Thursday, November 20, 2014

Collard Soup




If your already pinching your nose just from the title, believe me I completely understand. Growing up in the south the only way I had ever been presented collards was in a big casserole dish of mush and so naturally for the majority of my life I would politely pass on the mush dish. It wasn't until a year or two ago that a friend gave me her recipe for one of the best soups I've ever had. And guess what? It had collards in it, lots of them! 

If tasting is believing then friends, pass the soup because it totally changed my views on those beautiful leafy greens. So if you've never been a fan you might give it a try, it just might convert you over too. 


Collard Soup 

1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cups of diced red potatoes
1-2 tbsp garlic, minced
Diced Ham
Smoked Summer sausage, sliced 1/4"
chicken broth
Collards
Pinch of cayenne
white beans, optional*

In a large stock pot, add a little bit of olive oil and throw in your onions and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 min. Next add in your sliced collards and stir for a good 2-3 minutes until tender. Add all the remaining ingredients except the beans. Bring to boil, reduce and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add beans if using and cook 5 more minutes. Serve hot with a slice of corn bread or rosemary bread.

**This recipe gets better with time, and is always the most flavorful on the second day. If your wanting healthier options, I buy turkey / ham by jennio and sub the summer sausage for smoked turkey kielbasa that I brown before adding in for extra flavor.**

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanks Giving Inspiration

Is there anything better than Fall time? The leaves are looking fabulous here in Raleigh and my photography business has kicked into high gear with families and couples wanting Christmas card photos, which means Thanks Giving is just around the corner. We have lots of family coming into town starting at the end of this week, so I thought to kick it all off I would share with you some Thanks Giving inspiration to help get you in the mood! 


  pumpkin man and other great Fall decorating

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Pretty Fall Decorating Ideas, but also check out that vintage church attendance sign. SO many ideas on how to use that.  How about a chore chart for the kids?  I'm thinking of printing out my own signs to stick inside for seasonal decor... what would yours say?

thanksgiving table - Easy  www.budgettravel.com 

Beautiful Fall Dinner Party with Pear Chalkboard Tabletop ReluctantEntertainer.com

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Autumn Door Decor -> embroidery hoop + burlap + sharpie lettering + faux Chinese lantern flowers


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Part III -- Washington State

Today is my final photo day from our tour of the west coast. I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and have already been gearing up for turkey day!
















Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oregon -- Part II

Continuing on our Tour de West Coast we headed into Oregon. 








We attempted to go to Crater Lake but we got snowed out less than half way up the Mountain, so it will have to wait for another trip. 






We stayed in a tiny Japanese house that was made entirely from found materials within a 10 mile radius and was 100% off the grid. It was actually featured on Apartment Therapy a few months ago you can read more about it here!








I can even admit we stopped off at the Goonies house in Astoria, the set of one of my favorite childhood movies!



We checked out Cannon Beach as well



And even had time to stop for anniversary pictures. 


Check back in tomorrow for the final Part in my Tour of the West Coast. 

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