Archive for October, 2012

Spicy Carrot Soup Recipe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Yesterday we made our Mum’s yummy, Spicy Carrot Soup. It is healthy, easy, inexpensive and perfect for a Halloween supper.

Here is the recipe:

2 lbs carrots

2 medium potatoes

1 large or 2 medium onions

2 knorr stock cubes or chicken stock

1/2 cup of long grain rice

Salt + Pepper to taste

Curry Powder to taste

Peel potatos and carrots and cut in even pieces, peel and cut up the onion/s. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and then saute the vegetables in the oil for a few minutes until partially cooked. Cover with water and add stock cubes (or chicken stock), add the rice and bring to the boil. Once boiled turn down the heat and simmer for at least an hour or until veg are very tender. Blend with a hand blender or blend with a food processor and season to taste with S&P and curry powder.

Serve soup piping hot, and garnish with blob of sour cream, a swirl of fresh cream, grated cheese, or a sprig of cilantro.

This soups is perfect with our favorite no-knead bread and  is so hearty and warming I think it should be a new Halloween tradition, it would be perfect before sending the kids out on a cold night! Thanks for the recipe Mum! What are you up to this Halloween?

Draper House: Thrift Cafe Chairs

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Nobody five years ago would guess that now one of my favorite things to do is to scour a thrift shop. What can I say, living on a strict budget as newlyweds made me get creative, and the high from finding something fantastic for a only a few bucks is hard to beat!

In decorating I am all about mixing the highs with the lows. I splurge on only a few items and then save big time on the rest.

Nothing too much will change to this approach with the new Draper house and I am on the hunt…

It is a rarity to find a full set of anything at a thrift store, so I literally gasped out loud when I saw 12 cafe chairs last week!

I snatched 8 up immediately and even negotiated my way into getting them for $4 each!

Cafe chairs are all the rage and it seems as though they are everywhere; Restoration Hardware, and Crate & Barrel just to name a few. I have been loving these curvy chairs and am so excited to have found some!

The chairs have been cleaned and sanded, are in the not-so-fun process of being primed with an oil-based primer, and are almost ready to paint. I decided I wanted a mis-matched look of dark wood and white before I even found the chairs, so now I just need to decide on which color:

dark table + white chairs

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or…white table + dark chairs

I know that last picture is just white table clothes, but ya get the idea. I am leaning towards the white table with dark chairs.

We are still waiting for permits to be approved with Draper City before the builder can break ground on the house but it should only be a few more weeks. I think I’m a little too ahead of myself, huh?!

Good news though, is that all of the design options have been finalized and I will be sharing them with you soon. Oh, and let’s not forget the longer the construction time, the longer I have to find some more thrifty treasures!

Do you like a good thrift store hunt or are you totally grossed out at the thought?

Glamours Gift Wrap

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Today I’m happy to be sharing a project over at Lil Luna, be sure to go check it out!

I’ve gone crazy for black and gold this season. I’m usually a silver and white girl through and through, but it’s been so fun mixing things up and embracing the warmer metallic. Em’s love of glam is rubbing off on me, and her roundup of products like THIS has left me drooling.

On our last trip to the Dollar Tree we spotted these fab gold present toppers, they look like paper fireworks and we couldn’t resist. Paired with a package wrapped in black butcher paper, it’s simple, glamours and (shhh) cheap. :)

The other packages were made up of left over gold wrapping from years ago, and a gold leaf (left over from HERE) made another nice statement on black too.

Do you guys end up with as much leftover paper as we do? Mixing it with a bold new colour really helps breathe fresh life into something you may be sick of looking at! Blending old and new is always a good thing. :)


Local Costco Deals

Friday, October 26th, 2012

When I nipped into Costco the other day for my rotisserie chicken, a few crazy deals caught my eye that I just had to share:

First, this throw is soooooo lush and very comparable to our absolute favorites from Restoration Hardware, but half the price at only $19.99

Next, white tissue paper…it’s an annual stock up and lasts the whole year for only $5.99 for  400 sheets!!!

And finally a local deal…Thanksgiving Point $50 gift card for only $39.99. Can be used same as cash and is perfect for renewing your Thanksgiving Membership. Our duo membership is $110, but with this we’d only pay $90…holler!!!

PS. Thanksgiving membership is the best deal in town even without the additional discount, see more details HERE.

PPS. Sorry for ugly pics, warehouse lighting is the worst!!!


Holler Dollar: Drawer Liners

Thursday, October 25th, 2012


The other day we had a very successful visit to the Dollar Tree we spent $28 which never happens. Christmas is almost in the air and we were feeling it!

But for now, on this cold Autumn day I treated myself to some new drawer liners. This lining was only $1 for 1.5 yards, enough to line four drawers (I used 2.5 rolls total).

The classic floral black and white print, matched perfectly with my traditional dresser. There’s something a little luxurious  about this project, I can’t pin point what it is…but for $3 I know I’m loving it!