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Gift Wrapping 2016 + A Giveaway!

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The annual gift wrapping inspiration post is here full of muslin, raw silk ribbons, bits of nature, handmade Japanese paper, and thoughts about the most important person on my list, my husband + a giveaway (details below!) of an HP Spectre x360 laptop to celebrate it all! Fact: I’m actually a lousy gift giver. All I can ever think of is what I’d want myself; I still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that a lot of people on my Christmas list don’t know what to do with homemade balsam fir syrup or preserved lemons nor do they want to figure it out. This year I’m aiming to up my gifting, not only with the wrap, but with what’s inside.
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white chocolate ricotta cheesecake

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Hello, hello from new motherhood. We went to New York, upstate & the city, a working vacation of sorts last week. I turned my brain off. Let my inbox froth over. And then I got home. I was supposed to hit the ground running—recipes, photoshoots, moving into our house. And, you know, having a baby. We have help, glorious indispensable help. But it still completely dwarfed me. My creativity flat lined. I lost it over a failed FedEx errand & 5 PM Friday traffic. And then I woke up this morning. Sort of. Somewhere between morning and the middle of the night. I sat downstairs digging out of my inbox until the sun came up. And then I pulled this white chocolate ricotta cheesecake out of the fridge where it had been setting over night. And it was perfect; my platonic ideal of ricotta cheesecake made with buddha’s hand lemon, spices, and Lindt LINDOR White Chocolate Truffles. And the light was perfect. And I felt the sun streaming back into my soul. So it goes.

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kyoto city guide

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Here’s a small step into the streets of Kyoto. Wanderlust has always had me by the throat, but I don’t think I could have ever dreamed of how travel would take over my life. I really tried to be content with my home in the south, tried so hard I succeeded. But that’s the brilliant thing about life. Once you accept reality, doors open. When I accepted that my home was a small town in Tennessee (even though I’d always dreamed of broader horizons), all of the sudden those horizons unfolded before me. Life is long. Failure and success are funny things. Adversity is your frienemy. And travel is my life blood. I’d dreamed of Japan for so many years, ignorantly assumed I’d love it despite not knowing a thing about it. But it was one of those situations where you were right, so right, even with no cause to be.

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