Ride with you upon the wind

"...for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!"

-William Butler Yeats

This lovely wedding on a South Georgia horse farm took place on a blustery, sunshiney October day. Marci and Ross' love and commitment was evident in every detail, and CL Money Films captured the day beautifully. The wind and dappled sunshine are the most beautiful backdrop to this sweet couple!

Sarah and Daniel

I can't help but get excited for a wedding...there's something about the gravity of the commitment and the importance of celebration that really speaks to me. It's even more fun when the bride and groom are friends, and their story is a picture of redemption and grace. I was honored to take on the design of their barn wedding, and the photos turned out beautifully! Here's a sneak peek, and for the full story head over to Happy Everything Co

summer's gone...

hello, friends. It has been far too long since I have written in this space! I apologize for my long absence. Life moves quickly and the time just flies away...and before I could even blink, school has begun again and we are moving on with a new year. 

For the first time, both of my sweet girls are in school. I have shed many tears over this, but they seem to be loving school and doing so well. So, my promise to myself (and to you!) is to use my newly free(er) time to work on this site and make it better than it's been. I will post more frequently, and hopefully we can have some great interaction here!  

Have a great Labor Day weekend, and I'll see you here again soon. 

What I've been reading

What have you been reading lately? I just finished Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, and I'm really curious to know what you think of it. This book really made me wish I had a book club with whom to discuss it!

The Goldfinch has been getting a lot of attention/acclaim on social media, so I knew it would be an interesting read. But, now that I'm finished, I'm not completely sure what I think of it! That's never happened to me before, so I think I will reread it a bit more analytically. Please let me know if you've read it (or plan to), and what you think of it!


In the latest of forehead-smacking, "why have I never done this before" ideas, I give you balsamic roasted Strawberries. My friends in Florida, please immediately get some fresh Plant City strawberries, bring them home and do this. You'll be so happy you did! And then you'll just need to make some rich, creamy homemade cheesecake so you can pour these on top (that is, if you have any of these left to use!)

Rinse, hull and slice your berries, toss them with some sugar and balsamic vinegar. Throw them on a parchment lined baking sheet and put them in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. I dare you not to eat the whole pan as soon as you take them out!

Hair, hair, hair!

Last week I got brave, decided to take the plunge, and changed my hair color. I know the ombré look is well on it's way out, but I decided to try it anyway. I think I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm still a bit unsure about the color. I'm seeing a whole lot of orange where I want to see blonde. 

It's fun to have a change and a new style to work with. Nate keeps looking at me and yelling, "OMBRÉ!" super loud....so much so that Scarlett is beginning to say it as well! Happy new year!

Lemon chicken orzo soup

This soup is just the thing for a cold wintery night! Nate asked me to make  a version of the lemon chicken soup he remembered from his childhood in the Chicagoland area (apparently it's a classic there!) I was happy for the new challenge, and decided to make it a bit healthier and more flavorful. Below is my rough guideline recipe. You know I never follow a recipe exactly, so feel free to change it to suit your tastes!

3 tbsp good quality olive oil
2 medium sweet onions, finely chopped
A few cloves of garlic, very finely minced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I used the juice of 3 medium lemons)
6 cups homemade (or store bought) chicken stock, plus more for adding later
1 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4-inch segments
Parmesan rind
1 1/2 cups orzo
5ish ounces fresh arugula
Crushed red pepper flakes

Place a large Dutch oven over low heat. Pour in the olive oil and, when hot, stir in the onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Pour in the lemon juice and turn the heat to high. Cook until liquid is completely reduced. Add the stock and bring to a boil.

Add the chicken and Parmesan rind and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. If necessary, add more broth to cover chicken. Using two forks, shred the chicken in the pot, and remove the Parmesan rind. Bring the soup to a boil and add the orzo and arugula. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until orzo is cooked through. Salt to taste.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with crushed red pepper flakes and shaved Parmesan. You could also top with Italian parsley or homemade croutons. Hope you enjoy this, and please let me know how it turns out!

My new baking obsession

I've long been a fan of Phyllis Grant's lovely blog Dash and Bella. Her stories, photos and recipes are always fresh and inspiring to me. Tonight I made her Dutch Baby pancakes for dinner. I added some Bonne Maman plum preserves, and used ricotta instead of creme fraiche. Oh my goodness, was this amazing! Seriously so delicious...Nate and the girls gobbled it up and we tore in to the second one as well. I will be making more of these in the future...I have no idea why I waited this long to try it!

Whip one up today...you won't regret it! Let me know how you flavor yours. Happy eating!

For Christmas and beyond...

Remember my gilded pinecones from a few weeks ago? I strung them into a garland for my fireplace. I had just thought of this as a Christmas decoration, but now I'm not sure I really want to take them down. I'm thinking they have a wintery vibe, not merely a holiday feel. What do you think? Should they still be here in January?

Let the making commence!

The winter holidays are always my favorite time of year! It looks (and feels!) like snow today, and I just came inside from trimming armloads of cedar to make into wreaths and garlands. After a quick trip to the florist and a few hours spent gilding pine cones, I am ready to begin the first round of decor-making.

This year my home has to be decorated by December 3rd because we are hosting a big party that evening. So, I'll get right to work on this and hopefully I'll have some finished work to share with you soon!
a favorite word

dis·ha·bille noun \ˌdis-ə-ˈbēl, -ˈbil\ : a deliberately casual manner

Have you ever heard someone say, "we don't have a word for that in English?" This is one of those instances. I love the French word "dishabille." It perfectly explains my approach to style. My aim in dressing each day and in dressing my home is to be considered, put together and original, but in a way that isn't fussy. Like well-dressed but always approachable and a teeny bit undone. What are some of your favorite words?