Cuddle Weather 2017

It might be a slow crawl, but we are inching our way to cooler weather here in Texas!  We’ve enjoyed a few crisp mornings this week, and some jacket worthy evenings, which makes everyone feel happy inside – like maybe we don’t actually live in the center of the sun.  Sadly, we don’t get cuddle weather here for months on end like other places do, although our winters are perfect convertible weather so I’m not really complaining. But when those temps do take a dip we have to be ready!  Here are a few supplies to help get your cuddle on when there’s a nice nip in the air and gooey love in your heart.

Under Cover

This blankie is chunk-ilicious and I’m completely smitten with it’s knittin’.  The only hard decision is which color to choose!  Beautifully handmade, this blanket makes me wanna put on some jammy pants and get tangled up for hours with my handy man (don’t worry, he’s my husband).

Muggin’

Whether you’re a cocoa or coffee person, a hot cup of something (spiked or not) is definitely on the agenda for cuddle time.  Earthy and handmade, these mugs are right up my ally.  I may not have a cabin in the woods, but with these beauties I can sure pretend.

Toasty Toes

Cold feet are an absolute cuddle fowl.  When snuggling up, make sure no icy toes cause your snuggle buddy to jump and run.  That’s not what we’re going for here.  Clearly, I’m all about the handmade and these cutie socks are no exception.  Not only will they keep your feet cuddle-ready, you’ll feel great about supporting someone’s small business!  Or you can pretend that your sweet Granny made you those, and think of her fondly every time you realize how warm your feet are.  *loving sigh*

Cozy Fireplace

No fireplace? No problem.  I don’t have one either, but we completely love our little fake one.  It’s actually quite nice because it puts out heat AND creates ambiance without the hassle of kindling real flames.  Don’t get me wrong, real fires are lovely, and if you have one of those gas ones that you can flip on with a remote control, then you, my friend, are blessed beyond measure.  As for the rest of us, a fake fireplace is a great substitute, and will keep you under the covers for as long as you wanna stay.

A little reminder

This sweet little pillow can serve as a reminder all season long, that yes, cuddle weather is upon us.  Shall we?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Disclaimer

Just to let you know, I have added links to items that are available for purchase.  If you click on them, I might make a buck at NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.  Did you hear that? None.  My promise to you is that I’ll never share anything that I don’t love and want for myself.  Pinky promise!

Roasted Tomato Salsa

When we moved to Mexico 5 years ago, it became clear very quickly that there was NO SUCH THING as jarred salsa.  in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal there.

You could buy fresh-made salsa from the deli section of the grocery store, or from the little old ladies down at the mercado, but I decided to learn to make it myself.  It took me a while to get the proportions just right, but now I have a recipe(ish) that my friends and family love!

One of the things I miss most about living in Mexico, is the abundance of fresh and DIRT CHEAP produce.  Going downtown to the mercado each week to buy fruits and veggies is one of my treasured experiences.  Sure, the smell of rotting meat wasn’t the greatest, but bags full of produce that I only paid 11 US dollars for?  So worth it.

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Another thing I miss (not to be compared with street tacos…not even close), is my gas range!  I was terrified to have a gas anything because I had never lived with it before.  Turns out, it’s not all that scary and is quite useful for burning veggies for my roasted tomato salsa!  But alas, I am back in Texas without a gas range or even a grill, so I have turned to the high broil setting of my oven to get those crispy veggie skins.

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Now this is the part where your very own roasted tomato salsa gets personal.  Some of you hate onions…others of you prefer mild, while others of you prefer hell fire on your tongue.  And then there’s the absolutely hate cilantro crowd, which I was a personal member of until living in Mexico.  There’s no escaping it there – in fact, you’re not allowed to leave the country until you don’t mind cilantro so much and love tequila.  Truth.

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Once you’ve decided on what kind of salsa person you are, all you have left to do is throw your roasted veggies and remaining ingredients into a blender.  It’s seriously so easy, you’ll feel like you’re not even trying.  It’ll still be warm when you first make it, which is my favorite way to eat it.  Hot or cold, serve up your own roasted tomato salsa every time you have company over for a major ego boost with minimal effort.

Peace & love,

Carrie

Ingredients

6 Roma tomatoes, or whichever ones are the reddest that season

1 Jalapeno (or more if you like it spicy – serranos are even spicier)

1 whole onion

Handful of cilantro

1 Tablespoon of salt (more or less to taste)

1 Tablespoon minced garlic (more or less to taste)

2 teaspoons cumin (more or less to taste)

Instructions

Roast the tomatoes, onion and pepper(s) under a broiler or over an open flame.  I broil for 25 minutes.

When veggies are charred to your liking, use a blender to combine all of the ingredients.

Belong, Colossians 3:12

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Knowing Whose You Are

I’ve been struck by the portrayal of princes and princesses in movies over the years.  So often, we see them walking through the villages of their kingdom, being humble and kind to commoners, never mentioning who they are.  We don’t tend to see them as boastful or proud as they encounter people, even though they could easily abuse the authority that they obviously posses. Instead, they are rightfully confident because they know the kingdom and all it’s glory belongs inherently to them.

While this is just the movies, I believe it to be a great depiction of how we would respond to people around us if we were confident in who we belong to. Can you imagine walking around without insecurity or the need make yourself known?  No fear, no competition, no feelings of being an outcast.  It seems like a lofty goal, but can be attained only from knowing whose you are.

I Belong

If I have confidence that I am a child of the The King, then there is no reason for me to flaunt it.  I’m secure in my position of royalty.  I belong to God, and am an heir to His Kingdom.

Amazingly, this doesn’t bring about arrogance because I understand that I don’t deserve this belonging. However, it was granted to me by a loving Father who wanted me as His daughter – He chose ME.

Because I understand that I am chosen and dearly loved, I am free to be compassionate, kind and humble.  That makes this hippie heart happy.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

A Year In The Rear View

Confession... It's been a year since my last post.  BUT, what a year it's been!  Here's a look into my rear view mirror - and what's on the road ahead!

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Last march, I inquired about pop-up shops in San Antonio, and 2 weeks later I opened one!  I had no inventory, and NO CLUE was I was doing.  But, in true Carrie fashion, I jumped in with both feet and had a really fun and path-altering 90 days.

 

Because I was in downtown San Antonio, I was able to meet people from all over the world.  One customer wanted me to find out what it would cost to ship one of my pieces to Paris! (Much more than the piece was worth, by the way.)  The positive response gave me confidence in what I was doing, and at the end of 90 days I decided to start applying for Vintage Market Days.

The first VMD to accept my application was in Nashville, TN - and of course I went for it.  Again, NO IDEA what I'm doing or what to expect, but go big or go home, right?  AM I RIGHT??  So we packed up a trailer & the kids and headed to Tennessee, making a stop in Memphis.

 

I followed Nashville up with Greater San Antonio VMD, Austin-Hill Country  VMD, and Greater Asheville VMD.

I also became an Etsy failure last year.  I opened my shop only to learn that sitting around waiting for people to order stuff, isn't my jam.  I gotta go places and meet people.  SO, no more Etsy for me...except for shopping.

I've also learned that I can't stand to think of things to write about, so my blog posts from here on out will be mostly pictures of places to go, restaurants to eat at and recipes to try.   Sound good?

So, what's next for her Hippie Heart?  Thanks for asking!  In just over a month, I will be launching an online boutique that promises to be easy and comfortable style, for the free-spirited gal.  

For now, I'll continue to sell my junk at Vintage Market Days (see schedule for upcoming events), manage an upscale boutique in downtown San Antonio, be a wife & momma, adventure seeker, wine drinker, and Jesus follower.  Won't you go with me?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Fancy Ramen

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I love to cook, but am often working with a tight budget.  Ramen is about as cheap as a meal comes, but who wants to eat that?  I tried a few recipes on Pinterest to “fluff” the ramen, but all of them fell flat.  So I decided to try my own recipe, which is chock-full of veggies and a current family favorite.  It’s cheap, easy and soooo delicious! My teens AND my hubby love it – we call it, Fancy Ramen.

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Pictured above are the kid-friendly chop sticks my friend gave to me, but sadly, I can’t even work those.  Where’s my fork?

There are probably a thousand different ways that you could make this, but this is our favorite recipe.

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Saute a 1/2 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp in a tablespoon of butter, in a non-stick stir -fry pan, or any saute pan.  Remove from pan once cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Crack 3 eggs right into your pan, and scramble them up until cooked through, then remove from pan.  Please note that if your budget is running really tight, you can omit the shrimp, or add another meat.  Eggs are always  great way to economically add protein to this dish.

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Pick a stir-fry kit from your local grocery store, in whatever flavor you like.  This is your no-fail step for success because all of the veggies and sauce for your recipe are in one bag!  Also grab a bag of shredded cabbage for this dish.

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Throw half of the bag of cabbage and the whole bag of veggies (set the seasoning sauce aside) into your stir-fry skillet tat has been coated with a bit of olive oil.

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While your veggies cook, boil two packages of ramen noodles, in any flavor.  Trow away the seasoning packets, you won’t need them.  You can also buy plain ramen from specialty stores if you desire.

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After the veggies have cooked down to your desired tenderness (we like ours a bit crunchy),  add in the other ingredients.

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The cooked noodles.

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The scrambled eggs and cooked shrimp.  Also add in sliced green onions, and toss with the sauce packet.

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Serve and enjoy!  This dish really couldn’t be easier, and if you have a veggie-lovin’ family like I do, then your Fancy Ramen is sure to be a hit!  And don’t be afraid to try your own variation – different meats, no meat, a different variety of veggies, or even your own home made sauce. There really are so many possibilities if your feeling adventurous!

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Peace & Love,

Carrie

Fancy Ramen

Ingredients

  • 1 T Butter
  • 8 oz. Shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 package of Stir-fry vegetables with sauce
  • 1/2 package of shredded cabbage
  • 2 packages ramen, any flavor (discard flavor packets)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a stir-fry skillet, over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the shrimp until pink, 3-4 minutes; remove from pan.
  3. Crack the 3 eggs right into the pan and scramble until fully cooked; remove from pan.
  4. In a separate pot, bring enough water to cover the noodles to a boil; add in the ramen and cook till tender, draining the water when finished.
  5. Add the olive oil to the pan and let it heat up.
  6. Add the veggies and cabbage to the heated olive oil and let them cook down to desired softness, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat.
  7. Add the noodles, cooked shrimp, cooked egg, sauce packet from kit and the sliced green onions to the veggies and toss until well blended,
  8. Serve & enjoy!
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Sunday Blessing 3-6-16

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Even our very breath is a gift from God.  Spend some time thanking Him today for the good things in your life, even if you’re facing personal trials.  

Peace & Love,

Carrie