Friday, October 31, 2014

Homemade Almond Milk + a VIDEO!



A collaboration between Jennifer Little + Vintage Whites
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Few things bring people together like food. Growing up in the South, I know this to be true - no doubt about it. I was raised to make more than you think you'll need, so that people can feel comfortable going back for thirds. I know that the menu isn't what makes a meal perfect, as much as having someone to share it with. Still, having a good menu and a great friend to share it with is the best meal of all.



Jennifer Little is a Fort Collins local photographer (she photographed my home, which you can see here) and I am so happy to have connected with her! We've been scheming ever since. One thing that I would like to bring to our blog is more videos. There's something about a cute short video that inspires me so much!! So, Jennifer and I got together last week, and she taught me how to make almond milk! I've never thought much about it, because I don't like milk at all. I usually splash enough on my cereal to make it wet, but I don't ever drink it plain! She told me that almond milk is completely unlike the storebought kind, and I figured that if I was going to the trouble to make almond milk from scratch, I should definitely taste it! I didn't realize how simple it is. Holy cow, it's REALLY simple, and REALLY good!! It's a milk I can actually drink!! Best of all, if you're on a Whole30 or clean eating diet, this is compliant (although they don't really encourage you to have a lot of nuts as your choice of fat...if you NEED something, this is it!)













{ outfit: Necklace: Found Co. Shop, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: 7Forallmankind }


We used the almond milk to sweeten our tea just a little bit. Not that it needed anything...but the almond milk was a great addition to The Republic of Tea's blackberry sage tea. Oh my goodness...I'm not a big tea drinker, but this is phenomenal! I've had several cups since we made it last week. Just the right hints of blackberry and sage, and not at all overpowering. 

We also made some tea and drop biscuits (NOT whole30 compliant haha) to go along with it!! I am so excited to share the video with you!! It was a really relaxed, laid back morning with delectable food!












The biscuit recipe was slightly adapted from The Nourishing Home. They're gluten free using Bob's Red Mill almond meal! We also made a delicious honey, rose, and vanilla bean glaze. I'll be sharing those recipes in an upcoming post, so for now...enjoy our video and almond milk recipe (located at the bottom of the post)!! Do you think you'll make this? I'd love for you to link up to a previous post if you already have!! Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Halloween!!




Wish you were there with us! Sometimes I want to host a HUGE breakfast and invite every person everywhere, and then I realize I live in a 900 square foot house. If I ever win the lottery, you're all coming over for tea and biscuits.
























HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

- 1 Cup Raw Almonds
- Boiling water
- 1 medjool date to sweeten (optional)

Cover almonds with boiling water and soak them for 1-2 hours to blanch them. After soaking, using very little pressure, you can pop the nut out of the skin leaving the almonds blanched.

Rinse the almonds thorougly under running water. Place almonds in a blender with medjool date and cover with 2 cups of filtered water. Blend for two minutes.

Gather a glass bowl, strainer, and cheese cloth. Line strainer with cheesecloth and pour blended almonds over the cheesecloth. When the milk has drained, squeeze the excess milk into the bowl. You will be left with two cups date-sweetened almond milk! Use within 2-3 days.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Montana Adventure

We woke up this morning to 35 degree temps, the smell of bacon, and wood smoke. It might as well be October in northwest Montana. I love it here at my parents house. They live 40 miles from town between Libby and Troy, Montana at the base of Snowshoe and Ibex Peak...it is heaven on earth. I don't know that I've been to a more beautiful place!






Tanner, Beckett, and I left to go hiking in search of the perfect piece of driftwood for my herb drying rack that will hang above our kitchen table. The driftwood will hang from two oxidized copper pipes. We're distressing them ourselves using hard boiled eggs. Tutorial coming soon! 



The foliage here is AMAZING. There are so many different types of plants and so much moisture that EVERYTHING is green. It smells like dirt and rain even with the sun out. 



  We hiked along the bank of the Bull River and I found the perfect piece of driftwood right away. We decided to keep going though...the mystery of what's around the corner is just too enticing! 




We stopped at an old forest service cabin that had been torn down, only leaving the foundation and a bench by the water. We sat and talked about how we'd love to move back to Montana...oh how I hope it happens SOON! The air is crisp and refreshing. My mom says you could bottle and sell it...I think she's right.



It was an incredible day full of nature and coversation and family bonding. Montana is magical. Have you ever visited Montana?? Have a blog post about Montana? Post it in the comments!! 







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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 Fall Home Tour

Hello friends! Welcome to our blog...we're Jana + Vanessa, and we run a traveling pop-up vintage market out of Montana, Utah, and Colorado! We also blog here, and have a ton of fun posting on Instagram and Facebook. Vanessa and I are so excited to be a part of the Fall Home Tour hosted by Kelly at Eclectically Vintage + World Market!! It has been SO much fun, and we both needed a kick in the pants to get our houses ready for the coming season! Bear with us...we're posting BOTH of our homes, and we have a lot of photos!!



If you just started the tour with us, make sure start with the first post at Eclectically Vintage! We love how Kelly mixed vintage with new finds, especially the fun medical cabinet she bought! 


A quick hello to those joining us from Craftberry Bush! We hope you enjoy this stop on the fall home tour! 


Vanessa and I are huge fans of World Market, so when they decided to partner with us for the home tour...we were thrilled!! Oh man, it was so hard to choose! Have you been to their website or store lately?? Good grief, everything is amazing! We'll make sure to point you to World Market-specific items throughout the post.


- JANA'S HOME -

So, Tanner and I have been pretty nomadic for the past four years. We left Montana (insert 'tears streaming down the face' emoji here) in 2010 to find more stable work which led us to Wyoming, and now northern Colorado! Since we are seemingly always on the move, renting is the best option for us. Right now, we live in a TINY 950 square foot home in Old Town Fort Collins. I'm sure that if we had searched longer for a bigger house, we'd have found it...but we love being right downtown! 

All photos of my home were taken by Jennifer Little. She works MAGIC behind the camera, and she's out of Fort Collins!! You can check out more of Jen's work on her blog and on Instagram. She may even post a few bonus pics of the house!

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There's a family of raccoons that lives in the alleyway behind our house, so I kept the decor pretty minimal on the porch this year. I am sure they'll help themselves to some pumpkins and ornamental kale before the season is over though!!

Oh, this mantle. It came from a parlor in Philly, circa 1910. I got it from one of our vendors at the newest Colorado market (January 10, 2015 in Loveland, CO...and we're still ACCEPTING VENDORS! You can find more information about our markets by visiting our website) and oh am I in love. It's the perfect size for our tiny house, and the mantle shelf is big enough to DECORATE!!

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White pumpkins, brass candlesticks, dried moss, & old books. A recipe for beauty, every single time.

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I picked up these gourds and vintage wooden apples at an antique store in Fort Collins, and I love how the colors work together!! Baby-friendly too! (so far)



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I'm such a sucker for candles! 

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This is our cozy little living room. Since we don't have much space in the bedroom, we had to utilize every inch of this room! The bookcase serves as a toybox, a desk, a broom closet with a fold out ironing board, and a place to hold shoes that used to pile up next to the front door! Tanner built this for under $500. Post on that coming soon! 

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My comfy, cozy, beat up, cat-scratched, baby-scratched, drooled on, huge, tufted, gorgeous leather  love of a couch. I know I need a smaller couch for my tiny space, but I can't part with this one! I couldn't bear to see it in storage!! I got this from a gorgeous home in Seattle. This was the couch in their study. Their STUDY. Amazing. The living room is too small for a coffee table, so we put in a sturdy pouf from World Market (found in the home + decor section of their website. This color may not be available anymore, but there are some gorgeous alternatives), and a wooden side table! We can move them around as needed, and they work so well with the color scheme!

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Oh, hey there gorgeous accordion lamp. Thanks, World Market, for introducing us. We'll get along just fine. 

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These faux cowhide pillows are one of my favorite finds from World Market!! I love how they play with the leather and vintage kilim pillow! 

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I found this giant bell jar at an estate sale in Fort Collins. The whole sale was full of interesting treasures. The original owner was a surgeon in the 40s! Love that cotton, but what I REALLY want inside are some gorgeous crabapple branches!  Our next door neighbor has a crabapple tree in her front yard.  Maybe I could sneak some and blame it on the raccoons! 

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I loved shopping the home decor section of World Market. I found this adorable globe and knew it had to come home and live in the bookcase. 

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My little "hallway." It's really more like a 3' circle so there's not much room to decorate...but hey, where there's a wall there's a way. Or something like that. I hung a vintage frame and my all-time favorite felt flag by Mary Kate McDevitt!! Obviously I don't always have a candle going 4'' from the floor, but doesn't it look cute?! 

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Moving on to the bedroom...

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I wasn't going to put a colored pillow on the bed until I saw this ruby red velvet one at World Market. It was MADE for this room.

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A vintage embroidered pillowcase. Wallace?! IN CURSIVE?! Get out of town. SO CUTE.

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Coffee in bed? Why, yes please.

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I'd show you the bathroom, but I can barely fit in it without my knees hitting the wall when I sit down, so....lets move on to my favorite room in the house. The kitchen!!

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Well, let me back up. I have a love/hate relationship with it actually. It's a rental, and we're not allowed to change anything!! The backsplash is like nails on a chalkboard to me. You can sorta see it creeping over there on the left. Thankfully, this side of the kitchen has pretty windows and paint and floors! I like to focus on this side...but someday I'll have my white subway tile backsplash!!

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A skinny French wooden table with bistro chairs works just perfectly in the kitchen!! Not too big, but still ample space for serving and dining. 

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Ain't nobody got time for pie plates

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Tanner built this drying rack for me using copper pipes and a piece of driftwood we found in Montana. We oxidized the copper with hard boiled eggs so that it wouldn't be too shiny and new. It worked so well! I'll post on that soon.

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Yes, I have a SMEG, but I found it on Craigslist for an incredible price!! It fits just right in the corner of the kitchen. I'll let you in on a little secret...we couldn't take the old fridge out...so it's in the corner of the bedroom!! I hid it behind the door for photos because there's a fridge in the bedroom...I mean!!! We have TWO FRIDGES in this tiny little house!!

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My $8 trashcan I found at our last market! 

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FINALLY, a really cute solution to my mug storage problem!! I have way too many mugs and not enough cabinet space. World Market does it again with this 3-tier drying rack.

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Well, I have one piece of pie sliced and waiting to be devoured...and Vanessa is ready to show you her home!! Thanks so much for letting me show you around!! Make sure to look at the end of our post for a link to the NEXT stop on the tour, a beautiful Fall Pinterest board, and ways to subscribe to our posts. Oh, we hope you do! 

- VANESSA'S HOME - 

PHOTOS: Brenda Ahearn

As a mother of 3 kids under the age of 5, my house has to be user-friendly and practical. However, I'd rather it be pretty than practical, so I may have compromised a little!


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Photo by Brenda Ahearn

Fall is a favorite time of mine, but I've always had a hard time incorporating it into the look of my home. I've always used mainly whites and pastels in my house, and oranges and reds just don't mix in well. They're probably the last colors I would use in my house, so thank goodness for white and blue pumpkins!














We moved into this house a year and a half ago, and have completely remodeled it. Every room you see here has been totally remodeled (with the exception of my daughter's room, which just needed paint.)

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Welcome to my kitchen! We just recently added the two windows on either side of the cupboard for a view of the backyard. Aren't they cute?

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Who doesn't love cake stands?? And I have a collection of Mossers, vintage and several from World Market, where I found my lovely bell cloche too. 

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I'm also loving my ceramic cheese boards from World market as well! 

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This bathroom was a large project! But My husband installed the copper shower and it's just amazing!

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We hope you've enjoyed a peek inside our homes...we hope to share more with you in the future!! To make sure you keep updated, FOLLOW us on Bloglovin' or sign up for our posts with your email in the right hand sidebar! COMMENT to let us know what you liked/didn't like/would change!! 

For more FALL INSPIRATION, check out the World Market + Eclectically Vintage Pinterest board!! Tons of ideas and beautiful photos to jumpstart your decorating mood!!

Now, on to the next stop...Stone Gable!!



We're also over at Beyond the Picket Fence for a vintage inspiration link party!! 
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