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farm fresh easter eggs

Happy Friday!

I recently had some fun decorating farm eggs. With a white paint pen, I was able to make simple yet surprisingly pretty Easter eggs.

Wouldn't you love it if all you eggs came like this? I certainly would!

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll most definitely be celebrating some Irish cheer on Saturday. How about you?


neon surprise party ::: 30th birthday

Soooo one of my many flaws is good intentions combined with a bit of forgetfulness. Namely, not posting projects because I intend to submit them to other blogs someday...and then forget that was my plan.

I now present to you a party that was styled a while ago.

Remember these amazing party invitations I posted? (No, of course you don't because that was forever ago.)

Neon. Confetti. Subtle Mexican Fiesta nuance.

The food served was a nacho bar and a gorgeous chevron cake. Yum.


One of the activities was that each guest filled out a favorite memory with the birthday girl, totalling 30 envelopes of memories.

And a incredible, ginormous, teal, pentagon piñata. Full of more confetti!

And a paper chain photobooth backdrop with metallic balloons and playful props.

A mess to clean up means great times were had. Yay friend collaborations to celebrate a friend in style!

What do you think, is this a fun way to help a friend over the hill?

Photography by Chase Oros


ombre pinata cookie

Oh ya know, another practical/easy/purposeful diy project! (Not in any way. Even a little bit.)

And timely. (I made these for my 28th birthday 3+ months ago.)

But sometimes you just want to do something because it's pretty and pointless and takes forever. Yes, that is what I wanted for my birthday. Aaaaaaannnnd there's a surprise....!

BAM. Take that blog world. Yep. Pinterest, I will own you.

Just wanted to give you a some pointless trend-candy. A labor of love, emphasis on the labor. Pin away, folks! 

Oh. And if you want to even consider making such silly piñata cookies—you can find the original instructions by Sandra Denneler for She Knows right here. If you are wanting to make them for Cinco de Mayo, you might want to start soon.


inspiration archive // 15

Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans??? I'll be spending all day tomorrow on a service project that my husband has organized. Then hopefully Sunday is relaxing and recoop...preparing for an excellent birthday week!

Leaving you inspired for your weekend with these pretty food illustrations.

Featured Lovely By: Chris Silas Neal (via Pinterest)


inspiration archive // 10

Not sure where this week went. It was Tuesday, and now it's Friday...and I'm not sure what happened in between. But I do know suddenly I'm loving the bits of cool weather and longing to break out the scarves and boots. This photo captures it perfectly. Cozy fall.

Have a splendid weekend!

Featured Lovely By: Tartelette (via Pinterest)


guest posting on // oh, hello friend

An excited hello to new friends and followers! Yesterday I had the privelege of guest posting on one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE blogs: Oh, Hello Friend (you really ought to follow Danni, she is a doll). Head on over to check out these cute ruffled baking cups I found!

I'm swimming in post-vacation craziness but will be back tomorrow with a snapshot of my trip to the DC area. Hope your week is going well!


registry gift upgrade

So I've posted before about how registries are boring. But for the last wedding I got even more creative!

When I saw this double layer cupcake carrier I knew we had a winner. If the bride is a baker—I definintely want to encourage that (not to diss new towels).

Hello excuse to add cute sprinkles and cupcake liners. AND conveniently Amy of Eat Drink Chick posted these adorable cutlery tags, which I easily made into cupcake toppers.

Add a wedding card with a cake theme and voilà! Pretty and a more personalized gift!

And yes, this peanut butter banana cream cupcake was amazing.


super healthy ::: raspberries & chilled oatmeal

It is raspberry season people. And have been obsessed with this breakfast ALL WEEK. I normally don't even eat in the mornings. But this is sooo delicious, and you prepare it the night before so it's super easy in the morning. You can find the original recipe on Mint, by The Faux Martha. My favorite alteration is to use only the ingredients below:

Add almond milk and raw almond slivers (calcium and good fats) and this is a breakfast nutritionally outmatched only by eating raw vegetables (in my expert opinion!). This breakfast is packed full of health benefits including lowing cholesterol, strengthening immune system, lowers risk of type 2 diabetes, and fights cancer. We are talking loaded with fiber and antioxidants. I also like that it uses uncooked oatmeal, so it's technically/nearly raw (I think).

Anywho. Enough health rambling. I whole-heartedly recommend and know you won't be disappointed—or feeling hungry. YUM.


my first CSA & recipes

Another adventure I have been holding out on is participating in my first CSA.

Each week we get a "surprise" bundle of local fresh produce. It has been a bit of a challenge to find way of incorporating new-to-me produce. I'd never cooked with a turnip in my life. And I have no idea what many of the greens are, including the upper right bunch (help!). Most weeks I cut up all the greens and mix together to eat in salads all week, which is probably not the best way to eat exotic greens.

A collection of herbs each week. Basil, thyme, sage, and rosemary.

While it has been a bit of challenge to use up the food during a busy week, I am a fan of joining a CSA simply because it forces you incorporate/eat really healthy foods. I am probably not the only one who needs a extra accountability to eat a large amount of vegetables EVERY WEEK. Bonus that it supports the local economy (of course).

Don't forget to follow Kara and Erin (which I posted about here) if you need garden recipe ideas. And below are the recipes that I or a friend have tried and recommend:

Rainbow Chard Pesto

Sweet Potato & Turnip Mash with Sage Butter

Summer Vegetable Tian

Pasta with Kale & Walnut Pesto

Sweet Spicy Turnips 

Sweet & Tangy Sauteed Collard Greens

I'd love to know if you tried and loved a CSA? Or if you have any great seasonal recipes to try?!


easy homemade pickles

Hello! The latest homestead adventure—tasty pickles!

First let me introduce a little {slow food} inspiration, From The Garden And Farm. A blog series from local food delight-ees, Kara of Inspired Kara and Erin of Third Row Seat. They are growing & cooking up an abundance of delicious fresh food and have a great board of inspiration.

When you have an abundance of vegetation from the garden, you've gotta get creative. With an abundance of cucumbers (from a friends' garden), it was time to attempt pickles!

This was as easy as making any salad. You only need a large, clean jar and a few ingredients.

::: homemade pickles :::

3-4 cucumbers (sliced or whole)
1/4 sliced onion
1 garlic clove (slice or mash a bit)
handful of fresh dill
pinch of cracked pepper
1 tbsp sea salt
3 tsp honey
1 cup vinegar (any other than balsamic)
1 cup water

Place garlic, dill, and pepper in bottom of jar. Add the onion and as many cucumbers that will fit. (I added a pinch of dried dill because my herb garden dill is looking really sad after our heat wave). In a separate container mix salt, honey, vinegar, and water until dissolved. I heated this part to help dissolve the salt, but simply stirring works fine too. Pour into jar, topping with additional water if needed to cover cucumbers. Leave overnight and they are ready to eat! This recipe is really versatile and I think you can adapt to any ingredients you have on hand.

*Recipe adapted from this one featured on Rodale