Nov

13

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It’s here! We did it! The end of the week! Things have been uncharacteristically smooth-sailing at the office for this time of year, and I’m feeling refreshed being able to come up for a little air before more craziness ensues. I’ve been able to pick up some freelance copywriting work on the side and am really enjoying the challenge of doing something new and exciting! Brickyard Buffalo has some tempting deals lately… check out my top picks this week {and hurry, sales end in just a few days}!

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Nov

07

my goals for december

 

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It’s finally Friday, and I could not be more happy! The autumn chill is starting to creep in, but I refuse to stash away my Rainbows just yet. This time of year, we should still see some warm sunny days now through January {gotta love where we live}!! This week, I was inspired by my sweet friend Veronika at By The Shore to come up with a quick list of goals for next month. Why does January get all the credit for having resolutions? Get your game face on – I say we start early! Some things on my mind and heart for the end of 2014 and beyond…

Listen + Engage

Be present in the company of others, commit to growing relationships and engage in meaningful conversations!

Make a New Playlist

Discover new artists and re-discover the ones I’ve forgotten {can anyone say… KC + JoJo?}

Create a Personal Mission Statement

Craft a vision for who I want to be, and more importantly, who I can be for God’s kingdom here on earth

Set Aside Time to be Creative

Paint, try new DIY projects around the house, start an Etsy shop… whatever! 

Change up the Scenery

Spend a whole day exploring somewhere new, work from a cozy coffee shop or take my laptop to the beach

What are some of your upcoming goals? I’d love to hear them!

xoxo

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Aug

10

Q&A with Jenna Johns Photography

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If you haven’t spotted them already, you may have seen a fresh new wave of Nook & Sea blog photos come through {and thank goodness, I was way overdue}! My lovely new sister-friend, Jenna Johns, is one talented woman. And when she offered to snap a few photos during lunch one weekday afternoon, I jumped {excitedly} at the opportunity. Her work is beautiful and I was honored to be the subject of the hour ; ) So to throw a little spotlight her way, here’s a little Q&A sesh with Jenna herself. Visit her website, sign up for her blog, follow this beauty on Instagram and be sure to say hello!

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Q: How did you get started in photography, and & She Wore White?

A: I started playing with the camera as a little gal, always sneaking pictures of my family on the disposable cameras. As I got older, I realized how much I loved capturing the raw moments in life and holding onto them forever. & She Wore White was created through my undying love for weddings and marriage. I love being a part of a couples’ most exciting day together, so documenting that journey is always such an honor to me.

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Q: What’s in the name?

A: My favorite part of photography is the story that is told. Everything from a nervous glance from a bride to be, to the first kiss as husband and wife, or the twinkle in the eye of a soon-to-be freshman in college, it’s all so captivating. Since my photography is mainly geared towards weddings and engagements, I love to finish the story with his outfit description (He wore tan, & She Wore White). It’s just my little way of ending the story as it’s always told… with the bride wearing white.

Q: What are some of your favorite moments? Are you always behind the lens?

A: The most impactful moment I’ve ever experienced was at my first wedding. The bride had just finished putting on her gown, looking so stunning and lovely, and she looked out the window. there was so much excitement and curiosity at the future in her eyes, and at that moment I knew I wanted to see that look forever. As much as I love being behind the lends, I often dip into other interests of mine such as music, design and writing.

Q: Name your gear.

A: Canon Mark II, 85mm Samyang lens, 50mm Canon lens.

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Did I mention she also did my good friend Amanda’s birth announcements for her sweet baby girl? I know… they’re both gorgeous! ; )

Q: How do you describe your style, both professionally and in your work?

A: My style in life and in my work fall into the same category. It’s always changing because I’m always learning. I love simplicity and I love having fun, so I try to bring that out in my work. I like to grab moments that are as raw and real as possible, so it usually includes asking a question to spark a thought, or doing something goofy to make someone laugh. I love those real facial expressions that make you remember a moment.

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Q: You’re a true storyteller by nature. Where does your inspiration lie?

A: Oh goodness, my inspiration lies everywhere. In the ocean, in the forest, in my own stories from childhood. I spent a lot of time as a kid watching people while waiting to be picked up from school, so I would make up stories in my head about their day and sometimes write about them. I hope that imagination never dies.

Q: Your perfect day would be…

A: Waking up to a foggy sky and sitting on the beach with a coffee mug, Bible and journal. Then I’d spend the day on the beach and in the ocean with pals until the sunset, maybe throw in a photo shoot at the golden hour. Then we’d go get sushi and end the day in the backyard talking and laughing about life with the sweet sounds of Sara Bareilles on the record player. Let’s make that happen, you’re all invited.

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Q: All time favorite food?

A: Oh man. I’d say my Grandma’s artichokes. She’s a legend!

Q: Can one person change the world?

A: I love this question. As a believer, I know that I am just a part of the body of Christ, and we all have significant roles and goals set before us. I believe one person can have a major impact on a great number of people, but it all comes down to loving each other like Jesus does. Mother Theresa loved on people and cared for them, so it influenced everyone to do the same. I think it’s a collective effort, but we just have to realized our own identity in Christ and live in that.

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Q: Any last words?

A: Nook & Sea is one of my favorite blogs to browse and learn from, and the creator behind it has such a beautiful soul : ) I’m so grateful to be a part of it!

Read more about Jenna here.

 

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Aug

03

roasted beet salad

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The first time I tried “living” butter lettuce, I was hooked. We were preparing lunch for my aunt’s bridal shower, all of us women stuffed into the kitchen that spring morning chopping, rinsing, cooking. Assigned to salad duty for the afternoon, Mr. Butter Lettuce and I became fast friends. Soft, delicate leaves, the rich color, and its smooth texture was a far cry from the lettuce I was used to. Plus, it’s harvested with it’s roots intact to keep it fresh all the way to your door {in other words: heavenly}!

I was so happy when Haylie’s recipe called for butter lettuce {and may have done a happy dance inside}. The Roasted Beet Salad was another opportunity to reunite with those lovely greens, and once again, be in the kitchen surrounded by family and the aromas of another great meal.

While the book’s recipe calls for both hazelnuts and hazelnut oil, I opted for whole pecans {candied in brown sugar}, olive oil, and red wine vinegar in place of sherry vinegar.

ROASTED BEET SALAD

4 roasted beets {small will work fine}

3 cups butter lettuce {I used one head}

1/4 cup cracked hazelnuts {or candied pecans}

1-2 tbsp goat cheese

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp hazelnut oil {or another drizzle of olive oil}

1 tsp sherry vinegar {or red wine vinegar}

1/2 tsp honey

sea salt + black pepper

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I bought my beets pre-packaged, but would have preferred to bake them myself as they are much prettier {next time}! To roast, scrub whole beets clean and remove any top greens. Place on an aluminum foil baking sheet with a small rub of olive oil and salt. Cover tightly with another sheet of foil for about an hour {50-60 minutes} at 400 degrees. Test doneness by inserting a fork into the flesh; if it slides out easily, they’re done, if not, stick them in again and continue to roast until tender. Allow them to cool a bit before removing the skin {be warned: you may want to use gloves as they stain like crazy}. Slice up, and you’re ready to go! Layer beets over the butter lettuce on a large plate, add in the nuts, and goat cheese crumbles.

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THE DRESSING

Using a lidded mason jar, combine the olive oil, hazelnut oil {if you use it}, vinegar, honey, sea salt and pepper and shake in the jar to mix. Create as much dressing as you like, or serve on the side. Ta da!

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This salad is best served on a platter. Allow guests to pick up whole leaves with their hands, including as many toppings as they want, and cut it on their own plates.

It’s fun, unique and a beautiful take on salad! I hope you get to share this with the important people in your life!

xoxo

 

 

 

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Jul

28

green bean cherry tomato salad

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People, my copy of Real Girl’s Kitchen came today, and I am ready to get my cookin’ on! This particular recipe is exclusive to the RGK show on Ora TV {watch the video here}, and is amazingly tasty and easy to prep. The hubs and I made this for dinner after a long day of work and added a little grilled chicken for protein {which is perfect since I always find myself hungry just right before bedtime}! Until I get that well-lit dream kitchen with the cutest girly tools ever {like this, or this, or this}, you’ll have to pardon my lack of step-by-step photos on this one : )

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Blanche a full bag of green beans after snipping off the ends {I used organic} by cooking them for 2 mins in boiling water, then plopping them into an ice bath to prevent them from cooking further. Take them out of the ice bath after a few minutes, rinse them in a colander, and return them to a mixing bowl.

2. Grill up about 1 lb. of chicken breast, and dice once cooked completely. Add into the bowl with the green beans.

3. Quarter your cherry tomatoes, chop some dill {however much you want} and add those in as well.

4. Prep a simple dressing on the side: 1 TSP whole grain mustard, a splash of red wine vinegar and a splash of olive oil. Mix well and pour over your salad. You  may want to make extra and leave it on the table for guests to add on.

5. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste, and use tongs or a spoon to toss the salad until ready!

This dish is the perfect size for two {we tend to share anyways}, and even saved half for lunch the next day.

Can’t wait to show you what I try next!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

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Jul

27

eric’s chia seed pudding

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It’s almost the workweek again?! Say it isn’t so! If you’ve got a case of the Sunday Blues, this recipe is sure to help you forget all about it {and instead, dream of gooey, pudding goodness}. We recently picked up some chia seeds at the grocery store and thought we’d give it a try in our breakfast smoothies and dessert for a healthy kick in the caboose. Chia {yep, those same seeds used to sprout funny-looking “hair” on your Chia Pet in the 1980’s} are concentrated and bursting with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants, so it’s not really pudding, ya? ; )

After researching other recipes online, we decided to make our own. The result was surprisingly sweet and simple!

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Here’s what you’ll need {Serves 4}:

75 grams chia seeds (roughly half of a 5.3 oz packet)

2 cups almond milk

1 TSP vanilla extract

1 TBS white granulated sugar

Fresh or frozen strawberries

Powdered sugar

Sealable mason jar

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Measure out your seeds {these can be put in whenever, but we added them last}. Fill the mason jar with 2 cups almond milk, and add in your vanilla and sugar.

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Next, slowly add in your chia seeds in intervals. I find it best if you add a little, close the lid, shake it up, add a little, close the lid, shake it up…

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Shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your puuuudding.

Back to the pudding.

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Once all your seeds are in and well-mixed, stick the jar in the fridge for 4-6 hours {or overnight if you feel like it}.

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After the refridge, the pudding should be similar to tapioca, but with a lot more fun texture {remember, it’s not a custard, so it won’t be crazy thick} and it will fall very slowly out of the jar.

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Top with strawberries and powdered sugar, and eat up! This would also look amazing with freshly-sliced banana, and keep well if you want to pack it for lunch {but add the powdered sugar later}.

Side note: I had to make two bowls while photographing them, so I ate two. Don’t judge.

Any other chia recipes you’re dying to try?

Make it a fab week, friends.

xoxo

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Jul

25

f r i d a y

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TGIF! We made it!!!

After a long week, there’s nothing more I want to do than plop on the couch and stuff my face with junk food {let’s get real here, that would be my dream job}. Speaking of dreaming, I spotted a few must-haves for summer while surfing the web {surfing, another dream}. Anyone with me?

The ever-classic Comfort Sofa from PB {coziness at it’s finest}

West Elm’s Crewel Circlet Pillow Cover in Blue Lagoon

Darling Lovell Buttondown shirt from Anthro {on sale!}

Mail-order recipes from Blue Apron {put to the test by Joanna Goddard this week}

Veronika’s Open Triangle Necklace – a steal at $15.00 buckaroonies!

Happy weekend Sea-er’s!

xoxo

 

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