The Vintage Pearl Giveaway.

November 19, 2014

I am so smitten with The Vintage Pearl and could not be more excited to have her in my Holiday Giveaway lineup! Her jewelry is AMAZING, the necklace and rings in this post I wear ALL THE TIME. I adore having something personalized and think this would be such a special gift for the Holidays!!

"The Vintage Pearl first began in 2007 as a creative outlet while staying home with our 4 young children. I had never made jewelry before but was determined to figure it out by googling and reading magazines, and I quickly fell in love. It allowed me to help bring in some income while still staying home with our children. Over the years it has blossomed into a business- faithful friends jumped in when I became overwhelmed, and now we have a small but talented team of artists. Together we handcraft each piece from start to finish in our studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- we are 100% made in the USA! Our custom jewelry is handstamped with your names, dates or meaningful phrases, making them a special keepsake and the perfect gift. We have a big heart for people in need, and the success of the company allows us to give as we feel led. When you buy one of our pieces you are blessing someone in need. God has blessed our business and we use His blessings to bless others."

Use coupon code Caseysaves15 for 15% off (valid through 11.30.14)

Giveaway: 2 $25 gift certificates 
plus winner's choice of any Christmas ornament.


November 18, 2014

ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Pan-Roasted Green Beans With Golden Almonds

Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the book store, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Pan-Roasted Green Beans With Golden Almonds

I know there are all sorts of ways to prepare green beans for Thanksgiving. When my husband and I were dating and celebrating our first big holiday together, he introduced me to green bean casserole - the canned version with cream of mushroom soup and crunchy onions sprinkled on top. I'm from the north. My mom used to make her green beans steamed with a bit of water and a dash of salt. On very special occasions she would add almonds toasted in butter. Half the fun of marriage and children (I think) is creating your own traditions, discovering what you want to pass on and what you want to do differently. And then sometimes, the two blend and cross paths in a church service, a bedtime lullaby, or a holiday dish.
  ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Pan-Roasted Green Beans With Golden Almonds

When searching for a side dish to bring to my parent's house this year, I came across this one from The New York Times. It's a little bit northern and a little bit southern, all blended into one. The perfect marriage of softly minced shallots and coarsely chopped almonds, charred with a smokey flavoring. May you enjoy! 

  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces green and/or wax beans, trimmed
  • ¼ cup blanched whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add salt (a teaspoon or so, or to taste). Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook until bright green but still firm, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice water. When cool, drain again. Pat dry with paper towels until completely dry.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the almonds and the oil, adding more oil if needed to just cover the almonds. Cook over medium heat until the almonds are golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the shallot. It will cook in the residual heat.
  3. Coat a large skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the beans and season with salt. Cook, tossing frequently, until charred dark brown in spots and tender-crisp, about 7 minutes.
  4. Top with the almond mixture, then the parsley. Grate the zest from a quarter of the lemon directly over the beans, then cut the lemon into wedges for serving. Season with pepper and serve.
Source: The New York Times All photography is my own.

Kiwi Crate Giveaway.

November 17, 2014

All things creative make me really happy. As an artist and former art teacher, investing in my kiddos creativity and making sure that we have fun projects to do is something that is really important to me. I am SO excited to receive our first Kiwi Crate and let the fun begin! I love that everything that we need comes right to my door and I am loving all the options that they have right now for the holidays! 

SO excited to give away a 3 month subscription today! 

"Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together. We know parents are pressed for time, so Kiwi Crate makes it easy to engage your children in creative activities that are both fun and educational, perfect to kick-off the new school year! Monthly crates include all the materials & inspiration for 2-3 hands-on projects, delivered to your door! Plus, a 16-page magazine with activities to extend the learning & fun. Subscribers receive a bonus welcome kit + FREE shipping. Available to the US & Canada."

Use coupon code CL5OFF for $5 off your 1st crate
with a new purchase of a Kiwi, Koal, Doodle or Tinker Crate subscription.

Giveaway:  3-month subscription for one winner's choice of crate line (Kiwi, Koala, Doodle or Tinker).

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what we wear.

November 16, 2014

Ainsleigh & Apple pants c/o: Darling Clementine 
Ainsleigh headband & Purse c/o: Darling Clementine 
 check out my curated section / favorites with her here this month!!) 
also 10% off entire order through Nov 30th, code: casey10 

 Apple Shoes c/o: babychelle 
 Ainsleigh & Apple shirts c/o: House of Mia

Casey rings c/o: The Vintage Pearl 
Casey Sweater c/o: Gypsy Soul Collective 


November 15, 2014

I am over on the adorable Audrey Roloff's blog talking hair today!!!
You can check out the post here

holiday glazed shortbread cookies with mamawatters.

So excited to bring you the beautiful & inspiring mamawatters today... she is lovely in every way! 
read her recipe post here

taking stock.

November 13, 2014

a few sneak peeks into our new home! and a 
taking stock...

making: pumpkin pie and Christmas Playlists
drinking: water with lemon. iced tea. I officially have ditched cokes. never thought I could really forever do it, but alas!
wanting: a new couch, all the heart eyes.
watching: Christmas movies!
listening: Hotel Cafe Christmas album. annnnd a lot of sara bareilles lately
eating: Y'all new house = a week of me on a cooking streak. Lasagna, chili, crockpot goodness! I think I might love it now, who knew?!
smelling: Thieves + Tangerine. So good.
wishing: December was three months long. It's just so magical.
enjoying: MUSIC. we put a speaker in our kitchen...can I just tell you how much laughter is created with constant playlists and dancing around? Seriously, everyone go add music to your homes!
loving: making Christmas lists for my kiddos.
hoping: that 2015 is my year.
needing: my tree up.
feeling: really truly happy.
wearing: Chris' t-shirt, leggings, socks and glasses
bookmarking: these feelings. all good things.