Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup

There are so many things I love about social media, and I’m adding this soup to my list.

It’s freezing here in Atlanta and I’m colder than I’ve ever been {literally, the low today is 7 degrees …} so I took to Pinterest to find a warm, hearty vegetable soup recipe. I tend to fill my food-related boards with moody pins of beautifully shot food instead of dishes I might actually make one day. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon this delicious recipe for Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup from Fork & Flower, a lovely blog from Switzerland that I am loving equally as much as the soup!

Thanks to my New Year resolutions, I edited the recipe just a tad in the making. You can click over to see the original recipe here, I replaced the heavy cream with a splash of 2% milk and you can leave out the potato as the cauliflower is hearty enough and provides a great texture alone. I also heavied up on the garlic, personal preference.

And, after taste testing before I hit puree, I will be making the roasted cauliflower & chickpeas as a side dish {or meal!} again soon.

In 2014, I am resolving to blog {more} and to do so about things I am truly passionate about – family, the South, heirlooms – I’ll start there and keep it simple. And so, here’s to my first post of the new year!

I gave you a sneak peek a while back from our Love Bug shoot with my favorite photographer, Heidi from Our Labor of Love and the adorable children’s shop Seed Factory here in Atlanta.

As Heidi pointed out to me, this shoot is not my typical aesthetic – simple, clean, white. I go more for the setting, outdoors, rustic, layered. But the premise of the Love Bug shoots are to capture the pure joy of children, their favorite toy and to let them simply play and be themselves. Wyatt brought his sweet tiger Jellycat. And, the photos that resulted show my sweet two-year old just as he is – happy, sweet, silly and full of energy.

Here’s to 2014!

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I have long, long been a fan of foodie-fav site food52. Merrill and Amanda have a fabulous knack for keeping things in the realm of simple that I can only accomplish by taking away one or two things, an aesthetic I most adore.

I count myself so fortunate to be have my heirloomed tabletop linens collection as part of their new provisions site, and am equally as thrilled to be included in the upcoming provisions Holiday Market this weekend. Were I not 9-months pregnant and due any day, I would surely love to be there for this fabulous series of events and curated shopping in New York City!

There are so many fabulous finds on the provision site, and that will be included in the Holiday Market this weekend, that I could hardly choose my favorites for this little food52 gift guide I compiled – but there are several things here that I’ve been swooning over for quite some time {read: turkish pans & beeswax birthday candles & heirloom brass scissors} that I had to limit my picks to just a select few!

food52 provisions gift guide

I’d love to know, what are your favorite finds for holiday gifts on the provisions site?

I’m in the holiday spirit and ready to break out the Christmas tunes at any given moment {too soon?}.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is looking forward to a mailbox full of happy & festive holiday cards from friends and family I hear from every day and some I haven’t heard from in ages.  Since it will be Baby Girl’s first Christmas, I hate not to include her on the holiday card but not knowing when she will arrive exactly and coordinating a family photo for Christmas cards and then her newborn shots has my head spinning just a tad – but mostly because I look forward to it so much every year!

I ordered Wyatt’s birthday invitations this year from Minted and had such a fabulous experience that I decided to go with them for our holiday cards this year as well!

So, here are a few of my picks for our holiday card this year. Do you have a favorite?

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After browsing tons of fabulous designs, I thought I’d share how I went about selecting my holiday cards. Everyone has different priorities for selecting their card designs, but here is what I found to be my top 5 “must haves” for my holiday cards:

1. Single, Large Photo Layout
I love a good reason to take yet another family photo that really reflects the personality and lifestyle of our little clan, so a flat card with a clean, simple one-photo layout was my #1 priority. I filtered out all other design options from the search for that reason, which made my search quite a bit easier!

2. Classic Holiday Message
Around the holidays, I’m especially nostalgic for the “classics.”  This year, I must admit I was tempted by some of the very cute & clever phrases, song lyrics, and words that adorned the sweet designs, but I decided sticking to a classic message like “Happy Holidays” or “Joy” felt more like something that fit our family so there I stuck.

3. Whimsical Design
While I stuck with classic message, I love a little juxtaposition so a bit of whimsy in the design was also important to me. I love the hand-painted look of some of the design treatments like the evergreen sprigs, the shiny gold foil, or the special edge designs. Pairing a little something fun with the classic message and a photo I’m in love with makes for a homerun holiday card in my book.

4. Last Name Leaders
Call me traditional again, but I just love having a strong, simple statement like “The Schoenith’s” or even the year stamp showing as a prominent design treatment. When you see a wall or fridge filled with holiday cards, making yours easily identifiable and a keepsake (especially for family members that love to keep cards!) makes this touch especially significant.

5. Ease of Use
Onto the more “2.0″ version of myself, ease of use in browsing, ordering, & ask questions is such a priority for me {especially this time of year …} so being able to filter my search, find my perfect card on my iPhone at 1 AM from the comfort of my bed, and live chat customer service with a question made my choice even easier. And, don’t think for one minute I won’t be uploading my Christmas List so these cards come pre-addressed and ready to go!

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Last but not least, I have a fun giveaway for you and YOUR holiday cards this year from my friends at Minted.  Click here and enter to win $150 credit towards your holiday card purchase at Minted this year!

 

Giveaway entries accepted 11/22/13-11/26/13 11:50 pm PT. Giveaway sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own. As part of this collaboration, I received compensation. All opinions are my own.  A winner will be chosen at random and prize fulfillment will be handled by Minted.

Just when you think you know what pure joy looks like, try giving a 2-year old a push button to a Smilebooth camera and see what happens. smilebooth 3

While we were waiting for our Lovebug shoot at the sweet kids store, seed factory here in Atlanta, Heidi and the lovely ladies at Our Labor of Love let the kiddos play in front of the camera and have more fun than I ever could have imagined. I can’t wait to see the full Lovebug shoot photos of my sweet little guy and his most favorite Jellycat tiger.

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Baby Girl Pregnant

They say with baby #2 you’re more laid back about the details. With less than three weeks to go before we meet our baby girl, by now I would have had my hospital bag packed, nursery complete down to the finishing touches and baby clothes all washed, folded and hung in all of their tiny glory. This time around, not so much the case …. but we’re getting there!

Belly

So thankful to friend & my favorite photographer, Heidi for capturing these sweet belly shots so we could have some actual record that I actually carried this sweet girl for 9 months. You know, as opposed to the weekly numbered belly shots I took when I was pregnant with Wyatt.

Excited to meet our sweet girl – and to share all the fun things we have coming up with you – newborn shots, nursery & toddler room reveals & more!

I’m in countdown mode to the very first Garden & Gun Jubilee – have you heard? With holiday shopping {and music} on my brain already, coupled with the fact that I have yet to make it to a G&G event  {despite my many hints to attend the Blackberry Farm weekend … ahem}. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, the Jubilee is in Charleston …. December 6th thru 8th.

Garden & Gun Jubilee logo

I’m so thrilled that IceMilk Aprons will be participating by showcasing some of our items – what a treat! Unfortunately with the upcoming birth of baby girl I can’t travel to make the event, so one lucky person will win two tickets to the G&G Jubilee instead!

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Camp Party Chalkboard Sign

Last weekend we held Wyatt’s 2nd birthday party – where has the time gone!? We have always had a fondness for camping and the outdoors, and Wyatt shares the same passions. And, his “big boy” toddler room {which is nearly complete .. stay tuned!} has a camp-inspired theme, too so it was the perfect fit.

Camp Party Invitation Smores Cake

I instantly found inspiration in this sweet Minted birthday invitation and got so many comments from the guests on the cute theme. We pitched a big tent in the backyard for the kids to play under, and outfitted with a few simple swags of burlap and a hand-stitched red cross flag it made the perfect backdrop for the party. The flag made it’s way into Wyatt’s new room, too.

I’m by no means a food blogger, but I must say this s’mores cake might have been my very best baked good to date. I just may post the recipe if there is some interest because I’m dying to make it again {already!} I’m a sucker for a good graham cracker crust.

Camp Party Tent

I also made a kid-friendly s’mores cake and pitched three little graham cracker tents on top, which was simple to cut and share with the kiddos.  And, just when you start to feel a little crafty, I have my talented mom to thank for Wyatt’s cute hand-painted “Camp Wyatt” thermal shirt, tent flag sign and chalkboard sign! And, I had to get these classic kids Hunter Boots as the perfect birthday present, though he hobbled around in one most of the day!

Toddler Camp Party

Everyone had fun playing and roasting s’mores in the firepit. This s’mores station was pretty much completely gone by the end of the afternoon and the perfect Fall day added a crisp little note to the fun.

Smores Station

 

 

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I love watching the Food Network, but imagine my surprise a few weeks back when I spotted one of my new heirloomed aprons pop up on the screen. In disbelief I hit rewind on the DVR and sure enough, there it was! Chef Damaris Phillips, the latest winner of Food Network Star was wearing the heirloomed Halter Apron on the trailer for her new show, Southern at Heart.

Damaris Phillips apron

I absolutely love that she is celebrating the love of Southern food and spreading her Kentucky roots for all to see. In the second episode this morning, Damaris prepared a lovely Fall breakfast spread, including two of my favorites {quiche & granola} AND was wearing the apron during the whole episode – how exciting. She wears it so beautifully and couldn’t imagine a more wonderful, Southern model for the apron. She picked her apron up at a store we work with in Louisville, KY called The Urban Farmhouse Market, and was also kind enough to wear it for her cooking demos last week at the New York Food & Wine Festival.

If you haven’t tuned in yet to watch Southern at Heart, I hope you’ll tune in next Sunday at 10:30AM est to catch the latest episode and support Damaris!

In celebration of the TV debut, we are hosting a giveaway this week of our heirloomed Halter Apron, the same style worn by Damaris on the show! You have until 11/10/13 12AM to enter to win – best of luck!

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This week neutral hue had a fun rustic vs modern holiday tabletop styling event at West Elm Atlanta and I wanted to share some of my favorite [rustic ] picks for your holiday table. There were so many things to choose from, and I especially love that we have a MARKET concept in our West Elm here. Rustic woods, camp-inspired enamel wear and a juxtaposition of more polished pieces bring this tablescape to life.

west elm rustic tablescape

Like the more modern side? Click over to see my rustic table vs. Christina’s modern.

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