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Let’s Eat :: Joy the Baker

Thursday, October 23, 2014  ::  Written by:

Fall is the time of year when I finally start feeling like getting in the kitchen again. If you’ve been around these parts for any length of time, you know that Joy the Baker is a favorite of ours.

 

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Today I wanted to show a little roundup of some favorite recipes that are going to be on the docket very soon.

 

One Pot French Onion Soup

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Beer Battered Onion Rings with Buttermilk Ranch

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Peanut Butter Banana BonBons

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Any fall recipes you want to share?

 

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Inspiration :: Words for today

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  ::  Written by:

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I found some amazing words that I wanted to share with you. Because maybe you need to read them, too.

 

Here’s to the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts

by Morgan Hunt

 

 

We don’t feel apprehensive without makeup

We let our skin breathe

In fact, we would rather be naked

 

We know our scars and stretch marks define us

And if you throw us a cat call from your car window

Our first instinct is to give you the middle finger

 

We don’t bleach our hair

Or use machines to tan our skin

We rely on the sun to work its magic on our bodies

 

We have hobbies

 

We believe everything we do is an art form

 

We sing, paint, read and write

We let our fingers callus from our instruments, and then we admire the texture

 

We embrace our inner ruggedness, and make it appear feminine

We don’t hide indoors from the earthly elements

We embrace them

 

Letting fire warm our bodies down to our souls

We let the wind dry our hair after soaking in the rain

We jump in puddles

We split kindling with our teeth

 

We sit by campfires until the smoke burns our eyes

And we enjoy the smell of our smoke stained clothes

 

We enjoy smoke. Some of us find it symbolic

 

We lay under the stars not just to admire the beauty of them

But also to recognize that we are made of them.

 

We drink whiskey from wine glasses and wine from the bottle

We tell dirty jokes

But we are not prejudiced

 

Our hearts are not made of gold

But of steel and soil because we are strong and grounded

 

We wear our hearts on our sleeves

We use metaphors to describe our feelings

And we are damn proud that we feel with such enthusiasm

 

We are intuitive, borderline psychics

Our libidos and emotions are connected

And when we fall in love, the earth shakes

 

We don’t allow others to protect us

But when we do, it’s an extraordinary bond

A union with its own definition

If we find one toxic, we cut them out without question

 

We are empowered by women alike.

 

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Costumes, costumes, costumes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Okay, friends. Halloween is seriously around the corner at this point and I don’t know about you, but costumes are a pretty big deal according to a small portion of our household. The smaller humans have had their costumes picked out for weeks. The older humans generally don’t dress up. (I know, I know.) But it is so terribly exciting to watch the littles enjoy themselves with great intensity, don’t you think? Perhaps if I were a different person, with a different social schedule, I would be planning a costume for a great party and my plans would be more elaborate than a walk through the neighborhood with friends and a gaggle of overhyped children. Truth be told, Halloween was one of my least favorite holidays until I had children. Because they have more fun than I ever remember having.

Let’s hear about it. Are you dressing up? Do you enjoy Halloween? Is it something you even participate in? I’m so enamored with this time of year that Halloween, for me, is exciting because it represents the real beginning of fall. But what does it mean to you? We are so interested in these celebrations and what they mean for our families.  Tell us. How are you celebrating this year?

 

(photo of my daughter a few years ago in a costume I sewed for her one night. THIS is why I love Halloween.)

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The Lemonade Stand :: Jokes

Monday, October 20, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

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There are people who use humor to get through something and people who don’t. My family and I definitely fall into the former category. It is one of the few things that gets us through the good and bad. In fact, we have at was the first joke my husband taught my daughter and it was the first joke we taught our son. It goes as follows:

Knock Knock. / Who’s there?

Banana. / Banana who?

Knock Knock. / Who’s there?

Banana. / Banana who?

Knock Knock. / Who’s there?

Banana. / Banana who?

Knock Knock. / Who’s there?

Orange. / Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

 

Oh, I know, I know. But honestly this joke is more to me than just a cheesy quick laugh. This joke is a metaphor for everything that keeps me tethered to the bright side of life. It makes me remember the very core of what my family has together. I feel love, light, joy.

Now, if I could only find the source of the photo above. Because I want a giant print of it for my kids’ room and I need to know who to credit for the genius.

What about you? Any of you have a family joke?

 

 

 

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Weekly Wisdom :: Albert Einstein

Sunday, October 19, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Frazey Ford

Friday, October 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been seeking music that makes me feel good lately. There are the standards I tend to reach for but there is one new album out that hits me right in the heart. Frazey Ford. You may recognize her voice from the video I posted of the Be Good Tanyas awhile ago. Here is her new solo project. Please enjoy.

 

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Pinterest Roundup Part Deux

Thursday, October 16, 2014  ::  Written by:

Friends, I know we have a couple weeks until Halloween but I have a party to go this weekend and I am required to bring a themed snack. Oh, Pinterest, you beautiful minx, you have come to my rescue again. This party will have lots of kids so kitschy is good but I’m always a fan of adding some elegance and glamour to the situation. This can be hard to find at Halloween. There are a lot of gory cookies and gross treats and that doesn’t really do it for me. (At least not when something looks like you don’t want to eat it.) Rather, I like the idea of subtly hinting at the freak out factor. I also don’t mind “cute” when it comes to Halloween. I much prefer the cute to the scare. Here are a few things I’ve found that have my juices excited for the party this weekend. Let me know if you have any great Halloween ideas as well…I’ve got some serious planning to do!

 

 

I’m loving these little banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins. Especially because Halloween is usually such a sugar-centric holiday, it’s nice to have something healthy at the table.

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This one definitely falls into the ‘cute’ category and I can’t get over how easy/delicious/adorable they look.

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Another healthy and awesome snack idea. Love, love, love.

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Giveaway :: Leafcutter Designs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The way in which we interact with the world is one of the few things we have control over in this sometimes chaotic world. Every morning, we wake up with the opportunity to create beauty and to spread joy (and sunshine) to those around us. Here at the BSP, we take great pride is sharing this journey with the rest of you and we hope that your moments spent here help shine a bit of brightness and light in your day. To that end, it is always such an honor to present you with artists who share this vision. Today’s contributor is no exception.

Brother/sister duo Devin and Lea Redmond run the creative studio, Leafcutter Designs, in Berkeley, Ca. Their goal is to “create a more playful and peaceful world by offering curious goods, unique promotional and custom products, and participatory social art projects.” Talk about a mission statement we can get behind! Most designs started as presents for friends and family and the reaction was so great they began creating larger batches. Friends, I cannot express my sheer joy at finding Leafcutter Designs as my new go-to shop and I’m already bookmarking items for my own personal holiday wishlist. The Notebook Paper Napkins are so fantastic and the Lucky You! DIY Scratch Off Greeting Cards are perfect stocking stuffers! Leafcutter Designs is all about joy and you can have a piece of the action.

Leafcutter Designs is giving away one World’s Smallest Post Service DIY Kit – 1 Deluxe Edition to one winner and one Letters To My Future Self – 1 copy to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 22nd.
Please visit Leafcutter Designs and tell us: What is the most meaningful gift you have ever received?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Leafcutter Designs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Lea and Devin from Leafcutter Designs.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Lea started Leafcutter Designs on a whim in 2008, and Devin signed on a couple years later. In the beginning, our business was very focused on the World’s Smallest Post Service. This began with Lea transcribing personal letters for folks in a tiny script in coffee shops around the San Francisco Bay Area. Then she’d mail them directly to the lucky recipients with magnifying glasses. The service caught on and we soon started offering these custom mini-missives (and tiny packages too) via our online shop. Real mail means a lot these days, and that’s all the more true if it’s an itty bitty delight! In the past few years, we’ve developed a full line of original gift items that we design and produce, including Recipe Dice, Trade Tokens, and Matchbox Theater, among others. We also run a popular online knitting community called Knit The Sky, and work with outside publishers to create new concepts for books, journals, and other playful goods.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

For Lea, the “do what you love” comes first, and then we figure out how to make it into something “we do” as a business. Or if it doesn’t work for the business at the moment, she does it anyway and it becomes an art project, or an idea for later, or a perfect birthday present for someone she loves. Lea follows her heart wherever it takes her and tries to let everything else follow suit. Even the mundane and difficult aspects become meaningful and important when they are in service of something bigger–something heartfelt. Devin has worked more traditional jobs in the past and he generally puts the “love what you do” first. He feels that once you decide to pursue something as “work” you should fully commit to it and expect there will be compromises and frustrations along the way. It’s not important to love every moment. It is important to believe that the bigger picture of what you’re doing improves the world in some small (or big) way!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Devin seems to come up with his best ideas miles from civilization where there’s no place to write them down. Typically, it’s while on a big hike in the Sierras or on a remote beach on the California coast. For Devin, inspiration comes from nature and the freedom that comes with leaving your possessions (and digital devices) behind, even if only for a few hours. Lea on the other hand is at her most creative when immersed in the world of artifacts. The vast detritus of thousands of years of making, doing, and inventing inspires her to design new and wonderful things. A 5,000 year old letter written on a clay tablet in the British Museum and a contemporary art project at SFMOMA both have the potential to be beautiful and inspiring for Lea.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Roll Chai Dice and brew a fresh pot of spiced tea. Pull a good book off the shelf. Put on a raincoat and venture outside to see how the trees are faring in the rain. If Lea needs a little pick-up, she’ll meet a friend for tea, brainstorm ideas in her sketchbook, browse vintage objects on eBay, or make some Sugar Books to drop around town.

 

 

What are you most grateful for?

We’re most grateful for our wonderful extended family—from our 90 year old grandfather who fought in World War II to Devin’s one-year-old daughter, and everyone in between. We started Leafcutter Designs in part because we wanted more flexibility to spend time with our family and friends on our own schedule. Many people in our family continue to pitch in and make sure our business is successful, and that’s something we recognize and appreciate every day.

 

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Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Leafcutter Designs!

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Giveaway :: Knuckle Kiss Jewelry

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Jewelry is one of those things that has a purpose. I am a firm believer that the last things we choose to put on before we leave the house have a direct correlation to the type of day we are going to have. Accessories are the way we connect to the world around us via our hearts and our souls. We style ourselves based on how we see ourselves reflected in the world around us.

Angela Delarmente creates wearable pieces of art through her line, Knuckle Kiss Jewelry. These are the kinds of pieces that you find yourself grabbing before you leave the house because you just plain don’t feel complete without them. Friends, I cannot tell you how happy my heart feels when I look at the Half Moon Dimensional Necklace and the Malachite Double Ring. It is a feeling I wish I could bottle. Although, better yet, I can wear them. Knuckle Kiss Jewelry is the key.

Knuckle Kiss Jewelry is giving away one pair of  Desert Hoop Earrings (winner’s choice of brass or nickel silver) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 21st. *Open to US residents only.*
Please visit Knuckle Kiss Jewelry and tell us: When you need to feel like your best self, what style do you adopt?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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