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My friend Ali is so legit! We’ve been through a lot together and it’s been so much fun watching her blog, Gimme Some Oven, blossom into a full-time career. I recently took a little business trip to KC to
hangout work on some long term business goals and learn a few tips and tricks from a blogging pro.
As most girls weekends go we enjoyed a wild night in our favorite stretchy pants, sippin Ginger Beer through dainty straws, and catching the latest Dancing with the Stars Episode. It was during this time we had a very important business meeting and brainstormed these magical creations–just in time for Easter!
I don’t know about you, but I think these babies take the traditional Chocolate Easter Egg to a whole… nother… level! Their cute presentation and ideal serving size are simply perfect for not only Easter, but any spring occasion.
Wouldn’t these be adorable at a baby shower?!
Follow Ali’s easy Easter Egg Oreo Truffles Recipe at Gimme Some Oven to make your very own!
Also, checkout some of these other yummy recipes from Gimme Some Oven that are now some of our personal favorites:
- Pesto Pasta With Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Guaranteed to rid the world all Brussels Sprouts haters!
- Autumn Chicken Soup: A hearty soup that uses those last few apples you just can’t seem to get rid of.
- Buffalo Chicken Cups: A perfect dish for your next big game day party.
- Grilled Peaches, Arugula & Feta Salad: Top with grilled chicken and you’ve got a super fresh and easy meal!
Look for more photos from my little KC getaway with Ali later this week!
Are you hungry yet?!
From The Farm
It’s official, Baby #2 is on it’s way! We have been busy, busy, with moving rooms around, going through baby clothes, studying for architecture licensing exams, design work, and just generally hibernating for the winter, but somewhere in the mist of all that I’ve also scheduled in a few fun girl trips before the big arrival. Maybe it’s selfish, but I’m just now starting to really enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with James NOT being a baby. I realize we intentionally got pregnant with #2, but until I’m landlocked for another year or so I’m taking full advantage of this season.
Mel and I were dorm room neighbors in college and have been close friends ever since. She’s taught me a lot about life, cooking, and even introduced Cale and I at a random birthday party! I owe Mel a lot and since I haven’t been able to find her a husband (yet) I figured the LEAST I could do was schedule a trip to visit her in Boston?!!
The hostess with the mostess Mel had the whole weekend scheduled just perfectly! From historical sites and big city activities, to ‘rest stops” at local bakeries and coffee shops; she even planned an afternoon pedicure for this old pregnant lady! It was a trip of a lifetime, but more than anything I just enjoyed making new memories with one of my best friends.
A few days before the trip Mel informed me that the two toughest decisions during my stay would be, 1. what to eat, and 2. where to eat?! I know we only scratched the surface of the amazing sites and scenes in Boston, but here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Parish Cafe: BEST Mac In Cheese EVER!! Made this pregnant lady soooooo happy!
- Boston Ballet: Instead of an entire orchestra the show, Close to Chuck, used a piano only for it’s accompaniment. I loved the warm tone and acoustic feel this created throughout the entire performance. Our seats were so close you could literally see the sweat pouring off of each dancer. It was truly humbling to see how they make each movement appear so delicate and flawless.
- Getting to know some of Mel’s close Boston friends (you know who you are!).
- The Top of the Hub at the Prudential Tower: Enjoyed a wonderful aerial view of the city, a live jazz band, white wine, and fancy Boston Cream Pie of course!
- Boston Public Library: All I could think of was; “Who ya gonna call… GHOSTBUSTERS”!! Oh and yes, the library was beautiful! And no, I didn’t see Slimer floating around, although I kept a good eye out!
- Museum of Fine Arts: Skimmed through 11 new exhibits, some of the America’s Wing, and stopped by the gift shop of course!
- Flour Bakery: Lunch, coffee, and a sweet treat!
- Trader Joe’s: Bought way to much chocolate and wine. Can you tell I wasn’t counting calories?!
- Newbury Street Shopping: Enjoyed visiting with the local shop owners, drooling over the more high-end shops, Georgetown Cupcakes, and a much needed pedicure!
- Making homemade pizza at Mel’s house and watching our favorite chick flick; How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days.
- Public Garden and Boston Common Tour: Mel gave me the full rundown of her amazing job with Shakespeare in the Park. She’s so legit!
- Freedom Trail: Visited the State House, Park Street Church, and followed it all the way to the North End/Little Italy for some pasta with friends!
- Mike’s Pastry: HOLY CANNOLI!! Best cannoli of my life. Seriously, pistachio all the way!
The older I get the more I realize that good girlfriends are truly priceless and I’m grateful for every moment Mel and I get to share together. Maybe it was the extra sleep, or the 1 or 2 cups of coffee I splurged on, but, either way, my Boston adventure was just what I needed to get refreshed and excited about having two babies in tow!
Daddy Cale did an amazing job watching James all by himself! I was a little nervous about leaving the two of them together, but seeing the bond that had formed while I was gone made the trip even more worth it!
Guess that means I need to go away more often!!?
From The Farm
This week we dropped off the last bits of our concrete jewelry and kitchen line at Shop Good in OKC. It was a bitter sweet trip. For the first time we got to see each of our babies and compared stories as new parents. We have walked through a lot of life changes with Audrey and Justin. Shop Good was the first store to carry our jewelry line. From it’s humble beginnings in the Plaza District to it’s move to 9th Street their business has grown into something with full-time employees and an ever growing inventory of products supporting social justice organizations. We are so proud of what Shop Good is today and we can’t wait to see what is next for our friends (baby #2!? ).
As a blogger and local designer I’ve meet all kinds of interesting people but the type of friends that are REALLY good to know are food bloggers!
It’s true! They’ll do things like drive 6 hours just so you can teach them a certain cooking art that they “think” you know and bring fresh blueberry bread for breakfast!
Our Fourth of July was a little bitter sweet. It was the first time we have celebrated the Fourth since Cale’s Dad passed away over a year ago. The Fourth of July was his favorite holiday AND his birthday. Cale said it best; “It was like getting back on a horse after being bucked off”.
It was a little rough getting back into the “true spirit” of things.
But, 68 Artillery Shells later… it started to feel like old times.
We hope you exercised your right to blow stuff up and celebrate our freedoms this past Fourth of July!
From the Farm
On a little side street in down town Oklahoma City is a wonderful little community of restaurants and one SHOP GOOD, no really that’s it’s name SHOP GOOD. You may have never heard of the 9th Street District in OKC, or the little shop called SHOP GOOD, but it’s home for these two justice minded shop owners with a passion for good quality products with good quality values.
Meet Justin & Audrey, a husband and wife team and co-creators of SHOP GOOD. With a heart to provide their city with an accessible, eclectic and fun outlet for thoughtful shopping there store is a place where every purchase benefits a deserving community development project. From screen printing their own T’s to fun accessories SHOP GOOD is the place where every purchase truly counts.
We are so pleased to introduce our good friends and FIRST Creatives Near You couple!
My first real attempt at ‘life photography’ up to this point I’ve just pointed and shot, now I’m trying to actually capture the moment and bring it to life. So the State Fair was a great opportunity to capture people as people. Life in the crowd. We had so much fun, and laughed at the odd food items and the weird attractions. So here is a taste of what we found interesting at the Oklahoma State Fair…Hope you enjoy!
Meg and I love weddings we have such a passion for capturing the true moments in our lives that we can’t help but get caught up in the fan fare and frenzy of wedding season. So to both couples that tied the knot this last week; we wish you the very best, a blessed and happy life full of fun, adventure and passion. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world. “Life is for living” I’ve heard one of my friends say, and in my eyes you’re not living it unless you’re chasing down every moment. Pursue or die!