Hello, hello dear ones! I know it’s been ages and ages since we’ve gotten to have a good chat. I’m so sorry. Things have been quite busy with my new photography business (thank you Lord!) and between that and being a mommy, I’ve been pretty occupied. But, you have honestly been constantly on my mind. I have been so blessed by the emails I have received from many of you. Your encouragement has been a wonderful balm, and I sincerely thank you for it.
This post is brought to you by Stella Artois.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that I love “beauty,” no, not typical “fashion” beauty (although I do appreciate that) but more so, I love seeing the beauty in the everyday moments of our lives. You know, the beauty of a quiet moment sipping a cup of tea, a small discovery in the garden, the spontaneous laughter of my daughter, the way the morning light gently washes over my kitchen table… moments like these. Additionally, I love to see the beauty of achievement, of pursuing goals and dreams with excellence. So, when Stella Artois, a Belgian beer maker who has been brewing with excellence since 1366 (yes, that’s more than 600 hundred years!) reached out to me, I was intrigued. When they said the focus of their new campaign was the tag line #AThingOfBeauty, I was sold. They have created a beautiful trio of videos based around the theme of “The Butcher, The Baker, The Belgian Beer Maker.” I’m including the video below for you to enjoy. They asked if I would share a recipe that is part of my family history while also introducing you to theirs. What a charming idea!
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:
This sponsored post is brought to you by Sargento Tastings:
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.