Monday, November 13, 2017

thanksgiving recipe roundup...


Hey friends!

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us fast. Real fast! So I wanted to take a second to round up our favorite Thanksgiving inspired dishes, desserts, drinks, and leftovers(!!!) for you all in case you were looking for a little inspiration still. I know I am!

Some of them are Paleo, some are Gluten free, and some are good ol fashioned butter, sugar, flour babies. I wanted to make sure there was something for everyone. So, if you're needing some help, I hope these ideas will come to your rescue and get your Thanksgiving spirits going!

I also thought of titling this, "Let's take a walk down memory lane of the progression of Christina's photography skills" hahaha. Oh well.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

one pan roasted chicken + veggies with thyme + lemon...

Now that the weather has finally turned into autumnal coolness here in Southern California, we can start using our oven again. You guys- we had a HOT, LATE summer, with one of the hotter heat waves I can remember hitting us right up until the end of October. It was brutal! Most of us here have old homes (walking distance from the beach) with no air conditioning. We never needed it. Sure there were a few days here and there you wished you had one, but a few fans and the windows open, and you survived. Now though, you need one to feel like you can live. Its HOT! Luckily we invested in a portable window guy a few years back when it first started reaching 100+ temps, and man is it a lifesaver. 

That being said, when it gets that hot, stoves and ovens just aren't turning on. AT ALL.

But now the ocean breeze is back, the air is cool and sometimes even crisp, and we're feeling all the fall vibes. That feeling trickles into dinner as well. Soups, stews, hearty rich dishes, and lots of one-pan baked meals are all our jam now. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

hope for the hopeless...


Earlier this year I was talking to a friend and she encouraged me (in more ways than one) to find what makes me unique and showcase that when it comes to blogging and my social media. 

I’ve been pondering that conversation ever since and have been pushing myself to open up, be humbled, be raw, be honest, and most importantly be someone who is an encouragement to this here online community. Not. Easy. 

Life has been pretty hard lately. My husband and I feel like we’re in the trenches of this super crazy hard season. This spiritual super battle. So I fell away. It got harder to blog. Harder to do my beloved Instagram cooking demo stories, hard to really do much other than self protect, damage control and live off of auto pilot. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

backyard vow renewal...


Over the summer I had the immense pleasure of photographing one of my favorite couples ever, for their 10th wedding anniversary vow renewal. 

It was SUCH a sweet gathering, very intimate, of just a few friends and family in the backyard of their new home they purchased (and redid!!!) last year. My friend, Tiffany, has such an eye for decor and all things farmhouse chic, so it's no surprise that this celebration was done in that very style. 

Whites, light hues of greens and pinks, wood accents and lots of natural elements made up the simple, yet extremely sweet and beautiful decor. And yes, she did it all herself. 

Anyone wondering if they can throw a little backyard wedding in farmhouse style, look no further. It can be done and can be done beautifully.

Friday, September 29, 2017

braised red cabbage with bacon...


Fall is here guys. (Who's cheering big cheers alongside me on this one??)

I can't think of a better autumnal side dish than our favorite side dish ever- braised red cabbage with like the biggest ratio of bacon ever. Because honestly, it's all about starting that fall sweater weather body. 

Who am I kidding? We eat this sucker year round and I sport my sweater weather body all 12 glorious months of the year.