roasted beet smoothie recipe

October 5, 2015

roasted beet smoothie // forage + fodder

this is probably one of my very favorite smoothies because it’s perfect for this odd transition weather in texas when we’re all craving fall flavors but left with the reality of 80 degree days. it’s got great detoxifying quality and tastes delicious.  dates are the secret weapon in my more decadent smoothies because they add a flavor almost resembling chocolate, but it’s important to blend the dates really well, due to the their tough skin. i like to let the beet be the hero of this recipe, but if you’re not as fond of beets as i am, feel free to add in more cherries or perhaps some strawberries to sweeten it up a bit. i like to buy several beets and roast them all in advance, since they take so long both to cook and to cool. stay tuned for another smoothie creation featuring golden beets!

roasted beet smoothie

small handful of pecan halves (8-10)

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 date, pitted

1 small roasted beet, cooled & skinned

8-10 frozen cherries

10 ice cubes

dash of cinnamon and turmeric

place first four ingredients in vitamix (or blender) and blend until smooth. add remaining ingredients and blend until ice has completely combined with the other ingredients. if smoothie is thicker than you’d like, add a touch more coconut milk and blend again.

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the importance of date night

August 27, 2015

now that lil’ bug has arrived and we’re all learning what it looks like to be a family, the importance of date night is quite clear. during pregnancy, we had several discussions about being intentional in our love for one another, and how to continue to be husband and wife, while balancing the new roles of mama and papa. we believe that caring for our marriage is the cornerstone of what makes this family work, and although we love ruby with all of our beings, we choose to not have her be the epicenter of our existence. as she grows, we know that we’re the first example of what a loving relationship looks like, and in how we love one another, we’re helping her set her own expectations of how she’ll want to be loved in her own relationships.

i’m sure most new parents can relate to those first few weeks where it’s sort of unavoidable for your little bundle not to be the center of everything – what with the constant feedings, diaper changes, soothing, and googling of “is this normal” ten times a day, but we still found moments to choose one another – whether it was twenty minutes of exhaustion-induced laughter in bed in the wee hours of the night, or scampering away for a quick sushi date in between feedings. our goal from the start was for date nights to occur early and often. and now that we’re about a month in, lil’ bug is starting to sleep a little better, and handles the occasional bottle like a true champion we are planning out our first real date night.

so for the rest of you new parents out there, we’re sharing some of our favorite date night spots for that first adventure away from your little one. we didn’t pick these spots on a whim, in fact, they meet a very specific criteria:

  • incredible cocktails… yes, i’ve been out of the drinking game for 9 months, and if i’m going to have a cocktail, i want it to be spectacular. rest assured that every spot on this list has a craft cocktail menu worthy of your first drink back.
  • easy parking – you mamas know when you’re on the nursing clock, the last way you want to spend your time is looking for parking. each of these locations have either complementary /affordable valet or ample parking available.
  • accepts reservations – this is sort of a no-brainer… you won’t catch me waiting for a table anytime in the near future because mama just simply don’t have time for that nonsense. we swear by opentable, because they have access to most of our favorite places, and it’s a good way to discover new spots as well. not to mention, we earn points towards restaurant vouchers by making free reservations…it’s basically a win-win. most importantly, i can just hop on the app on my phone, and don’t have to wait on hold for a hostess who can barely hear me.

so without further ado, here’s our list of the perfect spots for your first date night away from your little one, and a couple of our favorite dishes of course:

vox table

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offering small sharable plates and friendly service in an atmosphere that lends itself to good conversation,  vox table is a new favorite. oh and i can’t forget to mention their out of this world cocktail menu (including several variations on the old fashioned). with a free parking garage and complementary valet service, you can zip in and get down to the business of treating your taste buds to some serious flavor.

sip: irish goodbye

chow: smoked hamachi pipette + calamari noodles

sweet: sazerac sundae


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for those desperate to be back on the sushi wagon, may we suggest going to uchiko’s sake social hour (5:00 – 6:30) for $5 house sake and some delicious small plates (ahem, the brussels sprouts). we like to add on a few rolls or hot tastings off of their regular menu as well. uchiko is only open for dinner service, and there’s usually a crowd waiting when they open their doors, so make a reservation for 5:00 so you can take full advantage of the social hour menu.

sip: house sake, takara nigori

chow: brussels sprouts, yokai berry, + pork ribs

sweet: fried milk

olive & june

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olive + june is one of our favorite spots in town. they have an amazing wine selection, a beautiful patio, valet parking (although we’ve always found a spot on the street), and some serious coastal italian fare which includes pastas and ricotta made in house. if the weather is right, snag a spot on their patio and dine under their gigantic oak tree. again, a happy hour reservation is the way to go as they offer discounted small plates and cocktails…and save room for their incredible seasonal dessert menu.

sip: basil di limone

chow: farm egg, house mozzarella, + any of the piccoli piatti

sweet: seasonal menu, but it’s all delicious


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the menu at fixe offers a creative twist on louisiana southern cuisine (think upscale comfort food) and the interior is pretty spectacular in my opinion. although it’s located downtown, there is ample street parking, and we had no problem finding a spot right next to the front door.

sip: manhattan

chow: fixe biscuits, fried chicken  + carnivore grits

sweet: sticky toffee cake

this post was created in collaboration with, but all opinions and suggestions are my own. 

a darling garden party // floral tips

July 10, 2015

how unbelievable are the florals from our darling garden party shoot? and let me tell you, these beauties were sturdy too, and held up for hours. want to recreate your favorite look? sweet samantha from bricolage curated florals shares her tips below. and we’re thinking we may be on to the newest bridesmaid trend too, why hold a bouquet when you can where it?

the flower crown

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for a less formal look go with an all greenery base (any sort of vine will work great, we used jasmine vine here) and then add in a couple of big statement blooms to one side, like we did with a peony and ranunculus. play around with an up or down do and where exactly to position the crown on your head.

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a pin-on corsage

a darling garden party // floral tips // forage + fodderthis is not the corsage your grandmother or mom would have worn… this is a new dramatically designed pin-on corsage, meant to act like an accessory. make the design with a satin ribbon base, attach desired florals to ribbon with floral adhesive and then pin to blouse, like you would a boutonniere. when creating the piece make it flow with your body- have flowers creeping up over your shoulder and down across chest.

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the floral necklace

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this is a fun piece to do if you want to step outside the box- forget wristlets or bouquets. all you need is thin ribbon or rope, hot glued to a sturdy base (plastic or cardstock), flowers and floral adhesive. essentially, you are creating a live pendant to wear around your neck, and you have total free reign as to how that should flow and be designed. we prefer a less symmetrical look, but you can honestly go in any direction with this.

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 hair floral adornments

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to make this work, we suggest styling your hair slightly teased, with soft curls and a few random small, tight braids throughout your hair (you can even do a braid hairband)- these styling tips will allow flowers to have something to hold on to – we recommend embracing your inner hippie when styling for this look.

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for all above designs, we recommend using hardier flowers rather than soft and delicate blooms, as none of these designs have a water source for the blooms and you want them to last.

custom floral pieces // bricolage curated florals

photography // photo by betsy

a darling garden party // bloom series

July 3, 2015

a darling garden party // forage + fodderyou guys…things got real girly for our spring bloom series shoot, a darling garden party. inspired by warm nights and effortless ways to beat the heat and pass the time without constantly being stuck indoors, we embraced all things feminine with frocks, custom floral accessories, and edible flowers galore. our garden party was a ‘just because’ event, but how perfect would this be for a small bridal or baby shower?

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as always, we kept it simple by creating a beautiful atmosphere with items already in our kitchen or found around the house. plus, we actually hosted this event in our own backyard. we figure, why stress, when you can just grab the chairs from around your kitchen table and bring them outside? we opted to use our bar cart and a bedside table as surfaces for serving a delicious spread of treats. it doesn’t have to match – in fact, pairing random, but complimentary items together adds much more character to your event.

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as far as entertainment goes, we kept it classic with a few rounds of gin rummy and chess. although most of the afternoon was spent sipping and nibbling in between fits of laughter. when the weather is warm, bubbles and crisp refreshing cocktails are priority. we started off with champagne chilled in floral ice cubes for an added touch of beauty. oh, and adding a cube or two to your glass isn’t the worst idea. especially once the ice melts, and you’re left with a lovely little bloom in your glass. i’d recommend this addition to any chilled cocktail.

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edible flowers can be purchased in most grocery stores, and you’ll want to be sure that they’re packaged for food use, because that means they’re free of any chemicals and are varieties that are safe to eat. i will say, working with edible flowers takes patience, as the blooms are extremely delicate. however one simple, yet impressive way to incorporate them into your event is by making floral ice cubes.

floral ice cubes

this process takes a bit of time and it’s best to work in layers. fill an ice tray (we recommend a silicon tray that makes larger cubes, like this one) a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze. this suspends the bloom at the top of your cube. if you fill the entire tray at once, the blooms will float before freezing and you won’t see them as well.

once frozen, add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. finally fill tray to the top, and freeze again. we recommend using distilled water that has been boiled and then cooled for the crystal clear cubes.

next week we’ll be sharing tips from samantha so that you can create custom floral pieces for your own event as well as a recipe for a boozy granita affogato. enjoy the weekend!

photos // photo by betsy     florals // bricolage curated florals    food styling // forage + fodder

fathers + daughters

June 21, 2015

fathers + daughters // forage + fodderthe mr. and i created an email account for lil’ bug the week we found out we were pregnant. often we send her thoughts and promises, but sometimes just funny stories from pregnancy, or things we want to be sure that she knows about her parents. so on father’s day, i just had to share this note from the mr. because the bond between fathers + daughters is a complicated and beautifully special one:

hey sweet girl,

i understand the importance of not focusing on how cute, nice or pretty you are, not that you aren’t those things, but because you are so much more than those things, and you can be anything you want. but, i had to at least say it this time, because this is the first email i’m writing you where i have known you are a girl…and i’m so excited.

in a way I think i’ve always known that you’ve been a girl, or i’ve at least expected that you would be a girl. your mother says that i’m going to be a great dad for a girl. not that i wouldn’t be a great dad for a boy, but that girls need good dads.

i think i understand what she means, but to make sure that you and i are on the same page, i’m going to write what i think that means to me.

this list is in no particular order:

i promise to be there to pick you up when you fall…or at least when you will let me.

i promise to hold you when you are hurting, and not ask who i need to go hurt…until you ask me to.

i promise to support you and help you grow in whatever your heart desires…even if i don’t understand it.

i promise to show you what real love, care, and support look like, by loving your mother.

i promise to be a real person with real emotions, a lot of emotions, both good and bad…sorry in advance for the bad ones.

(as a side note, i’m an extremely emotional guy, like commercials can bring me to tears emotional. when i found out that you were a girl my heart exploded in the doctors office…so did my tear ducts. then seeing you on the sonogram was life changing. you are amazing.)

i promise to share my hobbies and interests with you, not just the ones that are “appropriate for little girls”.

i promise to listen when you need someone to talk to, and i mean really listen, not just listen so that i can then talk.

i promise to talk when you need me to, give advice, tell stories, or just tell you i love.

i promise to treat you like the unique and truly amazing gift that you are.

i promise to not spoil you and make you think that you are better than anyone else.

i promise to love you like you need, not always like you want.

i hope this list doesn’t sound trite. it’s all from the heart my beautiful, smart, strong, creative daughter.

i love you already and always will,

dad, daddy, pop…whatever you want to call me is fine with me.

rooibos mint tea (two ways) // frvrlnd collaboration

May 19, 2015

rooibos mint iced tea // forage + fodder & frvrld

summer is upon us y’all. so what better time to share this recent collaboration with frvrlnd, olive + rye, and katie jameson photography? when rowen, the woodworker and muse behind frvrlnd, a curated collection of handmade small-batch goods, approached julie and i about creating a few simple recipes for her summer product line, we got right to work.

a typical austin summer brings lots of sunshine (and humidity), so we wanted to create something refreshing and simple to enjoy on the porch with friends. thus we bring you rooibos mint tea two ways! one served on ice with a few bubbles and the other a boozy but easy to sip bourbon cocktail. both drinks share a handful of simple ingredients, and are perfect for your next backyard gathering.

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this collaboration also gave me an opportunity to test out frvrlnd’ summer product line and i’m completely smitten. frvrlnd muddlers are beautiful, but more importantly, functional, and don’t even get me started on these ambrosia maple boards.

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i’m a sucker for prep bowls, so i instantly fell for her scoop collection, which features a variety of sizes and shapes. and all of her products are handmade, so each item is unique and created with care.

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rooibos + mint iced tea

5 tsp of loose rooibos tea
24 oz water
25 mint leaves
2 oz simple syrup
lemon, thinly sliced into rounds

chilled club soda

using a linen tea bag or wire mesh tea infuser, steep the tea in water that’s just off the boil until it reaches your desired strength. you’ll want it to be stronger than normal, so 5-10 minutes should be about right. muddle your fresh mint leaves until crushed and add to the steeping tea. in a small pitcher, combine the simple syrup and strained tea & crushed mint mixture, and stir well until combined. fill each glass with ice, leaving room for two lemon slices per glass and split the tea mixture evenly between the glasses. top off with chilled club soda and enjoy. makes four delicious glasses.

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rooibos tea + bourbon cocktail

(makes 2 cocktails)

1 tsp of sugar
10 mint leaves
4 tsp of loose rooibos tea
4 oz hot water

4 oz of bourbon (we used buffalo trace)

using a linen tea bag or tea infuser, steep the tea in boiling hot water. allow to steep for 4-7 minutes, you’ll want the tea to be strong but not too bitter. while the tea is steeping, combine mint and sugar In a cocktail shaker or flat-bottomed cocktail mixing glass. muddle until mint is thoroughly crushed and combined with sugar. once the tea has steeped to desired strength measure out 4 ounces into the shaker (be careful, it might be hot!) and add bourbon. fill shaker with ice and stir until the cocktail is jet cold. double strain the mixture into two cocktail glasses and garnish with lemon peel and mint sprig. enjoy!

this drink would also be wonderful served on ice. Just combine and stir all ingredients without the ice in the shaker and pour into a highball glass filled with ice.

scoops + boards: frvrlnd // cocktail recipe: olive + rye // photos: katie jameson photography 

look who’s back y’all

May 9, 2015

forage + fodder

let’s be honest folks. the posting here has been slim to none recently, and for that we apologize. in our defense, i was finishing up graduate school, an internship, and if you follow us on social media, you know that i’m also building a tiny human at the moment. a lot has been going on in our household but we’re back with LOTS of new recipes, collaborations, travel adventures, and even a few pregnancy guides and reflections for our fellow future parents-to-be. thanks for sticking out the radio silence folks. that was real cool and we appreciate the hell outta you for it.

a mindful wine tasting // floral tips

March 13, 2015

hello again! welcome to our third and final installment of our fall bloom series shoot! you’ve seen the beautiful photos of this dreamy afternoon, so we wanted to share this video that so perfectly captured the experience of our mindful wine tasting. then of course, we’ll tell you how to create a similar atmosphere for your own guests!

Forage + Fodder // Fall Bloom Series from Stringer Productions on Vimeo.

the tablescape for this event was intentionally simple and muted. the white plates, neutral linens, and smooth textures from the serving boards allowed the food and florals to catch the eye of our guests and whet their appetite. we purposely avoided blooms for the table, for something deeper, that invoked the idea of community and curiosity.

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oh, and don’t think we were going to leave you without some fantastic floral tips from sweet samantha, because let’s face it, she killed it on the florals for this event.

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the idea of using exposed roots resonated with us all because they remind us that during the cold months and throughout the holiday season, we want to be with those who know us the deepest and keep us rooted. yet, they also remind us of the longing we all feel for spring and new growth. who or what keeps you rooted?

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to achieve this aesthetic, use any plant with a good root system, like ferns or ivy. if you change the water regularly, your root exposed centerpieces will last a week or longer. after this shoot, i kept these on my kitchen window sill for almost two weeks! these clear, understated vessels are simply repurposed jars found around the house. we love the way the roots catch the eye and how the sunlight makes its way through.

we chose wild, foraged, inspired arrangements in planters rather than vases. in this way, we simply paid an ode to the colors of the season and the tasting: deep greens, rich burgundy, smooth browns and beiges and bright white… all while staying true to the aesthetic of the vessels and stands that displayed these pieces. each unique element speaks for itself, but they work in harmony to create an incredible balance.

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the bloom series is an ongoing collaboration between forage + fodder, bricolage curated florals, and photo by betsy. each season we will bring you seasonally curated experiences along with simple floral tips and recipes. you can view more of our bloom series here.

our mindful wine tasting features cheese and charcuterie hand-selected by antonelli’s cheese shopthe serving boards and planters are handmade by local rockstar kelly dewitt from

a mindful wine tasting // wine pairing guide

March 10, 2015

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the process of hosting a wine tasting can be difficult and overwhelming to say the least. there are so many things to consider when choosing your wine selection, and an endless number of options on what kind of experience to create for your guests. so we’re here to simplify the process for you.

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step one // set your limits

as far as the  types of wines you’ll be sampling, let the season dictate that for you. in the cooler months, we like to stick with a nice selection of reds. it’s best to offer a range of intensities and flavor notes, but be sure that your choices still complement one another. we began with four basic reds: a merlot, a sangiovese, a cabernet sauvignon, and a malbec. if you don’t already have a few favorite labels in mind, head to your local wine shop, and ask for recommendations of each type that are complex enough for tasting, but not so distinct that they cannot be paired with food. another limit to consider is price. we kept all of our bottles under $10, because you can get some pretty phenomenal wines at this price point.

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step two // food pairings

in our humble opinion, there’s no better pair to wine than cheese and fruit. it’s not too filling, and versatile enough to work with most people’s food aversions or allergies. it’s also wise to incorporate a variety of textures that will enhance your guests’ experience of savoring each bite. we created a spread of dried figs, apricots, pears, apples, blackberries, almonds, olives, dark chocolate, baguettes, charcuterie, honey and marmalade. we are lucky enough to live in a city that has amazing cheese shops like antonelli’s, so once our wines were purchased, we had their cheese mongers hand select the perfect pairs for each one, including a variety of goat, sheep, and cow’s milk cheese. i mean, how beautiful are these cheeses?

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we presented each wine’s pairings on its own serving board so that guests had some guidance. they were invited to taste the wine on it’s own, and then with the designated pairings to see what new flavors they detected and how the wine changed on their palate.

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given that we’re hosting an afternoon of wine sampling, it’s extremely important to have actual food on hand too. we kept it simple with roasted cauliflower and a few savory galettes. whatever you choose, just ensure that your guests are not drinking on an empty stomach.

step three // guide your guests

we opted for a blind tasting, because it allows guests to simply enjoy the wine, and not be influenced by the label or price tag. we hid our labels by wrapping each bottle in twine, but numbered them so that guests could pick their favorite and we could reveal the type of wine at the end. each guest was given a notebook to jot down their thoughts of each wine – noting flavors that jumped out at them, the intensity, color, aroma, and finish of each wine. we also wanted a truly intentional experience, so we guided the process by using instruction cards that invited our guests to look, swirl, sip and savor.

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we also set the tone for a distraction free event by banning cell phones from the table. this allowed guests to truly engage with one another and be present in the moment. it also made for great conversation and lots of laughter.

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this is just glimpse into our process, but we’d love to hear from you! any questions you have about hosting your own wine tasting? let us know in the comments!

the bloom series is an ongoing collaboration between forage + fodder, bricolage curated florals, and photo by betsy. each season we will bring you seasonally curated experiences along with simple floral tips and recipes. you can view more of our bloom series here.

our mindful wine tasting features cheese and charcuterie hand-selected by antonelli’s cheese shopthe serving boards and planters are handmade by local rockstar kelly dewitt from

a mindful wine tasting // bloom series

March 6, 2015

a mindful wine tasting // forage + fodder

it’s cold just about everywhere. so what better time to recall the sunshine and autumn breezes that set the tone for the mindful wine tasting we hosted this fall for the second installment of our bloom series?

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rather than share recipes, we wanted to emphasize the act of slowing down, and truly savoring the flavor of a spread that’s handpicked to match your wine. today is simply an introduction to the experience with a few words from yours truly, but stay tuned for floral tips, as well as tips on how to create your own mindful wine tasting, no matter the season.

a mindful wine tasting

If your weeks are anything like mine, then you’re all too familiar with that revolving door sensation that comes from five consecutive days of multi-tasking, ticking down checklists, meeting deadlines, and somewhere in the madness creating minimal space for meals, hygiene, and sleep…in that order. Showers feel like an obligation you have to check off your list and meals turn into what you can shovel down at red lights in between destinations. Somewhere in this hectic momentum we create for ourselves, we lose something. We lose the ability to be still – to stop, to notice, and most importantly to be present. This sense of presence lives in the absence of ‘how will this translate into the perfect instagram shot?’ or ‘what needs to be done when we get home?’ The presence I’m talking about opens our awareness to the small, but priceless pleasure of the everyday.

With this in mind, we chose to create an experience for those close to us, and for ourselves, to slow down, lift our eyes and focus our gaze on those experiences we’ve been missing since we’ve been on autopilot. A mindful wine tasting set in a familiar backyard was just what we needed to bring ourselves out of the haze.

When our friends arrived and saw the spread, the initial instinct was to dig in. To consume the beauty of the table without giving it a second thought. This is how we operate when we don’t have the luxury of time on our side. But we wanted to do things differently. Phones were tabled for the night; music was replaced by laughter and the sounds of autumn. We sat together, and we let our eyes feast before our stomachs for once. In this focus, this delayed gratification of sorts; we were setting ourselves up to enjoy these everyday pleasures on an entirely new level. Guests took turns reading invitations to look, swirl, sip and savor; each step of the process swallowing up several minutes. We took notes on the color, texture, aroma, and flavor of the wines. We closed our eyes and let our imaginations wonder. We were curious for what seems like the first time in a long time.

After initially tasting each wine and comparing impressions, we paired them with the bounty of a simple spread; blackberries, assorted cheeses, figs, honey, and more. Again, we tasted, we sampled, we took our time, and we studied items that we’d previously consumed with reckless abandon time and time again. There’s almost something childlike about dining in this way because the experience is akin to tasting flavors for the very first time.

The roots of our friendship run deep, yet we were all hearing stories untold, learning details of one another that were once muffled by the hum of our own internal chatter. Somehow this felt different. We’d created a new experience from the familiar, and it changed us. It gave us a hunger for slowing down and being intentional with one another – a hunger that will eventually dissipate if not fed often. A hunger that will surely get lost in the weekly revolutions if we do not make time to satiate it. If anything this afternoon was a reminder that enjoying the simple things is allowed to be a priority. This is not a call to burn your checklists, but an invitation to re-evaluate what’s important and perhaps find priority in the curious, intentional, and slow-moving gift of pausing.

the bloom series is an ongoing collaboration between forage + fodder, bricolage curated florals, and photo by betsy. each season we will bring you seasonally curated experiences along with simple floral tips and recipes. you can view more of our bloom series here.

our mindful wine tasting features cheese and charcuterie hand-selected by antonelli’s cheese shop. the serving boards and planters are handmade by local rockstar kelly dewitt from