Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Recipe curated by Kate Sacra and created by A Delightful Home

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (or Grass-Fed Butter)
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Organic Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (*I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips; they're soy/dairy/nut free.)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350
Step 2
In a medium-sized mixing bowl sift together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 3
Add in pumpkin puree, egg, honey, oil, and vanilla; mix well.
Step 4
Drop tablespoons of dough on a lined baking sheet and lightly flatten.
Step 5
Bake for about 15 minutes (I take them out a tad undercooked, you may leave them in a tad longer if you wish).
Let cool & serve.

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt


Bio-Pic-KateKate Sacra joins us bi-weekly for a real food recipe post and tips for living a natural, holistic lifestyle.  She desires to create quick, easy recipes that are healthy, while still being affordable. And one of her most favorite challenges are make real alternatives to store-bought favorites. Check back here every other week for yummy, healthy recipes and holistic living tips!

Room Design: Zebra + Hot Pink

Curated Rooms: For the Young Single Lady / Zebra + Hot Pink | by Ashlee Proffitt

Say hello to the most perfect curated space for the 20 something, whether in her first college apartment or a young professional with a big girl job, this space is amazing! The details communicate maturity without feeling stuffy, modern without feeling cold and feminine without feeling too young.

I combined high and low items to create a space that is actually doable in real life. Invest in the pieces that you will want to last a lifetime and that will get the most use. This sofa and credenza fit that criteria perfectly. The credenza could be used in a variety of spaces, dresser, buffet, tv stand, etc. so investing in something that will last is worth every penny. And the gorgeous leather sofa?! I die. The material is quality and because it is white with a modern take on a traditional style it will transcend trends as you update with throw pillows and coordinating accessories in the room. Those two items will last beyond your college career or first years as a working professional!

I wanted to bring in elements that would soften the space and bring visual warmth so I added the zebra rug, the extra large basket and the dried palms and flowers. Bringing in natural elements automatically soften a space. I added throw pillows and a soft throw as well. Nothing says ‘comfy’ more than a big basket overflowing with blankets.

Lighting can make or break a space and should not be overlooked. I added a contemporary floor lamp with a paper shade, again to bring in that softness. The light will diffuse and create that peaceful feeling we all want at the end of a long day.

Accessories really bring a room together and can take it from ‘just moved in’ to ‘settled’ in a matter of small, purposeful touches. I added curvy black candlesticks and a hot pink vase with flowers. The shape of both communicate a mature femininity. Adding accessory elements in multiple places such as the walls, ledges, tables and the floor create a finished look, so I added a floor vase with dried black palms and framed art prints to the wall.

I wish I could go back to college and decorate my living room just like this!! Do you love it?! What would you do differently?

Curated Room Sources

White Sofa by Modani |  Floor Lamp by Ikea | White Crendenza by Modani Hot Pink Pillow by Modani | Black Striped Pillow by Ikea |  Hot Pink Throw by H&M | Zebra Print Rug by Modani | Black Basket by H&M | Black Candlesticks by H&M | Hot Pink Vase by Modani | Flowers by Ikea | Black Dried Palm & Floor Vase by Ikea “Be A Blessing” Art Print by Ashlee Proffitt | “She Believed She Could So She Did” Art Print by Ashlee Proffitt

 

Branding Inspiration Board: Joy Pedrow

Branding Inspiration Board by Ashlee Proffitt | www.ashleeproffitt.com/branding

I say this every time, but this part of the process, the part where I ask my clients to dig deep and find what truly inspires them, is one of my favorites in the branding journey. These inspiration boards are much more than pretty images. They stand for something and their is such purpose behind every image. And to see my clients light up over their inspiration boards, to finally hear them say, ‘this is it! this is me!!’ is just so rewarding.

This gorgeous new brand will launch soon and I cannot wait to reveal to you all the perfect details!


Branding & Design Services | Ashlee Proffitt | ashleeproffitt.com/branding

Fashion: Fall Scarf Guide

Fashion: Nordstroms Scarf Guide | ashleeproffitt.com

It’s fall and it’s officially time for scarves on the regular! Check out these various looks that Nordstrom’s has so kindly put together for us!! Fall Scarf Guide


All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!

 

Intentional Mama: Pumpkin Fun

Preschool Pumpkin Activities | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

I love this time of year and any excuse to come up with themed crafts, activities, games and recipes! I hope you enjoy this week’s activity inspirations mamas!!

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Bible Focus
  • Bible Verse: And God said: Let the earth grow grass, plants and fruit trees. And it happened. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12
  • Memory Verse Printable
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
    • Ask: Who created all things, even pumpkins?
    • Ask: How did God create everything?
    • Ask: How big and powerful do you think God is if He can do all that with just speaking?!
    • Ask: Why is it good that our God is creator, ruling over everything?
    • Read: Genesis 1 together. Talk about creation and how the same God that created everything, knows and loves YOU!!

Preschool Pumpkin Activities | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Pumpkin Fun Activity Ideas
  1. Science Experiment: Erupting Pumpkin
  2. Craft: Thumbkin Patch
  3. Recipe: Pumpkin Pretzels
  4. Math: Counting Seeds (I made pumpkin number cards for easy and fun counting!! See photo below! Download the cards here: Pumpkin Seed Counting Cards)
  5. Read: How Many Seeds In  A Pumpkin? 
  6. Coloring & Creating: Pumpkin Coloring Sheet

Pumpkin Seed Counting Cards


 

Children's Art Prints | Ashlee Proffitt | shop.ashleeproffitt.com

The Grace to Grieve.

December 15, 2008.

Exactly one month after my son died I sat across the table from a woman who changed the way I viewed Jesus.

Only one month after I said goodbye to my baby and I felt like the entire world had moved on. Forgotten my son. Forgotten my pain. My heart was in shambles and there was seemingly no one that could identify with my new normal.

On a cold Virginia night in a busy Barnes and Noble, I met Kate Kelty. A sweet, sacrificial mutual friend introduced us and sat with us. She would later cry with us and pray over us. What a blessing sacrificial friendship is, the kinds that put away a desire for the comfortable and dive into suffering.

Kate looked knowingly into my eyes and said “How about I tell you my story of Anna?”

See, she knew that in those early days you have no idea how to communicate your grief. You are a dam ready to burst at any given moment and so out of fear of bursting you do your very best to keep silent.

So she talked. She gave me the grace to not say a single word. I just nodded along with tears streaming down my face as I mourned her loss of her precious Anna.

Kate was God’s grace to me.

She shared with me her own story of redemption, how Jesus met her in the midst of her grief and refused to leave her there; and how He was daily meeting her and speaking to her and healing her still.

Kate gave me the grace to grieve. To feel the depths of it. To be angry. To be overwhelmed with sadness. To be so afraid I couldn’t sleep for days on end. She reminded me that my pain, my frustration, my anger, and my fear did not and would not shorten the Hand of my Savior; not only would Jesus meet me in those darkest moments but He would not leave me there. He was big enough, mighty enough, healer enough, redeemer enough to rescue me from the pits of my grief.

Kate, thank you for being grace to me.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I have had the privilege and honor to be a friend of Kate’s for the last almost 6 years. She is an enormous blessing to me and to so many women who are hurting.

Last week Kate released her very first book, The Jesus of My Grief. I have had the privilege of reading through Kate’s honest and real words to those grieving in her writing on her blog, ‘The Grace to Grieve‘ and now to read her book is just an amazing gift.

Jesus of My Grief by Kate Kelty

Her experience with Jesus challenges my view of Him in the best, most amazing way possible. If you know anyone who is in the midst of suffering or if you are in the midst of such great loss, I encourage you to read this book. I promise that it will press your heart towards Jesus.

Accusations rose loud and clear from the depths of my soul, and they scared me. As I prayed, “Lord, use this to make me better and not bitter, and Lord help me to grieve in a holy way,” I heard whispers rumbling deep inside me, words of hatred directed toward the Savior of my youth. I knew a war was on the horizon, and excruciating days were ahead.

A new part of the journey was now beginning, the long road to discovering the Jesus of my grief.” – Kate Kelty, The Jesus of My Grief.

 

 

Stationery Academy!

Stationery Academy | Lenae Photography & Video Portraits

In July I had the most amazing opportunity to attend and speak at the Stationery Academy. If you have ever heard me share the story of my business you know that my experience attending Stationery Academy in 2011 (read about it here and here) played the most integral part (i.e. life-changing!!) of where my business is today.

What I Love About Creative Conferences

Creative Community. In the creative business-owning world we can sometimes forget the big picture. We see nothing beyond our own struggles and our own failures; we get stuck in our own little world, playing our weaknesses against everyone else’s supposed strengths. (Thanks to social media we see only what people let us see and that is rarely the failures and hardships.) The beauty of community is that you realize, maybe for the first time, that you are not alone!! There are women out there, super successful women, with the exact same pitfalls and insecurities and fears as you. And even more beautiful than that realization is what happens next. Encouragement. And accountability. And truth. A wonderful pushing to go after that which is hard and scary.

Learning. I went to school to do this. I know the ins and outs of gorgeous typography and page layout. But no one taught me how to run a business. That was on me. And I was a terrible business owner. Thanks to a ton of super gifted and gracious women I can now say I am no longer a terrible business owner. I have learned core elements of running a strong business and how to put those into practice daily by simply putting myself in situations where I could learn from others.

Growth. Not the growth that we wrongly value in social media followers and likes. Real growth. Growth as an artist. Growth as a friend. Growth as a business owner. My first creative conference was Stationery Academy and it was there that I met real life business owners and made life-long friendships, both of which have encouraged true growth in all of those areas.

Stationery Academy | Lenae Photography & Video Portraits

What I Love About Stationery Academy

Stationery Community. There are so many creative businesses out there that are so amazing. But when I first started down this road of owning a stationery business, I found no resources for this specific industry. There were photography business books, event planner books, floral designer books but no great resources for me, the stationery designer and online boutique owner. Stationery Academy was so specific to my world that I walked away with more knowledge than I knew what to do with. Literally it took me about a year to implement all that I learned.

Unique Strengths & Gifts. Sometimes it can be hard to identify our strengths and our unique style and aesthetic as creatives. We feel like we have nothing of real, unique value to offer the world so we sometimes make the mistake of trying to be like someone else. Finding myself in this creative community finally helped me see that I do actually have something unique to offer. I was reminded that I see the world in a way that no one else does and though that may just seem normal and even boring to me, it is so special to the world.

Always Learning. It can be so discouraging to feel like everyone else has it together and we are the outliers who are constantly struggling and will seemingly never figure it out. However, being a part of this specific creative community has allowed me the freedom to say, there will always be challenges and there will always be something new to learn. We will never have it all figured out perfectly and that is part of the joy in this journey.

Stationery Academy | Lenae Photography & Video PortraitsStationery Academy | Lenae Photography & Video Portraits

So while I may have been at Stationery Academy to teach about branding (and you know I LOVE branding) my favorite part of Stationery Academy were those moments spent one-on-one with women. Hearing their hearts for their business, for their families; hearing their struggles and working through solutions specific to their journey. What a joy it brings me to come alongside women and bring encouragement and wisdom. Thank you Stationery Academy for having me. You are a blessing to my business and to my creative stationery-loving heart.

Jennifer Faught, Whitney English, Natalie Chang, and Nicolle Spitulnik you are an absolute incredible blessing to me and it was an honor to come alongside you to encourage and teach these women.

A special thanks to Lindsey McClennahan of Lenae Photography for the pretty images above!

Pursuing Dreams & Goals While Being a Mama First

Intentional Mama: Pursuing Dreams & Goals While Being a Mama First | by Ashlee Proffitt

Some may say I did things a little backwards. I was married as a senior in college and was pregnant the day I graduated.

Neither of those enormous life events were on my timeline. But if I’m honest I didn’t really have a timeline either. God did that planning for me and I am certain that His plan was for my good and His glory.

I had dreams and goals that I willingly put aside for awhile. At the time I could only see what was right in front of me and that turned into baby after baby after baby after baby. Literally. If I had had a woman in my life just a few steps ahead of me I am sure she would have said, this season will be fleeting. Enjoy it. There will be time for dreams and goals soon, just not yet.

My husband, my children and my ministry were my priority. And they still are. And I pray that with God’s grace they will forever be. But as the babies grew into toddlers and into sweet little children with a teeny bit of independence I entered a new season. A season with a teeny bit more freedom and a teeny bit more time to dream and set goals.

So, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few simple tips that allow me to dream big dreams and set attainable goals while being a mama first.

  • Fully embrace the season you are in. As a mama for almost 8 years now I can tell you with complete certainty that though it may not feel like it right now, this season is indeed fleeting. So embrace the one you are in. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Pray for the grace to fully dive in right where you are and the conviction to not wish it away for the hopes of something better. “Where ever you are be all there.” -Jim Elliot
  • Write it down. We are our worst critic as mothers. We feel guilty for ever wanting anything besides the call of motherhood. In the moments where you find yourself dreaming and planning, pull out a trusty journal and write down all those big ideas. Fight the guilt and the urge to suppress those dreams and get it down on paper. The beauty in getting the dream out of your head is that you are actually giving yourself the freedom to dream. If you continually deny yourself that freedom, bitterness will creep into strange places of your heart allowing you to start causing you to question (and even resent!) the glorious call of motherhood.
  • Communicate. Dream big dreams but do it with your spouse. Communicating those dreams with your husband will be the best way to ensure that you are on the same page which is so important as you set out to pursue anything. Dreams can quickly become divisive if not treaded carefully and in unity. He will keep you grounded in truth and objective wisdom.
  • Pray. Pray over these things that God has set in your heart; for His wisdom, discernment, direction and leading. Ask your husband to pray with you and for you too. Having my husband invested in me that way is one of the sweetest ways he shows me love.
  • Plan. At the end of each year I make a giant list of things I want to accomplish the next year, both within our family and in my work. I set end dates for those things and then I work backwards setting small attainable goals throughout the year to accomplish those big giant goals. Planning in such a way gives you the freedom to pursue those dreams a little at a time creating joy in your work and eliminating a good majority of the stress.
  • Plan With Your Husband. My husband and I sit down with our calendars the week between Christmas and New Year and make a tentative plan for the next year. We set dates for family vacation and time away for the two of us. We set our family calendar first because family comes first. Then, we add in extra things like conferences and speaking engagements and any other thing we may want to do that coming year. Obviously that calendar gets edited throughout the year but spending the time to actually plan together is so important as we discuss and have potentially hard conversations about what we are going to pursue that coming year and what we are going to choose to let go of.
  • Work Boundaries. Set strong work hours that are non-negotiable. And set those work hours around your spouse and children’s schedule. If they truly are you first priority then your calendar will reflect that. I have set office hours that I communicate to my clients on the front end. That work time is done apart from my children because I have decided that I am not great at doing two things at once and trying to mother while trying to focus on work left me resenting one or both roles. If there is a time that calls for extra work, I get up early or work during nap time.

While I am not perfect and there are definitely moments where my dreams and goals and pursuit of my work take precedent over the family,  having an overarching ideal in mind that I am striving for, a picture that helps me stay focused on the way I do want my life to function, helps tremendously.

I would love to hear from you! How do you pursue dreams and goals and work that you feel called to while keeping your husband and children first?

 

Branding: Paige Simple

Branding Inspiration Board for Paige Simple by Ashlee Proffitt

Hooray!!! At last I can show you an absolutely gorgeous brand I have had the privilege of working on this past year!

Kristin, from Paige Simple contacted me early this year and after taking a peek at her Pinterest account and reading through her in-depth branding homework I knew I had to work with her. I mean, how gorgeous is her Brand Inspiration!? (above)

Kristin is a rare gem, knowing exactly what she wants, what she’s drawn to and even why. She has a firm grasp on the mission of her business and makes solid, intentional and purposeful decisions without second guessing. I am in awe of her ability to hone in on what it is she wants to offer her clients and to be the very best at that offering.

Congratulations Kristin!! Paige Simple is amazing and I cannot wait to see the continued success that lies ahead.

P.S. The collateral pieces and client experience elements are just as amazing! I cannot wait to show them to you next!

Paige Simple Final Brand Board

Brand Board for Paige Simple by Ashlee Proffitt