I recently had the opportunity to shoot a spring lookbook for Covet and Lou. Here are a few shot (more coming soon) that gave me a chance to share one of my favorite recipes.
I clipped this out of a magazine in my teens and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Super easy albeit not very healthy but makes a perfect picnic lunch or road trip snack. I’ve substituted the sausage for ground turkey or even prosciutto! Definitely something you can get creative with.
Sausage Cheese Braid
4 1/2 t Active dry yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water
2 T Sugar
1 1/2 t Salt
1 t Italian seasoning
1/4 cup Butter softened
4 – 4 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 lb Sausage
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water, add a pinch of the sugar and let proof for 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, egg, butter and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, cook sausage, drain and set aside to cool. Punch dough down; divide in half. On floured surface, roll each half into a 14″x 12″ rectangle. Cut each one into 3 strips. Evenly distribute sausage and cheese along each strip. Fold together and pinch closed. Seam side down on greased sheet, braid strips together and pinch the ends. Cover and let rise till doubled about 45 mins. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack completely. Makes 2 loaves.
Lookbook photos shot by Whitney Neal
Capturing my everyday adventures as a mother of two boys isn’t always easiest, but Teva sure did it!
It’s far too easy in our post-modern culture to be concerned about the details, the look, the right capture, but reality is no picture tells the entirety of any story. But pictures; They are still important and telling, helpful for putting words to a moment instantly. Subsequently, thank you Teva. For depicting what matters most whilst bringing comfort and practicality to my everyday life.
Today I’m grateful for
191 / motherhood
192 / A new season
193 / Boys who are always up for adventure
194 / Health to sustain an active lifestyle or rather an active lifestyle that supports our health
195 / Fresh cut grass
photos by Whitney Neal
Curled up in bed sick with everything the boys had last week but thankful..
186 / healthy boys
187 / last minute photo shoot complete
188 / I made it in time for the beautiful birth of my friends son
189 / LOTS of fresh milk and our first egg from the new hens
190 / a new real skate deck for my little shredder and celebrating 7 years of his life
“Darkness can not defeat light.”
Looking for the silver lining in our third sick day and a week worth of plans shot. I was meant to be at the hospital today helping a friend labor but find myself instead cleaning up vomit intermittent with making chicken noodle soup and administering any aid I can. Canceled photo shoot two weeks in a row due to weather while the work load gets higher and higher (along with the water in my basement).
In all though I feel blessed and encouraged this week, despite the circumstances. What gets you through rainy days (literal and figurative?). Collin after saying “this is the wowst day evew” asked if we could watch a movie together tonight. I think it’s a plan.
181 / homemade coffee honey coconut oil latte (blend with cream or milk till frothy)
182 / clean bedding
183 / rain
184 / wild grapevine swings
185 / new curtains and shined plant leaves
ps. A friend sent me this article on Love and I thought I’d share. A few, ok, all of these hit a little close to home. Relationships are so hard and I’m not even in one!
Tea in hand listening to a storm rolling through and reflecting on the past week. My boys have been home sick the last two days and I’m enjoying the slow pace it has brought us.
We celebrated a birthday with friends. Pie and campfires several days in a row. The kids are almost too big for the nesting boxes they adopted as their beds. I’ve been surprised they’ve already been nibbling grass and between the two of them haven’t been able to keep up with ladys’ production. I’ve already milked nearly two gallons! It’s not sweet yet from the spring wild onions so I’ll take it to a local soap maker to trade for oils and other things we need.
I’ve been impatiently waiting for my newest batch of 8 hens to start laying. Waiting is something I’m thinking on a lot recently. I’m terrible at being present and struggle to not always feel like I’m ‘waiting’ for life to begin. Silly when I think about it and the reality of how lovely everyday can be but that’s my struggle. So I sit in it and attempt to fight back reflecting on all the things I have to be grateful for today.
176 / Extra cuddles with my boys.
177 / The smell of a campfire.
178 / A soothing storm.
179 / Psalm 27.
180 / Hope.
Playing | with these kids.
Enjoying | Simple breakfast on warmer mornings.
Wearing | layers of linen and looking forward to a fun shoot this week with Covet + Lou
Watching | My nanny care for her kids. Ethereal instincts.
Thank you all for the kind comments on my last post. I know there’s a lot of negative repercussions from such a decisiom but I appreciate the kindness and support that comes from being believed in.
Just wanted to share a little of what we’ve been up to. It’s been a really busy and full winter, far different from ones in the past. We managed to stay really active between joining the gym to teaching the boys how to snowboard/ski to climbing at the new rock gym that opened in town. My body has been consistently sore for months and the boys have had a blast learning new things.
In no particular order: Grateful
Morning robes cacao.
Seasons first smores.
Lady with her couple hour old bucklings.
Tristans’ first skin tear at the climbing gym (proud mom).
What happens if I ask Collin to try NOT to smile.
Rescuing one of my young pullets from being lost in the woods.
Shooting a new line of linens for my shop.
Kid kisses (I can’t get enough of these two).
Almost done with marathon training and really ready for it to be over! I’m glad for the experience and the mental distraction it’s been this winter but I’ve dealt with many injuries.
Finding myself searching for little rays of light and hope at the end of this season. In the chores and the nesting and the everyday routine I’m growing to appreciate this new space more than I could have ever imagined.
Waiting on ladys’ baby.
Snuggles with my “five and a HALF” year old baby.
Treats and the note that earned it.
Fresh batch of ceramics from the kiln. These little hands are already so precious to me.
A visit from a dear friend.
Checking in on the airstream.
My alarm clock. A solid black roo that was supposed to be an Americana.
Internet Pt. 2 (coming soon
What was meant to be a week turned into three and the question “if ever”. I found that my recent time away from the Internet was everything and more than I hoped for the past year it would be. I know these spaces won’t last forever and as life for us (my boys and I) continues to take on new tones Ive began to feel as if I’m outgrowing my Internet spaces. Maybe I just don’t need it or maybe it’s the not completely realistic connections that make me uncomfortable or the pictures painted that don’t say everything they should because they can’t? The walls of the cyber world seem endless but I think they actually limit us (think 15″ silver boxes). We lose touch with faces and expressions that help us read between the lines of familiar voices. We “think” we’re connected and happy yet often forgoing actual connectedness for a substitute that feels safer because we can hide behind a screen with tear stained cheeks and post a picture of a happy time as if it was current. But now I’m rambling. My friends know this conversation with me well and it leaves me often feeling like the odd one out. Maybe I’m just that but I know this for sure my work to invest in myself, my community, the people around me and my life has paid off in a real way. I don’t need to be here and maybe I’ll go or maybe I won’t but the important thing for me is knowing I’m not defined by a social media presence and if it was gone tomorrow I wouldn’t be broke.
As Whitman once said:
“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself.”