homestead … crisp fall weekend

boots in the truck

It’s my favorite time of year, my birthday is around the corner, the weather is crisp and bonfires are a weekend ritual. Here is my wish list for this weekend.

1. I want to cozy up with this scarf!

2. The smell of this carnitas cooking is one of my favorites. With bay leaves and cinnamon it is perfect for fall. We the carnitas on salads, in tacos, with eggs in the morning, and sometimes just out of the fridge. I think this just moved to the top of my list!

3. I’m super excited for a day trip here next week with three of my favorite ladies.

4. I plan on wearing this outfit, but let’s face it that is pretty much my uniform already!

5. I’m obsessing over these sunnies.

6. And I’m going to paint my nails this color!

Have a great weekend, and I will see you back here on Monday!

 

 

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it’s my favorite … garnish boutique

This week launched by début as a contributor on Garnish’s blog. If you are not familiar with Garnish Boutique and you are in the Baltimore area you should be. It is a phenomenal bridal boutique, elegant, inviting, casual and with impeccable taste. Even if  you are not in the market for a bridal gown there are still so many reasons to visit Garnish. I like to shop the bridesmaid dresses for special occasions. This way I get a dress that is unique, and I know will fit. Usually for about the same, sometimes less, than I would spend on a dress at the mall. I find that it take the stress out of dress shopping.

So take a look-see, I have some great content planed for the blog and hope that you will join me there as well! Here is a sneak peek of some of the great stuff that will be happening over there.

fall wedding | K Flick StudioI used this beautiful centerpiece from a friend’s wedding as inspiration for a collection of great fall accessories. Perfect for a wedding, night out, or if you are super fancy, which I pretend to be sometimes, the grocery store!

fall wedding inspiration | K Flick Studio

Hop on over to the Garnish blog for the full post and sources for all these great items!

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homestead … pumpkin picking

One of my favorite memories of fall as a child is pumpkin picking. My parents would bundle me up and drive for hours, 30 minutes, into the farm land. There were farm animals, corn mazes, a giant fort, hay rides, and fields of pumpkins as far as the eyes could see. Pretty much everything a kid could want. You can only imagine how excited I was to take Ari pumpkin picking for the first time this year. It’s true he was only 2 months old when we went but I could tell he was really excited to be there.

Hay Ride | K Flick Studio See, doesn’t he look thrilled? It’s true he did sleep through the farm animals, the hay ride, and picking out the perfect pumpkins. But he did wake up for some photos, and at his age that’s really all we can ask for.

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it’s my birthday, almost

pancake cupcakes

So it’s my birthday month and I just revisited a post about pancake cupcakes that Courtney from A Little Glass Box made for her husband’s birthday this summer and it made me smile. She does such a wonderful job of celebrating the people she loves. Everyone should have someone like her in their lives. Who wouldn’t be super excited to have these at their party? Pair them with this chili bar, and a simple yet elegant table and you have yourself a perfect party for me!

 

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homestead … figuring out motherhood, or at least for this week

Well hello there, it’s been a while I know. It seems I’ve had a hard time prioritizing all of you recently. When I do actually put Ari down for a nap, it’s just so easy and nice to cuddle up with him, I run around the house like a crazy doing laundry, dusting, and cooking meals.  Somehow the computer seems to be taking a back seat right now. But things are about to change, or at least I am hoping that they are.

I’ve already bailed on my nice new office that I set up for myself while we were getting ready for Ari’s arrival. It became really apparent, really quickly that having an office space set away from family spaces was never going to work. So a quick trip to Ikea, and a fight with 10,000 computer cords later I have a nice new, clean, office space in our living room. If you told me a year ago that I was going to make this change I would have laughed in your face. But ideas that you have about your house, and life after kids change very quickly once the little ones arrive. It’s a little scary.

So in an effort to streamline and keep things clean and nice in our main living space I have condensed down to a few basics. Lovely notebooks from Sugar Paper to keep all my thoughts together. Russell + Hazel binders, because I can’t live without them. Clip boards, who can have enough of those? I use them for everything. Calendars, shopping list, coupons, receipts for items I might return, really anything that I need to keep track of. Vintage ball jars to hold pens, envelope openers, scissors, change, washi tape, like the clip boards the list goes on. I also like to have a tray on my desk where everything can be consolidated when not in use. This way I always know where my essential items are and leave the rest of the desk uncluttered. Or at least that is how the tray works in theory, in reality there might be junk all over the desk most of the time. Don’t tell anyone…

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R + H binder | phone case | notebooks | clipboard | ball jarstray | desk

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cook it … late summer gazpacho

Ok so it might not actually be late summer anymore. The first day of fall was actually last Sunday, but it is still warm here and until I have a pumpkin in my house and can wear my puffy vest without hesitation everyday it is not really fall. But I digress, I am really posting today to tell you about the best soup I have ever had. For real, the best. My lovely mother made the soup for the first time the day after I returned home from the hospital with Ari. I was on family imposed bed rest and being served all of my meals on beautifully laid out trays by my mother. For breakfast I had papaya and prosciutto, and for lunch yellow tomato and corn gazpacho, henceforth known as the best soup ever.

late summer gazpacho | K Flick StudioMade from ripe late summer yellow tomatoes, fresh corn, and yellow peppers it is a celebration of all things August. Bursting with bright flavor it is acidic, creamy, and chilled for a hot summers day. Super easy to make, all you need is a blender. Well that and a pot to boil the corn, and a knife, but really that is it. I can’t encourage you enough to run out to the farmers markets on Saturday and Sunday, track down the last of the tomatoes and corn and return home to make this dish. It might change your life.

Many thanks to Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking for creating this glorious soup and sharing it with everyone on her blog. If you are not familiar with it be sure to pop on over and check it out. There are a bazillion recipes that I plan on trying this fall. I think I might start with this one, or perhaps this white bean chili for a cold night.

On another note, this weekend we are going pumpkin picking and I can’t wait. I remember our annual trips to the pumpkin patches in Missouri when I was little and can’t wait to share in new memories with Ari. He might only be two months old, that happened fast, but it is never to early for pumpkins!

Have a great weekend!

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