Taking pictures of two girls
Easter Family Picture
Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake

How to start a photography business: What to Charge

Taking pictures of two girls

What should you charge when selling your artwork as a photographer? What to charge when that artwork technically doesn’t have any cost (you bought that camera long ago) for one photography session? I’m going to share my thoughts on what to charge when starting a photography business, from my 10+ years of experience, dabbling in all different price ranges and structures. Two years ago, I wrote a post titled, Starting and Maintaining a Photography business,… Continue Reading

On my Mind in April

Easter Family Picture

Happy Monday, my friends! SO much on my mind today, but my heart is full of JOY for the blessings in my life. I’m brimming with love for my husband and children who make my heart swell on a daily basis. Here is our best Easter picture taken yesterday: It was windy, my hair went crazy, and the sun was bright in our eyes, but it makes me  happy. This is the best out of… Continue Reading

Monday Funday


This is the 5th out of 6 weeks that I’m co-hosting this party. Check out the others hosts, and see their creativity! The Monday Funday Link Party is a 6 blog party where you can share your latest creativity… diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 6 blogs! *************************************** Our hostesses each week are… C.R.A.F.T. ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Lines Across ~… Continue Reading

My little Ballerina Birthday Girl

Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu

We’ve got a birthday, shout hooray! My baby girl is FIVE today! It’s painful and joyful all at the same time. I planned to wax all nostalgic with word and picture, but for now, I just want to crank out a few pictures that I took of her last week, before the day is over. I took her to my friends dance studio, and she twirled around like a ballerina for me. 

Blueberry Whip Cake

Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake

I’ve got one more recipe to share using the Kraft products from my basket of fun. If you missed the other two, check out Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Squares and Boston Cream Cake.  Today, I’ve got this Blueberry Whip Cake that reminded me of the dump cake I shared 3 years ago, a.k.a. Blackberry Cobbler. It’s got a marshmallow base, blueberry pie filling, a cake mix, and COOL WHIP! This recipe is really quite versatile,

Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Squares

A most delicious side salad or dessert

This dessert has long time been a favorite of mine, but I’d seen it around on the internet in varying forms, and never wanted to just spin the wheel. When I teamed up with Kraft to shares some of their recipes, it was the perfect time to share this recipe from their site, with my own twist. Introducing: Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Squares. If you’ve never had this dish before, you MUST give it a… Continue Reading

Boston Cream Cake {10 minute dessert}

Boston Cream Cake by KristenDuke.com. This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes

Do you love Boston Cream Pie or Eclair type donuts? If so, I’m pretty sure you’ll love todays recipe! Once you have the 5-6 simple ingredients, this Boston Cream Cake 10 minute assembly dessert is SUPER easy to make, and a crowd pleaser. I teamed up with Kraft to share a recipe they have on their site, with my simple twist of my own. This recipe starts with the base of an angel food cake.

on my mind: taxes, business, and field trips

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It’s going to be a week of recipes this week! I’ve got three desserts to share for Kraft, and one dinner recipe smashed in the middle. Hope you’re hungry! Here are the random things on my mind from what I’ve done in the past few days: We finished our taxes over the weekend, hooray! Dang, blogger taxes are a BEAST! I’m grateful for the income I make from this blog, but it’s a lot of… Continue Reading

Inspirational Words


I’ve got an “on my mind Monday” post in the works, but it might not be til later Monday night. I’ve had this in the que to share, so thought I’d post it now. I mentioned in this post that I was excited to listen to the prophet and apostles speak this last weekend from our churches General Conference. I was indeed uplifted. As I listened, I typed out a few of my favorite quotes… Continue Reading

More Monday Funday


I’m co-hosting for the 3rd out of 6 weeks with this FAB party, enjoy looking through the ideas, and check out the other hosts! Welcome to the Party! The Monday Funday Link Party is a 6 blog party where you can share your latest creativity… diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 6 blogs! *************************************** Our hostesses each week are… C.R.A.F.T. ~ That’s What… Continue Reading

Family Meal Plan #6

Family Meal Plan #6 by KristenDuke.com

Another week, another set of meals for the family! Since I didn’t share last weekend, I’ll start with Sunday!

A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook

family dinner cookbook

Who doesn’t love a brand new cook book filled with fabulous pictures, and easy to use recipes? I’m excited to review, A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff, 52 Menu Plans, recipes, and Ideas to bring families together. First, let me say that I know and love each of the Six Sisters personally. I photographed them last year, and am really close with sister #2, KRISTEN! It’s a good thing she spells her name the right… Continue Reading

Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes

Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes

Spring is in the air and what’s more springy than sweet bunnies?I’ve got these cute little Easter Bunny Chocolate mini Cakes to share with you today, and my friends with their bunny ideas, too! Get your PIN fingers ready and check out these 10 bunny themed projects, then read on for the full tutorial how to create your own Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes.

Ham and Swiss Cheese Savory Crêpes

Ham and Swiss Cheese Savory Crepes at KristenDuke.com

This article is sponsored by Alpine Lace®. The recipe, thoughts, and opinions are 100% my own. I am a cheese LOVER! I always add extra cheese when making any recipe with the ingredient, because I don’t think you can have too much! I’m excited to share my husbands most requested meal (from the kids), French Crêpes! These Ham and Swiss Cheese Savory Crêpes will melt in your mouth. I used Alpine Lace® Swiss Cheese, which… Continue Reading

“He Lives” Easter and Bunny Printables


Hi everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company back to share a new printable with you this month. Easter is just around the corner and I have a few little spaces that needed some Easter love…do you? I am LOVING these little banners lately and thought it would be fun to do some Easter inspired ones: First we have the bunny.