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These past few weeks have been so overwhelming. Me + stress? We just don't jive too well. And my creativity department? Non-existent.

But, today, I feel like I'm finally back on track. ::fist bumps::

// kite painting
// jumpy houses
// birthday present
// passed out
// go fish
// looking down
// artistic pops
// that kid
// town square
// fresh fruit

Formia Design Giveaway [OVER]

This giveaway is now OVER. Congrats Michelle H.! You have won a custom made pendant or keychain from Formia Design. The winner has been emailed. Thanks to everyone else who entered this great giveaway! 

I get drawings from Adrienne on the regular. From mermaids with little circles for their tops, to little alien men on purple planet, each one never ceases to amaze me. I might be totally biased, but my kid is a legit artist. So, a few weeks ago, Adrienne proudly hands me a new drawing. When I looked at the white sheet of paper and saw a tiny, perfectly drawn fox, I literally freaked my freak. I mean. FOUR YEARS OLD.

A few days after Adrienne drew one of my most prized fox possessions, an amazing company contacted me. Formia Design, who takes children's drawings and turns them into wearable art, asked if I would like to team up with them. I was like, YES. I totally knew this fox was meant to be worn.

All I had to do was email them a photo of Adrienne's fox. A few days later, I received the most incredible charm.

I seriously died. AND OHMIGOODNESS. It's so beautiful and delicate, yet powerful. I'm totally in love with it. They even engraved her name and age on to the back! ::swoon::

Here are a few other ideas that would make great keepsakes!

And now you can win your own sterling silver pendant or a titanium key-chain (perfect for Father's Day)!

For your chance to win, just log into the Rafflecopter below (or make a new Rafflecopter account), and follow the directions for each entry. Please make sure to actually do what's required for each entry. If you just click enter and not do what it's asking, I'll know. If you are unsure how to do one, skip it and contact me. I can't stress this enough. I go back and check to make sure the winner actually did what was required. I will not let cheaters win. DON'T CHEAT. Meh.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is now OVER. Congrats Michelle H.! You have won a custom made pendant or keychain from Formia Design. The winner has been emailed. Thanks to everyone else who entered this great giveaway! 

This giveaway will end Friday, June 13th, 2014. One winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will receive their choice of either a sterling silver pendant or a titanium key-chain ($89 - $139 value) from Formia Design. The winner will be announced on coffeeandcashmere.com and will also be notified via email. The winner will have ONE week to respond to the email to claim their prize. If a winner never responds, a second winner will be picked at random.

A huge thank you to Formia Design for teaming up with me to offer one lucky person such a gorgeous keepsake.

Ohandplusalso, since Father's Day is right around the corner, Formia Design just debuted a new item; a sterling silver bottle opener! How cool is that thing? Be sure to also like Formia Design on Facebook!

Congrats to Jill K. for winning my last great giveaway.

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|| passive juice motel does tupac || take me out || dinning room || lavazza || new mirror ||

|| handmade entryway table || cloud life || caged || swoosh || church ||

|| barefoot dreams || mccarty and cobbler || story time || letters || classic ||

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Zuppa Toscana

Well, it's 55 degrees and chilly in the middle of May. I can't take this insanity anymore. So, while I hover around the fireplace in my sweatshirt and flannel pajama pants, you can run and not walk to the store to get the ingredients for the soup below.

This soup is a copycat version of the Olive Garden's famous Zuppa Toscana soup. And, boy, will your insides be thankful for this recipe. 

Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden)
|| ingredients ||
1 lb Italian Sausage (the kind that is next to the hamburger meat, or casing removed)
Olive Oil (I used bacon grease)
Garlic (3 cloves, chopped)
3/4 of a Yellow Onion (diced)
4 cans Chicken Broth
4 Potatoes (thinly sliced)
Already cooked Bacon or Bacon Bits
2 cups Heavy Cream
3 cups trimmed Kale (more or less)
Salt and freshly ground black Pepper (to taste)

- Heat a large skillet over med-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned. Make sure you chop the sausage finely while cooking it. Set aside.

- Finely chop an onion. Meanwhile, heat olive oil (or bacon grease as I did and love) in a large dutch oven or pot over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onions and a generous amount of chopped garlic. Saute the garlic and onions until the onions have become translucent. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil.

- Slice the potatoes into thinly sliced circles. When the broth is boiling, add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

- Trim the stems off the kale and rip the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Add the kale and the sausage to the pot. Stir together and let cook until the kale starts turning dark green, or about 2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream. Cook together for about three minutes, or until everything is heated through. Add salt and pepper, and garnish with bacon.

The gorgeous blue cast iron dutch oven is courtesy of Calphalon. I adore that pot. It literally stays on my stove and cooks the majority of our meals. From frying fries, to sauteing onions, to cooking a big pot of chili, to baking bread in the oven (whhhat?), this dutch oven does it all.

French Country Friday

Photo from HERE.

I couldn't locate the source of this photo. ::sad face::

Have a wonder Mother's Day weekend, my loves!

Truly Sanctuary

Popping in really quick like on this beautiful Thursday afternoon to share my absolute favorite tee company. If you've been a reader of mine for a long while now, you'd know about my loyalty towards Truly Sanctuary. This amazing company is based out of Nashville, TN, and that's where they pump out rad shirts on the daily.

So, sit in the back of the bus with us cool kids while wearing a Truly Sanctuary tee shirt.

If you'd like to advertise on my growing blog, please email me at jade@coffeeandcashmere.com. I will be happy to give you more details!

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