Something that I want to do a lot more of on the blog, is sharing with you some of the new and old blogs I love to check in on regularly. There are literally over 600 million blogs on the internet right now (WHAT?!) So I feel like it is only right to share the good stuff when I find it, right?
Today, I am starting with Erika Rax. She deserves a whole post, because her photos are so fresh and beautiful, I just had to share a bunch of them with you. I LOVE the recipes that Erika shares. They are always really unique, fresh, and relatively simple.
I first found Erika's blog through High Walls blog, where Dani (also an amazing blogger to be spotlighted another day) shared her salted mango & coconut ice cream. The recipe not only made my mouth drool (and want a plain white kitchen with minimal ingredients so I could make fancy ice cream and have it be the only thing in my freezer...what a rabbit hole, right?), but it also introduced me to Erika! Thanks, Dani :)
Erika shares some other wonderful posts like home-made face masks, and super sweet parcel wrapping ideas, but her recipes are a treat to look forward to. See what I did there?
Thanks for sharing your lovely talents, Erika!
RECIPES (In Order of Images)
Coconut Ice Cream w/ Basil Syrup
Strawberry Pomegranate Salad w/ Rose Water Yogurt
Greek Yoghurt Cake w/ Lemon Icing
Grilled Peach + Honey Crostini
There are some times when life gets so busy, that you can tend to miss the people right under your nose. Or just a phone call away. Or right next to you in bed. And that is simply, life. But, if you let those times of missing go on for too long, you run into dangerous territory. Ignoring. Forgetting. Or in the worst case, losing.
I am a person that can be prone to silence. I like to process internally, thinking that at some point I'll share that process with people who need to know what i'm processing, but then I forget or move on to the next thing, or feel like I have already processed enough and it doesn't merit processing with anyone else. You following me?
I often experience moments of note, without speaking.
A lot of times, my processing will come out in other ways. Writing music. Writing this blog. Cleaning my kitchen. Organizing my desk. Running a mile farther than I thought I was going to run today.
Like right now, I am processing, but this room is really quiet. But this post is all part of my process.
Needless to say, when things get busy, and Burley and I don't see each other for days because our schedules don't line up (high five for my hard working full-time student, full-time bartender hottie), and there is no time for intentional conversation... We can start to miss each other BIG time. Missing in that we just want to see each other, and also we can find ourselves on completely different pages, missing each other altogether.
All that to say, when Burley told me that one of our most favorites bands was going to be in Chattanooga, TN this past weekend, we didn't skip a beat.
Pop the champagne. Get yo fancy outfit together. Use that vacation day and WE ARE HEADED TO TENNESSEE! Seriously... It all happened so fast that we forgot to coordinate a place for Macey to stay that night. Whoops. Sorry girl. And thank you, Jarred.
We spent approximately 45 hours in Chattanooga. We ate at 3 restaurants. We saw 1 incredible show. We walked approximately 1.5 miles. We saw 1 movie. We got rained on twice. I got 2 worth-it blisters from my hot date night shoes. We made out a lot and laughed even more. We saw 43 children "sledding" down a big hill on flat boxes. 1 of them was the cutest little chunkster in green spandex that I have ever seen (who also reminded me of me, which makes the whole situation kind of conceited, but it doesn't change the fact that she was the cutest thing I have ever seen).
All in all. We found each other once again. And it was really nice.
So, if you are not convinced that under 48 hour vacation isn't worth it... I say... Nay.
It's totally worth it, my friends.
OUR TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN CHAT TOWN:
I have no idea if these are the coolest places in Chattanooga, but they sure treated us right.
FOR BEER: Big River Grille & Brewing Co
FOR A GOOD MEAL: Easy Bistro & Bar
FOR MUSIC: Rhythm & Brews
FOR SLEEPING + OTHER ADULT ACTIVITIES: The Chattanoogan
FOR A MOVIE: Carmike Majestic
Labels: Our Adventures
I am so excited about this. I have begun to create a new portal site for myself (landing page for all things Maddie Richardson) probably 1 bazillion times, if we are speaking technically. Every time, it never felt truly me, so I would can the project and re-think it.
I am a marketing + brand coordinator by day. I am a learning and growing graphic designer by night. I love to make greeting cards starring a pirate dog and some sometimes inappropriate greetings... How do you put it all in a nutshell of a website? Well, up until now, it manifested itself in the form of this here blog, which I have branded and re-branded, and designed and re-designed. It's kind of embarrassing and awesome all at the same time, to think of the journey this blog has been on. And don't you worry, it's not going anywhere! But it is being tied into a bigger brand and a new updated look, that finally feels comfortably me... for now (says my red-to-blonde ombre hair to my new platinum do).
I should have all the finishing touches on the site by Saturday, so don't be alarmed if when you go to www.maddierichardson.com this weekend, you find a whole new stomping ground! My blog link will be there, so don't forget to use it.
Housekeeping: If we are linked together in any way... Now might be a good time to make sure you are linking to www.maddierichardson.com vs thriftary.blogspot.com, just to make sure you make the jump when I do!!
See you cool cats on the flip side.
These days. They have been cold. And rather slow. And then rather rainy. And kind of quiet. I have been dreaming of spring and summer. Sunshine and shorts. Seemingly long weekends and sitting by the pool. Bright sun through our windows and bright fresh flowers on the table.
Burley and I are in the process of figuring out our living situation (Long story. I'll keep you posted. Do you feel like we are always moving? Yea. Me too) and fixing the car (currently I am driving around with a REALLY cool trash bag taped to the driver side window. Ow owwww!!). Burley's in the throws of his semester and applying to nursing schools. We have been going to the gym and enjoying evening drinks together. Laying low. Ready to get out of hibernation mode.
Pretty soon it's going to be fast fast fast, 1 million weddings, a busy summer of travel, and I am going to be missing our lazy times at home, so I'm trying to take it all in while I can.
I have been missing taking photos. I lost my charger over the holidays and have been without it since. Gotta get on that. I have been cooking up some new meals and miss sharing my cocktails with you! Hopefully i'll get that all squared away soon.
Other than that, it's pretty much status quo over here, guys. Here are a few things that you might be interested in, that I have been interested in lately. And normally, we agree on these types of things.
Ive been listening to this podcast and this podcast at work, after a friend recommended them to me. Good stuff and great listening. I'm reading this book, also recommended by a friend. I have gone blonde. More to come on that. I want to read this book next. I love these desktop downloads. I recently watched this movie on Netflix and enjoyed every second of it. Classic. Also, this shirt with boobs on it. I wan tit.
There you have it. I think we are now all caught up.
Happy Hump Day!