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Inspired by fresh fruit, ice cream, popsicles, linen, and sunshine, I created a few fun and energetic desktop backgrounds for myself this summer. If you’re looking to spice up your tech, just right click the large images and ‘save as’ . I am happy to share a little creativity with you and some fun quotes too. Life’s a party and so is my laptop and cell phone now!!

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Today we are featuring a fellow grad student from the University of Oregon, Anna Miron. Along with us, she graduated with a master’s in interior architecture. While architecture, design, and materials are only a few of her passions, she also excels at baking, cooking, grilling, and coffee drinking!  She even documents them with her own flair and style via Instagram @annarosepdx and her new blog: SIXAM.

SIXAM is an attempt to harmonize my interests in one space while holding myself accountable in pursuing my passions by sharing them with you. As a person with an internal clock synced with the rise of the sun (whether I like it or not), six o’clock in the morning is also when I end up doing most of my work on personal projects, so the name just seemed to fit.

We are inspired by her culinary skills, impressed by her styling and staging, and a bit jealous of the coffee/tea houses that she finds herself at in Portland. Although she just started her blog, she has featured a few of her favorite recipes already. Here is one that looks AMAZING! Stay tuned if I give it a try in my kitchen.

FEATURED RECIPE: 

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Consecutive days of fog and rain last week can only ever mean one thing: soup. In addition to the (usually) affordable ingredients, soup means a fragrant house, minimal kitchen cleanup, and a generally healthy meal. The husband groans every time I suggest soup for dinner, but if I keep making bowls like this, I think I’ll change his mind.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 links chicken chorizo sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 cups sweet potato, 1/2″ cubes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

PROCESS

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Place sausage links in pot, browning on all sides until cooked through, around 6-8 minutes. Remove sausage links and let rest on paper towels.
  2. Add onion to same pot and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add sweet potatoes and broth, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in medium skillet. Slice sausage and add to skillet with spinach, salt, and pepper. Cook until spinach wilts, then remove from heat.
  5. After 15 minutes remove soup from heat and add greek yogurt. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth (alternatively, carefully puree hot soup in blender in batches).
  6. Serve soup topped with sausage and spinach. We added a few toasted pepitas for a crunchy garnish, but I think toasted pecans would also work well here.

You can find more of Anna’s recipes and images via SIXAM.

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All images: SIXAM and Anna Miron

Terrariums

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If you’re like me and seem to kill anything that is alive and green, terrariums are a great option. They are easy to make, add some greenery to your house, and are mainly self contained with little need for attention.  Plus, they are an awesome group activity with friends.

Things you will need:

– A container of your choice (one with a tight seal is ideal)

– Rocks or pebbles

– Active charcoal

– Potting Soil

– Plants

– Moss

How to:

– Fill the bottom of your container with your rocks/pebbles. Cover at least a 1/4″.

– Put in active charcoal, enough to completely cover the rocks and pebbles.

– Add in potting soil with plants.

– Surround your plants with the moss.

– Water, put lid on and then set in a place that gets indirect sunlight.

– Enjoy!

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Cheers,

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Little Houses

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To say the least, I got a little crafty this holiday season. As a child I remember playing with a set of building block style houses on our window sill.  When I was older I asked about them and my mother informed me she made the little village when she was younger. Thinking about that memory spurred an idea for gifts for various family members. The result: tiny, handmade little houses. The tallest house is about 2″ high, to give you some scale.  I created a set for my parents and a set for my brother’s family.

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