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HERE'S WHAT YOU MISSED

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Guess who’s back??? Back again. Shady’s back (we’re totally not shady BUT please tell a friend). First things first, we owe you an apology. We didn’t even say goodbye and I guess that is kinda shady. Blogging is A LOT of work and to be honest, we just got burnt out. Whether it was the topics or the frequency of posts, we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. We got to a point with our business where we didn’t know how to balance everything. Our content didn’t feel very rich and it was the easy thing on our plate to turn away from. Not this time! We’re feeling super energized and ready to feel the sense of community that blogging brings. We probably won’t post as often as we used to, but when we do, we promise it will be worth it.

With all of that said, hi friends! We’ve missed you and your constant support so much! It’s been 18 months since our last post so the very least we can do is catch you up. Here are the top 10 things you’ve missed since you last heard from us.

1. Kat turned 30!

This past summer we rang in Kat’s 30th birthday in Key West. Complete with flower crown night, a private boat charter, and the nightly Duval Crawl, it was a blogger’s dream. I won’t reveal too much now, you’ll most likely see lot’s more of this trip including a brand new Key West travel guide!

2. When it Rains Paper Co. website launch

Our clunky website finally got the makeover it deserved! We launched the new site last April but we still love it so much!

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3. We fell in love with Italy

What do you get when you combine German beer halls, sing-a-long Sound of Music tours, gondola and hot air balloon rides, and pasta making classes? Bliss. Heaven. Euphoria. All-the-dreamy-words! A good bit of summer 2016 was spent in Europe checking places and activities off of our bucket list. We visited Germany, Austria, and Italy but our final stop in Tuscany will never be topped. Ever.

4. We launched so many new products

When it Rains Paper Co. released several new lines since we last gave a business update. Here are just a few of our faves:

5. Mom got married

A lot of you who kept up with our last blog know that our dad passed away about 10 years ago. I’ll be honest, this was a bittersweet day for us but there is no one more deserving of happiness than my mom so we wouldn’t miss her special day for anything. Isn’t she so pretty?!

6. Official Pure Barre fanatics

Some you may remember we started Pure Barre before my 30th birthday trip to Miami. We picked it back up over the last year and officially hit our first milestone – 100 classes!

7. Etsy featured shop

EEEEK! Last August, we were selected as Etsy’s featured shop. With almost 2 million shops on Etsy, this was HUGE. Our frantic photoshoot and interview with Etsy were quite entertaining. Read the entire article here.

8. Bupper club still going strong

For those of you joining us for the first time, Kat and I are part of a Bupper Club. (Bupper Club, noun 1. Another term for book club + supper club. 2. A group of girls who like to read, eat, and talk about it.) Here are some of our favorite books you missed over the last 18 months:

9. We launched our wholesale program

The biggest When it Rains Paper Co. development over the last year has been the launch of our wholesale program and first ever catalog! It’s been a TON of work, maybe more than we planned for but it’s definitely the direction we want to go in. We’ll get into this in a future business post but Kat and I really want to spend less time doing order fulfillment and more time designing new products and getting them into retail stores. Maybe we’re already in a store near you!

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10. We traveled…a lot

Honestly did you expect anything less from us? It’s no surprise that we work hard so that we can play hard. Here are some of the adventures you missed. I see so many future travel guides!

Happy November y’all! It feels good to be back.

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Showering Baby Liliana

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Joanna, Kat, and I hosted a baby shower fiesta this past weekend. Our BFF for life, Holly, is expecting her first baby (GIRL!) in May. As some of you know, I’m kind of an event planning freak. (I mean that in the WORST way possible.) All the little details completely consume me and I go a little crazy. Poor Joanna and Kat always get roped into my crazy ideas. BUT if anyone deserves to have the most fabulous baby shower fiesta you ever did see, it’s Holly. Holly is one of the most kind, tender-hearted people I know and I’m so thankful she’s mine. If baby Liliana is anything like her mother, we’ll all be in love in no time!

If you’re looking to throw a fiesta, you have come to the right place. I’m sharing allllllll of my fiesta knowledge with you! Let me go ahead and get my shameless plug out of the way. Take a look at the invitations Kat and I designed for the event!

First thing’s first, THE FOOD. My mom made a batch of her famous Cowboy Caviar for guests to snack on when they arrived.

For the main meal, we had Willy’s cater for us. Best decision we ever made! I found it to be super affordable and insanely delicious. They literally deliver everything you need – steak, chicken, taco shells, salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, chips, rice, beans, and guacamole! I knew Holly was a fan of street corn so we added this recipe to our spread. SO GOOD. For dessert, we ordered churros from Kakao. If you’ve never heard of Kakao, just stop. Clear your morning and get there for a breakfast burrito. I guess we kind of cheated a little bit on the food by having everything catered – but it just meant we could focus on the atmosphere more!

We found tons of elaborate piñata garlands on Etsy and Pinterest but they were like $40 a letter. Sorry Liliana, I’ll think about spending that much on a garland for you when you are old enough to remember it. SO, we found this great alternative on Etsy. The letters are made of tissue fringe but it’s not actually a piñata – much more budget friendly! We also picked up tons of these papel picado garlands from this website.

Joanna has an awesome outdoor space at her house that she let us decorate. We schemed with both of Liliana’s grandmothers to get baby pictures of Holly and JP. There were definitely some photos they will have to reenact with Liliana!

I know this isn’t realistic for everybody, but if you just so happen to have a trip to Mexico planned while you’re in the midst of planning a fiesta themed event, it’s really helpful. This photo was THE inspiration for Holly’s shower so I just had to have these table runners. I actually found tons of Etsy shops that sell similar blankets….for $50 each. Kat and I were on a mission to find these blankets in Mexico and found them for $8.50! Yeah, I said $8.50. So we bought one blanket and had my mom turn them into table runners. Thanks, Mom!

So cactus’ are kind of expensive – you know I love you Pike but I just couldn’t spend $8 per cactus. We found a supplier out in California that ships mini succulents and cactus plants all over the US for weddings and events. I was super impressed with this company! We were able to get 30 baby cactus plants for the same cost as FIVE at a nursery here in GA. Other than the cactus thorn I had in my finger for 2 weeks, everything with Cactus Limon went smooth and I’d highly recommend them. Kat and I hand painted each of the pots and then let guests take them home as a party favor.

What’s a fiesta without a piñata? I’m not sure if Holly loved it or hated it, but we filled this gold star fringe piñata with lots of goodies for baby Lily. (We added our own tissue tassels. I’m a total weirdo and can’t just leave things alone.)

We love you Holly and can’t wait to meet baby Liliana in just a few weeks. I love her so much already!

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake

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Cason and I tried spaghetti squash several months ago and it was a total dud. I was looking forward to the “noodle” like consistency and it turned out to be a soggy/wet mess. After much encouragement to give it another try (maybe I overcooked it or it was a bad squash) I bought another one! Cason found a spaghetti squash pizza recipe she wanted to try so we altered it a bit and created our very own recipe. Needless to say, the outcome was delish! If you’re craving pizza and want a “healthy” version you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake:

:: 1 large spaghetti squash
:: 1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey or Italian sausage depending on what you prefer)
:: 1/2 onion chopped
:: 1 teaspoon minced garlic
:: 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
:: 1 teaspoon dried basil

:: salt and pepper to taste
:: 3 eggs, whisked
:: 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (I used veggie cheese and it worked great but feel free to use the real thing!)
:: turkey pepperoni’s

Step 1 | Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (Be Careful!) and scoop out seeds. Season with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once squash is done remove from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.

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Step 2 | Shred spaghetti squash and place in an 8 x 8 greased baking dish.

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Step 3 | In a large pan cook ground beef, onion, and garlic on medium high heat until no pink remains. Add pizza sauce, dried basil, salt, and pepper to the pan and mix well.

Step 4 | Add meat sauce mixture to the spaghetti squash strands and mix well.

Step 5 | Add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix everything together until you no longer see eggs. Place in the oven and bake 1 hour. When there is about 15 minutes left on the timer, top with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni’s then continue cooking.

Step 6 | Let rest 5 minutes before serving!

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This dinner hit the spot and I can promise you I’m adding it to my list of regular weeknight meals!

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Veggies

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Do y’all ever find yourselves in meal rut? Sometimes it feels like Kat and I rotate through the same meals and I’m just craving something different. While perusing Pinterest searching for new dinner ideas I stumbled on to this SkinnyTaste recipe and I knew we had to try it. It just screams spring. Roasted veggies and fresh herbs? Yes please! I altered Gina’s recipe a little (We used chicken breasts instead of dark meat and changed up some seasonings.) and absolutely loved the outcome! If you’re looking for an easy, week-night dinner, you’ve come to the right place!

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables | Serves 2

:: 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, sliced in half to thin them
:: 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
:: Fresh black pepper, to taste
:: Cooking spray
:: Asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in half
:: 1 Onion, chopped in large pieces
:: Carrots, sliced long and cut in half
:: Sliced mushrooms
:: 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
:: 2 Tablespoons olive oil
:: 1 Clove of garlic, chopped
:: 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
:: Fresh rosemary
:: 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano

Step 1 | Because we used chicken breasts instead of legs and thighs we brined our chicken so it didn’t dry out in the oven. We’ve never tried this before but loved the outcome. Here’s the site we used to tell you how to brine chicken.

Step 2 | Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Spray a large baking sheet (or 2) with oil.

Step 3 | Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Arrange everything onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. Make sure the vegetables are not touching the chicken so that they properly roast.

Step 4 | Bake about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are roasted and tender.

One pan and it tastes delicious it doesn’t get much easier than this!

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

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Can we talk about how much I love ice cream? Especially in the spring and summer when it’s warm and light outside for longer…gah, I’m getting excited just thinking about it! I remember every year for my birthday begging my mom to make me a batch of homemade because it was SO much better. Fast forward to present day when my doctor ruined everything and told me I was lactose intolerant. What a jerk. I’ve been searching for a good ice cream substitute and I finally found it. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. (Did you sing it like the Gwen Stefani song? Because I did.) I know what you’re thinking…Puh-lease. I read somewhere that frozen bananas blend into the texture of ice cream and it’s true. Who knew? I was a little skeptical at first so I tried it out and it was all kinds of wonderful! (You may have even seen me Snapchat it- that’s how much I loved it!)

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream | Serves 2

:: 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen

:: 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Step 1 | Slice up your ripe bananas, put them in a freezer safe container, and freeze for at least 2 hours or until frozen. ( I alway freeze them overnight.)

Step 2 | Put your frozen banana slices in the blender. If you don’t have a powerful blender, I would use a food processor. It definitely takes some work to puree the bananas to the correct consistency so you want a good machine.

Step 3 | Blend! (Scrape down the slides.)

Step 4 | Keep blending! (This is the dippin dots phase, scrape down the sides and keep going.)

Step 5 | Just keep blending it…you’re almost there. (You will reach a moment when you think “OMG! Bananas make this consistency?”)

Step 6 | Once the bananas are smooth and creamy add your peanut butter and blend one more time. Then serve! (If you like your ice cream harder you can stick it back in the freezer for a bit too.)

You’re seriously going to be so amazed at the deliciousness of this dessert! And the best part is you can spruce it up however you want. Instead of peanut butter add a scoop of Nutella, or honey, or dark chocolate…I think you get the idea. You can thank me later!