Food + Drink, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Summer Stone Fruit Sangria

August 29, 2014 by Laura

Summer Stone Fruit Sangria | Fork Knife Swoon

Before we moved, I had a firmly rooted idea of what the Pacific Northwest landscape looked like. I imagined endless shades of grey, abutting murky greens and deep blues – a palette built from the emerald hues of pine forests and shadowy undergrowth, the steely blue water of the ocean and sound, under an invariably muted sky. Or maybe we just watched too many seasons of The Killing.

A temperate, altogether beautiful summer, full of bright days and mild evenings really hadn’t occurred to me. I think I truly expected the Seattle winter to greet us upon arrival, in August. Which sounds so silly to say. And while I know in a month or so that inevitable overcast climate will arrive, shrouding us in cloud-cover and rain for months and months, for the moment, I’m simply enjoying the sweet, simple heaven of these last summer days.

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Desserts + Sweets, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

A Summer Blackberry and Blueberry Crumble

August 28, 2014 by Laura

Blackberry and Blueberry Crumble | Fork Knife Swoon

It’s been a while, I know. But, I am so, so happy to be (finally!) back in this space after a long month of transition. Moving across the country, living out of a suitcase for weeks, finding a house in an unfamiliar city, the seemingly impossible task of unpacking and organizing all of our possessions… (why do we own so much stuff??) It’s been fairly overwhelming.

Life is beginning to settle into a normal rhythm, day by day. There’s a certain comfort in just getting back to the ordinary routine of cooking and eating at home instead of out for every meal. Of picking clothes to wear from the closet instead of out of a suitcase. The Honey started his new job, and I’m enthusiastically back at work too, cooking, baking, photographing and writing. I’m slowly learning the layout of the grocery store and managing not to get lost while running errands. We’re enjoying the last few weeks of this spectacular Pacific Northwest summer; Taking the pup for a swim in the sound on warm afternoons and exploring the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Simply soaking in the sunshine before the grey skies and rain set in.

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Life Lately // Weekend Links, Living

On Leaving North Carolina…

July 15, 2014 by Laura

Leaving North Carolina | Fork Knife Swoon

Tomorrow we are road-tripping west! The timing of our move came upon us like a nine pound hammer; we had four days from the moment it was official until the movers arrived, and not a lot of time to say goodbye to the town we’ve called home for the last two years.

So on our last night in North Carolina, I thought I’d say a short and sweet farewell with some snapshots of life lately, here in this little part of the country…

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Beverages + Cocktails, Food + Drink, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee + A Nespresso Giveaway!

July 14, 2014 by Laura

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

It was just after 8 o-clock in the morning, and one of the movers was methodically surveying our kitchen; opening the cabinets and scanning the counters with a stern look on his face. He was quickly discovering that he had drawn the short straw, designated with packing up the kitchen, pantry and my dishware and prop collection.

“Y’all have three coffee machines?”

I glanced at the counter, then back at him, blushing slightly… He hadn’t discovered the french press or the porcelain pour-over Melitta cup in the cupboard above yet.

Minty Vanilla Coconut Iced Coffee | Fork Knife Swoon

“I have a thing for coffee,” I replied, flashing him a smile and silently saying goodbye to all five coffee makers for the next few weeks.

He nodded, but looked unimpressed, no doubt distracted by the sheer volume of kitchen equipment and gadgetry he was about to pack, so I didn’t explain that each one was different: there was the standard coffee machine, the little workhorse of an espresso machine, and the hybrid (and brand spanking new addition to the family).

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