The Brand Market ATL – Part 3 – Florals

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The florals by Juli Vaughn at the Atlanta Brand Merket workshop were so beautiful that I felt like they needed their own post:)

Juli came up with mini styling packages for each attendee so that we could all play around during the photography and iphone photography portion of the workshop. Such a cool detail and I am so grateful to her for going the extra mile.

These table centerpieces were such a welcome note to March. We were all in awe over the vibrant arrangements. So perfectly done. I knew if I let Juli do her thing she would come up with something spectacular. She is the bees knees and I highly recommend her for any floral and event design needs you have! She really went above and beyond what I was hoping for. The copper floral tape wall was such a fun element. And her studio? To die for.

We were lucky to be able to use Blue Eyed Yonder’s stunning wood table and chairs for this event. Have you seen the rest of their rentals?? Krista and her husband travel the south to find the coolest pieces for their collection and the rest they hand make! So cool.

The Raleigh workshop is already next weekend with NYC, and L.A. soon to follow. Whew! It is going to be quite a ride!
In case you missed, The Brand Market Atlanta re-cap Part 1 and Part 2.


These incredible photos are by the talented Kathryn McCrary. Atlanta brews some talented people!!



Farro Roasted Carrot and Crispy Chickpea Salad

Farro Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad - Stir and Scribble for IHODFARRO-SALAD-IHOD FARRO SALAD-IHOD

Farro Salad - Stir and Scribble 

FarroRoasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad 

Farro, Roasted Carrot and Crispy Chickpea Salad

Grain salads are a culinary gift that keeps on giving. They’re easy to throw together, last forever, and can be eaten cold or at room temperature. This Farro, Roasted Carrot, and Crispy Chickpea salad is one of my favorites and perfect for an easy Easter brunch side or a make ahead lunch for work. It also makes a great vegetarian main dish!

Farro is an ancient grain that is beginning to grow in popularity. Originating in the Meditiarrean, farro is actually three varieties from the wheat family and well loved in Italy (it makes an extra creamy and rich risotto). Farro medio that is pearled or semi-pearled, meaning part of the outer hull has been removed, is what you’ll typically find in your mega-market. Farro is similar to barley in texture but have wonderfully nutty favor and bite.

The ingredient list for this Farro, Roasted Carrot and Crispy Chickpea Salad may seem long, but only take about 20 minutes of hand on prep time – the oven does all the work for you. You can also easy swap one of the components for something similar – feta cheese is excellent in place of the Parmesan and you can easily swap thyme for parsley. 

Farro Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
For the Farro
  1. 1 ½ cups farro
  2. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 3 cups boiling water
For the Crispy Chickpeas
  1. 1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, drained
  2. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  4. ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  5. ½ teaspoon onion powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Roasted Carrots
  1. 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut on a bias
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
For Assembling
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. ¼ cup lemon juice
  3. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  5. ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  6. ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  7. ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the farro, butter, and salt in a 2-quart glass-baking dish. Add the boiling water, cover (with the dish’s lid or aluminum foil) and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest covered for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the faro with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  3. Spread the chickpeas out paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Set on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the salt, paprika, cumin, onion and garlic powders. Bake the chickpeas for 30 to 40 minutes or until dry and crispy.
  4. Toss the carrots with the olive oil and salt and roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.
  5. To finish the salad: Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon, and salt in a small lidded jar. Cover and shake to combine. Pour this dressing over the farro and toss coat. Add the crispy chickpeas, carrots, Parmesan cheese, and parsley and stir to combine well. This salad is best at room temperature but can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  1. Fair warning – the crispy chickpeas are highly delicious and additive for snacking! You might want to make some extra.
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 Meghan Splawn is a professional recipe developer, wife, and mama. Meghan’s blog, Stir and Scribble, is full of clever cooking and useful kitchen tips. She’s a fan of candy, classic cocktails, and fuss-free family dinners.  

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P.S. More Easter Dinner ideas.


Veronica Rose – 3 years old

Birthday girl Veronica Rose

v and gabe


Veronica Rose,

It’s like you knew you were turning 3 because you have an extra dose of sass these days. You have the cutest cheeks I ever have seen and hope they never leave you! Here are some other favorite things about you right now…

You love to stuff random things in a purse to bring with her on errands with me.
You always has her shirt inside out and her pants backwards.
You take much pride in getting yourself dressed, so I let you have at it.
You like to tell “baby Max” everything you are excited about.
You think all of Gabriel’s friends are your friends too.
You like to have mama “paint da mails” (paint your nails).
You could throw a ball for hours and have quite a mean pitch.
You always have a song to sing and dance to, and are our own live jukebox.
You have a love for adventure and ask pop to swing you on your feet every day.
You and Gabriel squabble often, but have a strong bond. He loves to look out for you, and you love to get into whatever he is doing.
You might be as strong willed as your mother, which hopefully will be a good thing one day. In the meantime you will probably continue to see a lot of time out time…

I know God has a beautiful plan for your life, because you have already impacted ours very deeply! Happy birthday my wild flower! We love you even more than you love treats!

Mama and Pop…and Gaber and Moose

P.S. A look back at her birth storyfirst birthday, and 2nd birthday


V’s Dress from Flor de Luz, Headband from Jen Ann Style