recipe: fall pumpkin soup.

Fall is here (or basically almost winter) and it’s soup time! Every year for our annual Friendsgiving I like to start the meal off with a new dish. The last two years it’s been soup so this year I was on the hunt for a new one. I am not a huge soup person so one two recipes that I can make throughout the season a couple of times is good enough for me. 

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This soup is literally the easiest recipe you will ever make (I think I say that about every recipe...). Butternut squash is usually my go to fall veggie but I found this amazing recipe that I altered with pumpkin. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. Unsalted butter 

  • 1 large potato 

  • 1 large yellow onion 

  • 4 1/2 cups of chicken broth 

  • 1 can of pumpkin 

  • Salt / pepper / garlic 

  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 

  • 2 sticks (or 1/2 tsp.) cinnamon

  • Fresh rosemary 

  • 1/2 pt. Heavy cream (optional) 

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Directions:

  1. Melt butter in large pot on medium heat 

  2. Add potato and onion, salt, pepper and garlic to taste - stir until fragrant 

  3. Add broth and bring to boil 

  4. Let cook until potato is soft - about 10 minutes 

  5. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, rosemary and salt / pepper to taste 

  6. Bring down to simmer or off and mix well with immersion blender or a vitamix on soup mode 

  7. Once at desired consistency add nutmeg and bring back to boil for another 10 minutes - stir occasionally 

  8. Optional for thicker consistency: mix in heavy cream 

Serve warm and enjoy!! 

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Reindeer Wrapping with Lana's Shop

For the last few years I have been searching the internet for the perfect wrapping paper every Christmas. It’s always so fun to to find creatives that make beautiful papers for wrapping! Last year I discovered Lana’s Shop for my wrapping. She provided the most gorgeous papers for my gifts - and she was the sweetest to work with on getting the papers and photographing them! 

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I loved working with her so much that I asked if she wanted to collaborate on a holiday paper for this year. So, together we designed a festive reindeer wrapping paper and bundle set with tag and ribbon. As someone who celebrates Christmas, I am always bored with the same old red and green wrapping papers so I knew I wanted to focus on something more monochromatic and universal. I also wanted the imagery to be festive but more exemplary of the winter season as opposed to Christmas. Working with Lana to create the final paper was a dream and I LOVE how it turned out! 

In addition to the paper on its own we bundled it with ribbon and gift tag. Our hope was to make it super easy for you with our one-of-a-kind, can’t-find-anywhere-else gift wrap bundles. Each kit comes complete with one 19” x 29” sheet of hand-illustrated, exclusive wrapping paper, 2 matching gift tags, and 3 yards of gorgeous gold and cream cotton ribbon! 

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Excited to be able to use my own designed paper this year! Grab em while they are still available:

BUNDLE SET

GIFT WRAP ONLY

GIFT TAGS

shannan monson shoot and photo styling.

Sometimes you get to work with really freakin cool people! Shannan Monson is just one of those people. This project was one of my favorites for the summer because I basically got play dress up and generate content for her brand that I am the target audience for. 

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Sometimes when I am styling I really have to get inside the clients’ head but with Shannan I was already there. We were generating new content for her website update and social media with some flatlays and a lot of her doing her thang! 


This type of work has inspired how I think about my photo styling offerings and the potential for working with other female business owners and bloggers to help generate their content! 

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But why would they need that? Because sometimes you just need someone to help source props, bring your vision to life and make you feel natural and comfortable in front of the camera to get the perfect shot. I will be offering packages that range from just concept generation to full on set styling on 2019. More to come on that... 

And of course I hope to work with Shannan again ... DUH! 

holiday mini sessions with kelci alane photography.

Excited to announce that I will be styling Kelci Alane Photography’s holiday mini sessions this year! 

What does this mean? Well… I have styled two amazingly fun and festive backdrops for the holidays. One is a simple red and white lounge scene and the other with be blue and grey with Christmas trees and I am PSYCHED! 

On October 27th and 28th at Fostr Collaborative we will host 20 minute photo sessions that are perfect for families, couples or just besties that want to create a memory or snag a great shot for their holiday cards. Kelci got some great shots last year but we are super excited to be providing such a great opportunity for gorgeous photos again this year!