Sunday, February 19, 2017

Plated Review: Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Beet Risotto

So, I signed up for my third subscription meal box! I love, love Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, but I decided to take advantage of the deal with Plated and try a box. My plans were to get the discounted box then cancel, but oh my gosh...these three meals were a win!!! I scheduled it to arrive on Tuesday so that I would have meals until Sunday, since Peter is at work.

Meal #1 - Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Beet Risotto & Charred Lemon

Absolutely delicious!!!! While I love, love pickled beets, and the Beet & Berry salad at The Shark is my fave, I had never cooked fresh beets before. There were three different colors: the regular red beets, a yellow beet, and a red/white striped beet....interesting....


1 bunch baby beets
1 lemon
1 shallot
⅛ ounce thyme, divided
8 ounces vegetable stock
2 packets unsalted butter
1 cup Arborio rice
½ cup red wine
2 fillets wild Alaskan salmon
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:

The beets were a wonderful addition to the risotto which was a perfect side for the salmon. DELISH!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Cups

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Cups

Whisk 12 eggs then add - 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt, pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, diced onion, peppers, mushrooms, ham (or bacon or sausage), 1/2 cup spinach, 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean. 
Be sure to spray your muffin tin well. Makes 12. Freezes well!

Friday, February 17, 2017

No-Bake Energy Bites

-No-Bake Energy Bites-

1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together & chill.
Roll into 1/2" balls.
[Makes 18]

Delicious -- perfect for a quick breakfast or snack!

Here are a few more I want to try.....

Cranberry Almond Bites

1 cup oats
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries - chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup almond butter


Maple Almond Bites

2-1/4 cups oats
3 T. almond or oat flour 
(you can grind oats if you don't have these)
1/4 cup almond butter
3 T. maple syrup
2 T. apple juice
2 T. water
1 T. almonds

Trying out a new k-cup...
I like a mild coffee, not too strong or bitter....
this one is actually pretty good!! :O)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Banana Chia Coffee Smoothie

Banana Chia Coffee Smoothie

3/4 cups brewed coffee
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup almond milk
2 T oats
1 T chia seeds
1 T honey
1 cup ice

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{guest room progress}

We have carpenters!!!!!!! Yaaaaaaa!!!!!! I am so happy that this project is underway, after many months and a few obstacles. I'm actually surprised that I've been so patient, but I know there is nothing we can do about circumstances! Anyway, the project got started last week and I am already so in love with this room!!! The ceiling tiles and trim are up, and the wood floor is about halfway completed. They skipped today, so I spent the day painting. I touched up the walls [Behr: Wheat Bread; satin] and painted all of the wide ceiling trim [white; eggshell]. It's looking good!!

Here are a few pics:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pioneer Woman: Red Velvet Pancakes & Maple Buttermilk Icing

The Pioneer Woman Cooks
A Year of Holidays Cook Book
Recipe-a-month Cooking Challenge [2/12]

February 2017
Be My Valentine!! <3
Valentine's Day is all about showing those special people in your life just how much you love them! And what a better way than cooking up something yummy - like Red Velvet Pancakes!!! <3
Since Peter will be back to work on Valentine's Day and Nathan was home for the weekend, Sunday morning seemed like the perfect time to make this sweet treat!!


3 cups + 2 T. cake flour
3 T. baking powder
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. white vinegar
4 T. melted butter
2-4 tsp. red food coloring

  • Heat griddle over med-low heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Add flour to a large bowl, along with baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Add cocoa and whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bow, mix together milk, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar.
  • Pour mixture into dry ingredient sand whisk gently until batter just comes together.
  • Then whisk in melted butter.
  • Add food coloring and whisk into batter.
  • Scoop about 1/4 cup per pancake onto griddle, cooking slowly until done.
  • Makes approx. 15 pancakes.

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
dash of salt
4 T. melted butter
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
2 T. maple syrup
  • Combine powdered sugar, salt, and melted butter in a bowl.
  • Add buttermilk, milk, and syrup - whisk together until smooth.
  • Stack pancakes and drizzle with icing.

My review: We are not huge breakfast eaters, but I thought since both Peter and Nathan were home, but wouldn't be for Valentine's Day, I'd do something festive for Sunday morning breakfast. This recipe didn't disappoint, but was super sweet! It's not something I would make everyday, but for special occasions like Valentine's Day, this was a pretty & tasty treat!! <3

A Year of Holidays!!

(1) January 2017 {LINK}

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday

This was in my daily devotions this morning.........

(a) ummm yes, I'm two days behind which is why this really hit me in the face :O( and (b) I love the Marie Kondo reference) :O)

I am a super "busy" person. I thrive on piddling around the house and getting things done and checking off lists. I spend A LOT of my day -- organizing and decluttering and cleaning and just doing things, but sometimes I can put too much time on these "things" and can't seem to find that extra quiet time for daily devotions (every day not just when it fits into my "schedule").

It's not only important to declutter your home, but it's very important to keep your mind free of stress and worry, usually over things we really have no control of anyway. We (I) should pray more for God's peace and joy, instead of being so caught up in every day busy-ness and while I enjoy every minute of the organizing and fixing up the house or even watching IG story videos, I know that if I invest more time in my daily quiet time with God, that will be even more rewarding.

I love when I read something in my devotions that makes me stop and reevaluate things and refocus on what really matters.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday's Mom Tip [5/52]

[5/52] painting tips

Place a rubber band around your open can of paint to wipe your brush on.
No more drips down the side of the can. (this one's for me!!)

painting hacks, painting tips, cleaning tips, DIY, home improvement, life hacks

Line your paint tray with foil or a plastic bag for easy clean-up.

10 Paint Secrets: tips &amp; tricks you never knew about paint! Great tips!

Instead of getting your paint tray covered in, well, paint, use a plastic bag to line it and pour th... - Courtesy of 2 Little Super Heroes

and I love this handy trick!

Cut out the side of a milk jug to create a paint holder with a built-in handle and brush-holder.:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

top ten + pin it tuesday: farmhouse love

I'm loving all things farmhouse these day-- and here's some inspiration that I've been pinning!

(1) cotton wreaths and stems // magnolia or boxwood wreaths on old windows, chalkboards, or mirrors (2) trays - wooden, basket, galvanized or wooden tiered, or cake stands (3) cute pillows (4) open shelves  (5) any and every thing reclaimed or distressed wood - especially counter tops! (6) cutting boards (7) metal or wooden bar stools (or a combo of both) (8) white dishes (and Rae Dunn pottery fits in nicely!) (9) signs (10) shiplap

23 grapevine wreath adorned with cotton bolls as shown. Simple country style that is timeless...

Cotton Stem - Magnolia Market | Chip &amp; Joanna Gaines – The Magnolia Market

Laurie on Instagram: “Blogged my Friday Favorites today! There's all sorts of randoms like where you can get this minty little clock, my new favorite concealer and details on the cutest rug ya ever did see! pop on over, check it out and let me know what you're lovin this week at [or link in bio!]:

Farmhouse style fall kitchen decor. Wooden tiered tray. Wood tray. Farm fresh homestead:

Kitchen: Basket platter with green element, salt and pepper shakers and napkin holder.

Rustic Rectangular Tray with Leather Handles | Williams-Sonoma::


Affordable farmhouse pillows available on Amazon! Get the Fixer Upper style for your home while shopping in your jammies! Joanna Gaines loves using neutral pillows to create farmhouse style. All the links on the blog | <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.theharperhous...</a>


Our Industrial metal brackets are perfect for building open shelving units like those seen in the show. All you need is the wood for the shelf, and you're ready for a simply DIY!:


Rustic coffee station

Coffee bar:

LOVE these! Super easy DIY Farmhouse Frames by Little Glass Jar.

White plate + sign on cabinet by sink // bread box // cutting boards // open cabinets

fresh kitchen styling vignette of cutting boards and containers

Fixer Upper: bar stools

Tray decor:

Christmas in the Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Tour

| Butcher Block Countertops, Part I |

Farmhouse style hutch decorated for Christmas with fresh greenery and black and white accents.:

Rae Dunn ♥️:

Copper, raedunn and shiplap! Farmhouse decor:

nice Floating Barnwood shelves - coffee bar area.. A great solution to a…

Script Wall Expressions / Magnolia market


Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Mom Tip [4/52]

[4/52] Those pesky cords!! 

I recently discovered a way to hide them and keep them under control......
Command Cord Bundlers and Cord Clips...they are on my to-buy list!!!

source: Instagram

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source: Walmart

17303CLRES Command(TM) Clear Large Cord Clips

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How did I not know about these things????

And speaking of cords and small appliances.....I finally let my dinosaur blender go!! It would not die, 34 years later and it was still going strong. BUT, I have a Nutribullet that serves the same blending purpose and I never use it anymore, so while cleaning out kitchen cabinets last week, I finally tossed it! 
A prime example of "they don't make things like they used too"!! :O)