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December 14th, 2012
As we’re heading into the final stretch of the year, as I’m hitting the final weeks of my pregnancy, I realized I’ve been feeling different for the last few days. As I’m counting down the days to week 39, I suddenly wondered whether I’d spent enough time enjoying my pregnancy.
December 11th, 2012
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Is everyone in the full swing of the holidays? I want to say I am, but in actuality I spent much of last weekend trying to finish off the new nursery, and writing thank-you notes for the baby shower. Right after I finished the last thank-you note, I realized I had to do Christmas cards – it’s going to be one long card-writing marathon for me this week!
I thought it was serendipitously appropriate then that I was contacted by minted, an online paper goods store that features designs from independent designers around the world. I’ve actually received cards from friends who use minted, and I’ve found them fresh, unique, and well made. minted offers access to some really talented artists, a wide range of products that makes them a good one-stop shop for your paper needs – from invitations to business cards to stationery to calendars, and even the ability to customize your cards: minted designers can tweak the layout of existing designs or work with you to create a completely custom design.
The existing, constantly evolving selection of designs has enough choices to intrigue my non-designer self. Now that we have a dog and another family member on the way, the photo cards are looking like an appealing option for future cards we send out. And now, here’s your chance to try out minted, maybe get some last-minute holiday cards, or make some other custom card if you have some big announcement coming up in your life – like I do!
To enter: I’m happy to offer a $50 minted credit to one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment below on your favorite design from minted’s holiday card page. The winner will be announced next Monday Dec. 17.
In between bouts of card writing, I’m working in some holiday baking – look for a recipe post in a day or two. Teaser: think cranberries. In the meantime, don’t forget to enter the giveaway – good luck!
November 21st, 2012
Hello dear readers,
Hope you are all ready for the holiday season to begin! Stephanie of Desserts for Breakfast and I have a happy announcement to kick things off: the second issue of sated is just about ready to hit the printers!
We’re excited to share the (double) theme of issue 2: Flours and Flowers. At first we were tickled by the wordplay; then we learned about their shared etymological roots and that sealed the deal for us. We’ll be exploring the amazingly wide range of flours available today and how to use them; visiting one of America’s most well-known specialty flour mills; uncovering the secrets behind perfect croissants; providing an illustrated guide to edible flowers; and creating floral centerpieces for holiday tables, just to list a few articles. There were so many possible avenues to explore in both themes that it was difficult to cut them down, but we hope we’ve curated a collection of great reads and intriguing recipes for you.
We’re also excited about issue 2 because we brought in a whole slew of talented bloggers, writers, and artists to contribute to the issue. We’ll have contributor bios up when issue 2 is released, but as a preview, expect to see contributions from The Tomato Tart, Vanilla Garlic, Cannelle et Vanille, and The Amateur Gourmet, just to name a few. The words, recipes, and imagery they created are helping to expand and round out the sated vision. We’re really looking forward to sharing their work with you. If you’re interested in being a contributor, shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Look for sated issue 2 to be available for purchase very shortly – I will make an announcement as soon as it’s in our online store! Please leave a spot for it on your holiday shopping list, and don’t forget that issue 1 is still available for purchase.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone, and I’ll be back with an update soon!
P.S. Ignore the October date on the image – I just wanted to share it because I think it’s so lovely. And the croissants were delicious, too.
November 13th, 2012
One of the things about social media is that at any given time someone in your social circle is doing something fun. I’ve noticed that no matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be someone in my Facebook feed going to Hawaii. Maybe it’s self-selection; after all, I live on the West Coast where the islands are a reasonably accessible spot for vacations and quick getaways, so I guess it makes sense that many of my locally-based friends would take advantage of that. It also means that nearly every other week I get to see photos of lush beaches and gorgeous sunsets on my computer and think to myself, “that’d be nice it I were there.”