Long lost friends, hello!

We’re back up and running after dealing with a little website hack – eek! It was a learning experience, which is really the point of what we’re doing here. But caused quite a headache anyways.

With summer all wrapped up and fall well underway, we wanted to check in, prove we’re still alive and kicking and give an update on our progress!

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We really enjoyed some vacation time in August. So good to cool the creative engines for a minute and recharge. Which is hard to do. We seem to always be pushing forward and creating more and more, even when we’re exhausted and the quality of our work is suffering. Sometimes, the best thing for the creative mind is to just stop. Hit pause and let inspiration actually soak in for awhile. Actually take a second to be inspired. No small lesson to learn!

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There is so much to look forward to with weddings, trips, work events, and new creative ventures ahead in October. We are gearing up and getting ready!

Our hope was to finish our Root & Vine renovation soon, but thanks to our hacker friend, we are behind schedule (sigh). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing some new features of the blog (including some of our new projects!) and making some changes.

In the meantime to hold you over- we are so proud to have 2 years of inspiration and ideas for the fall season in the archives!

Thank you friends for your support!

 

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Happy Birthday to us! We are so excited to be celebrating two whole years of this crazy creative adventure. We have learned and grown as creatives and have loved sharing the journey with you all.

Thank you for reading!

Your love and support means the world to us. 

As we look forward to what this next year brings, we know that to push forward and grow we have to embrace change. Learn from experience. Then, redefine ourselves a bit.

So, beginning this week, we will be taking a little time “off”, allowing room for new ideas and dreams to take hold. Over the next several weeks, you’ll see lots of changes on Root & Vine. We can’t wait to share with you this next phase of our journey!

Check back for weekly updates on life and our “renovation” progress. We will be back in full swing by early fall. Stay tuned for the date!

Cheers to change and all the adventure that it brings! Love to you all!

-Kaitlin & Lauren

 

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We love this DIY for front porch curtains, a recent installation in the Bokesch household. In keeping with the other porches in the neighborhood, the curtains offer shade, some screening from bugs, a little privacy and I think they’re pretty!

We used rope purchased at Home Depot to create the curtain rods. And eye hooks to attach the rope to the house and posts.

I measured the porch and added a few feet to that measurement to plan for the knots. I also planned about 5 extra feet for the tie back. At Home Depot, they measure and cut the rope for you. And it was less than $20!

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As you install the rope and curtains, you do have to thread the curtains on the rope before tying the knots. I did choose curtains with grommets for the sake of easy sliding.

We love the airy feel of these curtains. If you prefer a cleaner look, outdoor curtain tension rods are available but cost a bit more.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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Good food just takes time. It’s a hard truth. Adam is by far the most patient cook in our house, meaning dinners are more from-scratch and thoughtfully made. This dish, y’all. It’s restaurant-quality and oh so delicious. Adam made this for my parents when they visited this weekend and it was a big hit.

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As you’ll see, this is no short-shopping-list, 30 minute meal. But if you have the time to invest and want the cooking of the meal to be as much of the event as the eating of the meal- this is for you! A real gourmet treat. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Spinach and Mushroom Marsala
yields 6 dinner-sized servings

2 8oz boxes spinach fettucini
3 yellow onions
3 16oz boxes mushrooms (portobello, crimini, shitake- all fair game!)
6 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
2 1/2 lbs roma tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup marsala wine
To add generously: oregano, thyme, black pepper, salt
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup packed fresh basil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
3 slices sourdough bread
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 oz Perrano cheese (or parmesan)
black pepper to garnish

1. Take onions and mushrooms and dice small, all in equal sized pieces.

2. Bake the red pepper (whole) and the garlic cloves at 350 for about 10 minutes. Remove the garlic first, once the skin appears brown. Remove the pepper a few minutes later once its skin appears slightly charred.

3. Roughly chop the tomatoes, scooping out as many seeds as possible.

4. Add the 1/4 cup olive oil to a large pan or pot over medium heat. Saute the mushrooms and onions for several minutes until cooked through and begins to brown. Throw in your oregano, thyme, black pepper and salt as you go. Then add the marsala wine, stirring it in.

5. In a large food processor, puree the roasted garlic, pepper and the roma tomatoes until smooth. Then add to the mushrooms and onions. Stir it in. Salt more if needed. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

6. In a separate pot, bring water to boil and cook the fettucini. Drain and set aside.

7. For the breadcrumb topping: toast bread slices until crunchy. Transfer to a clean food processor, pulse until crumbly. Put breadcrumbs with the 4 cloves chopped garlic on a sheet tray, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Let cool. Then add grated Parrano cheese and mix up. Set aside.

8. For the spinach basil topping: Finely chop the spinach and basil. Sprinkle with the crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well. Set aside.

9. Now, it’s assembly time! Add your cooked noodles into the simmering sauce. Stir to combine. To plate, scoop a generous amount of pasta into a bowl. Top first with the fresh spinach basil mixture, then with the bread crumb and cheese mixture.

10. EAT UP! YOU EARNED IT!

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But wait, there’s more! Here are some more pictures from Taylor and my trip to Oahu in Hawaii. If you missed the first half of the snapshots, take a look at them here. Our favorites for this half of the trip were kayaking to the Mokulua Islands, hiking to Maunawili Falls, touring the Kualoa Ranch, and of course tasting the local fruits!

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Taylor had a job in Hawaii, so naturally – I tagged along! Here are some snapshots of our trip. Some of our favorite things were the Ahi Poke Bowls, Lanikai Beach, shaved ice with a snowcap, Acai bowls, North Shore Shrimp and fresh tropical fruit!

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