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A Little Box Advent Calendar

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

One of our favorite things about Christmas is…the countdown! We loved having advent calendars growing up and can’t wait to share the excitement with our girls this year.

We came up with this super easy and cute advent calendar perfect to personalize for your own family.

This would be such a fun activity thanksgiving weekend to make with the kids and get them excited for the best month of the year!

boxwood clippings | diy advent calender of boxes

Boxwood clippings | diy advent calendar

boxwood clippings | diy advent calender of boxes


boxwood clippings | diy advent calender of boxes

set of 25 candy boxes HERE
bulk hershey’s kisses HERE
baker’s twine HERE

First we numbered and decorated the boxes, we kept it super simple but imagine the fun you could have with this! Then we placed one candy per family member in each box. Lastly we tied up with string, hopefully this will keep little hands from digging into the chocolate early!

That’s it. The easiest advent ever! We will be displaying ours on a cake stand for the dining table and plan to open them after dinner each night in December.

We think this would make a super cute family gift too!

It’s the little things that makes the Christmas season a little brighter don’t you agree?!


PS Utah locals! Gygi offers free store pick up, just add items to cart and choose in-store pick up under shipping options.

Jam and Cream Sandwiches

Friday, November 4th, 2016

We’ve been wanting to experiment with Puff Pastry for a while now…it’s another one of our nostalgic British childhood memories of yummy flaky pastry we’ve been hoping to recreate.

We found some ready to roll out and bake Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry in the freezer section at Walmart of all places, and had to give it a try…


We rolled out the pastry, cut it into rectangles and followed baking directions until it turned golden brown. As soon as it was cool enough to handle we sliced the now thick pastry in half like you would a croissant and added raspberry jam and fresh whipped cream. We dusted powdered sugar on the top to finish it off.

You guys. These were amazing! The little girls LOVED them.
They are a perfect, easy treat for your next book club/baby shower or what have you.
They will be the hit of the party!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Sarah and Em xx

Say ‘Cheese’, and head to Costco!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

I have such a sweet tooth that it’s hard for me to get as equally excited about anything savory, but cheese does just that!

Really, this is the perfect snack/meal for me: a great cheese, yummy crackers and ripe fruit.

(Lets not forget, easy prep and zero clean up)

I sometimes wonder why I don’t eat like this every day!

boxwood clippings |cheese-2

Costco is by far the best place for cheese. This Cranberry Wensleydale is a family favorite and although it’s imported from England I swear you wouldn’t know it by the price. Only $6 for the block above. With the holidays right around the corner their selection is better than ever. What I always love about Costco is that if I buy something I don’t love, it’s always returnable…even food!

These crackers are also on sale now for around $5,50 for 5 boxes. My twins have been loving them.

boxwood clippings |cheese-2

With these prices it’s basically the same as nibbling on Cheddar and Wheat Thins, but SO MUCH BETTER and more sophisticated don’t you think?! I feel like a grown up now…well, almost!

Sarah, x.

Baked Peaches

Friday, October 7th, 2016

boxwood clippings | peaches

Utah peaches are so amazing right now. Bake them in the oven with crumble, serve with cream and you have the most amazing dessert ever for these cool and chilly autumn nights!


4 peaches halved
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c butter
1/2 c flour
1/2 c oats
dash of cinnamon
cream/ice cream to serve

Make crumble by combining oats, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon should be crumb-like. Place peaches face up on cookie sheet or baking dish and spread crumble over top.

Bake at 350 for 30 mins until crumble is golden brown and peaches are soft.

Serve with heavy cream or ice cream and enjoy every. single. calorie. Serves 8, or you can eat them all up for yourself and we won’t tell a soul!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

-Sarah and Em x

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!


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


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