Gatherings Like These & Fig Tagine

Guys, I really like food! And not just because I love eating it (although i really do like that part). But because food has this amazingly powerful way of bringing people together. In our busy lives it is, unfortunately, not something we get to experience all the time but nonetheless it should be something we try to do more often. Nothing fancy or anything. Just a simple gathering over yummy stuff! It’s rewarding and nourishing for our bodies and minds.

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Kitchen Goals

Okay, okay! I haven’t been cooking in my kitchen much lately because well… life is happening. But it’s not all bad, see! Cause I’m still taking pictures and I’m still in kitchens. Really cool kitchens for that matter. Like this seriously dreamy kitchen(!!) Complete with leathered granite island, 6 burner gas range cooktop aanndd butlers pantry. Not to mention the double sided  fireplace and private lake view… someone pinch me! 

Take a look and swoon with me <3

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Kansas City Flowers, Photos & a Baby

It has long been a dream of mine to work in a flower shop. I imagine spending the day surrounded by wonderful smells and the feeling of nature (sans spiders and snakes) and playing with white roses and baby’s breath. Yesss, that sounds pretty ideal to me. But just for like a day. Definitely not on February 13th or near a holiday or a day when something sad happens the requires sad flowers. Just on a normal, slow day when you can relax and be creative. Dreamy, right?! Well, with the help of a couple wonderful ladies, I got to play pretend for a day and it was real. 

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A Creative Convergence

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When Tyler of Made in KC first approached me about being a part of a dinner event he was putting together for Kansas City creatives my first thought was (*%&$^#@!) yea, totally. i’d love to.  He and Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home were teaming up to put on a thank you dinner for those makers who filled  the south KC boutique and made opening their doors possible. I was totally stoked (and super nervous!). It was completely flattering to even be considered as a part of KC’s creative community. And even more than that — trusted to feed all 60+ of them!

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Stony Crest Urban Farm Tour

My childhood home sat at the end of a typical suburban neighborhood of Kansas City. On one side was another 80’s built home and to the other side was a farm with horses and milo. At the time this was not an atypical scene. Suburbia was stretching its extremities further south (as it still is today) and we happened to live were suburban and farm life met. Cecil, our next-door-neighborhood farmer, reserved part of his land as a community garden. My parents grew everything from sunflowers to cucumbers. As a kid I spent a fair amount of time watering, picking out weeds, and just playing in the dirt in general. On special occasions I got to ride the tracker and play in the barns. Now that farm, as well as most of the other fields and farms in the area, have been replaced with the Sprint World Headquarters (…), apartment complexes, chain restaurants and shopping, and more apartment complexes. I love my city and am proud to be a home grown Kansas Citian. It’s growth, especially lately, has put KC on the map and brought well deserved recognition to the organizations and people that call this place home.

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