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.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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)
- 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
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.