johari.

johari: gem. something of value.

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I was inspired, uplifted, challenged last night as I heard my friend, and Johari Ambassador, Lenna Sutton, speak of beauty coming out of poverty and extreme need.  She said… “Just look around the room…”

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The room was filled to the brim with hand-crafted pieces. Jewelery, belts, quilts, ornaments, cloth.  The room was on fire with color.  Deep hues of purple, blue, golden maze, tranquil ivory echoed off the walls.

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Each piece was lovingly made by women around the world.  Women in places of destitution, poverty, extreme need.  Mothers, sisters, daughters like you and me.

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Fair trade.

Johari is a company built on the principle that the beauty coming out of these women is worthy.  Worthy of our time.  Worthy of our money.

Erika Philip, founder and facilitator of Johari, lives for others.  Meets the needs of others in very tangible, sustainable ways.

This Christmas season jump into something bigger… a global movement seeking to eradicate poverty and bring the love and hope of Jesus to the outermost ends of the earth!

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Check out Johari Creations on Facebook for more details, and let me know if you would like to host your own Johari Party!

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burlap.

So what have I been up to these days?

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Playing with color, texture, pattern.

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I have been elbow deep in burlap, and enjoying every minute!

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My Etsy shop is now up, and open for business!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GracefulBurlap

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Graceful Burlap is an extension of my heart as I seek to bless homes with beauty, while addressing the physical, tangible needs of children in Uganda!

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I am beyond thrilled to give 40% of all proceeds to benefit the children at Okoa Refuge in Uganda.  This organization ministers to the needs of abused and neglected children in the heart of Africa.  My heart is for these children, and I hope and pray that we can bring attention to their needs this Christmas season!

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http://www.okoarefuge.org/

If you would like to give a gift of money to this organization, please visit the website!

In the meantime, I will be praying, sewing, lighting my pumpkin candle, taking orders, and having an absolute ball!

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PS- These stockings and ornaments make perfect gifts!!:)

paleo italian meatballs.

I am a self proclaimed Italian.

As newly weds Adam and I traversed the ancient streets of Venice and Florence on our honeymoon.  Lost and in love we stumbled upon the quaintest local restaurants, cafes, and vendors off the beaten tourist path.

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I was changed in a way that I still can’t put to words. I saw beauty, tasted heaven, and smelled the fragrant perfumed air that is Italy.

Since those days I have sought to re-create Italy in our home!  Many of my dishes are served on Vietri porcelain, wine is a constant at dinner time (when I’m not pregnant), and an Italian dish is on the menu at least once very week or two.

As a proficient paleo adherent many of my recipes have been altered to accommodate dietary needs.  Here’s a take on an old classic… Italian meatballs!

Combine:

1 lb. grassfed beef

1 egg

2-3 tbsp. “grated” onion

1 1/2 tbsp. coconut flour

1 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

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Form the meat mixture into meatballs 2 inches in diameter.

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Saute your meatballs in 2-3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil over medium high heat.  Flip every 3 minutes until your meatballs are cooked through (roughly 15 minutes).

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Add a can of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I make my own, but love Mario Batali’s brand at Publix).  Saute for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Serve with julienned basil, and enjoy!

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My family approved:)

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how to fix that burnt pan of brownies.

We’ve all done it before… overestimated the cook time on that Betty Crocker mix. You’d think with some decent math skills and pure common sense they’d come out perfectly… well I’m convinced Betty didn’t know what in the world she was talking about when she said to cook a 9×9 for 38-40 minutes.

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She surely doesn’t have the slightest idea that I am baking them for MY IN-LAWS in just one hour! They must be perfect! What to do?

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Well… after thinking long and hard about my predicament, and consulting with my assistant baker Kinsley, we came up with a grandiose idea.

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Homemade frosting.

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Anything burnt really is just a vehicle for good, homemade frosting anyway… right?

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I grabbed a stick of butter, microwaved it for 10 seconds or so to soften it, and whipped it up in my mixer (yes it’s pink… don’t judge)!

To that I added a splash of vanilla, a couple splashes of milk, and whipped it some more!

Next is the fun part:

Slowly add powdered sugar on low speed until your frosting is the right consistency for you! There really are no rules with frosting! You’re the boss!

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Now you can add a flavoring if you’d like… cocoa powder, lemon, lavender, almond extract, you get the idea! A dab will do ya!

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Now you have it! Instant remedy for those flawed brownies! Enjoy!

pumpkin.

Being the mid-westerner that I am, fall is just not fall without a good pumpkin patch. Period.

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So moving to Florida five years ago took a bit of an adjustment for me… Pumpkins around these parts are pricey imported commodities.

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Mom saw my sadness regarding my beloved “Uncle John’s Cider Mill” pumpkin-patch-kinda-experience that I was missing here in Jacksonville, and decided to remedy it.  She discovered a quaint and cute pumpkin patch  just north of her house that caters to cheesy people such as myself.

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Every year she meets up with me (and now with Kinsley) and picks out an over-priced pumpkin.  She even takes pictures in the wooden cut-out frames.  I just love her.

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Kinsley picked out her very own pumpkin and would not, and I mean WOULD NOT, let it go.

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She had so much fun with her beautiful cousins Gemma and Sophie!

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Yes, Kinsley will be a “cupcake” for harvest day this year… Couldn’t be more fitting!

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myrtle beach.

Tradition runs thick and deep in the Frederick family.

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Every year around this time my family, along with the Hawkins, travel to the vacation destination of the “Southern Comfort Zone,” namely Myrtle Beach.  I have been blessed to spend four years with these guys perusing the mobile home communities in our golf carts, eating peanut butter milkshakes at the “Meet ‘N Eat,” and singing songs on the beach late at night,

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This year was Kinsley’s first… She LOVED the golf carts and ducks!

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With all the tradition, there was one event that took place this year in South Carolina that stole the show… my beautiful sister-in-law Amelia got engaged to Joshua!  We were overjoyed to be a part of the festivities, and feel that God’s hand has been and will continue to be on their relationship! Welcome to the family Joshua!!

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Yes, Kinsley is the flower girl!!!:) (One proud momma)