HopeSpoken.

March 25, 2015



Tomorrow is the beginning of HopeSpoken weekend for me. I will have so many stories and photos in just a matter of days...a year of planning and pouring our heart and souls into something....I literally cannot wait. 

My precious boy is holding on a little extra tight tonight, has already made me very teary with his precious words and pure innocent love, I truly believe there is nothing in the world like a child's love. So I am off to bed to hold my babies. 

Back soon! xoxo!! 

Dallas Yoga Event.




***DALLAS YOGA EVENT**

RSVP and claim a mat!!! I am teaming up with Equinox gym for something really special. 

IT'S FREE! And limited spots available.

I will be doing a little talk on oils, we will do yoga, have snacks and more! SO excited!

RSVP / Email: Maggie.Hoomanawanui@equinox.com to reserve your mat.

BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS

March 24, 2015

BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS | Annapolis and Co.

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 bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

I like to think of recipes as my collection of memories. They are the thread to all the places I've lived, the people I've known, and the tables I've sat under...constantly building and morphing with each stage in my life. I can throw together a spinach salad with strawberries and be taken back to the time I was 15 and washing windows at an elderly couple's house who went to my church. I can dust powdered sugar on top of a spice cake and feel myself back in my grandmother's farmhouse, her gnarled hands washing dishes over the window that overlooked the yellow and blue swing.
  BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS | Annapolis and Co.BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS | Annapolis and Co.

These blueberry banana spelt muffins are the newest addition to my stash of borrowed recipes. When I make them I'll think of kids playing together in the backyard. Candles burning on a Saturday morning over brunch with new friends. I'll think of starting life in Atlanta and this new chapter we find ourselves in.
  BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS | Annapolis and Co.BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS | Annapolis and Co.

These muffins are incredibly moist and easy to throw together. We can eat the entire dozen in one sitting...they are that good! 

BLUEBERRY BANANA SPELT MUFFINS 
 Makes 12
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups light spelt flour (I blended half almond meal + half wheat pastry flour because I didn't need them wheat-free and spelt flour can be difficult to find. Make them how you like. Either way tastes amazing!)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut sugar (or Sucanat or natural cane sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces (I didn't use any)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (see note)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash bananas and measure out 3/4 cup. If you have any leftover mashed banana you can freeze it for a smoothie.
  3. Place mashed banana into medium bowl along with the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla. No need to stir it yet.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda).
  6. Stir coconut oil into the wet mixture. Pour wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix as spelt is a fragile little flour.
  7. Gently fold in the walnuts and then the blueberries, being sure not to overmix as this can result in dense muffins.
  8. Spoon about a heaping 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin, filling each tin about 3/4 full (they will seem very full, but this is normal!) I like to press a few extra blueberries on top of each so they look pretty after baking.
  9. Bake at 350F for 23-27 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. I baked them for 25 minutes.
  10. Cool in pan for 5-8 minutes and then transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool for another 15 minutes.
Source: Oh She Glows *All photography is my own.

Tuesday Giveaway.

March 23, 2015



I am completely in love with these gorgeous prints, the Texas one is completely beautiful and such a unique amazing way to show some state pride! There is such unique style to this work and would be such a beautiful gift to give to someone you love! Or even a gift for yourself! 

Amazing prices and beautiful talent- excited to give away $100 today because you could get so many amazing pieces with this prize! 



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what we wear.

March 22, 2015



Ainsleigh dress c/o: LaDiDa 

Ainsleigh Necklace c/o: Tiny Blessings
( 15% discount code: Casey15)

Casey bag c/o: Love41 
Casey dress c/o: Shop Love Threads 
Apple shirt c/o: LaDiDa 
Aiden shirt & shorts c/o: LaDiDa

SIX.

March 19, 2015



I Choose You (acoustic, live) by Sara Bareilles on Grooveshark 

 Every year when I do my kiddos birthday posts I get so emotional. It's like a tradition for me to sit at my computer looking through photos with a good playlist on and tears streaming down my face. Looking back through photos, laughing and crying through the memories. This year even feels different. Like I know him in a different way as he gets older. I know his little heart in such a beautiful way. 

It's been such a beautiful thing to see him blossom this year in such a sweet way- watching him start kindergarten, watching him play sports and make friends. Face the world. 

It's been hard letting go for parts of it. 

 I try with all my might to embrace and capture and cherish every moment, yet I still feel like they are rapidly slipping through my fingertips. Aiden's actual birthday is Sunday but I wanted to go ahead and post this for him. We are going to throw him a fun party tomorrow with critterman and bouncy houses and all of his precious friends! And then celebrate him all weekend. 

Six years ago I met you for the first time and my heart has never been the same. I laid eyes on you and that moment you took my heart and it is forever yours. I knew I would love being a mom, but I had no idea how much. I had no idea my heart was capable of loving the way it does now. I didn't realize the intensity of it all. You have changed me, helped me and rocked my world in the best way possible.

You have so much of me in you and it makes our relationship something special. 
Our passion, our sensitivity, the way we tick. 

There aren't the words. 
You are a TREASURE and being your mama is a gift. God entrusted me with you, what an honor. 

Its been so special to see other people recognize in you the qualities that we cherish and protect about you. When coaches and teachers talk about your heart, when they recognize your kindness and the way you love well. When they tell us about your prayers and how you treat others. When they see your creativity and the lens in which you see the world. All things that we want you to hold onto. 

Aiden your spirit is amazing. Your creativity, your sensitivity. I can't wait to see where your life leads. I can't wait to see the man you will become. 

As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a mom. And on March 22 that dream came true for the first time. I love you with all my heart & soul sweet boy. Thank you for being more than a dream come true. 

You are everything my love. 

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