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Blog Love: How Sweet It Is

brussel sprout grilled cheese - how sweet it is

You may have noticed in my Tuesday post that my recipe was adapted from How Sweet It Is.  Well, it would be an understatement to say I “follow her blog” because I’m really just obsessed!

Jessica has such personality, so beyond the amazing photography and drool worthy recipes, actually reading the posts is entertainment enough!  And while many of her recipes may be inspired by simple, well known dishes, there is almost always a delicious twist.

broiled feta carmelized pears - how sweet it is

apple bacon sweet potatoes - how sweet it is

bean burger patty melt - how sweet it is

What are you waiting for? Get over there now and start cooking!

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Blog Love: Happyolks

Shaved-Brussel-Sprouts-Salad - happyyolks

In the spirit of this new year, I want to add a new blog theme.  Periodically I’ll spotlight blogs that either I’ve followed for a long time or new blogs I’ve just come to admire.  In the blogging world, it’s so important to be community and support each other since the virtual connection can be so disconnecting.

For our first installment, I want to share a blog I recently discovered via Pinterest.  The photography alone drew me in; you can actually see the hands that prepare the food.  I love that.

Shaved-Brussel-Sprouts-Salad-happyolks

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And the recipes…oh the recipes.  Delicious.

Happyolks-Cabbage Salad

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Persimmon-Breakfast-Cookies-Happyolks

Kelsey and Shaun come across as a genuinely passionate couple and that makes following their blog even better.  Happyolks “is to celebrate the experience of creating a wholesome meal and the happiness that inherently grows from it. In the garden, at the farmers market, and from the hearts of our kitchen, we have a chance at each mealtime to express our gratitude to the earth, the day, and one another.”

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Support Happyolks and check it out for yourself.

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Featured Artisan: Illustrated Bites

I recently came across this lovely illustration on Pinterest by Illustrated Bites. Hubby and I have been wanting to build a raised herb garden, so this really sets the mood!  It’s simple, pretty and informative.

For more herbal instruction, Heather also created these:

Now go ahead and check out Illustrative Bites for yourself to see some more collaborative food and design inspiration!  And if you need a sign or project designed, Heather is available for hire!  Read about Heather and how to contact her here.

If and when we finally get to building that herb garden, the tough part will be keeping all those herbs alive and healthy.  Do you have any gardening tips?

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Featured Artisan: U.S. of Awesome

I recently discovered and started following a lovely food blog, Whipped.  All of the recipes look delicious, yum.  Thanks Caroline!

But that’s not all that’s great about what I discovered. Caroline’s husband lost his job a few months ago (you can read up on that here), and in an effort to create a job for himself, they created U.S. of Awesome.  Read all about the new venture in Caroline’s words here, but here’s a snippet as well:

“U.S. of Awesome is a celebration of Americana and all the people, places and ideas that make the United States of America awesome.”

U.S. of Awesome wants to “partner with and promote American artists and artisans.”  The aim is that all products sold through the site as well as the shipping supplies, office supplies and “even the drinks” in their fridge are 100% made in America.

Not only is U.S. of Awesome celebrating and supporting American artisans, they will donate $1 for every shirt they sell online to one of three causes: Educate America, Feed America, Preserve America.

Come on, let’s support America together!

You can visit their website, follow along with the blog, connect on Facebook, chat on Twitter,  swoon on Pinterest, and sign up for the newsletter too.  There are no shortage of ways to stay in touch!  And for more information about U.S. of Awesome, read up here.

So what do ya say? Support America and buy a shirt!

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Featured Artisan: Farm Mobile

If you remember from my Georgia Vacation Recap: Atlanta edition, we encountered the Farm Mobile at a local farmer’s market and fell in love. What a clever idea!

The Farm Mobile is a mobile farmer’s market with stocked shelves full of “organic locally grown produce, free-range eggs, breads from H&F Bread Co., our own grits, polenta, and cornmeal, and sustainable meats.”  Their freezers are full of grassfed beef and Berkshire pork from their very own Riverview Farms, a certified organic farm in Ranger, Georgia, as well as “whole pasture-raised chickens raised by White Oak Pastures.”  The truck is also usually stocked with other items like local cheeses and pesto. Yum!

I love that they use burlap and chalk boards.  Right up my alley!

After speaking with the manager of this mobile wonderland, we learned that the truck used to be a tool truck with the shelving and storage already in place when they got to it.  Great find!  Charlotte Swancy of Riverview Farms owns the truck, and has passed on some of the responsibility to Donna who manages the truck.  Donna’s husband Shane works with her occasionally.   Keep up all the great work!

Donna and Shane are so passionate about what they do and it shows.  They were both so friendly and willing to talk when I asked their permission to blog about their awesome business.

If you’re a local in or around Atlanta or just visiting, check out their schedule to catch up with them on the road.  You can also see updates on Twitter and Facebook.  And if you want to get in touch directly, feel free to email them too: farmmobileatl@gmail.com.

Are there farmer’s market trucks roaming in your city?

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Featuring: Kraft and Jute

I got an email this morning from someone inquiring about working together on some packaging.  I know that’s a little vague, but I can’t share any details just yet.

Anyway, this person brought to my attention a wonderful place online: Kraft and Jute.  So why didn’t I already know about this? I must live under a rock.

They have so many lovely items, but some things that really stand out to me are their stitched products, like business cards, print sleeves and pocket folders.  I’ve never been much into sewing, but have always loved stitching on paper.  Pair that with kraft paper and I’m sold!

This would be a dream come true for a bride-to-be in love with all things burlap and kraft.  Gosh, I wish I had found this site while planning our wedding!

Another bonus? Their kraft card stocks are 100% recycled and “waste from product development is also either reused in new product creations or recycled with our suppliers,” according to their Naked promise.

Go check it out and let me know what you think.  What’s your favorite? I know I can’t wait to have an excuse to get my hands on those lovelies.

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Featuring: Feathers on 1st

First, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas.  Can you believe it’s almost 2012? I can’t. So much happened this past year. I started this blog for one thing!

So on our approach to the upcoming new year, I want to introduce you to a lovely shop.

I ordered this pillow for a special occasion.  I needed a small, specific size and I needed it quickly. Heather to the rescue!  Heather from Feathers on 1st (who is a friend of a friend) made it for me custom in no time at all.  She was great to work with: friendly, prompt, understanding and a wonderful seamstress.

She usually makes pillow covers with a zipper enclosure, but since I needed a specific size and I knew I wouldn’t be able to find a pillow form, she stuffed it for me. Huge help!

And it came wrapped adorably, which is always a plus!  I love her packaging. Simple. Cute. To the point. That’s the way I like it.

Here are some of the other items available in her shop:

Plus she doesn’t just make pillows:

And as I said before, she does custom work:

So next time you need a pillow, check out Feathers on 1st.  You won’t be disappointed. Promise.  And if you’re into buying local, she’s located here in Orange County.

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P.S. – Those first two photos of my pillow are taken from my (new) smartphone.  A little better than those Christmas photos, huh? I told you it was all about the lighting.

P.P.S. – I know I’m very late to the smartphone party, especially for my generation.  I usually am the last to get the latest “new” tech thing. It’s partly due to the fact that I’m frugal and would like to preserve things past. BUT I LOVE my phone and am practically addicted. I know. I Know.

P.P.P.S – I almost forgot to tell you that this custom pillow is for a special someone and you’ll get a peak at that gift in a few days. Remember this?

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