Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Recipe curated by Kate Sacra and created by A Delightful Home

Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil (Softened slightly (or use solid, just beat a little longer))
  • 2/3 cups Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour (Any type of flour (oat flour, whole wheat, all purpose, etc.))
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Optional

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Dried Cranberries

Frosting

  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Butter (Softened)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 3/4 teaspoons Orange Extract

Directions

Step 1
Beat together the coconut oil and honey. Add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce and vanilla, then beat until smooth.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients then add to the liquid ingredients. Stir to blend.
Step 3
Drop slightly heaped tablespoons of dough into a lightly greased cookie sheet (coconut oil works well for greasing). Leave about an inch between each cookie.
Step 4
Bake for 15 minutes at 350* or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.
Frosting
Step 5
Blend the cream cheese, butter, and honey together until smooth. If using the orange extract, add it now and blend to distribute.

Once the cookies are completely cool, frost each with the cream cheese frosting. Decorate with a small piece of pecan, if desired.

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies | 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!

Branding: Gorgeous Collateral

Branding Elements & Collateral Pieces | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

A brand is made up of a million working parts. It’s like a puzzle and each piece plays an important role. A client’s collateral pieces are an enormous part of that puzzle, making up many of those working pieces. I challenge my clients to really think deeply about each client touchpoint as we develop their client experience. It’s more than beautiful paper goods, its about figuring out what your client needs most and meeting those needs, addressing her fears in beautiful ways and reassuring them along the way that you were in fact the best choice for them.

I am just beyond excited to show you a few of Dear Sweetheart Events’ gorgeous collateral pieces.

Thank you to  Andrea Pesce Photography for capturing these beautiful images! You can find details on the complete brand elements, including the gorgeous website, here

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And the binders?! Seriously, I die.

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Hooray for beautiful, complete, thorough and thoughtful brand elements and collateral pieces that create an unbelievable client experience!

 

Fashion: What to Wear to Wine Country

For that trip to the wine country you’ve been dreaming about, we have the perfect outfit ensembles for you (AND winery recommendations!)

From Megan Michele:

My husband and I just returned from a little getaway to northern Georgia’s wine country. Vineyards are a newer craft in that area, but it’s exploding right now and quickly becoming the “Napa of the east coast” (along with Virginia). So what’s better than drinking exquisite wine? Being incredibly fashionable while drinking exquisite wine, of course!

Here are a few outfit ideas that look amazing with a vineyard backdrop, or any winery for that matter! Along with a few suggestions for wineries to check out if you’re ever in the northern Georgia area.
What to Wear to Wine Country | Style & Fashion by Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt

Outfit 1: Ideal for a more relaxed winery, such as Wolf Mountain Vineyards

What to Wear to Wine Country | Style & Fashion by Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt
Outfit 2: Ideal for a more upscale winery, such as Yonah Mountain Vineyards or Montaluce Winery and Estates


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: Write a Letter

Intentional Mama: Write a Letter | Ashlee Proffitt

This summer flew by. FLEW.

Having experienced two summers now, I knew that this summer would be no different. So I did my very best (with lots of opportunities to show myself grace) to pursue my children this summer. My desire was to simply make the most of our time together. I wanted to look back at this fleeting moment in time and remember laughter and friends and family and adventure… not errands and work and to-do lists. And while I am not perfect and my children are not perfect and there were plenty of moments of frustration and tears, I can say that overall our summer was a massive success.

I enjoyed my children. Enjoyed them fully with a heart that desired to be present and attentive. I am thanking God for answering that enormous prayer that I begged of Him at the onset of summer. So, so grateful.

I was thinking yesterday about how I want to remember this summer and while my goal is to eventually do a photobook of this entire year, I wanted something to detail this summer so I could remember it fully. I decided that writing a letter (or 2 or 3) was the perfect solution. Write out all the things we did that were so fun, the adventures we want to try again, what worked and what didn’t, memories we made and laughs we had. I am going to have Drew write one as well. I think pulling these letters out at the beginning of next summer will not only help me plan a great summer again, but will provide an opportunity to reminisce on the blessing of this summer. I may even write a note to each little with my favorite memory of them this summer.

Will you join me in writing a letter? If so, what was your favorite memory from this summer that you want to remember forever?

P.S. The Intentional Mama Series will be back in it’s regular rhythm starting next week! Hooray for intentional time with the littles we still have at home!

Happy August: Desktop Calendar + IPhone Wallpaper

Hooray for making the every day a little more beautiful and intentional. This month I gave you TWO options! A desktop calendar as well as a version with one of my favorite Bible Verses!

Enjoy this beauty!! Gorgeous image by Shay Cochrane and the SCStockshop.

Desktop Calendar and Wallpaper | Ashlee Proffitt

Desktop Calendar and Wallpaper | Ashlee Proffitt

To use Desktop CalendarClick on the image below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper. 

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To use iPhone Lock ScreenClick on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’  

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Inspiration Board Contest!

Branding Inspiration Board | Ashlee Proffitt

Friends! I need your help!

I am in the process of designing a series of stock brand sets, complete, cohesive brands ready to go. The Branding Parlor will be the perfect choice for an entrepreneur just starting out who may not be ready to invest in a complete branding package. My hope is to provide professional, thoughtful and intentional brands for a smaller investment.

But I need your help!

My goal is to create a wide variety of brand sets that will appeal to different aesthetics and styles. I can only do that if you let me inside your head and heart. So, I’m asking my sweet readers and entrepreneur friends to create a Pinterest Inspiration Board that lets me see you!

1. Create a Pinterest inspiration board (things to pin!) See mine here: Ashlee Proffitt Branding Inspiration

  • Color Palettes
  • Font Choices
  • Font Layouts
  • Homes & Room Decor
  • Outfits
  • Packaging Design
  • Products You Love

2. Send me a link to your board (info @ ashleeproffitt.com)

3. As a gift for participating, I will send you a prize from the shop!

Now, get to pinning!!

xoxo

Branding Design Services!!

Over the past month or so I have been busy launching a few new branding and design services that I am so excited to share with you! Below is a little video giving just a little insight into who these services are for and why I am so excited about them!


For more information on any of my design offerings check out the coordinating webpages and/or complete the contact form and we will send you all the detailed information that you will need to get started!

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Fashion: Littles Edition

Fashion: Children's Edition | Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt

Children need no fashion advice or styling because they’re entirely adorable just as they are, but just for fun, here are a few adorable inspiration looks for what’s showing up on the {kiddo’s} runway for Fall 2014!


 

 

 

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!

Recipe: Quinoa + Veggie Skillet

Recipe: Quinoa + Veggie Skillet | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Quinoa + Veggie Skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Organic Quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (grass-fed, no-salt)
  • 1/2 cup Organic Frozen Corn
  • 1/2 cup Organic Frozen Peas
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Spring Onions, diced
  • HandfulKale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • dash Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • dash Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Bring quinoa and broth to a boil. Cover & simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Step 2
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.
Step 3
Make a well in the center of the pan, add 4 cloves garlic & saute for 1 minute. Mix peas, corn, and garlic together.
Step 4
Add onions and handful of chopped kale. Cover and steam until kale begins to wilt down. Top with parmesan cheese & enjoy!

From Kate: All ingredients are organic and I use a low-sodium vegetable broth, but you could also use chicken broth. I also use grass-fed, no-salt butter & himalayan pink sea salt (I’m telling you, it’s so much better than typical white table salt!!) 


 

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!