Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Entryway

Hi!!!!! It's been so long! Life with the business and toddler is crazy and beautiful, and we're expecting #2 in July :) It's a GIRL!!!! I can't believe it, I always thought I'd be the mother of boys but God blessed me with this little surprise and we can't wait to welcome her into our family and love the crap out of her.

So before July, I've kicked my decorating and nesting into high gear and have been working on lots of little projects around our (still new) house. For a few months, we thought we were going to put a gigantor addition on and even had the drawings and permits going, but we decided to halt the project and focus on our growing family. I was so excited about a new master bed and bath and lots more space but it's just not right, right now. SO this gave me lots of ammo to pour my love of style and design into what we do have and make it beautiful.

First up, entryway. We have a lovely large entry for the size of our house and I've waited for months until I was inspired to make it what I want. I think I finally arrived at that place over the past week and got to working on it. My favorite part is the gallery of my souvenir scarf collection. It's the first thing you see when you walk in and has my favorite US states on display in all their vintage glory.

Aren't they fun?? All these are available in my shop and I'm working on growing the collection to include all 50 states. 

Next up, the console table I painted black along with my shell display and picture frames. Shells in type trays could be my favorite art ever. 

And my DIY coat hanger I found at a flea market which painted and added old brass door knobs to hang pretty straw beach bags...

Like? I promise to keep posting on the sections I complete, this was fun! If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to email me.  I love hearing from my readers! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Mother's Arroz con Pollo Recipe

My mom is SUCH a good cook which has always given me inspiration to get into my own kitchen and serve up delicious meals just like she did for us growing up.

Quite possibly my favorite dish is her Spanish Arroz con Pollo, basically a quick weekday paella minus the pork and seafood. The flavors are exploding and it's a one-pot meal which is a huge bonus for mess and time. It's sort of hard for me to leave exact instructions because I eye-ball a lot of judge the next steps based on the moment but I'll try because you need to have this.

Here is what you need:

white rice
2-3 cloves of garlic
chicken broth
bone-in chicken breasts
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
string beans cut to bite-size pieces
peas (optional)
1 ripe juicy tomato
1 packet of Goya Sazon con azafran
lemon for garnish

Here is what you do:

Salt your chicken pieces liberally
Brown your chicken in a dutch oven with olive oil and the garlic cloves, removing the garlic once it's browned
Once you've sealed in the moisture and flavor of the chicken by browning it all around, remove it from pan.
In the same olive oil, sauté your peppers until soft and then add the string beans and peas if you desire
Chop up the tomato and throw that in as well and add another clove or two of garlic
Add about three - four cups of full flavor chicken broth (not the low sodium kind)
Put your chicken back in the pot with the veggies and the broth and let it cook and take on the flavors
Once it's almost cooked, it's time to add the rice. Follow the instruction on the bag on how much rice to add based on how much chicken broth you added.
Add the packet of the Goya Sazon (this is what turns the rice yellow) and let the rice cook and absorb the delicious broth
Once the rice is cooked, you're done!

Serve with lemon and you'll have a serious fiesta going on in your mouth.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hearty Beef Stew

I LOVE a good one-pot hearty dinner in the fall and winter seasons, especially when it's cooking on the stove-top all day long. There is nothing like walking into the aroma of a delicious dinner getting better and better as it sits in your kitchen while you go about your day. I grew up eating my mom's delicious stew and for some reason I've never given it a try. I was at my friend Jenna's over the weekend and the topic of stew came up (we're so hip) and she shared a recipe she had with me. I took her recipe and changed it a bit with tips from my mom and it came out AMAZING.  It's so easy to make because it's a one pot dinner, the only thing you really need is time to let it slow-cook so the beef braises and becomes "fall off the bone tender".

Here is the recipe I used:


2 lbs. of chuck meat, or stew meat
1 cup of red wine
(2) 8 oz. cans of Hunt's tomato sauce
(1) 12 oz. can of beef broth
1 medium onion
A few carrots sliced up into coins
2 potatoes (any kind) cut into 1-inch cubes
1 big bag of frozen mixed vegetables (I used the one with carrots, corn, string beans, and peas

Flour and salt the beef and make sure it is cut into bite size pieces. Brown the beef in a dutch oven in 3 tablespoons of butter and a little olive oil (do in batches).
Put the meat back into the dutch oven, add wine, and scrape the brown bits from the pot. Add the cans of Hunts and the can of beef broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for two hours.
Add carrots, potatoes and mixed vegetables and let simmer all day for as long as you want, yesterday it was like 4 hours.

Serve with rustic bread and voila!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Free November Printable - Watercolor Thanksgiving Place Cards

I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year as it will be the first time we are hosting in our new house! We'll have ten or so people and I've already started dreaming up the sides, pies, and place settings, and I'll leave the turkey to Brian...(scary!)
Anywho, I thought it would be fun to offer a free printable for all my loyal PJP peeps this November and these cute little watercolor place cards are it. My mother hand-painted them in her spare time and I converted them to graphic art to be able to share with the masses. I promise they will look super charming on your Thanksgiving day table, and even if you aren't hosting, you offer to bring them to the hostess! 
Click here for the free PDF download. All you need to do is print the file on some card stock or thick paper (US Letter size), cut the shapes and fold along the grey line, and write the names of your family and friends. You can obvi print as many as you like and please share the link ;)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last Day to Save!

Hi Everyone! Checking in quick to remind you that today is the last day to save 25% with the early bird special on our collection of holiday cards! Why choose Pure Joy Paperie instead of Minted, Tiny Prints, etc..? Well because we can custom tailor your card to however you choose, and because you're supporting a small business started by a mother working her a** off to get a business of the ground while taking care of a crazy toddler ;) And who knows, maybe we will be hiring soon and then we can all help each other! 

Monday, October 20, 2014


I know we've all just really started to get into the fall swing of things and I hate to rush the holidays but I wanted to share a special sale we're having on our almost complete line of holiday cards! Many friends and family have asked about our cards so I wanted to give everyone the chance to get them while the going's good and before the holiday insanity begins :)

Get 25% off your order with coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout. And please keep on enjoying fall, we still have plenty of time before the holiday season begins! Hopefully getting your order in early with an awesome discount will bring you peace once the rush gets going :)

Photos generously donated by the uber talented photographers Heather Golde, Allison Lassiter, Kerry Heftman (credits in each listing on Etsy).   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's Put Our Phones Down

My friend shared this on her Facebook wall the other day and it me hard, so much I could almost cry! We all want to stay in touch and it's so great, but we might be staying "too in touch" looking down at our little screens it's making us "out of touch" with the real, you know what I mean? 

Just thought I would share!