Entries from November 2011

Apples and Acorn Squash

November 29, 2011

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‘Tis the season for winter squash! I typically like throwing squash in a curry dish but I was in the mood to take it a sweeter route last night – and we have a bin full of local apples to use up. I had to work late last night so directed Jeremy on how to make this meal from my office:

1) Cut an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds
2) Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt.
3) Stick cloves around the edge (apparently this was tricky…)
4) Fill the middle with chopped apples and sprinkle with cinnamon
5) Bake at 400F for 40-60 minutes (make sure to bake in a dish filled with about .5″ of water and cover with tin foil to keep from drying out).

Voila!

What’s your favorite winter squash recipe? I need to load up on ideas – we’ll be eating lots of it over the next few months.

P.S. I already mentioned how I love shopping at Native Roots but if you’re in OKC you have to check out Urban Agrarian. They used to sell local veggies out of a van on Sundays but now they have a permanent spot in Downtown OKC next to the old farmer’s market – they’re open Wed-Sun from 10am – 6pm.

A Thanksgiving Baptism

November 28, 2011

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I spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving thinking about how it’s quickly becoming my favorite holiday. I decided in the middle of last week that I was going to spend four whole days quietly thinking about what I was thankful for and that I would report back here with some new found illumination on the meaning of life. It was going to be like a Sophia Coppola movie with a sleepy soundtrack – I had it all planned out.

But just when I started to take myself a little too seriously, I went from a Sophia Coppola film to a John Hughes flick and fell into the lake with my sister and 3-year-old nephew. It was a series of events led to our Thanksgiving baptism of sorts – it started with Tara insisting I get in the kayak with her followed by Jeremy insisting that we all load up in the kayak together on the bank of the lake excited to give us a bold send-off into the lake. And with one good push we rolled into the lake.

I was so present in that moment – I remember thinking how perfect it was that we were being dunked into a cold lake on Thanksgiving day. And in that split second, just before we hit the water, I swear I found the meaning of life.

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November 23, 2011

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A few months ago I had dinner with my friends Bryan and Kendi. Over wine and food we exchanged sarcastic quips and stories about being creative entrepreneurs, bloggers and life in general. Once I was good and tipsy Kendi revealed to me that she was going to open a store, called Bloom, just north of Dallas – and that she needed a logo, signage and business cards and for said store. In like … a week. I made her buy me another glass of wine and said YES.

Kendi wanted something understated, clean and industrial – a bold contrast to the really beautiful and feminine clothes she would be carrying in her store. I wanted to do something that was a little bit of a visual nod to her and Bryan’s photography business, Photograhers Skeen, too.

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After I knocked the logo out we tackled the exterior signage (I love the little hello. decal on the front door – that was Kendi’s idea) and a more bold cut-out stainless steel sign for behind the cash wrap. Meanwhile, Kendi is working her magic (read: not sleeping for weeks at a time) and getting the store remodeled and stocked for a quick opening. We worked seamlessly, hundreds of miles apart, on different pieces of the puzzle – having faith that it would all come together to make for a beautiful shop.

On my way back up from Austin last weekend I stopped through McKinney, TX (which is a magical little town where characters played by Meg Ryan and Sandra Bullock live) and made Kendi open her store on her day off so I could see the whole shebang – and you guys, the place is amazing. I’m so proud of the hard work Kendi put in to see this dream of hers come to fruition.

Visit bloom online here: www.bloomdowntown.com

Shop Good

November 22, 2011

Most of the time I’m a designer. But sometimes I’m a model.

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When my friends at Shop Good (aka Jeremy’s favorite store ever) asked me to model for their Holiday Gift Guide I had to say yes. What’s so cool about Shop Good is that every purchase made impacts local and global communities for good (they not only buy ethically made clothes and jewelry, they also donate a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to a charity). If you want to look rad, and feel good while being a consumer Shop Good is your place.

Also – they don’t judge me when I come in on a monthly basis to try on every pair of Warby Parker glasses in the store – even though I have 20/20 vision.

• Click here to see more in the Shop Good Holiday Gift Guide.

• Go here to Shop Good online – get 20% off your purchases 11/24 – 11/27 by entering promo: blackfridayforgood

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation to blog about this. I genuinely love these people and this shop. F’reals.

Friends. Giving.

November 21, 2011

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Last weekend Jeremy and I took a little road trip down to Austin, Texas to spend some time with our new friends (and clients) Melissa & Dave. I’m designing a Paleo cookbook for Mel and she wanted to get a group shot of all the contributors for the back-of-the-book bios. And she promised food & drink.

So, it was this picture perfect scene. An outdoor feast + 75 degree temperature + a canopy of lights + beautiful people + great conversation – it was a recipe for magic. We talked about the creative process and art and food. We shared back stories and exchanged hearty laughs.

I need more of these kinds of scenes in my life – I’m thinking it starts by stringing some lights in my backyard. I’ll cook and you bring the booze. How does that sound?

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