Weekly Wishes // 36


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

I hope you had a lovely Fourth of July Weekend! I sure did. Got some kayaking in. Got some gardening done. It was super hot out and crazy humid and so so hazy.

Last weeks goals…

1. Finish editing my wedding from last Saturday. I did.

2. Embroider, sew, or paint. I am going to today, does that count? 

3. Get my next camping trip planned and booked. Booked. Good to go.

4. Take my kayak out on an adventure or two. I took it out on two adventures!

This week’s goals… .

1. Get all four gardens weeded. I think we can if the rain doesn’t continue!

2. Workout and do yoga. I fell off the wagon on both of these things.. Something had to give with how busy I’d been and that was it.

3. Enjoy some relaxation time. Kayaking or embroidering or watching a movie…. I’ve been so busy lately, I need to take a night or two to just relax after work.

What are your goals for the week?!

Friday Faves

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Happy Friday! I hope you have lovely weekend plans. I think I might hide out all weekend and work on the farm and get some relaxing and kayaking in.

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This tee made me laugh out loud. I want to wear this every single day. “Where do you get your protein?!” I’ve been asked one too many times. I can’t decide if I should buy it or not… but it’s only available for a limited time!

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Always cats.

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Oh this tapestry is heartbreakingly beautiful. I think it would be perfect to hang above my bed.

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This is too darn cute. It would be perfect in my studio/home office. Better than plastics.

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I’ve been looking for the perfect new comforter for my bedroom… I really love minimalist decor and I want to have minimalist, clean looking decor… But I always end up with my entire home looking like it’s four or five decades ago. I was immediately drawn to this comforter when I saw it, then laughed. Precisely my conundrum.

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This is beautiful and perfectly simple and I wish I could draw hair like that.

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I adore this. I love art about plants.

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Whenever my dad and I are visiting on his front porch, he sits in his rocking chair and I sit on the concrete. Maybe I need to install this hanging chair there instead :)

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This tee makes me so happy and makes me think of the beautiful chioggia beets I canned today.

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I love this shirt! I think I need to devote my entire wardrobe to clothing that revolves around gardening and plants, ha! I especially love that Black Krim tomatoes are featured on it because they were my first favorite heirloom tomato!

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When etsy suggested this picture for me, I about keeled over. I LOVE it. A fancy slug with a border of veggies?! Too perfect. I am madly in love.

Happy weekend, friends!

Fourth of July Summer Recipe Roundup


So, with the Fourth being tomorrow, I thought I’d go through my ol’ recipe archive and find some good summery foods to share… Things that would easily work to bring to a holiday get together, things that can easily be shared with omnivores, things that are just darn perfect for summer. So, let’s begin!

Tacos! These shells are amazing. I can never thank my sister enough for getting me hooked on them. That woman is a culinary genius. If only she was veg. ;)


This zucchini pasta is fabulous, if I do say so myself. It’s super simple and quick to toss together.


Load ’em up with whatever you like, and enjoy. Loaded vegan nachos are one of my faves.

Avocado Ranch Dip 1

Veggies trays are always easy to share at holiday celebrations. Add a little avocado dip, and you’re set.


Grill these. Serious. I’ve been grilling kebabs a ton lately. Perfect for summer bbqs. Just keep the meats away from my grill, please :)


I forgot about just how damn good this salad was until I was looking through my archives. I fondly remember this salad as the best one I’ve ever had. No lie.


Mmmmmm, watermelon basil lemonade is so darn refreshing.


I wish I had cucumbers growing like mad right now, because I could seriously use a good dose of this cucumber salad.


Cashew cheese logs are always a go.


Grilled Ports are pretty much a staple meal for me in the summertime. If you don’t have a grill, toss them in the oven.

IMG_5527 copyI forgot about how much I ate these eggplant ‘steaks’ last summer until I was looking for some summer recipes to share. These are super super delish and so darn tasty.

Happy Fourth of July, folks!

Weekly Wishes // 35


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

Things are starting to slow down a bit in the upcoming weeks, and it’s a real relief. I’m excited to be planning a camping trip or two and getting ahead on some projects.

Last weeks goals…

1. Finish editing family pictures I shot & get a jump on editing the wedding I just shot. Did it. Sneak peak of the wedding pictures here.

2. Take a few nights easy. I did.. I spent one evening sitting and visiting with my sister on her patio. It was really darn nice!

3. Get all the gardens caught up on weeding. Wellll, we did. But they need it again. It’s an ongoing thing! haha

This week’s goals… .

1. Finish editing my wedding from last Saturday. I’ve got a start but I’d sure love to finish it this week..

2. Embroider, sew, or paint. I’d like to spend a little time doing one of these things..

3. Get my next camping trip planned and booked. Nuff said.

4. Take my kayak out on an adventure or two. I’m so excited about it!

What are your goals for the week?!

Sunday Faves


Oh man. Friday Faves got pushed to Sunday Faves. I traveled out of town to go to some training sessions for one of the things we use to build websites at work & then shot a wedding out of town, so I had a crazy busy last few days. I am hoping that in July, I can make this blog a productive space again. The last month has just been so so so darn crazy.

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Early birthday present to myself…  A snazzy kayak! I bought it this morning and took it out just to give it a quick test run with my Pa today, but I don’t have registration for it yet, so I am a little worried to take it out till that’s squared away. But I am so so excited. I have two camping trips planned for it thus far.

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Modcloth has the cutest bedding. I adore this set!

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I am really into dandelions. I am not kidding. They’re so so good for you. Also really love botanical prints, so this print makes me happy!

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This pillow is the coolest.

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These plant tags are so so cute!!

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This spoon is beautiful.

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And this one is badass bahahaha.

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I like this patch!!

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I love morbid decor. I always have. These candle holders would be awesome in my office.

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Love this nose hoop! It’s funky but still simple.

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This nose stud is gorgeous. I am just not entirely sure how well I could fit my second stud next to it, too.

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My entire life I have been a rock collector. I still have rocks I found as a small child and can still tell you just where I found them. I have quite possibly too many. But these would be beautiful displayed on my bookshelf!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! On to Monday with good intentions and gratefulness.

Weekly Wishes // 34


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

I knew June would be super busy. It has been crazy. But July should be quiet and relaxing, and I’m so excited for it.

Last weeks goals…

1. Take one evening this week to have some quiet time to myself with no work. I did. I kayaked so so much.

2. Make a new recipe. I don’t think I did. I honestly can’t remember, so I must not have. Oooops. 

3. Get caught up on paperwork and organizing my office. My office looks less scary but I have a few more things to get caught up on in there..

4. Get some exercise. I did. I kayaked, I paddleboarded, I swam, I played with my nieces, I walked. I got a ton of exercise last week now that I think about it! Yes!

This week’s goals… .

1. Finish editing family pictures I shot & get a jump on editing the wedding I just shot. I’ve got a few thousand pics to sort between the two.

2. Take a few nights easy. I’m doing a lot of traveling Thursday, Friday, and Saturday so I want to take a little time to relax before.

3. Get all the gardens caught up on weeding. We got almost all of it weeded today. Just gotta finish up.

What are your goals for the week?!

Friday Faves

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Happy weekend! It’s Friday and I’m here to share some of my Friday Faves.

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This tent. I bought it and set it up today to let it air out and see if it holds up to the rain we’re forecasted for. If not, I’m going to have to use seam sealer… But maybe I should anyway? I’m planning on going for a solo camping trip for my birthday next month. And maybe buying a kayak before then! I think it’d be really nice to kayak out to an island and camp. We shall see :)

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Sooooo, I talked to a tattoo artist about the possibility of my next tattoo, which I’m very excited about. I think I’m going to commit to doing it in November. That way I’m through wedding season. Anyway, this mini documentary I watched made me happy. I seriously don’t think I’ll regret my tattoos, the ones I have and the ones I plan to get are all tasteful and have a large amount of meaning to me.

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I would love to have this print hanging in my home office.

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These greeting cards are adorable!!!!

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So is this one.

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I love love love these pillows… I really enjoy mildly morbid art. Frida Kahlo was my favorite painter when I was a child and I think it was my initial interest in her art that drew me into an adorable of morbid artwork.

Happy weekend, friends! Enjoy the summer solstice. I think I’ll enjoy it from the comfort of my lovely new tent!!!