Archive for September, 2013

Em’s Halloween Bookcase

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We’re almost in October and with Halloween approaching I decided to gather a few black and brown items from around the house to make a spooky display for our front living room.

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One thing I really wanted in our new house was a fireplace. The builder was charging close to a fortune for one so we decided against it. Instead, I’ve tried to make a focal point in the living room with my trusty Expedit bookcase and decorate the top like I would a mantle.

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It was easy to make a spooky display with this black ‘creepy cloth‘ from the Dollar Tree and fake candles I found at the thrift store, which flicker and glow orange at night. Artificial leaves stuck into the creepy cloth also finished off the display nicely.

How are you decorating for Halloween this year?

Basic Quiche Recipe

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Quiche is one of my favorite brunch options for this time of year. Our Mum, Terri makes the yummiest quiches and today she’s sharing her basic recipe that you can customize with your favorite fillings.

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You Will Need:

9″ pastry

4 eggs

1 c cheddar cheese

2 c cream

3/4 tsp salt

Fillings. This quiche pictured above is feta cheese and spinach. Another family favorite is adding 1/3 c onions and bacon. Add as much or as little of your favorite fillings.

How To Make:

Heat oven to 425. Prepare pastry and line dish. Sprinkle fillings along the bottom of dish. Beat eggs slightly, beat in cream, and salt (pepper too if you like), pour on top of fillings. Bake uncovered for 15 mins then reduce heat to 300 and bake until firm, usually an additional 30 mins.

This quiche is very decadent with pastry, cream and cheese. Make a healthier version by forgoing the crust (gluten-free), subbing cream for milk, and adding veggies.

This recipe is so delicious and easy. I love how you can change it up depending on the needs of the family and on what you have on hand in the fridge.

Thanks for sharing Mum!

9 Things you Should be Buying from Anthropologie

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Anthropologie, oh how we love thee!

Stepping foot into this store is a little like visiting a art gallery. Very inspiring, and oh so beautiful. Here are some of our faves we think should be in your home:

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No. 1: Soap. Their selection of scents is to die for and can spruce up any old bathroom. A very cute gift don’t you think?

No. 2: Milk Glasses. These are adorbs, and total throw back. In store only $4 each, total steal.

No. 3: Hooks. Always handy, and always cute. An easy way to add character to any entry or closet.

No. 4: Mugs. A go-to favorite gift (see here), and a cute personal splurge. Perfect for this time of year when nothing can beat a cozy hot chocie.

No. 5: Candle. There’s nothing like a gorgeous smell to welcome you into a room. There luxurious candles do just that…yummy!

No. 6: Journal. What’s more enticing than a fresh leather journal? Let your ideas, dreams and wishes fun free in this one!

No. 7: Calenders that are pretty enough to hang in your house are always a good idea, even when the year is over you can frame the pictures. This one is adorable.

No. 8: Latte Bowls. Posted about how much I love them here, enough said! (Other than they are only $2.50 each!)

No. 9: Ring Dish. Just really cute, handy to have around. Trust Anthro to add a little extra charm to everything.

These are just some of our faves, it was hard to narrow it down. What are some things from Anthro you’d recommend over and over? Do tell!

 

Sarah’s Organization Project: Kitchen Corner Cupboard

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

My organization project has slowed down around here, but with the twins coming in Feb it’s got me kicking things up into high gear before they get here.

To get me back in the swing of things I picked a small but very rewarding project…

the dreaded kitchen corner cupboard.

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In the past I’ve found this odd shaped cupboard to be more of a nuisance than a help, and thoughtlessly crammed anything in there that was equally odd. Such as: magic bullets, waffle and ice cream makers.

However, I’m converted to the logic ‘less is more’ and found that everyday items such as napkins and straws can live here, and it can become a highly functional part of your kitchen. Take a peek…

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As always using our very favorite $1 tubs saved the day. I labeled them: straws, utensils, cupcake liners, and napkins. By grouping bitty items in an enclosed space, ensures randoms don’t run wild!

It’s also super handy to arrange items towards the front of the cupboard, especially when they are so deep, you want things at your finger tips, you don’t want to go on a treasure hunt!

Summary:

Project cost: $0 (already had everything)

Project time: 1 hour

Reward:

Valuable kitchen space is more usable. Now when the hubby asks “where are the kitchen straws?”, I’ll say “in the bin labeled straws, darling!”

Target Tuesday: Fall Edition!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Oh Target, you kill me. Here are a few of the things I am loving at your heavenly stores:

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#1 Brass votive candleholder. So chic and lovely for the upcoming holiday season.

#2 Sarah is obsessed with squirrels right now. I think these little guys would look adorable perched on a shelf in the twins’ nursery.

#3 Just ordered these leather flats on clearance for only $25. Yes, you read right. Leather. $25!

#4 Also ordered these wooden turned lamps and lampshades. The only hard part was choosing which color! Only $25 for base AND shade.

#5 This chunky necklace would go with everything and is available in both gold and silver.

#6 Three of my favorite words: Nate. Berkus. Basket.

#7 Softest organic blankets. Remind me of these expensive, lovely ones.

#8 Although I don’t drink, I can think of a zillion uses for this divine wood bar cart.

Great things at great prices makes me a very happy shopper. Thanks Target!