meal - fancy grilled cheese

Fancy Grilled Cheeses 
*recipe idea adapted from here

*we used all organic 

Sweet Potato
Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Coconut Oil
Italian Seasoning 
Garlic Powder 
Artisan Baked Honey Wheat Bread...which we got from the Rutland Farmers Market on Saturday 
Salt & Pepper to Taste 


Saute pressed garlic in olive oil in a separate pan or small pot, set aside.
Coat one side of each slice of bread with coconut oil (coconut oil when left out will typically stay a solid, unless it is too hot, this makes it super easy to spread).
Mash cooked sweet potatoes into a spreadable consistency with a little olive oil or coconut oil (you can add what ever spices you desire here too, we stuck with salt & pepper).
Spread the Sweet Potato along one side of the bread.
On the other side of the bread brush the sauteed garlic & oil.
Add Cheddar Cheese (shredded or sliced thin).
Press the two pieces of bread into a sandwich, sprinkle both sides with  italian seasoning & garlic powder, and begin to grill.
Once cooked to your liking remove from the pan open the sandwich, add the spinach 
(you can add the spinach before you grill as well, I just prefer mine raw) then close it back up & enjoy!


vermont - manchester - depot 62

After hiking the other day we were debating what to do, and were pretty hungry, when Jon mentioned he had heard that Manchester VT, which we were already half way to, was a cool town., so we decided to adventure a little further. By the time we got there it was already dark out, but you could still tell that this was a town worth visiting. We drove around for a while to look around then went to check out the menus at a few places that looked cool, but they didn't end up having any organic or local options. I was about to pull over & look for something on my phone when the organic brick oven pizza sign for depot 62 caught my eye. This was very exciting because Jon & I have been craving pizza so we pulled over & ventured in. This was not your typical restaurant from the beginning, we were confused for a minute if we had the right building because as we looked through the glass panes we saw what looked more like an awesome eclectic home furnishing store, but then we saw the beautiful floor the ceiling brick oven against the far wall. The owner, who was so sweet, is Turkish & his vision for this place is truly authentic. There is one royal size table  with all different awesome chairs where three separate parties sat (I really liked this concept of strangers dining so close together)  as well as four other more private tables. We sat down ordered & then got up to explore the store, it was such a fun thing to do while we waited & there were so many beautiful & original pieces. One day when I have a home of my own to decorate I'd love to come back here. Below you'll see what we ate, everything was delicious & organic, & some of the items from the store. My camera was still dead so I didn't get to capture all the beautiful things the way I had hoped...just an excuse to go back I guess :) 
If you are ever in the area definitely check this place out, you won't be disappointed. 

The royal table...you can't even tell how long it is here & aren't the chairs awesome!

the two pictures above are not my own, they can be found here 

A little out of order, but we got the baklava for dessert which was soo yummy & it came in two pieces which was perfect so we each got one.

Jon & I both got the mushroom & caramelized onion pizzas...they were incredible.

Latte :) 

This circular table was so cool, it expanded in such an innovative way to accommodate more people 

So many beautiful tapestry rugs in all different colors throughout the store.



vermont - haystack mountain

Yesterday the day started out cloudy & there was even a shower in the early afternoon, but by two o'clock the skies had cleared, the sun was shining, & it was beautiful out. Jon & I sat outside on the porch for a while    reading & enjoying lunch, but the weather was just too nice not to go out & do something so we decided to go hiking at Haystack Mountain <--- if you click on this link you'll find a map of the trail.
I have never been hiking here before, but Jon has, so it was a treat to explore somewhere new & although some of the leaves have fallen from the trees there is still the beautiful color spectrum of autumn everywhere you look. The hike led to the the summit of Haystack Mountain where there was breathtaking views of the rolling green mountains. 

I dream of living somewhere like this. 

Jon made organic raw milk hot chocolate before we left, which was the prefect warming treat once we reached the summit (it was quite windy & chilly up there). *If you have not had hot chocolate with raw milk & organic fair trade chocolate I highly recommend it, this was my first experience & I don't think I'll never be able to go back soo delicious.

My camera died after the picture above so I took some pictures with my phone as well...

This is Jon's I'm cold face :)




I have been wanting to subscribe to Kinfolk ever since I first discovered the magazine because I was immediately intrigued by the content & styling. 

Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly, 144-page, ad-free print magazine that collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do.
*The above passage is how Kinfolk describes themselves on their website.

Well, I never got around to subscribing to Kinfolk, but last week I decided to venture to the mall for the first time in ages to look around for a few new key items I have been longing for. I didn't end up getting anything that was on my wish list, but while I was in Anthropologie browsing through the sale section I came across Kinfolk Editions six, seven, & eight.  I got all three for twenty dollars, originally they are each around that price, it was very exciting :) & it was my only purchase of the day, but a very good one. I have not been able to put these magazines down since, every free moment I find myself reading them...although I am also trying to savor them. I become more & more smitten the more I read, each page & each story teaches me something that I find to hold true value which is refreshing. I highly recommend this magazine, it is worth every penny. I have since subscribed to the quarterly for the upcoming additions & The Kinfolk Table Book has been added to my holiday wish list. Also check out the Kinfolk website which is teeming with beautiful stories & images.

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I'm up in Vermont for the week to visit Jon so there will be posts to come about my time here. 
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. 


time of the season

sister <3

I finally brought my DSLR hiking with me to capture autumn in full swing. This season is my favorite & it is constantly putting me in awe. There is so much beauty & color everywhere you look.