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K A T | flashback friday: valentine’s day thumbprint cookies

This Friday, I’m flashing back to these delicious Valentine’s Day cookies Cason and I made. They’re so good and baking is definitely my love language. It’s always nice to deliver a fun sweet to let someone know you care! AND if you deliver these particular cookies, I can guarantee whomever receives them will love you forever!! #bestcookiesever

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I don’t mean to brag but Cason and I have mastered the fine art of thumbprint cookies. These little delicacies can be a labor of love (not difficult to make, just time-consuming) but trust me, you’ve never tasted a better cookie in your life. They are melt in your mouth, hide from your friends, eat in the closet good! My mom gave us the recipe years ago and it’s been my favorite cookie recipe ever since. We make them every year at Christmas (aka: decorate with Christmas sprinkles) but you can make them for any occasion or holiday. Cason and I decided to whip up a batch for Valentine’s Day and found these adorable edible hearts at Williams Sonoma and it added the perfect touch! (I can’t find the edible hearts on their website but I can vouch that they had them in their store this week!)

Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

:: 2/3 cup sugar
:: 1 cup butter, softened (We ALWAYS use Kerrygold Butter in this recipe. It’s like $7 a stick but we swear by it!)
:: 2 egg yolks
:: 1/2 teaspoon salt
:: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
:: 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Frosting
:: 1 cup confectioners sugar
:: 1/4 cup margarine
:: 1/4 cup cocoa
:: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
:: 1/4 cup milk

Step 1 | Cream butter, gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each one. Stir in vanilla.  Combine flour (we always sieve our flour) and salt separately. Slowly add dry mix to the dough, mixing well. Chill the dough for around an hour.

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Step 2 | Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Press thumb in each cookie leaving an indentation. Bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Do NOT brown.

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Step 3 | Let the cookies cool while you whip up your frosting! For the frosting, melt the margarine then add the cocoa. Stir well. Slowly add the confectioners sugar and milk, mixing well. Depending on the consistency you might need to add a little more confectioners sugar or milk. You don’t want the icing to be really thin or it will run off the cookie and you don’t want it to be too thick or it just gets weird and won’t really pour. I typically end up adding around 1/4-1/2 cup of confectioners sugar to make the icing thicker. Mix in vanilla.

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Step 4 | Using a teaspoon, fill indentions with frosting. If you want to decorate with sprinkles or hearts make sure you do it right after you pour the icing. This frosting will set so if you try to use sprinkles later on, they won’t stick! Make sure to leave the cookies out for about 1-2 hours so the icing can dry before you store them in an air-tight container.

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If you are looking to impress your special someone this Valentine’s Day, these cookies will do the trick! Or check out our other delicious Valentine’s Day dessert ideas here and here. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A U D G E | the sweetest little boy i know

ollieNB02My dearest, sweetest, chunkiest little Ollie boy,

Tomorrow is the day that officially marks that you’ve been with us for TWO WHOLE YEARS! And we haven’t even been to the emergency room yet… it’s a miracle! You are 34 lbs. of solid hot mess, and I love every single bit of you. Your passion for cows, cookies, and Elsa from Frozen get me every time. I caught you sneaking away on the iPad one day looking up pictures of cookies on Pinterest, and you were totally in your happy place… so congratulations, you are definitely my son. Despite your amazingly terrifying clumsiness, you still manage to adore tiny babies and will squat down to slowly stroke their little baby faces (and then vigorously shake their car seats to their mother’s horror, but details, details).

Ollies Bday 02You are a firm believer that everything tastes better with ketchup, but we’ve still yet to convince your sister. (Don’t give up on her, she’ll come around eventually.) When we sit down at our table to eat dinner, you’re the first one to reach out for our hands to pray, and you always end with an enthusiastic “aaaaa-men.” I even found you flipping through my Bible on my bed one day, to which you then explained to me “Bible.” (You’re such a straight-shooter, there’s never any fluff talk with you.) I can’t wait until the day you learn about all of the treasures inside of those very pages, but I’m even more eager for you to understand them and know deeply of your Father’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

T+O2016_006You’ve taught me so much about myself too. I used to think I was patient… you quickly revealed that weakness in me. (P.S. Sorry about that.) I used to think I was organized… your amazing ability to destroy a room in 10 seconds flat let that dream quickly die. I used to be pretty okay at time management… your mischevious little ninja self made those “to-do lists” shrink real fast-like after spending so much time chasing you around.  You’ve also taught me to slow down a little, and not just because you walk kind of slow… but because this little man right next to me won’t always be so little. And each year is another reminder that you’re growing up, whether I like it or not.

CousinChristmas2015_004You still love to snuggle with me. (Just so you know. Don’t stop that, EVER.) You still sleep with your favorite blankie, and sometimes even walk around with it like Linus. And this year might very well be the year that you suck that thumb right off your body if you don’t watch out! But I’ll let it go on just a liiiiittle bit longer. Because I don’t mind if you’re still my baby, at least just for a little bit longer.

ChristmasTree2015_001I’m so thankful for the gift that you are. You’ve made our lives so much crazier, and we’re better for it. I’ll confess – every time I photograph a wedding and watch the groom dance with their mother, I think about the day I’ll have to do that with you at your wedding and get all teary-eyed thinking about letting you go. So just for now, we’ll savor this second year in all of its glory… and we’ll just worry about the next year when it gets here. Sound good?

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Mommy.<3

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K A T | skinnytaste: chipotle chicken zoodle soup

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Hi my name is Kathryn, (Hi Kathryn) and I’m addicted to skinnytaste.com. While perusing Pinterest the past couple weeks searching for healthier (low carb/dairy free) meal ideas, SkinnyTaste kept popping up. I’ve heard about Gina’s website before but never really dug in and searched through all of her different recipes until now. If you’ve never visited her site, you have got to sit down and take a look. The founder, Gina, provides healthy recipes with some being specific to different types of diets (Weight Watchers, Paleo, Whole 30, etc…), she posts a meal plan for each week, and recently came out with a cookbook…she basically does it all. Cason and I have been trying out several of her recipes and we haven’t been disappointed yet. One of our favorites that I wanted to share with you was chipotle chicken zoodle soup, it’s perfect for this time of year! Cason and I altered the recipe a little bit by leaving out the cilantro (don’t hate us but we really don’t love the flavor) and we left out the crumbled queso fresco (It sounds amazing but I’m trying to cut back on dairy because of food allergies) but you should definitely put it on your soup because…YUM!

SkinnyTaste Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Zoodle Soup (serves 4)

:: 16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
:: 1/2 tsp kosher salt
:: fresh, black pepper to taste
:: 1 tsp olive oil
:: 1/2 cup chopped onion
:: 3 cloves minced garlic
:: 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
:: 8 oz. can tomato sauce
:: 1/2 tbs chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
:: 1 tsp dried oregano
:: 1/4 tsp cumin
:: 2 bay leaves
:: 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
:: 1, 7 oz. zucchini
:: 1 medium avocado, sliced
:: 2 oz. crumbled queso fresco

Step 1 | Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in the crockpot.

Step 2 | In skillet over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for about 3-4 minutes or until tender. Transfer onion/garlic mixture to crockpot along with chicken broth, tomato sauce, chipotle, oregano, cumin, bay leaves, and half of the cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. *disclaimer- Chipotle chile in adobo sauce is very spicy. If you don’t love spicy try adding just a pinch instead of 1/2 tbs or substitute with a jalapeño pepper.

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Step 3 | Spiralize your zucchini on the smallest noodle setting and cut zucchini into 6 inch strips.

Step 4 | Discard bay leaves and remove chicken from crockpot, shred chicken and add back in along with zoodles and cook on high for about 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender and crisp. Serve and top with avocado slices and crumbled queso!

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If you need a warm, healthy meal idea this week, this one is for you. Have a great week!

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J O A N N A | flashback: soundtrack 2015

The month is coming to a close and I am anxious to know… how are your New Year resolutions coming? Now is about the time you’re looking at those Girl Scout cookies and re-thinking that 15 lb weight loss goal. (Why do Girl Scouts sale their cookies this time of year?… it’s so cruel!) I shared some of my current mommy struggles with y’all on Tuesday, so I thought it would be fitting to re-visit the play list I made to help get me through 2015. I still love all of these songs and the encouragement that they offer is still MUCH needed. Take a listen and rest in the faithfulness of King Jesus…

flashbackfriday_edited-1HEY everybody! I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve blogged. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a splendid time celebrating the New Year! Rest easy, we have a full year till we have to do it all again. (Woohoo!) I was going to do a DIY post today, but decided I’d rather share with you a playlist I recently put together instead. (We all know I look for any excuse to NOT be crafty.) I really loved picking out these tunes to help me get through 2015… Lord knows I need all the help I can get!

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  1. Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)

    Hillsong Worship

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  3. Fix My Eyes

    Kings Kaleidoscope

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  5. Lord, I Need You

    Matt Maher

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  7. He's Always Been Faithful

    Sara Groves

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  9. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

    Tim Redman

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  11. Jesus the Lord My Savior Is

    Indelible Grace ft. Sandra McCracken

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  13. Messengers

    Lecrae ft. King and Country

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  15. Grace Alone

    Kings Kaleidoscope

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  17. Cornerstone

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  19. Thy Will Be Done

    Derek Webb

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  21. All Glory Be to Christ

    Kings Kaleidoscope

I am not a musician, but God uses music to encourage and speak truth to me all the time. I LOVE this playlist because all of these songs remind me of who our God is… So without further ado, here is my soundtrack for 2015!

Happy New Year, friends! I pray that in the midst of inevitable change we will all rest in Gods UNCHANGING grace. All glory be to Christ!joanna_crop

C A S O N | bupper: eleanor & park by rainbow rowell

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Last week we had our first Bupper Club of 2016 and it did not disappoint! One of our very best friends, Holly (who has rejoined Bupper after officially moving back home – YAY) hosted us after choosing Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. The story centers around two modern-day star-crossed high school sweethearts. With Park being the only Asian student and Eleanor with her unruly red hair and strange clothes, both fall into the category of misfits at their high school. Over the course of a few awkward school bus rides and after discovering they share a love of music and comic books, the pair fall pretty hard for each other. The best part? It’s set in the 80’s so it is full of 80’s references. (Think Walkmans, mix tapes, and Chuck Taylors!) Although I would classify it as an easy read, it was definitely not lacking in all the feels! It was so sweet, so cute, but at times oh so sad. I’m anxiously awaiting the rumors that the author will be writing a sequel.

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Holly did a great job of representing both Eleanor and Park with her food. In honor of Park’s Asian background, Holly prepared a classic stir-fry. (I’m still talking about that sauce!) In honor of Eleanor who always smelled like vanilla and had a head full of red hair, she made strawberry cupcakes. Clever, right?!

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[ discussion QUESTIONS from Good Reads ]

1. Eleanor says she and Park are too young for true love. Do you believe that? Do you think Eleanor believes that?

2. How do Eleanor and Park’s parents shape their outlook on relationships and the future?

3. Is Eleanor’s mother a good mother? Why does she stay with Richie?

4. Why does Park’s mother change her mind about Eleanor?

5. How is Park’s relationship with his mother different from his relationship with his father? Who sees Park more clearly, his father or his mother?

6. Why is Park embarrassed by Eleanor? Is his embarrassment a betrayal?

7. Steve says that he’s Park’s friend—is he a true friend? Are Steve and Tina good guys or bad guys in the story? Do you think Eleanor and Tina could ever be friends?

8. How would Eleanor and Park’s relationship be different in 2013? How would cell phones, digital music, and Internet access change their situation?

9. What is the importance of music in Park’s life? And how is it different for Eleanor?

10. SPOILER ALERT. Was Eleanor right to run away? Should she have left her brothers and sister behind? Was there more she could have done to help them?

If you find yourself on a Saturday without plans, pick up Eleanor & Park! I would definitely recommend this one. Oh, almost forgot. It’s our newest and youngest Bupper Club member!

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Kaki is up for hosting duties next and she chose The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. 

81xqO7Iq+LLFresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for.
In 1912, Violet Schuyler Grant moved to Europe to study physics, and made a disastrous marriage to a philandering fellow scientist. As the continent edges closer to the brink of war, a charismatic British army captain enters her life, drawing her into an audacious gamble that could lead to happiness…or disaster.
Fifty years later, Violet’s ultimate fate remains shrouded in mystery. But the more obsessively Vivian investigates her disappearing aunt, the more she realizes all they have in common—and that Violet’s secret life is about to collide with hers.

I hope you’ll read along with us!

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J O A N N A | the almighty google

thumb_IMG_1588_1024 2My baby is T H R E E months old! I can’t believe it… I want time to slow down and speed up all at the same time, I have so many feelings! (Isn’t she cute?!?) I am slowly but surely getting the hang of this mom thing; Magdalene and I are starting to REALLY get along… I love being her number one gal.

I’ve always considered myself to be pretty good with kids… but babies are a whole new ball game. I find myself doubting myself and my abilities as a mom. I’m always thinking “Is this right?…Am I doing this right?”. When my head is flooded with questions I turn to the almighty Google. There is so much information available at my finger tips that it’s been really hard to to give all of my anxieties to the Lord. I feel as if Satan is using my weaknesses in parenting to pull me away from Jesus and by encouraging me to search for all the answers on my own. Don’t get me wrong… many blogs and FB groups have truly blessed me during this new season of life by offering a lot of good advice and encouragement. I just find myself less inclined to give all of my burdens to God and rest in Him.

One particular struggle I have been dealing with is trying to find quiet time with the Lord. It actually feels impossible. Unfortunately, the lack of time I spend with the Lord is affecting my parenting, my marriage, my work, and most importantly my relationship with Him. In order to adapt to my new lifestyle I am trying to get in the habit of spending time in prayer while nursing, LISTENING to the bible while I drive, etc. It’s all new territory for me and I’m just thankful that Jesus never stops pursuing me and that the verses I learned as a young child are still hidden in my heart…

Proverbs 3:5-6 // Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Matthew 11:28 // Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 14:27 // Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Psalm 55:22 // Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:6, 7 // Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

thumb_IMG_1546_1024I wish this was one of those full-circle post where I tell you all the wonderful things I’ve learned and how great everything turned out… but it isn’t. I am still in the thick of it and I probably will be for awhile. In the meantime, I am trying to take things day by day and keep my focus on the eternal. I want to be transparent with those around me, honest about the hard days, and humbled when I just can’t seem to get it right. My New Years resolution is to go to the Lord in prayer every time I have a question concerning Magdalene. I want to ask Him for wisdom and (here’s the real doozy) trust that He will direct my path. He has proven His faithfulness to me time and time again, and I find comfort in knowing that he will continue to do so! 

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A U D G E | printstagram frames

Looking for something crafty to knock out this weekend, but don’t want to bust out all of the tools in the woodshed? Here’s the perfect little something to whip up, and shoot… you could even make it a gift for someone special. Because, after all, there IS a day coming up where you might need a little something special to give! (Don’t forget!!) And nothing says ILY like DIY. So start sifting through that camera roll and preparing now… you’ll be glad you did!flashbackfriday_edited-1Prinstagram Frame DIY_002Have you ever heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children will have no shoes”? Sometimes I feel that way about having photos of my kids around. Whenever we sit around and look at old family albums or see prints from wayyy back in the day, I think about what I’m going to hand over to my kids when I’m old. My Facebook password? My Instagram account? That’s so depressing. I’m on a mission these days to make more of an effort with printing photos out on a semi-regular basis. I also got a little scrapbook from an arts festival that I can’t wait to start using – it wasn’t anything crazy, but it’s just this cutesy little bound book with all different sizes and patterns of paper inside and it’s meant for anything and everything to be included. Photos, receipts, ticket stubs, magazine clippings, you name it. It came in a little kit with a mini stapler and a glue stick, and the idea is to make remembering things as quick and easy as possible while still making it personal and including the little things you’ll wish you took the time to remember later. Remember when gas was under $1.00? Who says that receipt won’t mean something one day??

I love Social Print Studio (formally known as “Prinstagram”) because you can print photos directly from your Instagram account… which takes bascially every excuse away for not printing photos. Could it get any easier?! The quality of their prints are really great too, which I’m kind of snobby about. I’ve used their square prints also, which are perfect for scrapbooking and baby books. It’s hard to bust out the big camera for everyday little moments, so these are the perfect way to make sure those moments make the cut too!

Prinstagram Frame DIY_007I ordered their Mini-Prints, and then had an idea. I was trying to come up with a big wall display for our living room, but didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I gathered a few supplies, tinkered around and came up with these super fun Printstagram frames, and I totally love how they look in the mix with everything else! It always draws people in and makes them wanna see the tiny little prints too, which is kind of fun. Wanna make your own??

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:: A wooden frame (I found mine at Wal-Mart on clearance for $1. You could totally thrift for this too!)
:: Mini clothespins
:: Twine
:: Small Wire Nails
:: Mini Prints from Social Print Studio

1 | Lay your frame down and decide what your layout will be. My frame was 17.5″ x 20.5″ and I fit in four rows of string with six mini prints each. Depending on what size your frame is and how many you put in each row, your number of prints will obviously vary.

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0052 | Measure out the distance between the tops of each row and make a mark on each side. This will be where you hammer in your wire nails. Make sure they’re the same distance apart on both sides so you don’t get any crooked rows. (Not that I learned that from experience or anything… ahem.) Also, make sure you take into account that each string will probably have a slight droop from the weight of the prints, so leave a little wiggle room.

3 | When you hammer in your nails, angle them slightly up towards the top of your frame. This will just help keep the string from slipping off. Once all of your nails are in place, tie on your twine. You can just use a simple double knot and trim off the extra.

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0064 | Space out each print, then clip those bad boys on! If your frame doesn’t have a hanger on the back, you can add one yourself. But you’ll want to do this step before you clip everything on!

Prinstagram Frame DIY_0045 | Hang it up, pat yourself on the back, and carry on living life… so you can create more photos to print for your next frame project. Obviously.

I wanna see yours now! Post a photo if you end up making one and you’re feeling frisky… it’s totally do-able, you’ll love it!

Until next time,

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K A T | garlic shrimp and sausage zoodles

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Cason and I have jumped on the #newyearnewme bandwagon in 2016 and we’re trying to fix healthier meals! That basically means we’ve officially gone low carb. (Insert terrified face.) In case you didn’t know this about me, I’m addicted to pasta… like I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner hence why I need to cut back some. Pinterest keeps insisting that instead of spaghetti noodles I can spiralize a zucchini and it’ll taste the same. Who do they think they’re trying to play?! I was craving my mom’s garlic shrimp and parsley pasta and figured it was time to bite the bullet and give these zoodles a try. It was a hit! No lies. It doesn’t taste like a bed of angel hair pasta so you have to get over the difference in texture but other than that, it tasted delicious! I altered my mom’s recipe a little bit by using less olive oil and adding in some chicken sausage for extra protein. We always use Adel’s chicken and apple sausage because it’s so good! Obviously, I switched out the pasta for zucchini and the results were just as good but without the guilt!

Garlic Shrimp and Sausage Zoodles (recipe serves 2)

:: 3 medium-sized zucchini
:: 2 teaspoons of olive oil, divided
:: 8 ounces of shrimp, peeled and deveined
:: 2 links of Adel’s chicken and apple sausage
:: 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped, divided
:: salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
:: freshly chopped parsley
:: freshly squeezed lemon juice

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Step 1 | Use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodles.

Step 2 | In a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tsp of olive oil and half of the minced garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Add shrimp, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and sauté shrimp until they have turned pink (around 5 minutes), then set shrimp aside. Cook sausage according to package directions and set aside to add at the end.

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Step 3 | Add the remaining olive oil and garlic to the skillet and sauté for 1 minute. Add zucchini noodles and a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir zoodles for 2 minutes and remove from heat. (Tip: don’t cook zoodles for more than 2 minutes or they can become watery. Once my zoodles were cooked, I even got a paper towel and absorbed some of the water so it didin’t get mixed into my final product.)

Step 4 | Toss together zucchini noodles, shrimp, sausage, parsley, and fresh lemon juice. Serve immediately!

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Zoodles for the win!

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A U D G E | all the things

It’s Monday! And you may or may not have a little extra time on your hands today depending on if you’re one of the lucky ones. Juuuust in case you do, I put together a little something to inspire your extra time at hand. Do something, eat something, see something, hear something awesome… let’s get this week started off right! All The Things 2016

1. \\ Anything by Jennie Allen \\ “What if you told God you would do anything… and He took you up on it?” An amazingly convicting and inspiring read that challenges what everyday faith looks like. It is destroying me, in the best kind of way. Definitely not a comfortable read, but an eye-opening one that brings you quickly to your knees in awe of the Great and Amazing God that loves us more than we could ever know. It’s even got a Study Guide component, in case you want to get wrecked as a collective group of people… so good! Get on it, girl.

2. \\ Dallas Clayton on Instagram \\ I can’t even remember how I stumbled across his work, but he’s just so darn cool. He’s a children’s illustrator, but you know how I feel about that… We’re all just giant children anyway. One of my favorite things of his that I came across are these stickers that people will just randomly stick around their towns that have two little cartoon hands and they say “Stand here and think about someone you love.” All of his charmingly cheeky illustrations are just cute enough to make you pinch their little cheeks, yet still profound enough in their own simple ways to make you stop and sigh. He’s one of my favorites to keep tabs on when I’m Insta-surfing!

3. \\ Frye Dylan Slip-On Sneakers \\ Did you know that Frye makes a line of sneakers now?? Who knew?! A friend told me about them, and I fell in LOVE with these cognac slip-ons. It doesn’t hurt that they’re the most comfortable pair of shoes I own too. DOUBLE WIN! I tried on the style that I was wanting in the store, then looked online and found a pair on eBay for nearly half the price… a trick this same sneaker-sharing friend taught me. I’m a changed woman! Be gone, full-priced shopping. I won’t have it!

4. \\ Green Apple + Spinach Smoothie by A Beautiful Mess \\ I finally got a blender for Christmas that I luhOVE, and we’ve been jumping into the world of smoothies! This one is by far one of my faves, and since I’m mostly just trying to find ways to sneak green things into my kid’s diets it definitely fits the bill. I’m still branching out and trying new ones though… so send any favorites my way!

5. \\ H&F Burger \\ We (finally) made it up to eat at Ponce City Market, and it was so hard to settle on a place… there were so many good foodie options to choose from! We ended up splitting dinner between two places for our little clan, but this spot was my favorite. I’m a sucker for a good hearty cheeseburger, and this one hit the spot for sure. Their fries were on point too! We’ll be back H&F… just you wait. We were really impressed with this new little pocket of the Atlanta community… so cool! There was also a sweet little florist there who gave Tacie a rose after she had been scoping out their display cases – which totally made T-baby’s night. Love little random acts of kindness, especially towards my babies. :)

6. \\ The Man in the High Castle \\ So… what if the Nazis HAD won the war? This (totally addicting) series looks into what that might have looked like in the years following. If you haven’t watched it, put it on the short list! It’s streaming on AmazonPrime, and now that we’ve finished the first season we’re dying for more! (Side note: THAT ENDING THOUGH. Did anyone else get a little confused??)

7. \\ Mastin Labs Presets for Lightroom \\ I’ve recently swapped over to Mastin Labs Presets for my photography, and have been thrilled with the results! They are known for having presets that are most closely representative of true film photography, which is great if you’re blending both film and digital work. While I haven’t shot film in forever, I love the idea of introducing it back into the mix, so this is taking a step in that direction! Here’s to kicking it old-school all over again….

8. \\ The Wishing Jar \\ These ladies are local Atlanta artists (YAY!) and friends of a friend, and after downloading their Lullabies album, I. AM. SMITTEN. They’re crazy talented, and I’m itching to get my hands on more of their music! These lullabies are the sweetest love songs to the littlest ones in your clan. They are amazingly heartfelt, genuine, and timeless. Oh, and just try to listen to “Bedtime Prayer” while watching your baby sleep and not cry. I dare you. YOU CAN’T DO IT.

9. \\ The Skimm \\ I am literally on Mom Island some days. (It sounds tropical and glamourous, I know , but don’t be fooled.) All that to say, I struggle to keep up with what’s going on in the world. This is a daily e-mail I get waiting with a re-cap of all of the previous day’s hot happenings… so that way when a major current event comes up in table conversation I don’t look like a complete dunce. Thanks, Skimm. I owe you one.

Happy MLK Day y’all! Until next time…

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J O A N N A | comfy / cozy cardigans

Image-7It’s cold! Finally, we are all justified in wearing scarves, boots, and all things warm and cozy! My go-to outfit these days is an over-sized sweater on top of my favorite thermal leggings. I am still about 15 lbs away from my “pre-baby weight” so I am happy for any excuse to cover up. Hopefully in about 3 months I’ll be ready to share my favorite sun-dresses, but until then, have fun shopping these oversized, comfy, cozy cardigans!

Image-5The one I’m wearing is from Loft… It’s not online, but it is in stores! And these thermal leggings from Dicks are the best… trust me!

Image-6Magz is loving this sweater weather too! However, we learned real quick that babies DO NOT participate well at blogger photo shoots… she was fired immediately.

Happy hump day… stay warm out there!

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