Archive for September, 2016

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Soup

Friday, September 30th, 2016

boxwood clippings sweet-potato-soup

You guys know how much we love a good sweet potato, as well as a hearty soup, so here’s a recipe perfect to kick off soup season!

INGREDIENTS

three medium sweet potatoes
32 oz carton of chicken broth
one small onion
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Peel and cube sweet potatoes and dice onion. Saute in olive oil on med-high until onion is clear and potatoes are slightly tender. Add chicken broth, reduce heat and simmer until sweet potato is soft (about 30 mins). Blend with immersion blender and season with nutmeg and s+p to taste. Serve with a swirl of heavy cream. Serves four.

Best served on a chilly and windy day!!!

Sar and Em x

Halloween is Creeping In!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

As soon as the temperature dropped last week I was immediately ready to cozy up with some creepy decorations. I’m sure you guys were the same. What fun are shorter evenings without the fall candles and spooky accents, right?!

This year it’s been especially fun because the twins (now 2 1/2) have been more aware of everything, and really enjoyed looking though my Rubbermaids that are jam packed with orange and black. They kept saying “play with creepy toys…now?!”, it was all giggles until my talking skeleton head appeared…then the frightful tears came, such fun!

Although holiday bins are always fun to go through, I like new add little something new every year…

boxwood clippings | halloween decorations

I found the bat garland at the Dollar Spot at Target, priced at $3. It originally hung on black ribbon, but I re-stung it on baker’s twine and managed to make two garlands instead of one to hang on both sides of the molding in the dinning room.

So simple, and effective!

boxwood clippings | bat-garland

On our latest trip to Ikea, the girlies fell in love with these kitty pillows (see HERE), and used them as pillows in their carts while I browsed the rest of the store. At only $3.99 each I thought they were a really fun modern addition to our Halloween nook!

The other cushion covers I already had and such a steel at only $5 (link HERE).

boxwood clippings | halloween decorations

It always surprises me how easy it is to add a little festivity. Just a few bucks and a few minutes can really spruce up the season and make these long evenings more doable!

Hope you guys are enjoying cozying up too!

Sarah x

Inexpensive Marbled Paper Art

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We are so lucky that a Paper Source opened in Utah a few years ago.
This is one of our favorite stores to visit, it always has us oohing and ahhing at all their goodies. We love a good stationary store, and always find them inspiring.

THIS marbled wrapping paper with its gold veining really caught my eye and thought it would be perfect framed.

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I popped it in THIS frame, and loved how these two pieces worked together.

For under $20 it’s made quite the statement, even if it is just hanging in my loo!

Em x.

A Fall Salad

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Fall is in the air! Can you feel it too?
Yesterday we made the most amazing salad featuring yummy fall produce.
We just had to share it with you!
boxwood clippings | fall-saladINGREDIENTS

Spring mix salad
roasted squash and zucchini (20 mins broiled with S+P, EVOO)
sweet potato diced (5 mins in microwave then 20 mins roasted with squash)
bratwurst sausage (20 mins broiled)
cheddar and parmesam
drizzle of Brianna’s honey mustard dressing HERE
roasted sunflower seeds

This salad was packed with flavor, high in protein and oh so delicious!
What seasonal produce do you like to add to your salad this time of year? We’d love to give your favorites a try!

Holler Dollar: Antique Lace Ribbon

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Oh how we love a good Dollar Tree find, we can’t wait to share this one with you!…

ribbon

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re already getting giddy thinking about wrapping. Do you think there’s no such thing as too many ribbon choices? Good, us too! So we added spools of this delightful lace to our collections and for only $1 for 6 yards, it’s a great find indeed!

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This little gift was wrapped in basic printer paper, tied with the ribbon and adored with a sprig of greenery.

Lovely. Wouldn’t you agree?