Coffee + Dark Chocolate Bark

Coffee + Dark Chocolate Bark 2 - offbeat + inspired

I’m not sure why Christmas has declared itself the chocolate bark holiday. Yet for some reason around this time of year, you can find these decadent chunks of chocolate in nearly every grocery store or at almost any holiday party. While I personally vote for it being around all year long, I’ve officially jumped on the Christmastime chocolate bark bandwagon.

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Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap

Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap 5 - offbeat + inspired

I’m one of those people who usually can’t think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I have friends who have to hold themselves back from decking their house out with red and green before the end of October, but I always feel like I want Thanksgiving to have its chance in the spotlight.

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Butternut Squash + Apple Soup with Apple-Gruyere Crostini

Butternut Squash + Apple Soup with Apple-Gruyere Crostini - offbeat + inspired

There’s something relaxing about making soup. Maybe it’s that I don’t feel the pressure of getting the concoction right the first time. As long as I use a large enough pot, I can add ingredients until I’m content with the taste. I’ll admit, I’ve been known to transfer a soup-in-progress to a larger pot for this exact reason. Unfortunately, there did not exist a container big enough to fix my “random leftover veggie disaster soup”.

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Coffee Granola with Chocolate, Honey + Sea Salt

Coffee Granola with Chocolate, Honey + Sea Salt 1 offbeat + inspired

I’m not a morning person. Anyone who knows me knows that breakfast starts after 10am and conversations are most successful when I’ve consumed at least one cup of coffee. I’ve had spurts throughout the last few years when I’ve attempted to be a morning person, but let’s be honest - it’s just not going to happen.

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Furniture Upcycle with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

Furniture Upcycle with Chalk Paint Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan - top half of cabinet - offbeat + inspired

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. All opinions are 100% my own. In other words, I really do love this product!

Remember when I told you about the side-of-the-road furniture I have piling up in my garage? Well, I’m excited to announce that one more of those pieces has officially made it out of the garage and into the house.

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Cookbooking: Sprouted Kitchen | Cornmeal Cakes with Cherry Compote

Cookbooking - Sprouted Kitchen -Cornmeal Cakes with Cherry Compote 1 - offbeat + inspired

A few months ago, I got my hands on a copy of Hugh and Sara Forte’s cookbook, The Sprouted Kitchen. Just like their blog of the same name, this book is chock-full of fresh, beautiful and healthful recipes.

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DIY Upcycled Deck Furniture + Accessories

I used to be afraid of color, but in the last few years something changed in my decor style and the pendulum has swung the other direction. Now, I’m obsessed with vivid, bold colors (probably a bit too much). When my husband and I moved into our house last year, we became the very grateful recipients of some hand-me-down outdoor furniture. The chairs are really comfortable and the table is the perfect size for our deck, but the old hunter green and tan dining set needed a little facelift.

Deck Upcycle - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture - After

Before I chose any paint colors, I searched long and hard for an outdoor pillow that would be summery, bright and maybe even a little out of my color comfort zone (I know I’m living on the edge here). I knew I wanted comfortable pillows for the chairs and hoped that the right pattern would be my inspiration for the rest of the deck. I landed on these Warm Venice Paisley Outdoor Throw Pillows from World Market and I love them! They were the perfect pattern that would allow me to incorporate nearly any crazy color I wanted into my deck project. I snagged a few of those paisley pillows and added a couple of these Warm Chevron Outdoor Lumbar Pillows to the mix. (The “runner up pillow” for my deck inspiration was this Laurel 20″ Square Outdoor Pillow from Crate and Barrel.)

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Mixed Berry + Vanilla Yogurt Pops

Mixed Berry + Vanilla Yogurt Pops - offbeat + inspired

Every so often, I get on these kicks where I attempt to make one type of dish, treat or beverage a myriad of different ways. I surrender all other types of cooking in an effort to create dozens of versions of the same base recipe. Earlier this summer, it was drinks. This past winter? Soups. My most recent obsession? Popsicles.

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Creativity, A Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video!

Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video! - offbeat + inspired

It’s been one of our missions here to share homemade soap recipes with tips and tricks on how to keep your cleansing routine natural and healthy. It’s fairly obvious that making your own soap comes with a slew of benefits in the way of skincare and overall wellness, but today I want to explain a little more about why this is something I love to do and not just a practical health choice.

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Changing Summers + Spiced Rum Banana Ice Cream

Spiced Rum Banana Ice Cream - offbeat + inspired

Summer 2004: As a recent high school grad, I was elated to be spending my first months of freedom at my favorite place in the world — the beach. It wasn’t unusual for me and a group of friends to truck 1-2 hours down the Garden State Parkway and spend a day at the shore. The destinations were always the same: Island Beach State Park, Seaside Heights or Point Pleasant. We knew the pizza joints, the local coffee roasters with their tiny boardwalk storefronts, the surf shops, the piers with the best mini-golf, and where to go for the most amazing saltwater taffy and homemade fudge you’ve ever had in your life. The traffic that always slowed to a crawl right around exit 130 didn’t phase us because we were too busy blasting The Ataris and singing at the top of our lungs to care.

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