(Quick note: I apologize in advance for the dashes. Apparently if I spell out the p-word, this site can get tagged for a parental advisory on Google. And I’d much prefer to get the point across and keep this listed as a family-friendly site. Thanks!)
So…it’s no secret that I love taking photos of food. I love cooking food, and styling it, and breathing in those yummy smells as I come in for that close-up. I love sharing those photos of food, and blogging about them online. I love oohing and ahhhing over other people’s photos of food. I love that food photography has even turned into a full-time job for me these past few years.
In honor of everyone’s favorite Irish holiday coming up on Monday, we’re going “green” today on The Friday Five. Yep, we’re talking everything from green smoothies to green cocktails to green St. Paddy’s Day crafts to DIY green cleaning products. And of course, I had to throw in a few cute ideas for green pieces to wear to avoid the pinching police. (Seriously — that ridiculous pinching — who on earth ever thought that was a good idea?!)
Some of you may remember that I caught the blogging travel bug last year and spent a good chunk of 2013 hopping from culinary adventure to adventure. This year, I have decided to spend much more of my time back home in Kansas City. But I was looking through photo albums the other day and was reminded again of what an amazing season it was. I still can’t believe I got to meet such wonderful people, visit so many inspiring places, and — of course — eat so much spectacular food.
One of those trips that I had yet to share with you about on here was my time at Culinaria, an awesome food and wine festival in San Antonio. I had thought this trip might be fun to share in the chilly winter, in case any of you are looking for a fab trip idea for this spring. Tickets just went on sale for Culinaria 2014, which will be held this May. And let me assure you, it is an epic food and wine festival to attend. Everything’s bigger and better in Texas, right? And this festival is no exception. From the incredible chefs and their culinary masterpieces, to the hand-crafted cocktails, to the events, to the scenic boardwalk, to the fine wines, to the CIA…San Antonio shows that they know how to throw a mega party with this festival. And we, at least, had a mega good time.
Wow, that week went by in a hurry! Or maybe I should say, a “flurry”, as we received two more rounds of snow in Kansas City since the last Friday Five. As tends to happen in the Midwest, though, we should be springing right back up from -15 degree windchills to 65 degree sunny days this weekend, and I can’t wait.
I have to say, though, this week was a pretty good one despite the bitter temps. Lent kicked off on Wednesday, and instead of giving up something this year, I decided to spend some extended time with the book of John, and also taking some intentional time each day to just give thanks. Actually, what I’m specifically trying to do is start and end each day by giving thanks because, quite simply, I can’t really think of a better way to bookend a day. So I’m taking the 40-ish days of Lent to see if I can get into that rhythm and let those specific times of thankfulness become a habit in my life and spill over into the rest of my days even more.
Although I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could have used another workday or two in this week. It was one of those weeks where I worked my tail off, but somehow only seemed to check off half the things on my to-do list. Especially when it came to the joy of all joys of self-employment – taxes. Wouldn’t you know, there were just so many other things on my list that sounded more fun than receipts and 1099s and check-writing galore? :)
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! (Or as Leslie Knope would say, Happy Galentine’s Day to you ladies out there!)
I hope all of your days are all off to a lovely start, and that you get to spend some quality time this weekend surrounded by people you love. I’m home wrapping up the week of work today, but am looking forward to kicking off a weekend of random events and coffees and concerts and super-secret-spyish-adventures (true) with friends this evening. I may be flying solo for Valentine’s Day this year in the relationship department, but my friends seem determined that solo will not mean “alone”. One of the many reasons I love ‘em.
We’ve made it to the end! Today’s post marks the last in the story of my new white kitchen remodel, and I love that the grand finale literally hits “close to home” featuring one of my favorite Midwestern companies — Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Anyone living in the Midwest is undoubtedly familiar with this megastore that is pretty much everyone’s one-stop-shop for furniture, electronics, appliances, flooring, and about a zillion other things. Their store in Kansas City is absolutely enormous, so much so that it is simply known here as “Nebraska” since it’s — well — about the size of Nebraska. But it is really well designed and welcoming, and the second you walk in the door there are always plenty of salespeople on hand to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
For years, I have been known to tune into the last few minutes of home makeover shows just to catch “the reveal”. You know, that moment when these amazing people (usually with amazing stories) get to pull off the blindfold and see their new house unveiled for the first time? And you get to see that wonderful mixture of disbelief, wonder, thankfulness, and pure joy written all over their faces?
Well, each morning I wake up and walk into my new kitchen, I feel like it’s a new reveal day all over again. I still cannot believe that this is actually my new kitchen, and that I actually get to be the lucky one to live here, and cook meals here, and entertain here, and call this place my home. It all feels like the most incredible gift — which it absolutely is — and daily I find myself totally tearing up with gratitude. (Ok, and jumping up and down and having miniature dance parties to celebrate.) ;)