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Gluten Free Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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.

$4 Bobble Hats for the Lil’ Ladies

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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)

hat

 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?!!!

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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

boxwood clippings Italian sausage and kale soup

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

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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 ;)

Simple Tomato Soup

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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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!

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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!

Mini Acorn Moccs Giveaway!!!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Morning y’all! Remember THIS post about baby moccs? Well we are thrilled to tell you all about the most amazing company we found!

Mini Acorn offers high quality baby moccasins for such an insanely low price, only $19.99!

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It was hard to believe until we tried them out. They are as soft as butter, look so high-end and stay on our active babies’ feet really well.

The little ladies are loving them!

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We’re excited to announce Mini Acorn is giving a pair of moccs to a lucky Boxwood reader!

TO ENTER:

1. Hop over HERE to Mini Acorn, take a look around at which pair you’d like if you win and subscribe to their site (bottom of page).

2. Follow us on instagram HERE and leave a comment there letting us know which pair you’d like if you win!

Good luck friends and Merry Christmas!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSES MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY DEC 19TH. WINNER ANNOUNCED VIA INSTAGRAM.

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Twin Girl Nursery

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

You know when you’re single, or childless you can find yourself daydreaming of random “one day” moments. No? That was just me?!

Well I’ve been dreaming of decorating a nursery for years, and I feel so blessed this year to finally have two little ladies to decorate for.

White, blush, gold and silver were the color choices, and I just love how soft and magical it feels in there.

Are you ready for a total photo overload?

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect “1st Christmas Ornament” so I was VERY excited when Tiny Prints asked us to look at their line of personalized ornaments (click HERE). It didn’t take me long to find the perfect match for their nursery.

I added a cream ribbon, but the color scheme of a black and white image, silver frame and pink text was really perfection.

They are so adorable, they even made me tear up a little when they arrived. Such a special year to make a keepsake to have forever.

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Do you have a favorite room you’ve decorated this season?

We’d love to see, tag us #boxwoodclippings instagram so we can see!

Gift Idea: Easy Chocolate-Dipped Chips

Friday, December 12th, 2014

You guys! Have you ever had chocolate-dipped potato chips?!

Yes, it sounds gross, but don’t knock it til you try it!

It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and we’re gifting it this Christmas to those hard-to-buy-for men in our lives, as well as neighbors and co-workers!

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Ingredients:

Crinkle-cut kettle-style potato chips

Milk chocolate (our fave from Gygi HERE)

Directions:

Simply melt and dip chips and lay on parchment to dry.

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We fell in love with THESE adorable popcorn containers, which are perfect to hold the chips wrapped up with a little cellophane and THIS twine.

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C’mon, you know you want to give them a try! Nom, nom, nom!

Best of Boxwood: Yummy Homemade Gifts

Monday, December 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving, which means it’s time to whip up some homemade treats! Here are a few Boxwood favorites!

Perfect peppermint creams HERE

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Easy caramel pretzels HERE

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sweet + salty dipped tangerines HERE

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classic peppermint bark HERE

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roasted almonds HERE

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mini caramel apple sampler HERE

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 Are you gifting any homemade items this year? What do you have in the works?

A Holiday Salad: Clementine, Pomergrante, Turkey + Bacon!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have leftover turkey in the fridge?

Here’s a perfect salad to use it up…

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Ingredients:

pomegranate

clementine slices

roasted turkey

cooked bacon

raw sunflower seeds

cheese (any will work, we used mozzarella and parmesan)

greens (we used spinach and arugula)

blush wine vinaigrette (HERE) or make your own similar dressing (see HERE).

Directions:

THIS tutorial changed my life… I really didn’t know seeding a pomegranate only takes a minute. You can go as light or heavy as your like with all these ingredients. We like a lot of pomegranate and bacon!!!

Prepare for your taste-buds to explode! This is the perfect side dish for the holidays or serve as a main dish when you need something a little lighter in this season of indulgence. Let us know what you think!

Mini Mince Pies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.

I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!

Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.

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To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).

Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.

Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.

Cook until golden brown.

 

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For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.

The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.

Ummmmm!

Festive Meringues

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The season of food is here, and we already can’t get enough.

We’ve posted about THIS meringue recipe several times, but we just love how simple and to-die-for delicious they are.

This time we topped them off with the usual whipped cream and seasonal pears + peaches. We added just a light dusting of ground cinnamon, which really gave a festive zing

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We swear by meringues because they are the perfect light dessert after a big meal. We’re even having them as part of the Thanksgiving line up this year.

But the really good part is that they can be made up to a week or more in advance and stored in a tin, so there’s very little prep day of consumption…LOVE THAT!

(PS. They are naturally gluten free too, which is a double win win for us!)

 

Sparkle for Less at Walmart

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!

You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!

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Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!

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There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!

How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!

Holler Dollar: Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

We just LOVE Target’s Dollar Spot this time of year.

Simple little toys like these make awesome stocking suffers, and for just $1 you really can’t go wrong!

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The jingle bells are especially festive, bring on the holiday cheer!!!

Holler!!!

Target Tuesday: Christmas 2014!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Can you believe the stores are full of Christmas? On one hand we don’t want to be sick of Christmas by the time it arrives, but on the other we can’t help but get excited when see such new and exciting things for our favorite season!

Here are a few faves from the one and only….

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1. Faribault wool throw

2. chevron place mat

3. white bottle brush tree

4. pine cone wreath

5. ceramic stag

6. birch bark tree

7. textured place mat

8. antique glass mason jar

Which is your favorite?

Gluten-Free Caramel + Chocolate Oat Bars

Friday, November 7th, 2014

We are so addicted to these amazing oat bars…

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INGREDIENTS

Butter (and lots of it! 1 cup)

2 c flour (depending on your gf mix you may need more, we used THIS)

3/4 c brown sugar

1 1/4 oats (we used THESE ones)

2 eggs

1 cup chocolate chips (our fav HERE)

1 cup caramels (THESE ones are GF)

DIRECTIONS

Stir together softened butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and eggs until mixture looks like crumbs. This is when the amount of flour can fluctuate. If mixture is too sticky and won’t crumb, just add a tbsp of flour at a time until it will.

Use half of the mixture to press into a greased baking dish (we used a 13×9) and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Sprinkle chocolate and caramels over cooked base and top with remaining crumb mixture and cook for 30 mins until golden brown again.

Refrigerate for 2 hours to set before serving.