Paws Photography. She captures the spirit of the moment as well as the image. We don’t have to have our school pictures limited to an assembly line photo taking but can be an all-encompassing session that captures your child in that moment and time. From weddings to senior pictures to special moments like “Sweet Sixteen” parties, a professional photographer is a great investment in those memories. Thank you very much for reading my rambling today.


PS – I’ll be blogging here from time to time.

Easy as 1-2-3

by Charlene Morton

Our Sydney has a very sensitive stomach, and that has caused problems with particular types of dog food and treats. We've tried prescription foods, all natural foods, and the list goes on. BUT, there's one thing we can rely on -- these 3-ingredient TREATS (tell me spelled that in your head, haha) made in our very own kitchen!

I'd always heard that pumpkin is helpful for dogs' digestion systems, and honestly -- our Lola would sell me for some peanut butter! ;) Needless to say, the following recipe was well-received in our home.

While your oven is pre-heating to 350 degrees, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, preferably) and 1 cup pureed pure pumpkin. Now, you have two options. Gradually add 1/4 cup of whole grain brown rice flour (preventing any reactions to gluten) at a time until you either have a batter consistency for mini muffins or a dough-like consistency for cookies. We got these mini muffin pans (paw print and bone shaped) on Amazon.

For mini muffin thickness, we found 20-23 minutes was best, but for flat cookies, bake them for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool and then store in an airtight container. You can also freeze the batter for up to three months. Enjoy!

P.S. - Thanks to Kevin and Amanda for the idea!

Dog Days of Summer - New Date!

by Charlene Morton

Because of scheduling conflicts and lots of folks being out of town, I've nailed down a new date for the Dog Days of Summer event as Saturday, July 18th! Half of the proceeds will benefit Middle Tennessee Treasures, and I am really excited about that. :) Call 615-962-7328 or e-mail me on the Contact Page to snag your slot and detailed info. Rain date is the following day - Sunday, July 19th. Talk soon!

Nashville Pet Expo

by Charlene Morton

My husband, Steven, and I moved to Middle Tennessee during late June last year, and I noticed advertising for the Nashville Pet Expo. We already had plans that weekend, but I put it on my calendar then for 2015. I signed up soon after, and lo and behold, it's almost here! 

This FREE event will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, July 11th at the Nashville Fairgrounds Expo Center (inside...away from the "lovely" Middle Tennessee summer heat). This expo will be filled with vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways, contests/prizes and, of course, adoptable pets!

Please note that parking is $5 and that, for everyone's safety, all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations.

Don't forget -- Saturday, July 11th, from 10 am to 6 pm! Please stop by, say hello and check out some of my latest work and new products. See you soon!