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Soulful Simplicity: Interview with Author and Blogger, Courtney Carver

As I shared in yesterday’s post, I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to chat with author and blogger, Courtney Carver, about her work and her journey toward simplicity. As someone who is always striving for simplicity (and encountering the roadblocks the most of us on this path do), I was thrilled to talk about these things with Courtney and draw on her wisdom and experiences.

Courtney’s new book, Soulful Simplicity, hit bookstores in December. I highly recommend the book (It’s this week’s ‘Weekly Wellegant Find’) as a roadmap of sorts, to help us navigate a world that certainly does NOT seem to value simplicity, and stay on a path that leads toward greater health, fulfillment and contentment.

Below is a link to the interview s; be sure to listen in and to check out all of Courtney’s work (links below the video).

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

xo,

Karen

Links to Courtney’s Work:

Blog, Be More With Less

Project 333

Tiny Wardrobe Tour

Courtney’s Courses

Book Tour Schedule

email Courtney at courtney@bemorewithless.com

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Soulful Simplicity (Book)

I have been a longtime fan of author Courtney Carver. Courtney and her blog, Be More With Less, first came across my radar year ago, when I was searching for information about creating a capsule wardrobe. I was riveted by her story. Courtney, having been diagnosed with MS, knew that she had to find a ‘better way’ and she that the path was through simplicity.

Not only did I find the information I sought about capsule wardrobes (which Courtney is a HUGE proponent of), but I found much wisdom in Courtney’s approach and her kinder, gentler approach to ‘minimalism’. At a time when most women are on a quest to do, have and be more, Courtney encourages us to pursue less, but better. (Has kind of a Wellegant ring to it, doesn’t it?!)

Soulful Simplicity is Courtney’s most recent book and, in it, she offers practical advice and strategies on how to  eliminate the physical and psychological clutter that keeps so many women stuck and discontented. She shows readers the power that simplicity has to “improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our personal and professional lives.”

And if this book calls to you, be sure to check the blog tomorrow for my interview with Courtney. Our conversation explores this concept in greater depth and I’m super excited to introduce you to this smart, interesting woman and her work!

Have a wonderful, Wellegant week, friends!

Xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Josie Natori (Long Sleeved) Empire Pajama

In a post written earlier this year, I wrote about how I finally decided to “up” my pajama game. It was springtime and I invested in a couple of pair of Josie Natori pajamas. They are pure heaven – a super soft and silky fabric, bright and colorful patterns and a lovely sleeveless silhouette. I LOVED wearing them! But then,  late fall rolled around and it simply became too chilly for sleeveless pj’s.

So, back to Josie I went, this time in search of some long sleeved pajamas. And, once again, Josie did not disappoint! (Please keep in mind that Josie Natori has several different product lines, some of which are quite expensive. The line that I love, which is a bit more reasonably priced, is the “Josie” line). I ordered two beautiful pair. Here is one of my favorites, called the Empire Pajama and, right now, the Josie Natori website has most winter styles marked down considerably.

Happy Shopping!

Karen

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Recipe: Salmon and Caper Spread (GF)

While searching for an appetizer recipe to make for a recent family gathering, I came across one recipe after another for Salmon Spread (or Salmon Paté). That seemed like a great choice for this particular group, but the problem is that nearly every recipe out there contains an entire block of cream cheese and you know me – I usually prefer to keep it light and healthy. So I drew inspiration from some of the recipes out there and played ‘mad scientist’ in the kitchen until I came up with a version of it that I like.

This Salmon and Caper Spread has a bit of mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo, but any mayo you like will do) and the bright flavors of lemon, capers, scallion and dill. A quick ‘whiz’ in the blender and the whole thing came together in minutes!

I served it with water crackers, but it’s also delicious with raw veggies (which also makes it gluten free). It’s certainly, much lighter and more flavorful than the cream cheese versions.

I hope that you’ll keep this easy appetizer in mind for your next gathering. And please be sure to snap a photo and tag me on social media, using the hashtag #wellegance. I love to see your creations!

Buon Appetit!

Karen

Salmon and Caper Spread

This Salmon Spread has a bit of mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo, but any mayo you like will do) and the bright flavors of lemon, capers, scallion and dill. A quick ‘whiz’ in the blender and the whole thing came together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2 6 ounce cans of salmon (boneless)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • ¼ tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Capers drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Dill chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the first 9 ingredients into the blender jar and pulse until the mixture is well-combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in half of the capers and half of the chopped dill. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Garnish with the remaining capers and chopped dill. Serve with little slices of pumpernickel bread, crackers and/or raw vegetables.

Recipe Notes

Serves 10-12.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder

I was recently turned onto this plant based protein powder by the brand Purely Inspired. I had never heard of this company before, but had been on the hunt for an organic protein powder that doesn’t contain whey or other animal protein (You’d be surprised at how many unhealthy ingredients are contained in most protein powders!?)

I’d researched and tried a couple of other brands, but wasn’t happy with the flavor or the texture. Then, my chiropractor (a health nut like me!) recommended this one. Much to my delight, it’s delicious and made with 100% organic, plant based protein (pea protein and brown rice protein). It’s free of any artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors and it contains 7 grams of fiber in each serving.

This protein powder comes in a variety of flavors but, so far, I’ve only tried the Decadent Chocolate which is, in fact, pretty decadent! It’s pretty widely available, but I purchase it from Amazon.

If you enjoy protein shakes as a meal or a snack, you may wish to give this one a try.

Cheers!

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Book, In the Company of Women

“The lesson I’ve learned over and over is not to compromise on quality. Even though it might take twice as long to attend to all the tiny details necessary to make something shipshape, it’s worth the effort.”

I received this beautiful and inspirational book from a dear friend recently – it’s titled, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs. The author, Grace Bonney, happens to be the founder of the popular blog, “Design*Sponge” (in which she explores her passion for interior design, among many other things). In this book, she has interviewed over 100 women – creatives and change-makers – and collected the wisdom and insights they’ve gained. As one would expect from an interior designer, the book is also a visual feast…beautiful photos of the women, their workspaces, homes, beloved objects, etc. Each page is something to savor!

If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, please do! And keep in mind that this is also a unique and beautiful gift to give a special woman in your life. It’s a coffee-table book, for sure, but one that’s more than just a decoration or accessory. You’ll find yourself turning to this one again and again, whenever you wish to celebrate and elevate yourself and others. It’s ‘girl-power’ at its best!

Here are a few more nuggets to chew on:

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“My best asset cannot be measured or copied or calculated – it’s my mojo. I always lay that on the table first.”

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“Most times, my inner voice tells me in a flash what I want and need, and whom to trust. I’m learning to honor that inner voice.”

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“Women are the eyes and ears of the Universe.”

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Have a beautiful week!

Karen

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Recipe: Mesclun Salad with Pear and Gorgonzola (GF)

This salad has become my new “go-to.” I served it at Thanksgiving dinner and it was such a hit that I ended up bringing it to Christmas dinner, as well. And I’ve made it twice since then. Yup, when something works, I stick with it!

The tender leaves of the mesclun are the perfect base for slivers of Bosc pear, sweet onion, Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy pecans. It’s all dressed in a basic balsamic vinaigrette – super easy to put together and a very elegant start to almost any meal.

I prefer Gorgonzola to Bleu cheese because Gorgonzola is a bit less pungent, but you can certainly substitute Bleu, if you’d like. Same for the pear – I like Bosc, but any other variety may be used. It’s the combination of the pear’s sweetness and the sharpness of the cheese that’s just fantastic! And it looks so pretty on the plate that it’s a great one to keep in mind when you’re entertaining. Below is the recipe.

Buon Appetit!

Karen

Mesclun Salad with Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese

The tender leaves of the mesclun are the perfect base for slivers of Bosc pear, sweet onion, Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy pecans. It’s all dressed in a basic balsamic vinaigrette - super easy to put together and a very elegant start to almost any meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 5 ounce box of mesclun lettuce
  • 1 ripe Bosc pear sliced
  • ½ sweet onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, place the first five ingredients and toss to combine and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir well and add desired amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and give it another toss. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Serves 8-10.

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