To Try Something New / #The100DayProject!


      Good morning! I'm excited to announce that I will be participating in #The100DayProject this year! Starting on April 3rd, I will be cooking one new-to-me meal/food once a day, for 100 days! You can read more on how the project works here, but the gist of it is that you choose one creative thing to do, every day, for 100 days - and document it all. The point of it is to improve upon that "thing" and to work past the inevitable burn out that will happen when you do anything for 100 days! I was surprised about how much doing the Whole 30 for 30 days changed my outlook on food and health, so I've always been intrigued by this 100 days idea. I considered doing it last year but just had no idea what direction I would take it - but this year, I've had a much more clear path as to what I would do!

     You all know I've been focusing on cooking, and so when I heard it was starting up again soon I thought "I have to do this"! I love a challenge, and cooking one meal a day seemed broad and doable enough, since I cook most days anyways. The challenge aspect is working with a new dish or food that I've never worked with - this seems like the ideal way to hone my skills! Another "challenge" is documenting it. I love using Instagram, but I don't update it ever day because I just don't have time nor do I usually care enough to. However, the days are getting longer (more light to shoot with), and Stories exist now - so I'm thinking it will be easier than if it were a year ago and in the dead of winter? Anywho, I'm beyond excited to start next Tuesday, and I can't wait to get cooking!! I've set out a list of rules for myself and how you can follow along so check those out below!

My Rules for #The100DayProject:

1. In accordance with the official project rules, I'm creating a hashtag for my Stories (which will be Highlighted in my profile - if they don't let you Highlight a full 100 stories into one Highlight - I will break them down into separate Highlights!). My hashtag will be #100foodfinds!

2. In lieu of posting the mandatory photo a day in my grid, I will be posting it in my aforementioned Stories, along with bts clips of the making of each recipe! I will post one of the recipes a week to my grid and to this space, which will most likely be my favorite of the week.  

3. Each thing I cook must be made with either:

A) a food item I've never worked with before (i.e. miso, lamb, tofu, etc.) OR

B) a new dish I've never made before (i.e. coq a vin, falafel, a souffle, etc.)

4. It can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or dessert - depending on my schedule.

     That's it! See! So broad and flexible. I think this will be a lot of fun. I know I'll get tired of documenting/the stress of a new ingredient or dish, but that's usually more exhilarating than anything else - even if it fails! I'll leave a link to my Instagram here (and the feed is also shown at the bottom of my homepage!) for those of you who don't have Instagram. Thanks for following along and I hope you follow along with the project! Have a fun Thursday!

Our Plants: Hen + Chicks Succulent


         Hi there! For this installment of Our Plants, I wanted to delve deeper into my succulent collection, and actually be able to identify what's what. Luckily for me, the folks at FTD Fresh shared their amazing identifying chart with me to do just that!

      It’s undeniable that succulents and cacti are the perfect houseplants. From the trendy striped zebra cactus, to the fuzzy bunny ear cactus, there are so many shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from. They’re so easy to maintain and require little water, making them easy to integrate into your home and garden decor. 

     To help you identify your favorite succulents and cacti, FTD created a compendium featuring 127 stunning desert plants. It features real photo examples so that you can easily identify and choose which ones are best for your next plant project, whether it’s for a glass terrarium or a DIY macrame hanging container. Check out the compendium below, we're sure that it will inspire your inner gardener!

A Compendium of 127 Stunning Desert Plants and Succulents

      To identify my succulent, all I had to do was take a quick look at the compendium, and easily found my little buddy in the Hens and Chicks category! I can't begin to describe how useful this chart is. I had no idea how to identify these before, because there are just so many types of succulents that it was overwhelming!

        I can't wait to keep utilizing it, and was so excited to share with you all! I hope you find it as useful as I have.

      I just want to give a huge thank you to FTD! This compendium was a godsend. If you adore sharing your plants and flowers as much as I do, be sure to add the hashtag #ftdflowers to your next share so that we can see all of them! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the pretty compendium!