Autumn Chowder in Winter

Autumn Chowder 1 - offbeat + inspired

There are certain recipes that are about more than food. They’re scribbled on note cards or written in cookbooks splattered with grease and cake batter. Adjustments and variations have been carefully and thoughtfully squeezed into the margins. They’re the recipes passed between families - from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.

This is one of those recipes - but it’s one that I dare not edit. There’s no tweaking, no adjusting, no making this one my own. It just wouldn’t be the same if I did.

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding sharing this recipe because it’s so near and dear to my heart. Its sounds silly, doesn’t it? It’s just a recipe. But this one more than any others in my repertoire reminds me of my mom.

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Scotch, Sugar + Beer

Scotch, Sugar + Beer - offbeat + inspired

We love learning. It’s why we started blogging. I wanted to make my own soap, which led to late nights on Google, sit-ins at the Barnes & Noble Starbucks with a latte and piles of soapmaking books, and a whole lot of recipe testing until I finally achieved my first successful batch. Once I had it down, the first thing I wanted to do was share what I learned. All of our recipes, DIYs and styling posts are examples of this learning/sharing merry-go-round. We’re not content to broaden our own horizons and leave it at that. We want to help you broaden yours, and be inspired by you to broaden ours even more.

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Adventuring | Tucson, Arizona

I’ve always lived in the northern half of the country, either Illinois or New Jersey, but I absolutely love traveling. Last week my work took me to the Tucson area and my team’s schedule allowed for a bit of site-seeing.

First on the agenda was a hike through the Sonoran Desert. Compared to the fall foliage of Illinois, the desert initially appeared monotone and bare - but I couldn’t have been more wrong. As we soaked in the views of the mountains and studied the cacti, rocks, plants and animals, the colors came alive.

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Watching Them Dance

This past week I had the opportunity to share a snapshot of my parents’ story over at Hearth Magazine. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Hearth’s commitment to storytelling and I’m thankful for the stories my parents have enabled me to tell.

“He picked her up, gently supporting her back with his arm as he balanced them, leading a slow, intentional dance. It was their routine. They were amateur dancers but had danced together as husband and wife for nearly 48 years. Now the dance was different – it was simple but precarious, beautiful though inelegant.”

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Adventuring | Hiking in Colorado

Flourishing Mountains - offbeat + inspired

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had the chance to visit Colorado for an incredible vacation. Our mornings consisted of sleeping late, drinking coffee and reading books on our hotel deck.

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Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

There are so many reasons I love Kentucky, but the biggest one is probably the fact that we’re a stone’s throw away from some of the most beautiful exploring destinations I’ve ever seen. This alone makes it impossible for us to waste a weekend sitting around claiming that there’s nothing to do.

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Adventuring | A Walk On The Beach

Beach 3

There’s something intensely beautiful to me about the ocean. The vastness, the power, the unknown that exists in the midst of those waves - if anything it reminds me how small and frail I am. With one crash, a wave can take me down. Yet there’s incredible beauty and magnificence in that ocean. There’s beauty in something that’s far bigger than me.

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Hiking For Pizza at Miguel’s

Hiking for Pizza at Miguel's - offbeat + inspired

My family (the Jersey crew) has been in town this past week, and showing them around our still new hometown of Lexington, KY has been a lot of fun. I’ve got a few posts about the visit lined up, but first I’d like to share about a wildly successful day trip we took. It involves pizza.

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Mother’s Day Reflections

I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve decided to get a bit personal with this post. I’ve been intending to share this part of my story for months, but to be honest I’ve been procrastinating because I know writing about it forces me to be vulnerable. There’s no recipe, no ideas and no DIY project with this post. Just me.

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Watercolors, Copic Markers + Fashion Illustration

Watercolors, Copic Markers + Fashion Illustration - offbeat + inspired

It’s been a bit crazy around here and a lot of exciting things are coming up (most of which I’ll be able to share with you VERY soon!), but I needed to escape for a few minutes, take a deep breath and share something that I have been obsessing over lately. Fashion illustration.

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