It's LIVE!!

I have the pleasure of announcing that Kristin Conk Photography is now up and running! This has been a really fun process and I am excited to take the next step in this journey of photography. As I mentioned in my previous post, I will be running I will be discounting the session fee 50% for the first 5 sessions booked. That's a $50 discount. As well as another 20% off all prints. So Check out the WEBSITE and book now!!!



Guess what I've been up to...


It's almost ready, I didn't think I would be ready to go live with this for about 2 more months but since the last of my patience was lost after kid #4 i figured, hey who needs sleep, I'll work on my website!! Stay tuned because I'm having a promotion here on this blog for my readers on the day I go live!! So stay tuned!!


Sneak Peek

Until I get my photography blog up and running you guys will have to put up with my sneak peaks here on this blog!! I got to photograph the cutest sisters Saturday. Lesli and I went downtown and found some really cool locations, my favorite was this grafitti wall on 1st St. Super fun shoot!






My big ol' 5 year old graduated from Pre-School Thursday night. it was a fun little celebration. The kids showed us how they can count in English, Spanish, French and I think it was Japanese!! Impressive! They also can do the whole alphabet in sign language, also impressive!! But the bast part was watching Grandie dance the Tuti Ta with the kids, I wish I had my camera for that, and not chasing bonnie at the time. My Colby is growing up way to fast, I just want to freeze time right here! I'm definitely not ready for kindergarten in the fall! Break out the Kleenex!!


For Her Mama!!

I had the pleasure of photographing this darling 12 year old for her birthday and she was just such a joy!! I'm sure her mom is anxious for a sneak peek, here you go Courtney!


Happy Birthday Colby

We celebrated the 5th birthday of our sweet Colby this past Tuesday. Colby has been an utter joy these past 5 years. I feel so blessed to be his mom. I've always said that if I could be guarenteed another baby would be just like him, I'd have 10 more kids!! We started the day with his request for breakfast, pancakes. We went to Wal-mart to get the stuff for the party and came home to make the cake for said party. Colby requested a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. I snapped the photos of my darling boy to remeber the smile he gives me every day, I hope I never forget it.


We had a really fun party at Mom and Dads. All the cousins were there with the exception of Brandon and Jamies crew. The kids swam, we ate pizza and yummy cupcakes. Bonnie was the most entertaining, she would get in the ice chest get out a huge pice of ice and suck on it. She also got into Colby's cake and made a huge mess!! Colby's favorite presents were his nerf guns and wii games. We had a lot of fun and send thaks out to all who came.

Earlier in the day Colby aske me how he makes a wish, I told him close your eyes and think about what he wants to with for, then open and blow. After we sang to him, he closed his eyes so tight you could just tell he was concentrating REALLY hard on his wish, it was so cute!


[4] Conk Kids goes Pioneer Woman on Ya'll

OK, so I have been wanting to do this forever but I finally got up enough nerve to try it. I went to my moms and stole her wheat grinder so I could make homemade whole wheat bread with fresh ground wheat. It has taken me about 3 #10 cans of wheat through trial and error and a few different recipes to find a bread we all love. I have told many people about my attempts at this endeavor and almost everyone has said..."I want to learn how to do that will you show me?" So here it is...This is the recipe a gal in my ward uses and she make bread almost every day. I took pictures so you guys would get a better idea of how it goes. Sorry for the over abundance of pictures, I'm sure you all know how to spray a pan with Pam but hey, I'm a photographer, it's what I do!!

Start with Whole Red Wheat {Food storage people}

Then put it in your stolen wheat grinder{You know your mom never uses hers, mine actually still had the paperwork with it bought in 1976...it's older than me!!} And GRIND AWAY

I use mine on the finest setting it will do and it looks about like this when done
3 1/2 cups of grain makes about 4 cups of flour

With flat beater (KitchenAid) or dough hook (Bosch) blend together ww flour, sugar and yeast.
Add warm water*and mix on medium high for 8 minutes.
You will notice a change in color as it mixes, it will get significantly lighter. If you want to do 100% whole wheat bread add vital wheat gluten or some kind of acid (3 tbls lemon juice or vinegar, or a crushed vitamin c tablet) at this step.
Let sponge (that's baker talk for letting it sit for a while). You will see a lot of bubbling and the mixture will rise quite rapidly. At some point (30-60 mins.) it will reach a maximum height and fall in on itself.
Turn mixer back on for about 1 minute. Replace flat beater with dough hook. With mixer on speed 2 slowly sprinkle in the salt.Salt retards the growth of the yeast and needs to be well distributed so that your dough will rise evenly.
You can also add two tablespoons of oil at this point which will make your bread stay fresh longer.

Then add white** (or wheat) flour slowly.
I also found if you add a little dough enhancer, it is fluffier and last a bit longer.
When the dough forms a ball and stops clinging to the sides while the mixer is running you have enough flour. The dough will still be wet and might stick when you stop the mixer. That's okay. But you don't want it too sticky or you may get tunnels or a loaf that falls. Poke it with your finger. It should feel sticky but the dough should not stick to your finger when you pull away.


Knead dough with mixer on speed 2 (KitchenAid) or lowest speed (Bosch) for about 10 minutes.If you are kneading by hand it will take much longer. One place I looked at said as much as 30 minutes by hand. You will be able to see the bread becoming more elastic as it is kneaded. When it is done it will look smooth.


While your machine is doing the kneading prepare you pans by spraying them with nonstick spray

Turn dough onto lighly floured surface and smooth.
Use a knife to divide in two and shape into two loafs. The dough should be very elastic and easy to make into a smooth loaf. If the surface looks rough or tears you have not kneaded enough.
Shape into 2 loaves
Place each loaf in a greased 9x5 pan
Cover with plastic wrap, but spray the plastic with nonstick spray so it won't stick to your dough.
Let rise for one hour. Let rise until the loaves look like you think a loaf of bread should look when it is done. They won't really rise much at all in the oven.
Place the loaves in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 350 and set the timer for 22 minutes. When the timer goes off, turn the oven off and leave the loaves in for 10-15 more minutes. Your bread should be just barely done and have a nice soft crust. Every oven is different so you may have to experiment to get it just the way you like it.
Remove bread from pans and let cool.
But before it gets too cool slice off a piece


Butter it

Terry told me we were going to get fat eating all this delicious bread but I said nope, the Lord will bless us for using our food storage and we won't get fat!!

Here is the recipe for those of you who want to give it a shot, let me know how it goes!!

Elizabeth’s Light Wheat Bread
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
3 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups white or bread flour

1. Blend together whole wheat flour, sugar, yeast and water. Mix on medium high for 8 minutes. Let rest for 1 hour.
2. Add salt and then white flour, knead on low speed for 10 minutes.
3. Shape bread into two loaves and place in greased 9x5 pans. Let rise for one hour.
4. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.


Happy Mother's Day

God could not be everywhere,
so He created Mothers.
-Jewish Proverb



I had the opportunity to head up to Provo to attend BYU Women's Conference with my Mom, Sister and Aunt Shosh!! We had too much fun, visiting laughing and best of all eating. I just love food and we certainly had good food.
*You don't need to read this, it's just for me*
Our Itinerary was as follows:

12:00 p.m. Leave Kristin's house for Provo
1:30 p.m. Pick Up Aunt Shosh
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Los Hermanos YUM!
7:30 Check In at hotel
11:00 Bed

6:30 WakeUp
7:45 Breakfast
8:30 Opening Session at Mariott Center
Classes until 3:00
Shopping at distribution Center
Shopping at Kohl's
Dinner at P.F.Changs
Movie :17 Again TOO CUTE!
Then back to hotel and visiting until 11:00p.m.

7:45 Wake Up
Skip opening session
Breakfast at Cougar Eat
10:30 Classes until 3:00
Dinner at Brick Oven YUM!!
Shopping at BYU Bookstore
Back to hotel
10:40 visit from hotel management about noise complaint
11:30 Bed

Come Home

I had a wonderful time going to classes and feel totally spiritually rejuvenated. I learned a lot but mostly I was reminded of what is important and that is to keep Christ in our daily lives. I have come home with a new goal to simply FIND JOY IN MOTHERHOOD! That is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I have a tendency to get caught up in the mundane things of daily life and forget about Joy, and what it truly means to be a mother. I need to remember that I WANTED THIS!! But enough of my ramblings. If you ever get the opportunity to go to Women's Conference Do IT, it is worth ever thing you have to sacrifice to get there. I also have to say most of the sacrificing came from my dear hubby, he was so good to take care of kids, shuttling to lessons and what not, I so appreciate him for giving me this opportunity!

Photobucket Staci got a new camera and followed suit when i jumped out of the car to get pictures of the beautiful tulips blooming everywhere. Sheri and our friend Lisa were also there so I grabbed a quick shot under this awesome weeping willow tree.

There is on average 17,000 women that attend womens conference each year, with numbers growing. I took this shot of the opening session on thursday, it is quite a site to see that much girl power all in one place.