Disclosure: I am grateful to have opportunities to work with people and companies that I admire. Especially when those people just happen to be my neighbors! Thank you for supporting small businesses. All opinions expressed are my own.
Today we’re going to discuss ALL the green things. I’m talking about kale, granny smith apples, parsley and succulents.
Yes, I said succulents. But don’t worry. We aren’t eating them. We’re just looking at them.
You see, last week I had the pleasure of working with Lynn Steeves, the talented designer and green thumb behind Flora. And I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce her and her visually stunning “living works of art” to you all today. P.S. Don’t miss the coupon code below!
Lynn creates her distinctive pieces from a variety of carefully chosen succulents and backgrounds, often using reclaimed materials whenever possible (think driftwood and antique frames). Her living, breathing artwork makes a beautiful addition to any home, work space or outdoor area. And talk about a unique gift idea or party favor! I’m especially crushing on her chalk board pieces, which have brought so much life and personality into my little kitchen.
I always love learning about how small business owners have turned their passions into a career. And Lynn’s story is one that is familiar, but nothing short of amazing. She started making vertical succulent gardens for herself, and soon friends and family caught wind of her creations and began asking Lynn to make special pieces for them. Realizing the demand for her designs, Lynn worked to get Flora off the ground and turned it into the thriving business that it is today. If you live locally, you can find Flora at selective small shops, farmers markets and special events. And if you don’t, no worries! You can visit “Flora’s Etsy shop and get living works of art delivered straight to your door!
Since I think we can all use a little “spring” right now, I’ve teamed up with Lynn to offer Floating Kitchen readers a special discount on purchases made from the Flora Etsy shop! Just enter the coupon code FLOATINGKITCHEN at checkout to receive 15% off your order. The coupon code is good for all orders placed (US delivery only) during the next two weeks (02/04/15 – 02/18/15). Seriously, you don’t want to miss out on this!
In the spirit of succulents, I wanted to make something equally vibrant and green to share with you today. So I figured it was the perfect time to test drive a Kale and Apple Soup recipe that I had been eyeballing for a few weeks now.
Now, don’t go and write this soup off as some weird dieter recipe. Sure, it’s packed full of greens and it can certainly be labeled “healthy”. But it also has bacon and mascarpone cheese in it, which gives it a rich, luscious taste. It’s definitely not all watery and one-dimensional. Those are not good characteristics, in food or otherwise. It’s great served with a grilled cheese, or you can bulk it up with some additional toppings (roasted chickpeas or croutons are both fabulous!).
Don’t forget to place your Flora orders and think spring!
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn