Salvation Mountain

There's a magical place south of Palm Springs called "Salvation Mountain." It's a wondrous place full of love, serenity, forgiveness, and acceptance. It is made completely of local adobe clay, and hand painted in the brightest, most beautiful colors. Built by one man, Leonard Knight, hoping to show God's love to the world, this mountain does just that. People travel from all over just to see this wonder. It is everything we hoped it would be.

We left LA at about 6 AM to get here at about 9 AM. We arrived to a quiet paradise where a rainbow mountain greeted us warmly. We got out of the car, grinning stupidly from ear-to-ear, taking it all in. It was nothing short of magical. Before taking any pictures, we walked the grounds...just being in that quiet moment. We strongly recommend going early before any crowds appear (and it gets too hot!).

Is it out in the middle of nowhere next to some maybe not-so-safe little towns? Yes. Should you really travel out of your way to visit? Absolutely.

Love & Hope

Jen

Blueberry Sweet Rolls

So, around here, Sunday's are usually my (Cort's) and my husband's "take it slow" kinda mornings. With crazy (and sometimes opposite) schedules, we don't really get a ton of time to sit, talk, drink our coffee, and enjoy a morning together. Growing up, Sunday was also the day where my mom or grandma made a big family breakfast and we all just kind of lounged in our pj's until it was time to do something else! So, even though our family out here in Los Angeles is just me, Tyler, and our pup, Lily, I still kind of like that idea. Make breakfast together, put on a pot of coffee, talk, read, and not worry about rushing anywhere! 

And these blueberry sweet rolls are perfect for Sunday Breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (13.8 oz) tube of refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp blueberry preserves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp milk (but we always use almond milk)

First, roll out the pizza dough on a well-floured surface, using a rolling pin or spoon to flatten it evenly. Next, spread melted butter onto the dough, making sure it reaches all the way to the edges! You don't need a lot, but just make sure the dough has an even coat! 

After that, sprinkle on your brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, & blueberry preserves----mix and spread evenly with a spoon! Then top off mixture with your blueberries & lemon juice! 

Now that your mixture is on the dough, take the edge of one of the shorter sides of the rectangle, and slowly roll up the dough! Try to keep your mixture even as you roll it up! Once it's in a roll, use a sharp knife to cut the roll into pieces. 

Place in a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, and bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes! 

When your sweet rolls have about 5 minutes left to bake, start mixing your glaze! Whip your powdered sugar, almond milk (or regular milk), and vanilla extract together in a bowl. I also added a splash of amaretto coffee creamer, cause Ty and I are obsessed with any and everything amaretto! Whip mixture until most of the lumps are gone! 

As soon as the sweet rolls come out of the oven, drizzle mixture over them so it gets all warm and yummy. Also, this is a recipe for a thin glaze, not a frosting! If you want it to be more frosting like, you could substitute the powdered sugar for cream cheese! Add some sprinkles if you're feeling crazy. ;)

And voila! 

Let them cool for a few minutes, make a pot of coffee, and just take it sloooooow. Because after eating one of these babies, trust me, there's no moving fast. ;)

Enjoy, loves! 

xoxo,

Cort

Girly Garb: Vintage Goodies

It's no secret that we love us a good vintage find! And if we haven't bragged on Los Angeles enough already, it is one of the best cities to find these super unique pieces. There are so many different vendors and shops, and believe me, we could easily spend every last dime on them! This probably won't be the only vintage-inspired Girly Garb that we do, because this is a newfound love of ours and we'll probably just keep talking about it forever and ever. So, you've been warned. ;)

Since moving here, I (Cort) have been dying to try this cute, 50's style diner called Mel's Drive In! There are a few locations around L.A., and I was just obsessed with how cute it was. So, when we got some of our most recent vintagey pieces from Unique Vintage (Jenna's skirt and Cortney's shoes), we decided to finally make it a point to visit! 

Like....holy cute, y'all. I was honestly expecting to see Danny & Sandy sipping on a milkshake in a corner booth. *cue "Summer Lovin"*. 

Speaking of milkshakes, you don't come to a diner like this and NOT order one. Obvi it had to be strawberry, because we're extremely OCD about color coordination. *shrugs* Although after seeing all the food being delivered around us, we both probably could've eaten one of everything on the menu. I was this close to asking the lady next to me if she was going to finish her onion rings. But I didn't. I kind of regret it. 

 

Whenever you're feeling a little tired of this decade, definitely pay Mel's a visit. Also, I'm pretty sure that in the 50's, calories didn't count, so get a milkshake (or two) and just be really happy about life in that moment. <3

Cort's wearing: Jumpsuit- Ladies Who Lunch Shop/ Shoes- Unique Vintage  / Donut Ring- Little Sweet Karen

Jen's wearing: Skirt- Unique Vintage/ Shoes- H&M / Top- Urban Outfitters

 

xoxo,

Jenna & Cortney