I’m always looking for quick, easy and healthy options for breakfast. After years of practice, I’ve finally found my system for making smoothies when I only have a few minutes. However, that can get a little boring, always eating your breakfast through a straw. I wanted to come up with something delicious, healthy, as well as pretty (I find pretty food inspiring). Figs are in season right now, along with pepitas (pumpkin seeds). I decided to find seasonal ingredients that I could mix into my morning yogurt. Also, I love an excuse to photograph figs. Always.

Autumn Yogurt With Figs & Honey | Serves 1

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt Of Your Choice
  2. Fresh Figs, Halved (1-2)
  3. 1/2 Tbsp Raw Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds) 
  4. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  5. Honey (drizzled to taste)

Directions:

Pretty straight forward. Scoop your yogurt into a ramekin or bowl of your choice. Add all the indgredients on the top of the yogurt, drizzling the honey to taste. For an extra treat, try roasting the pepitas in the oven with a wee bit of olive oil and salt…just for 5 mins or so, then add to yogurt. Mix it all up (or don’t) and enjoy!

As you can see above, my Corgi puppy named Walter got to lick my bowl afterward. He is so cute I couldn’t tell him no! I hope you enjoyed the recipe, and will add it to your morning routine every once in awhile…it’s really very good and lovely to look at as well.

xo, Jenni

Earlier this summer, I had the honor of creating and self pubishing a mini-cookbook with my friend Lindsay Strannigan. She is the creator of a lovely food blog based out of Portland, Oregon called Rosemarried. With Lindsay creating and penning the recipes and me shooting the photos and designing the book, it proved to be a very fun collaboration. I wanted to share my favorite recipe from the book with you. All credit to Lindsay for crafting the recipe for the delicious dessert below.

VANILLA BEAN & LAVENDER PANNA COTTA WITH FRESH PEACHES

Ingredients:

1 Cup Heavy Cream  | 1 Cup Milk  | 1 Vanilla Bean  | 2 tbsp Honey  | 2 tbsp Sugar
1.5 tsp culinary lavender  | 2 tbsp water  | 2 tsp unflavored gelatin

Directions:

  1. Prepare four small dishes (cups, mugs or ramekins) by greasing them with a small amount of canola or vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the 2 tablespoons of water. Allow the gelatin to ‘blossom’. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, cream, sugar, and honey over medium-low heat. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife and scrape out all of the vanilla seeds. Stir the vanilla into the milk. Add in the scraped vanilla pod and the lavender. Heat for 10 minutes, or until the milk is warmed all the way through and the honey is dissolved and combined with the cream
  4. Strain out the vanilla pods and lavender using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. When the milk mixture is still warm, stir in the gelatin mixture until combined.
  5. Pour the contents of the mixture evenly into the four containers. Refrigerate for 6 hours (or overnight), until set.
  6. Thirty minutes prior to serving, slice the peaches and toss with sugar, lemon juice, and thyme. Allow the peaches to macerate for 30 minutes or more.
  7. When ready to serve, remove the panna cotta from the fridge and arrange several peach slices atop each. Garnish with dried lavender, if desired.

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe with the last bit of summer we have! It’s fresh and very good… perfect for a end of summer get together as well. If you’d like to see more recipes from our cookbook A Midsummer’s Feast you can purchase it in e-book format for the ipad or print right HERE.

xo, Jenni

I wanted to share a couple of findings I've discovered in the past year. Many of you may have already known about these wonderful resources, but it was news to me! The world of photography has changed so much in the last 12 years as digital cameras and especially Iphones leveled the playing field and has made capturing amazing imagery available to everyone. No longer do you have to know where to process film or spend hours in the darkroom yourself (though I recommend it!).

However in the midst of this modern day photo explosion, I think we've lost some of the wonder of having to wait for you photos to be developed, or at least being able to carry a printed picture around in your hand (or wallet, like the old days). To say the least I was very excited to join in the nostalgia of polaroid cameras and Printsagram.

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Fuji came out with the instax-mini in the last couple years. What I love about it is the mini-size of the photos (slightly smaller than a debit card) and the affordability of the actual camera. It's around $65.00 dollars to purchase and is compact enough to throw in your purse or glove compartment of you car. The film is a slightly different story and it will run you around $1.40 a picture. My initial response to that was, "LAME." Then I realized that having to salvage a moment, consider it, shoot it…and then cherish it…was a good discipline to learn (since we are so used to just shooting away on digital cameras). It's helped me really consider my composition and if I'd want to freeze a moment in time…or not. AND, it's loads of fun. You can also get the Fuji Instax 210, which gives you a large, horizontal print. It's hefty (you can drop kick it and I think it would survive the fall)…about 3x the size of the mini…but produces awesome images. Mine just arrived in the mail, I'll let you know how it goes. 

 

 

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An alternative to the polaroid craze (if you aren't interested in losing $1.50 every time you shoot a picture) is printing your Instagram photos. There are many cool print sites that allow you to upload your Instagram pictures for print, but my favorite is Printstagram. They offer many different products that have that same retro polaroid look, but run much cheaper (I got 48 of the mini-squares above for $12.00). They are great for sticking in your wallet, an album or inside a letter or greeting card.

Both the Instax and Prinstagram have given photographers a charming way to gift their clients. I like to shoot polaroids during wedding, maternity and couples shoots and then give them to my clients as a way to tide them over while they wait for me to send their photos to them. It's pretty much an incredible amount of fun! 

Does anybody have a favorite print service or polaroid camera? I have a few vintage polaroid cameras but find them to be more high maintance if I'm in a hurry…would love to hear thoughts in the comments below!

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Well I'm a little late to the game (of course) but here's a last minute very easy Mother's Day project for those of you stragglers out there (like myself).

To be honest I made one of these for my Grandmother over a month ago for her birthday…but could not make it to her party (sad). I'm excited to give these to her tomorrow though, in addition to her real mother's day gift. Don't worry, I'm not that person who misses a bday and then gives the gift for Christmas. That is lame!

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Here's what you'll need:

1. Succulents

2. Old tea cups (I thrifted mine)

3. Extra soil (maybe, I didn't need any)

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Okay now listen closely because the next instructions are pretty complex. Are you ready?

Put the succulents (along with enough soil to ground them)…IN the tea cup.

That's it. Okay so I lied, pretty simple.

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I've found that succulents are my favorite plant to keep in my house because they are loners. Meaning, they need almost no attention. I only water mine once (maybe twice) a month…making sure that they drain. Have fun! And most of all…have a wonderful mother's day all you Mamas out there.

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Today I was inspired by the beautiful sunshine and sweet smell in the air. However deadlines and a to-do list threatened to tear me away from the simplicity of the day. Rather than work away feeling disappointed and guilty, I took a half hour to drape inspiration all over my bedroom window. I wanted the light to cascade out through the lace and fill my house with love and dreams.

 

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It's amazing what a little bit of lace and some fresh air can do 🙂 Enjoy the day. I'll be spending more time on my blog in the coming months…if feels like I've been away from home for far too long.

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