Eat Your Sprouts Kid!

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I was like many kids, if it was green I would not eat it! My family liked to hide my veggies in a pile of mashed potatoes so I would finish, because in our house there was no leaving that table till all your greens were done. Especially with my Nanny & GiGi (what I call my grandparents), one time I got a nice big spoonful of spinach pushed down my throat and never looked at cooked spinach the same but there is hope. I was not completely traumatized, flash forward to now, greens make up a majority of my diet and brussel sprouts are one of my favorites. 

 

PAN SEARED BRUSSELS  - up to 45 min to make

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  • 1/2 pound Brussels Sprouts (the smaller sprouts taste a little sweeter)
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil or Vegan Butter 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Dash Red Pepper

First prepare you sprouts by cutting the ends, trim old leafing and cut into halves.

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In a bowl mix sprouts, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Give it a good mix, ensuring all the sprouts are covered. 

 

Heat your skillet on a meduim high heat. Mince your garlic and in the heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) melt the rest of oil or butter over a moderate heat, toss in garlic and stir until golden.

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Reduce heat to medium and arrange sprouts in skillet, in one layer. Cook for 5 minutes, without turning or until crisp and undersides are golden brown. Sprinkle on some red pepper flakes if you like some heat, stir and let cook for 2-3 more minutes or until tender.

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These are so tasty, easy and fast to make. They go great by themselves as a snack or as a side to your favorite meal. Looking to pair it with a yummy Eggplant Parmesan? Head to my previous post for the recipe!

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I would love to see your results and hear about your favortie veggie recipies.

Cynthia from @yourflowerfriends is such a doll! Had a lovely chat & look forward to share soon… #nunezweddings #yourflowerfriends #bloggerlife #florals #weddingphotographer #california #washington #oregon #weddingplanning #eventlife  (at Vancouver, Washington)

Cynthia from @yourflowerfriends is such a doll! Had a lovely chat & look forward to share soon… #nunezweddings #yourflowerfriends #bloggerlife #florals #weddingphotographer #california #washington #oregon #weddingplanning #eventlife (at Vancouver, Washington)

What’s in your Wedding Photography client package?

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Deciding how to package client photographs was a roller coaster of ideas for myself. First I went through many google and pintrest searches to gather ideas for where to start, also keeping in mind the want to use mainly recycled materials.  Keeping it minimal and within my color scheme of neutrals,  a Kraft box and wood shavings for the base of my packaging was a no brainier but what to put inside? 

Clients receive their photographs on a USB, making it convenient to print and share, each package includes a wood USB containing all edited images. Through several different outlets you can order wood and other styles of USB’s with your specific logo or photographs. For this particular package I went through Nations Photo Lab.  It was easy and quick but the quality of craftsmanship was not as I hoped.  Still pleased on my result, I may test a few other outlets out before buying in bulk.

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I also wanted to include a small set of printed versions to instantly view, which are wrapped in a beautifully embossed material. 

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Along with a hand written note, I like to gift a token of appreciation as well. I really do considerate it an honor when a couple chooses myself to capture their wedding.  Not only am I documenting a big part of their life, I am also getting a peak into who they are as people, which I find to be a very personal and beautiful thing to capture.

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While getting to know my couples I like to take note of their interests, preferring to gift them something personal and local.  For this package I went by Van Dorn Gourmets in Burbank, CA. They are a family owned business which carries several spices and rubs of their own, as well as many other local companies and treats.  I even had to get some goodies for myself, which I can tell you was delicious.

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To add some color, aroma and beauty a few pieces of lavender are placed inside. Upon opening the package there is a slight fragrance that gives it more than just a visual appeal. You can find dried lavender online at a good bulk price, but this particular bunch was purchased at the most delightful flower shop. I made a quick stop at The Enchanted Florist where the young woman working was very helpful in my quest.

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Overall I am pleased with the outcome of this package and look forward to making more! Tune back in soon for more looks into local business for your wedding and packaging needs.

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