Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring 2016 Nails

OPI Strawberry Margarita
OPI Heart Throb
China Glaze Make a Spectacle

Friday, February 26, 2016

Cauliflower Two Ways {Pinned and Tried}

The food of this week apparently was Cauliflower. We are eating very healthy and trying out new recipes. This week I tried two new recipes I had pinned on Pinterest- one that we absolutely loved and one that didn't make the cut.

Number one was Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from (Click for recipe). I used it as pasta sauce on veggie noodles with broccoli and chicken. (Side note: I was extra excited to try this out in my new Blentec blender with the "sauces" button, which worked flawlessly by the way. Not an endorsement, just love my blender!) I served it to my family without telling them what it was. They all told me it smelled amazing and then they tasted it- and LOVED it. They didn't even realize it was cauliflower sauce until after their plates were empty. We definitely will be making this again. And again times infinity.

Big mom hi-five in the air for me! Lindsay from pinchofyum also uses it for creamy garlic rice and chicken alfredo pizza sauce, which I would love to try.

The second recipe was basically substituting a cauliflower mixture for pizza crust. I used a cheesy cauliflower breadstick recipe I had pinned and basically made a pizza crust with it. I followed all the directions, multiplying times four to feed the family and putting it on a cookie sheet. After cooking for 40 min, I spread a little bit of red sauce on and sprinkled pizza seasoning and cheese over the top the same way I do homemade pizza. After cooling for a few minutes I cut with a pizza cutter into "breadsticks." Unfortunately, it didn't go over great. I liked the taste but the rest of the family thought the cauliflower taste was too strong. Also, even after all that baking, they still were limp and kind of like an omelet consistency. Maybe it needed to cook longer? I guess we'll never know since I won't be cooking it again :( But I praised my family for trying something new and humoring me! I served it with a delicious spinach salad so they weren't too starving :)

So those were our dinner adventures this week! Have you tried anything new lately?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Product Review: Nordic Ware Mini Heritage Bundt Pan from Williams-Sonoma

I got this lovely Mini Heritage Cake Pan for Christmas and couldn't wait to try it out. I wanted something like a mini loaf pan that I could make my pumpkin bread and other things in, but this one is so much more fancy than just a regular old loaf pan. I was nervous the cake would stick but I read every single comment on and it gets great reviews so I thought I would give it a try.

I whipped up a box of cake mix I had on hand, sprayed the pan with non cooking spray and dusted it with flour before pouring the batter. They only took about 20 minutes to bake, then I let them sit on the cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Then turning it over and with a few enthusiastic taps (bangs) on the bottom of the pan, they came out beautifully.

If I had time, I would have photographed them with a dusting of powdered sugar and cute packaging. 

I was very pleased with my pretty little cakes! I'm very happy with this product and can't wait to use it again. (No one paid me to say this, just thought I'd share.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2015

I think this is the most complete tour I've done of this house on the blog. I do it mostly so I can remember, but I hope you enjoy too. Lots of pictures!!!

The weather outside is frightful! We've had more snow since this picture was taken and are supposed to get even more this week and through Christmas. Even though I honestly don't love the snow, I am so grateful that for the most part this winter we have still had sunshine. Even though when we woke up today it was zero degrees!


DIY boxwood wreath with red gingham fabric ribbon


Silent/Holy Night Pillow Covers.  Green Canvas Pillow Covers. Black Buffalo Check Pillow Covers. SureFit slipcovers from Target. Plaid Blanket from Ebay.

We have a toddler who likes to break ornaments. Maybe someday I will get to put them on the bottom half of the tree again *sigh*. We bought a lovely real tree this year. Tree skirt from Pottery Barn.


Metal Letter from Hobby Lobby.

Our grandparents' vintage ornaments look extra special hanging on the chandelier.

Plaid tablecloth Better Homes & Gardens from Walmart.







I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Home Tour. You can see more details for each room by searching this blog. Thanks for stopping by during this most wonderful time of the year!

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