January 29, 2015

She Cooks:: Super Easy Garlic Hummus



Hello Ladies!! Cheri here with our first edition of  "She Cooks" for 2015!

I enjoy creating healthy & easy snacks for my family and friends and  with Superbowl right around the corner, we wanted to provide our readers with an easy snack to add to your game day spread.  After making this hummus several times,  I am hooked and will never buy store bought hummus again because it is so easy to make, I love the freshness,  and the flavor customizations are endless.  You can add in olives, green chilies, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, and etc.  Get creative & enjoy!!!


You will need
-Chickpeas-  You can cook a lb or your can purchase 2 cans of chickpeas
-1/4 cup Olive Oil
-1/4 cup of Sesame oil or Tahini paste
-Juice of 1 Lemon
-1.5 teaspoons of salt
-Sesame seeds
-1-2 cloves of Garlic

Place drained chickpeas, garlic, and salt into food processor and pulse.  Stop the processor and scrape down the sides.  Next you will add in your sesame oil and lemon and pulse again.  Continue to pulse while adding in your olive oil.  You should end up with a creamy textured hummus.  If the hummus seems a little too thick for your liking, you can add in 1-2 tablespoons of water to achieve the texture you desire.    Once you are doing pulsing, transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle the top with sesame seeds and sea salt.  Complete the dish by adding an optional drizzle of olive oil to your hummus and add your favor veggie, breads, or fruits to the side for easy game day dipping.  My new favorite personal pairing  is hummus & apple.  It is a healthier alternative to breads/crackers.  I love the fresh crispness of a sweet apple paired with a savory garlic hummus.  We hope you enjoy this recipe and if you do make your own hummus, #sheinspires on social media so we can see how you paired one of our favorite game day snacks.



January 28, 2015

Wedding Wednesday:: Red Romance


As you know, here at She Inspires, we love Weddings and "LOVE".  This lovely wedding took place at Chateau Bellevue, a beautiful venue tucked in down town Austin. Christina & Brandon were so much fun to work with, and we love that Christina came to us with a bold and vibrant color pallete, which also makes for the perfect Valentine inspiration! Cherry red & pink. Yes please!!  Congratulations Again Christina & Brandon!!

 

Coordinator & Styling: Inspired Events and Designs
Floral & Styling: Simply Love Floral
Photography: Forever Photography

January 26, 2015

Art Inspired With Invaluable

Happy Monday!! 

I recently had the chance to partner with Invaluable and get creative with one of their art pieces! Choosing one piece of art from their website, I was a little excited to jump right in and get started on this collaboration. Choosing just one piece of art from Invaluable, out of so many amazingly constructed pieces, was a challenge, there was one piece, that truly spoke to me and I just couldn’t stop staring at it. The After The Ball piece by Ferran Adria, represented a certain stillness and beauty, to me.    

Designing a room around one unique piece of art can really make for a stylish, yet complimenting space.  I like to think of it as a way to bring the art to life and tell a deeper story in one beautifully designed space. 

This design inspiration board is feminine, soft, and calming. I chose a soft muted pallet to really highlight the soft hues in the painting, a touch of mauve, cream, grays and gold, really added a touch of elegance in a very romantic way. I thought this room would be perfect for a young lady to step into after a long day of chaos and just getaway in her own environment.  




January 23, 2015

She Inspires:: Makayla's Story

This is Cheri here, with our first She Inspires feature of the year.. We figured we would end the week with one special girl! Here at She Inspires, women of all ages inspire us.  I want to introduce you to our little friend Makayla.  Makayla is twelve years old and is wise beyond her years.  She loves to read, loves art, loves her family, and mostly importantly love God.  When she grows up, she wants to become a Neurosurgeon. 
 
I met Makayla & her family several years and have since become great friends.  I have had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family throughout the years.  I have seen them at their best and I have seen them at their absolute worst.   Family sessions with them are always bittersweet, I love that I have been able to document these years.  The appreciation and joy that my images bring to them each and every year is priceless.   However, with each and every session there is a lump in my throat and often times we find tears burning our eyes because we see the fragility of life.   I see such raw happiness behind my camera, but I know they are fighting a raging battle.  Each day is a gift and what lies ahead is often times filled with uncertainty, but they handle each sharp turn with beauty, strength, faith, and grace.
So world, meet Makayla.  She is the face of strength, beauty, & grace.  A child of the King who is not defined by her illness, but fueled by it.   During the Summer of 2011 Makayla became extremely sick.  He illness started off with a horrible headache, progressed, and ended with a diagnosis of an incurable illness.  As a parent, you never want to hear the world incurable in conjunction with your child.  Makayla was formally diagnosed with Chiari Brain Malformation and Pseudotumor Cerebri
She has endured 26 surgeries during the last 3.5 years.  She still attends school, plays the Piano & Cello, and even in her most painful moments, has a smile on her face.  And her reasoning for wanting to become a neurosurgeon is fueled by her determined to find a cure for Chiari.   In her spare time you will find her studying the brain and reading medical books, YES, I said medical books.  Her room is full of them!! 
When she is not working on getting into Yale, she has a paint brush in hand or she is making paper cranes.  
Just this past month, she launched her very own website/e-store.  She continues to make sweet lemonade with life's lemons and inspires all those around her.  I truly believe if anyone is capable of becoming a neurosurgeon, this little lady can do it. She has perseverance, drive, determination, strength, and most importantly faith.  Follow her journey and become inspired.  This is a journey of courage, faith, & love at www.ourstrengthproject.com
  
 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Psalm 73:26

January 22, 2015

In Review: Thirty One Days of Prayer


I recently purchased this book from my lovely friends at The Well Studio, Thirty One  Days of Prayer For the Dreamer + The Doer, and it is amazing!!  One thing that I was blessed by right away, was this print that came inside.  I feel like these words sum up "SHE" for me oh so well, and I wanted to share with you all..

 

You should definitely order your own copy ladies, you won't be disappointed...

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