Just popping in with a quick share…. The folks over at Stella Artois have a beautiful new campaign all about celebrating women and food and have asked me to join in. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite recipes passed down to me from my Grandma… her traditional Sunday supper. Collard greens and squash are just the beginning ingredients to this delicious meal, and to some wonderfully cozy memories! Stay tuned to the blog next week to see what I’m cooking up!
Thank you all so, so much for your wonderful comments and emails last week. I have been so blessed by each of them! Lynne, a dear, sweet reader, sent me this quote and I just had to share it with you. It is by Joseph Campbell and it reads:
I have wrestled with writing this post… it’s a post, I had hoped to never have to pen but alas, the time has come… I am very, very sad to announce the closing of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll magazine. After working tirelessly for more than a year now to try to get wind under the wings of this dream, the time has come to gracefully accept that closing is the best course for now. As many of you know this magazine is published from my dining room table. I had hoped that the magazine would a) give me an outlet to share my creativity and passion b) earn me enough money to be able to stay at home with my daughter (I’m a single mother so all of that falls on my shoulders) and c) provide enough income for us to live on. Sadly, the magazine has never been able to break out of the red and I honestly don’t have the savings to carry it any further. As much as I have loved this, I have responsibilities that cannot be ignored and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to work a full-time job, be a full-time mom, and run this magazine and blog. Something’s gotta give and it’s the latter, I’m afraid. Sadly, this also means that I will not be hosting the Market event in November as I had hoped.
This post is brought to you by Bolthouse Farms.
I was recently contacted by Bolthouse Farms and asked to be part of their “Bringing Healthy Back” campaign to help fight the imbalance of unhealthy food images vs. the healthy ones on the internet – they call it the #FoodPornIndex which you can check out here: www.foodpornindex.com. I am so delighted to be part of this campaign because I’ve been on my own health kick around here to be extra mindful of eating more fruits and veggies – so this was right in my wheelhouse!
Just in time for all your late summer activities, I’m delighted to announce the July/August 2014 issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll! This issue is brimming with ideas and inspiration to help you take time to slow down and savor these glorious days. There are picnic ideas a plenty, as well as inspiration for celebrating America’s birthday! I truly hope you enjoy it! Here’s a sneak-peek into the issue:
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Since finding that pretty set of blue & white china a few weeks ago I’ve been keeping an eye out for some pretty vases to add to my dining room table to update it for Summer. I’ve been taking my time with the search mostly because I’ve had a hard time finding them. I’ve been surprised that I haven’t seen more blue & white in stores – it’s such a perfect combination for summer and it’s a timeless classic. (Isn’t that always the way? When you’re looking for something you can’t find it, when you aren’t… it’s everywhere!) As fate would have it, I was in HomeGoods recently looking for something for a design client of mine (yes, I do a bit of design consulting too) when I spied these lovely vases.
Marion, one of my sweet friends – she’s the one who is always baking the amazing cakes I feature at my daughter’s birthday parties, plus she made the gingerbread houses I featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of my magazine – is about to move to another state which of course makes me really sad. She also works at my mom’s salon and the gals there asked if I could make a special card to invite her to a Bon Voyage Party they had planned for her. I was of course delighted to create something for her and knew I wanted it to feel even more special than just a card, I wanted it to feel like a gift. So, I put my thinking cap on and stood in front of my craft closet. Now that it’s all finished, it kind-of reminds me of a mixed-media art piece… here’s how I created it: