huevos rancheros (sort of)

I’m back with a fitness update! If you remember the post from December – My Journey to Me… which some of you found encouraging/inspiring (and that was my goal), I just wanted to keep you all posted on how it’s going. Real talk!

I finally hit my goal weight in January, after 18 plus months of hard work (can I get a woohoo?)! Oh, wait, there’s a card for that (one of our new happy cards).

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Now, I’m sure any of you who’ve seen me in person (or just in pictures) knows that my goal weight is not supermodel-thin, or actress-thin, or even average street-thin. Rather, it’s healthy and strong, and it’s the spot where I look in the mirror and think – “you look pretty good.” I recognize that unattainable goals can be a slippery slope, so I’m happy where I’ve parked myself, and here I stay.

My new goals (goals are important!) involve challenging myself – completing unnassisted pullups, holding a longer plank, stilling my mind more.

But the reason I popped in today is I wanted to share with you what is possibly my FAVORITE breakfast of the past almost two years. The breakfast that really got me through it all, made me happy and full and healthy each morning I had it.

I present to you… my version of Huevos Rancheros. It’s so simple and easy, one pan, done in 7 minutes. Total, start to finish.

Begin with 2-3 cups of fresh spinach – cook them in a pan over dry heat (no oil, no water necessary) until they wilt:

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Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of black beans (I use Trader Joe’s Organic as the sodium is lower). Add 1/2 cup of salsa, as hot or mild as you like, or as pico or rojo as you like. Sometimes in the summer I just use straight tomatoes.

Heat it all up, and make a bed for two eggs – crack them right in there and put the lid on.

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Cook five or so minutes, depending on the heat of your pan and how done you like your eggs (I like mine medium/not too runny for this application).

Remove from heat, salt and pepper, and add less than a tablespoon of shredded cheese (I used to leave this off entirely), and some fresh cilantro:

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Oh, and you can add in four tortilla chips (not more!! and no snacking from the bag!) to stud the top. I don’t usually add this, but it’s a fun level of decadence occasionally. Only add it if it won’t slip you down the slope of eating the whole bag. 😉

Now, I like to save dishes, so to round out my ideal morning:

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Just add water, coffee and the New York Times Crossword puzzle. Happy day.

This recipe has so many variations! Green onion, avocado, flax seed are all great additions. But just remember, the base is simple and easy and always there for you.

Nutritional Value:

Calories: 314 (287 without the 4 chips)

Fiber 6.7 grams

Sugars 4.8 grams

Protein 20.5 grams

Carbs 26 grams

Vitamin A  212%

Vitamin C 82%

Iron 28.3%

Calcium 28.9%

Not bad, right? For someone like me, who can’t handle drinking her breakfast in a smoothie, it’s a wonderful option. I can guarantee you, it also makes you feel very full.

So, for any of you on a similar journey here’s another card for you…

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You’ve got this!!

hello, hello (mike check!)

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This is a little note to any loyal, amazing, still-remaining readers I have here on the blog (hi mom!). It has been quite the year of silence, hasn’t it?

It’s been a huge amazing year of growth for Wild Ink Press, from buying and renovating a building in downtown Chico, opening a retail shop, revamping our website, hiring new employees, with tradeshows, travel and of course, our regular other jobs of raising three boys and running a rice farm. If you’ve been following us on instagram, you’ve probably seen highlights.

But I want to resurrect this little spot as a place to share special things with you! Why? Well, there isnt really any other spot to go in depth into little remodel bits, before and afters, designs I’m excited about, recipes I love, etc. Social media, while fun and charming, cannot cover the ground that a blog can to share a bit of the richness of life. Joie de vivre, as the French would say. So I’m looking to bring some of that back here!

Here’s what I’m NOT promising:

  1. regular, multiple posts per week.
  2. multiple process shots (you might have to settle for one before/after pic or one pic of a finished recipe).
  3. any rhyme or reason to the content involved (it’s going to run all over the map! Like I said, this is my happy place to be a renaissance woman)

Here’s what I AM promising:

  1. fun random things! books I’m reading, recipes I’ve made, fitness tips, small business anecdotes and snapshots of daily studio life.
  2. more short and snappy posts, less image heavy but occuring with greater frequency than, say, last year and this year combined. (this should not be hard)
  3. family will be involved, my boys are at the crazy stage in their life, so if that bugs you, you can skip those posts!
  4. interior design and letterpress. always, and always, those are my two true loves, so I’m just gonna run with that.

In light of the above (non regular posting, randomness, etc), I suggest you do one of two things: add us to your RSS reader (I like feedly), or Subscribe to Wild Ink Press by Email. An email will be sent to you on the day I post to the blog (around 10 am PST). In order to sucessfully sign up, you need to enter your email address and then confirm click on a link that will be sent to you. Lots of people sign up and don’t get to this last step (check your spam folder). That’s it, you should be all set!

News & Happenings (let’s play catch up)!

We have a new website! Most of one, anyway. A snappy new e-commerce shop and intuitive interface! Coming soon: revamped blog and custom/wholesale ordering directly online!

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We opened a brick and mortar shop in December!

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It has been a joy to run and absolutely my favorite thing about the new space downtown (183 East Sixth Street, Chico, California). Our hours are Tuesday through Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2. If you come by, you can almost always see the presses in action, whirring from the back.

You may have seen my hulking-self on some billboards around town for Golden Valley Bank! Yes, that is my bank, and I do love it. They made a pretty neat video about our letterpress studio and the process of making a greeting card. Plus, the kids make it in the video at the end (read: candy)…

Save the Date!! Saturday evening, June 27 –  We are planning Wild Ink’s six year anniversary (can you believe it’s been six? Check out our original grand opening here) with a Summer Social! It’s going to be so much fun – we have the Itinerant Printer visiting us to pull art on our Vandercook and Chandler & Price, live printing demonstrations, music, ice cream (we hope) by Schuberts, fizzy drinks, kid’s activities, a live band, photo booth, take-away print, you name it! It’s our “official” Grand Opening of the Brick & Mortar (December was our “soft” open, I’ve been told) and we can’t wait to celebrate!

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Okay I’m going to leave you on that note. Thanks folks and see you around here soon!

we’re hiring!

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Yes we are!! Would you like the above to be YOUR business card? (And yes folks, that’s our new address!) We are expanding our team and looking for someone special to join our crew of six. Read below…

We are looking for:

A Sales Manager / Accounts Specialist / Marketing Creative (all rolled into one smart person)

About you:

  • Strong attention to detail (this is not optional!)
  • A thorough knowledge of letterpress and Wild Ink Press’ brand essence
  • Warm, enthusiastic and take direction well
  • Able to nurture and maintain client relationships
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Experience in sales and marketing environment
  • Amazing phones skills and a good sense of humor

What you’ll do:

Wholesale Accounts

  • Maintain and motivate wholesale accounts
  • Establish new customers
  • Special mailings (offers, gifts, thank yous)
  • All wholesale information management

Sales Reps

  • Develop new rep relationships
  • Maintain current sales rep communications
  • Calculate commissions

Marketing

  • Travel 3-4 times per year to Tradeshows and other engagements (mostly NYC, usually one week at a time)
  • Research and establish marketing plan both locally and nationally
  • Come up with promotional strategies
  • Be involved in Social Media and blogging as necessary

Incidentals

  • Occasionally act as a personal assistant to Rebekah (errands, second on photoshoots, etc)
  • Be able to operate front sales at the retail shop and cover main sales persons lunchtime/off shifts

About us:

Wild Ink Press is a letterpress studio and greeting card company in Chico, California. We value fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and fun ideas. We are a growing young company with a warm and friendly environment and excellent work ethic.

Etc:

25-35 hours per week (potential to full time) Compensation DOE, with bonus structure for accounts.
BS/BA strongly preferred, computer proficient on a Mac and with Word/Excel (In Design & Illustrator a plus!)

Send brief bio, photo (if you have one) and  résumé  to: hello (at) wildinkpress.com with the subject line Marketing Creative. Absolutely no phone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

 

PS how pretty are those business cards?

PPS you’ll really like working for us!

new work: beer premiere.

Happy New Year, friends!  I’m back at the blog, and I have some delightful posts lined up that I am dying to share with you… namely our studio before-and-after – the biggest remodel I have ever done! Plus opening up a stationery shop in downtown Chico! Oh, and I’m planning a post on clean-eating ideas and menus, since I received so many nice emails and comments asking for something like that.

Anyhow, I’m trying to share more of the amazing and fun work we get to do behind the scenes here at Wild Ink Press. We do so many print jobs that never see the light of day (beyond getting into the clients hands, that is), so I’m trying to break that habit and give you more of a dose of what we print here at the studio. Some of our favorite things to print, besides our greeting cards, natch, is work for our local community. Whether it be a hospital gala or the university Christmas card, we love getting to ink up the presses for a Chico business. So, when Sierra Nevada (heard of them? ;)) asked us to letterpress two invitations for them, we were delighted to help! We had previously worked with them on a limited edition Beer label (anybody remember the Maple Stout?), which I was able to share on instagram but once again forgot to blog about.

So, here I am, sharing. 😉

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These were printed two color inside and out, A6 size, with kraft envelopes.

Just a note for folks looking for custom printing work – you can save money by having the same PMS colors and size on two jobs being run simultaniously. There’s not as much set up, so we can trim the time on press a little.

 

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Aren’t those little acorns* cute?

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Now if I had only been invited to one of these parties…

Happy Tuesday, folks! Enjoy the short workweek!

 

*hops. Inside joke.