Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fermented Cranberry Sauce

I have been wanting to play around with a fermented cranberry sauce recipe and finally got around to it this morning.  My mother in law had a jar of cranberries and honey she had been fermenting for quite some time in her fridge.  It was the perfect base to mix with my recipe.

Violet and I tried smashing them by hand but ended up using my blender stick.
 It made the process super easy and fast.

Here is the recipe.

One jar of cranberries and honey ( already fermented )
If you don't have a base just use 1/3 cup whey

Next we added
 12 ounces of organic cranberries
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup organic apple cider
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 of a fresh squeezed orange 

And that is it.  
We left the sauce on the counter for only a few hours and moved it to the refrigerator since it was already fermented.  This makes a wonderful side for Thanksgiving that is full of vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and provides your family with a easily digested probiotic condiment.

Happy Cooking.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Food Styling Workshop

        Recently I flew all the way to Scottsdale Arizona to attend a food styling workshop put on by the bloguettes.  The workshop was taught by Constance Higley and did not disappoint. Being the introvert that I am I was a little nervous attending this workshop all by myself but I put on my big girl pants and did it!  You know what, it wasn't that bad putting myself out there and doing something alone .  It is always good to learn something new or just be inspired and refreshed.  Below are a few pictures from the day of.  I think my favorite part was being surrounded by other people taking pictures of pretty things.  Sometimes I feel like a goofball taking pictures of food, pretty table settings, flowers, ect.   I felt totally in my element!

The workshop was broken up into three sessions where Constance taught and demonstrated then we were released to style and photograph.  It was so fun, we were provided with beautiful and delicious food to work with.  There was actually a chef there making us fresh food for each session.... um how cool is that.  At the workshop a lot of local venders gave the event tons of cool props for us to use like napkins, flatware, coasters, spoons, cutting boards, you name it.  It was a dream. 
 After the workshop we all sat down and shared a yummy dinner catered by the crepe house.  
Boy oh boy was this an amazing day.  Below are some i phone pics I snapped as well.  I plan to play around with food styling in the future especially with the Holidays coming.

You know what I love most about food, it brings people together. 
 It causes us to GATHER and connect with one another!
What a beautful thing that is.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Photos from our Nashville Trip

Recently we had the opportunity to visit Nashville with our church.  Jason and I are part of the creative arts team and a few months back our Worship Pastor gave us an invitation to attend the Story Conference.  The conference was a creative conference giving tools and insight how to creatively story tell.  I really enjoyed it and came away encouraged, inspired, and ready to serve creatively with in this ministry.

While there we had a couple days to also explore the city, visit churches, and eat lots of yummy food.  We stayed in East Nashville in a quant little home with the rest of the creative arts team that went.  

Below are some of the places we visited after the conference was complete.  
We fit in as much as possible.  The Grand Ole Opry was obviously a must for us, not to mention we got to see Carrie Underwood perform (so stinking awesome).  Some of my favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques are listed below.  If you are ever in Nashville be sure to check them out.  And of course explore downtown Nashville, it is a big part of Nashville's music history.

Mas Tacos
This list could seriously go on and on but these were just a few of my favorites.


One of the mornings Jason and I woke up while the rest of the city was still sleeping.  We went downtown and did a couples shoot with a local photographer in the area. She was wonderful to work with. Charlie&Co. Photography

Nashville you were good to us.