Easy Open-Faced Sammies

Monday, August 25, 2014

When it's hot outside (and inside!) and dinnertime rolls around, the last thing I want to do is slave over a hot stove in the kitchen for an hour making dinner. In an effort to try new dishes and save some time... I whipped up these oped-faced sammies in about 15 minutes. They're super easy, the combinations are endless and they taste delicious! They're best enjoyed outside on the patio, trust me :)

Check out all the ingredients that I used below... 

Easy Open-Faced Sammies
Serves: 2

Fried Egg Sammy
1 slice of bread (I used sourdough, toasted and rubbed with garlic)
1 handful of arugula (dressed with balsamic dressing)
1/2 small heirloom tomato
2 slices of prosciutto
1 egg, sunny-side up

Turkey & Cheddar Sammy
1 slice of bread (I used sourdough, toasted and rubbed with garlic)
3 slices of peppered turkey
1/2 small heirloom tomato
1 slice of cheddar cheese

Grilled Peaches
Slice peaches about 1/2 inch thick. Lightly drizzle with agave nectar and grill for a few minutes on each side. 

New Bathrooms!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We have a l-o-n-g list of things we want to do in the house. It seems that when we cross one item off the list, a few more get added! We've finished our living room project (which I have yet to share on the blog!) and before we tackle the kitchen countertops, we have two small bathrooms upstairs that we're going to renovate. We've already picked out all our supplies and can't wait to get started (we're buying everything from Lowe's)! We're getting new flooring, painting the walls, adding a new vanity, subway tiles and new hardware. We're going with white/gray tones for a very neutral and classic look. I just can't wait for this project to be finished! Right now the bathrooms have green linoleum and green marbled countertops... I will not be sad to see those go!

Family Photos - The Schmitt's

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Last weekend our friends popped into town for a bit (they live in Bend, OR!) and we snuck over to Gabriel Park so I could snap some family photos for them. Just when you think this little family couldn't be any cuter... they're expecting baby #2 in October (and it's a girl!). We love the Schmitt's!! :)

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Bucket list item: photograph a wedding.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Done! One item off my bucket list!

A few weeks ago I traveled to Mexico for Kara + Donny's wedding. I also had the honor of photographing their day. Let me tell you, I have a newfound respect for wedding photographers; it's not easy work. It's a lot of running around, trying to grab every shot. Hoping you don't miss anything.  But so much fun at the same time! In the end I'm really grateful to have had this experience & to photograph our good friends on their special day. I hope the enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Thoughts on our first year of marriage

Monday, June 16, 2014

Well, we made it one year, folks! Go us! In all seriousness it has been a fantastic year and it went by so quickly. I can't even tell you how many people told us that the first year of marriage is the hardest. To be honest we didn't listen to it (mainly because I know that everyone has different circumstances). For us, this first year has actually been the easiest. See, we lived together for almost 2 years before we got married and before that, were in a 2+ year long distance relationship. That long distance business, now that was the hard stuff. It really taught us so much about communicating with each other and really helped us develop some great tools and routines that stick with us now. I will always look back on our "long distance days" and be forever grateful for how far we've come.

From day one of living with each other it's been a good fit. I don't have enough hands on me to count the number of people that advised us against living together before marriage. While I really do appreciate others' concern for us, ultimately Luke & I knew what was best for us. So after 2+ years of long distance and roughly 4 months living in the same city for the first time, we dove right in and bought a house together. It was the best decision that we could have made for us.

Reflecting back on this past year, I feel as though we hit our stride and found a place in each other that we're both ourselves and comfortable in. During our first year of marriage we made a lot of plans for our future. We made some home improvements. Luke took on a lot more responsibility at work. He also supported and believed in me when I wanted to take a risk and change jobs. We bought a new car. We traveled to some new places together. We basically kicked ass at life together.

We'd be ignorant to believe that life is always going to be this way. We don't know what the future will hold, or what kind of obstacles we'll have to face together. We will however, be grateful to look back on our earlier years together and be so thankful for the foundation that we're building.

Here's to many more great years ahead of us!

*And in true Holly fashion, I went ahead and ruined our anniversary by contracting bronchitis. No fancy dinner out to celebrate, instead we sat on the couch all day. Ha!!

Library Ladders

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I wish we had an entire wall made of built-in bookshelves, with a library ladder strung across the top. How awesome would that be? My dream home definitely has this included. There is such a classic and sophisticated feel about these library ladders. It can really transform a plain shelf into something so much more. It adds an interesting element to the space, in such a simple way. Here are a few of my favorite. I'm bookmarking them in case we strike it rich sometime soon and move into our dream house... ;)

(Image 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summer Bucket List

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's the start of June, so I felt it was appropriate to break out the Summer Bucket List. I feel confident we'll get everything crossed of this list before the summer comes to an end :)

1. Go to Mexico!
2. Go Camping
3. Organic Brewers Festival: Forget the overcrowded Oregon Brewers Fest, this one is where it's at!
4. Ride the Wine Train
5. Day/weekend trip to Hood River
6. Take more walks with Gracie
7. Take my camera out more
8. Take the boat out!!!
9. Make a beach trip
10. Host a summer BBQ

What's on you summer bucket list?

See my lists from 2013, 2102 and 2011.