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Saying NO is an act of self love

  • Posted on: 23 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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This has been one of the lessons I've learned that has truly been life changing. In a world where our worth is tied so deeply to our productivity, saying no can feel close to impossible. "Can you stay late today? It would help the team so much." "You haven't been to our house for Christmas in 2 years. We expect you here, you're young, traveling should be no issue." "I saw your price on your website, but I know a lot of other people in your industry that charge a lot less. So, I'd like you to do this work at a lower rate." NO!!!!!!! No. I value my rest and need my down time. Thanks for...

Charcuterie for the holidays

  • Posted on: 21 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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The holidays look a lot different this year. Instead of loading up and piling into the car to go visit loved ones, many of us find ourselves at home either solo or with a partner. If the thought of making an entire holiday meal for one, or if you’re so not the cook in the family, why not try a holiday charcuterie board? These boards bring in all the festivities without any of the fuss. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite boards. I hope they inspire you and get you in the holiday spirit. Halloween Charcuterie All Recipes Thanksgiving charcuterie board from Passion for Savings Christmas tree...

Maple Pecan Cinnamon latte

  • Posted on: 19 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Autumn evokes thoughts of cozying up by the fire, long walks through crunchy leaves, and snuggling up with your loved ones with a warm beverage in hand. One of my favorite fall drinks is my maple pecan cinnamon latte. Yummy like a Starbucks drink, but simple to make with a blender from the comfort of your own home.

You don't need to lose weight to be worthy

  • Posted on: 18 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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"I just really worry about your health. You've got so much going for you, if you lost the weight you could have it all!" I try to ignore comments like this, but man, they really hit hard when they come from people I love. In my gut, it's always felt wrong to me when people discuss someone's health based on their physical appearance. Slim, tall bodies are toted as being the epidomy of health, while anyone in a larger body is considered unhealthy. Forget the nuances of eating disorders, physical illness, and mental illness that can all contribute to a slimmer figure that society views as "...

How to talk to a family member about their weight

  • Posted on: 17 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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As thanksgiving draws close this year, I'd like ot take time to highlight an article I had the privalege to write for Al dot com last year. The sentiment still rings true for 2020. "Well-meaning friends and family always want to encourage and uplift one another with comments like, “You look beautiful,” “Your hair is so cute today,” “Your skin looks so good. You have to share your nighttime routine with me,” or “You look good. You must’ve lost weight.” These compliments aren’t wrong. They aren’t inherently bad. But, what if, this holiday season we could change it up? What if instead of...

Chocolate cherry smoothie

  • Posted on: 16 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Every year at Christmas my Dad asks for a box of cherry cordials. These would definitely be considered more of an old-fashioned candy these days, but that taste is so synonymous with the holidays for me. So, I decided to recreate thos flavors into my morning smoothie. (Not as a substitute for the candy, I'll be eating that too) and every sip takes me back to precious memories with loved ones, gathered around a Christmas tree all lit up with sparkling lights.

Testimonial

  • Posted on: 15 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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This Summer I released my first ever mini food photography course! It was exciting and scary to put my work out into the world. But, once I started seeing folks have so much success, it made all the hard work worth it. In this course we covered my 3 favorite angles for food photography. And we went over step-by-step how to capture a photo using each one. Jen Barnett said, " I enjoyed the course so much and I loved that I didn’t have to be perfect to feel like I was improving. I’m looking forward to the next one!" Jen was so much fun in the class. She soaked in all the material like a sponge...

Old-fashioned southern angel biscuits

  • Posted on: 12 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Angel biscuits are a very special family tradition on my dad’s side. Or, at least they were while she was living. She never did anything without a long, crisp-white Virginia Slim hanging out the side of her mouth- and making biscuits was no exception. I don’t recall exactly how old I was, but I remember looking up at her as she worked the dough by hand. Starting by swirling the buttermilk into the yeast, then slowing incorporating it into the flour and shortening. Since she was just shy of 5 feet tall, I reckon I must’ve been under 10 years old. She was always laughing. It was my favorite...

3 lessons from my first tv appearance

  • Posted on: 11 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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A few years ago I got the amazing opportunity to appear on a local morning show, Talk of Alabama . And, y'all, it was so much fun! When I first got the email inviting me to appear on tv, my anxiety shot through the roof. "Me? I can't appear on tv. I'm way too nervous. It will be a mess." But, after some encouraging chats with a few close friends, I decided I simply couldn't pass up this opportunity. When I set out to really make a name for myself with a desire to help other female creatives, I knew there would be big, scary opportunities like this. So, I gathered up all my courage and agreed...

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

  • Posted on: 10 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Y'all this recipe is so much fun and sooooo delicious! I loved writing this piece for All Recipes and hope you'll give a read. " Nothing quite symbolizes autumn like a big, bright pumpkin. At this time of year, you'd be hard-pressed to enter any store that doesn't have pumpkin decor — and we use them ourselves to decorate everything from front porches to dinner party tablescapes. So why not make a pumpkin cake that looks..." KEEP READING

Green Bean Casserole

  • Posted on: 8 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Green bean casserole was something I took for granted every thanksgiving both of my grandmothers had this staple on the family table. In recent years, I’ve seen it replaced with fresh green beans topped with bacon and slivered almonds, green beans with potato & ham, green beans topped with cheese, or- and this might shock you- some folks leave it off their holiday menu entirely! The audacity! Well, I’m a big fan of the traditional, old fashioned version. And since the 2020 COVID-19 is pandemic, a lot more of us are depending on pantry staples to keep us fed in between less frequent trips...

Pumpkin smoothie bowl

  • Posted on: 6 November 2020
  • By: jessica
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Fall is in full swing and I couldn't be happier. The joy that comes with the cooler weather, warm auntum hues, and comforting recipes is like nothing else! Fall is my favorite. This is the simplest smoothie bowl, but the texture and flavor is so good. Plus you can switch it up by adding in some extras or topping it with different spices. Wanna give a quick shoutout to food freedom. I love being able to enjoy a smoothie without feeling obligated to have tons of veggies in it. Veggies in smoothies can be great- but I'm giving you persmission today to have an all fruit smoothie ANYTIME you want...

Chai Apple Pie

  • Posted on: 29 October 2020
  • By: jessica
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I'm so proud of my latest recipe for All Recipes! Y'all, honestly there's nothing like the amazing combination of traditional chai spices and apple. If you're looking for a recipe that tastes like all the joys of the season, look no further. Chai Apple Pie

5 things you don't know about me

  • Posted on: 29 October 2020
  • By: jessica
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I love learning fun facts about folks in my community, so today I thought I'd share five things you may not know about me. 1. I used to be a personal trainer Yup- you read that right. I used to be a personal trainer. I have 3 fitness certifications. If you've followed me for a while, you know I've had a complicated journey with diet culture and the fitness world. Today, I'm starting to understand that physical activity can be part of a mentally healthy lifestyle. Instead of using exercise to change or punish my body, I'm learning to enjoy movements that bring me joy. 2. I love singing 1940s...

I quit diet culture

  • Posted on: 11 August 2020
  • By: jessica
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I quit diet culture. Ok, let's go back a little bit. I thought I had quit diet culture years ago. I thought I was practicing intuitive eating. But, wellness culture had simply become a not-so-different replacement. Ok, wait, wait, wait. Let's go allll the way back! I've suffered with migraines and anxiety for my entire life. I remember being a small child and visiting doctor after doctor trying to get my headaches to go away. Tried medication after medication- but, nothing cured my headaches. So, when I stumbled upon a "mockumentary" (that I thought was a real documentary) that claimed eating...

Southern corn casserole....it ain't corn pudding!

  • Posted on: 13 December 2019
  • By: jessica
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I'm thrilled to have my dear friend Mandy of Off the Beaten Shelf , guest post for me today! Her wit and southern accent are impossible to miss in this piece as she shares a southern family recipe that I can attest to being absolutely delicious! Enjoy! You should’ve seen the look on my mother’s face when I told her I was running off to Ohio to marry a boy from the Midwest. Or rather, since we’re from the South, she knew him better as “a damn Yankee.” For months after I moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Columbus, Ohio, my mother would pepper me with questions about my new home. “Are you...

Grandmama's Southern Cornbread Dressing

  • Posted on: 20 November 2019
  • By: jessica
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Y'all asked for it, so here it is! This recipe is so near and dear to my heart. I remember traveling to the Delta in Mississippi for Thanksgiving and being greeted with so many hugs while the house was flooded with the smell of sage and turkey in the oven. Every rich, moist bite of this southern cornbread dressing takes me back to those precious moments. This year is the first year without my grandfather. I loved to call him every year when it was time to make the dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. "I'm making Grandmama's dressing!" I would tell him with immense pride. "oh, you are now...

Vegetarian Ramen

  • Posted on: 2 October 2019
  • By: jessica
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The recipe you've all been waiting for!!! Nah, but a few of you asked for it, so here it is! A friend told me a while back about how magical the combination of smoked paprika, miso, and smoked salt is when it comes to replacing the meat flavor in vegetarian recipes. So since ramen is traditionally made with smoked pork belly, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to replicate that flavor while still keeping this recipe plant-based. I think it turned out pretty darn good! My absolute favorite topping for this is Magic City Ferments kimchee. Its bright, crunchy, with just the right level of...

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