I get a lot of inspiration from various blogs out there, and love to be able to share some of my favorites with you all! I always look for inspiration for tons of different things: new recipes, home décor, crochet patterns, sewing ideas, and more recently, recipes for canning! I hit up a lot of various blogs, but of course I do have my favorites, and here they are (in no particular order).
Favorite for Everyday Recipes: Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen has some of the best recipes out there! I adore her fresh take on foods, and so many of her recipes are easy to follow and don’t have a million odd ingredients that you’ll only use once. Plus, her recipes are categorized in several ways: by ingredient, by season, by dish, by cuisine type…basically, any way you normally look for recipes, you can find them on her site. I really encourage all of you who love to cook to go check out her page, you won’t be disappointed!
Favorite for Home Décor and Renovation Ideas: Young House Love
This husband-wife duo have some of the best ideas out there for home décor and all things DIY! I’ve found so many cute things on this blog to incorporate into our home (or at least cute things that spark my own inspiration), and refer to their blog quite a bit for ways to fix and update things in the house. Plus, these two are incredibly funny and entertaining, which makes reading their blog a breeze!
Favorite for Crochet, Knit, and Craft Patters: Whistle and Ivy
This blog is relatively new to me, but I have really enjoyed reading Bethany’s posts and looking through her various crafts. She has quite a few crochet patterns available, some for purchase through her Etsy shop, and some for free. I haven’t had an opportunity to make any of them yet (sadly), but they are currently topping my project list for once I finish my mom’s afghan for Christmas. I’m currently coveting her pattern for Women’s Boat slippers (FREE!!), so that’s my first project on the list. I’ll try to do a post on it once I finish them up! I’m thinking, if they’re super quick and easy, I might be able to make some for Christmas presents to give to friends and family. Who knows, I might even be able to con J into wearing a pair!
Favorite for Sewing: V and Co.
Vanessa Christenson’s blog on sewing is my absolute favorite. I’ve used her fabric line a few different times on simple projects, and every time I think about starting another sewing project, I immediately head over to her blog. Her fabrics are absolutely gorgeous, and she is always making new quilt patterns for her blog. In addition to her quilts (which are gorgeous), she usually has more beginner projects interspersed within her posts, and I’ve been tempted to make a few of them. They’re very easy to read and understand, and I imagine they’d be a breeze to make. Her shag pillow is going to be my next sewing project once I get a moment to work on it! I’m thinking, if they’re super quick and easy, they’ll be nice little Christmas presents for friends and family. I might even be able to con J into wearing a pair.
Favorite for Canning: Food in Jars
I will admit, I’m new to the canning world. In fact, I’m so new, I’m still waiting for my pressure canner to show up from Amazon so that I can put it to good use. Growing up, my aunt would can, and my best friend’s mom canned, but my mom was having none of it. She would garden and cook, and could bake cakes that would make you cry tears of joy, but she had no time for canning. Nope, no time. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” So, I am a newbie when it comes to this canning craze. J and I have done our best to make a commitment to clean eating (though who can resist a McDonald’s cheeseburger every now and then) and we’d really like to eat as seasonally as possible. So, when I suggested we try our hand at canning, he thought it would be a great idea (though probably won’t help much, go figure), and off I went. I came across this blog and it has a great wealth of information on how to can, ways to can, and a ton of recipes to try! I think my first recipe is going to be her Tiny Batch Black Raspberry Jam, just to get my hands wet! So excited!
So, there you go, my Friday Favorites, blogging style! I hope you enjoyed my favorites, and feel free to leave some of your own, as I’m always looking for new blogs to explore and enjoy!