Just popping in to say that I'm really pumped about this color palette for Spring. I've needed some color inspiration for fabric designs and this nailed it for me…but for now I'll enjoy the darker colors, winter hues, and flannels for the next couple of months. ;)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
One of my favorite things in the whole world to eat is caprese salad. It's fresh, light (when you don't the whole platter), and is just incredibly delicious. If you order caprese at a restaurant, you will likely get large slices of tomatoes and a significant chunk of mozzarella, topped with basil and some balsamic.
Here are two fuss-free ways that I love serving ((and consuming)) caprese.
Mini Caprese-on-a-Stick Appetizers
You can either buy a tub of tiny mozzarella balls, some cherry tomatoes, and chiffonade some basil or you can go to the olive and appetizer station at Whole Foods and get it by the pound. ((Hint: get the same amount of tomatoes and mozzarella balls!)) Put a toothpick through one of each and throw 'em on a plate. I like to serve this with a side of balsamic dressing or drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top right before guests arrive.
Caprese Grilled Cheese:
I have a special place in my heart for Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Yes, Grilled Cheese deserves capital letters. I may even do a series of my favorite fancy Grilled Cheese sandwich recipes ((jalepeno popper anyone?)) soon. They are the perfect comfort food and this recipe combines this American staple with my beloved caprese salad.
Here's what You'll Need:
-Sliced mozzarella ((I got this from the meat & cheese counter at Whole Foods and she sliced it for me as thick or thin as I needed it for easy melting))
-Pre-made Pesto from the prepared foods aisle at Whole Foods ((because I do not want to bust out my food processor to make my own))
-Bread and Butter
1. Butter your non-stick skillet and spread pesto on one side of the bread while it is melting.
2. Add tomatoes and then place mozzarella on top, placing other piece of bread on top.
3. Add to skillet on low-medium heat so that the bread browns evenly and the cheese melts slowly.
4. Enjoy and you can even serve one of the above mini caprese-on-a-stick appetizers on top if you're in a cutesy mood. Chase loved it. ((you can also serve this with a side of balsamic dressing))
So, there you have it. Two more ways to enjoy one of the most delicious appetizers out there. Each would be perfect for a holiday party ((cut the grilled cheese into quarters)) and they're each so quick to make!
This post is sponsored by Whole Foods because I am a part of their Whole Foods Ambassador Blogger Program. I was not compensated for this post, but did receive most of the items free of charge. Consider yourself disclosed ;)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Usually, on Thursdays we have giveaways around here. Welp, this week I'm taking a break and hosting a giveaway on instagram with some of my favorite things ((this sephora lip tar, a $25 gift card to starbucks, a red headband from my holiday collection and a handmade flannel scarf that is my own cozy design. Are you on instagram? Follow me and repost this photo with the hashtag #OHSWEETJOY for a chance to enter!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Need to get some quick and fun Christmas cards printed for the season? Check out Pikcal! Anything productive has to be done while Knox naps and I ordered these fun cards in less than 10 minutes. It's super easy to use and pretty darn affordable. I really can't wait for these to come in.
If you want to order, you can use the discount code BLOGCARD20 for 20% off
((valid until December 31st, 2013))!
I'm excited to share the love for this brand new website with you - not only are they for Christmas cards, but birthday cards, invites, baby announcements, etc! Here's a bit from Pikcal:
"Hey! I'm Casey from Pikcal. I'm so glad to intro duct you to our BRAND NEW website where you can create your own cards and greetings for the upcoming holiday season! Let's be honest, we all like to save a buck, so please enjoy this exclusive discount for 20% off your order. Oh, and we always offer free shipping. Yup, every order ships for FREE. Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing what you get printed this holiday season."
Monday, December 2, 2013
Let's hope all the kinks got sorted out and this sucker is back up and running! If you haven't clicked over in a few days, well…the blog has been out of sorts for some. We're back in business!
Speaking of business - I have three orders of business to address today:
1. There are just a few more hours to take advantage of these cyber monday deals in the shop. Free headband with an order over $25. Boom.
2. Also - on my shopohsweetjoy instagram account, I'm selling some amazingly cozy cowl scarf/hoods. They aren't infinity scarves because they don't loop. They're just warm and cozy and flannel and awesome. I made one for myself and got an amazing response - so I'm auctioning them off. Have at 'em.
3. If you're local, email me for an invite to tomorrow's holiday event that I'm hosting at Madewell. Cupcakes, a discount, a craft, and fun clothes - Needless to say, it will be a blast! Don't forget to RSVP.
Posted by Kim at 3:16 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2013
One of my dear sponsors, Heather, has an advent devotional out that I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you should purchase and go through with your family this year ((it's only $2.99!)) - it will be such a special time for your loved ones. . She's a gem and I know she put a lot into this e-book devotional. Here's a bit from her! Make sure to visit her at her blog here - you will be blessed by reading along.
Hey, I'm Heather and I'm so excited to be sharing a little bit about myself with you!
First of all, a question: Do you celebrate Advent? For as long as I can remember my family has celebrated the season of Advent together. On December 1st my mom hung the handmade felt Christmas tree and we tucked the sequin and bead-adorned ornaments into each of the twenty four pockets below the tree. Each day of the month my brother and I took turns removing one of the detailed ornaments and placing it on the tree. On Sunday evenings we ate at the dining room table, a candle-laden wreath in the center. After the meal we read from an Advent devotional and lit a candle. These are some of my sweetest family memories.
But what exactly is Advent? The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio which simply means “to come” and refers to the coming of Christ. The season of Advent is a celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas, and the coming of Christ in our lives each day. It is a season of expectation, preparation and celebration of Christ’s birth.
People celebrate Advent in different ways. Some celebrate all 24 days before Christmas, beginning on the first Sunday of the month. When I was a child we often had chocolate Advent calendars that we opened on each day of December. Others only celebrate on the four Sunday’s before Christmas, often by lighting a candle on an Advent wreath.
The Advent wreath is a custom which originated among German Lutherans. It consists of four candles (three purple and one pink or blue) arranged in a circle with evergreen boughs, and often a fifth, white candle in the center. The Advent wreath corresponds to the four Sundays of Advent. The purple candles represent repentance, the pink candle reminds us of the hope coming, and the white candle, represents Christ. The light of the candles signifies the light of Christ, who comes into the world at Christmas.
For me, Advent is all about taking a moment each day in December to focus my heart and mind on Jesus. I know this is something I should be doing every day (and I try) but it’s even more important during this season because its so easy to get caught up in the craziness – the shopping and baking and decorating – and forget about about our Savior.
Now that I have my own little family, the idea of creating Christmas traditions excites me, so much that I’ve been inspired to create a simple and straightforward Advent devotional for my family and yours! My hope is that We Will Wait will help focus our hearts on Jesus during a time that is often about everything else but Him. I hope together we can carve out a few minutes in our day to light a candle, read a few verses, and reflect on the hope, peace, joy and love of the Christmas season.
What are your favorite Advent traditions?
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Friday, November 29, 2013
I hope everyone had a great holiday! While you're holiday shopping on this black friday, make sure to check out my sidebar for some amazing handmade shops. This week's featured shop creates gorgeous knit accessories that will surely keep you cozy all winter long. Here's a little word from Alex -
Alex Malex Designs is a small shop for hand knit accessories based in Bulgaria. I love creating things that are useful, comfortable and beautiful. I make everything in limited numbers and some of the items are one of a kind. Every single item is made by hand, no knitting machines are involved in the process of creating.
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