October 7, 2014
Super excited to announce a project that has been long in the making: the Grown-up Shoes Paper Shop is here! Launching with three greeting cards and one print, I’m super excited to bring this project to life. I’d love to tell you more about what’s in the shop and what’s to come…
September 22, 2014
If you follow along on instagram, you already know the news, but I wanted to share it officially on GUS: we’re engaged! It happened one month ago today (shocked that it’s been a month already) and I’d love to tell you the short story and share some photos from our night of celebrating.
July 28, 2014
Summer cooking is somewhat of a challenge for me. The recipes I’m drawn to naturally are things that one should only cook in cooler parts of the year: slow cooking beef bourguignon, rich bolognese sauce, savory spinach souffle and gooey chicken enchiladas. I’m drawn to the coziest of dishes, which gets tough as the hot months ware on and I’m trying to come up with yet another light, refreshing dinner other than the fish tacos we now make once a week. I’m trying to focus more on all the delicious produce we’re getting from our CSA—a bounty of fresh ingredients that require little to no cooking for a delicious meal: fresh tomato and basil panzanella salad; watermelon with feta and lime; peaches with mint and yogurt.
There’s a beauty in the freshness of these ingredients that’s unrivaled by a more prepared dish, and that’s something I’m trying to stay excited about until the cooler months hit and I can at last fire up my Le Crueset for some cold weather favorites.
One pleasant surprise from our CSA box last week was a pint of shishito peppers, which take minutes to cook and are delightful with a spicy, creamy dipping sauce, who’s ingredients I bet you already have on hand. Full recipe after the jump!
July 16, 2014
(photo by Madewell; shop shirt, shorts & flats)
So much to share this month! I did a radio interview (!), found a favorite new snack and discovered the cutest new vintage shop. Links below…
July 14, 2014
How was your 4th of July? We had the best time in Colorado! The weather was beautiful and we did a lot of hiking, reading books, making yummy dinners (this one was a big hit) and going on little day trips here and there. This picture, above, is one of my favorites. Adam and I snapped it on our way to Grand Lake which is about two hours from Estes Park and you take Trail Ridge Road almost the whole way there. It’s a really windy road that goes to the highest part of the mountains. I was white knuckling it when we were at the tippy-top, on this tiny little two lane road without a guard rail! The views were beautiful but I breathed a sigh of relief when we started heading back down the mountain and had some trees between us and the horizon.
More pictures from our trip below if you care to see!
June 30, 2014
(photo by The Noisy Plume on Flickr)
Tonight we’re hopping on a plane to fly to Denver from which we’ll drive to Estes Park, Colorado where we’ll be for the week and the 4th of July holiday. I’m so excited for days with nothing to do—long hikes, reading my book, and cool mountain air (the highs there right now are in the 60’s and 70’s).
I keep vacillating on whether or not to take my computer to write a few future blog posts and continue designing pieces for the small online paper shop I’m opening at the end of the summer. Part of me wants to unplug completely but another part thinks it could be a great place to feel inspired and excited by my own personal creative projects that I’ve put on the back burner lately. Plus, I’d be designing with a glass of wine on a picnic table surrounded by trees and mountains and woodland creatures:) sounds pretty ideal.
I’ve made my little packing list, below, if you care to take a look at what I’ll be bringing to The Rockies (red, white and blue themed, of course!). Links to all items after the jump.
Hope your 4th of July is sweet and come follow along with me on instagram if you’d like to see photos of our trip!
June 16, 2014
image from my instagram account
There’s a big part of my life that I haven’t been great about documenting on this blog, and that’s cooking. I think because I don’t have a stunning kitchen and the recipes I make aren’t mind-blowing, I’ve decided that there’s no reason to share any of that on here. But I’ve had a change of heart. Cooking and making fun cocktails is something that I love to do and I’m going to begin sharing those recipes on Grown-up Shoes.
So much of what we make is inspired by our CSA box with JBG Organics in Austin, so many of our recipes are reflected by what’s in season right now but can easily be adapted wherever you are based on what’s available and tasty in your neck of the woods. Putting together some posts now on improving your workday lunches, easy quiches and tasty seasonal cocktails. Stay tuned for more + have a happy week!