Featured on “Behind the Artist”

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I am so honored to have been featured on the Weddings by Willy and Meghan blog in their “Behind the Artist” series. I never actually considered myself and “artist” or a “creative” until recently. I think I was scarred by the C+ on my report card in third grade art. How does a child in third grade get a grade like that?! Oh my, I digress.  Then again, an artist is not just someone who draws and paints. An artist can create with words or with actions, in silence or song.

I’ve always been drawn to the illustration of how our lives are like a tapestry. When you look at the back of the tapestry the threads criss-cross and weave in and out and appear messy and disorganized which represents our lives and the challenges we face. When you turn the tapestry over a beautiful piece of art is revealed, the artwork of our lives that God is creating. After all He is the ultimate “artist” and “creative”!  So I conclude that I am an “artist” and “creative” since I am the daughter of the most high “creative” of all.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

We are all artists in our own way and I’m excited to follow Willy and Meghan’s series and be inspired by the creatives that are featured. Won’t you join me?  Please discover, claim and remember that You, yes YOU are an artist!

Blessings,
Karine Signature

Healthy Spinach and Rutabaga Frittata

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I absolutely love root vegetables. I was intrigued when I came across an interesting spinach and swede frittata on one of my favorite food blogs, Petite Kitchen. First of all I had to look up what a “Swede” was and discovered it was a rutabaga which is similar to a turnip. It was my fist culinary experience cooking with rutabaga and I’ve found a new love! I followed the recipe pretty closely making a few adjustments along the way which I’ll explain as we go.

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I sliced the rutabaga about 1/8″ thin on my mandolin and cooked it for 5 minutes in salted boiling water. I left them a little undercooked so they would have some firmness and since they would cook a little in the oven.

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Photos by Weddings by Willy and Meghan.

After the frittata cooked for 20 minutes I sprinkled salted pumpkin seeds on top for a little crunch and placed it back in the oven for 5 more minutes.

It is such a easy, healthy and delicious dish!

Spinach and Rutabaga Frittata

1-2 Rutabaga (I used 1 larger)
1/2 Medium Sweet Onion (sliced thin)
2 Handfuls of Fresh Spinach (chopped)
8 Eggs (Beaten)
3 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
Handful of Salted Pumpkin Seeds (Unsalted would work also)
1-2 T Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Slice rutabaga into 1/8″ slices. Boil in salted water for 5 minutes or until slightly tender (cook longer if you like them to be soft). Drain and transfer 1/2 to an oven safe pan in a single layer. Add spinach and another layer of the remaining rutabaga. Add onion slices and rosemary sprigs. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over frittata and drizzle with 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Yields 4 servings.

Blessings,
Karine Signature

Styling Tips for Entertaining

Today I want to share a few tips that I use when styling weddings and photo shoots that you can incorporate into entertaining in your home. These photos come from a Great Gatsby themed wedding shoot I did. You don’t have to be a stylist to have a stylish party.  You also don’t have to spend a fortune to put together a beautiful table or simple vignette to display your appetizers. I often shop in my own home snatching items off of my shelves and a can of spray paint can transform almost anything!

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Tip#1 Use Mirrors and Trays
Use Mirrors and Trays for drinks, desserts and appetizers. The tray above was a thrift store treasure that my friend and owner of Passion Roots discovered. There are so many wonderful thrift store trays that with a little paint or contact paper and DIY elbow grease, can be transformed into a posh and thrifty addition to your party decor. Just a little side note, I created a fanciful gold sugar rim on the champagne flutes and in just a few minutes and a little pink sparkly juice later, I had a drink that looked as fabulous as it tasted.  Grab a mirror off of your wall and place desserts on it. Really! The sunburst mirror was perfect for the gold dusted macaroons. Pull a mirror off of a wall in another room, place it on the table and you’ll have a beautiful and reflective serving tray.

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Tip# 2 Use Spray Paint to Transform an Item
Have you been down the spray paint aisle lately? There are paints for all types of surfaces and so many color choices that you might have to spend a few minutes contemplating your options. Again my friend at Passion Roots gets credit for spray painting a  glass to use as a gold vase. I had a tarnished frame that was transformed by a little spray paint. I actually painted two frames which you’ll see below. I’ve spray painted so many items in my home which I’ll share for another post. Spray paint is your friend!

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A vignette is a grouping of items and is a great way to turn a boring display of delicious food items into a showpiece. Using the dessert table as an example. I added framed quotes, flowers and candles to add interest. I elevated the cake with gold thrift store items. I’m not quite sure what they are but they did the trick of adding height! By adding different heights to the items on your table you further create depth. You can keep it simple and use a wrapped box as a platform for a plate of cookies. One more thing to note about this vignette. If you’re placing a table against a wall consider what is on the wall. I used a gold frame that was given to me and added yards of discounted ribbon and gold streamers from the party supply store to create a fanciful backdrop.

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The “Love” marquee sign above and the “What a Looker” and “Hubba! Hubba!” signs above were DIY projects. I’ll be sharing how to make a marquee sign in a future post. It’s really simple and very impactful when you turn down the lights and light up your sign and you can use it year round. Make your own fun little photo booth with homemade props and signs. Props always add fun and a little awesome silliness to a party! Cheese!

Start small and create one simple vignette. Don’t feel that you have to transform you whole house when entertaining. Shop your house for items and have fun. That’s what entreating is all about afterall!

Want to see more from this shoot? Head over to Style Me Pretty for the full gallery.

Photos by U Me Us Studios / Flower by Passion Roots / Cake by A Cake Life

Blessings,

Karine Signature

Gift Ideas

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So now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it’s time to start moving onto Christmas! The tree is going up this weekend and I’ll be decorating throughout the week. Somehow Christmas gift giving just seems to sneak up on me. I know it’s coming, I see it on the calendar, but there are so few days and so much to do in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I did do a little pre-shopping for those people on my list that are easy to buy for. They are the ones that I see the “perfect” gifts for year round and if I had my way and an endless budget, they would be showered with gifts on every holiday. However, there are always those few family and friends that I always get stuck on when I try to find a gift for.

Pinterest to the rescue! I’ve created a board that has a few special items that I think might make their way under the tree this year. I’ve also pinned fun and different ideas for gift wrapping. I loaded up on craft paper, wash tape and twine  and I have loads of red ribbon from  several years ago at a 90% off sale. You have to love a good sale! Join me over at my Pinterest Gift Board and follow along as I pin new ideas in the upcoming weeks. Maybe you’ll find an idea for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.

Blessings,
Karine Signature

Happy Thanksgiving Chalkboard

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

We have so much to be thankful for! Today we’ll be gathering with some of our family and enjoying a delicious meal. I’m thankful for my husband that cooked the turkey this year and for my sons that cleaned the bathroom! I already had a little taste of mashed potatoes just to make sure that they were acceptable. Hee Hee.

While your tummies are full and you’re resting a bit, checkout my guest blog post on the San Lorenzo Mermaid Blog. I  created a really easy beachy tablescape. I’m thankful to be in warm weather year round but if it’s cold were you are, creating  this table for a dinner party is a great way to pretend for a few hours that you are on a little tropical vacation.

Blessings,
Karine Signature

Garlic and Goat Cheese Mashed Cauliflower

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Growing up and for most of my adult life, I was never very fond of cauliflower. The only way I would enjoy it was to buy the frozen box of cauliflower that was smothered in cheddar cheese. Gasp!  Now that I am more aware of the effects of what I am putting into my body, I have a new-found love of cauliflower. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C and K as well as a good source of fiber.

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This recipe is so delicious and such a great alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. The goat cheese can easily be left out and in fact I added it in at the last-minute because I’m a fan of cheese! You won’t miss it a bit if you make it vegan friendly.

Cut up the cauliflower and place in a steamer basket. You want to make sure that the cauliflower is tender so check it at about 8 minutes. I steamed it in two batches.

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I love my 3 cup food processor. It’s so small and compact that it has a permanent place on my kitchen counter without cluttering it up.  I pulsed the cauliflower in batches and transferred it to a bowl. I like it to be very smooth.

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Then add salt and pepper to taste, roasted garlic (or garlic powder), olive oil, goat cheese (of leave it out) and fresh chives.

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It’s that easy and so delicious! It’s best to eat it while it’s hot but it can be reheated. A large cauliflower head makes about 4 cups.

Garlic and Goat Cheese Mashed Cauliflower

1 Large Head of Cauliflower
1-2 Roasted Garlic Cloves or Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use pink Himalayan salt)
Fresh Chives

Wash and cut cauliflower into florets. Steam in a steam basket until tender. Blend cauliflower in a food processor. If you have a large food processor you can add the rest of the ingredients at this time. If you have a smaller food processor and are mashing in batches then transfer to a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add garlic, olive oil and goat cheese. Blend in fresh chives. Serve warm. Approximately 4 servings.

Blessings,
Karine Signature

DIY Photo Collage Frame

Today I have a very quick and very easy DIY for you. You know that’s music to my ears! For years now I’ve had all of my precious photos in file folders on my computer. Can you relate? My daughter sent me a package one day with actual printed photos of my sweet granddaughter and their recent visit. I didn’t want to put the photos away in books and didn’t want to fill the wall with frames. My solution was to create a photo collage frame that I could clip photos to, swap out and update whenever I wanted. A friend of mine gave me two large gold frames when she was moving years ago.  I knew they would come in handy one day! I painted one a flat white and while it was waiting to be used  a few little bumps and nicks gave it just a touch of “vintag-ing”.

I purchased a package of picture hanging wire (I ended up needing extra wire) and it came with 8 eye hooks. I measured where to place my wire and screwed in the eye hooks. My clever husband came along and showed me a technique for screwing in the eye hooks more than my hand strength could do on its own. He simply slipped a screwdriver into the hook and used it as leverage to turn and tighten the hook.

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I then just wrapped the wire around the eye hook and pulled it tight wrapping it around the other side. It’s important to pull it really tight or it will sag more than you want it to.

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I clipped on the photos with little clothespins which I’ll probably spray paint white in the future.  It was such a simple DIY but it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

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How do you display pictures?

Blessings,
Karine Signature