Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

Young the Giant with Cold War Kids

The Home of the Strange Tour came to central Alabama on Tuesday, September 26 at The BJCC Concert Hall. When the tour was announced, it felt like an instant sell out. Young the Giant has been well established in the alternative pop rock scene for a good time now thanks to the single “My Body” and Cold War Kids made waves a decade ago with their hit “Hang Me Up To Dry”. However, when you think of an alternative music scene, Birmingham, Alabama wouldn’t ever come to mind, and Tuesday’s concert proved just that. 

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Earning My Apron: 20 Min Paleo Skillet

I'm definitely not on the paleo diet, However I tried it, once. 

But that doesn't mean I don't want a good healthy meal every now and then. I came across this recipe and the smoked sausage caught my eye. Not only have I never cooked it, I've never HAD it. So it seemed like the perfect time to kill two birds with one skillet. 

***Also, I took these on my iPhone because my camera was dead (or I was lazy) you'll never know which.****

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So yeah, smoked sausage. I have 0 experience with this stuff. Did I buy the right kind? Did I prepare it right? Did I cook it right? Who the F knows. 

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but I CAN sauté veggies, so I have that going for me. 

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Welp, it looks edible? I need to calm down on the cooking spray/oil though. 

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OLD BAY!!!!!!! I can put this crap on everything, and that's just what I did! Also, the recipe said to mix chicken stock with the ingredients.. what's the difference between chicken stock and broth, you ask? I have no idea. 

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My favorite recipes are the ones where you just throw EVERYTHING into ONE PAN. I love it. I need a bigger pan though, but for real my kitchen smelled like heaven. 

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FINISHED!

No really, that's it. SUPER quick (as long as everything is already pre-cut, which I need to learn how to do) 

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I threw some quinoa/brown rice in there just to have some grain (which I think takes away the paleo aspect but whatever) -- this skillet is SUPER good but I think it gave me heartburn, so there's that. 

This was a really great dinner but if we're being honest, probably won't make this one again. So a half-win for #AshleyEarnsHerApron 

Get the actual recipe here and just go LOL at the photo in the recipe and this poor attempt... oh well. I've said it once, I'll say it again, NOT A FOOD STYLIST.

Tag me in a photo if you make it!!! 

Got any cooking advice, help, or recipes I should try next? Comment below!

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Earning My Apron: Breakfast Taquitos

Earning My Apron: Breakfast Taquitos

Can I preface this week's post with: I am not a food blogger, nor am I a food stylist. I can't style food and I can't even pretend like I know what I'm doing. This is a journal to document my cooking experience! Now, on to TAQUITOS! (Or because I messed up, burritos!)

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Earning My Apron: Apple Cider Bourbon Pie

Earning My Apron: Apple Cider Bourbon Pie

I can't cook you guys. Jon has to help out if I want a fried egg, garlic bread in the broiler always ends up burnt, it's embarrassing. So I wanted to start making recipes that challenged me with skill, patience, and using ingredients I'm not use to cooking with. I wanted to start this process AND blog about it so that I can look back a year or two from now and say look how far I've come!

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ANTI-social media: #NotABot

ANTI-social media: #NotABot

social media is taking a deep and dark turn for the worst. What is social media? It's online platforms to be, well, social. But in a world that is constantly demanding your attention and where so many people crave the affirmation and adoration of their followers, it's becoming a breeding ground for insincere content and communication.

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Kayla + Charles

Kayla + Charles

I've known Kayla since she was a wee-little youngin' and the fact that she's married and starting her own family is beyond belief. However, I sigh with big relief because her now-husband Charles is the type of guy that Dad's lay awake and pray for their daughters to find. Both Kayla and Charles are SO full of faith and love, they just radiate happiness and it was even more so evident on their wedding day. 

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Devan + Thomas

Devan + Thomas

Nestled among the rolling hills of The Old Mill Farm in Bedford, VA is the most picturesque setting for a summer wedding. Puffy cotton clouds dotted the blue sky but don't let them fool you, we kept our eyes on the weather all day. From a 60% chance of rain, we were ready for whatever happened but not a single drop fell. It was the hottest wedding I have ever photographed but perhaps among the most beautiful as well. 

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Alicia + Matt

Alicia + Matt

One of my favorite movies is Sweet Home Alabama (bare with me, this is relevant) - I've always loved that movie and it basically makes me a soppy mop every time I watch it. You know the ending scene where it's raining and storming but they both realized that they're so in love and then comes the epic line "So why do you wanna marry me anyway?" "So I can kiss you anytime I want." (Here's a link for a refresher) Well Alicia and Matt had one of these moments during their ceremony.

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Natalie & Chris

Natalie & Chris

Nestled between the soft rolling hills of the Richmond suburbs is a beautiful little farm called Seven Springs. Straight out of the colonial period, this farm boasts an impressive campus of 1700 farmhouse, barns, cottages, and farm animals galore. From reading this, you wouldn't immediately think of wedding venue but after photographing there twice, I wouldn't think of anything else. This little corner of Virginia is paradise, where baby goats roam (in cages of course) and the light never seems to disappoint. 

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