Recipe | Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

Thursday, March 26, 2015













Joy and I unintentionally took a few weeks off from our Monday Breakfast Series and this week we are back! Except this week it was a Tuesday Breakfast Series. I love having this lady over my house; she's such a JOY (seriously mama, JB, good job naming your daughter)! We usually sit down for an hour or so, drinking seriously-too-strong coffee (I really need to invest in a scale), catching up on the past week(s), and dreaming about the future. Then we slowly transition into planning for the shoot and moving around my furniture and testing lighting. It's never rushed and I love how natural Joy is behind the camera. I never feel like we're shooting a recipe....just like a friend is over and we're working together in my kitchen.

This week, I decided to try baked oatmeal. My mother-in-law makes a delicious baked oatmeal and I combined her recipe with a tasty recipe I found online that incorporated strawberries. This recipe is really forgiving and flexible. You can add dried fruit, different nuts, switch out the spices, throw in a few extra eggs for some added protein, etc. Such a convenient breakfast (or brunch, or snack) food, and it can actually be made ahead of time and warmed up - my kind of meal! Enjoy!

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter a pie dish. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, 1/4 of the almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and sea salt. In another bowl, mix together the maple syrup, milk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

Place half the strawberries in the bottom of the pie dish. Then pour oat mixture over strawberries. Carefully pour wet ingredients over oats, then arrange strawberries on top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of almonds, coconut and sugar. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, then let sit for about 10 minutes before serving. Delicious with yogurt, syrup, or just plain!

Photos by Joy Jaynes of Mornings Like These, Styling by Rebecca Gallop for our Monday Breakfast Series.

ETSY POP-UP AT WEST ELM DC

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I'm so excited to share that I've picked some of my favorite local Etsy designers and we'll all be gathering together at West Elm DC on April 4 from 1-6 PM for a pop-up shop! Come meet, shop, and snack with me (and my baby) and these awesome creatives: Handmade Habitat //  Zigzag Studio // McIntosh & Burke // Marcella Kriebel Art & Illustration // Like William Studio // La La Grace // Kate Zaremba Company // Grey Moggie // Gray Dog Woodworks // For the Host. See you there!

A Daily Gathering | Recap of The Perfect Cup: A Coffee Workshop

Tuesday, March 17, 2015






The first A Daily Gathering workshop of the year has come and gone (and now we're prepping for the natural dyeing workshop on March 28)! I brought Naomi along with me; it was my first event post-baby WITH baby and WITHOUT Joe. I'm so blessed with sleepy and generally good-natured babies (and with friends who love holding babies). We actually had three babies at this workshop and I LOVED it!

For this coffee workshop, I partnered with Jrink Juicery (and a host of other wonderful VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, and DC-based brands), who hosted us at their gorgeous exposed brick juice bar in Dupont. I'm obsessed with Jrink's space and cannot wait to dream up another event to hold there!

I'm so thankful for the creativity in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area! All our sponsors were "local", within 2-3 hours of this area! My friend Chris - the head coffee man at Lo Co Joe in Purcellville - taught everyone how to make the perfect cup of Chemex coffee at home. It was so rewarding to see everyone produce perfect cups after a few attempts. I asked Emily if she'd bring some baked goods and she WOWed us all with her delicious selections! She made savory hand pies with goat cheese and hot pepper jelly (I think I ate 100 of these), cardamom donut muffins, and Mexican chocolate donut muffins.

All the students went home with gorgeous and delicious products from our sponsors... Not only did we use Three Ships Coffee for the workshop but Brad & Amy of this Virginia Beach-based coffee roastery gave bags of perfectly roasted Nicaraguan beans for everyone to take home! Julia Paul Pottery sent us these gorgeous cups. I want one of everything that Julie makes; her pottery is perfect! Amanda generously donated copies of Trouve Magazine. I cannot wait to see Volume 3! I'm rapidly becoming a chocolate snob after tasting Shark Mountain Coffee's chocolate. Jonny gave us an assortment of his chocolate for our students, and I didn't really want to share with everyone. ;) And one lucky lady got to take these reusable sandwich and snack bags home. They're made here in DC and I LOVE everything Magpie Cookshop makes!

Cannot wait for next weekend's The Art of Natural Dyeing workshop, taught by the twin sister duo behind Drift Lab Textile Co; we still have a new tickets available if you're interested!


Photos by Anna Clair Photography and Rebekah Lisk for A Daily Gathering.

Thoughts on Rebranding/Redesigning

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

















I've been trying to collect images and tear sheets from all my past work, in an attempt to get super organized for the big website/blog/portfolio overhaul I'm dreaming of. I think it actually might happen this year, and I'm really stoked about it! I've been dragging my feet for so many reasons, but mainly because it's so overwhelming and requires me to make important decisions about my brand and such. But it's time. I'm quite embarrassed of my outdated portfolio and almost want to hide the link (don't go snooping now)...but it's all part of the process of who I am today and how my style has evolved, so I guess I'll keep it up for now.

Can't wait to get these images - and so many others - added to my portfolio. These are from a project I worked on with Kate Headley from almost a year ago! My friend Melinda teaches artisan bread making classes at her home studio in Leesburg, VA (Knead & Know) and ever since first attending a croissant class several months earlier, I'd been very eager to style in her beautiful, light-filled studio. I was excited to have the opportunity to work with Kate; she's a genius behind the camera and super fun to work with (we've worked together for West Elm and Edible DC). I invited my friend Carlene and her husband Chris, who happen to live around the corner from Melinda, to be our students for the day. Chris and Carlene ended up pitching in and helping with pretty much everything, and Carlene styled the lovely cheese board! It was a really fun shoot to work on, and of course, we feasted on bread (and cheese and meat and wine). Shoots involving food are the best kind!

Apparently, the first step in this website/blog/portfolio updating project is to compile a list of all the sites/designs/styles I like...I don't regularly read the long list of blogs I used to read, mostly because I just don't have the time. Scrolling through instagram is so much easier/quicker. That said, I don't even know where to start! What are some of your favorite blog/website designs? Or, who has a really good design board on pinterest? Give me alllll your secrets and ideas and advice for this scary redesign / rebrand process.

Photos by Kate Headley , Styling by Rebecca Gallop

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