I’m loving life. I slept in. I cleaned my apartment. I left the my Christmas tree’s lights on all day long. I tore pages and pages out of magazines that inspire me and I indulged in an overpriced and extra delicious hot vanilla latte.
Today I talked with friends that live far away from me. I watched trashy TV. I dreamed about where my future will take me. I felt thankful for my health and for a renewed spark of optimism in my family. I felt happy for my accomplishments and felt excited for goals I have yet to achieve.
Today I felt grateful for an overabundance of information and inspiration. I felt elated by the connection to brilliant artists both close to me and very far away from me. I felt compelled to join them.
I’m really late to jump on the Kale bandwagon. I avoided it for a while because, to be honest, greens just really aren’t my jam. I usually omit them from recipes and if I’m going to eat a salad I’d prefer to it to be like a 90/10 mix of goodies to greens. While I still feel this way about my salad, I have since changed my stance on Kale. It’s freakin’ delicious and SO DAMN GOOD FOR YOU. I’ve taken to making kale chips about once per week and snacking on them when I’m too lazy to cook real food. I feel great about this because 1) it’s super affordable, 2) it’s much better for me than snacking on cookies, and 3) it’s SO easy.
I generally make a simple salty kale chip but today I gave you an easy variation that you try if you’re the adventurous type.
- 1 bunch of kale, washed
- 3 tbsp. good olive oil
- a generous pinch of salt
- cayenne (optional) OR smoked paprika (also optional but really delish…)
- Cut the stems out of your kale leaves. They are super bitter and you won’t enjoy eating them. Once the stem is removed, tear the soft part of your leaves into 2in. pieces.
- Arrange your kale into a large shallow baking dish in one layer. You don’t want them to overlap much because they’ll cook in a really uneven and mushy way…
- Pour your olive oil over the kale evenly and toss thoroughly so the oil coats all of the leaves.
- Sprinkle salt over the top of your leaves and add cayenne or smoked paprika if you want to spice things up a bit.
- Put in the oven at 400 for 8-10 minutes. Toss then put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
live & learn:
- I recommend using a high quality olive oil and a really coarse salt. There are only 3 ingredients in this so quality will make a huge impact on the overall taste of your chips.
- Keep a close eye on these in the oven. Every time I make them they cook a little bit differently depending on how fresh my kale is, how evenly I coated them with oil, the weather that day, etc. They can burn fast so stay close.
- Store them in an open container so they can get air. If you seal them to store them they’re going to get mushy. No one wants mushy chips.
I have some ridiculously talented friends. How did I get so lucky?! My facebook feed sometimes feels like an awesome competition between all of the incredibly talented and creative people sharing their love for their crafts. Ryan has been in my life since I was 10 or 11 and has always had such a love for music. He posted this song and I loved it too much to resist sharing with you. Give it a listen with a huge glass of red wine and a fire burning in your fireplace.
I moved into my own place in June and have spent a considerable amount of time obsessing over the decorating process since then. I thought it would be fun to share some before & after shots of my place. I’ve obsessively photographed each place I’ve lived as an adult and I love looking back at the evolution of my style.
My gallery wall makes me so happy. It’s full of art that I’ve made, art that has been gifted to me, photos that make me happy and nostalgic, and a ton of prints that I’ve fallen in love with and bought for myself. I know gallery walls are kind of passe at this point but it’s the only way I have to display most of my art at once. I like to occasionally change pieces out so I can display it all! I tried to link to as many of them as I could but this is a collection that’s been growing for years.
I also adore my plant. Is that weird? I talk to it like it’s a pet and I water it lovingly. It’s so big and full and beautiful. It just brings so much life to my place!!
couch – Thrive Furniture; rug – Rugs USA; gold table – Target; wood table – Target; pillows – homemade & Nordstrom; teal basket – Ikea; white chair – vintage; knit blanket – homemade; flower lamp – vintage; fan – Target; polka dot blanket – Hand & Cloth; Everything is OK Print – Ink Pop Studio; Yellow Flower – Big World Photo; Some days are better… – Rifle Paper Co.; Red Balloon Print – Raw Toast Design; Man in Clouds – TuttiConfetti; A Flower Hat – Matteart; You’re a Peach – Sara Lintner; Custom Illustrated Portrait – Mexcalline
You can see MUCH more where that came from on Instagram – @sundaymorningsugar. I’m always changing things up and instagramming the hell out of it. What can I say? I like to share!
When I was living in Chicago, I discovered the amazing bakery Floriole. Sadly, I didn’t happen upon this gem until a few months before I moved but once I found it I was completely smitten.
Their pastries are beautiful, there is almost always a hum of happy energy coursing through the guests, and they serve their tea in these amazing tea pots that remind me of french press for tea people. When I was in town last weekend, I found time to stop in twice and soak up one of my favorite places in the city. I spent a few glorious hours flipping through magazines during my first trip and caught up with one of my favorite friends the next day. I wish we had a spot like this in Phoenix.
If you find the time to stop in, I recommend any of their teas and a croissant! I’m certain you can’t go wrong with any of their beautiful pastries, sometimes a classic is all you need.
1220 West Webster Ave.