Hiking For Pizza at Miguel’s

Hiking for Pizza at Miguel's - offbeat + inspired

My family (the Jersey crew) has been in town this past week, and showing them around our still new hometown of Lexington, KY has been a lot of fun. I’ve got a few posts about the visit lined up, but first I’d like to share about a wildly successful day trip we took. It involves pizza.

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A Beautiful Giveaway With The Young Aesthetic

A Beautiful Giveaway With The Young Aesthetic - offbeat + inspired

I’m so excited to share this giveaway with you guys today! I had the pleasure of e-meeting Laura Young of “The Young Aesthetic” a few weeks ago and getting to know her line of beautiful repurposed chandelier crystal pendant necklaces. I absolutely love the style and color range of her pieces. They’re the perfect blend of simple and statement.

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Offbeat’s Picks: The Artwork of Kevin Stinehart + A Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

Pierce Collage

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Stinehart, a South Carolina-based woodworking artist. Kevin salvages materials like old books and wood scraps and uses them to create works of art. He says, “I have found that in life some of the most striking beauty is found in the discarded and broken things. I strive to mirror that same hope in the art that I create. While the end result should be a thing of aesthetic pleasure, the ultimate goal is always redemption – something new from the old, something lovely from the rubbish, and in each of us, and in all things, another chance to be made beautiful.”

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Offbeat’s Picks: NoshThis Bacon Crack

NoshThis Bacon Crack

I recently found out about an amazing candy company called NoshThis.  Finding new (favorite) candy companies is not something I need right now, but sometimes they just sneak up on me!  I was innocently browsing cooking videos on YouTube (woops) when I came across this video about Kai Kronfield, NoshThis founder.  I’d like to think of myself as a reserved shopper, but I would be fooling no one.  The second Kai mentioned chocolate, almonds, toffee and bacon.. I was loading up the cart and placing an order.

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Offbeat’s Picks: Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamps

My mom and I used to make card-buying quite the epic field trip. We’d head out to the Hallmark store and peruse every aisle, laughing at the funny cards and holding back tears when reading the heartfelt sympathy cards. Before we knew it, we had forgotten that we only went in there for one birthday card, and instead came out with enough birthday, baby, sympathy, thank you and congratulations cards to last the entire year.

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Offbeat’s Picks: Pomegranates

Only recently have I started eating fresh pomegranates. It began about a year ago when my husband, Colson, and I were looking for an inexpensive date night idea. We decided we’d make dinner together but we wanted to add a little twist to it: mystery ingredients. We decided we’d go to the grocery store and each pick 1 ingredient without the other person knowing what was chosen. When we got home, we’d reveal our choices and cook one meal incorporating both mystery ingredients.

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Offbeat’s Picks: Know Hope Burlap Bags

It’s no secret that I love all things coffee—coffee ice cream, coffee décor, coffee soap…and of course, coffee beverages. This past summer, my coffee-roasting brother invited my husband and I to attend CoffeeFest with him at Navy Pier in Chicago. Let me think…an entire convention dedicated to the love and art of coffee?! I’m in!

I definitely enjoyed watching some master baristas and chatting with quite a few coffee connoisseurs, but the coolest find was from an organization called Know Hope. We walked up to their booth and found awesome bags, journals and wallets made out of recycled burlap coffee sacks donated by roasters.

I love a good upcycled product as much as the next DIY blogger, but the best part about these bags is how they help kids in need. Know Hope is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and the proceeds from their products are donated towards serving children around the world by providing food and humanitarian relief.

Who knew you could do so much good with some old burlap?

Offbeat’s Picks: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix

I love the smell of freshly baked bread. Add in the crisp fall air and make that a sweet pumpkin bread, and you’ll have one delicious morning. But sometimes there’s just not enough time to make sweet bread from scratch. Or maybe there’s time, but let’s be honest – you just don’t feel like it.

In comes Trader Joe’s to the rescue. I love their sweet bread mixes, especially the Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix that comes out in the fall. You only need to add water, oil and eggs and you’ve got freshly baked goodness in no time.

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Offbeat’s Picks: FreshGround Roasting Coffee

Ever since high school, I’ve been a coffee drinker. I was the 16 year old who always had a cup o’ joe in hand when the first bell rang. I even convinced my first period teacher to let someone run to Dunkin Donuts each morning so they could bring back coffee and breakfast for everyone in the class. We all rotated who was on “pick-up” duty and enjoyed a bagel sandwich and coffee while studying Music Theory. Oh the perks of being at a small school.

Anyway, in my youthful innocence (hah!), I simply knew I liked coffee and had to have it every morning to stave off that headache. But I didn’t really know about coffee. Now ten years later (yikes—didn’t really realize it was that long ago until I just did the math!), I’d like to think I’m ten years older and wiser—at least as far as my morning beverage choices.

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