Cottage Couple Session

At Coco Lane we are all about slowing down, taking the time to value the moment and those around you. With that in mind I couldn't be more thrilled  to share the lovley Katherine Ridgely cottage couple session with you all today.  Make sure you read to the end of the post, as Katherine shares a wonderful Lavender Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini reciepe and trust me it looks delicious!

From Kathrine: Every season of life brings its own unique definition of busy. Our calendars surprise us every month with how many events have flooded each day, and each moment of rest seems to become more sacred and scarce. 

I do believe in removing what we would categorize as unnecessary busyness from our lives, but what we really need to turn our attention to is how we can take advantage of the moments in-between the chaos to bring more purpose and life to our greatest relationships. 

Taking a slow stroll down your quaint neighborhood with no agenda. Sitting on your porch swing with a fresh batch of french press coffee. Making a simple morning brunch with your love. These moments are sacred and will pass us all by if we are not intentional with our time.

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Try slowing down this weekend with your most precious people. Here’s a simple brunch recipe to help slow you down and enjoy those sweet in-between moments.

Lavender Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini | Modified from Life of a Strawberry

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

Whipped Goat Cheese:

- 2 oz. Cream Cheese
- 8 oz. Goat Cheese
- Salt and Pepper to Taste

Crostini:

- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 3 Sprigs of Fresh Lavender
- 1 Baguette, Sliced
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 6 oz. Blackberries

Preparation:

Whipped Goat Cheese: 

- Crumble the cream cheese and the goat cheese into the bowl of a food processor. Blend for approximately 10 seconds. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
- Scoop the whipped goat cheese into a small bowl and set aside.

Crostini:

- Pour honey into a small saucepan. Add lavender and stir to combine.
- Warm honey over low heat for approximately 10 minutes to help the honey absorb the lavender flavour. Remove from heat. 
- Place baguette sliced in a single layer onto a sheet pan. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees until the bread is lightly toasted.
- Top each crostini with a bit of whipped goat cheese, then with a single blackberry.
- Drizzle a bit of warm honey and lavender over each crostini. Serve and enjoy!

 

Photographer: Katherine Ridgely | Style + Design: Sarah Evans Weddings | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Hair + Makeup: The Blush Salon | Models: NXT Models | Recipe - Modified: Life of a Strawberry

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl