• Emory Ann Kurysh

    Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I am a blogger, online store owner, prairie girl, vintage fashion lover, wife, and writer for HaveHeart Magazine. Welcome to Hello, Scarlett!

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a lumberjack and his dog

1.jpg 2.jpg4.jpg 5.jpg6.jpg 7.jpg8.jpg 9.jpg11.jpg 13.jpg14.jpg15.jpg 16.jpgTowards the end of Spring and beginning of Summer, we took a trip to the same national park that we tend to visit for every one of our wedding anniversaries. While we were there during our last visit, I photographed Geoffrey (my husband) and Truman (my dog) in the wilderness. At the time, I was planning on creating my own pet photography business, and I was using them to build my portfolio for documentary-style pictures. After all, cheap subjects are the best subjects. Wait, does that even make sense? Regardless, my plans didn’t really come to fruition over the Summer months like I had intended them to. Mostly because I was too busy with work, travel, or planning our house. More recently, it is because another venture has come up. This is something that I am so excited to share with you all, but not today.

Geoffrey and Truman were incredibly fun and easy to shoot. With a camera, not a gun. With the slim pickings of clothing that he brought on our camping trip, I did my best to coordinate his outfit to fit the Manly Lumberjack look that I was going for. A wool jacket, crew neck sweater, jeans, hat, and dark shoes had to suffice. After studying some animal photography books, I began our session indoors, and eventually took it into the great outdoors where we had more freedom to roam and thus more flexibility within the photographs. We also had waited for an overcast day to help with the mood. During editing, I heightened the contrast, added more green and purple tones, and utilized the zoom and blur features within Photoshop.

I am pleased with the general outcome of the pictures, however, it will have to mark my one and only attempt at a photography business. At least, for now.

<3

Emory

picture ourselves in edmonton

14A mere week ago, Geoffrey and I were driving back from our trip to Edmonton, Alberta. We went there for a major buying trip for The Little Barn, coupled with a near end to the summer holiday. I love that city so much. It will always remain one of my favourite places to live in, and it is the place that I aspire to end up when planning out my latest adventures and life goals. 

Rather than taking along my camera, I decided to Instagram the entire trip instead. I’m beginning to regard Instagram as the highest form of social media. In my opinion, Facebook is filled with useless information about people that I am barely acquainted with, bad photos, and horrible grammar. Twitter is something that I cannot wrap my head around and am not yet clever nor interesting enough to spew out witty one-liners every few hours. Instagram, ah, she’s something else. Here is a tight-knit community of artists, poets, travellers, lost souls, and Facebook wanders who come together to discover new places, meet new faces, and experience beauty in a square photo. Well, minus the Facebook-ers. I love it.

So, my friends, here are my photos from our trip!

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Tips to a successful road trip: 1. Mac computer 2. One digital camera 3. One Polaroid camera 4. Tripod 5. Numerous cords 6. Cute clothing 7. Vitamins What are your must-haves?

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My husband lets me dress him in my wish list until I’m ready to pay. Sweetest. Man. Ever.

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Lucky Brand #selfies.

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My #UrbanOutfitters adventure.

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Sunset // Treescape

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Shopping outfit // Day 2

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Husband eating breakfast alone // One leg and Instagramming behind a pillar

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Crate & Barrel #exhausted #selfie.

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My happy place // 💃💃

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Stopped at a train #selfie.

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“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac, On The Road

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Back at IKEA // Day 3

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IKEA Apartment Lovin’ // ❤💑
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Super // Man

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#WHPLineMeetsCorner // ⌈ ⌉

So, if you have Instagram, add me @hello_scarlett_blog so I can connect with you, too, on a deeper level. Did that sound creepy? A more intimate level? A more personal level? A more photographic level? You get the picture. The square picture.

Have a lovely week!

<3

Emory

let’s cuddle in the spare bedroom and discuss decor

screen-shot-2014-05-13-at-9-03-44-amscreen-shot-2014-05-13-at-9-06-02-amOur two spare bedrooms in Little Green were a mix between country and rustic. When I had initially decorated them, I was going for more of a country/modern look, but over the next two years I had changed the layouts and content of the two rooms so much that they no longer had a defined style. They were stuck between a randomized bohemian look, sort of like a clown from a travelling circus was told to decorate each room and he did so, while on drugs. They were a mess.

I’ve been gathering ideas for spare bedrooms from all over the internet. This time, I would like a defined style, and to know exactly what furniture is going into the room as well as the layout before we move in. That way, my psychotic clown alter ego will be at bay and my usual anal retentive, organized self will be able to take over.

These are my four most inspiring photos thus far:

6a00d8358081ff69e201a3fd2a30e4970b-800wiImage via Elizabeth Morrow’s Home

4.jpgImage via Ralph Lauren’s Ranch

3.jpgImage via Free People’s Workshop

2.jpgImage via Moonshine Hill Inn

Do you have any ideas or images that you would like to share?

<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: holly’s baked quesadillas with gluten free sweet potato tortillas (noisette)

sweet potato tortillas preovenHola, friends and feliz Friday! It’s time for another post in my A Blogger’s Dozen series!! Today’s guest blogger is Holly from Noisette. This is the part where I would normally write about how lovely and sweet Holly is, and talk up her inventive and delicioso food blog. However, she wrote the cutest introduction herself, so I’m just going paste it for you all. You guys will seriously become enamorado with Holly’s cooking and personality, and not just this Mexican-inspired meal which has me speaking Spanish. Make sure you visita her blog, pronto! Arriba!

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Emory

Hello, I’m Holly and welcome to my guest post here on Hello, Scarlett. I can’t even begin to say how excited I am to be here and that I hope you enjoy this recipe. I had great fun creating it and even more fun eating it!

Holly

sweet potato tortillas ingredientsBaked Quesadillas With Gluten Free Sweet Potato Tortillas:

(set aside an hour or so to prepare this meal and get it in the oven, bearing in mind you’ll also need to prepare and cook the tortillas)

The filling:

2 large chicken breasts
Olive oil, for frying
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 (400 g) tins of chopped tomatoes
5 tsp of chili flakes
5 tsp of cayenne
5 tsp of salt
2 tsp of paprika
1 tsp of liquid smoke (optional)
2 gloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of tomato purée
1 onion, chopped
2 peppers, chopped
100-150 g of grated cheese (such as mature cheddar)
200 ml of soured cream

The tortillas:

500 g of sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 tbsp of olive oil
180 g of gluten-free flour, plus more for flouring
5 tsp of xantham gum (omit if using plain flour)
5 tsp of salt

Steps:

1. The Sauce. Begin by making the sauce. This gives it plenty of time to reduce and the flavours to deepen. Do this by emptying the tins of tomatoes into a medium saucepan; add the chopped tomatoes, chili flakes, cayenne, salt, paprika, liquid smoke and garlic. Leave this to bubble away on a medium heat, stir occasionally.

sweet potato tortillas22. The filling. If you haven’t already, chop the peppers and onions and set aside in a bowl. Make sure your cheese is grated and your chicken chopped.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the chicken until it begins to turn golden brown, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t completely cooked as it’ll be going in the oven. Set aside in the pan.

3. The tortillas. Now these can be difficult to handle but my tips are to keep flouring everything and to use a spatula and rolling pin to persuade your tortilla off the work surface.

Boil the chopped sweet potato until cooked, 10-15 minutes in a medium saucepan.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Drain and mash the sweet potato and then add the olive oil, flour, salt and xantham gum, stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they make a rough dough. This requires some elbow grease and will take a little time. Add more flour if too sticky (but make sure you’ve incorporated all the flour first) or more olive oil if too dry. Place a cast iron skillet or heavy bottomed pan onto a medium heat (with no oil).

sweet potato tortillas3Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it with your hands until it forms a ball.

sweet potato tortillas4Flatten the ball slightly and top with flour.

sweet potato tortillas5Split the ball into 6 and then repeat the step above, i.e. roll the dough into a ball and flatten slightly on a floured surface. Flour the top of the dough and roll into a thin circle, approximately 3 mm thick. I found rolling slightly then flipping over and repeating an effective way of preventing the tortilla from sticking.

sweet potato tortillas6Pick the tortilla up off of the work surface and lay it over a rolling pin (optional, but I found it will help to move it in one piece) and then transfer it carefully to the hot skillet. I found rolling it onto my flat hand and then gently laying it in the pan (careful not to burn your fingers) the easiest way. Don’t be disheartened if your first one sticks to everything, roll it back into a ball and start again.

sweet potato tortillas8Let them cook for a minute or two on each side (flip with a spatula), until they begin to colour and crisp up. Pile them up on a plate as you go along.

sweet potato tortillas7Once all the tortillas are cooked, place half the sauce in frying pan with the chicken and reheat, until boiling and then remove from the heat once it has begun to reduce. I like the peppers and onion to be a little crunchy and as such put them in the tortillas raw; if you’d rather, you can cook them in the sauce with the chicken before using them in the filling.

Pour half the remaining sauce into the bottom of an oven proof dish, such as a lasagne dish.

sweet potato tortillas9Make sure you’ve got the chicken, dish, tortillas, peppers, onion and grated cheese nearby.

sweet potato tortillas10Into each tortilla place some onion, pepper, chicken and grated cheese (keep half the cheese to top the whole lot at the end). Roll the tortilla up and place it in the sauce-lined dish.

sweet potato tortillas11Repeat for the 5 remaining tortillas and then top with the remaining quarter of the sauce.

sweet potato tortillas12Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then top with soured cream and the remaining grated cheese and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

sweet potato tortillas finalServe and enjoy! I really loved this dish and didn’t feel like it was a Mexican substitute at all, the tortillas were tasty and doughy and there were lots of lovely flavours going on. I hope you like it too; it has inspired me to attempt to make gluten-free lasagne. I’ll keep you posted.

This isn’t a quick meal but it isn’t very complicated either, it just requires a little patience. I recently changed my diet to paleo and on less strict days, just gluten free. I found gluten was really affecting my blood sugar and have felt much better since cutting it out of my diet. However, there are things I miss; I love bread and pasta and I was recently pondering what I missed most and decided that I was craving Mexican, but tortilla wraps were out of the question. I then remembered that there are recipes out there for sweet potato pizza and therefore it must be possible to make tortillas out of sweet potato, too. I set about making this dream a reality.

Holly

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

what i bought – uo beach towels

5.jpgNow that hell has frozen over and I’ve become a regular beach bum, I decided that it was time to invest in some beach towels. I turned to no other place than my favourite hipster store, Urban Outfitters. I bought a Relax towel for myself, and a Pendleton towel for my husband. But like any good mother, I love them both equally. ;-)))

29627304_011_bPendleton Glacier Park Towel $38

31244965_030_dRelax Beach Towel $12 (was $24)

4.jpgWith my towel, flats, Kinfolk Magazine, and Polaroid camera packed, I’m ready to hit the beach. See you all on the flip side!

<3

Emory

 

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