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Featured Etsy Shop: Casanees

Plaid suspenders by Casanees

Remember these adorable suspenders on Jax last Friday from Casanees?  We’re in love with them!  I actually think we’re debating having Jax wear them for my wedding in August (we’re doing a camping wedding with florals for girls and plaids for the boys! Well we’ll see it’s actually planned as an “eclectic” wedding so I picture things getting thrown in last minute).  Her stuff is perfect for weddings because she can custom make any of her patterns (hats, suspenders, dresses, and ties) for your ring bearers and flower girls.

She has the cutest ties (and bowties as well) that you can coordinate for your events or family photos!

Cassandra is so talented and hilarious to boot!  When we asked her what type of personal information we could include about her in this post she said,  “basically, I’m Super Mom to my two little kidlets, a boy and a girl. Lately I play the part of Captain Hook, because the good guys are taken and they want a villain… ”  LOL.  I just fell in love with this response!  I can just imagine Cassandra whipping up Peter Pan and Tinkerbell costumes for her kids as well as beautiful (matching) clothes sets!  Like these from her store:

Perfect for family/kiddo photos!

Casandra tells us, “I LOVE sewing for my kids and creating what their imagination can dream up. Nothings better than having a unique item of clothing that no one else on the playground has!”  We’d have to agree and I think this cap is the next unique item we’ll have to purchase for Jax (after all summer is coming and in that Arizona sun we’re going to have to keep him covered!):

Newsboy cap – so cute!

So if you want a unique item for your kiddos too (or for your wedding!)  hope on over to Casanees and support handmade!

meg

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Giveaway: Elmo, Sesame Street Inspired

Happy Birthday Jax!! Today Jax officially turns one years old and to celebrate we’re doing another great giveaway!  His birthday was Vintage Sesame Street themed, so to keep with the theme we decided to get some super awesome etsy shops to contribute to a Vintage Sesame Street Birthday Basket!  We seriously can’t believe the talent this time around!  Here’s the goodies that are in the basket:

  • Elmo Cookies from Peapods Cookies (Kristie makes the cutest cookies)
  • The “What would Elmo do” onesie you saw on Jax during the last Fashion Friday from Teesies – size 12 months
  • Two fabulous vintage Bert and Ernie puppets from the absolutely awesome vintage shop Breelzebub
  • A bib made from vintage Sesame Street fabric from Bibu (Andrea makes all of her bibs from vintage fabric, a girl after our own hearts)
  • Grey legwarmers from our shop Tumblewee
  • And a cute little Elmo’s World lunch box to package it all up in!

Some LUCKY little kid will be ecstatic to receive this (I mean what kid doesn’t love Elmo?).  And since we have so many fabulous donations that means MANY chances to win.  Do any of the following for an entry:

  1. Comment below on your favorite item from Peapods Cookies 
  2. Comment below on your favorite item from Teesies
  3. Comment below on your favorite item from Breelzebub
  4. Comment below on your favorite item from Bibu
  5. Comment below on your favorite item from Tumblewee
  6. Like us on Facebook (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  7. Follow us on twitter (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  8. Follow us on pinterest (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  9. Subscribe to our blog
  10. Repost this giveaway to your twitter account (make sure to leave the link in the comments below)
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If you’re not a WordPress member make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

We’ll pick a winner next Tuesday at 5pm! Open to Canada and US.

Good luck!

meg

Oh and just in case you wanted to know more about these fabulous shops, don’t worry, we’ll be featuring them on the blog all week!

Monday Meals: Hearty Vegan Kale and Suasage Soup

We’re thinking of adding Diana (“D”) on as a full-time writer to our blog since her Monday Meals are SO yummy . . . and healthy to boot!  (Plus she’s quite the little thrift-fashionista and I promise once I get back to Portland I’ll prove it to you guys by forcing asking her nicely to be featured one week).

delicious, hearty, and vegan!

Here’s something quick and hearty, an easy solution when I feel like a home-made lunch but don’t want to spend more than 15 minutes. It’s one of my favorite things to do with kale, too. It was originally adapted from some food network recipe (www.foodtv.com) but it’s been modified enough at this point that I can’t remember which one it was.

Hearty Vegan Kale and Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

1/4 onion, finely chopped or sliced
1 veggie sausage (something spicy is best, I recommend Tofurky Italian sausage. I suppose you could do real sausage if you’re a meat-eater)
a few tablespoons oil
2-3 tablespoons cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on your desired spice level)
1-2 tablespoons salt (less if you can stand to be that healthy like Ashley!)
1/2 bag or ~4 cups uncooked kale
1 can white/cannelini beans
3 cups vegetable stock

  • Sautee the onion and the sausage in a large saucepan at medium heat in a few tablespoons of oil until the onions are well carmelized and the veggie sausage is good and brown (this helps the texture).

you want well carmelized onions and browned sausage to start

  • Add in the spices and salt and toss the onion/sausage mix, then add in the kale and mix well.
  •  Cover and sautee at medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the kale has turned bright green and wilted/softened so that it is about half its original volume.

wilted kale ready to become soup!

  • Next, pour half of the contents of a can of white beans into the pot, then mash the other half in the can to make a bean paste. Add this paste to the pot as well – this will make the broth thick and hearty!
  • Then add 3 cups of vegetable stock, plus 1-2 cups of water, stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Bring the pot to a simmer and allow to cook for at least 10 minutes (longer would make the kale even softer, but I can never wait that long to dig in!). Serve hot, ideally with crusty bread for dipping.

Makes 4-6 servings. I don’t have tips for freezing this one because even these big batches get eaten within 2 days in this house!

Enjoy!
D

And the winner is . . .

CONGRATULATIONS to David Gossett (& his very lucky wife) . . .

What an AWESOME husband ;)

You won the pair of earrings we’re giving away thanks to Persephone’s Place:

If you’re dying to own a pair of your own visit Persephone’s Place and support handmade!

meg

Fashion Friday: Jax Birthday Preview

It’s Fashion Friday!

We’re really excited to share these pics with you.  We got some really cute items in for this particular shoot from Teesies and Casanees.  Part of what makes this shoot particularly special is that next week is Jax’s first birthday (May 1st, a May day baby).  So we took these pics in prep for his very cool party that is going to happen – and in true toddler fashion it’s Elmo/Sesame Street themed.  Yes, he’s grown to have a true appreciation for everything Elmo and Sesame Street.  What can I say, they are enduring and so much more exciting than when I was growing up.  I don’t remember such cool songs as this Fiest one, or this Jason Mraz one, try Bruno Mars, Adam Sandler, and so many more . . . Jax has a true love for music and now he dances and jives like there is no tomorrow – it’s so much fun watching.

Well anyway, back to our cool shoot for his birthday invite, which you can find on our sister site – Intowee (you can purchase the invites there also, but we’re currently getting that site up and running, it’s a little in the newbie stage).  We got this adorable onesie from Teesies, it says “What would Elmo do?”  So appropriate . . .

And these plaid suspenders!  I just about died when I saw them, and thought those are sooo Jax (well I guess they are so mom, since I’m the one that dresses him – although Meg was the one who found them!).  Too cute.

And one of these items will be part of big birthday week next week, and will be going in a giveaway… you’ll just have to check back with us or subscribe to our blog if to find out more!

have a great weekend and stay tuned into our blog for more awesome birthday/sesame street bash ideas, inspiration, and giveaway.

ash

Persephone’s Place Giveaway: Beaded Earrings

So if you’ve been following our Featured Esty Sellers and Fashion Fridays you’ll remember that we just featured Persephone’s Place and her fabulous Native American style beaded earrings.  Well guess what?  Ash received an extra pair of earrings to giveaway to one lucky reader!!

Here’s the pair of earrings we’re giving away thanks to Persephone’s Place:

So lovely!!

And as for the giveaway . . . if you want to win this lovely pair of earrings do any of the following for an entry:

  1. Comment below on your favorite item from Persephone’s Place
  2. Like us on Facebook (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  3. Follow us on twitter (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  4. Follow us on pinterest (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  5. Subscribe to our blog
  6. Repost this giveaway to your twitter account (make sure to leave the link in the comments below)
  7. Repost this giveaway to your facebook account (make sure to leave the link in the comments below)

If you’re not a WordPress member make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

We’ll pick a winner next Sunday 5pm! Open to Canada and US.

Good luck!

meg

Monday Meals: Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Perfect for birthday breakfasts! Perfect for ANY breakfast!

OK so this is what we SHOULD have done for Dee’s birthday.  The Plan was to fill her room with balloons while she slept so she woke up to a surprise and then finish the morning with chocolate chip pancakes but . . . Hong Kong happened!

So Saturday we threw the “party” I had planned for no reason, and you know what?  I think it was better that way – just a nice surprise for the weekend! So without further ado, here’s my recipe for healthy semi-healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes:

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour (or regular flour)
  • 1/3 cup oats (I actually used one a pack of brown sugar oatmeal and left the next two ingredient out)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and optional 3 drops almond extract
  • brown sugar or stevia, if desired
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder (and optional: pinch baking soda for flavor)
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute)
  • 1/2 cup w milk (or water or maybe even juice, if you wish)
  • chocolate chips galore!

Steps

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients. (This can be done days in advance.)
  2. Put liquid ingredients into dry, then stir.
  3. Cook on medium-low, flipping 1/2-way through.
  4. Top with grated chocolate or chocolate syrup sauce.

Optional:

5.  Add a toddler and a room full of balloons and you’ve got yourself one happy little camper!

Had to test the waters first but then she dove right in!!

Fun times with a room full of balloons!

meg

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