I'm not going to be around today - I'll be art directing a big shoot at a local university with 3 5Ds! I have been inspired to produce something on a 5D after seeing my brother's video. Video has been capturing my creative attention lately and I think it's something I want to start experimenting with. I'm thinking about starting with a little Flip camera to capture a few things here and there.
Oh, and the image above. Completely unrelated. It's just one of my favorites that I wanted to share. Ideal marriage + zombies = get out the binoculars!
Dressing on the Side contacted Jeremy and I a few weeks ago to see about doing a collaborative project to help promote their super fun, cute and quirky t-shirts. I was more than excited to work with such a fun and creative company. I had been spying their shirts on some of my favorite blogs so I was more than flattered when they wanted to work with us. There is more to come (including a few shots of Jeremy busting out his male modeling skills) but I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek of this project in progress.
Goat cheese on toast, topped with smoked salmon, homemade curry mayo and dill. Served with a side of steamed asparagus dressed with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper.
We used up the last of our bread which brings a conclusion to all the sandwiches we've been eating this week. But damn, what a good week of food we've had.
One of my very favorite blogs is The Jealous Curator. I visit it daily for inspiration and can rely on having my mind blown every time.
Recently The Jealous Curator featured the work of Charmaine Olivia and when I visited her site was blown away by the prolific amount of illustration and talent there.
So I thought I'd share. So you can be jealous too.
I'm on a serious sandwich kick right now. Last night I was craving some egg salad and decided I was going to try and make some mayo. The first time I made mayo I had no idea that drizzling the oil in was key - needless to say, I wound up with a bowl of oil with an egg yolk beat up in it.
Since then I've read Julie & Julia and realized the drizzle of oil is the most important step.
I used this recipe to make the mayo but used curry instead of mustard and apple cider vinegar instead of white wine (because it's what I had on hand).
I added a tablespoon or two of the mayo to 3 diced hard boiled eggs. I added some green onions and dill to the mix and layered with fresh spinach on some bread. I then grilled the whole thing with a little bit of butter in a cast iron pan.
It's been a long time since we've had sandwich bread in the house - so making a grilled cheese felt like an extra special treat. This one is made with spinach, avocado, and raw milk cheddar cheese. I also discovered that making grilled cheese in a cast iron pan is the ONLY way to do it.
Ingredients in green are local.
Sunday morning we were awake before the sun and dressed in formal wear. Armed with mimosas in red cups (classy, right?) we lounged on picnic blankets in the park along with a couple of brave friends. We were ready to cheer on the OKC marathon runners.
The runners came and we cheered. And cheered. And cheered.
We Know We Belong to the Land installation art by Molly O'Connor
I saw this on my urban trek to work yesterday. I discovered through a Facebook post, yesterday, what it's all about.
On April 22, Oklahomans commemorate the anniversary of the first of seven Land Runs that took place to settle the “Unassigned Lands.”
This is also the day that the rest of the world celebrates Earth Day.
This installation sheds light on the longstanding relationships between humans and land. Long before white settlers staked and claimed Oklahoma, this land provided nourishment and life and home to native peoples for centuries.
Today, we live in a world that threatens the earth that provides for us. How can we all make a commitment to protect the earth, both locally and globally? How can we set differences aside to preserve and protect the land that sustains us?
If you happen upon this art installation, please “unstake” the land and take one of the white flags of surrender with you. Make a commitment to be a better steward of the land, recognizing that we are all guests invited to inhabit this wonderful world.
From this post I knew to unstake a flag as I trekked past this installation today.
I chose path.
Our little blog got a big makeover today and I'm over the moon about it! If you read J & K through an RSS reader feel free to hop over to check out the new look.
A few things to point out:
+ it's prettier!
+ and more functional!
+ we now have a navigation bar and are utilizing pages for contact info, a house tour, wedding invite portfolio and design portfolio - these will be updated over the next few months
+ the side bar invitation icons link directly to the invitation post
+ the pictures are slightly larger now
Thanks, times a million, to Daniel who helped me execute this makeover. It was kind of like a kindergarten craft project and if you were to take a look at the code you would see things like macaroni necklaces, half empty bottles of elmer's glue and cheerios stuck in the carpet. But it works and I'm so happy with it.
We may be working some tweaks out so if you notice anything wonky let me know!
Marion Hotel, 110 NW 10th, Oklahoma City
This morning I headed out for an urban trek to work (only appropriate for Earth Day) armed with my boots and my Canon G10.
I knew I wanted to capture the old Marion Hotel Building. It's been boarded up for decades but is beaming with character and potential. It's easy to fantasize about restoring it into something beautiful but the reality of it is not likely. One of my architect-industry friends told me that it needs an entirely new interior structure in order to support a new roof and it's just a complicated mess.
Boarded up windows and all, it's gorgeous, right?
Have I mentioned how excited I am that the farmer's market is full of green and life and color? So excited. I picked up some of the fattest asparagus I've ever seen and was inspired to cook it up with some tofu when I saw this post over at 101 cookbooks - unfortunately I didn't have any miso or whatever mirin is so I threw this together:
Lemon-Honey Tofu and Asparagus
1 block of firm or extra firm tofu
2 bunches of asparagus
1/4 c honey
red pepper flakes
shoyu (soy sauce)
brown rice vinegar
Combine the juice from two lemons, honey, soy sauce (a few good shakes - maybe a few tbs.), brown rice vinegar (just a couple shakes), and red pepper flakes in a medium sized bowl. You may need to wisk to combine the ingredients into a nice sauce.
Rinse and boil your asparagus for 4-6 minutes. Just until it's soft enough for a knife to easily slice into the shoot. Remove from heat and cool in a bowl of ice water. When cooled cut into 2" strips. I read that you should peel really large asparagus but I didn't find the need to.
Cut your brick of tofu into .25 - .5" thick strips. Then cube those so you have nice little strips. Throw them in with the sauce to marinate a little. Meanwhile, heat a few tbs of sunflower oil in a large pan over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles in the oil throw all of your tofu in - save a little sauce in your bowl. After 4-6 minutes or when browned turn the tofu and dump the rest of the sauce in. Cook for another 4-6 minutes. You may want to turn your heat on high at this point to get the tofu nice and browned. Remove tofu and throw asparagus in the same pan just to heat a little and coat with some of the leftover sauce in the pan. This only takes a minute or two.
I think this would also be great sprinkled with a few toasted sesame seeds.
Throw your asparagus and tofu in a bowl and chow down.
Sometimes people think we only have one cat because
clearly Scooty Boots is our favorite Scooty and Dinahsaur are twins and it just gets confusing which is which. Dinahsaur has been stepping it up lately with her own quirky personality.
See exhibit A. The other day 101 Cats was on Animal Planet and Dinahsaur was as fascinated as we were and sat on that spot to watch the TV for at least 30 minutes. The laser-eye show-down occurred during an especially cute kitty moment - Dinahsaur can be a little bitter and jealous at times.
About that anxiety. It's still there. A constant buzz making it's home in the pit of my tummy. Cooking seems to calm me down. The chopping, boiling, mixing - it brings me back to the moment.
It was cold and rainy this weekend - and I refuse to turn the heat back on so bringing the oven to 400F was certainly welcome. We made cookies and this almost cheeseless casserole from 101 Cookbooks. I'm loving how many more local ingredients we're using now that the farmer's market is back in full swing. This casserole has local yogurt, spinach, eggs, mint and pecans in it.
When Jeremy and I were married, a little over a year ago, we used the chalkboard wall in the office as our guest book. I knew the time would come when we'd have to erase the evidence of our wedding guests in our home.
It wasn't dramatic or particularly sentimental. It was a wet sponge and a little bit of elbow grease.
Goodbye guest wall, hello to-do lists.
Personally, I think the splash of color takes away from the original.
Is what I eat for breakfast every morning. Just enough to break the fast.
I know it's not quite earth-shattering or news worthy but with my upcoming life changes I am a buzzing with anxiety and need to focus on the simpler things. Dive back into the details and save the big picture for later.
What do you guys do to bring yourself back down to earth (and chill out) when you're mind is racing?
Last weekend a writer/editor and photographer for NewsOK came out to our home to interview us. Apparently our blog is news worthy and hey - we'll take it!
We talked about our home, our style, going freelance, what we eat, what we wear and why we document all of it every single day.
Read the full article online here and if you are a local (I think) we'll be in print next Thursday in the Oklahoman's new Mood section. Many thanks to the team over there for thinking we're cool enough to highlight.
P.S. Yes, I did have R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet running through my head during the shoot.
Today I took a quick break from work to babysit my nephew for a couple of hours - and I fell in love with the winged donkey I got my sister for Christmas all over again.
P.S. I'm cool aunt. I let my nephew eat dessert (cherry popsicle) for eating his dessert (pop-tarts and blackberries) and lay out in the sun in his swim trunks.
Since announcing that I will be quitting my job as Senior Art Director at the amazing ad agency to go it alone I've been getting lots of questions/advice. Mostly concerning the blog, a need for a legit web site and questions about my business name. This post is addressing the web site issue.
I've decided to stay here at jeremyandkathleen.blogspot.com for now. It's where I started back when I didn't know how to size my pictures to fit my margins and it's the little place on the internet I call home. Blogger has some really great functionality, it's easy to use and completely free - and I've got a lot of friends here. For now there is no reason not to utilize it.
However, I have decided to give this little blog a little remodel - and above you can see the sneak peek. A good friend of mine is helping me apply this facelift to my blog within the next few weeks. Because I'm impatient I went ahead and updated the header to what it's going to be.
Since announcing my big life changes you guys have been amazingly supportive. You're sending me work and fabulous opportunities. Thank you (again) times a million.
I found a couple of leftover lentil patties in the fridge - they were on their last leg so I decided to cook them up and put them on a salad with goat cheese and pears. Delish.
A cookie recipe reworking the ingredients from our Oatmeal Peanut Butter bars.
As the weather is warming up it is becoming so much easier to eat local food. This recipe can be found here - we just added a little bass (caught by my dad) to the mix for a little additional protein.
Ampersand ID Chart by Douglas Wilson
I love it when my friends and blog readers send me links to cool ampersand things.
Which reminds me that I need to show you guys my ampersand tattoo. I tried photographing it recently and it just came out WAY too scandalous. Once I figure out a proper way to show you, I promise, I will.
P.S. About this ampersand print - my birthday is coming up. Cinco de Mayo.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- Moving pictures
- Dressing on the Side
- Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese on Toast
- Stencil Graffiti
- Nature Y'all!
- Charmaine Olivia
- The best egg salad sandwich ever
- The best grilled cheese ever
- OKC Memorial Marathon
- We Know We Belong to the Land
- J and K: A new look
- Around OKC: The Marion Hotel
- Lemon-Honey Tofu and Asparagus
- Dinahsaur vs. Kitty
- Almost Cheeseless Pasta Casserole
- J & K: The chalkboard wall
- Graffiti Before/After
- Chloe in Apartmento
- An Apple a Day
- As Seen On: NewsOK
- Donkey Days
- J & K: The web site
- Salad and Cookies
- Tabasco Butter and Asparagus Quinoa with Bass
- As Seen On: Kaboodle
- Window Shopping - Ampersand Print
- Veggie Gardening: Sowing Seeds
- Weekend Adventure
- Sea Shells
- Sprouts and Lentils
- Wedding Invitation: Quirky Portraits
- Megan-Joy's Thumbprints
- The Home Office
- On Following My Dreams
- Beach Days
- Window Shopping: Hunter Wellies
- Smokestacks and Paninis.
- Guess where I am!
- Nature Y'all
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- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings