Tag Archive: Author: Emma Chapman

How to Write and Pitch a Book Proposal

Hi, friends! Today I am REALLY excited because we are opening back up our course, How to Write and Pitch a Book Proposal, written by our friend and literary agent, Lindsay Edgecombe. This course was originally launched in April 2014 and after re-evaluating, adding some new images, sprucing up the text, and just generally giving this course a few updates to make it that much better, we are excited to…

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Peanut Butter and Puffed Quinoa Cookies

I appreciate the four seasons we get where I live, but I LOVE warm weather. So I am stoked along with all you spring/summer lovers out there. But one thing I run into when the weather turns warm is I become less motivated to turn my oven on. If you’re the same, good news—I’ve got some no bake cookies to share with you today. These cookies are chewy with a…

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Reader Survey—We want to hear from you!

Hey, friends! About once a year we like to put together a reader survey to gather info and advice from you all. The time has come, so we’d love for you to participate! Our survey is only 30 questions long. It may take you anywhere from ten to thirty minutes to fill out. We don’t want to take up too much of your valuable time, but there are a number…

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Reader Survey—We want to hear from you!

Hey, friends! About once a year we like to put together a reader survey to gather info and advice from you all. The time has come, so we’d love for you to participate! Our survey is only 30 questions long. It may take you anywhere from ten to thirty minutes to fill out. We don’t want to take up too much of your valuable time, but there are a number…

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DIY Camera Strap

Just sharing a little DIY camera strap I made recently. You can make one in just three easy steps, and you only need to have the ability to sew a straight line. Ha! But my favorite part is that I added my own little camera setting "cheat sheets" to one side. Yes, it’s practical, but I also just thought it kind of spoke to my love of photography. Me and…

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Creamy White Wine Zoodles

Lately I am really into creating meals that consist of lots of veggies and remain grain-free. I do not eat this way for every meal, but I like the challenge, and I feel like it not only pushes me to be a bit more creative, it also has the effect of getting even more vegetables into my meals. A total win, win, obviously. 🙂 This meal is no exception. It…

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Thai Spiced Sweet Potatoes

I bet some of you may be thinking, "What is this?" with puzzled looks on your faces. I know. I totally get it. This one is a bit odd, I’ll concede. And I can’t totally explain where the idea came from. I’ve gotten way into sweet potatoes lately, and this combines that new found love with some of my favorite flavors from Thai dishes I love. I decided to just…

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Sister Style: Get Happy

Probably the thing I think about the most is happiness. Am I happy? Is my husband happy? Are my employees happy? (It still and probably always will make me feel weird to say "my employees". It also weirds me out when someone introduces me as their boss, even when it’s accurate. 🙂 I guess you could say I am a little obsessed with happiness, although I have a feeling that…

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Spicy Pimento Cauliflower Bites

Ok, I admit it, I am completely obsessed with any kind of crunchy, baked cauliflower recipe. I am still WAY into this version of Springfield-style cashew cauliflower and also this Hot Cauliflower Pizza. And I can’t stop, guys! These Spicy Pimento Cauliflower Bites are crunchy, spicy and go oh-so-well with the creamy pimento cheese dip I made alongside them. This is vegetarian comfort food at its best if you ask…

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

I’m filing this one under inspired by childhood favorites. I was definitely one of those picky-eater kids who likely drove my parents completely insane as I refused to eat much besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I am not proud of this era of my life, but I must admit that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are still totally OK in my book. 🙂 These cookies are the dessert version,…

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Celery and Lime Gimlet

If you’ve never had (or heard of) a gimlet before, it’s basically a very refreshing cocktail made of gin and lime juice and variations on that. I think of it as the gin version of a daiquiri, but not always sweetened where daiquiris usually are in some way. I also almost always think of the movie, and book, Julie and Julia because the main character drinks gimlets often. 🙂 And…

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Indian Spiced Hummus

It’s no secret that hummus is one of my all time favorite snacks (see here, here and here for a few recipes). This is one of my new favorite variations, Indian Spiced. It’s based on the spices and flavors found in butter chicken. But something about the name "butter chicken hummus" just didn’t quite appeal to me. If you love that kind of sauce though, you will for sure enjoy…

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Let’s Get Organized Wishlist + Tips

While I am still eagerly waiting for spring, I find myself looking to tackle as many indoor activities as I can. This has led me to a massive cleaning, purging, and organizing season, and I am loving it! In case the organizing bug has bitten you as well, I thought it could be fun to share an organizing wish list as well as some of the top organizational posts we’ve…

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Cityscape Coat Rack DIY

This project is very much inspired by having a lot of scrap wood lying around. Ha! For any of you DIYers out there who do wood projects, even only once in a blue moon, I bet you’ve been there. Scrap wood just seems to multiple when left alone at our house, so I had been thinking about projects that could use some of that wood because it keeps projects more…

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DIY Epoxy Resin Jewelry

Hey, friends, got a fun little jewelry DIY for you today. I’m no stranger to working with epoxy resin, you can see a coffee table project I created with this supply some time ago. But, every time I work with epoxy resin, I feel like I learn at least one new tip or trick. These jewelry sets were no exception. So, I’m excited to share not only how to make…

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DIY Shower Curtain

This is one of those projects that falls in the really fun but also really practical category. My favorite! Although, for the record, I also like impractical projects too. 🙂 I had been thinking about buying or making a shower curtain to give our guest bathroom a little more personality. I was able to create my own design by printing onto waterproof vinyl, and I am SO happy with the…

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Parmesan Baked Brussels Sprouts

This is a side dish recipe that I make way too often. Brussels sprouts are one of my very favorite vegetables, and these are so easy to make that if I’m feeling like I need to eat some more veggies before my day is done, I tend to make these along with a veggie burger or something for a quick, easy, almost-don’t-have-to-think dinner. If you are not yet a brussels…

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Sister Style: Playing Dress Up

I babysat my seven year old niece a few weeks ago, and one of the activities we do almost every time she comes over is play dress up. I have a few colorful wigs I bought a couple years ago just after Halloween (you know, when they are basically giving them away). So she likes to wear those and then just go through my closet and MESS EVERYTHING UP. Jk….

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Sew With Us E-Course Bonus!

Hey, friends! In case you haven’t heard, we recently added TWO bonus project lessons to our Sew With Us e-Course. For all of you who have already signed up, just log in to your account to see the new lessons. You’re welcome. And for those of you who have been thinking about getting into sewing but you don’t know where to start, you NEED to check out Rachel and Katie’s…

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Triple (Hot) Chocolate

Hope you are in the mood for a chocolaty treat today because I’ve got just the thing to warm you right up! If you’ve ever needed an easy homemade hot chocolate recipe, then look no further. I also had the great pleasure to work with Tim Tam biscuits on this post—two exciting things about that. First, their delicious chocolaty wafer biscuits (called biscuits, not cookies because they are from Australia,…

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Carrot Pesto Pasta

If you’re like me, then you are likely drawn to any recipe that contains the word "pasta" in it. I pretty much am always willing to say yes to pasta. 🙂 This is a fun one though as it’s got some unexpected flavors for a pasta dish, plus it is SUPER quick and easy to make. I think you’re gonna like it. The carrot pesto is a little bit savory,…

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Sister Style: When I Grow Up

I guess maybe it’s the glasses I’m wearing in these photos, but I started thinking about how when I was a kid, I had a phase where I really wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I know a lot of people had tons of different occupations they thought about being when they were kids, but I really probably only had two or three. But librarian was one…

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Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned

I love a good Old Fashioned. It’s a pretty simple drink in that it doesn’t involve many ingredients. But it still ends up tasting complex. I also love drinks that have a cherry, as it’s like getting a mini dessert with your drink. But I don’t tend to order too many overly sweet drinks, so an Old Fashioned is right up my alley. This version is not too far off…

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Creamy Double Broccoli Pizza

The other night Trey asked, "What’s your favorite food right now?" And before I could even answer, he smiled and said, "Wait, is it still pizza?" To which I enthusiastically said, PIZZA FOR LIFE! Some things never change. 😉 I guess I’m just a simple gal with simple tastes: I like bread with cheese on it. Sign me up every time! I must admit though that I do actually like…

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Sister Style: Comfy Cozy

I try to wear every single thing in my closet (see this post), but I have to admit that more often than not you will find me in the same two pairs of shoes—these Converse tennis shoes and the Vans I’m wearing in this post. Is it a coincidence that they are both flats? Probably not. 😉 Mainly I consider these two pairs of shoes my "work shoes" as I…

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Sister Style: Comfy Cozy

I try to wear every single thing in my closet (see this post), but I have to admit that more often than not you will find me in the same two pairs of shoes—these Converse tennis shoes and the Vans I’m wearing in this post. Is it a coincidence that they are both flats? Probably not. 😉 Mainly I consider these two pairs of shoes my "work shoes" as I…

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Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Black Bean Burgers

You’re in for a treat today because I’m sharing these filling, spicy, cheesy, black bean burgers. If you’ve always assumed that veggie burgers have to taste like healthy cardboard, then you should try this because they will for sure change your mind. 🙂 They are also insanely easy to make with basically a handful of pretty simple ingredients. Have I convinced you yet??? Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Black Bean Burgers, makes…

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Sister Style: Top Five

The other night I was hanging out with a few friends, and the conversation turned to what we would pick if we had to make a list of top five perfect albums. We ended up having quite the varied list, and it was so fun! Plus it reminded me of so much good music I haven’t taken the time to listen to in a while. So I thought it might…

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Orange and Coffee Moscow Mule

For those of you who are fans of the classic Moscow Mule, you are in for a real treat today! And those of you who are not yet Mule fans, I’m hoping to convert you. 🙂 Often when a classic cocktail is updated, it’s called "improved". Since Moscow Mules are one of my all time favorite cocktails, I don’t necessarily think it needs "improving", but I do love swapping out…

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Blog Q&A: How Long Does It Take to Draft Content

Hey, friends. It’s time for another edition to our series, Blog Q&A, which you can find all the past articles of here. Today’s Blog Q&A question comes from a commenter. She asks: "How long does it usually take to write or draft up posts and format them with photos and other content?" The short answer is: it depends on what kind of post it is. While it’s probably fairly obvious…

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