the beauty of having creative friends (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

Before we get started here’s a link to the Instagram giveaway with Cotton Tree Kids.  Go and enter!  Here’s a thing I love. I love how stinking creative my friends are. I have so many long-time friends who have made businesses of their creative passions.  For example, out of the group of six friends from high… Read More the beauty of having creative friends (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

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g+v clippings

Your grandmother may not have done this, but I have vivid memories of Grammy (Virginia) clipping everything.  She would find articles, or recipes, or even inspirational decor or craft idea pictures.  She would then clip them to send to us.  (That’d be snail mail, for all you younguns.) In honor of those clippings, I’d like… Read More g+v clippings

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a state park cabin love story {and tips for a cabin getaway}

The State Park cabins are an under appreciated vacation.  We never considered them until my husband’s job meant that a discount was available to us during the “off season” (November-March). We booked a commercial cabin for the week following Christmas in 2013. Brandon discovered we could save a good deal of money by booking a cabin… Read More a state park cabin love story {and tips for a cabin getaway}

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i want you to social media with me. {family craft photo album}

Well, hello! I haven’t posted one of these in a while.  I guess Instagram really is my outlet for the day-to-day stuff.  But I love sitting down to spend some time typing and pretending we’re hanging out.  Eating cupcakes together, probably.  And just gabbin’. (Is it just me, or does “gabbing” look extra ridiculous.  Honestly,… Read More i want you to social media with me. {family craft photo album}

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a bowl meal to love {smoky tomato and chicken thigh stew}

Most of the recipes in the world are related in some way.  Cooking techniques create a family tree from which every recipe can claim its lineage.  I’m passionate about food and I’m passionate about the possibility that all of the recipes we make can come from their own branch on the tree. A classic béchamel sauce is… Read More a bowl meal to love {smoky tomato and chicken thigh stew}

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put some frosting on it (chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies for your valentine)

Frosting elevates any baked good. I firmly believe this truth.  Frosting is the food most likely to bring a frumpy muffin up to cupcake status, a simple quick bread to dessert nobility, or a cookie to the realm of gift worthy. Likewise, subtract the frosting and baked goods are reduced to pale and austere offerings… Read More put some frosting on it (chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies for your valentine)

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