Friday, July 25, 2014

home sweet home

Anytime someone asks me why I moved to Nashville, I cringe a little. The truth is, there is more than one reason. I could get into all of them, but the simple answer is... I moved here for music. The reason I picked Nashville was because music was here. It's so hard for me to admit that that was even a factor in my decision to move. When I am asked this question, I never want to vocalize the real answer, because by the end of the conversation, I will have had to admit that I am a failure.

Three and a half years ago, I came to a point in my life where I just didn't know what to do. I had graduated college, taught for a semester, really disliked it, and felt pretty defeated. I had attended a music school for a semester in college and I really hadn't been right ever since. After the semester in music, I had to finish my degree in art, and while I love artsy creative things, it just wasn't satisfying. It actually kind of felt like a burden. So here I was, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, and I couldn't think of doing anything that didn't involve music. I loved writing songs and I just loved music so much. So my next decision was pretty calculated. LA and New York are way too big, so I thought, "I need to go to Nashville." I had never been to Nashville in my life and I knew absolutely no one there. Soon after this thought came to my mind, my mom, my friend and I were in Nashville browsing apartments, you know, just for fun. This all seems like a blur. Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions? Like your body was in overdrive and you were almost unaware of what was happening. Maybe you were aware, but it just went so naturally you didn't really have time to comprehend it. This was me and while on that three day trip from Texas. I found an apartment and got a job. A week later, I was working and living in Nashville and it all happened so quickly.

I lived in Nashville for a good three years before I did anything with my own music, and even still it was one writer's round. That's all. I've recently realized that while music is what physically and inspirationally brought me to Nashville, it isn't why I was supposed to come here and it's definitely not what has kept me here. Now I can't tell you exactly why I'm supposed to be in Nashville, and exactly what is going to happen, all I know is that this is where God wants me right now. I have learned so much, grown so much, and I could lose my mind thinking about where I would be if God hadn't intervened on my behalf. I knew I was supposed to move to Nashville, but it didn't make any sense. I was scared and I certainly wasn't brave or obedient enough to make the move on my own. When I think back, it's all just seems like a blur. It literally seems like God just picked me up from a town in Texas and dropped me in a place where I belong. On the surface, it seems like I had this grand idea and that I was embarking on a journey to accomplish my dreams. But it was really all God. He rescued me when I didn't know I needed to be saved. He pulled me out of my comfort zone so that He could occupy my time rather than all the burdens I had taken upon myself. I needed to be alone. I needed to learn about myself (cliche, I know.) I needed to learn to make decisions without others telling me the right way or right answer. I needed to meet new people. I needed to grow up, I needed to take responsibility of myself. Most of all, I needed to look to God and rely on him for everything. EVERYTHING. Isn't it crazy to think that there is someone who knows your needs more than you do?

So now if you ask me why I moved to Nashville, I will tell you... God brought me here. I thought I was a failure because I moved 700 miles away from home to pursue something that I haven't pursued at all. But He just needed to get me here and show me that He's got this and He used my love for music to accomplish just that. Sometimes God just has a funny way of trying to get our attention.

xo, Savannah

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

diy: painted black and white photo

This project was a total experiment that went really well! Half of this tutorial is done on your phone. Apps are amazing little things. To complete this tutorial you will need the Afterlight app (or any app that will edit your photo and convert to black and white), the CamScanner app, a printer, mixed media paper, a few paint brushes and acrylic paint in the colors of your choosing.
Open up your Afterlight app.
Select the picture that you want to paint. This was a photo I took while walking downtown, nothing special, just some pretty flowers. Open the contrast tool and turn the contrast way way up.
Then make your photo black and white. I used the "raven" filter. Save the picture.
Now open the picture up in the CamScanner app and click the check mark.
It will convert your picture to a black and white photo, no gray tones. Save this photo and e-mail it to yourself.
Then print the photo on mixed media paper. This stuff is super thick, but should fit into your printer just fine. Also, this paper is good for painting on without causing rippling.
Start painting random white spots on your paper. I just did a few flowers in each color.
When you think you have enough color, let it dry and hang it up! Or frame it. Or just prop it up like we did, this paper is super thick after all.
xo, Savannah

Photos by: Nikki Berra/ Edited by: Savannah
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

recipe: breakfast buckwheat

We are teaming up with Bob's Red Mill over the next few months to bring you some tasty recipes using products that are new to us, and probably a little less heard of in general. Let me stop here and say that while Bob's Red Mill is sponsoring these posts, our thoughts and feelings about the company and products are 100% from the heart. I (Casey) have Celiac Disease so I can't eat gluten, and I have been using BRM products for about 6 years now. We only recently discovered that not only does BRM make a lot of great products, but they also are an awesome company. If you want to be inspired, watch the video at the end of the post. Everyone who has seen this video gets a little teary eyed, so beware. Seriously, we want to be besties with founder, Bob Moore. He has this crazy idea that if you make a good product and treat your employees well that the money will work itself out. I wish more companies felt that way!

One of my favorite things is that the company is employee owned. Another other thing I love about the company is that they are trying to expand our food horizons. They sell less common ingredients like buckwheat groats (featured in this post) and sorghum. There are so many grains that are not common in America that are common in other parts of the world, so thanks Bob for letting us know about them! If you do nothing at all, please watch their video at the bottom and fall in love too :) 
So what do buckwheat groats taste like? They have a nice, nutty flavor. The texture is probably our favorite part. It's like a mixture between quinoa and orzo or rice. There are lots of different things you could make with buckwheat groats, savory or sweet. We decided to go the sweet, cinnamon-y nutty berry-licious breakfast route. It's easy. It's delicious. It's breakfast buckwheat.
Breakfast Buckwheat Recipe
(Serves about 4)
Ingredients:
- 1 Cup Buckwheat Groats
- 2 1/2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. Shredded Coconut
- Stevia (liquid or packets to taste)
- Berries and slivered almonds for topping

Directions:
1. Bring water to a boil and then add buckwheat groats and cover.
2. Reduce to simmer for 20 minutes and then let groats sit for 5 minutes.
3. Fluff with a fork and add coconut milk, cinnamon and shredded coconut. Combine everything very well.
4. Serve in individual dishes and garnish with berries, slivered almonds and shredded coconut.
Ok first watch this video, then make something awesome with buckwheat groats and let us know what you think!

XO- Savannah & Casey 

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