dear colorado springs

September 1, 2010

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colorado springs, co

colorado springs, co
 
colorado springs, co
 
colorado springs, co
 
colorado springs, co
 
dear colorado springs,

we so enjoyed our visit.  thank you for having such beautiful weather!  our mornings were crisp and our afternoons were perfectly sunny.  our evenings were met with a gentle breeze just perfect for a light sweater. we walked and walked and though our feet got tired your scenery rejuvenated us.  our meals were delicious and the local shops made our visit so fun.  thank you for having no bugs (north carolina, are you listening?), i so appreciated not receiving a single mosquito bite during our visit!  your mountains are glorious and your skies are vast.  though this visit was short, we hope to be back soon. bye bye!

b (& d)

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rover :: the tailored dog

September 1, 2010

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rover dog clothing

this shop swept me off my feet! i’m a dog lover, and boy do i think toaster would look smashing and dashing in one of these tailored garments!  handmade in toronto, canada, each piece from rover is uniquely crafted using high quality fabrics and finishes.  aren’t they beautiful? aren’t their models just to die for? i want to snuggle up with them all!

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advertising special

August 31, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

advertising special

it’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner!!  in efforts to kick things off, i’m offering a killer advertising deal, exclusive to ghtr readers!  promote your shop, blog, or website by booking the next four months (september thru december) and receive two months (january and february) FREE! that’s over 30% off!

readership: in august, ghtr received 21,470 visits and over 44,800 pageviews. i’m so excited to announce that we average over 2000 lovely daily readers! (thank you!)

the nitty gritty: offer ends at midnight on september 3rd.  not eligible for use with any other discounts.

check out the advertising page for available packages and size options.  feel free to e-mail me with any questions or if you’re ready to promote your shop!

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nature's cabinet

i ran across nature’s cabinet yesterday, and was so delighted to find that torrie has two other nature inspired shops: plume & bloom and the peddler! whether your style is farmhouse, coastal, woodland, shabby chic or french country- you’ll find something to fit your interiors. she makes beautiful home decor, handcrafted adornments and perfect touches for a handmade wedding.  enjoy!

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linda and harriett

August 30, 2010

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linda and harriet

what a sweet stationary company! linda and harriett make beautiful calendars, stationary, cards, stamps and tags with whimsical patterns and fun colors. with attention to vintage flair and pretty typography their products are sweet and simple. they release a new project each month and offer limited edition runs that sell exclusively on their website, so make sure to sign up for their newsletter to catch their next release!

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added to my wishlist

August 30, 2010

Posted by in home decor

good morning from colorado springs! wow- is it beautiful here! the weather is perfect (as i’ve heard it usually is) and the scenery is simply to die for. we arrived without a hitch, though we flew in on two small planes. i don’t love flying as it is, so i’m hoping for bigger planes on the return flight! our hotel is just across from the city’s historical downtown, so we’re a quick walk to cute shops and yummy restaurants. hopefully i’ll have pics to share soon!

Crafting a Meaningful Home

most recently added to my wish list is meg mateo ilasco’s latest book, crafting a meaningful home. featuring 27 projects that tell personal stories and celebrate heritage, the projects are all budget conscience and beginner friendly. as i am always trying to make my home a handmade haven, i can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

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super duper things

August 27, 2010

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well dear ones, our week has come to a close! i hope each of you have a beautiful weekend full of the things that you love. :) my new soup lover and i will be off to colorado springs on sunday, so i’ll be excited to report to you on monday from a different state! any advice on what we should do while we’re there?

super duper things

summed up pretty perfectly, this shop is full of super duper things! woodland silhouettes, pretty pendants, frilly cuffs and even a couple of vintage shoe finds. from military finds to nautical inspirations, they have something to suit just about every one of my current obsessions. if you just have to have more (like me) visit their blog for some more really very extraordinarily super duper things!

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kale and potato soup

August 27, 2010

happy friday lovelies!  i made a yummy seasonal soup of potatoes and kale this week that i wanted to share with you! (sorry for my poor photography skillz, i hate shooting after dark)!

potato and kale soup

my mister just isn’t very fond of soup. he has issues with the how mushy they are, i think. does that mean i don’t make them? nope, it just gives me a challenge!  this soup made servings for 8, i ate one serving (ok, maybe 2) and the rest of it disappeared.  where could it have gone? needless to say, someone enjoyed it, which means it’s gotta be pretty darn delish.

ingredients:

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 8 shallots; peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 tbl of minced ginger root
  • 1 tbl all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbl heave cream or half and half
  • 4 tbl soy sauce
  • 4 medium potatoes; quartered and chopped
  • 4 cups of kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions:

heat oil in a medium sauce pan and sauteed the shallots, garlic and ginger for about 5 minutes. add the all purpose flour and stir to coat. add the vegetable stock, milk, cream, soy sauce and potatoes. bring to a slight boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes. add the kale and return to a simmer for another 15 minutes. you can either leave your soup chunky as-is, or puree it in a blender (or with a hand blender) as i did.  serve in a bowl and drizzle soy sauce over the top for a little added flare. ;)

want to learn more about eating seasonally?  check out the eating local page for seasonal veggies, recipes and tips on eating in season!

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