I first heard about the eclipse from a strawberry farmer down in Texas who was driving all the way up to my husband's hometown of Idaho Falls to see it. I thought it was a little crazy that someone would travel so far to see something so short.
And yes, it would've been cool to be in a total eclipse spot, but it was only dark for like a minute! I definitely do not think that it was as big of a deal as people made it into.
Also, we only got to see the very start of the eclipse before the clouds rolled in and blocked the sun for the entire time. But at least I got to snap a photo of my kids looking both ridiculous and cute in their glasses when they saw the beginning of it!
it's so hard to believe that august is coming to a close! if you're looking to squeeze in a late summer date with your sweetie or bffl or dog (so many people i know are verrry into dogs), check out the latest MSP Guide! we cover all the basics: ice cream, indian food, easy recipes at home, (so i guess a lot of food!), things to see, stuff to do, etc. check the link in my bio to get the guide and read on for my hot take on what i think about city life. 😎🏙❤️ "I grew up with a neighbor who was a farmer, so I wasn’t originally as familiar with city life. Then I went to college in Moorhead, which was basically like living in a large suburb. Then I jetted off to NYC, where I learned what it meant to really live in a city: rats and all. Now I’m settled into sweet Minneapolis, and I love living here. I take the bus to work, walk to get groceries and walk to restaurants and bars. There are innumerable options for things to do at any time in our Twin Cities, and they are all such a short distance away. Honestly between super chill dates at home and walking to things in the city, my husband and I are happy as clams."* *for those of you who follow along on insta stories, you know how much we get down with making dinner together which is actually like a date every night! right?! #mspguide#deepnorth#twincitiesbloggercollab
Working on something very special with @driscollsberry & @thefeedfeed #ad ! i’ve very fondly been referring to it as the dorinda of desserts - it’s classic with a swirl of sass! 😉💃⠀
can’t wait to #berrytogether when i share it with you on the blog tomorrow! stay tuned…⠀
We moved into our new house. I'm in love with it. I even love the annoying things I've found. And loving coming up with solutions. This house is my dream. The neighbors are awesome. The girls are happy. And Gnomie is outside again. All is well. 🏡
Total solar eclipse of the sun day! And here I go throwing this rainbow of veggies in your face. It's all I got, people. I hope you saw the eclipse of you wanted to see it. Regardless, you should make these. 👌🌚🌞🌔🌈
New podcast episode is live! Today I interview Mitch from @useyourvoicemn and @northernglasses about starting an online retail store with a cause! Full of Minnesota makers, this podcast is one not to miss! Also! There is a coupon code for our listeners! with both stores the code will be "tccollective". At Northern Glasses it will give 15% off and at VOICE it will give free shipping. #twincitiescollective#twincitiesbloggers
minimalist mani monday over here is going quite well thankyouverymuch. 💅🏼🔵✔️ i'm trying to figure out how i feel about this trend that probably isn't even cool anymore, and i think i 65% like it!
i had last week off, and it was an overall productive week along with some emotional turbulence. this week is filled with a couple days of workshops (#mnteacher ) and then kindergarteners come on wednesday! hoping i can get a lot done in the next two days before lil ones are walking the halls! 🤞what does today hold for you sweet friend? i'll be -->👩🏼🏫🙋🏼👩🏼💻 #manimonday#minimalmani#productivevibes
Did our final rounds of moving today— now, it's time to sit back and (finally) RELAX. This weekend has been eventful yet so much fun. But right now, nothing beats a long shower, a nice read and a cup of tea to end it 💛 How did you spend your Sunday!?
Lately I have been playing around with some of my artwork and photography + things that I'm currently drawing my creativity from (design, fashion, photography, etc) and putting these ideas into mood board/collages. And well they make me happy to look at. 〰 So. I'm going to start sharing more of what I've been making with you all and just push past that "it's not good enough to share" excuse bc I've been listening to that lie for far too long ✨
Want to know how to have your cake and eat it too? Find out how I spent less than $200 on this outfit that retails for nearly $1500, new on the blog today (link in bio)! That's what I call a tasty dessert 🎂🎂🎂 Make sure to tag you're best friend below who has a mean sweet tooth
Fun irrelevant fact about me: Simpsons mania left an indelible mark on my life, as it did for the majority of society. At age 8, the Season 7 episode called "Lisa the Vegetarian" premiered and from that point on, I was inspired to be vegetarian just like my precocious idol. Growing up vegetarian had its ups and downs in the Midwest, but I took it to heart and later transitioned to veganism. After being vegan for my entire adult life, I unfortunately ended up suffering severe physical and mental health issues that left me unable to continue the only lifestyle I knew. (Let's fast forward through all the soul seeking and angsty details to the present.) The short version is: meat, like my thirties, is a whole new world for me. I'm still learning to perfect the art of crispy bacon, the ideal rare steak, and juicy chicken. One of my favorite ways to prepare the latter is with Moroccan tagine methods. I don't own a tagine as I don't make enough stews in a year to warrant one, but I've found that a cocotte or casserole with a tight fitting lid offers the same results. As long as steam can't escape and you use a low heat, your meat cooks itself to juicy perfection with minimal liquid.
Moroccan-Inspired Chicken Tagine
2 Tbsp paprika, I used smoked
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
2-3 saffron threads, soaked in 1 Cup water
4 chicken thighs, skin removed
3 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
4 Medjool dates, chopped
1/2 Cup green olives, pitted
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp ghee
1 Tbsp olive oil
1) Preheat your oven to 300°F. Over medium heat, lightly toast the paprika, cumin, turmeric and anise to release their essence. Pour on top of the chicken (minus the anise pod) as a dry rub and coat both sides.
2) Melt the ghee and oil and brown the chicken thighs. It's okay if parts are still pink.
3) Add the onions, then layer the carrots, pepper, olives and dates. Return the chicken to the top and place the bay leaf and anise pod at the center.
4) Pour the saffron threads and water over the outside rim of the pan.
5) Bake for 60 minutes. Top with fresh parsley. Serve over grains or flatbread.
Happy Sunday Everyone 🌞🌷 I've been up since dawn prepping for the week ahead. I plan and organize for our home, our kids, my blog.
This organization keeps this mama sane all week and feeling accomplished.
How do you spend your Sundays?
As a woman of Norwegian heritage, I love a good eplekake. That first bite of firm, tart apple married between pockets of soft, slightly sweet cake is pure bliss. When apples aren't at their prime, I love to remake the traditional dessert with seasonal fruit. With so many ripe summer peaches at my disposal, I had to make use of them. This recipe is highly versatile. You can easily substitute the cane sugar for 1/2 Cup maple syrup (though in that case I'd omit the milk), or replace dairy with equal amounts of their non-dairy equivalents.
I admit to eating half of it for breakfast with strong, black coffee. 🍑☕ Peach Cake
1 Cup white flour, sifted
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium peaches, chopped
1/4 Cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 Cup - 1 Cup cane sugar, depending on taste
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch cake pan or spring form.
2) Chop the two peaches.
3) In a bowl, beat or hand mix the vanilla, egg, milk, sugar and butter until smooth.
4) Top wet mix with sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the fruit until well combined. Batter will be thick.
5) Spread mixture evenly in pan. Sprinkle top with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 60 minutes. Cool before serving.
Thank so much for the awesome video! #Repost @bewellnessclearlake (@get_repost)
What's your favorite?? We love our Salad Girl dressings from Minnesota! Super flavorful and delicious for any salad! We are fully restocked for all of you like blueberry basil, crisp apple maple, or lemony herb! @thesaladgirl
The tortoise beat the hare. The butterfly flies only after the caterpillar sleeps. Sometimes warm blankets are too strong to resist. On slow mornings, I take time to splurge on self-care by making a power smoothie and by spending 20 minutes reading. Trust me, I need all the self care I can get today 😆🥂 What do you do??⬇️✨
We're big believers in connecting > networking. What better way to do it than by meeting local business owners for coffee? We can't wait to pair up business owners before #yourownwaycon - a one-day conference building lasting friendships! 😍 We'll cheers to that!