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27 Healthy Slow Cooker RecipesHealthy slow cooker recipes are a busy person’s best friend. And in the summer when my unvented oven starts pouring heat out of the top of itself the second I turn it on? The crockpot starts getting pulled out more and more.

But the most popular slow cooker recipes are filled with canned soup and high fructose corn syrup packed sauces that we try to stay away from most of the time. No longer! Now we can the crockpot save the day and dive into these dishes any time of year without fear for our waistlines. All hail the glorious slow cooker! View full post »

Hiiiiiiii.

I’m stopping in for possibly the biggest announcement ever on this blog (sans finding out I was pregnant of course). We officially have a studio!!!! And we are launching a real live e-commerce shop in September!! And food photography classes next year!

Let me slow down for a minute here and explain. You might have noticed we have been a bit quiet here the past few weeks and it is because we have been working hard to pull this dream into a reality. In a nutshell we are going to be launching into a full service e-shop to compliment our content!

We can’t wait to pull off the reveal cover to this shop that will be filled with the most amazing dishes and linens, silverware and aprons and all manner of cool/funky/vintage kitchen things we fall in love with! We are aiming for a launch date of September 15th if all goes well!

Just to give you a sampling here is your exclusive sneak peek of a few things that we have on order so far:

dishes

Fall over beautiful hand thrown ceramic plates.

cutting boards

Gorgeous sustainable cutting boards made right here in Oregon!

napkins

The best linen napkins & tablecloths & aprons in town.

spoonrest

Ridiculously gorgeous spoon rests

Plus we have so many vintage one of a kind finds piled up in our prop stash that we can’t wait to share with you! No more crying that you don’t have an antique store next to you!

Oh and did I mention that we are doing our best to source a TON of our products from hand made vendors or fair trade organizations? And that we will be packaging them in seriously gorgeous totally giftable packaging and shipping them straight to your door? <3 <3 <3

This is the shop that I want to spend all my extra money in and I hope it will be for you too!

Since we will be a tiny shop to start and these are unique items we anticipate that we will sell out of things very fast!

Our faithful email subscribers get early access to all our new releases (and totally score themselves invites to our quarterly warehouse nights if you are local) so you will definitely want to get yourself on our newsletter subscription!

Photography Classes:

Shut the door. Next spring 2-4 day hands-on intensive photography classes are going down in this space.

Natural food styling & photography is our game here and we are over the moon about having you come for an amazing weekend of eating and photography! Plus we get to eat all.the.food.

We are going to do deep dives on photographing in poor household light, supplementing with artificial light and using Lightroom & Photoshop like a boss.

We can’t wait for you to join us in real life and to visit the amazingly beautiful place we live (Central Oregon).

All information on our upcoming photography classes will also come through this email subscription as well so get your email in there pronto!


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Enough about all that though come on in it’s time to check out the space.

We signed the lease a little over a week ago on this great little space. It’s 1000 square feet with about 300 square feet in offices and bathroom and 700 square feet of warehouse space. Basically….it’s perfect and we are so smitten.

studio front

This past week I’ve bought a giant work table and chairs, brought in a designer friend to look over the space, picked paint colors, and moved in my desk last night. But really it wasn’t until this morning when I loaded up the boys to spend the day here with me while I worked that this has really started feeling real. Somebody pinch me!

A tour is totally in order so here we go….I grabbed my phone and shot a quick video to show you around (of course forgetting to turn it horizontal).

I didn’t manage to grab any photos of the office area but I did get some of the warehouse. I recently discovered that my “style” is some awesome fusion of French Country and Industrial. Go drool over this kitchen and think happy thoughts for us as we aim to create a similar feel.

It’s all a complete blank canvas and we can’t wait to finish it out! It came all setup with these huge shelves which was awesome. A little pizza company used to use the space and built them directly into the wall so they are super sturdy.

Also….huge roll up door! Say hello to all the pretty light you can stand when that door is open.

2x4 shelving

This dividing wall is where we will be installing our kitchen area (omg omg omg!!!). Not sure if we will keep the ladder setup here or not or just using a stand alone ladder when we need access. The boys are all over climbing up that thing and it freaks me out.

future kitchen wall

We will be removing one section of the shelving to add a fridge & pantry to this wall.

future kitchen

This table is AMAZING! It’s a commercial base made by John Boos and we scored it for $150!! It’s over 9 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide so it will be perfect for packaging all these beautiful goodies for you, hosting epic warehouse nights and of course hosting photography classes! We are going to do a barnwood top and put some chunky warehouse casters on the bottom for ultimate portability. I seriously cannot wait to see it done!
giant work table

These stools? I died. $20 a piece on Craigslist. I was falling all over myself calling the gal and paid a complete stranger over the phone so she wouldn’t take them to the flea market. There are actually 4 of them and they will be tucked under the kitchen island’s overhang.

industrial stoolsBut let’s talk about the not so great things…..the floor…needs help. We are going to scrub it down and paint it with a solid grey stain but keep the awesome cracks.
stained concreteAnd the walls….they are unfinished. Finishing them completely is a bit more time/energy then we feel comfortable investing right now in this space since we might grow quickly but our motto is there is almost nothing that isn’t improved by paint! The walls are all getting painted this delicious creamy linen white and the wall that the kitchen will be up against will have either beadboard or wooden slats mounted to hide the munched drywall.
white on wall

And the shelves and eventual cabinets in the kitchen will all be grey. I’m so torn between the dark grey and light right now. I might paint the shelves dark grey and the cabinets in the kitchen the light grey too…but seriously? I’m just really excited to have something to paint!

test colors

In between all this I’ve been soaking up all the snuggles I can this summer too from these two hams. Noah is headed  into preschool this year for 2 days a week and as much as I’m totally happy for the break and happy for him I am going to miss him. Phin will be with me most of the week helping me in the studio so be sure to look for a special packing note from him in your boxes!

me and my phin

noah 4th of july

And that’s it for right now!

Thank you for supporting our little business! We can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

Be sure to come over and follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the behind the scenes as we build the studio out!

p.s. I apologize if there are a gazillion (exact term) typos in this post. I’m running on excitement, too little sleep and a smidge too much coffee right now. Loves!

Dani

  • July 23, 2015 - 8:31 AM

    Lisa Huff - OMG Soooo excited for you!! LOOKS FABULOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2015 - 6:44 AM

    Carol - Congratulations Dani! This is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2015 - 4:32 AM

    Lauren @ Hall Nesting - I am so excited for you guys!! I love the grays too :) Can’t wait to shop in your shop!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2015 - 9:07 PM

    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes - Congratulations! How exciting. Good luck with the new adventure.ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2015 - 8:15 PM

    Maria - Dani! Your studio is awesome! I love that you are going for it. I can’t wait to see more. I love your ideas.

    Maria (from Take Control Mastermind)ReplyCancel

    • July 22, 2015 - 9:18 PM

      Dani Meyer - Thanks Maria! Can’t wait to check out your site more :)ReplyCancel

This summer watermelon salad with blackberries & blue cheese might sound like a strange combination but we top it with a splash of honey and lime juice. It’s weird sounding but magical tasting!

watermelon-blackberry-salad

Summer is here in full force and it has been hot. Really hot. We’ve finally had the briefest reprieve the last two days and Kevin came home last night and was thrilled (and definitely surprised) to find me in the kitchen cooking a real dinner. Our neighbors let us borrow their tiny window AC unit and we have been camped out in the living room for the bulk of the day just hanging out and playing with trains, reading books and all around just trying to stay cool. View full post »

  • July 16, 2015 - 4:42 AM

    Kate @ Framed Cooks - I never would have thought to put blue cheese into a fruit salad, but looking at your gorgeous pictures it looks like the perfect combo of sweet and salty! Thanks for this great idea and happy summer!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

    Reduceri online - Perfect summer recipe!ReplyCancel

The easiest cucumber avocado salad in all the land. Can we even call this a recipe? 3 ingredients + 5 minutes= glorious summer side dish perfection.
cucumber-avocado-salad-recipe

Is there anything that isn’t improved by adding avocados to it? I think not. I used to turn my nose up at avocados (not a shocking thing for me back in the day) but I distinctly remember ordering sandwiches with one of my best friends in high school and she ordered smashed avocado on her sandwich. She grew up in DC and was known even back then with having great taste in foods so…I tried a teeny bit of her sandwich. And it was of course….delicious. View full post »

  • July 3, 2015 - 7:37 PM

    Asian Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps | The Adventure Bite - […] vinegary broccoli pineapple slaw, the sweet and spicy from the two sauces and the creamy from the cucumber avocado salad. Gaaah I seriously could go eat another one right now (except that I am at Freddy’s right now […]ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen - Avocados make everything better! This is such a wonderful summer salad!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2015 - 4:35 AM

    Catherine - Dear Dani, you have combine two of my favorites together! I love how easy and light this is..perfect side to any meal. xo, CatherineReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2015 - 8:14 AM

    Renee - So simple, yet looks and sounds amazing! This will be on my summer menu! I’m going to look for Braggs also, I’m not familiar with that brand.ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2015 - 8:26 AM

      Dani Meyer - Bragg’s is amazing Renee! We use it for everything. My husband drinks it everyday in his first water bottle of the day with a bit of honey and he literally never gets sick. Amazing stuff.ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2015 - 3:49 PM

    Asian Broccoli Slaw with Pineapple | The Adventure Bite - […] the moans of happiness we heard when we served this with our Asian Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups and our Cucumber Avocado Salad at Phin’s party, I think we did pretty darn […]ReplyCancel

Banish boring coleslaw forever! This asian broccoli slaw is the perfect sidekick to your bbq, tacos or pulled pork sandwiches. It’s so good you might never touch regular coleslaw again.

asian-broccoli-slaw-with-pineapple

Really? Are we really talking about coleslaw again? This topic seems to be brought up here a lot. (In case you are new here the original “adventure bite” for me was coleslaw). I seriously think that now that I am over my aversion to the stuff that it’s opened a whole new realm of possibilities for our food. Creamy slaw, vinegar slaw, sweet slaw?!? Eat all the slaw.

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