August 29, 2014

Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography

Mary Beth Johnson is a photographer, blogger, and journalist with a passion for finding beauty in unexpected places and celebrating the everyday. Originally from the east coast, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children (dubbed "schooners”). From an office full of fingerprints and walls scattered with imperfect artwork, she’s writing her first book, a memoir of her parents' journey in raising 14 children, and her own lifestyle blog, Annapolis & Company.

I feel like this salad is my ode to summer. My last hurrah for all things fresh and light and citrusy. With a cherry on top. ;) Because next thing you know it'll be September, school will be well underway, and we'll be breaking out the plaids and flannels and the soups and the pumpkins. I've got to admit. For the first time ever, I won't be ready in the slightest. Summer went way too fast this year and I want to cling to her with all I've got. Maybe head to the beach with the kids and defy autumn to hang on just a couple of more weeks. Who's with me?!
  Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co PhotographySweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography

I'm already beginning to see signs of the changes in grocery stores. The price of fresh strawberries, corn, blueberries, and peaches are beginning to go up, and cranberries will soon get stocked in their place. We'll start to get back in my comfort zone of one-bowl soups and chilies and I'll begin writing about apples and butternut squash (my favorite!), but this summer has been good. It has stretched me in more ways than one and I've honestly loved experimenting in the kitchen with ingredients like goat cheese and essential oils. So here's to a summer well spent. I hope you've filled it full with fresh, good-for-you food and the people you love. Now here's one last summery salad....
  Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography


  1 cob corn (1 cup kernels)
1 small peach, sliced
1 cup cherries, de-pitted
1 small shallot, sliced
6 cups of your favorite greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach etc.)
2 tbsp olive oil
6 - 7 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil, or to taste (you can also sub 1 fresh lime, juiced)
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz soft goat cheese Boil or grill 1 cob of corn. Once cooked, remove the kernels with a knife.

Slice the peach, cut the cherries in half and remove the pit, and slice the shallot.

In a large bowl, toss the greens, corn, peaches, cherries, and shallots with 2 tbsp of olive oil and the YL lime essential oil, or juice from one lime. Season with salt and pepper.

Plate the salad and then add the goat cheese at the end. Savor!!!! 

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

American Blogger Available on iTunes.

August 28, 2014

Today is a big day! American Blogger is now available for purchase on iTunes (click here)

  I am so incredibly proud of Chris, so proud to know the women in this film, the stories that are told, the introductions that will happen because of this movie, the conversations & inspiration that will come from it. He poured his heart into this project and as you know it meant a lot to our family. I am truly excited to see how people are moved. Even if you aren't a blogger, I think there is so much inspiration to take away from it, I hope you enjoy! 



Cooking with Blue Apron!

August 27, 2014

I have to admit, I tend to have a set of recipes that feel comfortable to me and I normally just stick to them. But when Blue Aprona service that delivers fresh ingredients in a refrigerated box, all packaged in the right amounts for the recipes to make three different meals, reached out I got so excited to branch out and try something new in the kitchen!

To me, it can be so intimidating to tackle a new recipe filled with new ingredients but what I love SO much about Blue Apron is that everything you need comes right to you!! Including step by step instructions and even photos! All beautiful, fresh ingredients right to your doorstep. 

Not only did it push us to try new recipes but also because the ingredients come in the exact proportions, we aren't wasting anything since I don't have to buy a huge jar of expensive spices for a recipe that I may not make again for awhile. 

^^^ aren't these cards amazing?? seriously, takes the intimidation out of the kitchen! Six simple steps all written out for you with photos. ^^^

^^ When it comes to your door, everything is labeled in individual packages making it incredibly easy to work with. Once I pulled what I needed for the first recipe, then I just poured my ingredients into individual bowls. ^^^

All of the recipes take 40 minutes or less and my girls absolutely loved getting in the kitchen with me and helping step by step! 

Blue Apron allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home. Seriously gorgeous recipes! They will send you three meals per week – for two, four, or six people!! Meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping~ their recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. 

There’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time! Ingredients are incredibly fresh and sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans. 

We absolutely loved our experience with Blue Apron and definitely will use them again!! I still cannot believe that I cooked something so beautiful and delicious!

Blue Apron is available in the US, shipping to over 80% of the country (you can see the full map of delivery zones here)

So excited to say that the first 50 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! 


First 50 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order
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* post is sponsored by Blue Apron but all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

that first day.

August 26, 2014

My baby's second birthday happened to fall on the same day as my oldest's first day of kindergarten. There were tears over the peanut butter jar early in the morning as I prepared that first lunch. The floods of thoughts and feelings that rushed through me like a tornado of emotion. 

Just like my heart knew he would, he adored it. He is obsessed with his school and teacher and I can already see his little spirit soaring. All I could ever hope or dream of for him on his first day. This is one of those big milestones. First day of kinder, first day of college, wedding day. Few are as monumental and emotional as this one, so I soaked it in like a sponge. My little heartbeat that walks around outside of me was ready to face the world alone. My heart waged war for those open hands and I didn't clench, I let them free and watched him fly.

I climbed back into the car, stared at that empty carseat and let the tears fall. My baby is growing up.

Here are a few photos from that first day.

Insta This.

August 25, 2014

Before we moved I received my InstaThis photos on wood and hung them up in our bedroom. I am completely in love with the quality, the style of the photos on the wood and the way it looked in our room. I am searching for the perfect spot in our new space and can't wait to get them up for everyone to see. 

You can print your Instagram photos or upload your photos on wood, aluminum, or coasters, amazing right?! In a time when everything is online, it was so nice to hold these beautiful memories in my hands! Have them hanging on my wall! 

Photography means so much to me. Having memories and moments frozen in time is so priceless and when I received these, I knew that these were prints that would be passed down to my kiddos as they grow. This is a timeless gift in my opinion! 

 "InstaThis turns your most cherished moments & memories into beautiful tangible pieces of art, allowing our lives and our stories to be shared beyond social media platforms."

Use coupon code CASEY35 for 35% off.

* post sponsored by InstaThis but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

what we wear.

August 24, 2014

Casey dress c/o: Shop Love Threads 
Apple outfit c/o: Hatched Baby