Introducing Sunflowers & Thorns

Introducing Sunflowers & Thorns

You may have noticed that this space has a whole new look, name and feel.

Welcome to Sunflowers & Thorns! Truth be told, I wasn’t thrilled at first about this rebrand but now I love it and am excited to the next stages with this blog.

Why rebrand if I didn’t want to? Well, it turns out that my old name had a fairly inappropriate slang meaning that I didn’t know about. After doing some research, I discovered the slang was pretty prominent and most definitely not something I wanted to represent my brand, i.e. me.

I thought through what I really want my blog to be and just like I shared in this blog earlier this year, I want to inspire those around me. Not necessarily in feel-good, Pollyanna sort of way. More in a “life is hard but God is good” sort of way.

I still love sunflowers but also talk about less “shiny happy” things in this space. You can read more about the new blog name here, and take a look at my refined categories to the right. I love the new logo that my friend, Sarah, created as it fits what I’m trying to convey perfectly.

I hope you’ll join me for this journey!

Farmers Market Pasta Bake (recipe updated)

Farmers Market Pasta Bake (recipe updated)

We first came up with this recipe several years ago and have loved it ever since. It started when we had lots of vegetables left over from various recipes and we decided, basically, “hey, let’s see what happens when we put these all together!”

The exact recipe has varied over the years so I’m updating this post to reflect what we do now. This continues to be one of our favorite go-to recipes in the spring and summer. I called it Farmer’s Market Pasta Bake because you can get most of these ingredients at your local market.

Have you made this yet? Let me know what you think!

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One Word 2017: Inspire

One Word 2017: Inspire

 

For most of my life, the word “inspire” was almost a dirty word. Maybe not so much dirty as much as an often condescending word used to describe a person with a disability simply because they function in most ways like a “normal” person.

The truth is, the idea behind “inspire” is beautiful. Here is the dictionary definition:

 

Take a look at those synonyms! They could be both positive or negative; it’s all in how you approach it.  Read More