Gluten Free Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

01.30.2015 by Emily |

Can you tell we’re on a soup kick?

If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in, you’ve come to the right place!

Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

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Ingredients

one head of cauliflower

one can chicken broth (14oz)

one onion

2 tsp diced garlic

2 tsp butter

2 c milk

2 c sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c flour (we use THIS GF favorite)

Directions

Dice onion and chop cauliflower into small pieces. Melt butter and cook diced onion and garlic until translucent. Add flour and mix creating a paste texture. Whisk in milk and chicken broth. Add cauliflower and cook until tender (about 20 mins on medium heat). Salt and Pepper to taste. Blend with an immersion blender if you would like a smooth texture, but we like leaving chunks of cauliflower. Stir in cheese.

This soup is simple and delicious. Let us know how you like it!

Adapted slightly from THIS recipe.

Drab to (almost) Fab Bathroom

01.29.2015 by Sarah |

Our kids bathroom is awfully drab. There is no exterior light and it is pretty bare bones. We haven’t even hung towel rails yet!

Some major trim work is in need, but for now Valentine’s Day has given me an excuse to add a few pink accents.

It’s amazing how an ounce of color can brighten things up.

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I’m a girl that cannot pass up pretty glassware. This powder pink, faceted vase was a thrift store find for $1!

The floral hand towel is from World Market.

Mrs Meyers Peony soap is my absolute favorite, have you tried it?

So glad I brightened this space up while we’re figuring out permanent plans!

$4 Bobble Hats for the Lil’ Ladies

01.28.2015 by Sarah |

In England, we like our pom-poms on our babies extra large!

We discovered it was hard to find bobble hats (knit hat with a massive pom pom) in the states, so decided to make our own!

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Isn’t Jane so funny with her massive pom-pom?!

We found knit beanies for $.97, as well as extra bulky yarn for $2.97 at Walmart.

Here are the supplies we used:

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Two sheets of cardboard for pom-pom template (we used a cereal box)

Compass or two round objects for template (we used salad plate and a cup)

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 30 yds of yarn

scissors

We followed THESE instructions to make the pom-poms.

Because we wanted such a large pom pom and had such a big template we cut our yarn into 10 yard pieces to make it easier to work with.

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Last, we attached the pom-pom to the hat by cutting two little slits at the top of the beanie and tying two pieces from the pom pom in a double knot on the inside of the hat.

One hat took about ten minutes to make, and because we could make 2 pom poms from one ball of yarn only ended up costing $2.50 per hat!

What’s not to love about a warm and cozy baby?!!!

Valentine Bits and Bobs Garland

01.26.2015 by sarah and emily |

 

Happy Monday!

We’re starting the week off right by making our homes a little cheery for Valentine’s Day.

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We made these garlands with simple string and tying all sorts of ornaments, ribbons and ‘bits and bobs’ in pink, gold and silver.

This is the easiest and cheapest way we have found to make each holiday a little special in our homes!

Hope you all have a lovely week,

Sarah + Emily xoxo

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

01.23.2015 by Sarah |

Brad’s niece, Nicole introduced us to this amazing soup combo. It’s zesty, brothy, and creamy all at the same time and we could eat it all day long.

Zuppa Toscana Copycat Soup

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Ingredients

1 lb mild minced Italian sausage

3 large potatoes

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 cups kale

2 cans of chicken broth

1 quart water

1 c whipping cream

Dice onion, mince garlic cloves. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Brown sausage in large pot. Add water and broth. Place onion, garlic and potatoes in pot and cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and add kale and simmer for 10 mins before serving.

We hope you enjoy this amazing soup!

Original recipe HERE.

Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

The Twin’s Valentines Nursery

01.21.2015 by Sarah |

The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.

To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!

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My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.

Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!

Target Tuesday

01.20.2015 by Emily |

We are big into pink right now with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

As always, trusty Target has all of our needs and wants covered!

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1| We will never tire of pretty white dishes. THIS etched bowl is adorable.

2| We are huge fans of Orla Kiely, and now we really want to get our booties in gear with THIS cute exercise mat.

3 | Couldn’t resist THIS ribbon-detailed pillow for Jane’s nursery.

4 | Also couldn’t resist THIS tote. Perfect for little ones to grab and pull toys out without getting hurt like with plastic or baskets.

5 | A new pretty water bottle every once in a while gives us an extra little incentive to stay hydrated.

6| Cream + knit = always a winning combo.

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Janey is sure loving the nursery spruce up, but not as much as her momma ;)

DIY Peg Coat Rack

01.19.2015 by Sarah |

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

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I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

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How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

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 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

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 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

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Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

Simple Tomato Soup

01.16.2015 by Sarah |

Soups are one of the easiest things you can make, and we loveee this one because it has to be

THE EASIEST!

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You Will Need:

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 Cloves of garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juice

3 cups of water

salt, pepper, cheese and fresh basil to taste.

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How To:

Over medium heat cook oil, garlic and pepper flakes until garlic begins to turn golden. (About 5 minutes.) Add tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and let simmer until dinner.

Garnish with cheese (mozzarella is perfect), and basil.

This goes perfect matched with this Easy No-Knead Bread, or a simple grilled cheese sandwich,

YUM!

5 Mommy Time-Savers!

01.15.2015 by Emily |

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There are never enough hours in the day, right? This year I am working on maximizing time doing things I love and becoming more efficient at the things I don’t love (cooking, cleaning etc). Here are a few things that have been helping…

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No.1 Clorox Detergent

There is nothing I hate more than stained clothing. Ugh! THIS detergent is amazing! No more spraying everything before it goes in, soaking or re-washing. Time saver! This is on coupon at Costco right now so I make sure to stock up!

No.2 Dry Shampoo

There have been a few times since having Jane, I am simply too exhausted to get in the shower to wash, dry and style my hair. THIS product that Melanie at My Sweet Savannah recommended buys me one more day. Works wonders and is so inexpensive.

No.3 Gel Nails

Having a lick of nail polish on my fingers helps me feel a little more put together when I am covered in drool. I am loving the 2-step gel polish from Sally Hansen which I can do at home. So much quicker, cheaper and easier to maintain than going to the salon. It lasts about a week and comes off with regular acetone! ‘Blacky‘ and ‘Birthday Suit‘ are my current faves.

No.4 Double and Freeze

Cooking healthy, fast, thrifty and delicious meals is something I am working on this year. Lately I’ve been doubling whatever I’m making and throw half in the freezer. Nothing beats zapping a meal in the microwave and having dinner on the table in 5 minutes flat. Freezer bags are essential to keeping food at its prime. Ziplocks are also on coupon at Costco right now.

No.5 Quick Cleaning Sessions

Cleaning the house is the never-ending job right? Rather than getting overwhelmed I’ve been trying to do 30 mins a day and make sure to pick up and do the dishes before bed each night. Two separate 15 minute sessions are working pretty good. I set the timer on my phone and see how much I can get done. Lovely Mrs Meyer’s products really help me enjoy cleaning. THIS lavender all-purpose spray is my favorite.

Do you have any great time-saving tips? Please share!

Better Homes and Gardens Organization at Walmart!

01.14.2015 by Emily |

We always have our eyes open for stylish and affordable totes and baskets for organization projects. We were shocked when we saw these at Walmart:

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lined wire basket with chalkboard label $7.47

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 We’re telling you, these are ‘totes’ adorbs in person. hehe.

Are you working on any organization projects this January? Make sure to check out Walmart for great prices and style.

Gift Wrap: Pink and Gold for Valentines

01.12.2015 by Sarah |

We always try extra-hard to anticipate special events and holidays during the winter months…we need something to look forward to!

Here’s a little pink and gold wrapping inspiration we’ve created to get us excited for Valentine’s Day!

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We pulled a few gold sprigs and wrapping paper from our Christmas supplies and added it to our pink and white supplies. The fabric blush flower was a hair clip we found on clearance at Claire’s for .$50 and the gold heart is a pendant from an old necklace.

Ha! Now we can’t wait to start making plans for the month of looove!! How about you?

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

01.09.2015 by Emily |

Usually we are salad girls for lunch, but in January it is so hard to have salad when it’s so freezing, right?! We’ve turned to soup to warm us up and get our veggies in. This is one of our faves…

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INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash (3-4 lbs)

1 onion

2 celery stalks

2 large carrots (or 10 baby carrots)

2 cans chicken broth (28 oz)

1/4 c cream

1 TBSP curry powder

DIRECTIONS

Prep veggies by peeling, and dicing to roughly the same size. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil and saute veggies until onions turn clear. Cover veggies with broth and boil until squash is tender. Add curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for the 30 mins. Stir in cream before serving.

The celery gives this a little crunch and the curry powder a little spice. Play around with the amounts of ingredients for your personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

HGTV Dream Home 2015

01.08.2015 by Emily |

You guys!

Have you seen the HGTV Dream Home this year?! Best. Dream. Home. Eveeer!

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Can you believe someone is going to win this beauty?

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows to enter HERE and HERE everyday til Feb 17th for a chance to win :)

Organization Consultations Now Available!!!

01.05.2015 by Emily |

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

We hope your holidays were lovely and relaxing. We enjoyed a much needed blogging break and loved slowing down for a few weeks, seeing our baby girls experience Christmas for the first time. :)

We are back, refreshed and ready for this new year! Have you made some new year’s goals? Any involving organization? We are craving fresh and clean spaces, here are a few past projects that are getting us inspired!

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We’ve had lots of email inquiries asking about our services lately. We are so excited to offer our new organization consultations to make professional organizing accessible and affordable to you all.

Here’s How It Works:

We will come and personally meet with you to create a custom plan for your space that teaches you to how organize on your own! We will share our systems and keep you motivated as you work through the process.

Not only will organizing on your own time save you a bundle, we have found this to be so much more effective for our clients than traditional help, as we teach you the skills to have you organizing like a pro in no time!

For those of you not local to Utah we can even face time and skype consults!

Please email us at mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com for our rates and availability.

We are so excited and can’t wait to meet many of you!

Here’s to an organized 2015!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

12.25.2014 by Sarah |

Dear readers,

from the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you are feeling the magic of the season, and the blessings this time of year brings.

Love, Sarah and Emily

 

PS. Here’s a little something we found while helping our Mum sort out her closet. A once forgotten gem! Me and Em visiting with Father Christmas and for some unknown reason was published in our local paper!

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We’ll be taking some time away from our little blog this week to: relax, play, visit peeps, and hopefully find our brains again!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (click HERE) in the mean time.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Living Room + Dinning

12.24.2014 by Sarah |

This year we’re happy to have the challenge of two lil ladies crawling all over the place.

To protect the tree and other delicates we did a bit or rearranging of furniture. Everything behind the couch is not baby-friendly, everything in front is! Not the best placement of furniture for looks, but it sure beats baby gates.

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Four stockings this year! FINALLY!!!

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I never tire of our simple nativity, this year adorned with some fresh greenery.

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 The ottoman doubles as baby gate when we move it!

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Here are just a few deatails from the Dinning Room + Kitchen.

Again, baubles on a string makes a really nice garland. boxwood clippings_christmas decorations

 

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 And just a few bits and bobs for the pendant lights.

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In England the official “take down day” of decorations day is January 7th. We abide by that tradition, but even then sometimes I don’t feel ready!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Downstairs Bath

12.23.2014 by Sarah |

We’ve had such spacey “mummy” brains the past couple of weeks, we forgot to show you most of my decorations. My living and dinning look pretty much the same as past years (I’ll share a few pics tomorrow), but my little half bath got a touch of glam, inspired by Em as always!

I actually bought her a set of black and gold baubles in the clearance last year, but she has a new strict rule about no breakable ornaments (hilarious and tragic story for some other time). So I went ahead and used them for myself.

Up on a shelf, I don’t think they can come to any harm.


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 This year I’ve been rocking the whole “bauble on a string” thing. Sooo easy and a great way to work baubles that I have a plethora of.

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A thick black ribbon is everything I want and more!

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 Hope you likey!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!

Gift Wrap: Brown Paper and String

12.22.2014 by Sarah |

Yesterday morning I was finishing up some gift wrap and was impressed by how simple things always look so good.

Brown paper, basic string, a clipping from outside and a small bauble (just to be fancy) is all you need.

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 Of course a personalized tag is always fun.

Get yourself a nice thin pen (like THIS one) that will help flatter your handwriting.

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Wishing you happy wrapping, from our homes to yours!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

12.19.2014 by Emily |

We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.

They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!

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We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.

Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!