olive june: January 2013
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colored cabinets

most of the people close to me know that i LOVE color...

when it comes to kitchens/cabinet work, i tend to not particularly care for traditional cabinets- but instead, adore these looks:




everything about this kitchen below= amazing :



 adore the fresh look of white:







what are your thoughts? 

... color or traditional? 

black-bean and brown-rice cakes


2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 large scallions, coarsely chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a food processor, pulse half the beans with scallions, jalapeno, and cumin until a chunky paste forms. Combine bean puree with rice and remaining beans; season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into eight 3-inch-wide patties

Brush baking sheet with oil. Bake until bottoms are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let rest on 5 minutes before removing

enjoy :)

it feels like...

spring love in charlotte


one of my favorite things about charlotte is that the weather starts to feel like spring- usually starting in february (unlike april/may up north)  *yesterday and today were in the low 70's ... it's really hard to get the "winter blues" in such a beautiful city... because even when it's chilly, the carolina blue skies are still shining brightly... before we know it, this city will be blooming, the grass will be green, and most importantly, the farmer's markets will be opened again!

mint love



lately, i can't get enough of the color - mint green. 

what color are you currently in love with?

soup love- soup au pistou

*vegetable goodness*

this recipe was created by a group of Italians working to build a railway in the hills above Nice - who always used Dutch cheese because there was a lot of it in transit at the port-- therefore, the Gouda (yum) is imperative...



Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 small fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
8 oz. new potatoes, chopped
2 tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and chopped
2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock
1 sprig of thyme
2 cups canned cannellini beans, drained
2 cups canned kidney beans, drained
6 oz. green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 oz. spaghetti, broken into pieces
1 2/3 cups finely grated cheese (aged Gouda or Parmesan)
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pistou Ingredients
6 garlic cloves
Leaves from a small bunch of basil
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole dish. Add the onion, fennel, and zucchini and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, stock, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
2. Add the cannellini and kidney beans and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes more. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add the green beans and the spaghetti and cook for about 10 minutes more, until the pasta is tender. Cover and let stand. Ideally, the soup should rest for at least a few hours before serving, or make one day in advance and refrigerate. (Do not make the pistou until you are ready to serve; it is best fresh, and the basil and garlic should not be cooked.)
3. To make the pistou, put the garlic, basil, and oil in a small food processor and blend until well chopped. You can also make it using a mortar and pestle, starting with the garlic and finishing with the oil, added gradually. It is more authentic, but I've never been very good at this method.
4. To serve, heat the soup and pass round the pistou and cheese, to be stirred in to taste. The soup can also be served at room temperature.

enjoy


cottage chic

i love the idea of using old doors in the entry ways/to separate rooms in a house...   i hope to be able to do this someday - using fun colors. 

*you can find old doors at habitat for humanity retail stores for $8-$50 a piece


stripe love

lately, i've been loving stripes for wedding decor:








what are your thoughts? 

do you adore the stripes as well - yes . no?

rehearsal dinner love

today, tim and i spent the day with his parents at the site where our rehearsal dinner will take place- the stunning duke mansion in charlotte! .... we are so in love with this venue and are blessed and thankful that they are having our rehearsal dinner there... love. 
our rehearsal dinner will be on friday june 28 - which would have been my grandma- leona wolf's- 99th birthday... 
a very special woman in my life and a special day to remember her. 



love every part about the duke mansion... it's too small for our reception site (we are blessed with a lot of close friends and large families) but perfect for our rehearsal dinner venue :) 

the side garden 


the gardens are breathtaking- even in the winter




great groom's cake by wow factor cakes 


adored the mercury glass everywhere--- my favorite. 

the bloom room did the florals - huge fan of mixing and matches different vases 

biscuit bar


thought the orchids were stunning in slender vases 


<3 milk glass 

the food was delicious 



once again, a sincere thank you to the monacos for choosing a beautiful venue for our rehearsal dinner- we are grateful and are very excited!! 

152 days... but who's counting!! 

love in nashville

goebel wedding


On Saturday, Janaury 19, 2013 two of our dear Charlotte friends (now known as "the orphans" - as a whole- thanks to the homily at the ceremony) Will and Ashley became husband and wife in a rustic, creative, and absolutely charming setting in downtown Nashville, TN. Her sister, Kelly Anne is SO creative and fantastic- she did most of the 'little touches' - all fabulous. Amazing. 

Here are a few pictures of the evening: 

i wish this wasn't so dark... but was burlap with a distressed frame that said 1.19.13
loved the hotel bags! 














my fiance and i at the church



                                               mr. and mrs. goebel

burlap, candles, hydrangeas -- lots of romantic and rustic accents 


         my little cousin, brody, from minster, ohio sent us 'flat stanley' - stanley had fun on broadway st!!! 


it was funny because our wedding straws, which are the exact same, just came in the mail the day before we arrived for this wedding- kelley anne and i have such similar styles- it's often very scary. 

the beautiful bride- my roommate for over 2 years, ashley joyner goebel- love. 

first dance

my friend amy and i before the wedding 

brunch the next morning with the orphans

amy and ryan - the future lewis family- at brunch the next day



loved the menus- they were on a wood slab 

brunch at 'the southern' was great~
 felt just like nashville should feel...
happy 30th birthday, jess!! 

loved all the little touches- so well done!

congrats and best wishes goebels...

love you both.

xo