Monday, September 22, 2014

The dirty truth about my kitchen (& a giveaway!)

I have never liked cooking. In fact, I've dreaded it, put it off and felt totally insecure about it for way too long. Baking, though…. baking is one of my favorite kitchen activities. I think that has been impacted by my unhealthy relationship with all things sweet, but still. I've enjoyed it since high school.

So for the first two years of our marriage, I tried really hard to be a great wife. I meal planned (with frustration), made tons of meals that were so-so, and even entertained guests for dinner! That last one was the real stressor - I never felt like what I made was up to par, especially compared to my friends who are great in the kitchen!

But over the past couple months, I have actually enjoyed cooking almost every meal! I could almost call it relaxing (gasp!). I've even had the nerve to try new recipes that turned out nicely and didn't stress about having guests over. To be honest, I'm shocked.. still! Here's the real topper, though, I also successfully made a few pasta sauces from scratch - something I've tried to master several times and failed miserably!! It's the little things.

So today I'm extra excited to be partnering with the sweet ladies below to hook you up with two cookbooks and a copy of a recent favorite book, Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrieder. These two cookbooks have sent me deeper into the kitchen and have the most beautiful stories to accompany the show stopping recipes!

The winner will be announced this Friday so stay tuned and play fair! All entries will be verified. Have fun!! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Magnolia Must Reads | 26

Well, Jacob and I decided last night we're going to get all healthy and cut back on our sugar intake, get rid of all bread and focus on eating a lot of greens. Oh, and we are going to work out a lot more than we do now... so we will see how this goes. He mentioned juicing, but I'm a little afraid of that, so we are taking baby steps.

On the radar for today (after sleeping in! woo-hoo!) is grocery shopping, a quick run for me (to prepare for tomorrow's last long run before my race! 10 miles!), going to the gym and then blogging like it's nobody's business. Glorious, right?!

For those of you who also get to enjoy a leisurely day today, be sure to check out some of my favorite reads this week!




+ On doing what you love, versus what you're good at.
+ 15 ways to practice self-care.


What you may have missed this week…
+ Creating your own handmade design business.
+ On ministry, having kids & the gift of free time.
+ Put a hat on it: Casual wear.
+ Introducing… Operation Read Your Shelves!!!
+ 12 things I wish I knew as a college freshman.
+ Hospitality as a lifestyle.

P.S. Fellow bloggers - who were some of your favorite blogs to sponsor?! I'm looking to sponsor some blogs in October, so hit me up with your good experiences! :)