Friday, December 5, 2014

Wreaths, Garland, and a Tree

I love my little apartment a lot.
So decorating it for the holidays is something I look forward to all year long.
This weekend Justin and I are going to pick out a wreath, garland, and a small tree.

The photo above is not my apartment but it looks a little similar.  
My favorite piece of Christmas decor is the fresh garland 
I hang over the doorway into our breakfast nook just like the photo.

I hope to post some photos of festive apartment soon.

{photo from Libby Brittain}

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Flower School: Holly Berries

Holly berries add that perfect pop of red to a classic winter wedding bouquet.  
They also make for beautiful centerpiece additions and cake decor.  

Holly is available year round and has a vase life of around eight days.
You can learn more here.
You can purchase holly berries here.

Happy Wednesday.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Wish List

This year my wish list is a little practical.  
Things that I can't justify splurging on myself but I could actually use.  
Below are the links to everything on my wish list but more than anything 
I want a joyous holiday season with my family and friends.  
Its what matters most to me.  
I hope you enjoy!

I'm not usually a watch person but this one is gorgeous!

2. This coral sweater is sure to brighten up a grey winter day

3. Slippers.  My feet get cold and these would be sure to keep them toasty.

4. A new hairdryer that won't dry my hair out.  
I love my mom's and look forward to using it each time I visit home.

5. This colorful necklace is definitely on the top of my list.  
I love everything about it!

6. A camel colored coat.  With a belt.  
This one fits the exact description of what I've been searching for... 
at a price I can totally get behind.

Wouldn't this just glow in a dim room?!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I wish you and your family and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I'm going on a short road trip so I'll be taking a blog break. 
We'll see you back here first thing next week.

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Monday.

I had a long and exhausting weekend. 
I could not be more thankful for this short Thanksgiving week.   
To get through this rough Monday I plan on 
drinking lots of black tea and listening to this song.

What tricks do you have to get through a Monday?

{mug by AvenueBlue}

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

This year we are going to Portland for Thanksgiving.
I'm taking a little piece of my family's thanksgiving with me: 
My Aunt's Sweet Potatoes

Below is the not-so-secret family recipe.

Aunt Carol's Sweet Potatoes

 3 1/2 lb yams or sweet potatoes

4-6 Tablespoon butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk

1 cup dark brown sugar

4 tablespoon butter, softened

4 tablespoon flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bake yams or potatoes until tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours then let them cool

Increase oven temp to 375 degrees

Scoop pulp from yams.  Place in lage bowl.

Mash until smooth or use a food processor

Whisk melted butter and eggs into yams.

In small saucepan, heat the milk.

Stir hot milk and 1/2 cup of the sugar into the yams

Spread mixture into buttered 11 x 7 dish.

Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar, the butter, and the flour until crumbly.  
Stir in remaining ingredients.

Sprinkle over yams and bake until topping is crusty (about 30 min)

Do you have a family favorite?

{photo from Baked in AZ}