Happy Dance

April 25, 2012

I have spent that last couple days doing my happy dance - in the fabulous SUNSHINE - as can be observed by my lack of online presence. See those blossoms? Yes, I was frolicking amidst those blooms with absolute joy. La la la la la...

And guess what? I'm taking another break...we're off to Alberta for the next 5 days so Matthew can present a paper at a conference! But be assured that when I'm back I have two rad DIY projects to share, some photos of recent loveliness and a move update.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Where in the world?

April 23, 2012

This is what happens when Numi does something hilarious. 
Happy Monday!

Yeah, so I took a blogging break...unexpected, but I'm glad I did. This past week was random and I had other things on my mind.

But I'm back! My last post was about last last weekend - I had the opportunity to second shoot with miss Tonyha and it was a blast. She's a crazy good photographer and it was fun to see her work! Once I get the all clear I'll be sure to share the photos with you. :)

Today it is supposed to reach 80 degrees. 80 DEGREES IN SPOKANE. I hope you can infer that my all-caps exclamation means this is a big deal.

So I'm off to go spend some quality time with the sun.

Have a wonderful week friends!

Weekend Fun

April 13, 2012

I'm thrilled for this weekend.

It's been a long-ish week, but I'm feeling much better, which is awesome. (The soup did heal me!)

This weekend I'm looking forward to working in the garden, second shooting a wedding with this rad lady, spending time with our Branches family, and enjoying this absolutely intoxicating SUNSHINE.

I'm also going through all of our stuff to get ready for our massive garage sale, date TBD. I know it may seem counter intuitive, but the more stuff I get rid of (even stuff I like, but could do without) the happier I am. The thought of moving to CA with only our most prized possessions and not being weighed down by excess belongings is exciting. It means that along with starting over in a new place, we'll get to start over with what's important to have/what we need. Plus my style has really shifted these past couple years, so it will be fun to revamp.

What are you doing this weekend? If I weren't on my have-less mission, I'd be at Funky Junk. But I can't go...it would be too painful. :)

Happy happy weekend!


April 11, 2012

I'm thankful for daily opportunities to blossom.

Today take the time to remind someone that they can blossom.


Lemony Kale & White Bean Soup

April 10, 2012

I'm pretty much absolutely DONE being sick.

I'm so done that I've taken to trying out bizarre folk remedies like eating whole cloves of garlic and putting Vicks on the bottom of my feet. On both accounts it was, unpleasant.

A more pleasurable anti-sick effort - making this soup.

This soup is So. Dang. Good.

This soup is bright, simple and delicious.

It is easy, fairly quick (depending on your mood) and a great Vegetarian/Vegan option.

Kale is packed with antioxidants and helps to detoxify the body, and fresh parsley brings even more Vitamin C and A.

So this soup is pretty virtuous.

Fingers crossed that it heals me.

// Lemony Kale & White Bean Soup //

1 bunch of organic Kale, de-ribbed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 carrot, diced
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
3 ribs of celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 can white beans, based on preference
2 medium yellow potatoes
48oz low sodium chicken broth / veggie broth + more to thin out as needed/desired
Olive oil
Zest of 1/2 lemon

Dice/mince vegetables, set aside. Peel and chop potatoes, set aside.

Heat a bit of olive oil over medium in a heavy bottomed pot. Add onion, celery, carrot and sauté until soft. Add garlic, parsley and potatoes and sauté for a few minutes.

Add chicken/veggie broth and bring to a simmer. Add beans and cook until potatoes are cooked through and broth has come together, perhaps 10 or so minutes. When I'm sick, I tend to make the soup faster than normal...

Once you're ready to eat, add kale pieces and lemon zest. Stir to combine, and serve! If you prefer to fully cook the kale, let simmer for awhile longer. I like the greens to be fresh and only slightly cooked, so I just let them wilt slightly.

Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

Promise of Spring

April 9, 2012

It's on days like this when I get really excited that we're moving back to a tropical paradise.

Recently during our time in Southern California, there was no shortage of outdoor beauty to photograph. Literally, as soon as I stepped off the plane and looked up at the sky, I took a photo. Why? It was blue. Bright blue with a hint of tropical fabulousness. As soon as I stepped out of the car I wanted to capture the immense beauty of land, sea, and sky - I honestly felt like a tourist. (Yes, there are downright nasty parts of Southern CA too. But thankfully our journey didn't bring us to those parts. :) )

Today, I stepped outside my home here in Spokane and looked up at the sky. Gray. I looked around the yard. Brown.

But then I started to find tiny reminders that Spring is coming. And for these, I will celebrate!

Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

Let's party.


Mini Apple Sharlotka // Master's Thesis Fuel

April 6, 2012

My husband is a rockstar. 

He's been great these past few weeks - tons of change, lots of new things to think about, taking care of a sick and cranky wife and working on his huge Master's thesis. 

He's the best. 

So yesterday afternoon, when I was hopped up on what may have been an overdose of DayQuil, I found this easy recipe for Apple Sharlotka and decided to make it for MR. It's Russian, and as his primary focus has been 1930's Soviet Russian Music, I thought it was fitting. 

I adapted the recipe from Deb, and only realized that I'd thrown out my cake pans when I went to fill them....so, the Mini Apple Sharlotka was born. 

Yields 12 muffin sized cakes

*Note: If you're wanting to make a full sized Sharlotka, make sure to follow Deb's original recipe here.

The Essentials:

4 large Granny Smith Apples
3 large Eggs
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350.

Peel and chop the apples. Beat eggs and sugar together; add vanilla. Stir flour into egg mixture and mix until just combined. The batter will be really thick.

Grease muffin pan. Add chopped apples, then top off with batter. It doesn't expand much, so feel free to fill right to the top. (See photo above.) Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 20 minutes - but I would check at 15 minutes to prevent over cooking. They're done when a toothpick comes out clean.

MR enjoyed them warm from the oven, but you can top with whipped cream if you like. Enjoy!

Lessons From a 3 Year Old

April 4, 2012

Oh, living in the present.

Being present.

Honestly, I'd rather have a present. 

Lately I am struggling with living in the present. And not because the present is bad, but because there is a lot to come in the near future.

And I cannot shake this sickness. It will. Not. Leave. My. Body.

So with my body a bit out of commission, my brain has gone into overdrive.

There are so many things swirling in my head right now. How we're going to spend these last 2 months here in WA, packing, moving to Santa Barbara, where we're going to live, what were going to do, how we're going to do it.

So I'm trying to do as Landon does...take a bite of gelato, take a deep, cleansing breath. Be in the moment, and don't worry when the coconut gelato runs out.

Thanks Kaitlyn for the iPhone video of this hilarious event. :) 

We're back / SB Adventures

April 2, 2012

We are back! After spending last week in sunny California we feel recharged to make it through these last couple months here in Spokane. I wish I would express how good it felt to be back there again. So. good. 

Ahhh, and the sun. It was GLORIOUS. 

But even better than the sun was seeing our dear family. After a rental car mishap, we ended up driving up the coast with my sister Kaitlyn - an unexpected delight that started the trip off right. The next few days were filled with walks, beach time, seeing friends, wrestling with Landon, eating good food, and really adjusting to the idea of living in a tropical paradise once again. 

And we stayed with my favorite family around:
Landon is the most inquisitive, articulate and joyful child. 
My brother inspires me every time I see him with his passion and creativity. 
Anna is a glowing beauty who is such an example of goodness in so many ways.

Thanks guys for always welcoming us with such joy!

 Bonus: We even got to meet up with Matthew's Mom and wish his Granddad a happy 95th Birthday. 

All in all, a great trip. :)

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